It’s been way too long since I last did a Little Loves post, Fridays come around so soon and I seem to keep missing the boat. Time is flying by now I’m on maternity leave, I hope it slows down once baby boy arrives as I want the chance to enjoy every second of his babyhood. And I’m hoping that by next Friday, if I miss linking up my excuse will be because I’m too busy cuddling my newborn!
I’m all-consumed by waiting for his birth, so this is actually a nice chance to reflect on things away from that and talk about something other than pregnancy.
Not much to report book-wise, as I spent weeks struggling through Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It just left me cold…hardly a little love!
I spent some time yesterday reading this week’s Stylist though. I don’t really read any magazines, but I love this free one – it was the highlight of my commuting week and I’m so glad that Hubs remembers to grab me a copy now I’m on maternity leave. I’m also loving their website, especially this article about an argument that happened on Love Island (which I am proud to say I’ve never seen!) about feminism and paying on dates.
We finally caught up with the world and watched 13 Reasons Why. We ploughed through it, couldn’t stop watching it – I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. The cast, the soundtrack and of course the difficult but very real and relevant issues it tackled were all incredibly well selected and woven into a compelling story with a genius hook. And as for glamourising suicide, which is a critisism I’ve seen levelled at the show, I don’t agree at all. If anything I think it did the opposite, because as a viewer you can see all the good that Hannah misses out on by cutting her life short and of the support networks she could have accessed. Like anyone who saw it, *the* scene in the final episode tore me apart. A lot of that came down to the fact that I am a mother and saw it from that perspective (to the point of hyperventilation and uncontrollable crying), but I doubt it left any viewer with the opinion that suicide is an easy option, or one without repercussions for those who love you most. And in general, when you see how self absorbed those who hurt Hannah still were even after hearing how they made her feel, I don’t agree that the series tries to paint suicide as a good way of getting revenge on people either. It was a great series which tackled an issue which needs more awareness…you can’t get much better than that.
We’re now watching The Handmaid’s Tale, which I was so glad Channel 4 picked up. After reading about it for so long during it’s production I am made up that it’s living up to my expectations. The book is one of my favourites, and I think it’s an important story to be raising the profile of right now as a lot of the issues in it (reproductive rights, right-wing politics, religious power struggles, feminism and human rights) are so relevant. If you’ve missed the first few episodes, you should definitely watch it on catch-up and get up to speed for some great Sunday night drama.
I’m quite excited that Haim are due to release a new album this summer, and so when my friend shared this video with me a few weeks back I nearly peed my pants…
I’ve also managed to wrestle the kitchen radio off the teen and discovered Radio X, which replaced my old indie/rock love XFM. Don’t be put off by the fact Chris Moyles and Johnny Vaughn are on the pay roll – just listen to the choons! Though I have just Googled and am sad to see they don’t have a single female DJ, which has turned me off a bit…
I’m down to one pair of maternity jeans right now, so I have nothing exciting to put here. But I did recently get the chance to wear again the maternity evening dress I bought for a wedding. Our friends’ daughter was christened recently, so I got to dress up for that. It made me feel a bit more human again, to do my hair and look nice for a while. No heels, mind you!
I actually have something to put here! I made scones at the weekend, and despite being on the small side (though I’m certain that was the recipe as they rose really well) they were actually pretty good. And before that I made flapjacks, which were lush. I’d convinced myself years ago that I couldn’t bake, but I think the problem was that in my healthy quest I was trying to do diet or “clean” baking…which is just crap. Turns out I can bake pretty well as long as I use real flour, real butter and real (sorry) sugar. I’m definitely going to embrace real cake from now on. The healthy part will just be having it in moderation. I can see baking being a regular thing during my maternity leave!
My four year old “graduates” from nursery tomorrow. He’ll still be attending over the summer, but tomorrow is a celebration of them moving on to primary school and this part of their little lives coming to an end. Provided I don’t go into labour overnight and miss the whole thing, I predict I will be a big blubbering mess!