I realise the middle of January is a little late for a 2016 favourites, but at least it’s happening. I have soooo much to talk about, I mean, I am trying to fit an entire year into one blog post, so I’ll crack on, shall I?
2016 started on a low wit the death of the legendary David Bowie. On the plus side, we got his latest album Black Star and also got to hear his classics on the radio, re-live performanes on endless BBC documentaries (which I believe are still going on), not to meantion the re-runs of Labyrinth. Praise the lord! So although we had to wave goodbye to our proverbial father of music, he will always be the starman in the sky.
So 2016 saw the development of my obsession with fairy lights. My room has become a grotto of warm yellow and I love it. Choosing fairy lights can be a tricky business, however, especially in the summer when you don’t want to seem too festive too soon. But I just think they look amazing all year round, cosy and lovely!
Speaking of cosy and lovely- hot chocolate! A new Costa Coffee shop opened near me in January 2016, and I swear the staff know my name now. The hot choloate is divine, and there’s a drive-thru. What more could you want?! And don’t even get me started on the orange hot choclate they brought out for Christmas. However, the only down side is that I can’t re-create it at home with shop-bought powder so therefore have most probably spent hundreds of pounds in petrol driving to get a HC in my PJ’s.
TV shows now! And being new to Netflix, I could not comprehend the vastness of choice I had. My friend recommended to me a series she was totally obsessed with– Once Upon a Time. Well, it wasn’t long before I got there. It’s taken a while to catch up with six seasons (23 eps a season) but I’m there and now desperate for the next lot of season 6. If you haven’t seen it, give it a go, you will not be disappointed!
First up, Professor Brian Cox’s Human Univserse. I somehow managed to miss this as a TV series earlier in the year, so I’ve yet to catch up on that. But the book was my most enjoyable summer read by far! You’re probably thinking that I’m a nerd and that this book is as boring as it sound, but you’re wrong (though I am a bit of a nerd). The chapters titles are things such as: ‘Why are we here’, ‘What is our future?’ And a whole load of stuff about space and aliens and evolution. Every question that every human is innately interested in is touched upon in this book. Some of the equations and math-sy bits are a bit over the head, but if you can see past that…. Parts such as the list of songs that have been sent on CD to outer space, should an alien ever find them and want to know what Earth is like. I mean, what alien wouldn’t enjoy a bit of Johnny B. Goode? Once he’s worked out how to build a CD player and play the CD in the first place of course….
Book numbero dos is Stolen by Lucy Christopher. This is comepeltly different to Brian Cox, that’s for sure. A teen fiction, following a girl who has been abducted from an airport and taken to the middle of the Australian outback, miles from anything. Such a gripping book with great twists in it. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s just super! I was hooked.
Hardly a ‘favourite’ but I couldn’t not include it when it’s basically all. I’ve. Been. Doing. I’m on a creative writing course so my dissertation is comprised of two parts: a 10,000 word piece of fiction and an accopanying essay. All I can say is why-oh-why did I chose this course? Or to go to university at all? Save yourselves from creative writing!! And if you’re doing your dissy any time time, join me as I bang my head on the table that is physically always in front of me, and also is my life. Hurrah for summer 2017, hurry!!
Finally…. Werk werk werk and more werk
And finally, 2016 has seen a lot of work for me. But it’s all good! As I come to an end at university, I am moving up in the world of work and getting onto more training schemes and making more of an impact in the classroom and the staff room! Everything is looking peachy for a lowly TA in a sleeping Devon village.
On the whole, 2016 has been a great year for my own personal growth. I am very happy with where I am in life right now and am looking forward to new adventures in 2017. Even if the adventures are just within the walls of work! I really hope you all have a fabulous start to 2017, no doubt I’ll see you soon for more faves!