As I sit down to write this, I’m lounging in the garden, bathed in sunshine; a book in one hand and a G&T in the other. Perfect. It finally feels like Summer might be here to stay this time. It teased us back in March and then again in April but now that it’s finally June, it seems right that we will be in for long days and BBQ’s aplenty.
May has been a good month for me. I’ve taken some chances at work and one of them has paid off. I’m now on a staff committee to help implement change across the charity. A couple of years ago, I would never have even considered putting myself forward. What’s shy old me got to contribute? Basically, the idea of sitting in a room full of people debating our work environment would have filled me with dread but it seems this me is eager to jump at the opportunity. Next week I start training and will begin the first meeting of the committee.
This month also marks the last module on my Marketing Diploma to complete. I’m so glad it’s finally coming to an end and although lots of it has felt like a drag, I’ve learnt some new skills which I should be able to use soon enough.
Outside of work, I’ve been enjoying getting back into Zumba. I always leave with a smile on my face, feeling good about sweating in an overly hot hall for an hour. I’ve been trying to get a little bit more active before our holiday in a couple of weeks. We’re off to Greece for a week of sun, cocktails and pretending to be a character from the cast of Mamma Mia as we’re staying close to where it was filmed! No doubt I will update Instagram with pictures of the beaches and town to make you all jealous so head on over there to follow what we get up to.
In other news, Rich finishes Uni next week FOREVER! I’m not sure who’s more excited but we’ve got a few celebrations planned and then a holiday. It’s going to be lovely to have more time together without uni work hanging over Rich’s head and he can start earning some money. Yay to being adults together.
What I’ve been enjoying this month
I’ve been harping on about the amazingness that is Queer Eye to anyone that will listen recently. Rich and I have binged watched Seasons 1-3 in a matter of weeks and are now eagerly awaiting a 4th season which is sure to happen (I hope!) For those that haven’t heard me harp on or are unaware of the premise of the show (where have you been?) it’s basically a make over show where 5 gay guys spend a week with someone who is struggling in life and sort out their home, hair, fashion, food habits and confidence.
The five hosts Jonathon, Tan, Antoni, Karamo and Bobby just make the show for me. They are all infectiously positive and brilliant at making the guy or girl feel like an improved version of themselves. It’s not just your typical makeover show either. The guys help contestants work through issues with confidence, race, religion and grief giving us some important messages about the world we live in.
Each episode works with a different family, couple or individual and by the end of it there’s lots of crying, celebrations and laughter. If you want to watch something easy and feel good, this is definitely it.
We’re now just waiting for Killing Eve to come back next week and Love Island to hit our screens to fill the gap that Queer Eye left.
I’ve also been reading a lot recently and am currently reading Vox by Christina Dalcher. I’d seen this book talked about a lot online and after reading the blurb, I thought I’d give it a try. The book follows Jean McClellan and her family. They live under a strict regime where woman have ‘counters’ fitted to their wrist allowing them to only speak 100 words a day. If they go over the allocated amount, they will get an electric shock. Women have been stripped of all their rights under a new government who have banned them from having jobs, passports and bank accounts as well. Jean is on a mission to reclaim her voice and will stop at nothing to go back to her old life.
It’s a slightly terrifying and sad read but completely compelling. I don’t think it will take me long to finish this one. Before Vox, I read Daisy Jones & The Six which is another book I fully recommend if you want Fleetwood Mac vibes. It’s told from multiple points of view and is so beautifully written that I could easily pick it up it again.
Music I have been enjoying this month includes Lewis Capaldi because how could you not love his huge, heart wrenching voice that lends itself to ballads so perfectly? Rich and I saw Lewis as the support for Bastille at the Brighton Centre and were blown away by his brilliant (and comedic) performance. Check out ‘Hollywood’ on his debut album for a more upbeat number. I’ve also been enjoying lots of dance music from Wilkinson, Hardwell and Weiss.
Socially, May has seen lots of catch ups with friends old and new. A couple of work outings and a cold which refused to shift.
June holds a lot of expectation for me. Celebrations of Rich finishing Uni and two weeks off work soon after, one of which will be spent sunning myself in Greece. It’s looking to be a good Summer.