I kind of feel like I don't have any choice but to soldier on and do the best I can to take care of myself and not worry too much about everything else. So that's been the last few weeks/months for me. Reading and blogging have been a bit iffy and that won't change for awhile because this whole thing has seriously shifted something inside me and I'm finding it hard to go back to something resembling normality. Until then, here are some things that I've turned to for comfort.
I really only ever drink hot drinks when I'm not feeling well. And I think this counts. It's very comforting sitting somewhere, wrapped up in a blanket, holding a big mug of hot chocolate with little marshmallows. Bliss, if only for a few minutes.
I know these are the US covers, but they'll do. I absolutely love Sarah Dessen's books, I always have and reading through my (too small) collection of SD books is perfect for me right now. I love that her books are so much about finding a place to belong, about family and friendships. It's been really nice to return to a favourite story and beloved characters and take that journey with them again. All my life I've been using reading as a means of escape and I just can't go wrong with a Sarah Dessen book.
Do you guys listen to Michelle Branch? She's one of my favourites. I love all of her music. There's something really wonderful about the pairing of her lyrics with her music. I listen to her solo music all the time but the album I keep returning to is the album she did with one of her backing singers (and another solo singer) Jessica Harp, Stand Still, Look Pretty. I love how emotional Michelle Branch's songs are but something about this album in particular really grabs me right now. Stand out songs for me are the titular song, Stand Still, Look Pretty. But also Hard to Love You, Leave the Pieces and Cigarettes that each have lyrics or a general sound that just speak to me in a way that I can't describe.
North and South and Persuasion
And finally, the comfort watch that I return to the most often are period dramas. It used to be Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and any adaptation of Jane Eyre ever, but lately I've gone back to my most favourites: North and South with Richard Armitage and Persuasion with Rupert Penry-Jones. I love both stories but having two gorgeous men in the romantic leads makes things that little bit more special for me! And a bit of eye candy in a period drama is hugely comforting to me.
What do you do, read or watch when you're in need of comfort?