I don't think I'm going to be doing a massive amount of reading today, but we'll see how I feel LATER when I'm done being proactive. I might end up stretched out on the bed with a book yet! I've read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets over breakfast - the chapter where Ron and Harry fly Mr Weasley's car to Hogwarts and get thwacked by the Whomping Willow. Having grouchily thought "Why the hell didn't they just wait for the Weasleys to come back and help them, probably within the next five minutes given that the train's left, or maybe get in touch with Hogwarts to let them know?" I was deeply gratified when McGonagall asked the very same question. :)
Anyway, I'm off to make lunch and locate the cats. Millie was hiding in a charity donation sack on my bedroom floor and Domino walked past and shot three feet in the air when the bag unexpectedly pounced on her; now they've both run off somewhere like crazy things. And THEN I think I'm going to watch a couple of things online - I've got a long list to catch up on - and start clearing stuff out of my room again. We've lost our second dream house this week (they've sold to someone else while our buyers have been hedging) so we've dropped the price of OUR house, started looking again, and we're hoping we might get some more viewings here soon. Which means my room (and the flat) has to be clean and tidy again. SHIIIIIIT! Lunch first though, I reckon. Priorities, people!
Okay, so I've read one more chapter of Harry Potter over lunch - clearly mealtimes are good for me when it comes to just sitting and relaxing with a book! Me and Harry had fun repotting mandrakes and chasing Cornish pixies around Gilderoy Lockhart's classroom, and then I put him down and went off to sort some stuff out. So far so crap - I've really only gone through my toiletry box and vanity case, and moved some stuff around so it's neater - but hey, starting's the worst part, right? I think I'll sign off here for tonight - not sure if I'll read any more or whether I'll just watch GG and chill... I have another day off tomorrow, so hopefully I'll be able to do less tidying, more reading!
My Mad Fat Diary
I've just had dinner and watched episode 3 of My Mad Fat Diary, and OH MY GOD I wish I had someone here to talk to about it. I'm having to make do with Twitter instead, and it's really hard to dissect a great TV show in 140-character snippets! It's such an amazing series - it's got to be the most painfully accurate, moving, funny and completely brilliant account of growing up in the 90s I've ever seen on screen. Just one small thing: Ian Hart really should NOT sit with his legs that far apart while wearing jeans. At least, not without a parental guidance warning of some kind. I'll never be able to look at Professor Quirrell the same way again! *fans self and looks suitably ashamed* Junk-enhancing sartorial choices aside, he plays SUCH a great character. He's Rae's therapist doctor guy, and does stuff like throwing pictures out the window because she doesn't like them, and showing her new ways to think about herself by demonstrating some serious attitude of his own. I think he might even be more awesome than my therapist at Rae's age, only my guy possibly beat him in the hotness stakes. ;)
ANYWAY, if you haven't seen it yet, firstly, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Go here, quick, and start watching, before episode 1 disappears off the bottom of 4oD. It's based on the book by Rae Earl, and is about an overweight teenage girl (played by the fantastic Sharon Rooney) coming out of a psychiatric hospital and returning to normal life. While she's been away her friend Chloe has fallen in with a super-cool gang and now Rae becomes a part of it too. There are just so many moments that I recognised, good and bad - crushing on boys with super-intense fervour, miserably trying on clothes that look rubbish while skinnier girls do the same thing FOR FUN just across the changing room, falling in and out of friendship with other people who just don't get you any more, bonding with new mates over music and chips... Stuff that people with any kind of mental health issue might recognise, stuff that anyone who's been overweight will recognise, stuff that anyone who grew up in the 90s should recognise, stuff that just rings true full stop. A brilliant, brilliant drama. If it doesn't win awards, I'll be very surprised and a bit pissed off. Watch it.