So we have a new thing going on at work, and it is a monthly breakfast date for all of us. It's nice to meet up and do something that is not work related, which means we can talk about other things, get to know each other better and, of course, have a great breakfast. It really is my favorite meal of the day. And Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines (ahhh, burritos, nachos and tacos). So, imagine a Mexican breakfast, does that sound like heaven? It was. I had the Mexican version of eggs royale, with a chipotle spiced hollandaise and black smoked salmon, and it was glorious. I was full until long past lunch time. Mamacita in West Hampstead is the place to get yours, they do great dinners too, just saying.
Happy Monday... Yes, last night I was just so incredibly tired, I'm not sure I can remember another time I have been that exhausted actually. Today it's all different, sleep does that to you. Makes stuff better. I have spent the day getting things in order, tidying and doing dishes, with a little DIY thrown in here and there. That grey beanie won't knit itself you know. And what else is going on? Quiet week over here, charging up for Mother's Day which is slowly getting closer, and tomorrow it is back to the gym to try to undo the damage I did earlier today when I found some marzipan left over from Christmas. Now that's dangerous!
So almost a month ago now I turned another year older. 29 years old, man I'm getting on. The best way to celebrate is of course to have all those people you love (almost all of them) around and possibly wander around Shoreditch, shopping for flowers on Columbia Road and having a juicy burger. So that's what we did! I was so lucky to have my family and some friends over in London and they joined us in Shoreditch. It was my first visit to Columbia Road and I have to admit I loved it. So many people, so many flowers. We bought some beautiful roses and I just threw them away this week. 4 weeks later. That's quality for you.
This week was...so so challenging. Lack of energy and no time to re-charge makes things difficult. I need to get to the gym more so I can get my energy back. And stop eating sugar. Anyways, enough of that. I had the longest to-do list and basically got to the end of it before the weekend, which makes me very happy indeed. I love lists, but I love when they are crossed out even more. The only thing I never manage to tackle properly is getting our wedding album sorted. Yes, yes, I know, it's almost been a year. Give me a break, it's a seriously big job we are talking about! Next week guys, next week.
Valentine's Day is one of those days that I don't really care for. I don't mind it, but it's not neseccarily a day to celebrate. But with a job where one of our most busy days a year is Valentine's Day, well, it's hard to ignore the day. So this year I spent all of Saturday last week running around and serving valentines themed afternoon tea to happy couples. Which was lovely, and incredibly tiring. I left work a little bit early to go home and change, because we were invited to a dinner for Make a Wish Foundation. For a charity dinner, this one was pretty amazing. From the generosity from the guests when it came to donating to a great cause, to the amazing performance by the cast of Made in Dagenham, and a performance from a dance troupe and the winner of the Voice last year. A night I won't forget any time soon, I'd like to spend all my Saturday's this way.
Today is one of my favorite days, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day if you prefer. I like any day that starts with pancakes, really. I got up early this morning to make a small stack, to start the day right, and I thought it would be best to make something semi healthy so I used one banana, an egg, a bit of gluten free oats and a bit of gluten free flour. All mixed together and a bit of milk added to give the mixture the right consistency. This batter makes the pancakes quite fluffy and american style. Best enjoyed with fresh blueberries and buckets of maple syrup. If last year is anything to go by I will be making pancakes every day for a while, next up are these cream cheese ones, and I want to give real american ones a go too.
One thing to really love about London is the opportunity to try out so many different places and areas, there is a coffee shop on every corner and a new restaurant cropping up every week. One of my friends and I always meet over coffee and we try to find different places to visit, just to mix things up. Last time was Workshop coffee in Marylebone and I fell head over heels with their blue cups. Is it ok to start buying blue cups and plates for home now? Anyway, I really loved the cups and the place, the coffee? Yes, it was ok, but served in tiny cups and at a pretty steep price it isn't a place I could visit too often which is a shame as it is so central to the beast known as Oxford Street.
I made a quick trip back to Oslo a couple of weeks back. As Christmas was spent with the in-laws I really wanted to go back to see the family and Norway. I wasn't counting on the constant snow and the cold, it's easy to forget how Norwegian winters really are when you live through the milder English ones. But despite the snow I got all I wanted; quality time with friends and family, loads of overpriced lattes, wholemeal scones (used to be obsessed with these), a chance to wear my winter boots, cuddles with the dog and event some sales bargains. Who would have thought? Already want to go back, those scones are delicious.
A little bit of a celebratory picture of...chocolates? Yeah, it's the best I could do. Last Sunday I turned 29 and feel absolutely exactly the same as I did when I was 28. The only thing that has really changed is that I now feel like I need one of those bucket lists of "things to do before I'm 30", since that celebration is getting closer every day that passes (still about 300 days left so no need to worry yet). The thing is, I don't know what to put on the list. At all. I would have put "Marriage" on there, but been there, done that, and the whole starting a family thing I would like to save for a couple of years time. I don't want to sky dive and there is not really much money in the piggy bank for fancy travels. I don't want to change my lifestyle and I think our landlord would throw us out if we got a dog. So what's really left? Give up sugar? Yeah, been there done that too (with more or less success, let's just say last Saturday I had cake for breakfast and it was goooooood). I need some bucket list inspiration, to really get this thing going.
Another week another Sunday. A bit less hectic this week but still I feel like I am running a mental marathon and I just really want to reach the end. Which is tomorrow. I am heading back to Norway for a couple of days, so I can't organise in the apartment or clean anything or re-organise or purge. A definite good thing guys, things are getting out of hand. And on Sunday, a week from today, I celebrate another year. Turning 29 is going to be fun, I'm sure, and probably not much different than 28 has been, but then again, who knows.