Little Loves – June & July 2017 Edition
So…yeah, I kinda forgot to join in with my beloved Little Loves in June. I think I’ve got a pretty good excuse though – starting a new job that ATE MY LIFE. Honestly, I’ve forgotten so much stuff these last few weeks. Slipping back into the Full Time Working groove has been tricky, because whilst getting on board with Work has been A++ OK, remembering to keep the Home / Blog stuff going too hasn’t. But anyway, here I am now, joining back in with Morgana and the Little Loves crew. I’m really excited about reading what everyone’s been up to. And whilst I know my life isn’t all that exciting…tough. Here’s my June / July summary!
I finally read The Power by Naomi Alderman in July and WOWZERS. What a book! If you haven’t already heard of it, it’s pretty much feminist sci-fi. It creates a world where women develop a mysterious ability that means suddenly they hold all the power. The ramifications of this are huge. HUGE. I loved all of the characters, and invested so much in their stories. However, what I love the very most about this story is its balance. It shows that ultimately power is power, no matter who wields that power. And, as they say, power corrupts… Seriously, read it, omg.
Normally my notes for this section are bursting at the seams with amazing articles and blog posts that I’ve read. It’s normally so hard to narrow it down to just a few to include. But for some reason in June and July I just didn’t come across many of either. Mainly it’s because of the whole Back At Work thing, with my days taken up with work and evenings with family and dinner and downtime on the sofa. But, as always, Rachel at Make A Long Story Short came up with the goods. I can’t even link to a specific post, because they’ve all been incredible. Just click on the link and Go Read.
It feels like I’ve done far more TV-watching than usual over the past two months. Or maybe that’s just because I’ve watched so many different things? Firstly, we re-watched Breaking Bad for the first time, which was such a brilliant experience. Whilst it’s not my favourite TV show ever, it’s definitely hands down the best TV show I’ve ever seen. We’ve also begun watching The Leftovers, which is intriguing and mysterious and gripping…but which I have a horrible feeling is going to go down a similar mumbo-jumbo route as Lost. Which I hated, by the end. Wah.
In Lighter Watching, I’ve begun watching episodes of Don’t Trust The B- In Apt 23 when I have a spare moment, and HEY Y’KNOW WHAT IT’S REALLY GOOD. Like, it actually makes me proper LOL, which seems to be fairly rare with TV shows these days. Such a shame it got cancelled 🙁
Of course, I’ve got to include The Handmaid’s Tale and new Game Of Thrones here too…the former of which started out strong but has become a bit meandering and meh now, and the latter of which has started up AMAZINGLY so please don’t flag, OK?
Finally, in a more obscure one, I watched SHED LOADS of strawberries grow in our garden. We were lucky enough to move to a house with a pre-loaded strawberry patch and, woah. So. Many. Strawberries. At one point we were getting hauls like the below every other day. It’s all ended now, of course, and sob. Looking forward to seeing you all next year already, Strawberries.
Throughout most of June and July I pretty much played two new albums on repeat: Lorde’s Melodrama and Royal Blood’s How Did We Get So Dark? Both are pretty much awesome in two entirely different ways. I do love a bit of Royal Blood – the noise they make for only two blokes is incredible. And Lorde? Well, so many of the tracks on that album speak to me ON A DEEP LEVEL, MAN. Liability is pretty much the track of my early-mid 20s. Lorde is a witch of my heart.
I also heard TD singing extremely loudly at his preschool Leavers Concert. Which was emotional, I’ll be honest. He did such an amazing job – the only kid to sing ALL the songs and do ALL of the actions, and all with a huge smile on his face the whole time. So, so proud <3
It was my husband’s birthday at the start of July, and we celebrated by throwing a little BBQ party. It’s the first time we’ve had a house/garden large enough to house more than 4 people at a time, so it had to be done, right? I went to town a bit and made a BBQ pulled lamb shoulder and a three tier Eton Mess cake. And not to brag or anything, but HOLY MOLY both of them were INCREDIBLE.
I can highly recommend swapping out pork for pulled lamb, and making an Eton Mess cake. However, don’t blame me if you end up eating the entire of both all to yourself.
It’s been almost 6 weeks now since I bought pretty much the entire The Ordinary range. And yes, believe the hype – it’s all fab. I’m planning a more in-depth post all about the products I’ve been using, but for now I’ll say that the Advanced Retinoid 2%, the Buffet, and the Natural Moisturising Factors are all firm favourites of mine. Also, the Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is MIRACULOUS. TD had some really horrible eczema on the back of his legs, and after a week or so of rubbing that oil into it each night it cleared up beautifully. Wonder stuff!
It feels like every month I say something along the lines of things being tough. It’s really not been a great year. June and July were especially hideous – two fantastic people who I deeply cared about passed away. Their families have really shown how truly wonderful humans can be by celebrating everything that made them so amazing. Dragging positives from the depths of grief are superhuman feats that I’m not sure I could ever achieve. With that in mind how about you go and read this and, if you can, donate, anything that you can.