It’s a strange old time at the moment, isn’t it? And whilst there’s no doubt in my mind that we will continue to pull together and get each other through, and that one day this will all be just a memory we sometimes look back on, some days can be tough.
But one thing that’s getting me through, is staying as positive as I can and making sure I focus on the good.
I’m really enjoying writing these lists each week, and I hope that if you’re reading this, you’ll be able to take something away from it. Whether it be a song to dance to, something to watch, or a news story that’s put a smile on your face.
Here’s what’s made me feel good this week…
News stories I’ve been reading
– Robot baby gorilla captures never-before-seen wildlife behaviour
– From Hong Kong to New Zealand, Hawaii and Montana, officials celebrate no new cases of COVID-19
– Budapest orchestra helps deaf people ‘hear’ Beethoven through touch
– Britain’s best gardening couple outdo themselves with spring spectacular after spending lockdown tending their oasis
A TV series I started
I’m late to the party with this one. Not fashionably late, just regular old late late. It’s The Marvellous Mrs Maisel. Luke and I started watching this period comedy-drama this week, and we were hooked from the first episode. The show transports you back in time to 1950s New York, as you follow the life of Miriam “Midge” Maisel. Midge leads an idyllic life – she has a husband, two kids, a stunning apartment on the Upper West Side, and a great signature hairstyle. But things take a turn when she discovers her natural talent for stand-up comedy. The Marvellous Mrs Maisel has won more awards than you can shake a stick at, and you’ll understand why when you watch it. You can watch the story unfold on Amazon Prime.
A Date Night
Sick of my current wardrobe of leggings (for workouts and office hours) and pyjamas (for evenings and weekends/when all my leggings are in the wash), I suggested to Luke that we have a Saturday night Date Night where we get dressed up like we were going out out, and cook a delicious two-course dinner together. So that’s what we did! I donned a dress covered in lemons, curled my hair, did my makeup and put in some earrings, and I felt like I was ready to go to a wedding. We made a Mexican rice dish, with an avocado salad, roasted cheesy sweet potatoes, and chilli tortilla chips on the side. For dessert, we made a banana tart with peanut butter and a dark chocolate sauce. Everything was vegan, of course, and both were new recipes, which we made whilst playing some music in the background. After dinner, we settled on the sofa and watched a film, and it was a really wonderful evening.
A few songs I’ve been dancing to
I’ve done a little less dancing this past week, simply because I’ve currently got a sore knee and I’m trying to rest it as much as possible. But I have done some, I can’t help myself! Here are some of my dancing songs this week:
- Amici Amici by Cesare Cremonini (thank you, Francesca, for the recommendation!)
- She’s a Bad Mama Jama by Carl Carlton
- Domino by Jessie J
Something I’ve been reading
I was chatting to my good pal Jodie about short stories this week, and she recommended a series of shorts written by Beth Reekles, that you can read on Wattpad. If any of you have watched The Kissing Booth on Netflix, well that was written by the same other. Anyway, Beth has written a series of short stories called Lockdown on London Lane. When the London Lane apartment block is put on lockdown, its residents are in for a whirlwind week. You can follow five stories of twenty-somethings through their week in quarantine, where romances blossom, friendships fracture, and relationships are forged. Beth is posting a new story on Wattpad on Tuesday. I’ve only read the first part so far, but I’m looking forward to the rest!
Somewhere I’ve been
We’ve lived in this house for almost a year now, and this week I decided to walk to my local nature reserve. I was surprised by two things; firstly, the fact that it only took me twenty minutes to walk there, and secondly, how gorgeous it is. I left my earphones at home, so it was just me and the sounds of nature – the birds singing, the bees buzzing, and some nearby horses neighing. It’s one of the highest points in the West Midlands, and offers stunning panoramic views. I could see Birmingham in the distance (and gave a little wave to my city-dwelling friends), and I’ve since found out that you can see eleven counties from there, including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and the Welsh county of Powys! The Barr Beacon Nature Reserve is also a popular spot for stargazing, so that’s going on my post-lockdown list, let me tell you.