Remember when you were seven and a great Saturday night involved choosing from your mate's Disney collection (which always seemed superior to yours) and eating a load of Haribo? Remember enjoying the same thing when you were 8? And 12? And 16? And 23?Read More
Hello, I'm Isobel!
Welcome to I Read Past Bedtime, a blog for 20-somethings finding their way in the world.
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Clue: It's not down dog.Read More
You might think that children have a lot to learn, and that’s true. I’m not talking Maths and English so much as manners, sharing and basic friendship skills ... That said, I can’t help but look at these hyperactive bundles of joy from time to time and wonder if, actually, it’s them that had the right idea all along.Read More
Thanks be to my pals for a magical weekend in Birmingham – we laughed, we sighed and we attended a rather disturbing exhibition in the city museum. But what reunion would be complete without a night on the razz? As I get older (hitting the big two-four this year…) I can’t help but wonder if my partying days are behind me (which is weird, because when I was younger I assumed they were somewhere in front of me – so far I’ve been duped).Read More
The real trick to 5:2 is how you spend those 500 calories. I first tried (and failed) this diet (miserably) a few years ago. The reason behind the catastrophic results was my assumption that 500 calories translated into nibbling on carrots and celery and nothing else all day long.Read More
As a wise philosopher* once said: ‘Ask for money, and get advice. Ask for advice, and get money twice.’Read More
If there’s one thing that can be said about teaching, it’s that it’s absolutely never boring. Seriously, I’ve been in the job eight months and have felt the whole spectrum of emotion, but boredom hasn’t crept in once.Read More
Now, I never said I was the best writer, but I’ll be damned if I ain’t one of the speediest. Read on for my tips to reach the word count in minimum time, leaving you free to spend your weekend/evening/holiday however you see fit. Good luck!Read More
“If only every journey could be this pleasant!” I chuckle to myself light-heartedly, rousing the suspicion of nearby passengers. Some journeys just are infinitely superior to others. Here I offer you the definitive list of the best and worst ways to get around. You’re welcome.Read More
How did I end up in the midst of this thing called Adulthood? It seems like only yesterday that I was round a friend’s house, raising a glass of champagne to the start of adult life (the poignant sophistication marred only slightly by said bottle exploding all over the kitchen before I’d had a chance to pour it). There I am, clear as day in my mind’s eye, eagerly toasting my bright and prosperous future.Read More
You may be aware that I have taken the some might say heroic (but most say OTT and antisocial) decision to go vegan for lent. But why? I hear you ask through a mouthful of cheese. Initially because I was just interested to see what would happen. Would I lose weight? Be filled with energy? Turn into a carrot?Read More