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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Currently #02


Reading: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I read The Kite Runner which is also by Housseini a few months ago and adored it so asked my friend Josie if I could borrow his second novel. Like The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set in Afghanistan from the 1970s to the 1990s. Housseini writes so beautifully and poignantly that it's impossible not to be moved by his words. Not only am I loving the story, as upsetting as it is to read at times, but I'm learning more about what it must have been like to live in Afghanistan in those times. I'm ashamed to say that I probably don't know enough about it so Hosseini's books seemed to be a good place to start, despite them being fictional. So far it's an absolute delight to read and I can't wait to find out how it ends.

Eating: Far too many of the cakes I baked on Friday which, if I do say so myself, are quite scrummy. They're the perfect summer cakes and are making up for the fact that the weather's been a bit bipolar this weekend to say the least. My favourite summer dinner over the past couple of weeks (notice how I'm writing summer even though it's not actually the holidays yet??) has without a doubt become roasted vegetable cous cous with chicken. I've been eating it cold, it's light, easy to carry in a tupperware if I want to take it for lunch and it's delicious, what more could you want?!

Thinking about: The fact that I moved house exactly a year ago today and The Fault In Our Stars movie. I watched the latter this morning and was a little overwhelmed. Having read the book a few years ago before it was known in the way it is today and loved it, I was a bit apprehensive that the film might not live up to its expectations. But, for me, it 100% did. It was beautiful and raw and inspiring. And, needless to say, I blubbed like a baby for the majority of it. It will stay with me though, I have no doubt about that, just like the book did and like every great film does. A must-see for me, although, make sure you take tissues - I completely forgot and the result was not pretty! Thinking that I have now lived in this house for a year is just crazy. It feels like we're continually saying that we can't believe what time of year it is already and it can seem repetitive, but I am reminded of it day in day out. It makes me want to make the most of every day I have if I can, while I have the opportunity to try new things. It has to be said, this year in this home has been very good to me, even if it does feel like yesterday that I moved in.

Listening: To Ed Sheeran's new album X. God I love his music. I loved + and now I love X just as much, that man really has a way with words. Speaking of which, his song for The Fault In Our Stars movie is breathtaking too and perfect for the end of the film's credits. It's safe to say I'll probably be picking up a copy of the album as well as listening to it non-stop on Spotify.

Watching: The Fault In Our Stars. And yesterday I watched Roman Holiday, which I thought was great. I love classic films like that and anything with Audrey Hepburn in it gets a thumbs up from me. I also started watching House of Cards at Harry's yesterday, we didn't actually get to finish the first episode because Netflix decided to stop working halfway through, which I was very unimpressed about. But the half I did see I very much enjoyed and can't wait to watch more. So far I'm keeping up my goal of watching all the Germany world cup games (I know it's a terrible pun but I couldn't resist), and they won on Thursday and are through to the knock out round - is that what it's called?? - so yay!

Loving: feeling grateful for the life I have and seeing myself make progress towards where I want to be. Recently a few things have made me realise how lucky I am and I'm really appreciating that more. Likewise I'm loving having so much to look forward to and am hoping this summer will be one to remember... only five days to go!

The inspiration for this 'Currently' post comes from Megan.


  1. We finished watching House of Cards a while ago and it's pretty good. Bit too in depth for me but the bf really liked it. I preferred Orange is the New Black.
    I think I've only have cous cous once in my life, but I have been looking for something new for lunches so maybe this might be something to try.

    1. I'm studying politics at the moment so I find all that stuff fascinating! I've also heard a LOT about Orange is the New Black so will have to make sure I get round to watching that too. I'd definitely recommend cous cous as a lunch in this weather, hope you enjoy it if you decide to try it xo


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