Saturday, 28 February 2015

February Blues

As I predicted, February was a much better month than January. Well... not towards the end but, hey, no one can have it all. Despite my troubles and stress (at work) there were more good days than bad, so yep I have nothing to complain about or I shouldn't complain about anything. 


This is the birthday month of the year in my little household. L and I turned thirty-something-else but we are still looking 27ish, you bet.
I played my yearly role (I hope) as “the tourist” again as my little sis and her hubby came for a visit. To be a tourist is like running a marathon, one can only cope if prepared — well I wasn't so I got extremely tired with all the walking and taking pictures. I don’t want to say I am getting old for these things but I guess I am. Next time, I will get my guests a guide.
 

But, of course, spending time with my sister again after three years was great. She has the funniest laughter in this world and a great sense of humour. Because of them, I revisited some of my favourite spots in London: the V&A, then the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery, which was pretty amazing. Have you seen my Instagram lately? I registered some of these moments there. Here are some more...
 Victoria & Albert Museum

Harrods for window shopping (mainly)
T.S. Elliot at the National Portrait Gallery
Charlers Darwin (my birthday buddy)  
And of course my dear Queen Elizabeth to add some royal glamour to the tour
She made me miss Brazil in a way I hadn’t for a long time, and to speak Portuguese was pretty great too. As a result, I’ve been listening to Chico Buarque (the guy in the video) without a break since she left. I am not the type that cries and makes a fuss about missing my Mum or feijoada but it was good to feel that connection with my country again. If it weren’t for books, I wouldn’t use my language at all. Here is one of my favourite songs by him...

On the same week she came, I started an online writing course. I don’t have great aspirations (well... anything is possible) I just wanted to learn a little more about writing so my writing is better for the blog and for myself. Let’s see what happens; I’m excited.
I’ve been reading a book for almost a month and I think March will come without me finishing it... I never read more than one book at a time — I know it’s crazy, most people do the exact opposite — because I like to give my undivided attention to whatever it is I am doing. Given the circumstances, however, I had to change my tactics so now I am experimenting with reading three books at the same time: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and another two by Virginia Woolf. I also finished my Book List “Classics I haven’t read yet”, which I will share here later.
 The Book Street (Cecil Court) for inspiration
 On the going out front, I went to two plays this Feb — having bought the tickets last year — the first one was Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, and the other was A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. Do I have to say I loved it? Oh yes, both were absolutely precious and I have learned so much from both of them



I’ve already booked tickets for plays in the coming months; I’ve got some blues, jazz, opera, some drama, some comedy, and some really philosophical stuff coming on. I will share it all with you. I’m doing everything I wanted to do when I was 15 and didn’t have money. Sometimes it’s a real pleasure to be a grown up. My blog got itself a new dress too. It’s a little messy, like me, so I think I will stick with it for a while. Do you like it?
Still waiting for Spring and preparing for a short break at the end of the next week. Towards the end of the month, we received some bad news but I guess that’s life. Sometimes not getting what we want is a blessing in disguise, I just don’t see it now but I will.
 

And that is exactly what I will do. I will finish this post near the place I work because I am thinking about work even now, on a Saturday, sitting comfortably on my couch. I hope the beauty of this place will bring some light to me down the road and to my March..


I wish you all a fab March too.
xx

2 comments:

  1. I'll be interested to know how you get on with your online writing course - I have just started one too. I hope you enjoy yours and that you get on well with it. Maybe we could exchange notes. I love your photos of London, especially the top two, the colours are wonderful, perfect winter city greys. CJ xx

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    1. Hi CJ I will keep you posted! Nice to know we are on the same boat :) and I am really looking forward to the grey become yellow and hot. Let's wait Spring is almost at the doorstep. G xx

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