I wasn’t going to write a monthly round up post this month (it’s been pretty boring and tbh, I think I need to rethink the format) but as I was the only person in work yesterday and the phone rang, oh I don’t know, TWICE ALL DAY, I may aswell run one up. I usually post M-W-F but this week I’ll have post M-T-T-F due to sheer boredom at work. Everyone has been laid off bar me so there isn’t really a right lot to do! I really hope this snow clears up soon cos I am so, SO ready for some spring.
Anyways, on with the show!
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What I watched
This is an old movie (2000) about the first black navy diver and the prejudice he faced trying to achieve his goal. It’s a really good movie and it’s not very often I don’t pick up my phone through a film (like I did with this one!).
Den of Thieves starring Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr (baby Ice Cube) and Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) from Orange is the New Black was so freakin good. Seriously, I just loved it. If you are a fan of Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ then I think you will love this.
Jody loves music documentaries (he doesn’t even have to like the band to watch it) so when he found this on Amazon Prime we decided to watch it together as we saw Frank when he supported blink 182 and thought he was wicked. If you are a fan you will really like it but if you’re not, I’m not so sure. We found it pretty enjoyable but then, we like his music so we would!
What I read
I picked up Anatomy of a Scandal after seeing Em Clarkson rave about it on Instagram – It was on offer on Amazon for £4.99 so I thought why not. I would have probably given this a miss if I hadn’t seen Em talking about it but I’m glad I didn’t as I really enjoyed it. It was very fast paced and I managed to get through it in 24 hours (Jody was on nights though so that probably helped) as I was DYING to find out how the story ended. I won’t give anything away but it is a very relevant story especially with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements that are currently dominating social media and the news.
To be honest I don’t know what I was expecting when I bought Dolly’s book but I do know this – I wasn’t expecting to love it anywhere near as much as I did. I adore her writing style and every female can probably relate to at least one of her stories. I’m not gunna waffle on about it because you should just go buy it. I really hope she writes another.
Most people know Ruby Tandoh as the 2013 GBBO finalist who people were convinced had a thing with Paul Hollywood (turns out she is bi and they all look like idiots) but over the years I’ve come to know her as an excellent food writer. Her newsletter – The concept of waffles – is one of my favourites and her Twitter feed is an absolute delight so when she announced her book I pre-ordered it immediately. It took me a few days to get through but it’s not a book that you rush – I wanted to take in the words, to savour them and really take in what she was trying to say (that food is good for us, no matter what form it takes). The way she writes is almost poetic and if you have a weird relationship with food and diet I would highly recommend giving it a read.
Jane Harper’s first novel ‘The Dry’ had me gripped from the get go so I was excited to see what her second novel had to offer. Much like the first book, I raced through it but the ending of the second book wasn’t quite as satisfying as the first. Good, just not as good. I do really like the main character though (Aaron Falk) and I feel like there are a lot more novels to create around him (or I hope so anyway).
I adore Stacey Dooley and have fangirled over her a lot in the past so obviously I was gunna buy her debut novel. I like that it’s not a proper memoir – Sure it was nice to know a bit more about her in the first chapter but the main focus is the amazing women she’s met over the last ten years. It’s a quick, easy read and it’s written very much in the way she talks. Some subject matters can be quite hard to read about but if you are a fan of her shows you will have heard/seen most of them.
What I did
Hated on the snow
As you can probably tell from the introduction, I’m not a snow kinda gal. I hate it I hate it I hate it. I hate having to defrost the car, I hate the cold and I hate that I can’t do anything or go anywhere. I’m actually only writing the post because I’m the ONLY person (out of twenty!!!) who is in work today. FU Snow.
Went to the cinema to see Den of Thieves
I’ve already mentioned Den of Thieves but it was that good I’m giving it a second shout out. We used our Meerkat Movies code and damn I need to use them more cos they are such good value!
Saw The Sherlocks in Middlesborough
It’s been a long time since I got excited by a new band but The Sherlocks are amazing. We went to see them at The Empire in Middlesborough and they were INSANE. Shame I’m not going to a festival this year (they are doing pretty much every single one) cos I would love to see them again.
Three things I’m grateful for
A £207 refund from our energy supplier and an unexpected council tax free month
We’ve been over paying our electric/gas bill so a cheeky £207 refund made out way to us mid month which was VERY handy. Then yesterday I found out that we don’t have to pay our £140 council tax either! Rejoice my friends! I’m going out tonight so that extra £70 will do just nicely.
Dr Martens, central heating, parka’s and de-icer.
Stupid shitty snow. Thank God I have fur lined Dr Martens and a thick sleeping bag style parka! I also had the sense to buy a new bottle of de-icer when I was in Aldi last week and it’s a good job I did or it would have taken me years to de-frost my car this week.
Having a hairdresser Momma
Mid month I went to my Mum’s salon to get my hair done (we dyed it purple and blue with the new Wella colour fresh create) and I’m so grateful to have a hairdresser Momma – Being a bleach blonde isn’t cheap you know so I’m super glad I get it done for free.
Blog round up
This was a sponsored post and I’m so happy with the imagery. They were only taken on my Iphone 7 like but still. I’m such a home bird so it was a really, easy piece to write and I’m happy with how it turned out.
Since I wrote my millennials post I’ve been dying to write another reactive/think piece post but inspiration hasn’t struck. Then the idea of sharing why I retweet so many ‘political’ tweets came to me and it’s been shared a few times which is really nice. I love writing about make up and travel but every now and again it’s nice to write something a bit meatier.
Unfortunately this post is kinda out of date now (the Valentines stuff is leaving Lush very soon) but again, I just really like the pictures. Photography isn’t my strong suit so finding a style that suits me is a priority for the coming months.