Theoretically, if we were having coffee, we wouldn’t be having coffee at this time of night. It’s twenty-five minutes to midnight on a Sunday. Instead, we’d be drinking a relaxing hot drink – herbal tea, hot chocolate, or warm milk (or a glass of cold milk, if that’s more appealing). I’d tell you that I’ve had one of those days where I lack energy, and I have so much to do that it’s been almost paralysing. And yet. I read almost an entire book of poetry before I had breakfast. I’ve done as much laundry as I could, and I’ve cleared out a few things from the bathroom. That made me feel better. Right now, the house is a mess – with things that need clearing out and sorting. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that it’s temporary, but it won’t last for long.
Tomorrow is the start of a new week, and it promises to be a little more exciting in terms of the building work – the actual units for the kitchen arrive tomorrow, and by the end of the week we should have a fully functioning, built kitchen. It will need things doing – painting the walls and ceilings, decorating, building shelves on one wall, and moving the kitchen stuff back in – that we have to do ourselves – but it will seem like complete luxury to have a proper place to cook again. Next week I’ll also be getting on with finishing my essay book, so it’ll be a busy week.
Another temporary and slightly maddening thing is that the old plumbing in the house has decided to have a tantrum so in the main bathroom we can’t have showers, only baths, and the same for the smaller bathroom at the top – which only has the hot water (no cold water). The sink in the smaller bathroom also leaks into the wall down to the main bathroom, so we can’t use the sink up here either. Basically, I’ve been using the sink in the main bathroom and having baths in the smaller bathroom, which makes mornings interesting. I don’t mind baths, sometimes they are lovely, but I’m a fan of showers because they use less water and I feel cleaner – and a bit more awake. Again, seeing as it’s only temporary, it should only be like this for a few more weeks before everything gets fixed. It does give me a chance to indulge in a few Lush bath bombs!
Today I read most of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, and forgot to have breakfast. There is so much raw and intense emotion in her poetry, and the whole book tells a story – one of love, heartbreak, life, and healing. I discovered her poetry on Pinterest of all places, a couple of years ago (in fact, I seem to find a lot of good poetry on Pinterest). I’ve been reading a lot of poetry this year. I’d recommend Nikita Gill, Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, and Carol Ann Duffy – who kicked off my appreciation for poetry when I was 17. I’ve also read Ra’s new book, Sack Nasty, this week, and it was deeply moving, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful. After I read her book, I also watched Ava DuVernay’s documentary on Netflix, The 13th, which I feel everyone should watch. It educated me further about the state of the prison system and racial politics in the US, and made me wonder about how things are in UK prisons too (and worldwide).
I’d ask you if you know about Hygge, the Danish cultural concept that seems to have spread everywhere lately. I’ve been interested in it for a little while, and decided to see what all the fuss was about by reading Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. He works at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen – yes, that is a real place! I would love to work in a place called The Happiness Research Institute, or at least visit it and see what they do. I’ve only just started reading the book, but it’s beautifully illustrated, and the concept is explained clearly – a sense of homeliness, cosiness, a sense of well-being engendered by your surroundings, social life, small moments, and an appreciation for the things that elevate everyday life (such as candles, warm lighting, good company, cosy socks, good food, blankets, and so on). Hopefully once I’ve finished reading it I’ll write a blog post. I have a feeling I’ve already inadvertently embraced some of what it’s all about anyway – I love cosiness, warm, welcoming lighting, and candles!
It’s past midnight now, and time for me to switch off and get some rest for the week ahead. I hope your weekend has been good – if you’re doing any of the blogging or novel challenges this month, I hope you’ve managed to fit in some rest and relaxation too. I’ve decided I need to plan better for the week ahead because I’ve come dangerously close to giving up a couple of times. Luckily, a sense of optimism has returned thanks to the wonderful Cheer Pepper community! My wish for the week ahead is that everyone gets a chance to check in with themselves and take some time to do what they love doing.
‘I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.’ – Leo Buscaglia