Last week? Not even sure I want to talk about it. It was a long one with a little bit too much on my plate. Right now I can't even remember everything that went down, but it was enough to make my shoulders so tight they can hardly move. Cue last minute massage booking today. There was the stuff going on at 2 companies I work at and wedding prep during the week, and then the weekend was Mother's Day as most British people would know (the Norwegian one was weeks back!) and at the tea room we were so busy we didn't have time to eat lunch. We had some lovely people over and I hope they enjoyed their celebrations, but I can feel my body crashing about now and I need a nap, and it's not even 1 pm. Who doesn't love Mondays? Let's hope this coming week is a bit more quiet, especially a I am getting up crazy early tomorrow to fly back to Oslo where we are celebrating my upcoming wedding with a Hen Party/Bridal Shower and I don't know what to expect at all as it is all a surprise... Scary. The rest of the week is spent in Oslo eating food cooked by my mum, making waffles (I LOVE waffles more than most things) and buying disgustingly expensive coffees, because that is how it's done in Norway.
We have had the most busy day at work today and I just can't believe how tired I am. It is definitely time for bed very soon. Just watched Behind the Candelabra and I am so impressed with both Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. I remember when it was released and I really wanted to see it, but as with every movie that is released I just end up never seeing it and when I finally get around to it it's at lest 6 months later. I just really don't like the cinema, I feel like it is a serious waste of time! And who would prefer the cinema when I can sit at home at night in my PJ's and watch a film while scrolling through Instagram?
This week is all about weddings, more specifically ours, as I have crafted my little heart out by making place card holders, wedding favors, pom pom's, print material for different signs and of course worked a bit on the never-ending veil. This stuff does take time and for me the stress element is mostly that there is so much of it to do and I just have absolutely no patience. It needs to be finished yesterday, y'all. And the reason I am not finished with everything is called the internet and more specifically wedding blogs. Bad, bad idea to read those as they give you more inspiration and ideas, and they are also full of beautiful pictures and I can loose hours while browsing real weddings. In fact I have lost several hours just this week.
I came across this super funny little thing of kids and their thoughts on marriage. Give it a read if you need a little cheering up. I really want these placecard holders, not for the wedding, just for dinner parties in general. Is that weird? Dear swan cake topper, we could be best friends! I need a second wedding cake to put you on, as I already have grand plans for the cake. Always interesting to read things about marriage and although I am not on board with number 3 and the religious element, the rest seems like pretty good advice. And marriage tips from a divorced man, also worth reading.
I know it's not a huge amount of time and there are so many couples out there that have been together for 10+ years, but we aren't there just yet, and do you know what? Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite! (might have borrowed that from a little something I saw on Pinterest). Anyway, Tuesday marked our 4th year together (where did the time go?) and that deserved a little celebration. Which is the reason I was not up to facing the world yesterday, but enough about that, let's go to Floridita!
I have so many restaurants I want to go to in London it all becomes a little overwhelming. So when the husband-to-be suggested Floridita, it sounded familiar. Mostly because it was, as it was one of the 200-ish restaurants on my to do list. I don't think I have had Cuban food before so it was time to give it a try. I can never remember what we ate, but I definitely started with cevice and had chicken for my main. I can remember that it tasted good, good enough to want dessert after.
The cool thing about Floridita is the live music that changes every night. We were treated to Kai's Cats all evening and it was absolutely lovely. When do you have someone almost serenading you while eating your dinner? Watching The Voice while eating in front of the TV doesn't count... It was decided that we would stay for dessert so we could catch the rest of the entertainment, and the surprise act we were promised when we sat down.
Desert was so so, as in I ate it all but I wouldn't order it again since it didn't blow my mind. And I know desserts can have the mind-blowing quality if they are done well. And the surprise we were promised? A stripper. No, really! She was classy though, but it was clear from the start where we were heading and suddenly there was woman wearing panties and nipple tassels on the stage. Not want I expected, but honestly the only time I have encountered a stripper, so now that can be ticked of the bucket list.
I woke up this morning and thought WHAT. THE. F***. Why am I feeling so incredibly ill? Could it be that ONE mojito last night? God, I hope not, if I can't handle ONE drink anymore, what is the point of weekend dinners? Exactly. Anyway, what to do but to cancel all plans and crawl back in bed and feel sorry for myself. So that is what I had to do. I probably should explain that a hangover for me equals a million normal hangovers combined, my body doesn't like me (maybe because I haven't been to the gym the last 2 weeks, ooooops) and it definitely doesn't enjoy anything with alcohol in it. Can you be allergic to alcohol? Then I probably am. By 3pm I finally started feeling a bit more alive and made it out of the house to buy crisps, basically my breakfast and lunch combined. Just can't wait to get back to normal tomorrow!
Sunday is my absolute favourite day of the week, even if I am working. There is this feeling of freedom and that nothing is urgent that I love, the internet is boring and social media is at a semi standstill, my inbox is basically empty and life is generally good. Happy all around. This week has basically been all about cupcakes (work), breakfast and lunches (time off), the spa (lucky lucky me), sun (gotta love London when the sun is out) and spotting local goods on the tube, like these flowers from Achillea in West Hampstead.
Last weekend my husband-to-be packed his bag (I helped, fairly eager to get him out of the house) and went to Dublin for his stag party. I went to work. I know, right, doesn't seem fair... Anywhooo, I was pretty excited to have a weekend to myself at home, to be able to do what I wanted to every evening with no guilt allowed and watch what I wanted to watch on TV. My house my rules. Which just means I spent the evening eating in front of my computer and the TV while doing a tiny bit of online shopping. Only stuff we need of course! Like a star print rug, an essential in every household. I was thinking of the freedom and how much I like to spend some time alone, but at the end of the day it is just boring to eat alone and then go off to bed, still alone. No one to discuss online shopping with or ask what happened on TV, it's difficult to follow a movie while staring at your computer! The moral of the story is that I was pretty excited to have him back, and that's a good sign. This weekend he is here and he has promised to feed me all weekend, while I work.
So I woke up yesterday with a cold, and although I knew it was coming, I was still surprised of how tired and unfocused a cold makes me. The only choice was to make the best of the day and then jump on the commuter train to the country so that the in-laws could spoil us with dinner, two days in a row. Not that I enjoy the commute in any way, a train full of people that fight their way to a seat and just desperately want to get home. I think I will be living in London for a long while if the other option is to be on a train like that twice a day...
I have to go back to my flu pills and to feeling like I am on vacation even though I am working (from "home"!), we honestly slept until 9am and I felt not even the slightest ounce of guilt. There is something so soothing and refreshing about leaving the apartment and London and get out to "the country" and see some trees. There is not even traffic outside our bedroom window, I am surprised I could sleep in the stillness.
To be honest this is a little while ago. I keep on taking photos and then conveniently forget about them until they are not very current anymore. But pictures of food never go out of "style", what do you think? Anyway, every now and then my future husband and I attend dinners for this one charity, Co-Operation Ireland, and last time was at Stationers Hall. Most of the time these events are rather... long. The crowd isn't what I am used to and I am quite shy when it comes to meeting new people in settings like these so I end up sitting in a corner alone with a glass of wine, counting the minutes. At this dinner though, my future brother in-law was there too so at least I had 2 people to socialist with. And the food was good, which always helps.
Can't believe it's Friday, but I say that every week, and it's getting old (and so am I!). With our upcoming wedding getting closer, we are getting the finishing touches done (but I still haven't finished my veil! Crisis) and I have been reading up on what to expect from the wedding party on the big day and have been finding British wedding etiquette and traditions so that I know what I am getting into in May. There is also something about having the dress and the shoes and everything settled that makes me want to buy a second dress and several pairs of shoes, just so I have choices on the day. And I want a feather headdress like this one, it doesn't suit the occasion but oh my is it mind blowing.
With our big day there are just a couple of little things missing; finalizing the flowers, finishing that veil and get things on track with the venue. We had our menu tasting at the end of February and it was surreal to eat what we will be eating on the big day, it's all getting closer...
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