Settling In

My favourite part of the past week has been going for walks and discovering the local secondhand shops. They’ve been so full of lovely things, I’ve had to tell myself I don’t need everything right now. (Including a nice floral jug, which I’m sure I can find in nearly every secondhand shop there is.) But it’s fun to think about decorating a future home, which is what I’ve looked forward to for a long time. Little pretty additions make me happy! But there is no need to do everything at once, and certainly not before I’ve found somewhere to rent.

Something I did buy secondhand a few days ago was a copy of Gone with the Wind, which is the exact same edition I used to own. Funnily enough, it’s what I mentioned in this post just over two years ago after a recent breakup. When I found it, I could imagine God smiling knowingly.

Despite buying some new-old books, I actually haven’t been reading much in the last few weeks. I think with getting covid and the move, I haven’t had the time or energy. But I’m slowly getting back into it by reading Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen). It has been such a joy to go back to a familiar story, and one that is fairly easy to read. I know that classics can seem daunting, but the chapters in Pride and Prejudice are actually fairly short, which makes it accessible if you don’t feel like committing to a three-hour reading session. (Those were the days though!)

It has been a bit cloudy the last few days, but I’ll put on a load of laundry tomorrow and do a small grocery shop. I also need to get some uni work done. It’s not that I’m disliking my current units, only that I haven’t had the space in my mind to think about the assignments. But the due dates are looming and I know I’ll feel better once I’m working on them; it’s the getting started that’s the problem. So hopefully by the end of tomorrow I’ll have been fairly productive. It helps that I’m cooking dinner tonight and will have leftovers tomorrow – it’ll be one less thing to think about.

It’s strange because, as I’ve said, things become normal very quickly. But when I stop and think about the last month, it’s almost surreal how quickly everything happened. I almost can’t believe I’m here! Not where I used to be! How grateful I am for all the support I’ve received in this time; the thought of doing this all on my own is much more stressful and intense than it has been.

I suppose now is when I check to see if my pasta is cooked. Let’s hope so!

Sarah xx

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