I’ve been feeling seriously sorry for myself this week: it started with an injury that¬†meant I couldn’t play netball and had to pause my 30 Days of Yoga project, and ended in¬†wisdom-tooth agony. Needless to say, I was hashtag fumin’, and this feeling was only exacerbated by my netball team romping home to victory without me.¬†(Obvs I would have been more annoyed if we’d lost, but hey, it’s nice to be needed).
Looking back on the week, I can see that missing a single game of netball and two days of yoga practice is not the end of the world. Sadly,¬†I did not have this perspective mid-week when I was heading to Hotel Chocolat for a ‘snack’ or declining dinner with my colleague in favour of ‘going home to cry.’
I think it was missing the yoga that got to me the most. I want to write a whole post about the experience (as Rachel did last year when she took up¬†the same challenge), so I won’t bang on about it too much here,¬†but there was something galling about making the commitment to do it, having never done any yoga before, and then getting to day 23 and having to stop. I felt like a failure. Even though it was the right thing to do, it was infuriating.
The cavalry arrived on Friday in the form of Rachel and her beautiful boys, and not even horrible¬†tooth pain can completely dull the shine of a day spent with your oldest and best friend and her smiling baby. We had planned a walk somewhere pretty and then a leisurely lunch, but Manchester weather had other ideas and so we settled for a long coffee in the morning, followed by a leisurely lunch in a pretty place. The venue was the Eagle and Child in Ramsbottom and we got everything we wanted: a fireside table, excellent food, a killer view and a weekday crowd of oldies cooing over Thomas.
After Nicky had a pretty sorry week last week, and this week it’s my turn to vent, I don’t want you to think we’ve become a¬†total bunch of whingers. So, in non-pity-party news:
- I have fallen¬†hard for highlighter and am delighting in wearing a little every day and then just¬†loads¬†when I go out in the evening (so just once a month then, lololol). I’m using The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer¬†which I was pretty excited to realise you can now buy in Superdrug. However, you should get¬†it from¬†Cult Beauty right now ‘cos it’s on sale.
- After vowing to not start watching any new television until I’d read a good book, I cracked and watched all of Making a Murderer¬†and Jessica Jones¬†on Netflix. And then the new season of The Good Wife¬†came on and there was no way I was waiting to watch that. Which reminds me: I’m¬†also absolutely in love with¬†War and Peace¬†– it’s¬†probably the thing I look forward to watching the most right now.
- The Netball Superleague 2016 season kicked off yesterday with a Super Saturday event¬†where all teams played back-to-back matches in Birmingham¬†and it was broadcast live. That was probably the best end to a week of solitary self-pity possible, so thanks Sky Sports.
- My friend Emma made me envious of her skincare collection in her post about her favourites for winter.¬†It’s worth checking out of you’re looking for reliable recommendations.
- I’ve followed Natalie Holbrook on Instagram for a while but it’s since she moved to Idaho that I have really started to love her posts.¬†This week I enjoyed seeing her¬†featured in The Guardian.
The toothache has already abated somewhat, and in my experience¬†you rarely have two weeks¬†that bad in a row, so I am hopeful that when I next check in with you the whining will be slightly reduced.
I’d love you to leave a comment if you were feeling sorry for yourself this week so we can make this a pity party for more than one!¬†