Yes, it's happening. I turned 30 yesterday and it feels great and also a bit scary, how on earth did all those years pass by so quickly?!? I had a great weekend full of surprises, all arranged by the husband. He is pretty ok to have around. Then he arranged for us to spend the night in a hotel yesterday and currently I am sitting in the spa in a robe, relaxing. Celebrating 30 years has been great so far! x
Temporary living has many downsides, like not knowing where anything is, never having much to wear or the right cooking utensils, but a good thing is it makes you discover a new area. We have been slumming it (only joking, it's lovely here) in Canada Water for the last 3 months and when there are only 3 pots and a pan in the kitchen, going out for dinner seems like a great option. We have been trying out a couple of places in the local area and my favourites are collected here.
Canada Water Cafe
Mostly a place for coffee and teas in my kind but they do have a good food menu as well. On my second day in the area I felt like life was not being so great to me and I went to Canada Water Cafe and treated myself to eggs Benedict to cheer me up. It worked. I also spent way too much money on take away coffees on early, cold mornings when I felt I needed a little motivation and treat.
Don't go to cafe east for the decor or atmosphere, there isn't much of either, but the food is worth a visit. The menu is pretty simple and there is no alcohol served so it's a great place for a quick dinner or a weekday treat. We had the pork spring rolls and they were so good. The husband had prawn soup and I had noodles with loads of stuff. Absolutely delicious, quick, good price, and exactly what we wanted.
Salt Quay Pub
On NYE we wanted to do something to mark the occasion, but with a bit of an interesting living situation (maybe ill tell you all about that later) we didn't want to do anything at home and London on NYE is generally quite stressful. So we found a local pub and booked dinner for 2. It's the most low key NYE I have ever had ( not counting the year I was on my own with a migraine, had Indian take away, vomited most of the evening and saw the fireworks through the bedroom blinds while hoping it would all end. NYE 2011 you were a challenge) and it suited life right now. This year I want a huge party or dinner with loved ones so I'm going to have to make that happen. But back to the Salt Quay pub. Loved the food, the atmosphere was like a normal pub, and the crowd was a happy one. With menu prices being seriously blown up on NYE our 3 course menu for around £25 was a bargain.
Can that be a thing? Happy Thursday? I feel like Sunday is a great day for a little sum up as its the end of the week and if there is anything I love a lot it's a new beginning on a Monday. Makes sense? However Sunday's are difficult days for me with work and so I just never have the energy to blog, so until that changes (might happen later this year!) I might make this a Thursday thing. Not that I have been great at blogging or doing anything related to this blog in months. Ooooops. Well, one of my 2016 goals is to get back on it as I love writing these little notes and take pictures that wont just clutter up my phone. So that's that, more blogging in 2016. It's been a couple of interesting weeks lately with work/life all developing and changing soon, it's all so exciting and I want to sort out my thoughts and get them all down on paper (or rather, in a blog post), until then, here is a little look into what I got up to this past week(s)
Happy new year! I know we are on day 3 of 2016 already but we will be wishing people a happy new year for weeks to come so I feel I can do the same here.
I'm so excited for 2016, I think this year is going to be great as we hopefully will move in to our new place and I will have some changes in my work life too which is both exciting and scary. I'm also going to turn 30 towards the end of this month. Although I feel like 30 is a high number when it comes to age, I'm looking forward to all the new and fun things we will be doing to celebrate and I'm crossing my fingers the husband will buy some gold foil number balloons for the occasion. It's the little things!
For now, I'm filling my yearly planner, sorting out papers, thinking about fitness regimes and promising myself I will eat healthy. Now let's see what the year actually brings.
Merry Christmas! I should really wait with blogging until 2016 rolls around just so I can say I haven't blogged since last year. But then maybe I can just do that anyways? I just felt like having at least one type of holiday related blog post as I am on holiday, I have loads of time on my hands and an Internet connection. I could be on Netflix constantly but here we are.
The husband and I have spent the festive period in Oslo, and have two more days before we return to England. We have eaten all the Christmas foods and then some, as I think I need to seriously contemplate running as a hobby in 2016.
I might be back with some festive cheer before NYE but let's face it, I might not!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas so far and that you are stuffed to the brim.
Right now I happen to be in my childhood home in Oslo with a Christmas tree and all those other things that make it Christmas (that tray of sweets that is constantly on the table...!) but most of this month was not very festive at all.
I'm sure I have mentioned our housing issues of late and nothing is new there, but I have to admit that I was hoping we would be in our new home before Christmas so we could decorate and really get in the spirit. Well, not so much. Where we are currently living the only Christmas decorations we have is a tiny tree I bought at Waitrose in a sad attempt to make the apartment a bit festive. It didn't really work. So I have to get my Christmas spirit from other places such as wandering around London and looking at the lights and window displays.
Let's all cross our fingers next year will be a bit easier on us, and that we finally get our apartment and can start living again.
So, seems like it's really hard for me to post these on a Sunday. I guess life just gets in the way, with working all weekend then when Sunday night comes by I just want to chill at home and not sit on the computer. Although, that does happen too. You know, Christmas present shopping, pinning on Pinterest, reading up on things. Those little bits and bobs that suddenly means a whole evening is gone in a flash. Anyway, here are some pictures from the last week, loads of socializing and meals.
After I started working with food and dietary requirements I have become a bit more conscious of what I eat that contains dairy and gluten. Mostly because I am a tiny bit intolerant, although not loads. So, sometimes I choose the free from options. I have to say that I am a fan of the mini moo chocolates, they don't really taste like they are made without dairy, and they are a good size for a mini snack. If you give me a big bar of chocolate I will probably eat it all, so it's better if we just limit what is available for me to eat, hence tiny chocolates are good. Also they are cute. Right?
Ahhhh, it's November and just last week someone said it was only 6 Fridays until Christmas and I was like whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Yes, really. Although I have been thinking of this Christmas stocking I wanted to make for a family member this year, and the Christmas chocolate has been in the shops for weeks, so I guess we all know it was coming.
But before Christmas starts (December 1st for me) I am planning to enjoy autumn, I think it is my favorite time of year, and I am going to make the most of it. The best way to make the most of anything is to write a really long list and then ignore all things on the list, but you know, I'm going to give it a go:
1. Scented candles! Yes, we have these all year, but who really lights candles when it's the middle of summer and 12pm and you are still sweating because London hates you and is crazy humid and hot and you live in a small apartment and life sucks a bit? Not me, that's for sure. Autumn is the time for scented candles and "atmosphere".
2. Scarf and jacket season! This is a sure winner, I'm never as comfortable as when I am tightly wrapped up in a scarf. Scarves are the way forward, at least in windy London. Also bring an umbrella if you live in london because, yes, it rains.
3. Clothes to hide the bulk! You know, that extra slice of cake you ate because why not and #lifeisshort. I'm banning anything that doesn't resemble a tent from my wardrobe and hoping the husband will still love me.
4. All the hot drinks. Supposedly all Americans love pumpkin spice anything, and maybe this is the season I try something like that, who knows? But I will definitely be having hot chocolate with marshmallows, endless mugs of tea and fancy coffees. By that I mean a latte. Is that fancy?
5. Leaves and all those colours. I love the autumn air and the fresh feeling and crisp outdoors. I also love the leaves all over the place (great in pictures!), before they become rainy muck.
6. Ankle boots at all times. Yes. Just yes. Also, sneakers, when those ankle boots become a bit uncomfortable.
So there we have it, just a couple of lovely bits of Autumn to look forward to and embrace right now before Christmas starts in about 5 minutes. Time goes by too fast!
Sometimes, life is just about ok. Nothing more, nothing less. I haven't really blogged much about what's going on in life lately, rather I haven't blogged much at all, and the reason is that we have moved house in our effort to actually buy somewhere to live that we can call our own. Now, the process of purchasing any type of housing in the UK is a long one. Nothing is guaranteed until you have signed on the dotted line and have those keys in your hand, and well, we are waiting for that. While waiting we are staying in a temporary apartment as we had to move out of our rented flat at the end of our contract, which means I am exploring a new area and learning to get to grips with a daily commute. So far so good. I can't say I don't miss good old Willesden Green and the north west part of London (we are "slumming" it in the East by the river for now), but not as much as I thought I would. I guess I am overcompensating with loads of work to keep me busy so I don't have time to miss our old life, and expensive coffees to soften the blow of a 30 minute tube ride. For now I am just really looking forward to getting to the stage where we can buy a sofa and a bed and move into our own place. I am not looking forward to painting walls as much, but there is a certain fun element to that too!
Ps. I had to buy new bedding and a fun light just to cheer me up from the moving slump. And you know the sad thing? Yep, it cheered me up immensely!
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x