The Latest in my life 🌥️
Today is my 13th blogversary! I started blogging about books and writing back in 2009. Back then, I was a 20-year-old studying for an open university degree and working part-time in a pharmacy. I’ve blogged through my wedding to my husband, the birth of my daughter, my job as assistant exams officer and then Literacy Learning Lead, and my first publication. I’ve had a few breaks along the way, but I always return to blogging as it’s a hobby that brings me a lot of satisfaction. It serves as a sort of online diary where I can share my thoughts on life, parenting, books, entertainment and writing. I’ve made lots of online friends over the years and I’m very grateful for this supportive community. Thanks for following me on this journey!
Things have been tough lately as I’ve had some issues with both my physical and mental health. But, thankfully, some of the treatments are starting to work and I have appointments and tests booked, so I’m hopeful that things will improve soon.
I enjoyed having my youngest sister stay over last weekend. We stayed up late chatting, played board games and went out for a meal to celebrate her birthday with my Dad, step-mum and Grandma. It was also my beloved Grandad’s 93rd birthday yesterday and we had a brief video call with him.
Work has been a good distraction from my aches and pains and I’ve had some really uplifting lessons with my students in the last couple of weeks. On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day at work with an Alice in Wonderland theme, which was lots of fun. My daughter had to dress up as a word for hers. She chose “courageous” so she went in a pink and blue cape and superhero mask with a “Type 1 Diabetes warrior” T-shirt. In the evening, I went out with my colleagues to our local American-style diner in the evening. The food was delicious and it was good to relax and socialise for a change.
I’ve also been cheered up by the arrival of my new mobile phone (Samsung A03s) as my old one died. I spent most of yesterday setting up all my apps! It seems huge in my hand compared to my old one, but I suppose I’ll get used to it.
We also had a belated Pancake Day yesterday. I am the designated pancake maker in my house, and I didn’t do a bad job (even if I do say so myself). I love mine with lemon and sugar.
I’ve not written anything since my WEP poem last month, but there are a few story competitions coming up soon that I’m planning to enter.
I have also signed up to deliver a creative workshop at Boston Book Festival in September, which I’m very excited about.
My daughter and I are still reading The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis together. I’m half-way through a self-help book called Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr Julie Smith (of TikTok fame), which is quite interesting to dip in and out of.
Watching and Listening 📺
- I caught up with the last couple of episodes of The Book of Boba Fett last week. Thought it was great and loved the cross-over with The Mandalorian.
- I’m still enjoying The Apprentice but I’m not sure who I want to win.
- I’m excited that Picard season 2 has come to Amazon Prime. I’m hoping to watch the first episode tonight.
Quote of the Week 💬
It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!~Kimberly
How was your week? Did you have pancakes for Shrove Tuesday or celebrate World Book Day? Let me know in the comments!