Rest and recuperation at home already has me restless. Too exhausted to think straight or do much, yet too antsy to sit or lie still. At times like this, distractions and small indulgences are called for, so here’s a little look at what I’m loving this week.
Oh Netflix, how I love thee. I signed back up for this month knowing I’d probably need it, and it’s paying dividends already. I’ve finished the increasingly popular series The Staircase, which I would highly recommend.
I’m just starting on The Alienist, and also The Confession Tapes (another true crime style documentary series). After that I’m thinking Altered Carbon, the new Arrested Development series, and Jessica Jones S02. I can’t stay watching anything for too long (the idea of a duvet day is always so appealing, though in reality I can never manage it), so I like the ability to dip in and out of series.
There are a few interesting film choices available at the moment, too, with Okja being the most recent I watched. Despite initial concerns my antsy brain couldn’t sit through it all (it took three sittings, but it was worth it), it proved to be a sweet film with great effects, and a bit of a tear-jerker too. I’ll never look at bacon the same way again. There’s also the critically acclaimed The Revenant, which at 2hrs 36mins is not a quick watch by any means, but it scores some great reviews so it’s good to see it on Netflix.
I’ve recently read the American crime thriller Before Evil by Alex Kava, about agents tracking down a serial killer (4/5 stars) and Motive by Jonathan Kellerman (4/5). I’m now just starting The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer, a British crime thriller I picked up in the library this time. I’ve read works by this author before and found her to write incredibly gracefully with an edge of sarcasm and authenticity, so I’m expecting good things. So far so good!
An interesting book I came across online at The Works has piqued my interest – Slothology – “The art and wisdom of taking it easy”. Think some of us would benefit from this?
There’s also The Wellbeing Journal by Mind (£4, RRP £10) and the rather funky looking The Meditation Colouring Book that’s only £1.50. I love this place – so many interesting finds!
I am hoping to get back into writing and art (or my version of art, shall we say) a little more. Various things have held me back and I need to break through those excuses and try to enjoy it again. I have various notebooks that I love, and anyone who knows me knows I have a penchant for stationery, pens and mugs, too. These little things make me happy! So yes, plenty of notebooks and pens are at the ready, as well as my trusty Stabilo Fineliner pens and Papermate Flare pens, which are both excellent.
While recovering, I may just indulge in a little online shopping (shhh, don’t tell anyone!) as The Works have lots of great new products at the moment and some bargain prices on crafts, art supplies and stationery, not to mention home goodies and books.
Cacharel & Cocoa
Cacharel’s Amor Amor is one of my favourites, and it’s very budget friendly (probably part of why I like it so much). I’ve been using it at home without needing the excuse of going out to do so. It’s a wonderful little pick-me-up and smells light, sweet and gorgeous.
Noticing my skin was very dry and that I’d neglected it for a while now with going into hospital, I dug out a freebie sample I received a while ago – L’oreal Smooth Sugars Nourish Scrub. I think I fell in love. It’s got a rich cocoa scent and can be used on your face and lips as a scrub with just a little water. My skin felt lovely and smooth and soft afterwards so I’m definitely putting this on my to-buy list. I think it’s rather pricey at £9.99 but you get 50ml which should last an eon, and it’s currently on sale on Amazon and Superdrug so I convinced myself this will be acceptable as a little treat for next week! Anyone else tried this stuff?
Little Things & Gratefulness
- I love my morning cup of green tea.
- A gentle breeze when it’s humid.
- Feeling fresh and revitalised after a warm shower.
- Receiving wonderful messages and emails. The flowers two amazing ladies from an online group sent me last week.
- Simple food & drink (nothing exciting after stoma surgery as you have to be quite careful). Ice lollies, jelly, milk & Maltesers (seriously, a great combination), sweeties, toast. Pleasure in the simple things when you do feel up to eating.
- The interesting array of topics and posts that I’ve been reading as I catch up in the blogging world.
- Organising and clearing out clutter has made me feeling a little lighter.
- Earplugs, so I don’t have to listen to the noise and antisocial behaviour outside during the night!
- Jeremy Hunt no longer being the Health Secretary – good day for the NHS, bad day for foreign affairs (let’s hope Matt Hancock is less of a disaster).
I’d love to hear what everyone else is loving this week, so please share if you’d like to! I hope you are all keeping as well as possible and have a positive week ahead. Thank you for reading.