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So Long Lurgy

March 7, 2016 No Comments by Heidi


Heya! Nope I didn’t fall down a rabbit hole, just a lurgy hole. We have all been sick in one form or the other. When we thought we were well, something else came along to take us down a notch. However, I think it’s safe to say we are over the worst bit (I hope.).

It’s been 12+ weeks (that’s a horrendously long time now I’ve typed it) of taking it easy and trying to get what we can done when we have the energy. With the day becoming even shorter / things taking longer to do, I wasn’t motivated to write. Besides, some days stringing a sentence together was hard work so paragraphs were damn near impossible.

On the up side, I’ve listened to a monumental amount of audio books, quite a few (for me) podcasts and started reading an actual physical book. It’s wonderful to be reading again as a wind down before bed.

Here’s what I’ve listened to:

  • The Complete Short Stories by J.G. Ballard (Audible) – I’m half way through Part 1 of 6. It’s a massive 65+ hour long recording.
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Expurery (Audible) – I never read it when I was younger and have really enjoyed it. I do hope the toddler takes to it too as I’d really enjoy reading it to him.
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Audible) – This book really struck a cord with me and will be listened to again. In fact this and The Peripheral deserve their own posts.
  • Cover Her Face by P.D. James (Audible) – Sad to say but I don’t remember much about this book. I don’t know if it was the fevers or the book so I’ll have to listen again to be sure.
  • The Peripheral by William Gibson (Audible) – Again this book needs it’s own post. I loved it as much as I love Pattern Recognition and I can see myself listening to this repeatedly.
  • Classic Crime Stories by G.K. Chesterton, Ruth Randell, Graham Greene, and others. (Audible) – Great listen, it had authors I’ve read/listened to before and some new ones that I’ll search out. It’s a pity though, especially with the shorthat there isn’t distinct chapters, titles on the chapters or even authors names on the Audible platform like there is (to a certain extent) on the Librivox platform because it makes it difficult to go back an
  • The Tales of Max Carrados by Ernest Brahah – Short action packed crime drama read by Stephen Fry, what’s not to like.
  • The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse (Librivox) – This was a fun listen. The reader got into character so it felt like I was watching a play. I’ll definitely search out more of their work.
  • Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki (Librivox) – I’ve listened this book countless times and find it the most relaxing to fall asleep to if my mind is still busy before bed.
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (audible) – I’m half way through this one. It was a rough start & I wasn’t entirely sure if I liked it but things are getting interesting so I’ll stick with it.
  • A bunch of BBC 4 dramas some crime, some spooking and even a bit of historical stuff thrown in too. The toddler has been enjoying listening to the Cbeebies Stargazing and other astronomy programmes which make my heart sing.
  • Lore by Aaron Mahnke (via Overcast) – folklore and creepy/spooky story podcast. It’s a big favourite in our house.
  • A Playful Day (via Overcast) – I’m late to this lovely podcast but am so glad I found it. Kate talks about the creative process, life, making and a bunch of other stuff all wrapped up in soothing voice. Often I find myself nodding or talking back to her. It’s mad I know but it’s brilliant to listen to someone who’s brain works very similar to your own.
  • Blasta (via Overcast) – A podcast that celebrates Irish craft from the knitting to the brewing community.

Oh and the paper book? Well, that’s the best one of all so far. It’s On Writing by Stephen King. I’ve laughed big belly laughs, dreamt of what I’m going to read next (most likely Miss Similia’s Feeling of Snow) and thought a lot about writing. Specifically my writing.

When I started this blog up it was meant to be something fun. And for the most part it is. Although, for a little while there it became something I had to do and do often. It was something that was taking away from making time that I felt I needed more. So then, it became not fun. I’ve decided to post just once a week instead of badgering myself for not writing, being organised, and all the other stuff I beat myself up for not getting to. If I’ve more stuff great! If not, pfft! It’s *supposed* to be fun.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the post and that you have a lovely day.


p.s. I listen to audiobooks when I’m making too. Unlike tv, I don’t miss any bits and I get to flex my grey cells. They are also lovely company on the creche run but not so good for driving.  🙂

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