It’s been a week of ups and downs, some dramatic and some mediocre. I watched Say Anything three times whilst eating a lot of cold pasta-based foods that really should have been warm, is that an up or a down? I’ll let you decide that privately.
I went to the bank and stood in a line for a long time, and I made two healthcare appointments that I’ve been ignoring for the last three years, so I’ve made progression towards being a proper grown up this week. OK, actually I made one, I’m still ignoring the other.
- I spent longer on this website humiliating Donald Trump in my own small way than I will ever tell you. Please do not click that link if you have a deadline of any kind whatsoever.
- I’ve spent the past few days listening to this specific cover of All Along The Watchtower. I’m not sure why I didn’t know about it before, but it’s delicious and I don’t want to listen to anything else ever again. Except maybe this. Can you tell this week has been angsty?
- Apparently I’ve been roasting my vegetables the wrong way for pretty much ever.
- This Instagram account is a collection of spoon art. Just trust me on this one, click the link.
- I’m worried about bees this week. I don’t have a link for that. I just thought I’d mention that a lot of my thoughts have been along the lines of bee extinction. Perhaps I’m psychic and it’s just around the corner. I hope not.
- Apparently crisps should be shaking in their boots because popcorn is totally taking over. I will never stop eating crisps. Or popcorn. I don’t think anyone has anything to be afraid of.
- Joanna Blythman’s thoughts on the new easyFoodstore echo my own, in case anybody wondered what they were. (You didn’t, but you should read the article anyway because anything written by Joanna is worth reading).
I’ve fallen in love with Mojo, it’s by far my favourite of the places I’ve spent a couple of hours getting some writing done. Pictured is the best soya latte I’ve had this year. It feels real fancy in there, without being any more expensive than the other places in town, and when I need to take my eyes away from the screen and people watch for a second (or twenty minutes, whatever) there’s plenty going on outside – Queens Road is satisfactorily busy at all times being the main road between the train station and centre of town.
23 Queens Road, Brighton
Do something different for lent this year
I’ve never paid very much attention to lent, this isn’t a religious family and I was brought up without any acknowledgement of the Christian calendar. However, much like Christmas, lent is something that many an atheist has embraced in order to just shake things up a little bit and do a thing at the same time as other people are doing a thing. Human beings are designed to do that, I think, do stuff together. Anyway..
Instead of trying to give up chocolate (ha!) or stop drinking (double ha!) I’m going to do my best to join in with the #local4lent campaign. I think it’s a fantastic idea and encourage you to play too. During lent, try reassessing the way you do your food shops, or where you buy birthday gifts, or even what you get up to the weekend, in order to make it more beneficial to your lovely local businesses. I’m not suggesting we all boycott supermarkets for the duration, I know that’s certainly not viable for me, but I think it’s something worth having in the back of our minds.. don’t you?
I’ve started a food photo challenge on Instagram for February and people are totally getting into it. If you missed the beginning, please do join in anyway, you know how I feel about rules and regulations and doing things the way they’re supposed to be done. Get. On Board. Jess and Elle both mentioned it on their blog recently and you can check out all the posts so far right here.
Did I tell you guys about the Legend 100 club? This year, I’m teaming up with Legend, getting a book in the post a couple weeks before publication, reading it and then telling you about it. Fractured was the first instalment, so here goes my first attempt at a fiction review, hopefully you can watch me improve across the year..
I think what I’m going to love most about the 100 club is that it’s going to force me to read books that I might not pick up ordinarily – and Fractured is definitely one of those titles. I don’t usually go for the ol’ action packed drama drama journalist captured abroad in desperate need of a saviour thing, but I’m very glad that I read it for this challenge. The way it examines our humanity is lovely, I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of one of the main character’s captors. The book takes a deep look at how he got where he is today, illuminating the ways in which he’s a victim of the goings on in his country as much as the hostage is, and not a natural born criminal (what some may find it easier to write him off as). This is something I think we all need to be constantly reminded of, considering the state of the world in 2016, so kudos to the author.
I will admit though, I just didn’t find the main character likeable. A self indulgent, ever so slightly pathetic man. I wonder if I was supposed to? This is a recommended read. You can check out more reviews on Amazon and pick it up for £8.99.
There’s a lot to look forward to
On Monday I’ve got a vegan Chinese New Year recipe for you, on Thursday Jess and I will be celebrating Galentine’s Day, and on Saturday I turn 21.