Happy Friday everyone! It’s felt like a very long week, hasn’t it? But before we get into my list, I’m going to start with something else that made me happy this week: the fact that Phillip Pullman is releasing more books in His Dark Materials. From what I’ve read 1 book is supposed to be 10 years before the action in the original trilogy and the other 2 are 10 years post the trilogy. Sam and I even had a reading from His Dark Materials at our wedding, so to say that I’m excited is an understatement.
1o Things That Have Made Me Happy
>>> I binge watched “The Santa Clarita Diet”. It wasn’t groundbreaking but at 28 minutes an episode and a combination of horror and comedy it was delightful weekend watching.
>>> I found super cheap tickets to Gdansk in March, so I booked them. I’m going on a solo trip and I’m super excited. If you have any Gdansk posts, send them my way! And then at the end of April I found a £15 steal to go to Ireland. Both are quick 24 hours trips being the oldest person in a youth hostel but I can’t wait.
>>> I broke a critical piece of code on my site, but I knew exactly what it was. But since it was a parse error with my syntax I was locked out of the admin site altogether (it basically didn’t exist). I set up an FTP, set it up and remotely fixed the corrupt functions. I was crying and shaking throughout. (Rhyme & Ribbons was completely gone in that moment – I honestly thought I was going to lose everything.) For computer whizzes this probably seems like no big deal, but for me it was DEFCON 2 stress. But I fixed it! YAHYES.
>>> I got a hilarious email – an author wants to use a photo of me with an art deco spin as the inspiration for the cover art in her latest mystery series. (Lady Detective, very Phryne Fisher-esque). Obviously I said yes because it’s awesome.
>>> Celebrating Rhyme & Ribbons 4th birthday with balloons was the most appropriate thing we could have done.
>>> There’s just a sliver more daylight every single day, and it has been my everything lately. A bit of sun past 5pm? Such a huge improvement!
>>> I took part in the Co-op Food UK’s #winewednesday Facebook/Twitter live wine tasting lesson and it was brilliant fun.
>>> I had two job interviews and I was offered them both. It felt pretty excellent. It was awesome to be in a position where I felt like I was choosing the best role for me; the one that would make me happiest (though maybe not a wealthy career woman). I still can’t blog about work (it still involves kids) but as part of my new role I get to bake cakes and snuggle babies. Pretty great!
>>> I watched the “13th” on Netflix. I highly, highly, highly recommend it. I knew our criminal justice system was broken with outrageous bail, crazy mandatory minimums, etc. But I had no idea how massive and insidious the mass incarceration complex is. And I had no clue about “ALEC” – shudder.
>>> Valentine’s Day was lovely. Sam actually surprised me on Monday with some lovely flowers as a pre-Valentine’s Day gift. Then he gave me macarons from Bettys and we spent the evening drinking sparkling rose and eating cheese.
This weekend Sam and I are finally seeing “Cursed Child” after buying our tickets years ago on opening day! What are your weekend plans?