Life Rambles: My Life Lately, April 2017

Look at this, I’ve only just done a Friday Favourites post and now you’re getting a Life Lately post too. I’ve been so busy lately, and MIA from the blog, so a good catch up post is certainly in order. And Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to do that! I’ve got a pretty great set up happening in my bedroom as I write this. There are fresh sheets on the bed and I’m wearing my new pajamas while I browse online and form my brain ramblings into the thoughts below. I’ve also got my favourite playlist blaring out of my radio, the sun is streaming through the window and there’s a pack of chocolate buttons close to hand. It’s a pretty perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

So without further ado, let’s dive straight into my life lately.

Reading: Small Great Things is my current read and it’s so good. It’s been a while since I read a Jodi Picoult book, but I was in a reading rut, so I picked this one up knowing that it would be just what I needed. It’s a tough read and this story has really made me think about the world that I live in and how I perceive things. I’m nearly finished and I think it’s going to be a bit of a stressful ending….eep!

Laughing: On Friday night I was crying with tears of laughter. Bex, Fi and I had a pizza night and of course we found ourselves heading down a YouTube rabbit hole of epic proportions. It was a set of videos on funniest moments from This Morning, the TV show. Now I’ve not watched This Morning for years but after watching these videos, I’m back to wishing I didn’t have to work during the week!

Eating: I went to Dishoom again at the weekend, so that was fun. A bacon and egg naan with a side of masala beans always and forever. Also Fi made homemade baked beans the other day and I can’t get enough of them. Plus my mum sent up a batch of homemade cheesy croquettes for the freezer so both childhood classics have been consumed at multiple meal times. Whilst still maintaining stocks for as long as possible of course! Oh and I had a last minute trip to The Diner on Friday lunchtime with work peeps, so my food life lately has been delicious!

Planning: My long weekend to Salzburg is so close now, so I’m continually looking into where to visit and where to eat. If you have any suggestions do send them my way!

Wandering: There was so much wandering around Oxford, that my feet hurt for the whole of the Easter weekend. However I’m not complaining as it’s definitely the best way to discover a new place. There was  also more wanderings around Carnaby Street, Liberty, South Kensington and the Natural History Museum with my two favourite sisterbeans yesterday. And on top of that I’m taking a slightly different route to work on swimming days, and the walk along the Embankment from Blackfriars is becoming a firm favourite.

Buying: Over the bank holiday we really spruced up the garden, so that was a good chunk of money spent at the garden centre. Other than that I had a bit of a clothing spree earlier in the month. I picked up a couple of new jackets and a dress for spring. I’m also contemplating a new coffee flask for weekdays. Both of my sisters have this one and swear by it. I do like the idea of not not having to buy coffee every morning, so maybe I’ll give in.

Photographing: I’ve got approximately 17,941 photos of the puppy from the bank holiday weekend. Those ears are my favourites.

Organising: As well as the sorting out the garden, the bank holiday weekend also saw me nip to Ikea and pick up four simple grey cloth storage boxes. These are now holding all of the things in my bedroom. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been so organised!

Debating: The snap general election that was called last week in the U.K. What does it mean? Why has it been called so suddenly? What will happen?

Running: This is happening most weekends in my life lately. I had a lovely run back in Horsley on Easter Monday and then I managed 4 miles this morning around Tooting Common.

Working: Work is a tad busy at the moment, especially with my Salzburg trip coming up soon. I’m running some training sessions so there are a few extra hours taken out of my week. Plus I’ve got a two day conference on the same week that I head to Salzburg – Clearly I’m all about the good planning!

Swimming: I have been swimming twice a week for most of April. I’m loving how an early morning swim makes me feel. And I’ve got the bag packing and outfit planning down to a fine art now. My aim is to do 1km on each visit, which is 40 lengths and I can already see that I’m getting faster. The Thameslink journey to work afterwards is less fun/relaxing.

Watching: Broadchurch, Gilmore Girls and Big Little Lies. I’m also loving documentaries at the moment too. I think I might share my favourites in a blog post soon.

Listening: To S-Town. I’m still formulating my thoughts on this podcast. I’ve been hooked on it. But I’m not too sure I like the premise of it. I don’t want to say too much and ruin it for anyone but for me the jury is still out. Also this morning I tried out Sky News – All Out Politics podcast, which I quite enjoyed.

Cooking: I whizzed up a batch of homemade pizza dough last week so there are now pizza bases in the freezer. I also made my Chicken Pilaf in the slow cooker for tonight’s dinner. So good!

Baking: I completely failed at making a Swiss roll the other week! I’ve now worked out where I went wrong so I’m hoping to give that another try soon. Plus I baked a batch of creme egg brownies for the aforementioned Friday sister night, so all in all there’s been some epic food in my life lately.

So there we have it. That’s been my life lately. All the fun stuff anyway. What have you all been up to? Any upcoming adventures or delicious recipes that you need to share?

Laura xx