It’s been a while since doing one of these but I’m going to keep it fairly brief and just cover three things : The Bloggers Bash, books & ducks. I’ve been falling behind as usual on everything, and finding the time where I’m able to do the things I need to do gets less and less; while I know that comes with the territory of unpredictable chronic illness, it’s still immensely frustrating! So aside from being
hugely a little stressy & behind, I’m hoping to keep this post positive 🙂
Bloggers Bash : London 2019, Award for Best Lifestyle Blog
I somehow managed to win the Best Lifestyle Blog Award at the 2019 Bloggers Bash. While I wasn’t well enough to attend, it’s lovely to see photos from those who did. You will be glad to know I’m going to skip the Oscar Award style speech & obligatory tears, but I do want to just thank those that voted so much because it means a lot to me. I am still quite shocked as I never anticipated being nominated, let alone winning.
I’d also like to thank everyone who reads, comments, likes, lurks and subscribes – you are what keep me going with InvisiblyMe, so thank you! 🌹
Here it is, my Bloggers Bash Award proudly displayed on my desk.
I’ve been getting through quite a few books, despite having less reading time. A good book can be such bliss and a great way to reduce stress, allowing you to find a little peace in your day.
You know it’s a good book when it’s one that you can sink into and look forward to reading. I love Jonathan Kellerman books as you can pretty much guarantee they’re going to be fantastic. I would definitely recommend this author for fans of the crime thriller genre who are looking someone who writes with confidence and breathes life into his characters, throwing in wit and sarcasm as he goes to leave you wanting more.
The Wedding Guest is Kellerman’s latest work, and it certainly didn’t disappoint!
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This is one I’d seen a lot of buzz about, but it was Steph’s review that made me pick up a copy to check out. It’s a UK-based psychological thriller that gets under your skin as you read it and keeps you wondering what the truth really is when one woman thinks her babies are under threat. I can see why it’s been getting rave reviews!
A huge thank you to Steph over at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction for this – if you’re a fellow book lover I highly recommend her blog for new reading inspiration & fantastic reviews! I won her competition for a voucher for the Book Depository, and these are the titles I chose :
Cleaning The Gold – Karin Slaughter & Lee Child
Slaughter (yes, that’s her real surname!) is another of my favourite crime thriller authors, so I’m excited to see how this one goes with her teaming up with another big hitter in the genre.
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Okay, so rather different to anything I thought I’d be choosing. I was totally disinterested in this when I first heard about it, but I kept seeing 5 star reviews and reading comments that made me increasingly curious. I had to give in and see for myself what all the hype is about. At the moment, it’s number 1 in the Amazon charts & gets an average 5 star review from over 14,000 readers!
How To Be Sick – Toni Bernhard
This is a classic in the self-help style category for those with chronic illness, and yet I’d never read the original. The copy I’ve selected is the updated version, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what Bernhard has to offer on the subject.
A while ago I mentioned wanting to do a day trip as something for my mother’s birthday. Well, we did end up taking the choochoo to Birmingham, but it didn’t go so well for me. It was far too much and I ended up on the floor of the Bullring (as there was no available seats) on the verge of tears from so much pain, then I proceeded to throw up. It was a long day.
It was, however, a learning curve for me in accepting that prescription pain relief should be taken as needed and that I just can’t do the things I used to do. Even with adjustments, a larger day trip isn’t very manageable and as a result, it’s not enjoyable. A lot of the time I think I ‘should’ want to do these things, I ‘should’ try to do them, when I don’t really want because I don’t have the capacity to manage them.
Attempt number two was a short trip where I drove my parents to a local town. It was a short enough drive, I took my pain meds when I got there, we had a little wander, said hello to some duckies, got lunch and headed back within 2.5-3hrs. I was still exhausted and in pain, but it was far more doable and as a result far more enjoyable.
This trip was back in May, where we got lucky with an odd sunny day; it’s been grey skies, chilly temps & rain ever since.
There are brighter days ahead, literally & metaphorically. Although it seems the summer has forgotten to visit the UK this year, apparently the sunshine is coming to say hello over the next few days. Dangerously high temps are reaching other parts of the world already, with what’s being dubbed a ‘heatwave from hell’ now across Europe, Wherever you are, stay safe, cool & hydrated.
I’m keeping it short today to skip through the usual health blahs. I’ve had some very rocky patches, but I’m trying to keep this positive & hope for the best! How are you all doing? If you’re struggling at the moment, please remember that there are brighter days ahead…