November 17: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Actual Pregnancy #LittleLoves

November was a bit transformative; like a reverse butterfly I went from trying to spread my wings to retreating into my comfortable cocoon. Pregnancy really started to kick in once I hit mid-November (hello exhaustion and fainting) and it felt like a good time to really start embracing rest and maternity leave proper.

Speaking of which, I'm now waaaaay too lazy for consistent weekly updates, so I figured I might try a monthly one instead. Surely even I can manage to do this once a month? Surely. I'm going to try and link up with Little Loves because a) I love reading other people's and b) as I said, I'm lazy and it's a nice format.

Here's my November:

READ

The Girls - Emma Cline
I loved the atmosphere this coming-of-age novel creates, but I thought some of the themes felt a bit over-worked and I wasn't massively captivated by the plot. Maybe my expectations were too high; this is probably a lesson in not waiting too long before reading a much-hyped book.

The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
I read this in less than 48 hours and barely guessed a single twist, which tells you all you need to know really. Would definitely recommend if you're a fan of thrillers.


WATCHED

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
I'm going to keep this pretty spoiler-free, but three series in and Rebecca finally gets a diagnosis. And it's the same as mine, and the way it's handled is utterly perfect. I laughed and cried my way through that episode and then immediately watched it again. 100% recommend (but start from the beginning).




The leaves changing colour.
I walk through the park near my house at least once a week and it's been lovely to stop, breathe and take it all in.

A selection of terrible Christmas films.
Thanks to the True Christmas channel I've discovered that all Christmas films fit into three genres: personal redemption, journey home, saving Christmas. I've also discovered that they're nearly all terrible, but that I can't stop watching them. Separate post coming soon (if the baby stays in my uterus for another week or so...)


HEARD

The Christmas playlist came on this month. No, you're obsessed with Christmas.


ATE

OK, I added this category myself but it's important to me, because I love foooooooooood.


Vegan pizza at Dough in Bath (pictured above with my other favourite thing). I also ate vegan pizzas at The Stable, Pizza Express and Franco Manca and I think my conclusion is that vegan cheese is weird, so it's marinara all the way.



I'm a sucker for a build-your-own option so was more than happy to eat this creation at The Burger Joint on North Street. Because if I want to dip my onion rings in cranberry sauce, then I'm going to dip my onion rings in cranberry sauce so LAUGH ALL YOU WANT, PETE.



I took a tip from Lyzi's insta stories and added grated dark chocolate to my porridge. Game changer.


MADE


All of the food for the freezer. I haven't had much urge to nest/clean but what I did manage in November was all the batch cooking. We had a (thankfully short) power cut yesterday and I nearly lost my shit. I'm not doing all that again: if it defrosts we'll be living on takeaway for the the foreseeable future.




THE MOST WONDERFUL LIST OF THE YEAR. Every year I get myself a mince pie and sit down to make my Christmas shopping list. It's also an opportunity to read through the notebook and reminisce about how neurotic nine year old Liz was. This year the list making was accompanied by mulled wine tea (which is fine...but it's not mulled wine).


WORE

Anything that fits. I succumbed to saggy-boobed-yet-comfortable temptation and bought some M&S nursing bras. In better maternity wear news, Pete made me buy a new coat and it's warm and it does up. Winning.


AND LASTLY

I tried out Boring Self-Care November on Instagram, which definitely helped me to stop and let myself rest a bit more.

We did NCT at the beginning of the month, which really surpassed my expectations. I thought it would be a good way to meet people (which it was) but the tutor was also really good and it helped me feel a lot more prepared for what's to come...



IT'S CHRIIIIIIIIIIISTMAS! Well, it was Fake Christmas at my parents' house. We're doing our Christmas plans early this year so over the last weekend of November we had our first Christmas day of 2017: roast dinner, board games and a weird interlude involving Queen Caturn visiting a car park (only in Somerset).


See you at the end of December. Warning: if I'm still pregnant then, I'm gonna be seriously grumpy.


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