I begin to prepare my weekly roundup by Tuesday / Wednesday at that point I don’t know how a week is truly going to pan out but sometimes you just get a good feeling from a week, don’t you? It starts off on a good foot on a Monday and just keeps going in that direction. Maybe it was the reinstatement of crumpet lunches, (I will never tire of them) or perhaps it was my three day week at work and time with my friends, who knows? But by Tuesday I had a feeling this week was going to be a goodun’ and it didn’t disappoint. So much so my weekly round-up is just full of the things I have loved this week (and a couple from last week because I missed Sunday’s weekly roundup due to work commitments).
First dates – You will find a running theme in this weeks roundup and it is comfort. Whether it is food, friends, my sofa or TV none have been good for the fitness but my little soul feels a bit perkier because of it. I was so pleased to see First Dates was back. I don’t even think of it as a guilty pleasure, I love the variety of characters and personalities. It is just such cosy, heartwarming viewing. I can’t help but smile the whole way through. It was a welcome break from all the thriller and crime dramas I have been getting through lately.
Work buddy – Who said forced friendships don’t count? At work, we have this amazing little scheme whereby any newbies at work are paired up with someone of a similar age in a different department to help them settle into their new role. After 4 1/2 years at my job this week I was finally asked to be someone’s buddy and I was so excited. Not only is it some fresh faces at work it is a really good way to meet new people in departments I wouldn’t usually get to spend much time with and make the place we spend so much time in a little more social.
London – I don’t know where to start with this one, after arriving home a few hours ago from the loveliest few days in London. I didn’t realise how much I needed that time with the girls, away from work in my favourite city. What was an impromptu trip to go see Fliss’ tied in with a conference actually turned out to be a few days away we all needed. Niece wanted to do some of the traditional London tourist sights that she had not seen before so being the practical person I like to be, I booked our tickets to the sky gardens to tick all the landmarks off at once for free. The day just continued to get better ending with a rushed journey to Euston to get our train Friday evening. Sitting down on the train I felt so content. I had had the loveliest few days and knowing I had the rest of the weekend to look forward to made things even better.
Leicester Tigers – This was the first weekend I have managed to catch a game at home, and it did not disappoint. I am so happy the rugby season is back. I am not going to pretend that I am a rugby expert but I always look forward to my Tigers Saturdays with Dad. A few drinks and a mountain of unnecessary unhealthy food. I love the crowd we sit with, this is our second season with these seats and seeing the same faces, I love the passion behind the game and the roar of the crowd behind the boys was amazing this week.
Bowden stores- There is this idyllic looking cafe in a little village just outside Market Harborough called Bowden stores I have wanted to try for a while now. After a long walk round Foxton Locks with Alex, we were left unimpressed with what the pubs there had to offer we decided to make the short trip over to Bowden stores for a spot of lunch. Sitting in the sunshine on a warm September day with amazing food and company was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I will hopefully do a full post on Bowden Stores soon but if you are heading that way be sure to stop in.
Chips and bbq sauce with the girls -There is this pub that reminds me so much of my friends and our teenage years. It was the pub we would go to if we wanted to be served drinks with no id ( we live in the middle of nowhere) they also do rather good Chinese food too. When we were younger we would always (I am talking at least a couple of times a week) meet down there for drinks and as the night progressed and we got hungry we would without fail order some Chinese chips (yeah they are different to normal chips) and some Chinese bbq sauce. After a nostalgic conversation about these days and a whats app later the girls and I met there for a mid-week catch up. Far more tame than before, not working with horses anymore Becky actually arrived before 10 pm, actually she was the first there which shows just how much life has changed over the years. It was a nice little trip down memory lane, tucked up in bed before we would have usually left the house, I am so lucky to have some of my favourite girls all around for these mid-week catch ups.