Well February flew by didn’t it? Punctuated with a half term that dragged a little towards the end because I arranged all our playdates in the first half of the week… whoops! I mean the torrential rain didn’t help either! I mean, we’re definitely not fair weather folk and do go out and about when it’s wet, cold and miserable but when it’s day in day out we get a bit fed up with cleaning muddy wellies and losing the feeling in our fingers!
Anyway here are my favourites for February, along with a new addition of what I loathed this month…
What I read this month
Some bangers this month! First up I hadn’t realised there was a third book in the ‘Rosie Project’ series, but it came out in early ’19. The series follows Don, a very intelligent and highly functioning dad/husband on the autistic spectrum, who now has a son going through things of his own too. Superbly written and you’ll fly through it wanting to know what will happen. Read the other two first though! Next were two books that focus heavily on race, especially on interracial relationships . Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams is set in London and follows the life of Queenie both during and after a break up, and any female will relate to a lot of the stages Queenie goes through. Next is Such a FUn Age by Kiley Reid. This one delves into interracial relationships both as boyfriend/girlfriend and employer/employee. It also covers trust, motherhood and comparing yourself to your peers, no matter what stage of life you’re at.
The Gifted School was a bit of a slow starter, with lots of different families to commit to memory. What happens when a tight knit group of friends suddenly get very competitive over their kids? And whilst they’re doing that, what are the kids getting up to? The book gathers pace from half way through. Entertaining, shocking and a twist I didn’t see coming.
What I watched this month
Too much, as always! Tv first and I really REALLY loved ‘I am not okay with this’ which is on Netflix and both the episodes and the series was too short! I wasn’t really for it to end but it’s definitely a cliffhanger so hoping a second season comes soon. Think Matilda but in high school, with a great soundtrack. Other than that I have mostly been watching Breaking Bad, even though I am about 12 years late to the party!
Film-wise we watched the first Harry Potter film with the kids, during half term, not that Arlo paid much attention as he’s no good at sitting still for long periods of time! I also watched Last Christmas (awful!) and Where’d you go Bernadette? which I loved the book of, the film was pretty close to the original story, worth a watch!
What I listened to this month
Nothing of great interest really, but I did make a spotify playlist that you might like if you’re mid thirties and like indie music with a bit of ska and other stuff thrown in: it’s here
What I made this month
Managed to burn slow cooker rice pudding my leaving the slow cooker on ALL NIGHT. BUT the bits that didn’t burn are pretty nice. I’ll try it again and if it’s still good I will share the recipe. We also made pancakes on Shrove Tuesday!
What I wore this month
Absolutely nothing new because I am still in a ‘no spend’ year and nothing has worn out so much it needed replacing. Go me!
What I loved this month
Lazy mornings with no school runs, and slightly later nights for the kids. I also loved taking the kids to Waterstones to spend Christmas vouchers and pick some new books.
What I loathed this month
The rain, the incessant dark days and high winds. I fully appreciate that we don’t live in an area affected by flooding, am thankful daily that our roof tiles have stayed put but the weather really did put a dampner on half term and most of the rest of this month!
I am also loathing how fast kids feet grow, and how quickly Arlo can ruin a pair of shoes. New shoes on the first day after half term and by the end of the week both were showing signs of wear!