Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Happy Post #37

Liberty flowers

I haven't sat down to write a happy post since the end of May. How crazy is that? As mentioned, I've had a bad case of blogger's block this whole summer, but I'm finally starting to feel the inspiration seeping back, though slowly, very slowly. There is an itch in my fingers to write, and a desire to feel more connected with the blogging community again. Since these happy posts are among my favourite to write, I felt like it's high time to start writing them again. So, here are the things that have made me happy recently...

Having a fantastic holiday. I was away for ten days, first to London and then to Bath, plus with a day trip to Brighton. It was really wonderful to get away for a bit, to just have fun, explore and relax (although, I walked between 15,000 and 30,000 steps each day, so it wasn't that relaxed...). I'm planning on writing up a few blog posts from my trip over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for that!

Meeting up with blogger friends. I met up with Cherie on my first evening in London for Japanese, and then with Katy and Jasmin the next evening for food at Wahaca and then drinks in a really cool hidden cocktail bar. Meeting bloggers in real life is so much fun, and all three of them were just as lovely in person as they are online.

Sister time. The week before I left for London, my eldest sister Elinore came over to visit. We hadn't seen each other since last April, so it was so nice to get the chance to catch up over a few days. And then of course, my other sister Matilda joined me in London, and getting to spend over a week in her company was wonderful (despite a couple of instances of sisterly bickering, as is expected). Sisters are the best, no doubt.

Cursed Child. Last Wednesday, Matilda and I saw both parts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the theatre. We had both avoided spoilers and hadn't read the script before, and getting to experience it all there and then was just magical. I do think that some parts of the plot are a bit questionable, but overall I absolutely love it, and it was just incredibly well done on the stage. And how charming isn't Scorpius? On top of that, we got to see Helena Bonham Carter, Bonnie Wright and Michael Gambon! Michael Gambon even walked into me on the way out... Eeek. 

Getting some sunshine. Scottish summers really aren't very sunny, or very warm, but we were lucky with the weather when we were down south, so I could enjoy some very much needed sunshine. The days we spent in Brighton and Bath were especially sunny and warm! 

Being back in Glasgow. Despite having a wonderful time away, getting back home on Sunday evening felt really good. There's no place like home, after all, and Glasgow really does feel like home nowadays. 

Downtime. July was really quite busy (as was the first week of August), what with moving, working a lot of hours, having my sister over, and then going down to London. Now that I'm back though, things have quietened down a bit, and I finally have some time to recharge my batteries in time for the new term to start next month.

Finally, here are five blog posts I've enjoyed recently:

'What I Really Learned at University' on The Salty Sea Blog.

'A Spontaneous Wild Swim' on The Peppermint Pencil.

What has made you happy recently?