February has really gone by so fast, time flies when you are having fun, am I right? I have had a really long day at work, super busy, which is fun and also a challenge. Just how I like it! If only we could have a couple more hours in the day to get everything done, that would be great. I am currently sitting on the sofa, extremely tired, waiting for the husband to return from work (he has had an even longer day than me) and trying to force myself to finish packing. Tomorrow we are off to Oslo for a lovely long weekend and a very special event happening on Saturday. Can't wait!
Happy New Year! I'm so excited for this year and I think it's going to be a good one, not sure why I think so but I do like new beginnings (new lists, a new week, a new month, a blank notebook) and the start of a year is the ultimate new beginning. So yes, it's going to be a good one.
I don't have any resolutions this year, mostly because I break them every year. I might manage a month of something, but 12 months is just a bit of a serious commitment for me. Long term I am only committed to my relationship, family, friends and career. I should add health and fitness to that one, but that is a work in progress. Actually, on that note I have decided to try out intermittent fasting to curb my excessive snacking habits and eat healthier. Let's see how that goes.
I have been away from this blog for a while, mostly because December is busy and I have fallen a bit out of the habit of blogging since my career change last year. I went from working from home quite a lot to a traditional 9-5.30 job with a commute. Turns out normal jobs can make you tired in the evenings. I do have my weekends back and 2017 is the year we start to make the most out of our weekends together. The husband and I have spent several years working all of the time and the few days we had off were not together and I am very excited that we are changing that. Walks in the park is always nicer with a partner, and I don't like weekend brunching and lunching on my own!
I am planning to continue blogging here, but even more as a hobby, so I think 90% off my posts will be with iPhone pictures from our London adventures and meals. And 10% will be random stuff and Happy Sunday posts. Just a heads up if you decide to stop by.
This weekend we spent all day yesterday fixing things around the flat, and we also took a long trip to Battersea Dogs Home because we are very seriously thinking about getting a dog. Rather, we will get a dog, we are just not sure how or when just yet. That's one of the reasons I think 2017 will be a great year. I am also planning on starting a course that will help me move further into my new field of work.
So with that, I am calling it a night, although it is still early (5.30pm but so dark outside and the rain has been pouring for a while, it feels like 9pm already!), and I am off to hoover the flat and check on the chicken I have roasting in the oven, make loads of lunches for next week and eat some popcorn (all food can't be healthy all the time!).
It's become a thing that I clean, bake and do laundry on a Sunday, and today was no different. Laundry has been done, biscotti are in the works and the flat is clean. I have also painted a bit, which is something I like doing every now and then, although it takes me forever and Ia m just so bloody impatient. Working on that.
Yesterday was bonfire night which is when we remember that the Gunpowder plot failed and King James didn't die by sending up loads of fireworks. We have never really celebrated (can you say that??) the 5th November before but this year we decided to go see some fireworks. Battersea Park is supposedly one of the best displays in London so we bought tickets and thought very little of it. Yesterday we were in Kensington and left 2 hours before we had to be at the park. We barely made it, yes really. The traffic was insane and I had to go to the bathroom so badly my mood soured considerably as time went by. Luckily the husbands office is close to the park so we parked there, I sprinted to the bathroom and then we ran to the park and made it in basically right before they closed the entrance. I would have been so disappointed had we not made it! The fireworks were about 25 minutes and it was fun to experience bonfire night, although I'm not sure I'm going to rush to buy tickets next year.
After the fireworks we rushed to a restaurant close to our flat where we ate so much pizza and fried courgette. Sourdough pizza is the best. When we finally made it back to our flat, the neighbors were doing a firework display so we joined them in cheering before going through our front door and immediately put the kettle on to fire up a hot water bottle. What a day!
Happy weekend! I have had the BEST day today, just doing laundry, little bits around the house and spent loads of time watching How To Get Away with Murder on Netflix. Quite entertaining I have to say, disturbing, but I would highly recommend it if you are looking for something new to watch.
I'm off to make dinner and ice a cake that I am taking to work tomorrow, then I'm having a bath and reading some magazines that have been awaiting my attention for weeks. I never really manage to sit down and just read if I am at home, there is just so much else for me to do in the apartment. Do you know the feeling?
Have a great evening!
I have had the best weekend! I got so much done, including laundry (really, I do other things too...), cleaning the house, an hour reading a book in a cafe, booked plane tickets for Christmas (Oslo, yay!) and even was a bit creative. The creative bits happened mostly today, as yesterday I went to central London to get a birthday present and then just lost 5 hours of my life. I came back to the flat in the late afternoon and just had to have a nap and a coffee.
So my creative streak this weekend came in the form of a chocolate guinness cake and then the husband and I spent 15 minutes in the store contemplating which chocolates to buy for decoration. I have to say, I decorated it so nicely I am actually so proud of my work (must have picked up some things while working in the cake shop for years...), I had to send a picture to everyone back home, just to have proof it actually happened. The cake is for a fun occasion for tomorrow btw, so I am really looking forward to that.
I also made some scented candles this afternoon, while making the chocolate frosting for the cake. I'm all about multitasking. I was thinking that homemade candles would be this years Christmas present, so I had to test it out, seeing as I have never made any before. It seemed pretty straight forward, and I think I have managed pretty well with my essential oil mixing and pouring of wax into different containers. Watch this space, this might be my new thing.
I'm really looking forward to this week, we have some fun plans and I am even doing some interesting things at work, it's all looking up.
Today is just not the day. I woke up with a cold and well, it wasn't a great way to start the day. I have mainly stayed in all day, done laundry (I always mention laundry, which is because I do love doing laundry, and I often blog on the weekends when I have to do the majority of the washing!), had to pop out to buy some food as we didn't really have much and even managed to clean the floors and watch an episode of Colombo. All in a day, huh?
We have had my mum visiting for the past week and a bit (she left on Thursday) so we have had meals out and been quite busy most days when on a "normal" day we don't do much after work. So today I am charging my batteries with an evening TV marathon. It's been so lovely to have her over here for a while, except for the Saturday we decided we should head to Borough Market and the rest of London also had the asme thought. We had an amazing sandwich, so that was perfect, but we just had to weave in and out of the crowds to get anywhere. Very stressful! I'm not doing that again any time soon...
Happy Sunday from the sofa. The TV is on in the background and I am of course watching NCIS (it's usually that or CSI, unless I feel a bit fancy and pop on The Food Network) and blogging. I also have a couple of books on the living room table waiting for my attention, but I am just not feeling like reading today.
My brother stayed over last night so this morning we got dressed and walked to a local cafe for breakfast and then walked to Clapham Common for a coffee. It's not the farthest away for us, but it did take around 40 minutes and it was lovely to walk around quiet London streets in the morning. Also loving that the weather isn't so hot anymore (Indian Summers are not something I enjoy) and a walk doesn't automatically mean you need a shower ASAP. We made it to a cafe and had a coffee before he headed home and I started walking back and jumped on the bus once that passed me.
I was home by 2pm and the husband is at work so I have been left to entertain myself by painting on a canvas for the bedroom (I have no clue what I'm doing but I am adding a little bit each day so we will see how it ends up looking once it's "done") and doing a very large amount of laundry. I really am living the dream...
The idea of this post was of course that it should be up on Sunday, since I like calling them Happy Sunday and all that. And then.... I forgot. I know! I even spent hours on the computer doing very little and could have spent all those hours blogging. But by now we all know I didn't. So here we are, and it's Wednesday, I have had the day off and have spent most of it wandering around in the local area where we live. I went to the park and had a coffee (love the coffee there and they are due to renovate soon which is super exciting. Can't wait to see how it turns out!) then walked to the grocery store and spent way too long wondering what to buy (also spotted some floral workout leggings that are haunting me). I also managed a trip to the post office before rushing home as I was STARVING. And you probably also want to know that I have had pancakes for two meals today. Yeah, not sure what happened there.
Most of the pictures in this post is from when I want to Norway a couple of weekends back. One of my most fab high-school friends was getting married in Langesund and I didn't want to miss it. Sadly the husband had to work and stayed behind in London while I flew off to enjoy a couple of days off. The church was very different from others I have seen, so I loved that. And of course seeing two lovely people get married. I went to bed at 3am, which is very late for me these days, and I struggled very much with life the next day which started with a 3 hour drive (not ideal) and ended sitting in a friends garden in the sun, eating home baked buns. Going to Oslo is always lovely because it gives me the opportunity to see some of my absolute best friends and catch up with their lives. And I drive a car when I'm there and that feeling of freedom is just beyond. Man, I need access to a car in this country soon!
It's the last bank holiday before Christmas and I'm not happy about it. My favourite days are 100% bank holiday Mondays because they feel like unexpected free days when the world slows down and you can do whatever you want, guilt free (not whatever you want obvs, nothing illegal or horrible...). Its like a Sunday, only better.
This weekend we made a very quick escape to the country because nothing is better than being surrounded by trees and have outdoor space and maybe even BBQ your dinner. If the weather holds up we will go for a swim in the pool, walks in country lanes and I have already requested to have an ice cream in a cone at some point this weekend. What else do you really want?
On the internet this week I have been loving this article on Hygge, which to me is just a word in Norwegian but it seems people are all over the meaning of this and trying to incorporate it into their lives. They write books about it?!? So it seems hygge is now a thing.
Even though I am generally very happy with our home I still think there are a couple of things we need to update (new kitchen tap! new living room rug!) and I have my heart set on the fireplace in the living room as a project. When we moved in it was a dirty gold colour surrounded by peach walls (it was so awful, just, awful) and we quickly rectified that with some paint. So now it is more pleasing to the eye, but it isn't COOL. You know, it doesn't have anything to give me those heart emoji eyes.I have been thinking of tile surrounds and am finding inspiration on Pinterest (here!).
Another thing I am obsessed with are all kinds of novelty lighting. If I could fill every room with these marquee style lights I would be happy. But how long will I love these types of lights??
I'm off to do very little with the family, and just enjoy these two days left of the long weekend (both the husband and I were at work yesterday so we deserve 2 days off!). I baked a cake yesterday (a bit of a disaster if we are being honest, I didn't have any baking paper and well, it all got stuck to the tins...) and I think it is high time we dip into that with a cup of tea.
Happy Sunday! I am currently sitting in my leggings and tatty t-shirt (very attractive!) in our kitchen, drinking coffee and eating something sweet from the local deli. It has been a really busy week and we wanted to go to IKEA today but scrapped those plans and decided to basically do nothing and just re-charge our batteries at home. Which is sometimes the best!
The things I have been loving this week are really random. I am very much crushing on all the sculptures from Kelly Wearstler, but the prices are not for me sadly. I just think they are so quirky, what do you think? Might have to DIY something similar for the mantelpiece at home.
I also loved reading this article about being a personal assistant for a famous person. When I was younger I really wanted to be a PA because I love organising and planning so it seemed like a good fit. I still haven't had a PA job but who knows what the future brings?
I watched all the episodes of Don't trust the B in apartment 23 on Netflix the other day(s) as I was in need of some evening entertainment and the husband was working really late two days in a row. Sad it's only two seasons really, it's funny and it made me like James Van Der Beek ,which Dawsons Creek never managed to do.
And lastly, read this if you haven't yet. It's President Obama's letter of "This is how a feminist looks like" and it's a great read.
That's it for now, I just feel like I'm very much over the internet this week. Is that a thing? I hope your Sunday is well spent and filled with happiness and time to relax. Sundays are just the best days!
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