This last month has been the beginning of a new era for me, and it’s been an exciting and nerve-wracking time of change. I feel simultaneously overwhelmed with everything that is currently being juggled, and also completely alive and buzzing that life is so exciting. Luckily, I’ve got my trusty Passion Planner to keep me organised, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else the year has to offer…
If we were having coffee… I would tell you that my biggest news is that Neil moved in with me, and it’s been really fun making the place our own and adjusting to living-together life. The move took most of my attention in July, but it didn’t take long to fall into a routine, and so August has been a really positive month for me.
If we were having coffee… I would say that after a real lull in reading novels, I picked up The Chalk Man by C. D. Tudor, a mystery horror about some murders in a small English town and how it changes the lives of a young group of friends. I’ve been completely hooked, reading the book whenever I can find a spare few minutes. The book has a real ‘whodunit’ feel, and I keep changing loyalties as each fact is revealed – I just don’t know who to trust or what to believe anymore! I’ll be sure to review the book once I’m done, as it’s certainly turning out to be a recommended read.
If we were having coffee… I would say that we returned to Barnstaple for the August bank holiday and did another day of cycling. We decided to go North this time towards Braunton, and after getting slightly lost en route, a local told us the way to Crow Point, and we paid the road toll and cycled the beautifully flat coastline towards the beach (see photo above!). We got sunburn and sore bums (cycling isn’t our forte), but it was great fun, and we’re already planning which cycle route to explore next.
If we were having coffee… I would say that I finished my course today. The topics have been fascinating – I particularly enjoyed reading about OCD and anxiety, two disorders that have impacted my life over the years – but I can’t say I’ll be hurrying to study again. Juggling a course with full time work, a boyfriend moving in, birthdays, blogging and a persistent health issue hasn’t been easy, and I have the upmost respect for people who manage to study with children too on top of all of that, phew! Still, I’m glad I did it, and wouldn’t necessarily rule out more in the future, but for now I’m going to enjoy my study-free leisure time!
If we were having coffee… I would say that I have really got back into listening to music again. I think I got a bit too reliant on Netflix being my background noise of choice, but I can get a lot more done if I just throw on some tunes instead! My three top listens at the moment are:
- Rats by Ghost (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ijc7A5oAc)
- Scars by I Prevail (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZzL4jI60p4)
- Me, Myself & Hyde by Ice Nine Kills (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAdAOuJ1fzs)
I have tickets to see all three bands in the next six months, and I’m so excited! Ice Nine Kills have particularly won my heart because they have an album inspired by literature called Every Trick In The Book, featuring songs inspired by Jekyll & Hyde (see above), Animal Farm and Anne Frank’s diary – give them a listen!
If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I am now five scenarios into Gloomhaven, and I honestly can’t stop talking about it. It’s taken us around 15 hours to get this far, and I’ve only just reached level 2 with my Cragheart! I will absolutely be reviewing it, but I want to get just a few more scenarios in so I’ve experienced a truly representative percentage of what the game has to offer. Ugh, even talking about it makes me want to play it…
What would you share over a cup of coffee?