I used to read all the time but in the last few years, hardly ever (except Facebook but that don’t count). I loved getting lost in a good book.
Last year Rich took me to New Orleans which was a dream come true…genuinely! Something I’d always wanted to do. I read the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles when I was 18 and to walk down the streets of the French Quarter and see the old steamer and somewhat macarbre I know, to see the cemeteries held a mystical draw for me.
Suddenly finding ourselves a six hour car ride away made Rich realise he could score some serious hubby points for this and he was right. I still can’t believe we went and hunting out Lestat and Louis’ old stomping ground was my favourite bit…especially as it ain’t a kid friendly town and my boys saw more boobs and drunkeness on Bourbon street during the day than a good mum would allow. The aquarium kept them entertained for a couple of hours and the giftshop kept us distracted for 20 minutes and then another hour dealing with Joshie’s meltdown as we’d refused to take out a mortgage on a plastic shark that he’d no doubt lose before we got back to Katy. And altho riding the Natchez steamer down the Mississippi was another tick on the old bucket list…however, sweating my tits off in the New Orleans August heat and humidity with very little shelter from the sun and making the boys stay within 1 foot of us for fear of them falling off the steamer and dying of chemical burns in the river was not on that list! Have you tried keeping an ADHD austistic 6 year old kid sit still for 2 hours with the unrelenting and ridiculously loud noise of the bloody engine running constantly!
Let’s just say, I truly loved our trip but my happy facebook posts were definitely through rose tinted glasses and the bottles of vodka we drank at the hotel in bed exhausted by 9pm! I choose to remember it that way!
But anyway, I digress…really went off on one there, didn’t I? Sorry! Where was I? I bought a book. Obviously, we’ve just watched the adaptation on Netflix and got the idea from there. But it was an awesome show: Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell. First chapter read and I think it’s gonna be great…800 pages and tiny font so fingers crossed-I think it’ll take me a while. But at least Rich won’t be planning any trips off the back of this…set in 18th century York and London and I’ve been there already-well obviously only 21st century London and York…however, unless Joshie ever builds his time machine…but I tell ya what, I’ll kick off at ye olde gift shoppe if he does-see how he likes it 😉😘