February might be the shortest month of the year but for me, it seems to have lasted forever. Winter is by far my favourite season however, even I am getting a little bit fed up with the spine chilling temperatures, snow and falling arse over tits after slipping on ice if I dare to leave the house. So, to shine a little bit of positivity on The Coldest Week Ever, I thought I would do a round up of some of my February favourites.
Not working and being unwell means that I have had more time than normal to read. One of my resolutions for 2018 is to read at least 52 books, I’m a little behind but I’m slowly starting to get through my to read list.
Cat Clarke is a recent discovery, thanks to Life of Pippa and her book recommendations. I have read Girlhood and Torn and absolutely loved them. I’ve just started the audiobook of The Lost and The Found and it’s a little slower in pace, making it harder to get in to, but I’m sure that I will enjoy it. Cat is a young adult (YA) author, but the themes of friendship, bereavement and grief, transition of adulthood, isolation and guilt are relatable and she has a beautiful writing style.
Another book that I have loved this month is The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen. I very rarely cry reading books, but oh my god, this book had be crying actual real life tears on more than one occasion. One of the main characters has Autism Spectrum Disorder and it was well portrayed throughout the book.
One of my most frequently read genres is thriller/crime. Kimberly McCreight is one of my go-to authors and I am currently half way through Where They Found Her: full review next month but it is a real roller coaster of a book!
My final book for this month is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Put simply, I adored this book, Eleanor is a complex character with a dysfunctional relationship with her mother, facing difficult decisions and changes. I am so excited to see how this is adapted into a film.
At this point, I want to give a huge shout out to Wilson, my friend Nikki’s dad who very kindly pays for the Netflix subscription that I leech on to. Not all heroes wear capes.
I’m a bit rubbish at discovering new TV programmes, I tend to stick to what I know and rematch again and again and again. But, I hold my hands up and admit that yes, I am now bored of Line of Duty, Happy Valley and Silent Witness. Although series 17-20 of Silent Witness did keep me entertained for a good week (that’s 30 hours of Emilia Fox cutting up bodies and getting herself into all sorts of dramas).
This month, after a recommendation from YouTuber Hannah Witton, I discovered Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It is so bad that it’s good, I love the random outbursts into songs, even if they don’t always make sense. Rebecca Bunch is literally the ex-girlfriend that nightmares are made of. Note to self: never move to the other side of a country to stalk your ex-boyfriend…
I’ve also spent an unhealthy amount of time watching The Vicar of Dibley. I know, I know, it’s not new, but the recent death of Emma Chambers has meant that my mum and I dug out my Vicar of Dibley DVDs and binge watched ALL the Dibley. Dawn French is a comedy genius, am I right or am I right?
I had hoped to see Wonder, The Greatest Showman, Ladybird and Three Billboards in the cinema but I haven’t been well enough, so I’ll be nabbing them on DVD when they come out.
It seems only right to include a few things that make my life as a spoonie/professional sick kid a little bit easier.
After spending the majority of February in my pyjamas, I feel that I have become a bit of an expert in loungewear. Some of the best pyjamas that I have purchased have been from Matalan. Not what I was expecting either! They are super soft, reasonably priced and they wash well, unlike Marks and Spencer pyjamas which seem to shrink after one wash and leave me wandering around in ankle swingers with blue ankles because they’re so chilly.
Anyone who is close to me will know that I’m a little bit obsessed with The Body Shop. Around a year ago, I made the decision to change my makeup and cosmetics to cruelty free ones, and whilst The Body Shop has some questionable ownership, their products are cruelty free. I have fallen in love with their Fuji Green Tea Shampoo: at the moment, I’m not well enough to be dealing with long hair washes and deep conditioning, but using this shampoo has left my hair feeling all softy soft.
Not wearing makeup is doing wonders for my skin, however the cold temperatures and wind have left my skin feeling a little drier than normal. The Vitamin E Moisture Cream, again from The Body Shop has rehydrated my skin and a little really goes a long way. I use it twice a day and the pot seems very ending, in a good way! For some extra TLC, I’ve been using the Tea Tree Night Mask and Tea Tree Pore Minimiser. If you aren’t a fan of tea tree, these probably aren’t for you because they are very…tea tree-y.
Odds and Sods
And finally, a few things which have made my February a little bit better but don’t fit neatly into any of the above.
I want to give a huge virtual round of applause to Spoonie Village. As a spoonie herself, Hayley’s artwork is fantastic and so relatable for Spoonies. I could spend a small fortune on her Etsy store and receiving packages from her makes my day.
Another virtual round of applause goes to Elle Darby, YouTuber extraordinaire. She is one of the few vloggers who genuinely cares about her followers, shown by her willingness to interact with everyone and the fact that she hosted a huge Angel Party for her followers, once she reached 10k on YouTube. I’m gutted that I wasn’t well enough to go, here’s holding on to the potential summer party. Elle’s videos have got me through some bleak hospital visits and I’ve gone from crying with utter depression to laughing at some of the stuff she comes out with.
My last favourite of this month is IV/IM cyclizine. Cyclizine is an anti-sickness medication and it has been a saviour this month. Unlike my lovely friend, Claire, who can’t be dealing with the head-fuck it gives, I love the stuff and would happily lead a trippy life, constantly off my little head on the magic drug!