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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Currently #12

I can't believe it's been an entire month since I last posted. Sometimes life gets in the way and this blog is the thing that has to give when my plate gets a bit too full, which I hate but it's the way it has to be. I think that taking a break from things, even when the break is unintentional, can be a good thing though. It makes you reasses how important to you they are and what you get out of them. And time and time again I find myself back here, writing, so I know there must be something in this blogging marlarky for me! 

Anyway, since it's been a few months since I wrote my last Currently post, I thought I'd share one today, because what better way to catch up? 

Reading :: I recently finished Bloom by Estee Lalonde (which I loved btw) and have since picked up Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes. I've really gotten into make up over the past year or so and both Estee and Sali write beautifully so I'd highly recommend them. I also went into my local bookshop yesterday and bought You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris whose wife was killed in the horrific terrorist attack on Paris in November 2015. The book is described as a memoir of what that period of his life was like and after he wrote an essay to his wife's killers that went viral on Facebook. I think it will be an incredibly important read. 

Eating :: All of the food. It is Christmas after all! I've already had about five Christmas dinner meals, one cooked by myself and Ellie at our uni house, and have eaten my body weight in mince pies so it's safe to say I'm making the most of the fact that calories don't count during the festive period, right?

Thinking about :: I'm so reflective at this time of year, even more so than usual. Seriously though, what an awful year 2016 has been on the world stage. My heart is breaking every day as we hear more and more horrible news. The horrors taking place in Aleppo are just unbearable and I feel so helpless but I've been reading articles like this about what we can do. While donating doesn't seem like much, it's all I can think of to try and help in some way at the moment. I know Christmas is an incredibly expensive time but, if you can, please consider donating to one of the relief funds listed in the Independent article. 

Watching :: Still making my way through Gilmore Girls and absolutely loving it. I've just finished series five and the addiction has got to the point where I honestly want to spend every waking hour watching it, if only other things didn't get in the way! I've also been watching endless Vlogmas videos on YouTube. On the one hand I love how much content is uploaded at this time of year and on the other it's so overwhelming trying to keep up with it! 

Listening to :: Spotify's Christmas Crackers playlist. It has all the best festive songs on it and I've been listening to it on repeat. I've been feeling extremely festive this year and this playlist has definitely been helping that!

Loving :: Buying people Christmas presents! I've been working in my uni's careers department since September and while I'm usually scrambling around at this time of year trying to get all my family nice presents on a very limited budget, this year I've had a much better budget so I've been able to spend a bit more which makes me very happy. Christmas is by no means about presents for me (although they are a great part of Christmas of course!) but it has been nice to be able to treat my lovely Mum to a few things this year that I wouldn't have been able to before I got a job!

And there you have it! I can't believe there are just three days to go until Christmas!! I'm off to my sister's in Yorkshire on Christmas Eve and I've still got one more essay to write that's due in early January so I'm not sure how frequently I'll be posting but I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and I'll be back sometime after the big day! xo

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