If Richard Curtis adapted my experience of this month into a romantic comedy, it could be called One Wedding and a Funeral. It would feature plenty of love, laughter and tears, without puffy dresses or patterned waistcoats.
September has brought another milestone – going back to school. I recently started the second year of my MA. This looks set to be the last autumn I spend balancing professional work and academic work (and blogging and…). I’m keen to get stuck in and appreciate the experience. Please remind me of that when I’m in the library two hours from home and it’s dark outside.
This change in schedule and seasonal shift are welcome. Bring on blankets, birthdays and new books.
I’ve been writing:
I’ve been reading:
- The Organized Mind
- The Waves (I picked it up again after a break)
- The Concept of Waffles (Ruby Tandoh’s new newsletter)
- When Quitting is the Harder, Better Choice (An interesting take on grit and the value of time)
- Bloom time: the London floristry scheme helping refugee women
- Flexible working is here – and, no, it’s not just a mum thing
- Do couples that cook together, stay together? (This is beautifully written)
- Stock photo stereotypes are shifting, but the typical woman is still young, skinny and white
- 4 Kinds of Workplaces, and How to Know Which Is Best for You
- Optimized or maximized?
- How can we encourage more men to choose a career in social care?
I’ve been listening to:
- Gizzi Erskine on clean eating – Get It Off Your Br**sts
- Curtis Sittenfeld Reads Tessa Hadley – The New Yorker Fiction Podcast
- How To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life – The Debrief Podcast
- A Conversation with Aubrey Plaza – Strong Opinions, Loosely Held
- Hillary Rodham Clinton – Fresh Air
- Nate Charles & Adam Gopnik – The Moth
- How Not To Be a Boy – Robert Webb (Audiobook)
I’ve been watching:
- Yerma – NT Live from the Young Vic
- Parks and Recreation
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- The Great British Bake Off