One | I initially thought I'd take part in this linky weekly, but then I realised how little I had to share, and so instead of boring you all I scaled it back to posting one of these every other week.
Two | I've had my first DNF of 2016 - You by Caroline Kepnes. Last year I think I may have abandoned books a little too quickly, so this year I'm trying to make sure I give a book a fair chance before setting it aside. It used to be a 50 page thing, but this year I'm aiming for 100 pages plus. If I'm really not feeling a book after that point, then I'll be abandoning it. I know some people don't give up on books, even when they really dislike a book, but I'm of the theory that there are far too many books out there that I want to read so why waste time on those I'm not enjoying. What are your thoughts on DNF'ing a book?
Three | General life observation: Pyjamas are never quite the same after that first initial wear.
Four | We took Alexander, our toddler son, for a speech therapy assessment last Saturday. I came away from the appointment with very mixed feelings. I feel we got a little out of the appointment, but at the same time brushed off too. Of all the milestones Alexander should be at in speech, he isn't meeting any of them. He understands things perfectly well, up to level on those as well as practical and social skills, it's just the words aren't coming out plus he talks the majority of the time with his mouth closed. The lady herself was really nice, and shared a few techniques that for the most part seemed like common sense to me and things we already put in to practise, but we're going to implement these further and see how he progresses over the next two months. If Alexander is still not up to date then she recommends returning to her. My issue isn't with the lady, nor the advice given, it's just I think I expected more. Not like an overnight answer, of course, but I feel like Alexander is just getting further and further behind his peers and this is going to impact things further down the line - hence why we're trying to get this sorted now. The speech is putting us behind in other areas and as a parent it's all just really frustrating.
Five | I don't know if I'm behind on the Netflix uploads or something, but I discovered Season 6 of The Good Wife on Netflix this past weekend and managed next to no reading in my spare time over the weekend period because of that. I'm still working through episodes, but balancing watching and reading a little more efficiently now.
Six | The slow cooker has been broken in with its first meal this week - on Monday I made chilli. I've always been familiar with slow cookers, both my mum and nan using them growing up, but this was my first cooking experience myself. I love it. I see it being used at least once a week. What I love about it in particular is having leftovers. We all have those nights where we just don't have the time, or just don't feel like cooking and so it's nice to have a wholesome homemade meal ready to heat up and go. Also, this was actually my first time making chilli - I think it's more popular in the US than UK - and it went down a treat!
Seven | I've been so tired this week; truly feeling sleep deprived. I'm someone who always struggles with sleep on and off but I just can't catch up this week. I'm lucky in the sense that I'm not run ragged from a job whilst feeling like this, but a toddler isn't that much better!! I've been doing very little in my spare time other than vegging... Which means I'm lacking on blog posts this week because not only have I not finished a book (which would be Friday's post) but I also haven't had the concentration level to sit and sort through my jumbled mind which means no Sunday post either. I'm not too fussed by this - blogging is just a hobby so why force posts out, right? I just wanted it noted that this will be the last post for this week.
Eight | I'm going to end it with this one... It's actually February next week... How? Just, how?!