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Two months of 2019 down!
January went by in such a blur, it kinda felt like the year really started in February.
But February felt equally as quick (I know, I know, it is a shorter month anyway!).
This ‘what I did’ type post is something I used to write a while ago (in the form of ‘my month in photos’). But I didn’t post a single monthly review in 2018! So, I decided to bring this back, and give it a wee bit of a revamp. Rather than just share photos and talk about what I did, I’m going to also include any learning I’ve done, and what I’ve been reading, watching and listening to.
What I did
February was a lot of fun! At the start of the month, we spent what comes close to my perfect day out in Edinburgh. It started with brunch at The City Cafe. I went for their full cooked veggie breakfast which was really yummy! From here we headed to the National Museum of Scotland to check out the newly opened East Asia and Ancient Egyptian galleries. We did of course also have a look around my favourite gallery – the Fashion and Style one!
February means Valentine’s Day. Neither Mark or I are very big fans of V-Day. In fact, so much so that we almost forgot about it and bought each others cards while doing our weekly shop! We did decide to go on a very ‘Mark and Kayleigh’ date to see Mary Poppins Returns at the cinema. Followed by a McDonalds – I had a Happy Meal!
We had another day of culture in Edinburgh, this time going to the art galleries. We visited the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Modern 1 and 2. We were most interested in the Warhol and Paolozzi – I Want to be a Machine exhibition. I’m so glad we went to see this. I love pop art!
It was a great month for gigs too. We saw Chvrches at the Hydro – they were fantastic. And then a very last minute gig at King Tuts to see The Twilight Sad.
What I learned
I decided a while ago that self development was something I wanted to spend more time on. So far this year I’ve been investing time, and even a little bit of money on just this. There are a lot of free workshops and events you can take advantage of. Google Digital Garage in Edinburgh are offering really good free workshops. I’ve been along to three so far and found them really interesting.
The Glasgow Blog & Beyond Roadshow was in the middle of the month. A whole afternoon of blogging chat hosted by the lovely Charlotte. Man does that girl know her stuff! She also got a great line up of speakers for the day too. Not only was the day jam-packed with tonnes of useful information, but we also got a digital goodie bag loaded with resources!
What I read
I eventually finished Still Lives. I was a bit disappointed by this book. It started off pretty good and I was quite gripped. An artist disappears on the night of her new exhibition launching. Less than half way in I felt the story kind of lost it’s flow. I struggled to get to the end and even when I did I wasn’t all that happy with how it ended.
I was however also desperate to finish it so I could get started on the next book in my pile – VOX. I’m a massive fan of dystopian books, and there seems to be a trend for feminist, dystopian literature right now. VOX is set in America, and women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. They’re no longer allowed to work. Their place is in the home, looking after their husband and children. Sounds like hell doesn’t it?! I read this book super quickly, and there were elements I enjoyed, but also bits I felt were rushed towards the end. And some that weren’t quite believable. If you’ve read it I’d love to know your thoughts.
I also joined goodreads, and so far have zero friends if anyone fancies changing that….
What I watched
I realise I’m super late to this party, but Outlander has been taking up much of my viewing this month. I’ve completely binged and I’m already on season 4! I mean, it’s totally farfetched, but I can completely understand why so many people love it.
The Great British Sewing Bee started back on BBC2 this month. With a new host, who I’m yet to be convinced by. Despite that I love this programme, it always makes me wish I could sew and make my own clothes! Maybe one day…
I finally got caught up with Call the Midwife during January which meant I could crack on with the new series on BBC. I took a long time to start watching this programme, (mostly because I’m not a fan of Miranda Hart) and I’m a bit disappointed in myself for taking so long to get to it. Plays on your emotions big time!
What’s been in my ears
Chvrches and The Twilight Sad have featured heavily this month. I’m really loving the new album from The Twilight Sad. I’ve also mixed this up with a bit of The XX and First Aid Kit. You can check out my February playlist here.
I’ve also been sucked back into the Serial podcast, and The High Low started back on 5 February. This is my favourite podcast to listen to while I’m at the gym or out running. And of course Hashtag Authentic, I love Sara’s calm voice. I really enjoyed this episode from last month.
So there you have it, everything I’ve been doing and consuming during the last month. How was your February?