Well the first week of January has come and gone pretty quick hasn’t it! The kids went back to school yesterday and as terrible as it sounds I was ready for them to go back, as were they. By the last few days of the holidays they were missing their friends and the routine that school brings and despite having to get up at 6.30am on weekdays, I think I was missing the routine too.
Onto my #littleloves for the week.
On my kindle at the moment is Put a Spell on You. Another bit of chick lit, the likes of which I’m pretty much always found with on my kindle. When things at work look like they’re about to implode, your boyfriend leaves his job as an ad exec and disappears to a donkey sanctuary at every possible opportunity and your best friend has baby brain, you might want to cast a spell to put things right. Josie actually has the ability to do so however, thanks to inheriting a book of spells on her 27th birthday. Of course she doesn’t believe in her ability to cast spells, until some rather odd things start happening.
I’m about 2/3rds of the way through and although I’m not absolutely gripped by the book, like I have been with others, it’s escapism when I need it.
Thanks to Jess I’m pretty much obsessed with Peaky Blinders. I’m sat here this morning watching the last episode of Series 2 as I type this and I’m gutted that Series 3 isn’t finished/available yet. I might have fallen a little bit in love with Tommy Shelby, the Brummie gangster at the heart of the show, despite his horrendous haircut. Vicious, calculating, clever and a bit of a softie at heart, the ultimate bad boy. (Did I mention I’m a real sucker for bad boys?) I haven’t missed that Tom Hardy is in it either – I know how you all love a bit of Tom Hardy! And I must admit I’m becoming a bit of a convert to him too – it’s the bad boy thing, gets me every time.
Other than the fact I spend 90% of my time watching Peaky Blinders drooling (and the other 10 hiding behind my hands), it is a brilliant series. The acting is absolutely fantastic, the storyline brilliant (and based on a gang that ran the streets of Birmingham in the 19th and early 20th Century) and it’s unmissable. Can you tell I like it?
Chicken and bacon in mustard sauce. This stuff is pretty much amazeballs, even the kids like it! It’s Slimming World friendly too so I’ll definitely be making it some more as I attempt to shrink my rather rotund rear end over the coming year or so. I’ll write the recipe up and pop it on the blog soon.
Quite possibly the best cardi in the world. I treated myself to some new knitwear in the sales and I got a big black and white chunky knit from Tesco that goes down to my knees and is perfect for throwing on as a coat when it’s dry and snuggling up on the sofa on cold nights.
I got a free audible book from Amazon recently and chose A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms which is the prequel to A Song of Ice and Fire, otherwise known as A Game of Thrones.
I’ve never listened to an audio book before and as ridiculous as it sounds I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself while it was playing. If I listened to it in bed I drifted off and missed some of it, but if I listened to it while I was awake I felt like I should be doing something else and again ended up missing bits of it.
It’s a great story actually (I did hear most of it in the end) and starts about 100 years before the time everyone is familiar with in A Game of Thrones and follows ‘Egg’ and ‘Dunc’, aka Aegon Targaryen and Ser Duncan the Tall. It’s in 3 parts, but nowhere near as long as the 5 books currently in the A Song of Ice and Fire series and is a great introduction to Westeros and its inhabitants.
Although I was kinda glad the kids went back to school yesterday, I’m rather grateful it’s only a two day week. Those early starts are never something I relish, so I guess it’s a case of easing ourselves in gently this week and I can’t wait for a bit of a lay in (does that even count when it’s only an extra half an hour?), some baking and hopefully heading to the beach to fly the little one’s new kite.
What have you got planned this weekend?