It’s Friday, team – we made it through another week! I hope this Feel-Good Friday List can be a soothing antidote to a strange old week. There’s a bunch of positive news stories, three songs for you to dance to, a film to watch, a dance cardio workout to do, a recipe to make, and a squirrel obstacle course to watch to start your weekend right.
I’d recommend reading this with an ice-cold drink, in the garden, with your sunnies on.
News stories I read
Here’s a handful of positive stories I read this week that made me grin from ear to ear.
- J.K. Rowling is publishing a new children’s book and she wants your kids to illustrate it (and all proceeds go to covid-19 relief)
- Australia welcomes “Ash,” first koala bundle of joey born since the devastating bushfires
- Africa is hard at work on a “great green wall” of trees that’ll slow the spread of the Sahara desert
- Injured turkey given new lease on life after his rescuers make him a wheelchair out of a maternity girdle
- Belgian man strikes up friendship with owl family after they discover mutual love of television
A group of squirrels taking on an obstacle course.
This week I spent twenty minutes watching Mark Rober building a squirrel-proof bird feeder, and it was twenty minutes very well spent. After seeing squirrels stealing bird food, Mark set up a hilarious obstacle course in his garden – Total Wipeout-style. Watch Rick, Marty, Frank, and Phat Gus take on the challenge, and see if they claim the elusive prize, a feast of walnuts. Enjoy the hilarity here.
Three songs I’ve been dancing to
The following three songs are all great options if you’re looking to have yourself a little a dance party.
– You Can Find Me, Jess Glynne
– Move It On Over, George Thorogood and The Destroyers
– You Make My Dreams, Daryl Hall & John Oates
A workout I did
We all know how I much I love a dance, and this week the workout I enjoyed the most was this 30-Minute Cardio Dance Workout by Megan Roup for POPSUGAR Fitness. I always prefer to work out first thing in the morning, but this particular morning I had to really push myself to do it rather than get back in bed with my book. Once the workout started though, and I was focused on getting the routines right, my energy levels picked up and I had the best time. And not only did I enjoy it, it was also a very effective workout. I know this because I caught sight of myself in the mirror afterwards and thought I resembled a beef tomato.
Some muffins I baked
At the risk of tooting my own horn, this week I made one of my own recipes, and was very pleased with the results. Especially since I had to get a bit creative with the flour. I made my Banana and Raspberry Muffins, except when I came to add the raspberries at the end, I realised I didn’t have any. So they became Banana and Blackberry Muffins, which turned out to be just as good as the original. So if you fancy some baking that’s gluten-free and vegan, might I suggest you take a look here?
A film I watched
This week we watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I hadn’t seen it before, but I watched the trailer and was convinced the moment I saw Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Judi Dench all in the same film. It tells the story of a group of British retirees who, for various reasons, move to Jaipur, India. They arrive at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to find that the beautifully-restored hotel they were expecting, is falling down. The young and ever-optimistic entrepreneur, Sonny, is desperately trying to save his family’s hotel, and create “a home for the elderly so wonderful that they will simply refuse to die.” It’s one of those films that makes you feel happy and content, and leaves you thinking about it the following day. Plus, if like me you’ve got a serious case of wunderlust right now, you can lose yourself to the magical city of Jaipur for a couple of hours. Highly recommend.