1. Borough Market. I channelled my inner Mrs Maisel and even got a pandoro Bauli from a favourite Italian restaurant. And we got a capon which is out to brine as we speak.
2. The Christmas Chronicles with Kurt Russell on Netflix is as good as everyone said it was. So cute and funny. I cried a tiny bit at the end.
3. Bridget Jones’ Diary on the other hand I’m not sure aged well. It’s completely unbelievable and ridiculous to me why Mark Darcy falls in love with her. As my husband rightly says, it’s complete wish fulfilment.
4. Colin Firth, however, will never go out of fashion.
5. A peaceful Christmas. The first Christmas without my mother and I’m ok with it. It’s sad but I’m also relieved I don’t have the worrying weighing on me. It sounds cold and I don’t know what it says about me but I don’t worry anymore.
1. Doing nothing. Because you are a grown up and can actually spend the day doing nothing if you so wish.
2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Have I mentioned it before? Still one of my favourite adaptations of A Christmas Carol. The script is excellent and the chemistry between Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Gardner is electrifying.
3. Any Pride & Prejudice fan fiction. I know but it’s my sickness, what can I tell you? The one I’m reading in particular is a cut above the rest.
4. When you find something you thought you had lost, even if it’s something mundane and boring, you still feel a bubble of excitement.
5. Friends who let you rant. But not for too long.
1. Pandoro. One day I’ll understand why in this country I love so very much big supermarkets sell panettone but not Pandoro. What is wrong with you people? Aaanyway, I found it in Aldi although not branded but beggars and all that. Thanks to Twitter.
2. Alternatives to Patreon. Patreon is going to die a slow and painful death because they’ve appointed themselves arbiters of moral speech. Let me think… who was it the last regime who tried to control what people said? If you want to know who’s really in power, keep an eye for who will get you in trouble if you make fun of them.
3. Cat toys: A piece of string. A finished loo roll. Scrunched up paper. Boxes of any size.
4. Pink grapefruit juice.
5. Christmas movies. I’m making a schedule of movies to watch between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It will be glorious. By the way, Die Hard is a Christmas movie and so is When Harry Met Sally.
1. Mary Poppins Returns. Not as good as I was hoping but still good fun. When I was a kid I didn’t have a great relationship with my dad and my sister, so I always hoped Married Poppins would come to sort us out. She will always have a special place in my heart.
2. A new book I’m working on. It’s actually quite good so not too bad for working over the holidays.
3. It’s Friday and it’s the last Friday before Christmas which means a bit of respite for a few days.
4. Nursery food. Fried sweet corn and eggs was one of my favourite meals when I was kid to the chagrin of my mother who abhorred fried food.
5. Passion fruit. The first taste always has that zing that hits at the back of the mouth. Can’t get enough. By the way it’s called passion fruit not because it’s considered an aphrodisiac (it isn’t) but because the seeds are shaped like tiny daggers like those the Romans used on Christ before he died. Or so they say.
1. Mary Poppins (the original). I love everything about it, even Dick Van was Dyke’s silly accent. Just hope that Lin Manuel Miranda’s one is better.
2. Pizza at the Tap Room. Which means great pizza. The dough was outstanding.
3. Mid-afternoon nap just because I can and because it’s the week before Christmas and nobody does any work in publishing.
4. Fresh bedding and pyjamas.
5. The cats seems to be along quite well with one another. The little one is so boost and we were concerned Diana might have found him a bit overwhelming. But actually being the splendid cat that she is I can let go.
1. Good books and bad books. I’m grateful to good books because they are good and to bad books because they make me appreciate the good ones.
2. Fruit, pasta and yogurt. That’s it. That’s all I want to eat right now. I’m hungry every two hours and I don’t mean just peckish I mean stomach-growling ravenous. Every two hours. But the food doesn’t taste the same
3. A very understanding husband. I’m having trouble figuring out what to eat and when and he’s being so patient with me. Not everyone would have been.
4. #FirstStepAct. I tried not to get political on social media but the US senate has passed the first step in a much-needed prison reform and I couldn’t be happier.
5. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel has been renewed for a third season. I don’t think I can wait for a whole year though.
The flu vaccine has really knocked me. And for some reason my hips and lower back are complaining tonight.
1. My Bookgroup. For being awesome. It was our Christmas event tonight.
2. Bus drivers and public transport in general for being so reliable.
3. Yellow shoes from Boden. Sort of Mary Jane but prettier.
4. Heat patches when my lower back is hurting like right now.
5. Polenta with tomato sauce and sausages at Briciole in Marylebone. Highly recommend.