As I mentioned the other week (over here) I am currently commuting to London from my parents’ house. While it’s not where I planned to be at this point in my life, I do truly believe that things happen for a reason and therefore this is what needs to happen right now. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself every time I get frustrated or wish I was further along in this whole house buying process than I actually am. Anyway, enough of this depressing talk, let’s get on to the actual point of today’s blog post. Living at home. I haven’t lived at home full time for over 5 years. Yes obviously I’ve been back for Christmas or for weekend visits, but I don’t normally live at home 24/7. Being back home for the past month has reminded me of a few things I forgot about living at home.
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A Kitchen Table. For the last 5 plus years I’ve lived in a flat which had a small table pushed into a corner. For the majority of the time this table was piled high with a sewing machine, a laptop, papers and books. So it wasn’t really used as it should be. Back at my parents house there is a huge wooden kitchen table that is always the focus at mealtimes. I had no idea how much I was missing sitting at a table with a cup of coffee, a bowl of cereal and the weekend papers, until I had the opportunity to do it! This is definitely top of my list for ‘must haves’ in the new house.
A Full Fridge. This speaks for itself surely? Opening the fridge at home always puts a smile on my face and the main reason for this is because there is always so much choice! Making packed lunch salads to take to work has never been so easy. There’s bound to be at least three different types of salad leaves, heritage tomatoes, prawns, chicken, roasted vegetables and leftovers too.
A Garden. Now that it’s spring the garden is in full swing; flowers are in bloom, the grass is green and the pheasants are back. Which means sitting on the patio is the perfect way to de-stress.
Running in the Countryside. As above, there’s something so relaxing about running out of the city. My favourite running route is through my parents village and into the woods. So now that I’ve returned home indefinitely and we are experiencing these lighter evenings there are plenty of opportunities to run the route and stay calm.
So Many Laughs. My family is brilliant so living at home with them is full of fun times. There’s always something going on. Something to plan, someone to make fun of or to giggle over. Plus Beccabean will be back from university soon, which means the Evans family fun levels will be increasing by another 20%.
Sky Sports. No matter how much both Fi and I love watching sport we have always refused to pay extra to watch what’s available on Sky (unless it’s the Ryder Cup of course) so being in a house where I can watch the football, cricket, or golf at any time of day is definitely a plus point.
People to drink wine with. Hopefully this point doesn’t make me sound like an alcoholic, at least let me explain before any judging happens! Fi doesn’t really drink so if I ever opened a bottle of wine in our flat it was all mine. The perk of living with my parents means that there is normally a bottle of wine on the go and therefore I don’t have to finish it all by myself in a matter of days. Genius!
So there we go, just a few things that is making living at home not just bearable, but pretty darn fun.