In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a bit of a rejig here on the blog. Yep, Spare Oom is out and B,Rambling is in and I’m loving it. I expect I’ll be fixing broken links until the end of time, but it’s worth it for the fab new header designed by Jemma and a blog that feels more true to who I am and what I want to write. There will be a new blog post on god knows what coming your way on Wednesday as usual, but for now I’ll stop my rambling (you getting the name now?) and get on with the usual weekly round-up of everything I’ve loved reading and watching in the last week.
I’ve really been trying to make an effort to read more this week, but it’s been a bit of a busy one so I’ve had mixed results. I’m almost at the end of The Essex Serpent, a book that I talked about first in April. That’s how bad I’ve been for reading this year. I’ve really enjoyed it so far but haven’t been blown away; I love the settings of Victorian London and small-town Essex, and the female-driven Scientific advances of the time are fab and it’s great to see them brought into the the public sphere and acknowledged. This book is primarily about relationships and I think it deals with them really well, avoiding rushing and allowing them to develop very naturally. It’s worth a read if you’re into that sort of thing, but I wouldn’t shout from the hills about it.
First up is a post from Cate, talking all about her new weekly challenge which sounds FAB. She will be using a random country generator to choose a country every Monday and cook a traditional recipe from that country. She’s planning to explore the history of the dish and its place in the culture and I just think it’s a brilliant idea. She kicked off the challenge with a Mauritian chicken daube dish, and I really enjoyed reading about the blend of cultures behind it.
Beverley’s post about what to do in the evening when travelling alone is such a useful one. When I went Copenhagen alone several years ago I spent every evening cooped up in my Airbnb, too nervous and uncertain to venture outside alone. I really did waste my time there which I really regret, and I’m determined to make the most of it next time I travel alone. I did a lot better when I was in Kyoto alone, but even so, Beverley’s post really encouraged me and gave me ideas of great things to do in a strange city at night.
Elle’s post about running off to New York for a month was another great read; I’m all for taking a break and heading off for some headspace and I think New York is a great place to do it in. Reading this seriously upped my desire to finally go to NYC, and it’s a trip I’ll hopefully make soon (next year? Fingers crossed!)
I freaking love Scandinavia at the best of times and Sam’s post on spending a weekend in Oslo has only increased my desire to go back. I’ve been to Helsinki and Stockholm, but Oslo is definitely in need of a visit. Can you tell I’ve got seriously itchy feet at the moment? I’m in dire need of another holiday and nothing booked until April, so I’m living vicariously through Sam’s stunning photography.
Since discovering Lauren’s blog last month it has featured in these Monday Medleys several times because it’s just right up my street. In this post she talks about a phenomenon I also experience: impatience. I want to go to New York and Helsinki now damn it! If I don’t get it done straight away I feel like a failure, meaning I put way too much pressure on myself. Lauren talks about this much better than I could have, and her post is well worth a read if you tend to beat yourself up for not having a five year/one year/six month plan.
Has anyone else been watching Trump: An American Dream on Channel 4? It’s super fascinating to look back and see where the lunatic came from, but seeing him as a young man is seriously creepy. It’s shown on Thursdays and is my current weekly viewing (apart from The Apprentice obv) and it never fails to creep me out a little while also educating me about the most powerful man in the world…someone save us please.