Friday 1 July 2022

OMG! Where did June go?!

Apparently, it's been a month since I last posted. That's a great start to getting back into blogging isn't it?
I don't know why I haven't posted anything... I guess I've just been busy? Or something. 
Honestly, it doesn't feel like it's been a month. June has just went wheeeeeee and I'm sitting shocked that I'm writing this on the first of July!

Anyway... June was a fairly good month. 

My mental health was appalling throughout May and I was worried I wouldn't be able to pull myself out of the spiral but with some changes at work and half term break spent in Scotland with my family, it improved throughout June.

Work throughout June was calmer than it has been in a long time. Back in April, I switched to a new area of my company and took on a brand new project. I needed the change desperately but because of staffing issues I had to continue to manage my old project as well as take on my new project and I essentially, temporarily, doubled my workload. 
It wasn't the smartest move but it was the deal that had to be struck to get me out of my previous area and into my new one and I don't regret it for a second. Unfortunately, this double workload, double the pressure situation was what caused May's decline in my wellbeing. However, I spoke to my new line manager and she took immediate action and pulled me off my old project completely, effective immediately. My previous line manager (who had agreed to let me go with the temporary double duty) understood completely as she didn't want me to decline again either. So, that was that. I had some handover days throughout June but I was no longer responsible for the day-to-day and it was exactly what I needed to happen. 
Thank God for supportive line managers and awesome employers!

I mentioned above being in Scotland with my family...

Technically this also covers the end of May but I count it as June in my head. 
Anyway, I was in Scotland attending RARE Edinburgh - my first ever book signing/conference!
It was a lot of fun. I won't write too much about it as I plan on writing a little summary post soon but I definitely want to attend London 23 and more events like this! The buzz was fantastic and it was a book lover - and romance readers - heaven!

After RARE, my husband and son joined me at my mum's and we caught up with a load of my family members as well as enjoying a few days out and about to The Edinburgh Dungeon and the RRS Discovery in Dundee.

We came home during the Queen's Jubilee Weekend and I made the official Jubilee pudding - a Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle.
I'm not going to lie... I have no idea how this bloody thing won the contest! Okay, I might be completely the wrong judge as I generally hate trifle but this... Was worse than a normal trifle.
I hated the combination of flavours but the husband - who generally loves trifle - really enjoyed it so... To each their own?

What else has been going on...?

The kid has been feverishly rehearsing for his school play - A Midsummers Night's Dream - and we'll finally get to see the end result in a couple of weeks!
As well as play rehearsals, June was dominated his school residential trip where they got to dragon boat, abseil, land surf, raft build and a whole host of other stuff I cannot remember!
I cannot believe he finishes primary forever in just a few weeks!
When did my baby become a pre-teen?! 😱 
All us mums from his year group have been planning a leaver's party for the kids after their leaver's service in July and I have a feeling we'll all be a little emotional!

We've been working our way through Superstore on Netflix and have finally reached S6. 
I'm loving the show and the weird mix of characters.
The Obi-Wan show on Disney+ is another we've started watching (we're a bit behind) and I'm liking it... I love Ewan McGregor so I shouldn't be surprised really.
The husband and I have also started watching The Boys on Prime and omg... I have no idea what I was expecting with that show but what I got certainly wasn't it! It is twisted, surprising, shocking, funny and gross. I think I like it but I'm not actually sure, lol.

We went to the cinema and watched Dr Strange: Multiverse of Madness and we also saw Top Gun: Maverick and I loved them both!
I thought Top Gun: Maverick was better than the original and that's not easy to achieve!

I also went to the theatre to see Bat Out of Hell: The Musical last night and it was... Interesting!
The music, vocal performances, and staging were magnificent but the story was nonsense. Complete and utter nonsense. But oh well. Fun was had just the same!
The rendition and staging of Bat Out of Hell (the song) just before the half-time interval is burned onto my brain with its sheer awesomeness. Definitely a show-defining moment.

I've actually done some reading this month! Amazing... My reading is still super slow and I can go weeks without reading at all but June has been pretty steady!

I listened to two audiobooks (Persuasion by Jane Austin and The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Leise), I read two books (Full Moon Rising and Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur), and I read the novelisation of Under the Oak Tree (part One) by Suji Kim.

I also read the first season of the Under The Oak Tree comic (which marries up to part one of the novelisations) and enjoyed the artwork but preferred the story in novel form.

Web Comics are something I'm becoming an ever bigger fan of. They suit my lack of attention span/focus these days... Another one I've been reading throughout June was Midnight Poppy Land. OMG, I love it. 

The Guild Codex book series is also being turned into a webcomic and I've been enjoying seeing those stories that I love - all the little moments - being brought to life in beautiful artwork.

I've been away from the bookish community for a while so in an attempt to get back into the swing of things I'm joining the Summer COYER hosted by Michelle and Berls at Because Reading.
I'm keeping things simple and not adding a reading list or setting a goal... I'm just going to go with the flow and see if I can clear some books off the shelves and actually start sharing what I think of them again! I'll keep track of progress on my COYER tweet thread

I want to share this post written by Krysta at Pages Unbound as I couldn't agree more with what she said! It's time to stop telling people they aren't real readers.

And that's it from me for now!
What did you get up to in June?

Linking this to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer and the Monthly Wrap Up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts At Midnight.


  1. Welcome back to blogging! Have a great week!

  2. I can't believe how fast June went either. My son is starting Primary School this September so that will be hard for me 😂

    It's nice that your work have been supportive and that you had a great time in Edinburgh. I want to go there!

    I loved watching Superstore. We took ages to get through it all but we loved it!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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    1. It's a big change! I think it's easier on them than it is on us to be honest!

  3. Welcome back!! I know blogging can be hard when you're not in the right mind space. And omg my baby brothers just graduated high school last month, so I totally get you there 😭 How does time fly like that?? Lol.

    I hope you have a great July!

    1. I know, right?! Time needs to calm itself down.
      Thanks for the welcome back!

  4. So happy to see you! I'm glad you have been able to make some changes at work to improve your health. RARE! I have always wanted to go. I'm just not ready for travel yet, even masked, with Covid still so widespread. Plus I'd like more a scifi fantasy event like Dragoncon or Emerald City. NOLAStorycon was the best. Welcome to COYER! It's my favorite challenge.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    1. A sci-fi/fantasy event would be awesome! I'd be able to convince my husband to come to that one with me and help carry the books! :)

  5. Glad your doing better, I'd love to go to RARE some day. Wait, is there a novel for Under The Oak Tree? I need to go look for that.
    Have a great week!

  6. Glad you're feeling better! I took a new job last school year and it felt like a mistake all year. But there are reasons it was good, and I'm hoping this school year will be better. I want to go to Scotland so bad! My sister moved there right before the pandemic, and I'd planned to go, but as of last December I'm not really talking to that side of my family, so if I go, it wouldn't be to see her. Hope that July continues to be a better month for you in work and everything else!

  7. Work changes can be tough especially when you have the old workload too. Nice to hear that they were so supportive- and your time in Scotland sounds awesome.

    A Midsummer Night's dream sounds wonderful! I bet they'll do great. :)

  8. June was a good month for me too, my daughter turned 31. Sounds like you had a good time in Scotland which is great.


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