Busy times

Life is busy. The year is running away with me, and Christmas is approaching rapidly.

Mr Jack and I are busy preparing to put our house on the market, which is taking up a lot of brain space. I am rehearsing a musical, and have just auditioned for another one, so will be heavily occupied with rehearsals and performances well into 2016! Pickle has started Pre-school, which adds to my weekly school run duties, whilst giving me far less free-time/me-time than you might think, especially since I’ve filled one afternoon with a Zumba class – I need to do something to build up my stamina and co-ordination (and hopefully help me slim down a bit) before I attempt a can-can in front of an audience in one of my shows next year!

All of which has left me with not-alotta time for knitting and crafting, and I’ve turned instead to reading and boxset bingeing for my down-time. Hubby and I have just finished watching Season 7 of Castle (a series I would highly recommend if you like crime/murder mystery with a good sense of humour.) I have also particularly enjoyed reading ‘The Museum of Extraordinary Things’ by Alice Hoffman, which mixes fiction with New York history.

I’ve just started reading ‘A Game of Thrones’ too, which I’ve heard a bit about through tweets and facebook posts from people who watch the TV show. I’d sort of avoided it because there was a certain degree of hype around it, which I’m not particularly drawn to, but having been curious enough to pick it up in the library a few weeks ago, I thought I’d give it a go, and I’m actually rather enjoying it. I’m not much of a reviewer, but I like the style and a certain ‘Lord of the Rings’ (of the written variety) feel to it.

As for crafting, you may remember this post I wrote last year in which I made Christmas decorations for the children of good friends. I’d like to do something similar again this year, but I’m lacking in inspiration for making anything. I’d love to hear from you if you have any good pattern ideas – either knitting or crochet – or if you can recommend any independent crafters offering something suitable (UK based, please!) Thanks!