Life ‘To Do’

Once upon a time I would have the time to sit and write a monthly post about my intended reading plans for the month ahead. Those were the days. Now I feel as though I blink and the day is over. But I still love reading people’s TBR lists and compiling my own, even with time running away from me. 

So instead of posting a monthly TBR I thought I would share a general list of ‘what’s coming up’ where I plan to share the next few books I want to read, shows or movies I want to watch, games I want to play and things I want to cook! 

Reading

I have just picked up ‘Ransom’ by David Malouf and I am really enjoying it. Any retelling relating to Homer’s ‘the Iliad is something I can get around. 

My next reading plans include ‘Malibu Rising’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid which is the next book pick for my book club. Before I move onto Lore’ by Alexandra Braken, ‘A Touch of Ruin’ by Scarlett st Clair and ‘Love and Olives’ by Jenna Evans Welch… Are we sensing a theme here?

During all this I plan to continue my re listen of the Harry potter series as well as listening too, The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Everyln Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and ‘The Hero of Ages’ by Brandon Sanderson. 

Watch

I’ve ended up watching quite a few things lately. On Netflix I finished ‘Down to Earth with Zac Efron’, ‘Dash and Lily’ as well as ‘The Crown’. We also recently watched Black Widow, which I utterly enjoyed and want to watch again and again. 

When it comes to what we are currently watching my husband and I are rewatching Schitt’s Creek which we enjoy having on when we are doing things around the house or just want to sit down for twenty or so minutes and just watch something together. 

There are a few things that are higher up on the list of things I want to watch. Series wise I want to get to ‘The Bold Type’ which I started and watched the previous seasons but I want to watch the newest season.

On apple TV I really want to get to Dickenson, it’s been on my list for so long but I just keep putting it off. 

On Disney+ my husband and I are waiting for all the episodes of Loki to come out so we can binge it together. We did the same thing with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier which I am so glad we did because I could not imagine having to wait a week between each episode! 

Play

I want to make time to continue to play ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizon’ and The Sims 4. To add to that though I want to continue playing ‘Fenyx Rising’ and I want to get and play ‘Story of Seasons: Olive Town’ 

Cook

There are so many recipes from my cookbooks that I want to make but I’ve been following ‘The Simple Housewife’ on instagram and recently explored her blog and found some amazing recipes. The ones I really want to try soon are Massaman slow cooker curry, slow cooker chicken soup and one pot creamy lemon chicken

I also really want to make again the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Magnolia cookbook, they are absolutely delicious and I have been craving them like crazy but have had no time to make them. 

Reflecting on march

Renovations

March is another month where we have continued the pause on our renovations. We are in the process of finding quotes for doors, skirting and architraves which has actually been surprisingly difficult to do. While doing this we are trying to save a little bit more in preparation for completing the bathroom renovations later in the year.

reading

Book wise I ended up reading 10 books for the month which I am pretty happy with. I managed to complete

My favourite read for the month would probably have to be Persephone Station by Stina Leicht which is a science fiction book set on another planet and follows some badass female characters! I also read my first ever book club read, which is really exciting. We read ‘The Weekend’ by Charlotte Wood and are meeting up early this month to discuss and choose out next book.

Family

Baby is still in there and he’s still growing. Right at the end of the month I went into the hospital for some monitoring after having a very persistent headache but both Bub and I are okay! Very grateful for all the nurses and midwives at the hospital who made me feel really comfortable, even though I felt a little like I was being a drama queen! 

Aside from that we were preparing our fur baby Archie for his de sexing, which with an anxious pet can be a bit of work but its all in hopes that he will have a smooth transition when going in for the procedure, so here’s hoping it all helps.

life

The last 4 weeks of Term have been fantastic but a marathon! It’s been really hard to focus on much outside of work trying to get through each day and not be a total exhausted heap when I get home. I have still been playing Animal Crossing for a little each night, I am currently working on collecting Nook Mile Tickets so that I can do a dream villager hunt stream later in April. 

We are also trying to get into a better cleaning routine so that when the baby does come we can hopefully stay on top of everything but that may be a pipe dream!

Starting a new Island in Animal Cross: New Horizon

During the first round of lock down in 2020 I got super deep into Animal Crossing and I mean super deep. I had never played any of the previous variations but give me a game on the switch and I will more than give it a go. 

However, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and in the end and gave up on making my island a magical place. Not only was I unhappy about the layout of my island, I didn’t know anything about villager hunting and their different personalities. I didn’t love the name either and was just not committed to continuing. 

After learning about the new 2021 updates, and the announcement of yet another lock down I was ready to start my island over again and actually make an island that I absolutely love.

Beginning with the name this time round I wanted to go for something a little more tree/wood related because I absolutely love trees! So I decided to name my island ‘Forest Cove’ because forests and mountains are my absolute favourite place. I find them really peaceful and I want to keep the theme of my Island quite nature filled and tranquil. 

I also went for a different layout with this new island and so far I am really enjoying it. So far there are a couple of buildings that I want to relocate but I will do that once the option becomes available.

This time around I have more awareness of taking my time to choose villagers. I already have the first 2 villagers that you get when you move onto your Island, and I am working hard to earn Nookmiles to get tickets to travel to mystery Islands to find the villagers I really want to love in. 

After much research of Nookipedia I found the villagers I would love to have on my island. All their personalities are Normal (I’m pretty sure), which is one I prefer. I really wanted to avoid jock, cranky and lazy villagers.

Here are the villagers that I plan to hunt for to move to Forest Cove.

I am currently working towards 100 Nook Mile Tickets before streaming the hunt for these villagers!

I am really enjoying getting back into Animal crossing and cannot wait to share an update next month with which villagers I have on my island and any things I’ve learnt along the way!

Weekend Must haves when your Fiancee Loves a Video game

I know this is a little bit of a different post for me, but I am trying to post some different content because why not?

So my fiancee loves a video game. The weekends are prime time for him to play his favourite games, so when he’s doing that here are a few things I do when I need to kill an hour or 7…

Of course my number one is READ. Reading is usually my go too. Its easy, I always have a book I’m reading and it gives me a chance to sit down and get a significant amount read.

I also love to do a face mask. In 2019 I am really trying to focus on making sure my skin is getting everything it needs so I try to do a face mask at least once a week. Some of my favourites are the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, Indian Healing Clay and the Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay mask or any of the 100 sheet masks I have.

Join in and play a video game. If my fiancee is playing the Play Station I will grab the Nintendo Switch and keep working my way through Zelda: Breath of the Wild – although this means that I interrupt his game play to help me when I get stuck.

Bake! I love baking on the weekends! I am trying to learn how to make a few staples like bread and stock (have nailed the stock so yay) but I also love baking gluten free and dairy free treats! My absolutely favourite recipes at the moment are these Choc banana muffins and a chocolate peanut butter banana bread.

Puzzle! We are currently working on a Zelda: Breath of the Wild puzzle. This is probably not something I could do for hours and hours but I do like to take a break from reading sometimes and work on it.

I also love to switch off and colour in when George is knee deep in a video game he just can’t get enough. I find it really relaxing and sometimes its just what you need!

The last thing I will do when he’s in a video game sesh, is to work out. Its actually the perfect time to do a work out because I feel like I have the time to finish a work out and then shower. Perfect time to get a sweat on!