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So I’ve decided to change the format of my monthly round up post – If you look at previous ones you will see I used to write a couple of sentences about events that had happened but now I’ve brought back ‘The Sunday Catch Up’ it seems silly repeating myself. Instead I’ll be sharing what I’ve watched, read, done…Anything that takes my fancy that month I guess!
What I watched
Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle
Jumanji is one of my all time favourite movies but online most Jumanji fans, I was actually quite excited by the prospect of a follow up movie especially when I found out who had been cast in it (I know The Rock and Kevin Hart aren’t to everyones tastes but I love ’em!). I personally don’t believe original fans have anything to worry about – This new reincarnation doesn’t taint the original version in anyway (and there’s a delightful but not in your face tribute to Allan Parrish/Robin Williams) and it just made me wish there was a real life Jumanji game for the PS4! (not the type that sucks you into the game mind).
Kong: Skull Island was Sky’s New Year’s day premiere and I have to say, I really enjoyed it despite having quite low expectations – I think that’s probably why I liked it as much as I did? Anyways John C Reilly is great in it, the CGI is fab and it’s equal parts comedic and scary (I hated the skull crawler creatures!).
Husband watched this months ago WITHOUT ME so I’ve been patiently waiting for it to arrive on Sky and this month it finally did. I found the first half a bit meh but by the second half I was fully engrossed and shouting at the TV. Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery are great in it but there’s a bit near the end with Allison Williams (Marnie from Girls) that gave me shivers down my spine. I didn’t know she could do creepy so well. Worth a watch for sure, great film.
What I read
One of my mini aims for 2018 is to read a book a week and this month I fell short by one due to Prague etc. It’s not the end of the world though, I have plenty of time to catch up and a HEAP of books coming my way in February.
I read, no devoured, Celeste Ng’s debut novel ‘Everything I never told you’ last month so when I saw her follow up in the Amazon Boxing Day sale (£7.50 rather than £10.49…What? I’m cheap okay) I snapped it up sharpish. Much like her first novel, LFE explores the complex dynamics of family and I just adore her writing style. I can’t wait to see what else is to come from Celeste
Wow. What a book. What a heart-breakingly relevant book. I’m not gunna go into it too much, just go read it ok? It’s fantastic Sand sometimes you can find it for as low as £2 on Amazon.
Safe to say I powered through this book, starting it on Saturday night and finishing it Monday. There’s just something about the way JoJo Moyes writes that pulls me in and I really like the Louisa Clark series.
What I did
Prague was a bit shit. There I said it. Dunno what it was but we just didn’t vibe. Regardless Jody and I had a reet laugh together and it was nice to have a get away from our routine for a few days. We also drank some EXCELLENT cocktails so you know, it wasn’t a completely wasted trip.
Despite being absolutely terrified of walking into a room full of strangers I went to my third blog event this month! It was a good event with some great presentations and I’m glad I broke out of my comfort zone to attend.
Just about made it through the month.
I spent most of January cold, tired and broke and tbh, it looks like February will be going the same way. Oh well, at least Mini Eggs are back in the shops hey?
Three things I’m grateful for
Waking up to Bruce snuggling me cos he’s cold
It’s been pretty cold this month and every morning I wake up to Bruce snuggling up to me. It’s a bit annoying cos he pushes me out of the bed but I kinda love that he chooses to cuddle me instead of Jody. Makes me feel special.
Having the funds to purchase my car
On the 12th of January I bought my first ever grown up car (i.e one that’s from this decade and cost more than a grand) and I’m still obsessed with it. It’s such a smooth drive and I love being able to listen to my podcasts and music playlists on the go.
I just really love Amazon prime okay? The book shops where I live are over-priced and under stocked so knowing I can order a book (or two or three) on Amazon and it will arrive the next day is awesome. My book addiction has come back in a big way this year and I can’t wait to get stuck into some of February’s releases.
Blog round up
I wrote about how I didn’t fall in love with Prague and how it’s okay to not like every place you go too. I think there is so much pressure on us to make the most of every opportunity that it scares us to admit when we don’t like something (especially one that everyone else seems to love).
Blogging events are bloody scary – My extrovert husband said he wouldn’t even dare go to one – so I came up with a few tips on how to make your first one a great one. Sure I’m no expert but if it helps one person then it’s a winner right?
I cannot believe that last week marked two years since I left Thailand – Seriously, where has the time gone? In honour of my two years home-iversary I wrote a quick fire post with my thoughts and feelings on the matter.
How was your January guys?