April Life Lately
What I did
April meant saying goodbye to MAGO where I'd been CRM Manager since November 2019. I was sad to leave the business and my team, but I was excited to start my new job at Pets at Home! Settling into a new job is always a pretty scary prospect but everyone I've met so far has been so lovely and it's just such a great company to work for - I love getting to think about pets all day!
April also brought our second wedding anniversary. I know - I don't know how it's been 2 years either! We were so lucky that the rules changed the day before our anniversary so we could have a drink and some food outside and we managed to get a booking for the beer garden of our favourite pub. It was so nice to be able to celebrate properly!
Two year wedding anniversary is cotton, so Phil got me a cotton-scented candle and diffuser and some new pyjamas (I loooooove new pyjamas!) and I was a bit sneaky and got him some "cotton" spa slippers and booked us a massage. It was soooo lovely and relaxing, plus we got a glass of prosecco after which was definitely a bonus!
April also brought the release of The Green Barbecue and I was thrilled to received a signed copy from Rukmini herself. Phil got a new barbecue for his birthday so if the weather stays nice I'll hopefully have a review up on here soon!
What I read
April was a fantastic reading month - I read so many good books! Here's what I read in April:
- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Hacking the Unconscious by Rory Sutherland
- People Like Them by Samira Sedira
- Animal by Lisa Taddeo
- Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
- Saltwater by Jessica Andrews
- Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan
- Paradise Block by Alice Ash
- Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates
- Adrianne Geffel: A Fiction by David Hajdu
- The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
What I watched (films)
- Palm Springs
- The Matrix (this was a rewatch but I haven't seen it since it came out so it was like watching it for the first time)
- The Sound of Metal
- Promising Young Woman
- The Act of Killing
- The Conjuring
- The Mitchells vs. the Machines
What I watched (TV)
We also watched the Schitt's Creek documentary on Netflix which I highly recommend if you're a fan - I just wish it had been longer!
What I listened to
- 30 for 30: Heavy Medals
- Bed of Lies
- Rabbit Hole
What I read online
- Refinery 29 - I think I've forgotten how to socialise and How to socialise after lockdown and related - When lockdown ends, remember not everyone can afford the Best Summer Ever
- The New Yorker - Nigella Lawson wants to talk to people
- Yes and Yes - 4 Sneaky ways to stay motivated when you don't have deadlines
- The Guardian - Nigella Lawson - "I can be ecstatically happy with just bread and cheese"
- Virgin Business - Five tips for thriving in your new everyday
- The Cut - The return of my garbage self
- Anne Helen Petersen - I regret to inform you I have again written about the Baylor twins
- The Atlantic - We won't remember the pandemic the way we think we will