Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Meet Stan & Ollie

A few months ago, my family adopted two black labrador puppies: Stan & Ollie. Much to my amazement and also disappointment. Amazement because my mum had previously said 'we are never getting another dog' and now we had two. And disappointing because I was approximately 3'600 miles away and knew I wouldn't be home until Christmas. So after months of asking for photos and talking to the dogs on Facetime, I finally got to meet them myself on Christmas eve. And they are wonderful. So full of energy, love and personality. They are brothers and it's so nice to watch them playing with each other (and also fighting with each other because, boys). 


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Pizza Posto, Edinburgh

After 6 months of living in the states, I was itching to get back to the Edinburgh restaurant scene and get writing some reviews. So when I went through for the day to visit my friends and one of them recommended Pizza Posto I was more than happy to try it out. My favourite pizza of all time comes from a place called Paesano in Glasgow and a quick glance at Instagram showed that these pizzas looked very similar so I had very high hopes for this place!

The restaurant is located on the edge of Newington and the Old Town, right next to Surgeon's Hall. Despite having a pretty small front, the restaurant has lots of space on the inside and plenty of tables. We made a reservation for our Friday night 6pm dinner in case it was busy but we would easily have gotten seated without it. We sat in the window and caught up with what's been happening over the course of the last sixth months.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

December Reading Wrap Up

This reading wrap up marks not only the end of my 2017 reading but also the end of 4 years of reading wrap ups which is pretty crazy. It doesn't feel like I've blogged for as long as I have so it's always strange to realise that I've been doing something this long. I didn't read a huge amount in December as I had a pretty big uni deadline but when I did, I was trying to read what's left on my Kindle because to be honest, it's been really cold and I don't want to walk to the library in that. I managed 4 Kindle books and should finish another in January so that was about half of the books I had on there. Pretty good going! 

No Filter by Orlagh Collins
This YA fiction is told from the perspective of two teenagers. Emerald is spending the summer living with her estranged grandmother in Dublin after her mother attempts suicide and is in rehab for alcohol addiction. Liam is celebrating his last summer of freedom before he has to start a college course on a subject that he doesn't want to do, but his father does. I only gave this book 2/5 stars because, to be honest, I found it to be pretty immature and found the characters kind of annoying. The blurb made it out that this book was more about Emerald's perception and struggle with social media which actually was a very small part of the book. 


Sunday, 7 January 2018

5 Goals for 2018 That Don't Make Me Feel Bad About Myself

I use an online calendar to schedule in my blog post ideas in advance. And a few months ago I scheduled in '2018 goals' for today. 2017 has been a really, really hard year for me and my mental health is not in a great place. Unfortunately, I really don't see this improving until I move back to Scotland in June so I'm feeling a real lack of motivation for 2018 because of this and kind of viewing it with a 'just get through it' attitude. So when I saw that post scheduled there I was a little apprehensive about writing it. 

Mostly, I just didn't feel like I had the motivation or the energy to commit to things like eating healthier or joining the gym, even if I do eat brie toasties for dinner more times a week than I'd care to admit. I decided to make goals that are more like 'fun things I want to do' rather than goals based on severe self-improvement which let's face it, never really happen anyway and just become ways to bash yourself when you're feeling down.

Am I being easy on myself? Definitely. But do I need to be kind to myself right now? Absolutely.

1. Visit 3 new US states.
I visited 11 new US states in 2017 which was pretty crazy. I don't expect to visit a lot more new states in 2018 because I've basically exhausted all of the states that are within driving/train/bus distance of Connecticut. But I would like to visit 3 new states in the new year. My friends and I are wanting to do a road trip weekend to Maine, a trip to Chicago is also definitely on the cards and that leaves me one other state to visit. There are loads I would like to visit but I guess I'll see how things work out. 


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

My Top 10 Reads of 2017

2017 was probably the year that I really rediscovered my love of reading. Moving away from university to a work based environment gave me a lot more free time for reading. That and moving to a city with an excellent public library so I've read more books this year than I expected to and spent a lot less money on them too. I read a lot of good books this year but to be honest, not that many that struck me as being amazing so it was pretty easy for me to pick out my top 10. I also discovered some new authors this year that I've fallen in love with and I can't wait to read more of their work in 2018. I've set myself my GoodReads 2018 challenge which is to read 52 books (ie a book a year). If you'd like to be my friend on GoodReads to keep up with my process here's my profile.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck by Sarah Knight
I feel like every blogger and their dug has read this book this year and well here I am jumping on the damn bandwagon. Sarah Knight's book is fun but serious at the same time and has really helped a lot of people (myself included). This book is funny and unlike anything else I've ever read. I'm not saying you should follow everything she says to a T but it's got some really great ideas and I'm very glad to have read it. 

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