Things I’ve Loved This Week | 08.01.16

In between avoiding getting shot with a Nerf gun as I make my way around our humble abode, the first week of 2017 has been a pretty good one. Okay, I’m stupidly skint after Christmas and the weather is freezing – but in between that, there have definitely been some little rays of sunshine to be happy about.

2017 feels fresh and exciting, and although I haven’t made resolutions per se, I feel like I’ve got a bit of a new, awakened enthusiasm for kicking butt, smashing work and blogging, and doing more of the things that make me happy.

Getting back to work

Yeah, I know. I’m one of those people. While everyone was having a sulk about going back on Monday, I’d already been in for three days last week so I already had WORK MODE activated. Helps that I do actually really love my job. The next month is going to be pretty challenging – I’ve got some extra responsibilities to take on, which is actually kinda exciting.

Cooking ALL THE MEAT

Thanks to Conor visiting the Smithfield meat auction over Christmas, we ended up with a massive turkey, huge bit of pork and enormous gammon joint chilling out in our fridge. So we’ve been roasting them up. The pork was a big success, and we’re currently prepping the gammon. There’ll probably be enough that we’ll be eating ham, egg and chips for the next week, at least.

How Not To Travel The World

This week I’ve had my nose firmly stuck in the travel memoir of Lauren Juliff, who blogs at Neverending Footsteps. As soon as I stumbled across her blog and read the blurb, I was ordering it from Amazon straight away. Seriously, I have no idea how someone can be that unlucky travelling…but the book is a hilarious account of her misadventures in a year spent travelling round the world. For anyone who’s ever wanted to travel but doesn’t have the courage, this is the perfect read. Because if Lauren could do it, anyone can!

How not to travel the world book

Snacking

Just before Christmas, I was sent some big ol’ popcorn bags from Pop Works and I’ve been slowly munching my way through them. Popcorn is one of my go-to snacks when I’m at home (or work, or on the train…) and these ones are ‘wet popped’ in a kettle, meaning they’re light and crunchy. I got to try out three different flavours – Apple Pie, Peanut Butter & Caramel and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Although PB & Caramel was definitely a favourite, I enjoyed all three and after spotting them in my local Tesco, will definitely pick some up to sneak into the cinema next time I go…

Chilled Saturday evenings

Last night we had a couple of friends over and watched the football (Arsenal, FYI) with pizza from our fave local Italian bought to us by Deliveroo. I’m actually really rating Deliveroo at the moment – we don’t have much choice out here, but quality food delivered to our door from restaurants we like? I’m a fan. And if you want £5 off your first order, follow this link!

Exploring ‘free’ London

Due to aforementioned skintness, this weekend we also had a look at some of the cool free stuff that London has to offer. Because there’s quite a lot of it. Okay, we ended up mostly walking around the Angel area after going to Conor’s parents’ house for lunch. But with pretty, Instagram-friendly buildings around every corner, walking around is a fun, free thing to do in itself. We also popped up to Walthamstow to check out God’s Own Junkyard – a warehouse filled floor to ceiling with neon signs. SO AMAZING. I’ll be sharing a full post on it later in the week!

What have you been up to this week?

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  • Oh so poor at the moment! And so long until payday. Also v jealous of your love of work, I wish I had the same! We should grab a drink in Balham one night when I’m working from home!

    • Aww, yeah, silly long pay month between Christmas and the end of Jan, it seems to stretch so far away! We definitely should, there are some awesome places around 🙂

  • That’s the one thing I love about London… there’s plenty of free stuff to do there. I seriously need to sort out a trip down there soon.

    I’ve pretty much been in work and then having a lazy weekend… back to work again tomorrow.

    • Definitely do it – I’ll be sharing more free London things to do over the coming weeks hopefully, so maybe some more inspiration there! Hope being back at work is going well for you!

  • FussFreeJen

    I like that you have a positive outlook on The New Year. I’m so sick of people moaning, have heard far too much of it.
    Of course skint, and bills are landing, the lights are down, the belly is too full, and here come the third round of colds; but hey ho, I like getting back in to routine. So I’ve been mainly chasing my tail this week, getting things back in place and to how I want them.

    • I’m all about the PMA. Glad to hear you’re enjoying getting back to your routine!

  • How Not To Travel The World sounds amazing, I think I’ll have to get that for my best mate as she’s always having unfortunate experiences too! I’m quite glad to be back at work, too – it’s nice to have a bit of routine back. Happy new year! 🙂

    • Happy new year to you too! It’s definitely a fun read, and I found myself giggling at it quite a bit!

  • I think this post idea is wonderful – documenting all the good things that you’ve done!
    What makes you love your job? This is the first post of yours that I am reading so I don’t know what you do, but I need some inspiration haha. I feel like apart from money and a few people, there is nothing that motivates me to get out of bed in the morning! 🙂

    • Thankyou! My job is working in marketing and social media for an awesome travel brand – I get to create content and interact on social media all day, which I absolutely love doing. There are definitely times I get ‘blah’ about certain parts, but I’m genuinely doing something I love. It took me a while to get here though!

  • Jazmin Williams

    Love this! Would love to explore a ‘free’ London, but it’ll definitely cost me to get there from Wales

    • Haha, well, at least when you get here you wouldn’t need to spend much more!

  • Apple pie popcorn?! HOLY MOLY. Free London is often the best London, my boyfriend and I love picking a random area and just walking around until we’re too tired to move!

    • London is just so good to walk around, I could do it for hours and hours. Well, until my feet get tired and I need a good old sit down!

  • I love these kinds of round ups. I’ve been back to work and sleeping mainly!!

    • Same, they’re really fun to read! Sounds like a good way to spend the week – well, maybe more so the sleep part!

  • sounds like you’ve had a good week! Looking forward to the Gods Own Junkyard post – sounds amazing!xx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

    • Thankyou! Really excited to post it too, it was such a fun evening!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I’m one of those getting back to work people. When i’ve had a few days off, sometimes getting back can be hard

    • Yeah definitely – getting back in the swing of things after the indulgence of Christmas especially!

  • Amy

    Sometimes work creates routine which we all like a bit of 🙂 we really must take a trip into London again! I miss it ox

    • Ooh you should! I think routine can really help, for me it actually benefits my mental health, having that stability and regularity with just enough of the spontaneous side outside of work too!

  • Gods own junkyard is the best! I so want to go back and eat there next time x

    • Ahh me too, I want CAKE!

  • Sounds like the perfect week! I’m a little jealous how you enjoyed going back to work, I went back after Boxing Day and everyday for a week, I was faced with angry customers & hated the thought of work since. All the meat you’ve got to eat and the popcorn also sound amazing, but I’m hungry as I’m reading this so that’s possibly not helping, haha!

    Sarah xo
    seethestars.co.uk

    • Aw no, that sucks! I struggled to deal with customers so much when I was in a customer-facing role, although the nice regulars made it worth it! SO. MUCH. MEAT. The gammon came out BEAUTIFULLY though, we even made a honey mustard glaze which just made it perfect!

  • I do love a good chilled Saturday evening! Love it!

    • They’re just the best, right?!

  • Nooo! Come to mine for dinner, I have £10 credit now!!

  • Aw thankyou for commenting! Definitely recommend reading it, it’s a lot of fun!

  • Yasmin Rebecca

    Great post! I saw that adorable pic with the pink car on your Instagram, it’s so cute! I’ve just finished reading an incredible book called I Am Malala. How Not To Travel The World sounds like it would be such a good read, I’ll have to look it up!

    Y x The Sweet Seven Five

    • Ooh that’s on my ‘to read’ list (which is the longest list EVER, haha!)

  • Georgina

    That book sounds great! I’m gonna go check out her blog now!

    http://www.georginadoes.co.uk