August Life Lately
So here we are, September! Technically the beginning of autumn, but as I mentioned in this post, as much as I love autumn, I'm going to try to eke out the last few weeks of warm weather as best I can before I bundle into my jumpers til May.
August has been pretty quiet around here, but in the best way. Lots of trips to the pub, seeing friends, cross stitching, BBQs, meals out, reading, nice walks and buying things for the house. September is a bit of a busy one for us so it was really nice to have a chilled out August.
Here's my One Second Every Day for August, and below is everything else I got up to..
What I did
With three weeks to go now til my race I'm in deep with training for my next half marathon. This is going to be half marathon number 9, but it will have been nearly 3 years since my last real half marathon by the time I get there. I've had loads of injury struggles this time around and have spent the last few weeks massively cutting back on my training and having to adapt my usual training plan, but the hard work I've put into my rehabilitation seems to have worked and I'm hoping I'll be fine for the race. I was really hoping for a PB but now I'm having to adjust my expectations - there's always next year!
As I mentioned in the intro, there's been a lot of cross stitch lately after picking it up again in July after close to a year off. We've had loads of evening lately with me cross stitching and Phil playing Football Manager while we listen to a podcast together and it's been so lovely. Last month I also finished this Jurassic Park cross stitch which I started at the start of July and I've just bought a load of new patterns to work on over the next few months.
What I read
- The Service by Frankie Mirren
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So
- Rising and Other Stories by Gale Massey
- Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily R Austin
- Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
- Mrs March by Virginia Feito
- Nightshade by Annalena McAfee
What I watched
What I loved
What I read online
- Maybe, Baby, a newsletter from Haley Nahman, has been particularly good lately. This issue on depression was incredible, and I loved her theory of "frisson" and how life never finds balance. Really insightful.
- I don't think a Life Lately of mine goes by without a reference to Anne Helen Petersen, one of my favourite writers. I was obsessed with her piece on Peloton celebrity and also this on why we are all so exhausted
- This piece from The Atlantic on how Covid affects sleep
- Jason Sudekis in GQ because I am obsessed with Ted Lasso
- And finally, Aubrey Gordon, one of my favourite writers, on weight stigma in doctor's offices, is both shocking and heartbreaking