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.
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