On Saturday evening, my housemate Amy and I hosted a dinner party to celebrate my birthday with our friends. She also bought me a surprise and scrumptious birthday cake! The candles seem to be producing a phenomenally large amount of fire/light. They weren't. They were totally ordinary candles, producing a totally ordinary amount of fire/light. Nor were there 29 of them. But then, I still look the same as when I was actually 16 so that many candles were somewhat appropriate.
My actual birthday was on Sunday and I received some wonderful gifts including a Kindle (!), a snood I've barely taken off since, a cactus (because it was "small and prickly, like me"), some wonderful Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries, fabric, a sewing book, books, and money. The rest of the day featured a Wagamama lunch, purchase of a Kindle case, some fabric shopping and a new Belgian crime drama on BBC Four called Salamander to replace The Bridge.
I am in love with the Kindle and late last night bought and started reading Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave (49p) as well as Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (99p). Twelve Years a Slave is brilliant so far. I think the Kindle is certainly going to help with my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge of 20 books this year. At the time of posting, these prices were still correct. Grab yourself a bargain!
Sunday also marked the start of my second attempt at Project 365; taking a photo every day for a year. The reason to start on my 29th birthday means I can photographically document the last year of my twenties. And two days down, I'm doing good. You can keep up with me on Instagram or via the Project 365 page.
Today, we've had the day off work so Amy and I decided to have a 'sewing day'. With the spotted fat quarters my sister bought me, I made a teal buttoned pocket for my Kindle and started a red placemat to sit under my sewing machine. I just need to get some bias tape to go around the edges. Next up, this Thursday in sewing class, we shall start making cushions. I discovered this beautiful grey, charcoal and gold poppy fabric and even at £13 a metre, I just had to have it. OK, two metres of it. Ssh!