It occurred to me recently that I tend only to write about the things I try or do any particular month that I actually like. This sometimes gives me less to talk about, depending on how much time I've had to try stuff out. Some months, however, I just make really bad choices and I've decided to include all these poorly thought out decisions in my monthly round up. You're absolutely welcome. These are May's hits and misses:
Chocolate Covered Rice Cakes: OMG why did nobody tell me? I've been staring at these across the aisles in the supermarket for months, turning my nose up and declaring them to be Vile (you can't fool this girl in to eating plain rice cakes just by coating the top of them in chocolate, you know. I see what you're doing and I'm having none of it...). In an effort to stop eating my body weight in sports mixtures, I finally picked them up, thinking I'd likely hate them, but my hubby would find them largely edible. If he didn't, then the rabbits that live in my garden were in for a rare treat. Well. Well, well, well. Turns out, they taste like a little piece of chocolate coated heaven. I immediately messsaged my mum and sisters to inform them of the discovery and they told me they'd been munching them the whole time. Not only that, but they'd also tried yoghurt coated ones. WTF?
We Are Little's Coconut Infused Coffee: One of the things I love about arriving on my US road trips is the thought of drinking truck stop coffee with coconut creamer. I love coffee and I adore coconut, so it's the perfect match for me. Back in Wales, I drink instant with milk at work and add a spoonful of cappuccino powder to liven it up a bit. At home, I use the Nespresso machine, but the most exciting pods I can buy for it are hazelnut or chocolate. Although I've failed to find coconut creamer here, I did stumble across this gorgeous smelling coconut infused coffee in my local Eurospar. It had the advantage of not being full of fat (7kcals a cup) and reminds me of driving through the desert at the same time.
Felon Podcast: I recently discovered that's there's an entire world of true crime podcasts that have been quietly sitting in my iTunes/Podbean store, just begging to be listened to. And so I did. I was so impressed with what I found, I wrote a whole post about it HERE. Since that initial few weeks, I've found a whole slew more and one of my new faves is Felon. This cast deals exclusively in Aussie crime and, to be honest, I had no idea just how much of it there was. Assuming that everyone down under dies of spider and snakes bites, or because it's so incredibly hot there, I am continually surprised by the evil that exists in Oz. While I'm sure evil exists over towards Perth, too (looking at you, Joanne Lees...), the stories on Felon usually concentrate on the horrible happenings in the east and south of Australia. The stories are set up so well, in a way that almost feels like you're being read a fiction novel, before the facts and figures start rolling in. If you love true crime, you won't be disappointed.
Next at Home Goji Berry Candle: To be very Welsh for a second; this candle is lush. It smells so incredibly fruity and matches my dining room colours perfectly (score!). It has a 20 hour burn time and was only £3. I also bought the reed diffuser from the set (which was around £9 for two) and my house has been smelling fabulous for weeks. Next at Home is not somewhere I usually shop, so this was a pleasant surprise. I buy candles constantly, so its great to add another name to my ever expanding list of Acceptable Retailers.
Angaleena Presley Album: Wrangled: I discovered AP through my love of Miranda Lambert and her country band, Pistol Annies, of which Presley was a member, along with Lambert and Ashley Monroe. The band is no longer together and all three ladies have gone back to making music individually, and I'm so impressed by the old school country that Presley writes and performs. Wrangled is her latest album, and it's really superb. From authentic ballads about domestic violence, the Bible, dreams and life, regardless of the subject matter, the songs are always so well put together and Presley's Kentucky twang always brightens up my drive to work, even if the subject matter can be a little sad. The title track is a great story about women at home and how the expectations of what a country wife should be aren't always what they seem.
The Girl on The Train: My friend gave me the book a while back and I have the movie on Amazon, so it was just a matter of time before I got round to reading or watching. May was this time. I decided to take a run at the book first and found it simultaneously gripping and thoroughly depressing. Aside from the fact that it requurea a bit of concentration as it flits between different dialogues from the points of view from different female characters, I had to keep reverting back a few pages to recall who was speaking and what the date was, as it's not ways in order. This, for me, is difficult because I tend to drift off into my own wee world from time to time. Overall, I read the book in couple of weeks, which is frankly unheard of for me. I also read it when I was feeling fairly low and this may have been the second worst choice of book, narrowly behind 'How To Make Yourself Feel Worse Than You Already Do' by Doctor Gloomy McGloomy Pants (PhD).
Warning: if you're genuinely feeling crap and are looking for a distraction, this book is absolutely in no way for you. Other than that, it was really interesting, but I won't be tuning into the movie. Ever.
Welcome To Night Vale Podcast: I'm honestly still not sure what I made of this, other than parts of it made me laugh out loud and other parts genuinely messed with my head. I tried to stick in and get through a few episodes, but I gave in and went back to my true crime after the first five. It has the best reviews on iTunes, but the jury's still out for me. Maybe I just need more time, I don't know. I can only describe it as something the League of Gentleman or Mighty Boosh might have come up with, so if you're a fan of random, off the wall stuff, you'll probably love it.
Bosch Season 3: Having read the Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly, I was a touch worried that seeing the character on screen would differ greatly from what he's like in my head. I've been pleasantly surprised by this series and Titus Weliver (who also narrates a lot of the books on Audible) fits the role perfectly. Harry's stilted house up in the hills looks even better than I had ever imagined it, despite the fact that it looks over LA and isn't really the best city skyline. Great stories, great characters and, although I know the endings already, it's still a great show.
Nude Flats from Atmosphere: I have terrible feet so, when it comes to flats, I pretty much expect them to be thrown out after a few months of housing my horrendous lobster claws. For this reason, I rarely spend much money on flats and only buy them for padding around the office. I got a lovely (and sturdy) pair of nude flats recently in Primark as I can thrown them on with any outfit and that works well with my complete lack of interest in colour coordination of a morning. The shoes look good but, Holy Mother of Christ are they uncomfortable. At first I thought they were nipping my heels as they were new but even after multiple all day sessions, they're still every bit as bad. I expect this from my heels sometimes, but not from flats. These will be donated to my local chazza shop imminitely. Shame, because they really are quite cute, but life's too short to be in pain, even for nice shoes.