May Life Lately
May was one of my favourite months of the year so far. Maybe one of my favourite months since February 2020! I've absolutely loved being able to see my friends and family inside again. I've been out for dinner for the first time inside since September, been for cocktails, had friends over, been to the pub and met up with my best friends.
You can see a lot of this in my One Second Every Day for the month below, and here's everything else I got up to in May...
What I did
It ended up being honestly the wettest race I have ever run. We arrived early as we always do and we were absolutely soaked to the skin before we even started the race. It was torrential, diagonal rain and winds and at one point, going uphill into the wind, I felt like I was crawling.
But it was so amazing to be racing again. There is nothing like that crossing-the-finish-line feeling, especially after not doing it for so long. It was an incredibly well-organised and safe race with a great medal, and Phil text into Radio 1 so we got a shout out too!
As I mentioned in the intro it's been so brilliant to see people inside, and one of the first things we did after the announcement was book in a little dinner party with our friends Meg and Si. Our little dinner and games nights were a regular feature of pre-pandemic life so it was so good to get this in the diary! We went to the pub and then I made an Indian feast of dal, paneer curry, rice and homemade naan, followed by Phil's custard cream cheesecake and we spent the night laughing til we cried playing Blockbuster Returns. It was the best.
Speaking of seeing friends, I took my first trip into Manchester since March 2020 to meet up with one of my best friends, Riven, to celebrate the start of the Bank Holiday weekend. I got in early and went to an actual bookshop and bought actual books, and then we went to Bundobust, my favourite place in Manchester (you'll notice a theme here later). After amazing food and drinks there we went for a cocktail and then walked around the city with Riven giving me a tour of the local graffiti which was really cool. I was super nervous about going into town and getting on a train again and while it was a bit bizarre how much has changed in the city centre, especially in the last year (it feels a long time ago that Phil and I lived in town!) it was so amazing.
We enjoyed the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend with some lovely walks (including finding an ice cream van in our local park and of course getting 99s), a BBQ and erm... another trip to Bundobust for our friend Pops' birthday too!
What I read
Ten books in May:
- Careless by Kirsty Capes
- Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters
- The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
- Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling
- I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman
- Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
- The Good Neighbours by Nina Allan
- Cat Step by Alison Irvine
- Absorbed by Kylie Whitehead
- Yes Yes More More by Anna Wood
What I watched
What I listened to
What I loved
What I read online
- Insider - An Oral History of the Tom Holland lip sync battle
- The Atlantic - The Secret Language of Families
- Bon Appetit - Depression stole my sense of taste - here's how I got it back
- Culture Study - The Shopping Cure
- Refinery 29 - It's time to change how we talk about pandemic weight gain (see also Virginia Sole-Smith on "What about health?" and Anne Helen Petersen on The Millennial Vernacular of Fatphobia and The Millennial Vernacular of Getting Swole)
- Virginia Sole-Smith - Why is getting dressed so hard (I've got sooo many notes in my phone for a blog post on this topic!)
- Yes and Yes - How to stay motivated when you're not seeing progress
- Refinery 29 - Avoid burnout by prioritising self care