• Currently reading: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir πŸ“š

  • Currently reading: Wastelands by John Joseph Adams πŸ“š

    Gonna try and slowly make my way through these stories. Been ages since I’ve read an β€˜apocalypse’ type story

  • Currently reading: Fast. Feast. Repeat. by Gin Stephens πŸ“š

    I heard about this on a podcast and it’s got me interested because actually I think I kinda do this already? I’ve said for years that my stomach wakes up several hours after I do, so I’ve never really been big into eating breakfast. And I’ve always been told that that’s bad for me.

    I’m intending on learning a little bit more about intermittent fasting, and just taking enough away so that I can ‘tidy up’ my natural eating habits. I do feel a shaky sometimes, for example, and it would be good to know how I might avoid that

  • Finished Reading: Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies by Tara Schuster πŸ“š

    Bit of a case of reading the right thing at the right time. I think overall I’m glad I read this. Her life is really different to mine, and so is her personality, and also so are a lot of the ways she went about fixing things. But there are similarities too: thinking that you are broken and that things will never get better, doing things to distract yourself away from you issues so that you never get to know yourself and you never get to sort your problems out. And being totally into journalling, too haha.

    It was kind of reassuring to read about someone who has managed to sort herself out, and actually nice to know that it took several years, and that there were still a ton of missteps along the way. And it did end on a bit of a silly note (intentionally) but it wasn’t a sort of ‘happy ever after’ ending, she’s still single for example, but feeling a lot happier about the relationships she has with the people in her life. I hope I can get there some day.

    If nothing else, reading this has given me a bit of a boost in motivation to journal. I’ve not been into it for a while, and it started picking up recently, and I think it’s been nice to have that extra little kick.

  • Nintendo Direct - Thoughts

    I got round to watching the Nintendo Direct that came out a week or so. Here are my thoughts:

    Mario & Luigi

    I loved Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and the other games have been alright but not amazing. I’ll keep an eye on this one and stay hopeful

    Nintendo World Championships: New Edition

    I don’t think this is for me at all. It does look like it’d be a lot of fun for the people it’s aimed at though!

    Fairy Tale 2

    Nah.. I mean, it’s the kind of thing I might get when I really fancy playing a JRPG so possibly maybe, one day?


    This doesn’t seem like anything special to me? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

    Nintendo Switch Sports Basketball

    OK, Nintendo Switch Sports always makes for a fun evening with people, but I’m still not gonna buy it


    Didn’t give an awful lot away but it got my attention. I will keep an eye out for more info on this one

    Disney Illusion Island

    Not for me

    Hello Kitty Island Adventure

    Very cute. I think Animal Crossing is enough of this business for me, though

    Among Us

    Enjoyed watching streams of Among Us during lockdown and that’s enough for me


    Haha here’s our obligatory farming game! The Switch needs more of these

    Donkey Kong Country Returns HD

    I think we rented the original Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo back in the day and it was good but too hard for me. I never played the sequel though, so I should maybe grab this one some time and give it a go.

    Dragon Quest III (and also I & II)

    I really like the Octopath Traveler-style art. I loved the absolute heck out of Dragon Quest IX, and enjoyed what I played of XI. Might have to try these some time. Also, I now want a slime plushie like what that guy has

    Funko Fusion

    What exactly even is this?

    Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD

    I’m still Luigis Mansion’d out from playing the third one a year or two ago.

    The New Denpa Men

    F2P = instant no

    Metal Slug Attack Reloaded

    Doesn’t appeal to me at all

    Darkest Dungeon II

    Ohhh, I would be so crap at this! But I’d probably still have fun?

    Phantom Brave: the Lost Hero

    I’ve never played a Phantom Brave game (nearest I’ve come to it is being baffled by Disgaea, maybe?) It might be interesting to try out

    Marvel vs Capcom Fighting Collection


    Super Mario Party Jamboree

    I don’t think I get to play with other people enough to justify this. I know they mentioned online play but this will just be a small part, right?

    The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom

    Flipping heck. This looks interesting. I love the cute graphics, and I’m really intrigued that they’re taking the weird creativity from Tears of the Kingdom and putting it I here. I am very interested in this.

    Just Dance

    Not for me

    Lego Horizon Adventure

    Lego games never manage to hold my attention. I love that they exist though


    I wasn’t interested in this at all when I saw it on Steam, but on Switch… hmm, it might be alright

    Tales of the Shire

    I want this and I can’t give you a good reason why, I just want it

    Ace Attorney Investigations Collection

    I do want to play an Ace Attorney game again some time soon, but I’d grab one of the older ones first. Maybe one day.

    The Hundred Line

    This looks quite interesting - a bit Persona? I can’t imagine I would have the attention span to play through it (just like Persona) but hey, maybe one day.

    Romancing Saga 2


    Metroid Prime 4

    I should definitely give this a shot. Only Metroid Prime I played was the first one, on the GameCube. I liked it but I haven’t played any first person games at the time, and, honestly, I was crap at the shooting and at the exploring. Time to give Metroid Prime another go.

  • A blue sky with a large white cloud that forms a zigzag shape

  • Currently reading: Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies by Tara Schuster πŸ“š

  • Finished Reading: Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers πŸ“š ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    This series is just cosy and nice, just… people getting along and trying to understand themselves and each other. It’s not exciting but it just makes you feel quietly good.

  • Currently reading: Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman πŸ“š

  • πŸ“Ί Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99 (2022)

    Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99 poster

    I watched this after listening to the episode about Woodstock ‘99 on The Big Flop podcast. I’m a bit surprised I hadn’t heard about this before as this was kind of my era (then again I was only a teenager and the internet wasn’t as ubiquitous at the time). Dear me, what a shitshow! Very interestin, very infuriating that the people running it seemed completely oblivious to everything going wrong, and even in the interviews they still don’t see to grasp what horrible mistakes they made. I suppose at least they made lots of money though, eh.

  • I really like the new Apple Watch Pride Strap. The fluorescent colours are very pretty.

    (I promise it isn’t as tight as it looks in this photo, it’s nice and comfy 😊)

    The 2024 Apple Watch pride strap and watch face, showing the interwoven neon colours

  • One of my fidget toys - a big squishy ball with tinsel-ish stuff inside. My sister and I were wondering what it would look like in slow motion. I like it!

  • Finished Reading: The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris πŸ“š

    Like when I read the first edition years ago, I’ve come away with some ideas about the kind of person I want to be and how I might realistically start moving in that direction. I like the new ‘tools’ in this edition too

  • I’m looking forward to seeing actual videos of the new Apple Watch pride strap. It looks nice in Apples photos and I’m pretty tempted

  • πŸ“· Blue sky and green trees today

    A cloudless blue sky above a mostly empty car park, at the back of which is a row of trees with green leaves that contrast against the sky

  • My little niece had her first sleepover at my house yesterday. I probably got about 2 hours sleep total last night but we had fun and I returned her to her parents in one piece at lunch time today so overall it was a huge success.

    We talked about her sleeping over again something and I said yes but I need about a month to recover from this one.

    Highlights included temporary tattoos, a massive bumblebee in the house and asking Siri what a llama sounds like (they sound like me when my alarm goes off in the morning)

  • DNF: You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney πŸ“š

    Meh. I’ve been on Reddit too

  • Currently reading: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore πŸ“š

  • My little bike

    I should have bought a bike ages ago! I bought this little folding bike from Halfords a few months ago, thinking that it will be a way to get myself outside a bit more. I’m still taking my time here because it’s kind of hilly where I live, and there are some really bike-unfriendly roads. But the little trips out that I’ve made so far have been awesome. I’ve also had a lot of fun buying bits and bobs for the bike and I thought I would share.

    Halfords do a couple of versions of this folding bike and at the time, this one was about Β£85 cheaper than the others. This one has disc brakes, the others have rim brakes but also have mudguards and a rear rack. Honestly, I like the colour of the other one better too. But hey, 85 quid. And the bright red is kind of growing on me!

    My little red folding bike, leaning on its kickstand. The black spokes on the wheels have white spoke reflectors attached. My helmet is dangling from its strap on the saddle. There’s a small bag attached to the ‘inside’ of the handlebars and a rear rack bag that’s loaded up


    It turns out that Halfords don’t sell mudguards or a rack to fit this bike so I got these from Amazon. They were about Β£10 and they’re actually meant for kid’s bikes (with 16" or 20" wheels) but they fit on here absolutely fine. They are a bit plasticky and don’t look as nice as the ones on the other version of this bike but I mean, they’re just mudguards. They’re also really light and I’m not the strongest person in the world so I think that’s good too when you consider I still want a bike that I can fold and lift.

    They were the first thing I added to the bike. It was easy to do but I think the screw hole for the rear one on my bike must be 90 degrees to where it is on other bikes? I had to bend the bracket almost totally back on itself to fit it. Still only took a few minutes and I was proud of my first bit of customisation


    Just from Decathlon and not very expensive, they came in a set with both the front and back lights. Both are brighter than I was expecting them to be. They attach and detach quickly. The front one came with a little bracket that just finger-tightens on the handlebars and the light itself just slides in to the bracket. The rear light has a rubber strap that fastens around the seat post. They charge by micro-USB, and I think that’s the only bad thing I can really say about them. I don’t plan to be riding around in the dark anyway so these aren’t going to be hammered with use

    Rear rack

    The other thing I was missing a bit when I got this version. I’m nowhere near brave enough to be riding this to work yet, or really for any distance where I might need to bring stuff with me but I mean, having a place to put stuff on the back is only going to come in handy isn’t it? Again, Halfords don’t sell racks for folding bikes but Decathlon do. I think they do two versions, and the one that I probably should have got for this bike was out of stock.

    My bike has the attachment points for the type of rack that has those two little arms that fit kind of horizontally. But I got the kind that fits to that same spot as the mudguard instead. Again, this hole seems to be oriented differently to what’s expected, and so I had a bit of trouble bending the bar to get it to fit. You can see I’ve not done the best job when you look closely but actually that metal bar is really strong so I’m happy with it. This was a little more involved to fit than the mudguards and I actually managed to get everything nice and sturdy, and it’s fairly level too. Having this on actually makes the bike a lot easier to lift, which is a nice bonus.

    I had to move the rear reflector from its original place on the frame as the rack would block it, and it’s mildly annoying that it’s off-centre but it doesn’t matter. The maximum weight that this rack is supposed to be able to take is 10kg, and considering I bent that bar it might actually be a bit less. I doubt my puny legs would be able to haul much weight anyway so again, this is fine for me. The rack itself is nice and light too so again I haven’t made the bike much heavier for myself here.

    This rack has a spot for attaching a little flashy light that Decathlon sells (as does the helmet that I bought at the same time) and when I have the reflector fitted here I can’t use that, but again as I’m not planning on going out at night I don’t think this will be a big deal


    I fell off my bike on one of my first rides out, and I think this is when I lost of one of the spoke reflectors. I saw these ones on Temu though and I actually really like them. They’re very reflective - more so than the ones that it came with. I quite like the contrast between the white reflectors and the black spokes.


    I have one small bag attached to the handlebars. Decathlon calls it a water bottle holder but it comes in handy for putting my phone and things like that in. It’s nice and tall though so it does make a really good bottle holder.

    A view of the handlebars. The bars themselves are black, as are the accessories that are attached. From left to right: there’s a bell nearest the left grip, then a front reflector screwed on near the middle. A small water bottle bag is velcro’d to the middle of the bars and the post. To the right of this is a bracket for attaching the front light, then the gear shifter is nearest to the right grip

    I bought the rear rack bag from Temu and like everything from Temu I wasn’t expecting much but it seems to be alright. It fixes on with two velcro straps so it’s not exactly quick to take on and off but I don’t think that will matter. I stayed overnight at my sister’s house (which is only about a mile away, and I was coming home first thing in the morning) and I had room for PJs etc in the bag itself, and used the elastic ties to fasten a light hoodie on top. I was lovely to not need a backpack!

    A close up of the rear rack and rack bag. The bag is mostly black with a small silver reflective strip. It looks quite full. On top, a light grey hoodie is fastened by elastic straps. There’s a small water bottle pocket on the back, containing an empty blue water bottle

  • After having a really rough time at work over the last several weeks, my boss suggested I move my compressed day off from a Monday, as I was coming in to work every Tuesday morning on the back foot, with everyone else having a day’s worth of demands to chuck at me. I asked if I could have Wednesdays off instead. Today was the first time I got to see the benefit of this and oh yes, it’s been lovely to have a little mid-week rest!