Friday, 1 April 2016

This month: April


It's the first day of April and I'm going on holiday. I'd call that a pretty good start to the month. But, post-holiday, April is going to be a busy and, almost certainly, l o n g month of essays and revision - made better only by remembering that they are the last essays and exams! But, since there's only so many hours a day a girl can read academic journals and memorise quotes, I decided it was important to plan in some other stuff: some days out, some books to read, some films to watch, some friends to see. And here is my plan. 

to read
Acts of Contrition - Jennifer Handford 
Another freebie Kindle read, and I'm intrigued. A story of a woman, wracked with panic, guilt, when an ex re-enters her life. What will happen when she tells her husband? Is it a tale of love or lust, forgiveness or relationship breakdown?

Three Daughters: A Novel - Consuelo Saah Baehr 
I have wanted to read this for ages. A novel about three generations of Palestinian women, and how they negotiate their contexts of war and conflict. It's the same world, but different times and different women - how will each live within it, or be able to escape it?

The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood
This has been on my bookshelf for 7 months now, and it's time. In true Atwood style, a dystopian novel, introducing us to a society in the midst of a social experiment where individuals are guaranteed a stable life, and their own home on the premise they spend every second month in a prison cell. What happens when our upstanding citizens are locked up, and our criminals are allowed to roam free? 

to watch
Daredevil season 2 
Season 1 had us hooked, and I'm itching for the next one. The notion of a blind superhero is crazy cool, and I loved how dark and glossy the show looks. My knowledge of Marvel is non-existent, but everyone keeps telling me to prepare myself for The Punisher which is a terrifying and awesome name for a comic book villain. 

House of Cards season 4
This is a bit of a cheat because I've already started it...and I was ready to finish it, but then Simon went AWOL and watched the entire rest of the series without me and without any warning. So now, we're going to watch them all over again, as punishment. I find House of Cards difficult to binge watch - not because I don't think it's great, but because I feel like sometimes I need to let it sink in before I can crack on with the next. I reckon I can make this one last the whole of April. 

The Night Manager 
I am really bad at watching stuff when it's on tv because I just can't deal with the prescribed time at which I have to watch it. I've seen snippets of The Night Manager, and recorded it all, so I'm ready to watch it at my leisure. I'm excited after hearing such good things, and reading lots of glowing reviews. 

to go
Copenhagen belated birthday break
It's Friday and I'm going to Copenhagen baby! A very generous and thoughtful birthday trip, courtesy of Simon, and I can't wait to hang out with mermaids, go to castles, zoom about on bikes, eat vegan pastries, and make myself in Lego. HOLIDAAAY. 

Weekend road trips
Simon and I have decided that one weekend, or one day in one weekend, a month we'll hop in the car and go on a proper day out. We've started making a (rather ambitious) list, with aspirations of the Norfolk Broads, Hever Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Lake District...and that's just the beginning. With petrol in your car, and a National Trust membership in your hand, the world is your oyster. 

Brighton beach
It's getting sunny, it's sort of not raining as much. It's time to go to the beach. 

to see
Overdue dinner dates with Fergus & Sang
When one of your oldest friends lives closer to you than he has in years and years, you'd think you'd be all over it and see each other all the time. You'd think. So now is the time, planned months in advance, a well overdue dinner date with lovely people

Mahoosive catch-ups and holiday booking with Soph
Manic dissertation writing and zooming off on holiday on my part, and horrid yucky illness and crazy working hours on Soph's part means that it's been a bajillion years since we've seen each other. A catch up is desperately needed, and let's finaaally book our summer holiday!

Belated Easter with the Adventure Team
Unable to fulfil our exciting Easter plans, I'm now left with two Easter Eggs with Ed and Emma's names on them. A countryside adventure and an evening of chocolate consumption awaits. 
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