Three Things: Taking up Suzy's Challenge

Sarah and Steve Rooftops

Do you all read Suzy's blog? It's one of my favourites: honest and funny and moving and beautiful. It's one of the few I've been reading for years and years and years and still feel excited when I see a post pop up in my Feedly.

Anyway, Suzy just wrote a post about not having written many posts lately. To give herself a kick in the butt, she decided to write down three random things and she challenged readers to do the same.

This is me accepting that challenge.

So:

ONE

Today, a neighbour invited Matilda and me and another of our neighbours round for tea and cake. There were presents for Matilda and a beautiful Christmas tree covered in completely random ornaments which she (the neighbour, that is) has collected over the years and which Matilda enjoyed hauling off the branches and investigating (so glad we didn't go down the tree route this year!). It was lovely. Really lovely.

The two neighbours - the inviter and invitee - are both about my mum's age and have known each other for years; sometimes I wonder if I seem like a little kid to them, making naive statements about having a baby and thinking my pet-related chitchat compares to their pet-related chitchat. Somebody twenty-seven years younger than me feels twenty-seven years younger to me, you know? With somebody twenty-seven years older (or thereabouts), I don't feel like there's a huge gap.

Anyway, the point of this was supposed to be how much I love living on this street. We are not in catchment areas for fought after schools but we have all the facilities we need (bar a cinema) right on our doorstep and, more importantly, the sort of lovely neighbours who really do look out for one another.

TWO

Yesterday, we finally had a joiner in to fit shelves in our "study" (big alcove in the dining room where we keep our computers) so the five enormous bags of DVDs which have been sitting around our flat for two and a half years can at last be emptied. This makes me so very, very happy.

This is the last thing we really wanted to do to the flat, so - although now that there's a baby living here new things have been added to our list - it (temporarily) feels complete.

THREE

When I wrote about the 35 best books on my Kindle, I mentioned that I was considering making a point of rereading some old favourites.

I'm going to do that.

I've chosen them. Six of them. Six of the shorter ones. Frankly, I want this to be a fun project rather than a chore and, with my reading time (Matilda's naps) rapidly vanishing, keeping to small, simple books seems essential.

The six books I've chosen are:

Jan/Feb: Going Out by Scarlett Thomas
Mar/Apr: Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
May/Jun: Adorkable by Sarra Manning
Jul/Aug: The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman
Sep/Oct: Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Nov/Dec: Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Would anybody like to join in, either by reading the same books or by choosing six of their own?

Also: this three things ideas has been good fun. You might want to join in with this as well!

(Also: FOUR: The photo is from the "mini Christmas" we threw for some friends last weekend. It has become a tradition.)

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