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!
Happy Wednesday! London is autumnal right now with leaves on the ground, strong wind and rain. Nothing new then...! Last weekend we celebrated Halloween at work, I dressed up with spiders in my hair and cobweb on my face. And I have been eating a lot of eggs Benedict at different cafes and had lattes from our new local cafe. Yes, we have moved. More on that later! x
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