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September catch-up

Lots of fun and eventful as ever in September! Just checking in with a note of my ‘progress’ so far:

Barter Books in Alnwick

We adventured to Alnwick. (Which took two attempts, as initial train-ride was scuppered by ‘user error’ – we overslept!). Barter Books was AMAZING! Next time we will bring our books to trade. We also enjoyed a lovely wee lunch in the Treehouse.

I submitted my application for UK residency. Received the ‘processing’ letter, followed by a notice to go get my biometrics taken (fingerprint scanning, etc). Will do a proper post once I get my ‘results’.

We put an offer in on a house! And got beat at closing date. We’ve done this already and been beat before, so not getting my hopes up as easily anymore… Still, demoralising!

Aiko the beekeeper

I seized the day and signed up for a beekeeping class!

I’m still the same weight (well, minus 1kg…), but we are doing pretty well with paleo-eating so far! (Check instagram for photos of yummy things S has whipped up for us.) Still caving like a chump at any sign of cakes though….

I’ve started running home from work. I walk to and from already (1.7miles each way), but figured I’d up my game. So far so good!

I dug out 23 items to bin/donate so far! (Mostly books…) I have given 3 away already and binned 6… I also donated a 7.5kg bag full of ‘mixed clothes’ (S’s and mine) that’s been in the closet for ages; sweet relief! However, I accrued an additional 5 items this month… so decided that I need to end up at an overall minus-30 items by end of year. That seems more fair, no?

Thursday Date Night: Wings & Karaoke!

For Thursday date night (our usual family tradition) in week 2, we went to Wings and tried 4 flavours! Then on to Supercube for our first 2 hours towards karaoke challenge. =)

My Spanish level is up! Shout if you fancy a Duolingo invite and I’ll send you one. Have just started on German – fingers crossed.

A colleague clued me in to free online courses on EdEx and there’s one for Intro to Computer Science so I’m contemplating taking this in January to ‘learn to code’. (I’ve taken a similar course at UCLA so hopefully not too redundant, and would be good to top-up and get a certificate hopefully).

I’ve written TWO poems I’m happy with this month! (‘Mold’, and ‘A Wound Masked as a Boast’.) Both need fine-toothing in the next few weeks but happy to have some progress on this front! Imagine it’s because I’ve been trying to digest LOTS of poetry this month (and hopefully going forward). Speaking of which…

readingSimon Armitage, Kid
Jenny Bornholdt, These Days
Jenny Bornholdt, Summer
Leontia Flynn, These Days
Lavinia Greenlaw, Minsk
Seamus Heaney, District and Circle
Dennis O’Driscoll, Reality Check

DC Pierson, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Didn’t Have To
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide

(Strange to read two books with the same title! Jenny Bornholdt is my new favorite for the month. Everything she writes is magnificent.)

Tegan and Sara – Closer (from Heartthrob! So good!)
Grimes – Vanessa
Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing
Ellie Goulding – Burn
Lana del Rey – Young and Beautiful


Roll on October!

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