I Hate it When a Book Defeats Me

Hello and how are you all? Hope you’re all well. How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything interesting? I didn’t. Spent Saturday afternoon at our local hospital – nothing serious, just getting one of my kids’ eyes checked out. Yesterday, I woke up unable to open my right eye… conjunctivitis is back with a vengeance. No idea how I got reinfected, but I look like I’ve been punched. πŸ˜‰

The pictures in today’s blog have no relation to what I actually plan to write. I just liked them. Just thought I’d share that.

So, what else has been happening at Nelson Towers? Nothing much to be truthful. I’ve been doing a lot of clearing out and putting things in the attic. We got attic stairs put in (I love them, I know: it’s sad! When I was a younger woman I never ever thought a set of folding attic ladders would have given me so much joy! It’s the little things that bring us pleasure!). I haven’t done any writing over the last couple of days – to be truthful I am struggling with a it a bit. I basically need to just knuckle down and get on with it. This morning I have an hour’s writing schedule in. If it’s on the to-do list, it will be done.

Love that photograph above. It’s so colourful.

Anyway, I have set Perdido Street Station by China Mieville aside as I am really struggling to read it. I am finding the writing challenging because there is just so much description in there that I am finding it’s getting in the way of the story. I’m not afraid of a difficult book – some of my favourite authors are Victorian and they weren’t shy about writing description. However, sorry China, but I am not enjoying the great detail you put into your world. Anyway, I have promised myself I am going to give it one more try and if I can’t get into it, I will set it aside or give it to my local library for someone else to enjoy. I hate it when a book defeats me. I hate it when everyone else raves about a book and I find it ‘meh’. I go into reading every book with the view that I will enjoy it, so when I don’t enjoy it, it annoys me. Anyway, rant over.

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So, talking of books, do any of you have any books you’d like to recommend to me? Always on the look out for a good story! Leave your recommendations in the comments below.

So, last week I returned to my exercise classes. I do one Pilates and two Zumba classes per week (didn’t manage to go swimming this week due to dodgy eye). Anyway, I started back at the classes last week. I have a Pilates and Zumba class on one day. I went to the classes. I sweated. I felt like I was going to collapse from exhaustion and muscle soreness. That lasted for two days until I did my second Zumba class and then I felt much better. Honestly, I really need to keep my exercise up when the classes are off (in this case due to the Christmas break) cos I felt like I’d been run over after those first classes! πŸ˜‰

Right, I am going to end this blog here as I have a young lad to take to school and three small dogs to walk. Til next time.

Dawn xxxx

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