• Friday, 23 December 2016

    Work dos, reminder necklaces and Michael Buble #LittleLoves

    Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Hope you've all had lovely, calm weeks in the final preparation time before Christmas. I've been pretty busy and my agency put me in a doctors surgery in a largely Jewish area of Salford, which has meant everything there is obviously about Hanukkah this Saturday, rather than Christmas. So that's been quite a nice, but unusual break from all things festive for me. But without further ado, this weeks Little Loves.

    I looked back on my previous Little Loves posts recently and realised the past three weeks began with 'I haven't read much...' Whilst that is still true for this week, as all I've read is a bunch of tweets and my copy of Look. So to make up for it, here are my five favourite books that I've read this year.
    Brick Lane - Monica Ali
    This one I nicked off my mum and tells the story of an eighteen year old girl that comes from Bangladesh to the East End of London for an arranged marriage. The book tells a story of culture shock and clashes in a genuinely sweet manner.

    The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
    Another of my mum's recommendations that she's been banging on about for ages. I read this during my week in Greece and got through it so fast. Witty and clever with a loveable, plump protagonist (and how often is it that we get a larger woman as the main character without half the story focusing on them trying to lose weight), I enjoyed this immensely.

    I am Malala - Malala Yousafzi
    The ultimate inspirational story of an entire generation, Malala herself writes this beautifully and describes her home country so lovingly, I'm now desperate to see Pakistan. You should read this, your children should read this and so should everyone else you know.

    Starter For Ten - David Nicholls
    I had previously read One Day (as has every girl under 25 it seems) so picked this up in a charity shop. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't another sappy love story (as lovely as One Day is, I just can't put up with too much romance). This is a fun tale of a working class lad done good and attempting to fit in at a red brick university. The films' good too, but it would be, James McAvoy plays the lead.

    Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
    Everyone was obsessed with Gone Girl, and rightly so, but my favourite was definitely Dark Places. A little bit more of a dark story than Gone Girl (if you can imagine that), but still full of tragedy and mystery. You'll end up reading it in one go if you're anything like me.

    I went to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Lowry this week. Jay's family always see a musical at Christmas and it's a definitely a tradition I can get on board with. I was obsessed with the film of Chitty as a child, me and my brother were raised on classic musicals over Disney, and would always put this one on and get mum's foot spa out. Hey, remember when those were a thing and everyone had them? Ah, the 90s. It was wonderfully nostalgic to see it on stage and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Jason Manford's voice.

    I've been trying to force myself into the Christmas spirit, though I'm not a huge fan of a lot of modern Christmas songs, you can't really beat Buble at this time of year, so this album has been my current companion. Although, I found it funny that he changes 'Santa baby,' to 'Santa buddy.' Like, really? Bit unnecessary.

    I taught my niece how to make salt dough decorations this week and she loved it. I didn't take any pictures of them though, which is a shame, because she made the most splendid reindeer. She concentrated so hard she had her tongue stuck out at one point, it was rather entertaining to watch.

    I got a surprise in the post this week when a Christmas card came from an old university friend and enclosed was this brilliant necklace. We worked on our final major project together, an exhibition focusing on sexism and used this symbol a lot in our marketing. I ended up sobbing at it, partly because I was feeling a little fragile, but at the time I really need a reminder of my previous achievements and the fact that I can do things well. So this necklace is a perfect little reminder that I can do things well and I should carry on doing it. Wow, that's a bit much from a necklace isn't it.

    It was Jay's work's Christmas do this week, which meant a trip out on the town with five very excited, slightly tipsy boys. Being a temp/freelancer, I don't exactly get my own Christmas party so I've got to make the most of Jay's. Sadly I had to be at work in the morning and Jay has the most horrendous cough at the moment, so it was an early one, but not before Jay showed off his best moves.

    Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases!

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    1 comment:

    1. Loving your top 5 books of the year. I've yet to read I Am Malala and really must get myself a copy.
      Hope you've had a lovely Christmas xx