February Favourites

For January’s favourites, click here

February came and went VERY fast, don’t you think? It was a great month for me, to be honest. It started with my goal race, the Kaiser Half, which, despite missing my actual goal, was still a brilliant day. Then it was my 40th birthday which was MUCH more fun than I’d expected. And then it was pretty much all about studying.

This is a quick run-down of all the things I was into this month.

My 40th birthday was fun
My 40th birthday was fun

My studies

I have to be honest, I LOVE my courses. This month, I’ve learned about genetics and pre-natal development and the brain development of infants. I’ve started looking at how the California state budget helps low-income families and compared that to the best of the best (unsurprisingly, the Scandinavian countries). I’ve looked at play-based preschool curriculum, how to structure a preschool room, how to build  community and I’ve done a LOAD of work for our group presentation on preschool maths teaching. My brain has been fried numerous times, I’ve been so tired I haven’t been able to structure a complete sentence…but I’m honestly buzzing from excitement about the whole thing.


I set a goal of just one novel this month – and somehow I finished three! Two of these were audiobooks when running or driving. I’m really grateful for audiobooks. My reading this month was pretty ‘light’.

By Bike To Budapest – Elizabeth Hilton

I’m a sucker for cycle touring travelogues but this wasn’t great. I didn’t warm to the author, she was quite nasty to her husband and made sweepingly horrible statements about entire nations. If you want great cycling travelogues, I’d recommend Josie Dew and the entire website of crazyguyonabike.com.

A Damsel in Distress – PG Wodehouse

I don’t know how big PG Wodehouse is in the states but if you like Downton Abbey, you’ll love his novels. His writing is light as a feather but just exquisite. He writes gentle, farcical novels about the English upper classes in the 1920s. This audiobook made me smile frequently and occasionally laugh out loud. Sweet and nostalgic – it made me homesick for the green fields and stately homes of England.

Reply to a letter from Helga – Bergsveinn Bergisson

I kind of stumbled on this novella about sheep farming and passion in the wilds of Northern Iceland. I learned a lot about sheep farming. It was also a really interesting reflection on the harsh beauty of rural life compared to lily-livered urban life.


I didn’t watch much this month apart from the entire series of Friends on Netflix as I studied in the evenings. We finally watched Gone Girl on Valentine’s Night. I hadn’t read the book but both the Husband and I liked the movie equally, which is rare.


Three great recipes to share.

  • Sweet Potato & Black Bean stew. So delish! I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes and black beans.
  • A gorgeous vinaigrette. I added a dash of maple syrup because I used too much lemon juice and it was sharp. With maple syrup, it was perfect. So good on kale and on beet greens.
  • French Yoghurt Cake. Apparently French teenagers make this at school. It’s very easy and the cake was scrummy, and tasted quite healthy! The link is in French but you can translate the page online. I’ll be making this regularly.


The other weekend, we went to the Tech Museum in San Jose. It’s aimed at kids older than the Dude but he really enjoyed the bits he understood, especially when he was able to design a roller coaster and then they animate it on a big screen. I especially liked the giant google map screens where I got to see my home. Isn’t it green!



My friend Matt gave me this wine sippy-cup for my birthday. I LOVE it. I can now drink wine in bed or on the sofa with no fear of spilling it and, as my son pointed out, I can carry wine when I go running!



Mainly it’s been all about my course although I did obsess briefly about Prince Harry marrying Emma Watson until it turned out to be a lie. Gutted.

And finally I’m looking forward to:

  • Vegas, baby!  Next weekend! Our first weekend away without the Dude since his arrival. And a half-marathon. With a friend I’ve known for about 25 years.
  • Hawaii, baby! Yep, we’re off to Maui at the end of the month.
  • Midterms, baby! Hmm….maybe not ‘looking forward to’ but ‘anticipating’ my first exams for 18 years.
This is Oahu, we're going to Maui but think green, mountainy, scenes from Lost-y
This is Oahu, we’re going to Maui but think green, mountainy, scenes from Lost-y

Happy March, everyone!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    I find it hilarious that you and R went to see Gone Girl on Valentines Day! I guess it might make you feel better about your own marriage after seeing such a dysfunctional one on the big screen. 😉

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, we are WINNING marriage compared to those two 🙂

  2. Love the sippie cup! 🙂 It was a full month.

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