January favourites

Time to wrap up the only month of the year we describe as “long”.

How was your January?

Mine was mixed. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I lost my job back in December (budget cuts) and so I’ve spent January looking for work (there isn’t much around) and finding freelance jobs (that pay very little money) so I’ve been busy, albeit, broke.

BUT I am not yet destitute and I’ve gotten to do some pretty interesting stuff this month. I met a jaguar when out in my journalistic capacity. I mean, there was a single chain link fence between me and the jaguar (thank the lord), but that is a lot less fence than there usually is between me and a jaguar. When we went up to the ‘keepers only’ part of the enclosure for my jaguar meet-and-greet, my tour guide/the owner of the zoo told me that he was going to have to politely ask that I kept my hands well away from the wire and I was like sir, that is NOT going to be a problem. I like my fingers attached to my body.

He, on the other hand, abides by no such rules 
Anyway. Time for my favourites.

Stationary fave: 2019 diary


My mum got this for me because she wants me to feel excited for my new freelance lifestyle, as I suppose I might if it had happened on purpose. I was sceptical at first, but this thing is GREAT. It has your standard day of the week set up, but it also has a tear off shopping list section, a meal planning section, monthly calendar-style grids (perfect for keeping track of random deadlines) and monthly planning pages. As someone who is very much a list-maker this appeals to my style of organisation on every level. I LOVE it.

To watch: Salt Fat Acid Heat, Netflix

salt fat acid heat
Photo: Netflix

This show, based on the cookery book penned by its host, Samin Nosrat, is a freaking DELIGHT. I fell in love with Samin when she appeared on Call Your Girlfriend towards the end of last year, and her cookery show is every bit as adorable as she is. In SFAH, Samin takes viewers through the basics of cooking and shares her belief that every recipe boils down to the four elements of the show’s title. What I enjoy most about this show is watching Samin eat. She gets such pure, uncomplicated joy from food and I love it.

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut with cooking, to treat it like another inconvenience at the end of a long day, but watching SFAH makes me enjoy the process again, and really revel in eating whatever it is I’ve made. Even if you’re not a cookery show person (I’m actually not – the power of Samin drew me in) you should still watch Salt Fat Acid Heat. It’s sweet, relaxing, gentle viewing and feels like the perfect antidote to what a nightmare the world is right now.

To watch: The Punisher, Netflix

I’m so attracted to this man it is becoming a problem.

Jon Bernthal’s performance in this bloody, problematic and morally grey (lol. Understatement of the year) show continues to utterly captivate me. The supporting cast are immense, from Amber Rose Revah’s traumatised, morally compromised Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani to Ben Barnes’ unhinged, amnesiac Billy Russo, everyone in this show is at the top of their game and don’t deserve the cancellation that is surely coming for them.

To listen: Longform


If you’re interested in journalism you need this podcast in your life. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it until now! Longform is a series of interviews with journalists about their writing process, how they got to where they are and how they tackled some of their most famous stories. It is fascinating, and I really can’t recommend it enough. Episode 325 would make a great starting point – an interview with Lizzie Johnson about how she came to cover wildfires for the San Francisco Chronicle.

What have you been loving this month? Have you watched The Punisher or Salt Fat Acid Heat? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Author: Lydia Tewkesbury

27. Loves a good story.

12 thoughts on “January favourites”

    1. She is completely adorable! I hope they make more episodes of that show, I could honestly watch her for hours. The podcast I mentioned, Longform, also has an episode with her where she talks about writing her book, which I totally recommend if you can’t get enough Samin in your life.

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  1. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear about the job – I missed that part. December is a sad time to get laid off. I hope you find something good soon.
    Wow, that is one really up-close jaguar :O he still is cute in the kitty way. Despite also being scary. Does that make sense? xD what a lovely fur though.
    Love your little diary 🙂
    I hope February is good to you!

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    1. Thanks for that. It’ll be fine! I just have to get through this crappy time and then something will come along.

      Haha it does make sense! He was definitely scary. I never realised what big heads they have! I know that’s kind of a weird thing to say but it was very noticeable. He has a big brain for plotting against humans…


  2. The Jaguar looks super hungry but it’s still pretty cool that you got to meet him! Can we both have a minute of silence for the end of all the Netflix Marvel superheroes? We are only to get one more and final season of Jessica Jones before we mourn eternally without anymore Daredevil or Punisher… 😦

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    1. It really was! He had such a big head though. I kept thinking about the size of his brain and what he might be plotting to do with it…

      Oh my god I am still so SAD about the end of Marvel/Netflix. Those shows were so good (I mean apart from Iron Fist, but season 2 was much better!) and I am so not ready to let go of these characters. It hurts all the more because they were cancelled because of office politics rather than anything that actually matters.

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