There’s such a lot going on in my head and in my family and in my life at the moment that I don’t know if I’m coming or going. I used to work with a lady who would say at times like this “I don’t know whether to wash or bake”. A nice expression but those are not literally the issues in my life right now. So for the sake of reflecting and slowing down a little, I’ve decided to blog a list.
What am I …. Listening to?
I spend quite a bit of time with music radio on in the background or in the car. I listed to BBC radio 6 music mostly, although not really at the weekend when they schedule their more leftfield programmes and (save me!) jazz. The weekday afternoon show with Radcliffe and Maconie is my favourite. However it’s radio 1 that wakes us up in the morning and definitely works best as an alarm clock. The whole pop zoo radio thing is pretty difficult to sleep through. Innit.
What am I …. Eating?
I don’t seem to be able to eat normal bread any more without getting tummy ache. However I don’t think the problem is gluten, I think it’s yeast or some preservative. Asda sell Polish sourdough which tastes like nothing on earth until you toast it, and then it becomes DIVINE. Especially the sunflower loaf. Apparently back in the 17th century I had Polish ancestry and I’d like to think that’s why it suits me but let’s be honest. I’m about as Polish as a tin of Mr Sheen.
What am I …. Reading?
Well it’s Lent and I’m reading the book of John in the Bible using daily emails which my church send out. I think really I’m supposed to read entire chunks but the truth is I’m only reading the focus verses. They really shouldn’t give me the option of missing bits out because I totally will. You’ve probably heard this one, John 3 v 16 before: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” But do you know what comes next in verse 17? “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him”. See? If you think God is all about being judge-y and condemning, well nope.
What am I …. Watching?
I struggle to find telly I like ‘cos I’m a dreadful fusspot who doesn’t like the police. Not on the telly, anyway. I have an aversion to detectives and very English murder. And if I see another plot-line based around amnesia I will SCREAM. I tried watching SSGB which is hilariously bad and which ultimately helped me get a good nap on the sofa. It doesn’t match up to the other Nazi dystopia The Man in the High Castle on Amazon. That was almost too dark but I stuck with it because it was just so well done. I’m glad I did because I was riveted. Although as a viewer you have to choose between your favourite Nazis and that messed with my head. I mean, sheesh.
What am I …. Planning?
2017 is the year we go to the USA for a holiday. We have planned this for about 6 years but quite honestly the planning has mostly been mental, not practical. Our financial planning now looks inadequate thanks to the pound nose-diving. We’re going to see the total eclipse of the sun on 21st August – with luck. If you’ve ever seen one you will know that it’s a pretty overwhelming experience and I haven’t really thought about what happens if my children freak out. We’re going to be in the USA for about 18 days but so far have only booked the flights and three nights in a hotel. We’re going to see relatives and will stay with them for a while but if anyone can give us tips on cheap New York car hire, or things to do in darkest Nebraska I will love you forever. So expensive!