Some things that I love…
I have loved butwhymummywhy’s linky since it started and have eventually dragged my blog out of the vaults to regularly join in with this linky, and hopefully blog more too.
Something I read – I finished in 2 days (no mean feat with a 1 and 3 year old at home!) ‘A Million Little Pieces’ by James Frey. This is the author’s account of his journey through rehab and was recommended to me by a friend. I’m sure everyone knows of at least one person who has struggled with some form of addiction in their life and I was interested in learning more about rehab and what it’s really like. The book was very compelling; it was on my mind when I wasn’t able to read and it was one of those books I was reading hours beyond the time I should have been asleep! You know, when the clock says 2am and you have a 6am alarm call. It is written in quite an unusual style, a total absence of grammar at times as the author tries to convey a stream of consciousness and spilling his thoughts, feelings and reactions onto the page. A couple of the episodes will live with me for a long, long time (the scene at the dental surgery and his smile as he was leaving being one of these). All in all, it’s a great book and I would strongly recommend reading it. Apparently there was a bit of controversy after it was released over it not being as accurate an account of the author’s experience as he made out, but I don’t care. Still a brilliant book.
Something I watched – This week it’s all about the Masterchef final! I loved Larkin at the start but he has really bombed in the final stages so I’m hoping Natalie will win. (Writing this before the final episode is broadcast!) I think Natalie has really blossomed as the series has gone on, clearly growing in confidence and I also love that she’s so down to earth.
Something I wore – My trainers!!! The ground has been fairly dry and it’s been good to get out of the winter boots. Hasn’t the weather this year been awful so far?
Something I listened to – I really enjoy Live Lounge type albums – where artists or groups are invited into the studio for a live session and usually do some of their own stuff and a cover. I’ve also enjoyed Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday Sessions and my favourite track of the week is ‘Damn your eyes’ by Alex Clare. When I first heard this on the album I wasn’t sure who the singer was, but he’s the voice behind ‘Too Close’ – a live version of which is on the 2012 Live Lounge album. I prefer Alex Clare’s version of Damn Your Eyes to Etta James’ original. Cool tune, and I love the drum track.
Something I cannot live without – starting with the obvious – my iPhone. For a huge variety of uses – banking, keeping in touch with family/friends, accessing emails quickly, facebooking, tweeting, capturing images and instagramming, checking the weather forecast, my diary, mumsnetting, my to do list, reading the news, amazon (one-click is AMAZING, I always hate hunting for my purse when shopping online), keeping the kids occupied with apps/games/netflix/itunes, the goodreads app (LOVE IT!), Sky+ app for times like christmas day at your parents’ when they remind you that Room on the Broom is on at 3pm and you hadn’t set sky plus to tape, all the catch up tv apps (we don’t have an ipad but who needs one when you can take your iphone into the kitchen and cook/bake while watching tv, albeit in miniature), easy internet access, music on the go, a mobile metronome, find iPhone (couldn’t live without it, particularly useful for anyone else who usually leaves their phone on silent. How do you find that when it’s down the back of the sofa? The find iPhone app will play a sound on it whether it’s on silent or not!), need I go on???
Thanks again to butwhymummywhy for starting this linky which I think I’m going to thoroughly enjoy contributing to. And thanks for reading, if you got this far!