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Friday, 22 January 2016

Currently #09

Reading :: The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I can't remember who recommended this to me but it's been on my 'to read' list for a while now and I am *so* glad that I finally picked it up at the start of this month. Tartt is an incredible writer and, 450 pages in, I can honestly say I have no idea where the plot is going to go. It's a gripping, can't-stop-reading kind of book and if you haven't already, I urge you to read it right away. Also, in terms of how reading's going in general, I'm still not reading as much as I'd like because of uni and everything taking up a lot of my time, but I've been trying to make more time for it again which I'm loving.

Eating :: Pretty much everything in sight. I was on the phone to a friend yesterday talking about how difficult I find it in January to be healthy and realised that it's probably because I spend the entirety of December eating whatever the hell I like. It's obviously not going to be easy to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon going from Christmas to trying not to eat any chocolate so, while I've been managing to go to the gym twice a week and actually enjoying it, health in terms of food is not going so well. But hopefully I'll turn that around asap.

Thinking about :: The future in all kinds of ways. My mind is running around so much lately and I'm not sure what's sparked it. I've been thinking non-stop about both the near-future and late-future. Daydreaming about summer holidays and what I want to do with my summer this year. Trying to work out what I want to do when I finish uni, what industry I'd like to work in (a bit premature, I know but it seems mad to me that I have no idea what I want to do). The list goes on. It's been a thinking-heavy month so far for sure.

Watching :: War & Peace and all the Harry Potter films. War & Peace is a series currently showing on BBC One based on Tolstoy's novel. I am loving it. I adore period dramas and this one has been adapted so so well. The acting is a dream and the story captivating; I can't recommend it enough. After the heartbreaking death of Alan Rickman last week my uni friends and I were really in the mood to watch Harry Potter, although I don't know when I'm ever not in the mood to watch it to be honest. We've watched one a night over the past week and it's been so nice to revisit those wonderful films.

Loving :: Receiving letters in the post. I've always loved letter writing but had completely fallen out of the habit of ever writing letters because, to put it bluntly, why would I? With technology today it's so easy to just send someone a text, give them a call or Skype and so it hardly seems worth the effort to put pen to paper. How stupid I was to think that! Luckily my lovely friend Josie moving to Senegal for a year to teach in a school there has given me the excuse to write letters again. We've been writing back and forth to each other since October and it really gives me such joy to receive and read her letters. There's something so special about it that makes me hope I don't fall back into the habit of just using my phone to communicate when she's back - letter writing is really something else.

So that's where I'm at right now I guess. I hope everyone has had a good week. My Mum and some family friends have booked what looks like a stunning cottage in Dartmoor for today until Sunday so I'm going to stay there this weekend and I can't wait!

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