I’ll be honest: I almost gave up on my “write down three positive things every day,” project this week.
It’s just the same old reason, really: it’s not that there aren’t any positive things in my days, it’s just that when I’m basically chained to my desk all the time, it gets harder and harder to be creative with them, and not just keep repeating the same old things, like, “Dinner was nice tonight,” or “Thank God wine exists,” or whatever. Also, I can’t help but notice that an awful lot of my positive things revolve around shopping, so my little ‘gratitude’ journal is full of entries saying, “OMG, that Boden dress I’ve wanted for months now went on sale AND came back into stock in my size!” Speaking of which…
OMG, that Boden dress I’ve wanted for months now went on sale AND came back into stock in my size!
First up: yes, I know there are two dresses in this photo, but it’s OK, because one of them (The Iris Ottoman) was a gift from the brand, so it totally doesn’t count. The other one, meanwhile, is the Elsa Ottoman (Because I love any dress with the word ‘”Ottoman” in its description, apparently…), and it was ALSO a gift, it’s just that it was a gift from ME. To, er, me. No, I’m not proud.
As some of you might remember, though, I bought the green version of this dress last summer, and it’s seriously one of the best dresses I’ve ever owned: just a perfect fit, a fabric that never, ever creases, and a colour selection that made it really, really tough for me to pick just one. I ended up going for the green (Because, obviously.), but while green is always going to be my first choice in dresses, stripes come a close second, so when I saw that the stripe version was down to £26, I just couldn’t resist. I mean that literally. It was weak of me, I know, but you know what? I’d do it again – and I mean that literally, too, because if the black version was still available in my size, I’d totally buy it. It would be the perfect little black dress, I swear. God, I wish they still had it in black…
02. Fun food
Last weekend, my parents bought a candy floss (or cotton candy, as you probably know it, if you’re not from around these parts…) maker, so we decided to give it a bit of a test run when we went to visit them on Saturday. Unfortunately, it turns out that my lack of cooking ability also extends to cotton candy: here’s Rubin’s verdict on my strangely elongated attempt:
He was much more interested in this small, but perfectly formed, creation from my dad, though:
Yes, this entire post is basically just a thinly-veiled excuse for me to post this photo of Rubin, because seriously, lookit his laughing face! I can’t look at it without smiling, so if that’s not a positive thing, I don’t know what is.
The Walking Dead
(That’s not a photo of the Walking Dead, obviously, it’s a photo of my living room while I was watching The Walking Dead. No Dead were photographed for this blog post, because that just ain’t happy, is it? Terry strung these fairy lights around the room instead of Christmas decorations last year, and I liked them so much I just “forgot” to take them down. I’ll do it soon. Maybe. Probably. Never.)
So, I know flesh-eating zombies aren’t exactly a ‘positive’ thing, really, but let’s just roll with this, OK? Now, I know everyone in the entire world has seen The Walking Dead, but, until this week, I’d been avoiding it in much the same way I’d avoid the ACTUAL zombie apocalypse, because, well, it’s (obviously) about zombies. I don’t like zombies. Not just because they’ll eat your brains out, and that’s not how I intend to go (I actually don’t intend to “go” at all: I’m just going to live forever. Because that’s roughly how long it’ll take me to finish this blog post, at this rate…), but also because they’re boring and a bit silly, really, and because I’ve yet to learn that when everyone in the whole world likes something, it’s usually because it’s quite good, really.
Anyway, this week Terry persuaded me to watch The Walking Dead with him, and who’da thunk it: it’s quite good, really. In an “I will binge-watch the hell out of this, and, hey, I wonder if it would be rude to cancel all my plans this month, so I can binge-watch some more?” As I said, I’m still stuck to my desk most of the time right now, so I’m not getting to spend as much time watching people rip each others faces off as I’d ideally like, but although we watched a ton of TV over Christmas, this is the first long-running series I’ve gotten really into a while, so it’s good to know we’re not going to run out of episodes anytime soon. (No spoilers, btw – we’re only up to season 2 right now!)