June Life Lately
What I did
Finally Phil and I rounded off the month with a race. Stockport 10K was my first race back in 2013 but it's always a bit of a mess - the route seems to change every year, one year they had to stop traffic to let the runners cross, and it always seems to be a lot more of a challenging course than it needs to be. We had been dithering on whether to take part and only signed up a few days before as Phil had had Covid and wasn't feeling his best. Well, the least said the better! It was warm and claggy and awful to run in and the route was horrible (steps! Steep uphills and impossible downhills!) but at least I did better than Phil, who, with a few other runners, got lost and accidentally did an extra kilometer! Luckily he didn't care and hadn't been checking his watch after being ill and we've had a good laugh about it since. Still, we got a medal and a tshirt and that's always what matters!
What I read
- The Arena of the Unwell by Liam Konemann (reread)
- Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata
- From Blue to Black by Joel Lane
- The Appendix by Liam Konemann
- What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt (reread)
- French Braid by Anne Tyler
- The Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly
What I watched
What I listened to
I like a juicy multi-episode story but I was a bit disappointed by We Crashed, but I have a new podcast obsession in the form of Celebrity Memoir Book Club. My favourite episodes so far have been the ones on Rachel Hollis, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton and Carrie Fisher.
What I read online
- Loved this piece from my girl Anne Helen Petersen on how budgeting "experts" ruined our relationship with money
- Your monthly Virginia Sole-Smith on who gets to call themselves fat
- Two excellent pieces from two of my favourite newsletters on similar topics, Social Lives on comparison and Maybe Baby on how summer being the season of envy.
- Also from Maybe, Baby - "No worries if not" which taught me the absolutely mind-blowing concept of "ask/guess" culture which I cannot stop thinking about
- Finally, Michael Hobbes absolutely perfectly summing up the bleakness of the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp trial