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!
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?