Stopping To Smell The Flowers #LittleLoves

This week has been a lovely mixture of working at Grimm & Co. and having a few date nights with Geraint at the cinema, but by the end of the week I felt a little bit overwhelmed and exhausted. Yesterday, I went to an event for young writers which I hoped would inspire me to start working on the story idea I've been thinking of for a while, and maybe give me some advice for getting a career in publishing as well. I went to the event on my own, which I didn't think would be an issue, but I ended up feeling quite lonely and isolated and I left the event early. Being surrounded by so many strangers and comparing myself to them as a writer made me feel tiny and insignificant. When I got home, I had a little cry and Geraint listened to me complaining about how inadequate I was for about ten minutes before he told me to put my shoes on and took me for a walk. We went to the botanical gardens again, the sun was shining and the streets were full of people smiling and drinking and it felt like being on holiday. We sat on a bench and I thought about how many people there are in the world and questioned what was actually special about me. I felt quite hopeless. So we wandered through the trees and I petted a beautiful dog, we fed nuts to squirrels and I stopped to smell the flowers for a while. Being in nature brought me out of my own head and I focussed on the beauty around me instead. Here's what else I've loved this week...

To tell the truth, I haven't read any of the books on my bedside table at all this week, but I did run a spell detection workshop at Grimm & Co. on Thursday. I used pages from an old book and the children had to cover up parts of the text with a Sharpie to leave behind certain words that would make a spell. It's basically erasure poetry, and it was a lot of fun to do.

Our two cinema trips this week were to see Mary and the Witch's Flower at The Showroom and then to see A Quiet Place on Friday the 13th. We got a free art print at The Showroom and there was a special video introduction before the film started (which we sort of closed our eyes through because it gave away parts of the story). I really liked the film, although it wasn't quite Studio Ghibli. A Quiet Place was a brilliant horror film. The acting was incredible as so much of it depended on facial expressions instead of speech. I highly recommend it if you like horror. We've also been watching more of Mad Men on Netflix. We're on to the second season and I absolutely love it.

Instead of listing an album or an artist I've been listening to each week, I've decided to use this section to pick one song I've loved in the week. I tend to listen to the same music a lot of the time so putting 'Taylor Swift' or 'Dreamboats & Petticoats' in every blog post will get boring quickly. My song for this week is 'Our Song' by Taylor Swift because even on the very tired morning drives when I need an extra shot of coffee, this never fails to put a smile on my face.

I wore jeans for the first time in ages this week and it felt very strange. I've become so used to wearing dresses all the time that I didn't feel right at all. Geraint also said I look about five years older in trousers than I do in dresses, so maybe that's why I always get mistaken for being much younger.

and lastly...
When we went to see A Quiet Place I got a Tango ice blast for the very first time because they've made them sugar-free now and it was a life-changing experience that I intend to repeat on every cinema trip forevermore.

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