I'm always writing that I want to make my blog more personal, more than just a stream of book reviews, so today is the start of weekly personal updates on a Sunday. I enjoy personal posts on other blogs and getting to know the bloggers behind the reviews, so it's time I opened myself up a bit too.
I'm currently tucked up warm inside a blanket as it's snowing outside and has been since I woke up this morning. The snow is fairly light but has settled and is slowly accumulating. It's been constantly snowing on and off since Friday and although school was open on Friday, I'm sort of hoping for a snow day tomorrow. I have a long commute and my car is unable to cope with snow, so if school does open tomorrow I'm expecting a long journey in via train and bus. I love my job, but getting in via public transport is a massive pain.
However, the snow has given us an excuse to have a lovely weekend in. I caught up on some reading yesterday and started a new course on Coursera. I've always loved to study and over the last year or so, I've been missing being at university and learning new things. I took an astrophysics module through the Open University last year (which was incredible) but unfortunately my budget doesn't allow me to do that very often.
But Coursera is wonderful - it's real, live university courses without the cost. I'm not looking for course credit, just mental exercise, so I'm not bothered that I'm not earning credits. At the moment I'm one week into a course entitled 'The Modern World: Global History Since 1760' and it seems like it's going to be fascinating. I'm considering an algebra course that starts next week, to keep up the mathematical side of my brain, but I'll see how I go. There's an interesting one coming up on fantasy and sci-fi too, but I have enough to read at the moment!
Hopefully we should be finalising buying our house next week. It's been a lengthy and frustrating process - we made an offer in September and will not move before Feb 1st or Feb 8th. I'm expecting lots more calls to solicitors/ mortgage advisors and I will start officially stamping my feet and making demands if it is not sorted soon. I thought planning a wedding was stressful, but it's nothing to buying a house. Anyway, fingers crossed I have good news to report next week.