Wonderful Wednesday #237

{More autumnal greatness!}
 Writing this weeks #wonderfulwednesday on an actual Wednesday afternoon and it feels all kinds of wrong and upside down and inside out.  Almost as bad as that time i had to start writing it on a Sunday evening because i knew i was going away and wouldn't have reliable internet.  That felt worse.  Cheating almost. At least now there's been part of the week and we're sitting with our feet dangling into the weekend - well sort of.  Truth is this week has just gone:  Vanished, va-moose.  POOF!  And i knew i had Ness' first puppy class last night but i didn't expect it to reduce me to the blubbering wreck that it did on the way home and quite frankly after it i was only fit for spiced lentil soup and then tea, chocolate and hazelnut cookies and the warm hug that is Bake Off.  Don't fret, it wasn't bad.  I was proud and hormonal in equal measure!!

Cripes i haven't even asked how you are?!  Fill me in!  But while you do...shall we list....?!?!

1.  Taking my own lunch.  I got really into this before we got Ness:  chopping up carrot sticks and creating tubs of snacks and all kinds of delcious-ness to take with me to work each day so that i didn't spend a small fortune on my lunch each day.  Then we got Ness and it all went out of the window in favour of spending my mornings with her and then making her delicious snacks to take to work with the Mr.  BUT I'M BACK!  This week i took extra delicious spinach tortilla wraps filled with hummus, sprouted seeds, mixed leaves, toasted seeds {ALL OF THE SEEDS}, pickled red cabbage and a great big dollop of lime pickle 'cos that's my current favourite 'thing.'  I didn't do any veg chopping BUT i did take along my own snacks from the cupboard.  But then i probably did defeat all of that by ordering a mustard satin headband from H&M that has been out of stock for weeks and i've been lusting after for what feels like forever.  S'all about balance i guess....

2.  Puppy class.  I mean i'm trying to not make each #wonderfulwednesday post about Ness but this week was her first puppy class and i've been SO nervous.  We haven't avoided other dogs but we haven't naturally encountered many and if we have it's only been in passing so i just didn't know what to expect!  There was only us, a Patterdale terrier, a little jack russell and a baby boxer dog in our class and Ness was so good! She was timid and shy to start with but once she got into it she was so gentle and calm and lovely with the other puppies! She sat when we told her to and came right back to her name too. And when it was her turn to be off her lead and to say hello to everyone she kept coming back to us and sitting at our feet every so often and looking up as if to say 'Mum is this ok?'.  I AM SO PROUD OF HER!

3.   Being a team.  Now we've got that little chocolate bean it just feels like we're a little family almost.  I mean i never really felt like anything was missing exactly, but somehow a little gap has been filled that i didn't know i needed filled!  And when we got out on our little walks together - even-though she tries to eat every last thing imaginable {dandelion clocks - yes the fluffy white dandelion heads...yuk - are her current favourite} and walks in zig-zags and wants to say hello to everyone and anything she can see - i love it.  I love her inquisitive nature and how brave she is and how she just takes everything in her stride.  And i love how she sits in between us on the sofa chewing her favourite toy {usually for a couple of minutes before she tries to chew one of us}.  She's the sweetest little bear!

4.   Waiting.  I'm a terror....actually WAIT:  I used to be a terror for really thinking i needed something and would dive straight in and buy it and most of the time either return it or never ever use or wear it.  But over the last few months i've bought less and really thought about what i wanted and what i needed.  Whenever i pick up something or get distracted by something the first thing i ask myself is:  What does is do better than something else in your wardrobe that you already have?' And you know what?  Nine times out of ten i think and i realise i already have something that ticks that box.  Or if i don't think i have i wait.  And i think.  And then i wait a bit more.  And if i forget about it altogether then i never really wanted it that much in the first place.  Or if i look forward to going to get it and get really excited then i know i'm going to love it and use it as much as i can and that there is place for it.  I'm by no means perfect but i do feel like i'm getting there.....

5.   Chai tea before bed.  i mean i love it all year round but the howling gales of this week...the darker evenings and the grey light....well i've been craving spiced cardamom and cinnamon chai each evening.  Last night we curled up and dunked hazelnut and chocolate cookies into milky chai whist watching The Great British Bake Off {that pup was out for the count after all of her friend-making} and i'm convinced i slept better because of it.  

6.   Kissing Ness' ears.  Sorry!   Favourite thing ever.  And even more special as you can only really get away with it first thing in the morning or last thing at night when you pop her out in the garden before tucking her up! Otherwise there's a distinct possibility you'll lose your nose altogether....

7.   Crumpets.  But not just crumpets:  Seedy sourdough crumpets spread with Pip and Nut's Maple Peanut Butter and topped with sticky sliced figs and toasted black sesame seeds.  SO GOOD.
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And we're all done and dusted, ticked off and happy listed for another seven days would you believe it?!!?  Don't forget to hop, skip and jump right on over to the wonderful Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's who get their posts up on time and write their very own #wonderfulwednesday each and every week.  I'm off to have a nosey now myself....but not before i make a great big mug of Lady Grey!

Have a lovely rest of week!