More mulled wine. It didn't snow in Carlisle (until today!). I was annoyed. I was cold. There is no other justification required.
Me and reading. I am really struggling to sit down and just read. So i am thinking i may buy a book that isn't super reliant on reading (or i can read in sections) and that might teach me something new. My top two are the above and Rachel Khoos 'Little Paris' cookbook.
Jumpers instead of cardigans. This isn't a revelation (or groundbreaking) it is just something i had never considered before: jumpers over dresses and skirts. They are so much warmer and open up a whole new wardrobe of possibilities.
Valentines Day. There is said it. I know it's just another day like any other and also an evil ploy to get us to spend money on anything heart-shaped or remotely romantic. But i like it. I have an unhealthy obsession with beautifully designed greeting cards/nice wrapping/novelty anythings and this just panders to that side of me. Having said that, we don't normally do Vday. So i shall probably buy/make/do/waste money on something for myself that is also a waste of time.
Light that doesnt…light much. I have always wanted one of these beautiful little lanterns. I suspect it is intended to be hung outside in high Summer. In reality ours hangs from our attic window in the bedroom and inside it, the pretty little tea-light doesn't really give off too much light. But golly gosh it looks so pretty. Especially when i have the fairy-lights switched on too. Then you can see.
Lush baths. A few days off work means an excuse to spend a few hours whiled away under a blanket of velvety, foamy, sweet smelling Lush bath bombs - with an obligatory cup of Lady Grey of course. This one was called Snow Angel i think. It was part of a christmas gift set. I am still getting through my Snow Fairy, and enjoyed scrubbing away at my mop with Big shampoo too. I wish i could afford to use everything Lush.
Flowering tea. My first try. This beautiful teapot was a very kind birthday gift and i have just got round to trying it this week. So magical to watch!! It makes tea drinking something of an art. A complete contrast to my usual sleepy fumble and throwing of a tea bag in a cup!!
More tea drinking. I don't think you can over-do that though can you? I have drank lots of the good stuff this week. I really notice a difference if i am not hydrated - both in my skin and my alertness. It is hard to drink cold water in these arctic temperatures, and so i have been upping my herbal tea intake. My current favourites are Camomile and honey tea; Cranberry and Elderflower and of course my trusty Lady Grey with lots of milk.
A good breakfast. Days off mean time to sit and enjoy breakfast properly. Rather than trying to apply mascara, drink tea and tame hair in a haphazard fashion! This week each day has begun with a huge bowl of porridge made from scratch with a sprinkling of brown sugar and seeds and a massive helping of berries. (I may or may not have also watched Peter Andre - My Life as accompaniment too).
Spring cleaning in…Winter. One day off isn't enough to get stuck into my collection clothing which seems to have significantly multiplied without me noticing. This week i have re-organised wardrobe number one and two; a set of four drawers and a big shelf above my wardrobe. I have also filled a massive bag for our lovely charity shop round the corner. I have also (somehow) accidentally bought two new dresses this week. However, the cumulative value of said new dresses pre-sale is £149. I paid £35. For. Both. I don't even need to do the maths to tell you thats one fantastical saving right there.
The Best Thing i Have Ever Bought. (Number '10.5' as '11' felt like an odd number of pictures). I love scrambled eggs. Love them. I hate microwaved scrambled eggs with a passion as they always seem to be raw, or murdered. Try and try so so many times have i, to make scrambled eggs, to perfection, in a saucepan on the stove. Each time, said pan is out of use for several days to to stickage. Until this week. I bought a brand new non-stick little milk pan instead of using our massive non-stick saucepan. And a bright red silicone spatula. these two things have completely revolutionised my scrambled eggs in a life changing way. Seriously. Therefore this week, every day, i have enjoyed a hearty lunch of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and watercress with toasted flatbreads. I feel like i will be enjoying this lunch for the rest of my life (exaggeration).
I am now off to make some blueberry pancakes for breakfast tomorrow. And to get more excited at the thought of macaroni cheese and green beans for tea. I did just say that.