Long time, no see. I must apologise the past few weeks have been ever so hectic and amongst illness, exams and oral presentations, and tragically more heartbreaking world events, I’ve not had the energy to write.
So, firstly a shout-out to anyone who is reading this who has had a shitty time this week! Sadly I can imagine there are probably a few of you. I hope this post offers something to brighten your day and remember I’m always here if you need to talk.
Today one of my favourite journalists, Sali Hughes, tweeted the following:
I must say, the responses were so beautifully life-affirming. People talking about their children, new positions received at work, music, and broadly realising the incredible fortune with which so many of us are blessed.
This post today is not in the slightest intended as something to forget the tragedies the world has seen so recently, but rather a post on how to appreciate, and be grateful, for life’s little joys when we are lucky enough to experience them.
So these are my current faves, some fairly shallow and simplistic, which got me through the week:
I’ve been spending a lot of time on YouTube recently, in line with my general goal to procrastinate studying as much as humanly possible…
Been enjoying Sia and James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. The glorious Claudia Winkleman, someone who can always brighten my day, and whose aversion to physical activity is something to which I can truly relate.
A few good books…
I’m currently reading the brilliant Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín, try explaining that spelling to a French bookseller. Truly a lovely, touching work. And Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours. A thought-provoking, stimulating debut. Highly recommended.
Food-wise, I continue to be spoilt.
- Cheese. SO MANY CHEESE! Parmesan, cheddar and goat’s cheese (Chèvre) are the current faves, which I am sure shall lead to a crazily high cholesterol level on my return to Oz.
- Melon and berries because #attemptsathealth
- Lovely sparkling water because my tap water is considerably less palatable than that of Melbourne.
- Easter eggs. Met the Easter Bunny in Monoprix and he said I deserved an early treat. Not gonna argue with the most magical rabbit in the world am I?
My new and silky-smooth workout gear! Slightly hoping this shall motivate me to stop eating cheese and get my sleeping routine back on track. I’ll let you know if these are overly high expectations.
Because I think we’ve established that I am strangely attached to scented cleaning products #coolchic
- Sephora (Which doubles as my second home) Monoï Soap
- Ushuaïa Huile de Monoi et Fleur de Tiaré Shower Gel
- Glade Lily of the Valley Spray
- Glade Lavender and Jasmine Gel Désodorisant
My room now smells like a lush and tropical garden
Because I do adore some good tunes- here is my super awesome* playlist for the week! *According to me – ne me jugez pas.
I’ll be waiting – by Queen Adele
Don’t Stop Me Now – by actual Queen
Walk the Wire – Boy and Bear
I’m not your hero – Tegan and Sara
Worry – Jack Garratt
Ça Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand
Georgia – Vance Joy
Sunshine of your love- the cover by, another veritable queen, Ella Fitzgerald,
Hopefully, some of these little trinkets will bring a little joy into your day! I know I rarely pay enough attention to some of the magic of my very fortunate life, but I must say I am now striving to stop and smell the roses, or to be more accurate, my various scents of soap and cleaning products. Wishing you all a lovely, safe week ahead- I’d love to hear your faves in the comments!