On to new things…

So I finished my last day at work last Wednesday. It was definitely a bittersweet. I’ve worked there for over five and a half years. I remember joining and being this timid, terrified girl…unsure of everything, so quiet and afraid. I walked out of there on Wednesday confident, self-assured and ready for my next challenge. I’ll miss so many of the people I worked with but I’m looking forward to working with a new bunch of people and hopefully making some friends!

I had Thursday and Friday off, which was just amazing. I haven’t had a proper couple of days where I literally have nothing planned for ages. I decided to do a day of sorting schizz out in the spirit of new beginnings and all that. I also agreed to help my parents sort out their garage and under-the-stairs cupboard (a blackhole for shoes, bags and coats).

My dad took off the Friday as well and hired a skip which helped the situation. I mean, I love my parents but they just seemed to hoard so much junk. I’m not even joking when I say we took FOUR black bags of shoes to charity. Who has time to wear that many shoes?? And their garage is just full of random rubbish and charity-shop worthy items that for some reason my parents thought to keep hold of. NO ONE NEEDS THREE TOOLKITS. This is probably one of the main reasons I’m not a sentimental person when it comes to physical things and mementos. There are few items I’m irrationally attached to. All about that minimalist lifestyle (leggings aside of course. You can NEVER have too many leggings. Honest).

Found some rather hilarious old photos of my sister, mum and I.

AnnaTheApple childI mean, those hair styles…

As I was still not running it meant I could have some lovely lie-ins and then go to the gym at a more reasonable time than I usually would. I was given an Amazon gift voucher from work as part of my leaving present so I decided to buy and download some movies I’ve been wanting to see so I could make time on the elliptical machine far more bearable.

Cardio entertainmentI’ve got through Get Out (really creepy but really good) and the Lego Batman Movie (very funny). It’s actually a really good way to stay motivated on that god-awful machine. It also makes me keen to get back on it as I’ll only allow myself to watch these movies on the elliptical machine. Happy days…

On Friday night I went out to a fantastic burger place for some food. I’d heard that The Rockstone pub in Southampton literally did the best burgers around and so was fairly excited to go and eat stupid amounts of food, and of course spend time with good company.

I ordered the “BBCK” burger which was a 10oz burger with Brie, streaky bacon and a cranberry chutney. I also upgraded my fries to bacon dust fries. I mean, seriously.

The Rockstone BurgerMy partner in crime ordered the “Ban Ki-Mmm” which had Korean pork belly amongst other treats on top. I did get a little food envy on seeing his but mine was SO tasty it was only very brief. He upgraded to sweet potato fries. I have to say, usually I’m not a huge burger fan (I prefer more toppings/protein to carb ratio…), but this was heavenly.

We were both more than happy (and fairly full) on finishing our burgers. By the way, they were impossible to pick up. I did try but failed miserably. 10/10 for effort…not so much for getting covered in sticky cranberry-ness. Though we were full we decided to forgo the pudding on offer at The Rockstone and instead go to the handily located Sprinkles just down the road. Just a small pudding, eh? 😉

Sprinkles sundaeI got a cookie dough based sundae (zomggggggg) and he got a baked skillet cookie with ice cream. Mine contained hot cookie dough at the bottom, chocolate and vanilla ice cream and vanilla gelato as well as cookie pieces and molten white chocolate and regular chocolate drizzled on top. Dear god it was good. I couldn’t quite finish it all. For once my stomach said no. But I gave it my best stab! I prioritised the best bits!

So my time off was pretty damn good. I did manage two miles on Sunday to test the leg out… it felt OK but I’m not entirely convinced. More updates on that soon. Things are going pretty well right now (let’s ignore the small car accident I had Tuesday morning *sighs*, again more on that another time!)

My blogging is going to be a bit off-routine for a bit while I find my footing in my new job and adjusting to a new routine. But in the words of Lego, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME

What’s your ideal burger?

What’s your ideal sundae?

If you use cardio machines, how do you motivate yourself to stay on them?

5 thoughts on “On to new things…

  1. HOLD THE PHONE! Bacon dust fries???? Those sound frickin’ amazing!
    I’m not usually one for burgers either, but I’m currently loving the chilli burger at a place I go regularly. I’m also meeting some friends for lunch at the end of the week and we’re going somewhere that does an awesome chicken burger (no breadcrumbs, just a chicken fillet) with prosciutto and avocado. Yum!
    ( Yeah, food is pretty important to me too )

  2. I am only interested in a burger if it comes with sweet potato fries! Bill’s do a pretty good halloumi one which comes with roasted peppers and hummus and all sorts. I will also have mine with a pickle and avocado please. Although once I went to a place where you customised it and I had mine with grilled pineapple and peanut butter- it sounds wrong but it was just so good. So maybe scratch that first statement!
    That’s a good idea with the videos- if that machine is quieter than a treadmill- the last time I used a treadmill I tried to listen to podcasts to limit the boredom but the machine was so loud I couldn’t hear even at top volume!
    Hope you and the car were not too scathed after the accident.
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  3. I love those old pictures – you look so much like your mum!
    The only way I can stay on a cardio machine is with a podcast – preferably MDWAP… although then there’s the risk that I laugh too much…
    I’m get to find the perfect veggie burger (bit o an oxymoron maybe) but it has to come with sweet potato fries!

  4. I need that ice cream sundae! Looks delicious. It must have felt great to have two days off work with nothing planned. You are like me in that you only seem to take time off work to go somewhere and do something. So there is a lack of time to simply chill out and take care of stuff. Hope you are enjoying your new job!
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  5. Those old photos are awesome. Some of my childhood hair styles (?) were so bad, I’m relieved that digital cameras and social media didn’t exist. I’m not very brave when it comes to eating burgers (I had a bad experience) so I tend to only eat chicken/beef burgers. My ideal sundae would contain loads of vanilla and chocolate ice cream and toffee sauce. When I used to run on treadmills I would watch whatever was on the TV at the time. I once ran a half marathon on a treadmill stuck on BBC1 and was ‘forced’ to watch The Apprentice, Countryfile and then the news. Not very inspiring.
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