Documenting my weeks, one photo at a time

Sunday, 27 October 2013

I keep talking about this, but I do it, because it's true. Because I find it fascinating and scary at the same time: Time is flying! How is it almost November already? It seems like not very long ago, that I was sat on the balcony with my family drinking Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms. The fact that time if flying also means that often days are over before I get to blog, but it's something I really want to keep up, because it's my way of documenting my life, to remind us what happened between a couple of months ago and now, so today I thought I'd write a little post about what we've been up lately, but I'm planning to get into more of a routine again.
Anyway, so here are some of the things I enjoyed lately:

❤ Going on little strolls in my lunch break. I love exploring little side streets near my work and finding cute shops and caf├ęs. Most people in my office tend to get lunch from the same places, because they think everything else is too far away, but I like the process of getting there, to me it's not just a means to an end, but probably the best component of my lunch break.
❤ Going on a Spa Break with my two best friends! I don't see them very often at all at the moment, which is such a shame, but when we do manage to meet up, we try to make the most of it, so last time we met, we decided that we would arrange a Spa day, which, I'm not going to lie, took us FOREVER to plan. In the end, we decided to do it in Sheffield (where Rachel lives), because London is expensive (who knew) and there aren't really any good packages for three. One thing I apparently didn't know, is that Sheffield is pretty far away from London. Like 3 hours away. Yeah. It's ok, I realised it the night before, when I also realised I hadn't brought a single Bikini with me to London, so Daniel and I had to go on a little emergency trip to Tesco at 11 o'clock at night and raid their Sale Bikini selection (I wasn't being stingy, there was just only Sale Bikinis). I won't go into details, but what I will tell you is that it was a disaster and that that's an understatement. There wasn't anything matching. There was also not anything that really fit me. You'll be able to imagine how sweet I looked.
When we finally got there, everything was perfect. The spa was surrounded by absolutely beautiful scenery and we splurged on a massage each for Rachel and I and a pedicure for Alice. In the evening, we went for a lovely dinner (during which I ate pretty much a whole portion of Penne Pollo (without the Pollo) and a pizza, but let's not ask too many questions!) and fell asleep on the sofa after many hours of chatting and watching films. BLISS!

❤ On Monday we went to see Agnes Obel at Union Chapel, which Daniel got me for my birthday. In case you haven't been, Union Chapel is the most beautiful venue you could imagine for a concert and Agnes Obel has the best singing voice imaginable and plays the piano amazingly well too. She also used a scarf for one song, which is pretty Rock'n'Roll. At Union Chapel, they also serve hot tea in proper mugs, which just makes it this little bit more perfect. We had such an amazing evening!

❤ On Wednesday I met my friend Stephi from uni for dinner at Mildreds and drinks. And again, it was so so nice to see her (I hadn't seen her since graduation, which is weird, because for 4 years I saw her almost every day, because she even went to Grenoble at the same time as me). I had a sunblushed tomato and Mozzarella Risotto cake with spinach, green beans, and a grape mustard sauce, and something like sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Yeah. Not a big deal. Apart from that it is. It was tasty.

❤ On Friday evening, Daniel and I went to see "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". We had made reservations at a restaurant near my work after work, where I'm supposed to get a discount. Let me just say it was a super weird (and not in the good way, I like good weird) establishment, and we left after sitting down before even ordering drinks and went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen (or Great British Burger Kitchen how I like to call it, I think someone's gotten a bit too much into the Great British Bake Off). We then went to the wrong theatre, because it said "National Theatre" in big letters on the ticket and we thought Apollo was one of the theatres within the National Theatre. Turns out Apollo is actually about 20 minutes away. Woops. Definitely didn't do the maths, when google suggested two completely different routes to us when we looked it up independently, but oh well. The play itself was really good, it was very modern, which I often don't like, but it really fitted the story here.

❤ And then yesterday, we went to see "Piff the Magic Dragon". Yeah that's right, it's a guy dressed as a dragon that does magic. I told you I was into the good kind of weird! So yeah this was a mix between comedy and magic, and it was hilarious, we really enjoyed it! What was even stranger though, was that we met two people (plus partners) from my work! It was the smallest little venue, and the act was obviously very strange, so I definitely didn't think I could possibly meet anyone I know there (Daniel maybe, because he's got magic friends, but me??). We ended up going for drinks with them, and had a great evening. I love how sometimes everything just flows perfectly and you end up having a brilliant night!

So. As I said, this got pretty long, but that's exactly my point from the beginning, it just seems like time runs away, but in reality I do get up to some cool stuff (in my opinion, I know that a lot of people wouldn't agree that going to a magic dragon show is very cool hah), which is exactly why I need to start documenting it more.

What have you been up to lately? Any magic dragon shows or anything to report?


About unwinding.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Hello you, long time no see! Days can be over so quickly when you're working, which means weeks are quicker over too, and that it's important to kind of make time in between it all to be in the present moment and not just rushing around, trying to fit in socialising or whatever you feel it is you ought to do in your free time. Not saying, that you shouldn't socialise, not at all, socialising is great, but it's even better, when you choose to do it, because you really feel like it and not to cross one more thing of your agenda. I hope this makes sense, all I'm trying to say really is that it's important to watch out for what you really feel like doing :)
To me it's not just about having a good work-life balance in terms of hours, but also about actually unwinding in the life hours. Right now, I'm lying in bed with my macbook with Daniel asleep next to me, because he's a little jetlagged, after getting back from San Francisco on Friday, but at first I had the urge to get us up and ready, and do this and that, but still not really anything. It took me a little to remember how precious it can be to sometimes actively not do anything, because during the week, I get so used to rushing around all the time. I don't mind rushing around, quite the opposite, I really like being busy at work and having lots to do, but I forgot how much I love just lying in bed reading a good book and listening to the rain drops falling on the window, isn't that just one of the most calming sounds in the world? But thankfully I remembered now, so after showering I got back into bed, and now I'm just relaxing and enjoying the morning. There shouldn't be any rushing around on a Sunday, there should be cuddles, hot chocolates and cake making, and that's exactly how I intend to spend the rest of today :)

What's your favourite day of spending a Sunday?