January has been one of those months that has dragged on forever – it could already be March or even April! I’m looking forward to the month being over mostly because January always seems to be the worst for companies trying to push new diets and guilt on their customers and it becomes quite difficult to escape that!
Despite it taking a long time (and there’s still a couple of days to go) it’s been a good month, most of which I’ve documented here. I’ve been to see the Wizard of Oz at Birmingham Rep (https://debbiescancerblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/05/theres-no-place-like-home/), I’ve seen two films at the cinema and enjoyed both, I’ve got a lot of reading done (https://debbiescancerblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/put-the-book-back-on-the-shelf/) as well as some crafting, I’ve been trying to learn Swedish and I’ve even started learning how to draw! (https://debbiescancerblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/844/) Furthest out of my comfort zone was last Saturday, when I went to the (actually really good) Young Adults meet-up hosted by the Brain Tumour Charity. (https://debbiescancerblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/the-brain-tumour-charity/)
So what does February hold?
On the 1st, we’ll be going to the Anglo-Saxon exhibit at the British Library – I’m really looking forward to it, even if it does mean braving London! It’s only a few days away so stay tuned because I plan to blog about it.
It’s also LGBT History Month here in the UK, so I’m hoping to use this as an opportunity to write and read about queer history, as well as to watch films on the topic (especially films about queer women and people of colour, and films that aren’t just tragic portrayals of queer life where characters die, mostly from AIDS – there’s definitely a place for stories like Philadelphia but not all of them are!) If anyone has any recommendations please let me know!
On the 4th February is World Cancer Day. (https://debbiescancerblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/03/world-cancer-day/) – I still have, somewhere, the wristband I bought for last year – it’s not so much something I have any specific plans for or am doing anything special as it is something I know is happening.
Like the year before, my Christmas present last month was theatre tickets and in February, my mum and I are off to the first of these – Swan Lake! It’s the New Adventures production, which is Matthew Bourne’s all-male company. I’ve seen a few ballets live but I’m looking forward to this one a lot. The last time I saw something based on Swan Lake was Black Swan, which I still can’t decide how I feel about it (much like Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, which is either the best book I’ve ever read or so traumatic and disturbing that I can’t bring myself to re-read it – possibly it’s both simultaneously!)
I’d also like to spend February continuing learning Swedish – I have a couple of books to use, although so far I’ve mostly been relying on Duolingo. I love Sweden and it’s a language I’ve wanted to learn for a while so I’m taking advantage of all the free time I have to do so – it also keeps my brain active, which is a good thing! I’m going to keep up with my reading, although perhaps not at quite the same rate I’ve been devouring books lately, and do a few more craft projects. Because it is film awards season, there’s also a lot of films out I want to see so hopefully I’ll have a chance to get to those.
So, those are my plans (so far!) for February! Apart from a physio appointment I don’t have to go into the hospital (unless there’s an emergency!) so it’ll be a nice ‘rest’ month – and hopefully it won’t drag on as long as January has!