Life Rambles: Friday Favourites #55

Happy Friday everyone. I hope we are all having a fabulous day?

Does anyone in the UK still have snow on the ground? I’m pretty sure that no one is surprised about the fact that the snow lasted all of 5 minutes last night (in London anyway) and of course it came during my commute home, so I practically ice skated my way along the pavements from Streatham Common station – what a joy! Alongside the threat of snow it has also been my first full week back at work which I always find weird, it’s part hectic, part slow and also just really really hard to get back into the swing of things, but as always there have been a few things that have helped me through.

On Saturday night I made a last minute trip down to Esher to eat pizza and then watch Rogue One at the Everyman cinema. I went for a run first thing on Saturday so I felt that I was perfectly entitled to stuff my face with a calzone from Zizzi’s. I’ve never actually had one from there before and oh my god it was so good and I am already trying to figure out when I can eat it again! Also I have now seen Rogue One twice and I think I liked it even more the second time. It’s quite possible going to become my favourite Star Wars film. Have you seen it? What do you think? 

On Wednesday night I headed for drinks and dinner at Darwin Brasserie in the Sky Garden. We were (belatedly) celebrating my Dad’s birthday and what a celebration it was. It’s always a pleasure to catch up with my immediate family and Wednesday night was no exception. Plus the location was astounding. The food at Darwin Brasserie was delicious, with each course being even better than the one before and the views of London at night were stunning. I definitely recommend that you visit both if you can. The Sky Garden is actually free to visit, you just need to book your time slot and then enjoy stunning panoramic views of London from the 35th floor. I’m hoping to get myself organised soon and book in for a daytime session to enjoy the views. 



When I’ve not been gallivanting around London and Surrey I have been making the most of being at home. I think one of the great things about winter is that you don’t need to feel guilty when you have a lazy day in front of the TV, because when the weather is horrible why would you bother to go outside if you don’t have to? Anyway, I’ve used this time to watch some good TV. Aside from the latest Sherlock episode (OMG!) I’ve also been enjoying The Halcyon (on ITV) and Shooter (on Netflix). My younger sister suggested Shooter to me and I was hooked from the first episode. I think Fi and I watched 5 episodes on Sunday. Also Halcyon may just be my Downton Abbey replacement; the historic time period, interesting characters and opulent setting are all I need.  

On Tuesday I worked from home which allowed me to prep a slow cooker recipe – FYI I’m not someone who can do this first thing in the morning and leave it cooking while I’m at work. I worry too much for that. But a day WFH meant that I could set my butter chicken curry going in the slow cooker and sit back and work while it cooked. Not only did it make my house smell delicious but it tasted so good.

And finally this morning I started a new book, The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson which is book number 3 on the 2017 reading list. Thanks to Southern Rail and their need to strike I was able to read a good number of pages on my bus this morning and I’m already hooked before the actual main event has happened.

Yesterday I started to get ill, so my current weekend plans are to recover from this sore throat and cold monstrosity by hibernating for the whole weekend. I’ve got a fridge full of food, mountains of coffee, a good book (as mentioned above) and a list of TV programmes to binge watch my way through. Now all I need to do is get through a day’s work and then I’m all set. I hope you all have some equally exciting weekend plans, without the illness part of course.

Enjoy! Laura xx.