Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

April & May Book Update

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It turns out that I never got around to posting April’s book update (unsurprising, since there are only two books on it) so I thought I’d combine April and May into one handy post. You’re welcome.

April

01. NEW Hans Fallada – Alone in Berlin
02. NEW David Levithan – Boy Meets Boy

Oh boy, April was a slow month. We had a whirlwind few weeks where we weren’t sure if we’d be moving house or having to start the whole search all over again, which ate a lot of my time. Thankfully, it all worked out okay in the end but I really didn’t get a lot of reading done. Oops. Alone in Berlin was haunting, but definitely worth a read. Boy Meets Boy was sweet, but reminded me a little too much of Generation X by Douglas Coupland to be a good enough stand alone.

May

01. NEW Heather Armstrong – It Sucked & Then I Cried
02. NEW Mohsin Hamid – The Reluctant Fundamentalist
03. NEW Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being A Wallflower
04. NEW LJ Smith – The Forbidden Game
05. NEW Haruki Murakami – After Dark

May was another quiet book month, it would seem. I need some new book inspiration I think, so hit me up with your recommendations! The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been on my to-read list forever, but I found the book to be a little flat after watching the film last year (which will teach me to watch the film first I suppose). I enjoyed The Reluctant Fundamentalist (a book group pick) right up until the last page, and After Dark was just as bonkers as the rest of Murakami’s offerings, but in an enjoyable way at least. The Forbidden Game is technically a trilogy – I read the first book when I was a teenager but could never find the other two. It’s part of the Point Horror series, but I think it stands up as an adult novel too. Go, read!

I’m still working my way through my read 1000 new books for my Life List, I started tracking those in 2011 and I’m up to 181.

Life List Update: Big News

Posted by in My Life In Lists, Projects

*drum roll*

We bought a house. It took over six months of searching, solicitor wrangling (and several moments of being close to estate agent strangling) but we finally did it: we bought a whole house, just for us. It was one of the goals I first wrote on my Life List and now I’ve finally been able to tick it off because we moved into our new place a fortnight ago. (Eee!) You’re all welcome to come visit – we’ll provide the BBQ if you bring the meat. Deal?

We have bricks, and mortar, and dubious built in wardrobes. We have gorgeous (original) parquet flooring, a temperamental central heating system and a hell of a lot of wallpaper, but at least we no longer have that glittery toilet seat. We ripped that sucker right out – I’m not interested in partying in my downstairs bathroom, thank you very much. (No matter how many disco balls Hayley sends us).

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It was the most stressful thing we’ve been through (so far) and there were definitely times when I didn’t think we were going to make it to the other side. One of my main weaknesses is anxiety over not being in control, and we had zero control over this whole situation which led to a lot of tears, worry and comfort eating of brownie tray bakes.

Now we’re finally in I can breathe a sigh of relief – there’s a lot of work to be done (way more than we anticipated) but at least the decisions we make now will be ours, not someone else’s. We can work to our own timescale, and know roughly what’s going to happen, when it will (hopefully) happen and how much it’ll cost us. (The answer is always “too much” if you’re wondering).

Would I recommend either of our estate agents? (We bought from one and sold via another, making it even more complex). As people they’re probably nice, but no, no I wouldn’t. They evaded questions, often contradicted each other and drove me around the bend. Our solicitor, on the other hand, was great – couldn’t recommend him more. He was the only person in this process who felt like he was helping us, and for that I will forever be grateful.

We’ve gone from a one bedroom flat in the city centre to a four bedroom house in the suburbs, which is quite the transition. We’re getting there slowly – there is good light here, which helps, and a sense of potential. Buying a house – not so much fun. Building a home together, however? Pretty fucking awesome.

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • A fixed watch strap
  • Being woken up by the sunlight
  • Learning new ukulele songs with a fellow enthusiast
  • Finally using up food we’ve had for ages
  • New episodes of favourite TV shows

See the whole list here

5 Lovely Things From Oh My Clumsy Heart

Posted by in 5 Lovely Things, Projects

This is the third post in my ‘5 Lovely Things From…‘ series. Today it’s the turn of Sophie Davies :)

I’ve loved Sophie’s jewellery for the longest time. I especially adore the Grace necklace below, as it’s a favourite name of mine. Her pieces are beautifully delicate, but sturdy enough to wear every day if you’d like to (and why wouldn’t you?).

Double bonus, if you sign up to Sophie’s mailing list (in the top right hand corner) you get 10% discount for life. Lovely!

Frances Citrine Necklace – Oh My Clumsy Heart £20.00

Dachshund Silhouette Brooch

Dachshund Silhouette Brooch – Oh My Clumsy Heart £8

Small Gold Triangle Necklace – Oh My Clumsy Heart £15.00

Grace Gold Eternity Necklace – Oh My Clumsy Heart £25.00

Small Dot Necklace – Oh My Clumsy Heart £15.00

PS. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like the store :)

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Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Cute socks
  • Fanta
  • Purging our possessions
  • Offensively neon jumpers
  • Red lipstick that lasts

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear cherry blossom,

Thank you for being the definitive sign that spring is finally here. I wish you could stick around for longer, but instead I’ll appreciate you for the few fleeting weeks that you’re here – you’re the best part of spring by far.

Love

Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here (or here) or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Waking up without an alarm
  • Crisp morning air
  • Learning something new
  • Crazy neon jumpers
  • Ukulele practice

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Jacqueline,

 Thanks for writing a year’s worth of Grace in Small Things, back when you were still blogging. You’re the reason I write mine, and I still love that you chose “the way writing the word ‘deleted’ feels like a rollercoaster” as one of yours.

Love

Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here (or here) or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Choose to Live in Joy

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Live in Joy

We cannot cure the world of sorrows
but we can choose to live in joy
– Joseph Campbell

Some food for thought this week. Thinking of you, bird.

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Pretty stationery
  • Feather pillows
  • Yellow Zebra scarves
  • Salty sea air
  • Any song with a harp in it

See the whole list here