What To Do on a Rainy Sunday

Depending on where you are in the world right now, there’s a possibility that it is pouring down with rain. I’m currently curled up on my bed with a huge woolly cardigan on, listening to the incessant drizzling of the rain outside my window. Here are my ideas for things to do on a Sunday so rainy you don’t wish to step foot outside your front door if your life depends on it.

  • Read that book that you’ve been meaning to read forever. The one that you’ve had for about six years and keeps getting pushed to the back of the shelf in favour of newer, shinier books. Pick up that one book and sit down and read it. For me, a few of those books include Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly and The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson.
  • Bake! If you never feel as though you have the time to bake, then a day of nasty weather is the perfect time to prove yourself wrong. Go all out and make a dark chocolate Guinness cake with Baileys buttercream icing, or play it safe with some cheesy courgette breakfast muffins.
  • Clear out your wardrobe. There is something so satisfying about getting rid of all the clothes that you realise you haven’t worn since you were 15, and putting them into bags labelled SELL, THROW AWAY, and CHARITY SHOP. If you’re anything like me these bags will sit untouched for many months. So if you’ve already done this, today is the day to put those plans in motion. List the nice clothes on eBay and throw the ragged ones in the bin. It’s obviously too rainy to take the clothes all the way to the charity shop, so place the bags in a place where you’ll see them next time you head out, or if you’re feeling really brave, run and put them in the car.

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(Disclaimer: Amazon links to this post are to my Amazon Associates account so if people buy the books I may eventually make some money to spend on Amazon. I will probably use this money to buy more books.)

What’s your favourite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?

Lazy Sunday Links: The Non-Lazy Edition

As per my March goals, and life goals in general, I’m thinking today about ways to make myself more productive. The perfect day to consider this is obviously on a lazy Sunday, so that I can idly daydream today before springing into action tomorrow. Here are some articles and blog posts I’ve found with tips to increase productivity etc. Some tips are really good and others aren’t, I’m taking it all with a pinch of salt and only paying attention to the ones I’m interested in. As you do.

Have you got any tips and tricks for being more productive, whether it comes to work, exercise, job-hunting, or even socialising? I find it really hard to strike a balance: right now I feel very motivated to do work, both paid and unpaid, but have no desire to exercise, find looking for a full time job unbelievably stressful, and can never seem to find the time or the money to see my friends.

Lazy Sunday Books

There are some books that you can finish in one sitting, barely stopping to breathe or blink as you power through. There are others that take more time, that you need to take a break from, to think about before you return to. The Bone People by Keri Hulme has been one of the latter; while I’ve loved almost every word in the book, I found it quite a hard read. I stopped halfway through to read something else, something fluffier and funnier. I’m coming towards the end now and in a way I’m really glad that I stopped reading it, because it gave me more time to think about the plot. I’m now stalling reading the last 10 pages because I seriously do not want it to end.

It’s always amazing to find a book that you can read in a few days, though. Or even one that you can pick up on a morning and be done with by the time you go to bed that night. The books that feel physically impossible to put down, as though your hands are locked around the spine. If you want a book that you could read, if you so desired, in one lazy weekend, here are a few of my favourites-

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. This book is utterly harrowing. Don’t go into it expecting anything that could be described as ‘feel good’. It’s beautifully written, though, and you will be sucked in by the writing and the lives of the characters. I finished it in less than two days.

The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subculture by Louis Theroux. Set out in sections, sometimes disturbing and sometimes hilarious, this is the kind of book that you can carry around with you and dip into it whenever you have a spare moment.

Play It As It Lays by Joan buksDidion. Imagine, if you will, that you are a third-year English student. You have, as you are wont to do, left your seminar reading until, oh, the night before. Plagued with a sense of impending doom, you size up the book in your hand: not too long. Might be manageable. You read the first page, and then before you know it, the book is finished. Easy! You hastily scribble some notes, and go to bed. It isn’t until you wake up the next morning with your mind racing that you realise what an amazing book it was. In the seminar you’re like an overexcited child, spilling forth your each and every opinion about the novel. (This story may or may not be about me.)

Do you prefer a slow leisurely read, or a compulsive and quick one?

What was the last book you couldn’t put down?

What’s the last book you spent ages reading it? Was it worth it in the end?

Lazy Sunday Songs

I’m just too lazy today to find any interesting links for you, so here are my top 15 most played songs on lastfm. With youtube links. Listen to them, they are good. I’d like to think I wouldn’t listen to a song 228 times if it weren’t good.

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What are your most played songs on lastfm?

Or, if you don’t have it, what are your top 5 favourite songs?

What is your favourite of the songs I’ve posted?

Lazy Sunday Links

  • I liked this Jezebel post on how to have a healthy social life while in a LDR. This is something that I struggled with in my final year of uni, often feeling like I was neglecting either my boyfriend, or my friends. It’s something that I don’t think is discussed enough in the discourse about long distance relationships.
  • I’ve signed up to receive Notes From The Universe and I love them!
  • This Guardian article is very depressing, but a great read. ‘If you are young and unemployed, the work you are most likely to be offered will be located somewhere in the great unstable netherworld that defines an increasing share of the British economy: casual, part-time, agency-based, often based on self-employment and commission rather than a wage, devoid of prospects.’ THIS, THIS, THIS.
  • Breathe. Read this, learn to stop caring, and breathe.

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+ Ornithoblogical is one of the most adorable things I have seen lately.

+ 10 Novels That Take Place in a Single Day

+ Remembering a relationship, one chat at a time will break your heart but you should read it anyway

+ 2 songs with the same name, both beautiful in different ways: one & two. The video of the first one is also good if you need cheering up, perhaps if you’re suffering from Sunday (hangover) blues?

+ Too Drunk To Post is mine & a friend’s blog of drunkenness. If you’re offended by tales of casual drinking, ‘booze Britain’ type culture, and student living, don’t bother looking over there.

I’ve just realised I’m accidentally word-for-word copying from another blogger with the title ‘Lazy Sunday Links.’ I honestly hadn’t read this girl’s blog before, and since I made such a pretty picture (using this amazing font) I’m going to leave it as it is for this week at least, mainly because I’m too lazy right now to make a new picture.