Right Now I’m… January 2015

For all you non-British people out there, I know you’ve all been sat at home rolling your eyes over how we just can’t cope with the tiniest bit of snow. Normally I would agree. However, as I am currently unable to leave my house to go to work and partake in the social activities I had planned, I am remarkably grouchy about the afore-mentioned snow and would recommend not saying the above to my face.

Reading:  Austenland by Shannon Hale. I grudgingly watched the film with a friend a few months ago and completely fell in love with it. The basic gist is that Jane, a 30-something completely obsessed with Mr Darcy, ends up travelling to England for a three week holiday in a recreated Regency novel. I didn’t want to watch it but it was lovely and charming and genuinely good.

As I’m stuck at home and fed up, I was in need of a pick-me-up so I decided I’d plump for the book version. I have it on good authority that it’s amazing and so far it’s living up to my expectations, even if the author has clearly never set foot in England in her life.

Wearing: My pyjamas, because I see no reason to get out of bed when I CANNOT LEAVE THE HOUSE.

Eating:  Alright, so today isn’t a total loss on the food scale. I have three Creme Eggs, three family-sized bags of Kettlechips, two bottles of Coke and copious amounts of tea. There’s no need to send the Aid packages just yet. 

Watching: While I accept that today would be the perfect day to sit down with all those book films that I keep threatening to watch (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Silver Linings Playbook, etc) it’s unrealistic at best. I just din’t have the patience to sit and watch things on my own. I’m fine when I’m with friends, but I pretty much need a Film Buddy to make me pay attention to a movie.

Planning: I planned the schedule for the War & Peace Read-a-long 2015 yesterday. Find it here or you can sign-up here.

Since I’m at home all day, I’m hoping to catch up with some reviews and some admin for a charity I volunteer with.

Feeling: Guilty. I hate not going into work, both because I enjoy it and because if I say I’m going to do something, I hate not doing it. I know that I absolutely did not have a choice this morning (my road is like a ski slope and it’s blocked off at the bottom), but it still doesn’t feel good.

I also feel bad about cancelling on my friends, as it was arranged by someone who had some bad news this week and needed cheering up.

Stubbornly, I also just kind of want to leave my house. I’m feeling rather trapped at the moment, as dramatic as that sounds. 

Loving: I was offered a job this week that I’m really excited about. It’s pretty much what I’ve been wanting to do for a while now and I was thrilled when they phoned to let me know.

I don’t start for a month, but that means there’s plenty of time to read around the subject and make sure I’m fully prepped to get started. 
Wanting: TO LEAVE THE HOUSE. Are you seeing the pattern here? There’s a pattern.

About what I’m going to do with my day. It’s going to be quite a quiet one, but at least it’s an opportunity to get a lot done.

Looking forward to: … leaving… the… house? That is actually true, but I’m also looking forward to everything getting back to normal and grovelling for forgiveness for cancelling plans!
What are you up to, this cold and miserable Friday?


  1. Jean says:

    Austenland was fun, though I haven'tseen the movie. I wish you would describe what made it obvious that Hale has never been to the UK –I wouldn't know.

    What am I up to? I'm excited that I just rejoined a gym, and wishing it would rain and snow. We are having an awful drought and today was so warm and sunny you'd think it was April. Which is very very bad.

    1. admin says:

      Hmm. I didn't keep a list, but one of the things that stuck in my mind was how Jane said she had to travel five hours from the airport. It's not POSSIBLE to travel for five hours in any direction and not come across in airport, not by a long stretch. We're pretty small :p

      Don't get me wrong, I really like the book and it's only a very minor niggle. It's just that, for a book with such a British theme, you'd have thought she'd have researched it more thoroughly! Even her characters like American sports and eat American snacks!

      NO NO NO NO NO. Don't say that! We're desperate for sunshine over here!

    2. Jean says:

      Ha! Like me, Shannon Hale is from the West. Five hours doesn't get you that far, and it's easy to forget that other places aren't ridiculously empty. 🙂

      You can have our sunshine. We've got wells going dry and all!

    3. Ellie says:

      Buuuut, not every airport connects to every OTHER airport, Miss Hanna. Some incoming travellers can only come into London, or come in to four different airports but the timing's horrendous for some of the options… well, you get the idea. It could happen.

      Yes, this comment has nothing whatsoever to do with the book, but I do love me some logical argument. 🙂

    4. admin says:

      But even if you end up in London,you'd be hard-pressed to find somewhere in England that you couldn't get to in five hours!

  2. I liked the book and the movie version of Austenland (my favorite part was the airport scene at the end hahaha). Shannon Hale also wrote a spin-off called Midnight in Austenland which I might have liked better than the first book. It alludes heavily to Northanger Abbey. – Maggie @ macarons & paperbacks

    1. admin says:

      Oh, I know! I loved that scene too – especially as it was so similar in the book and the film.

      Ah, I've seen that around but I just couldn't figure out where a story could go that wasn't already touched upon in Austenland. Maybe I'll give it a go then 🙂

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