Life Lately: July & August 2018

I took a lot of the summer away from my keyboard; partly to enjoy the 6 weeks holiday with the kids, and partly because I really needed a break.

I was working on a big project that finally finished with just days to go until the school holidays, and it really stressed me out – I needed to step away from a while; just sitting at my desk made me feel wound up, I didn’t want to be there. Taking some time off has done me the world of good!

We had a really fun 6 week holiday, including my birthday celebration, and spending the odd afternoon/evening with friends which was really lovely. There were plenty of days chilling at home pandering to my head, but we had some fun family days out too, as well as a trip to Denmark to visit the LEGO House, and a week and a bit in Cornwall visiting my parents.

I’ve been reading…

Two of my favourite books from the Summer break were from some of my go-to authors for feel good fiction; Cathy Bramley and Ali McNamara.

A Match Made in Devon is a lovely story about and actress who is forced to flee to the seaside to get away from reporters, and ends up getting involved with the locals, all while helping a family friend turn his holiday letting business plans around.

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van tells the tale of Ana who inherits a broken-down camper van and has to travel to Cornwall to pick it up, only to find it in need of restoration to bring it back to it’s former glory.

I’ve been watching…

Over the holidays we watched some fun family films together at home on our Now TV movies pass – and we had a few trips to the cinema too. James and I managed a cinema date to see Ant Man and the Wasp (SO good), and we all went as a family to go and see Christopher Robin, which we all really loved. It’s such a sweet film and very heart-warming, with quite a few funny moments too.

James and I finally managed to watch Kingsman: The Secret Service while we were in Cornwall (thanks Dad) and loved it as much as I thought I was going to.

I’ve been listening to…

Over the summer we listened to a lot of music as a family in the car or at home, so the Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia soundtracks were played a lot, and a fair bit of Disney too.

I’ve also been enjoying re-listening to some audiobooks from my collection; a handful of Trisha Ashley and Jill Mansell’s older books including Wish Upon a Star which is probably my absolute favourite of all of Trisha’s books.

I’ve been playing…

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on the PS4 was my go-to game over the summer holidays while the girls were in bed, but during daylight hours I played my way through most of Toad: Treasure Tracker on the Switch. James got it for me for my birthday which was at the start of the summer break.

I had the Wii U version of game but didn’t have time to complete it before we sold the console – and the Switch version is way better anyway, there are some fantastic Mario Odyssey themed levels to play. The girls love watching me play and helping me to hunt down Pixel Toad – they are a pair of backseat gamers!

Month in a Minute

You get two for the price of one this time around, since I’m combining two months into one post! Here’s a snippet of what we got up to over the summer: