My Plans For May: Reading, Watching & Making

Friday, 1 May 2020

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May is upon us! I've always liked the first day of May. It feels like a signifier that summer is just around the corner and the colder days are getting put behind us for the year. May 1st this year feels slightly different - I mean, how can it not when we're literally living Groundhog Day right now? March and April seemed to drag and fly by all at once. It's strange running through the months and feeling like you're doing the same thing every day without plans marked out in the calendar.

Even though we're all staying home to stay safe, I'm trying to plan little things each month to have to look forward to. Isolation so far has had good days and tough days, and it's things like reading, watching Netflix, cooking and getting creative which have helped to lift my mood. This is a really difficult time for all of us and you shouldn't be putting any pressure on yourself to be productive in lockdown, but if you're looking for inspiration on some ways to pass the time, here's what I'm looking forward to in May.

The start of a new month always means new 99p book deals on Kindle! I've already lined up a few books that I definitely want to read this month. I'm currently halfway through In Five Years by Rebecca Serle which I'm really loving. I've purchased a few of the 99p books including The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and Half A World Away by Mike Gayle, so these will be at the top of my TBR this month.

Both Netflix and BBC seem to be churning out great television content at the minute and there's so much on my list that I feel like I won't possibly be able to get through it all in May! At the top of my 'to watch' at the moment is BBC's adaption of Normal People. Like many others who are sharing the hype, I love the book and it's characters and I'm really excited to see how the adaptation tells their stories. I'll also be making my way through season 2 of After Life and keeping up with the newest season of Killing Eve (which I am obsessed with so far, it's definitely one of my favourite ever shows). I'll also be starting Sky's new series Code 404 as it features two actors from one of my other favourite shows, Line of Duty.

I'm trying my best to stay creative in lockdown and to be honest, some days are harder than others to find that creative drive. One thing I will be working on is continuing to regularly post content on the blog. It feels great to have an outlet to write on again and I've definitely missed having somewhere to share my thoughts! In April I also ordered myself a MakeBox kit so that I can try my hand at some embroidery. It's always been something I've wanted to learn how to do, so I'm really excited for that to arrive this month so I can get started! I've also got my eye on Doughnut Time's make your own boxes and think I'll be treating myself to one in May!

Being at home is giving me the chance to experiment with cooking and baking. I've been loving trying out new vegan recipes that I've not had the time to work on before. In April I made banana bread (just like everyone else!), blueberry muffins, creamy sauce made from blended cashew nuts and my own pasta from scratch. All of the recipes for those can be found on my Instagram. In May I want to try my hand at some more ideas, with lemon drizzle cake, Pret's vegan cookies and vegan pesto being at the top of my make list.

So that's everything keeping me busy in May. Now that I've written it all down, it feels like the month will have some more substance to it than expected and I'm looking forward to the little pick-me-ups throughout the month!

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