February Miscellany 2018

One the first day of March, I was stranded at home by the snow storm. It’s quite rare to have powdery dry snow like this in the UK, it reminds me of my childhood in Beijing in winter. We would go ice-skating on lakes, have snowball fights in school – I remember really clearly one of my casual shots entered a poor boy’s mouth by accident. Looking at the swirling snowflakes and steel grey sky through my double glazed windows, I was really thankful to my bosses for letting me work from home today.

The weather has been unstable. There were two temperature drops. I extremely reluctantly had to take the Metro to work. Andy got the very trendy flu and was ill for almost a whole week. Miraculously, I was fine. Before he got ill, IKEA delivered a few Billy bookcases. The new addition to the back bedroom made it look like a proper library. I really enjoyed sleeping in my library bedroom when trying my best to avoid the contagious husband.

It’s only February, I’m already reading less than in January, because the daylight calls me to go outside and my eyes are often wandering outside the window even when I’m indoors. I won’t bore you with the books I finished and started, but I will endeavour to write all the book reviews I promised (I clearly can read 200 pages faster than I write 200 words!).

From left to right: Beginning of 2018, end of January, end of February.

I broke my promise and gladly received four new books from the postman today (-2 degrees Celsius hardy!). So the piles of books have actually grown from last month’s piles. I spent the whole evening reading John Stott today. This is actually the first time I was officially introduced to him – what a pleasure! I have a feeling we are going to become good friends this year and I’m looking forward to it.

16th of February was Chinese New Year. We were lost on a snowy mountain on that day, didn’t celebrate much. It has been missing in my life for too long. I don’t feel the same way as I did before – a new year did not feel like it had started properly without celebrating the Chinese New Year (which is usually many weeks after 1 January). Plus it got a bit lost between two lovely friends’ birthdays. There were actually a lot of celebrations (and cakes).

We quenched our craving for Lake District with some walking in Grasmere (pictures and story here) and took a shorter walk from Alnmouth to Alnwick in Northumberland. It was muddy! I thought I used up all the walking-in-mud allowance for this year already. Clearly not! However, the latter type of walk is still way better for chatting with friends. I was exhausted at the end of that Friday – not sure if it was from the walking or the talking!

In terms of my Japanese learning, I watched Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter and Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare… I also re-subscribed to the online language learning programme.

Last but not least, I got some lovely presents all the way from Singapore! I met an old friend unexpectedly in church one Sunday. I made a crochet baby blanket many years ago for her first baby. It was my first crochet ‘product’ with very bad tension control and techniques. She clearly loves it! All I can remember is that the blanket was very wonky! Friends are lovely :)

There is a lot to look forward to in March already, starting with a snowball fight tomorrow. Have you got any plans for March yet?

 

 

 

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