What I’ve loved: January 2017

Winter primroses

A new blog series! A little look back at what I loved over the past month:

  • My personal highlights this month:
    • Attending the Women’s March in central London. I almost didn’t go, as the idea of standing around on my very large cankles wasn’t sounding great, but I’m so glad I did. It was an incredible environment – full of hope and positivity and some amazing anti-Trump signs!
    • Today is my last day in the office before maternity leave. OH MY GOD shit’s about to get real. I’m happy with how I’ve left things at work, which was one of my goals for this final month before leave, but wow, that went so quickly.
  • Books I’ve read this month:
    • After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell – SAD
    • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry – This one picked up ‘best of 2016’ gongs all over the place toward the end of last year, and although I don’t think it will be the book of my year, I’ve very much enjoyed it.
    • Hurrah for Gin. LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It made me laugh so much Peter’s reading it now, too.
    • The Widow by Fiona Barton. This was much hyped last year in hardback, and I finally got it out of the library. It’s a super quick read, and I thought it was quite gripping BUT (spoiler alert) I kind of expected there to be more of a twist. When every thriller I read lately has a big one, it’s a bit weird when there isn’t one.
  • Blog posts that have resonated:
    • I love the idea of a New Year wishing tree. Also, isn’t the tree itself gorgeous?! I would love to get one of these for next Christmas.
    • Are you still on your January diet? Here’s why it’s probably a waste of time (sorry).
    • Why I wish I’d never started my blog. Sometimes I don’t know why I keep this space alive, but then I remember all the people I’ve met through it, the lovely comments I’ve had from friends and strangers, and the outlet I get from writing it, and I remember it’s definitely worth keeping. Glad I’m not the only one who feels that way!
    • I loved this post about the Women’s March. Theo was asleep at home, so didn’t take him, but I went on his (and new baby’s) behalf. It’s so important to stand up and say something when you think things are going wrong around you and I really hope to raise them both to feel that way, too!
  • Recipes I’ve got my eye on:
    • Oat Protein Breakfast Bars. I bought a LOT of cereal bars when Theo was born, as I’d eat one for fake breakfast at 5am before having real breakfast at 8 or whenever we eventually woke up properly. I think I might try and make some of these (or get Peter to make them for me) this time around. They look lush and are almost certainly healthier than the ones I was eating before.
    • Lentil, bacon and orzo soup. I actually hate orzo (slimy rice!), so would leave that out, but otherwise this recipe looks ace – possibly one for batch cooking.
    • I’m planning on making 5 of the recipes from this website over the coming weeks. You prep all the veg and meat, stick them in a freezer bag, pop in the freezer, then when you want to eat, you just take it out, defrost the night before and then whack in the slow cooker for the day. I’m hoping it’ll make life a bit easier once the baby comes along.
  • A lot of cakes! I made two from Mary Berry (Lemon yoghurt cake and Hazlenut meringue cake) and one very chocolatey one from Annabel Karmel, topped with cherries and raspberries – wow, amazing.
  • Other things I’ve loved:
    • Charlotte, a bloggy friend I met some time ago, opened up an Etsy shop! She makes the most gorgeous jewellery. Every time I’ve seen her she’s wearing something stunning and homemade, so was very excited for her news. I also was very excited for myself, as I got one of these beautiful little necklaces!
    • I’ve bitten the bullet (haha!) and started a bullet journal. I realised that all of my “me time” was spent cleaning dishes, doing laundry or staring at a screen. I’m hoping this will be a bit of daily creativity as well as help me keep on top of things now and once the baby gets here. I wrote a post all about it. I can already tell that I’m going to have to buy more pens, and this may be a dangerous hobby to start, but there you go.
    • The winter primroses (photo at the top) have come into bloom again. I didn’t dig them up because I thought even if they don’t flower, they’re a nice bit of greenery for the garden, so was very happy to see the pinks and blues emerge a week or two ago. They really get me excited for spring.

I can’t say I’ll be doing this every month, because I have no idea whatsoever how having two children is going to go (apparently people do it all the time, so it must be doable, right?), but I love looking back and reflecting on the positive things that have been happening and remembering some of the highlights in terms of things I’ve done or books or blog posts I’ve read, so I’m going to try to keep this up every month or so. February will almost certainly be missed out due to the tiny, but hopefully see you back here for another round of highlights in March!

How has your month been?

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1 Comment

  1. leesbj

    January 26, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I love Orzo…as does Theo

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