The month that was: March 2017

What happened:
I finished my freelance contract, my friend came to stay, we met friends for lunch and a walk on the Southbank, I *finally* went to the hairdressers, we travelled to Yorkshire to visit my family, plus we went to the Star Wars Identities exhibition at The O2. (And Olly constructed the LEGO Millennium Falcon that I bought him, just because!)

In Yorkshire, we had a mooch around York in the sunshine and climbed to the top of York Minster - before catching up with my family, playing board games, and hitting up Volcano Falls for some adventure mini golf. (I'm dreadful.) As for the Star Wars exhibition, it was enjoyable enough, but shorter than I expected. If you're a fan though, you'll enjoy it.

What I ate:
The eating out list this month included: The Ivy Brasserie Soho (my swordfish was dry so had to get them to cook another one, and the service was very hit and miss), Bukowski (prefer the Brixton branch to the one I went to in Soho), Nando's (classic), The Draft House (OK), Ping Pong (all the dim sum), Drakes Fisheries (proper fish and chips, though sadly missing scraps), Cafe Fleur (new favourite for brunch) and TGI Fridays (Jack Daniels's sesame chicken strips FTW).

What I saw:
We finished watching Better Call Saul - I can't wait to see what happens next - and we blitzed through Santa Clarita Diet. It's amusing enough, but I wouldn't say you have to go and watch it RIGHT NOW. We also watched season two of The Man in the High Castle. It took me a while to get back into it, but that ending... oooooh! And watched all of Iron Fist, which got a bit flat towards the end - definitely could have been a shorter series. We also started watching Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (amusingly odd) and Riverdale (my replacement already lined up for the end of PLL!).

IMDB films watched: Forest Gump (13) and The Godfather (2). Other films watched: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Doctor Strange, Florence Foster Jenkins, A Street Cat Named Bob, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Trolls, The Boss, The Martian and A Hologram for the King.

At the cinema, we saw Logan, which was really awesome. I'm not really a Marvel fan, but it truly was excellent. We also saw Kong: Skull Island and, of course, Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast was wonderful, and you don't have to choose between loving the classic cartoon or this one - you can love them both, OK!

What I read:
In March I read ten books, and listened to two audiobooks. I absolutely loved listening to David Attenborough's Life on Air (wonderfully read by him, too) - he's had such a marvellous career - but I didn't rate Local Girl Missing, the other audiobook I listened to. Books I enjoyed reading in March: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella and How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss.

How was your month? x

The month that was: February 2017

What happened:
I've been busy freelancing all month, but it's been nice to be out and about in central London - especially as spring creeps closer! I'm walking around 7-8 miles a day since I discovered taking the Tube from Waterloo takes me 20 minutes... walking takes me 25 minutes, and is much more scenic. (Not to mention my only form of exercise!) It's also a year since we moved from Brixton to Wandsworth, and I'm still super happy living there.

We headed to Kent this month to visit our niece and nephew, and also booked a wee trip to Belgium for my birthday. Oh, and in good news, Kept went to #4 in UK, #12 in the US, #5 in Canada and #7 in Australia (in the overall best sellers chart - got to love a BookBub promotion!). I also made it to #1 in quite a few sub-genres, and am still in the UK Top 100 chart. Woohoo!

What I ate:
We met Olly's parents at Sophie's Steakhouse for a pre-theatre dinner (them, not us), which is a nice enough place if you're in that area. Their steak frites is a bargain. We also *finally* got to go to Dip & Flip, which was awesome and we'll definitely be back. As an ex-Northerner, I thoroughly approve of gravy with burgers and chips!

I've been making the most of my lunchtimes getting my fill of as much Wasabi and burritos (Chilango, mainly, though I did try Daddy Donkey) as I can - my absolute lunchtime faves - as well as exploring the foodie delight that is Leather Lane. I also had a lunch date at The Fable (they got my order wrong, but they did rectify it), and had a Chit Chat Chaii at home, via Deliveroo. (Delicious, as always!) And, of course, there were the inevitable pancakes - the usual ones on Pancake Day, but we also had some chocolate chip American pancakes at home, with bacon and maple syrup. Yum!

What I watched:
We finished watching The Grand Tour this month, and also Luke Cage. I'm not really a fan of the Marvel TV shows, but I preferred Luke Cage to Jessica Jones and Daredevil. (I never included Daredevil in my monthly round-ups, but I did half-watch it with Olly.) We then blitzed through The People v. O.J. Simpson, which was fascinating (how did he get away with it?!), then started watching the second season of Better Call Saul. (Once BCS finishes, I really want to rewatch Breaking Bad.)

IMDB Top 50 films: Back to the Future (45) and The Prestige (50). Other films watched: Dirty Grandpa, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 10 Things I Hate About You, John Wick, Whiskey Foxtrot Tango and Central Intelligence.

At the cinema we saw The LEGO Batman Movie in 4DX, which was OK. I definitely prefer The LEGO Movie. We also watched an advance screening of Hidden Figures, which I absolutely loved. I now *have* to the book to read. It should have won an Oscar!

What I read:
In February I read 6 books, and listened to one audiobook: Go Set a Watchman, which was perfectly read by Reese Witherspoon. No 5* reads this month, but I enjoyed The Muse by Jessie Burton the most. (I also broke my book buying ban. Oops!)

How was your month? x


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