Little Loves: August 2017 Edition
HOW IS IT THE END OF AUGUST ALREADY?? I mean, really? HOW? I swear it was only two days ago that I was writing last month’s Little Loves post. I know I’ve been on holiday and had multiple sleeps since then, but still. This year is shooting past now. TD starts school in THREE DAYS. I’ve still not quite come to terms with that.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the lovely things that happened in August. It was so nice checking back in with Morgana and the rest of the Little Loves crew last month. I do so love writing about the things that I’ve loved.
I’ve not read a huge amount in August, what with Work and Holidays etc. I read Black Water by Louise Doughty, the woman who wrote Apple Tree Yard. And I would say that if you’re looking for another book like Apple Tree Yard, don’t bother with Black Water. I mean, I really enjoyed it. It’s a layered story of one man’s life against a backdrop of racial tension and horrific genocide. There is so, so much to enjoy, even if Not A Lot Happens. It’s a quiet, tense, brooding puddle of a book that perfectly suits that disturbing title. I still think about it often. Definitely worth a read if you’re into something heavier.
Honourable mention has to go to That Twitter Thread about Joey and Rachel, right? I MEAN. Anyone else feel their eyes opening with THE TRUTH as they read it? I’ve always hated Ross, but I’d never come round on Joey/Rachel…until NOW.
In terms of blogs, I know I mention her in every single freakin’ Little Loves post but DAYUM the woman can write: Rachel at Make A Long Story Short wrote about the advice she wants to give her daughter and it is perfect. I just want to live in Rachel’s head. I’m such a fangirl. Hayley at London Beauty Queen also smashed it out of the park this month – both her balanced and well-researched post on Natural Cycles and her post on being fat-shamed are brilliant. And finally, I agree 100% with everything that Fi from Dolly Dowsie wrote here about sharenting. I’m always so very wary of what I post online about TD. I’d hate for him to grow up mortified of a digital footprint that he didn’t even consent to. Guys, we don’t need to see photos of your kid’s poo face. Trust me. They’ll thank you one day.
OMG GAME OF THRONES AMIRITE??? This season has been completely immense. I’m definitely eye-rolling to the North Pole and back at the people who used to complain it was too slow and are now complaining it’s too fast, but anyway. There have been SO MANY awesome moments this season and WELL. That. Finale. Jon. Snow’s. Bottom. Is. Perfection.
I also watched The Leftovers in August, or at least finished it off. And for anyone who may be wondering what to watch next – if you can, watch The Leftovers. It’s only 3 seasons, there aren’t many episodes, but it is wonderful. Beyond wonderful. A lot of people have said that the first season wasn’t very good, and dragged a lot, but I actually enjoyed it. However, if you do give it a whirl and find yourself getting bored, STICK WITH IT. I promise you, there are joys aplenty to come. Quite simply, it is one of the best TV shows that I have ever, EVER seen and is pretty much the only TV show that has left me feeling completely satisfied and smiling from ear-to-ear once it finished. In a nutshell, it’s about the lives of the people left on Earth after a mysterious event removes 2% of the entire world’s population. And Justin Theroux gets his abs out a lot.
So did anyone else hear the new track from The Killers and totally not realise it was them? I used to be a huge fan of The Killers at about age 20 (11 years ago, gulp), but haven’t really been bothered since Sam’s Town. HOWEVER, I love their new song!
I’m also a bit obsessed with Arcade Fire’s new album which has immediately grabbed me in a way that none of theirs have since Funeral (also 11 years ago, what’s going on?). I can’t stop listening to it, even though yes, Régine’s voice still drives me up the wall.
We made our first trip as a family for a week-long holiday! I know that seems ridiculous, that TD is nearly 5 and it was our first week-long holiday together. But we’ve just never been able to afford it before, even as a staycation. Well, we did go to Cornwall back when TD was 6 months old but both my husband and I came down with the norovirus on the 2nd day and we ended up cutting it short and heading home in a state of shock and misery so…
ANYWAY. We headed up to Yorkshire, spending a few days and nights in a cottage in the Moors with my nanna and her partner, and then branched off by ourselves for the rest of the time to explore York itself. We had such a good time. It was fantastic. The beautiful countryside, the gorgeous towns and cities, lovely weather, wonderful sights, and a whole week Together. We had so much fun. It was so needed, for all of us. TD having the time of his life paddling in the stream in the middle of Hutton-le-Hole is an image that will stay with me forever.
I wish I had more to add into this category. Basically I wear very little that I get excited by these days, because I’ve put on so much weight this year through being so miserable. And then being miserable about that, so I put on more weight…what a lovely cycle *eyeroll*. I haven’t even worn any decent new skincare or makeup. How dull.
In two weeks it will be six months since the miscarriage. And finally, finally, I think I’m starting to come out of the end of the grief. I’ve been able to look at pregnancy announcements and pregnant women with increasing ease towards the end of this month. My final little love for August is for myself – for being brave enough to begin seeing a therapist, and to keep going. I’m telling you, it’s the best money I’ve ever spent. I might write about it in more detail at some point, but for now I’ll keep it to: therapy is amazing, and I’m so grateful that the cloud I’ve been under this year is finally starting to lift.