Life has been continuing on as normal in the two weeks since my last update post. Spring has finally started to arrive and it's been nice to have a break from the constant rain and actually soak up some sunshine. We're now half way through the second part of the spring term, meaning that in three weeks time we have a two week Easter holiday, which I can not wait for. It's not even a particularly long term, but it feels longer than it is as I'm starting to get tired and achy from standing up all day.
We've started to buy things for the nursery and for the baby's arrival now. On Friday we went to kiddicare with Tom's parents and got the car fitted for a car seat and pram, which my in-laws are very kindly buying for us. I have a teeny tiny car (old style Nissan Micra), so it was a relief to find something that had a) a car seat that would actually fit in the back of my car without too much hassle and b) a pram that would fold down small enough to go in the boot. We've also chosen which cot we want, and will be ordering all of the nursery furniture in the next few weeks. We still have roughly 12 weeks to go, but lots to do!
I'm making the most of my time before the baby comes by also taking a Shakespeare course online through futurelearn. We're reading one Shakespeare play a week and then relating the plays to events and themes from Shakespeare's life and world, and so far it's been really interesting. Last week, I read The Merry Wives of Windsor and it's good to have the opportunity to read the plays in a structured environment, where things are explained! I'm looking forward to getting to Othello and Anthony and Cleopatra later in the course.
Aside from Shakespeare, most of my reading time has been taken up with the Baileys long-list (an annual tradition for me). I wasn't that impressed with Almost English but am loving The Luminaries so far. Of course, all my holds at the library came in at once despite me being different numbers on each reserve list, so I now have quite a few books to get too, and most of them are very chunky! I'm looking forward to it though, and hoping to discover some gems.
In the last fortnight, I've been reading: