Another week of the holidays over! I had some disappointing news this week, so I've been cheering myself up with decorating and working on the house. The main bedroom is almost done (it WILL be done by this time next week), but while we were waiting for the carpet fitters, I decided to tackle the space under the stairs. Until a few days ago, this was basically a junk area full of all the things we hadn't unpacked yet. But now it's a cosy working/blogging area with a new desk. It's still a work in progress as I'm hoping to get some storage for the folders etc to the right of the desk. Eventually we will get the hallway re-plastered, so ignore the dark wood on the wall and the dingy colour of the wall itself. But it's nice to have an area to sit and blog or journal. I haven't had a desk since moving out of my parents house four and a bit years ago, so it's still a luxury at the moment.
And then because I needed even more cheering up than that, I dyed my hair red. I used to have bright red (think Coca-Cola can red) hair as a teenager but then I got a job in a bank and had to have a more natural looking colour so it turned into brown. For the last couple of years I have had my natural hair colour, which is mousy brown/dark blonde. It's only a semi-permanent and it's a subtle red, but I'm happy with it.
I've been reading a lot this week. I'm taking part in Adam's Austen in August event, for which I'm hoping to reread one Austen (Emma) and then also read a new to me Austen, which will more than likely be Northanger Abbey. Because I can't read Austen for hours at a time, I've been reading other books concurrently too. This week, I've been reading: