Last Monday I started the day, and the week, like this: breakfasting with a friend in Marylebone. Having scrambled eggs and a coffee on a Monday morning makes everything, and the coming week, seem a bit better. Today I am in charge of making myself breakfast at home, and it's definitely going to be less exciting than this. But maybe pancakes? I need something that tastes good, but also makes me happy. Porridge doesn't always do the trick...
Vogue has a little something going on in London this week end. And I am not attending and not really sure what it is about, but one thing I know is that Nathalie Massenet, who founded Net-a-Porter (come on, who doesn't love that website...?) held a presentation which was done on Instagram. Pretty connected, but then again, she was very early with Net-a-Porter as well. I looked through her Instagram presentation, which is all about her story so far and what she has done in life. I specifically loved this part of the presentation: Looking at this photo makes me relax a bit and lower my shoulders about my own life and success. Everybody's road to success is different. So, I am ready for a bumpy and confusing couple of years. but I guess I wouldn't want it different, because everything we do and experience makes us who we are. And I want to be a great Christine.
Picture from Natalie Massenet's Instagram which you can find here.
Last night we went for dinner at a local restaurant as a gift to ourselves since we did so well with our cleaning and organising efforts (it took basically from 10am until 5pm to get everything done). But as I am still trying to stay away from excessive amounts of sugar and am not always a fan of restaurant desserts, we though we could make apple crumble at home. We had 1 apple each, which the boyfriend sliced up and cooked in a saucepan with some vanilla sugar, cinnamon and a tiny bit of water, just to make them a little bit softer. The crumble topping was made of oats, cinnamon, a tiny bit of vanilla sugar and butter. I have no clue how hot the oven was or how long they were cooking, it's all a bit off the cuff when we make something we have made many times before. The only thing I will do next time, is cut down a bit on the butter, I just added ingredients to the crumble and it ended up being a bit more buttery than normal. The crumble tasted good though, served with vanilla ice cream while watching The Jonathan Ross Show. A very good Saturday evenin
The sun is out and it's Sunday, life could be worse! When spring comes around, I find that everything in life gets better, so this has been a really good week. I started a new job (!) which is very promising, the weather has been nice so I have been outside, and I had 3 dinners out in 3 days! The boyfriend is at work today, which leaves me with the task of going to the store and clean the apartment. Not ideal, but sometimes these things needs to be done. Yesterday I spent the whole day going through and organising my closet, our living room and my jewellery. This place hasn't been this tidy for months and it makes me happy inside.
I'm easily entertained when you throw a book my way, and after reading a bit in the papers here in London about "Gone Girl" I thought I would give it a try on my way to Tokyo/Shanghai. This book is the reason I didn't watch 1 movie on the flight to Tokyo. That's 10 hours and only 1 book, and about 5 minutes of attempted sleep. The book was too good.
I read the reviews first, mentioning that you shouldn't trust either of the storytellers in the book, and rightly so. What really got to me after reading this, is realising that there are always several sides to a story, and people are fairly crazy. Definitely worth a read. It's crime/thriller ish, without all the killing and dying. Sort of. But still keeps you on your toes to the very end.
I know, I know. I went to Shanghai and all you got were tons of photos...Totally disappointing Let's just put it out there, I bought green tea kit kats to give away to people when I got back home. Let me know if you are craving some. The good news is that this is basically the last photos from Shanghai, so just bear with me for 1 more post. Also, why didn't I post all this when I was in Shanghai and definitely had a working internet connection and some free time on my hands? Mostly because the Chinese government doesn't love blogs so it was very, very difficult to get those pictures loaded on to the grand internet. But here they are, the internet in the good old UK are letting me be creative and free. Shanghai was interesting by the way, wildly different from other places I have been, and it's always a challenge when people totally disregard the driving pattern/rules/system and do what they please. Don't get run over
Those days when I have absolutely nothing Planned are often the ones where noting gets done. I thrive on being busy and having a full calendar. Having said that, I do love a week end, who doesn't? When you don't need to feel guilty about anything, not even doing the laundry or dishes. Today the boyfriend went to watch his team play a game with his brother and I was left on my own to do what I please. So I walked to the local coffee shop to get a drink and then went to the park to read and be outside. It might be sunny, but it's not properly warm yet, so it was a shorter trip than planned. So then I baked biscotti, did the dishes, did the laundry I had promised myself not to do and half heartedly tidied in my closet. You know, to keep busy. And then I couldn't help myself, went on the IKEA website and started planning how to clean up our place, like a mini spring clean which is more of a serious spring tidying session.
Waking up when it's sunny outside makes like just that much better. I think I woke up with a smile on my face, I am definitely smiling now. Plans today are: do nothing in the sun, read a book, bake cookies, ignore laundry basket, eat something nice. What are you up to?
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