Busy, busy!

Hi all! Well today Ben and me were off and won’t be back to work until Tuesday. Wheeee long weekend! Today was anything but relaxing though. We had a million things to do before we dash of to Bruges tomorrow for my work Christmas do. And, OK, we might have gone to see The Hobbit too…important things needed to be done obviously! [The Hobbit was amazing. I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan and was pleased how true it remained to the other films].

Anywho, before I go into my busy day… two lovely ladies nominated me for the Liebster award. Thank you Sandy (a great vegan blogger) and Elle (causes me to have massive food envy whenever I look at the amazing baking she does every week). liebster-blog-award

I know this is quite a late post for this as this was going a while ago..so here’s my 11 random facts about myself!

1) I eat at least four apples every day. Always chopped.


2) I have a secret love for movie music…I’m not talking about soundtrack songs, I’m talking actual original scores. Some of my favourites being Atonement, Jurassic Park, The Village, and Memoirs of a Geisha…. My favourite composers: John Williams, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, James Horner… I am a film geek. And I am proud! I am a big believer that the music helps make the film.

3) I’m am always reading a book – I can’t remember a time when I’ve never not been reading something. I like to read with my breakfast – it’s my calming morning ritual.

4) When I’m alone in a public toilet and there’s music on I like to have a quick boogie while I’m washing my hands. I haven’t been caught in the act yet but I guess it’s only time…

5) Sometimes when I’m bored I daydream about end of the world scenarios. Not in a depressing way but in a ‘what would I do’ way. Like zombies attacking. What would be your first action? I’d get the family together (in my scenario we’d all be OK) and then head to the local supermarket and fill the car with tinned goods, then head to the docks, grab a boat and sail out – zombies can’t swim (or in my scenario they can’t)! These are important things to prepare yourself for.

6) I pluck my eyebrows every single night. It’s my night-time ritual.

7) I hate pasta. And not because of some faddy health reason. I hate the texture and I hate the taste. So you won’t find any pasta recipes here I’m afraid.

8) I will always wake up at least once in the night to pee. Apologies if this is TMI. I know this isn’t healthy, but I tend to have a hot chocolate before bed most nights…and well, you know.

9) I cry very easily. If Ben just mentions the Time Traveller’s Wife to me I will cry.

10) Mars Attacks caused me several months of trouble sleeping when I was younger. It scared the hell out of me.

11) If I could choose a superpower I’d be invisible. I’m so nosey, I’d love to know what celebs get up to away from the cameras!

Sooo, today. This morning I got up early and made some vegan cookies in my pyjamas. I have never made anything vegan in my life before so this was quite a challenge to a) find a recipe and that didn’t involve crazy ingredients which I didn’t have and b) to actually make them! They’re for the cookie exchange Tamzin is hosting and my partner (Sarah) is vegan. It was fun though!

Then I got dressed…


And then Ben and I dashed off to Southampton to take back my first unsuccessful outfit for the Christmas do. We had originally bought it from John Lewis using vouchers. When we returned it we assumed we’d just get store credit – but they gave us cash back!! Hurrah! Almost like free money. Sort of.

We also picked up Ben’s suit (proper penguin suit for the Christmas meal Saturday night). Then we had a quick early lunch. Originally we were going to have Nando’s but they weren’t serving until 11.30 and The Hobbit began at just after 12 so it was pushing it too close. So we settled for Cafe Giardino instead.


A chicken, bacon, spinach and basil ciabatta. Very filling. Then we dashed off to the cinema and watched The Hobbit sharing a large popcorn. I’m sorry but how expensive is popcorn at the cinema??!!! A nice treat regardless.

Three hours later we then zoomed home to post the cookies before the post office closes and then drop Alfie off at his dog-sitters while we’re away. He’s being looked after by a lovely old lady who’ll take great care of him…but it still hurt my soul to say goodbye to him. Those big furry eyes looking at me all accusingly…

Then Ben dashed off to get his hair cut while I packed. Then made dinner.IMG_3127

BBQ ribs from the freezer, roasted veg and salad that needed using up. Basically a ‘I don’t have any food and am going away the next day’ kinda meal. I love ribs though so this was a winner.

And now we’re chilling. Whew.

Oh was anyone else stupidly excited about yesterday’s date??


And…when I went out for lunch…


I love it when this happens! It is extremely likely that this won’t happen again in my lifetime.

And because I miss him…


I won’t see Alfie until Sunday night so I gave him lots of cuddles last night before he went to sleep.


So tomorrow is a very early start. The taxi is picking us up at 6.20am and then catch a train to London and then the Eurostar to Brussels. I’m so excited about the Christmas do and looking around the Christmas markets!

Have a great rest of the week and weekend and I will write a catch up as soon as I get back Smile

Are you going to see The Hobbit? Are you a big fan?

Do you have a Christmas party soon?

Have you been to Bruges?

22 Replies to “Busy, busy!”

  1. Have a wonderful time this weekend! You know I loved it when I went there the other week- enjoy all the hot chocolate 🙂
    I loved the date too- I love it when digital clocks are symmetrical too (the 5 and the 2 are)- shame it was not 12 degrees temp too! 🙂

  2. I’ve always wanted to travel to Brussels! I hope you had a lovely weekend exploring; I’ve heard it’s a wonderful city!

    I loved your list of 11 random facts; it’s so much fun learning obscure tidbits about people! First, I think it’s really cute that you boogie in the bathroom. Own it, girl! If someone catches you…well, I’m sure it will provide them with a good laugh! I also wake up at least once during the night to pee. For some reason, I’m always thirsty before bed! Fortunately, I don’t have any trouble falling back to sleep. 🙂

    Alfie is such a cute pup! I sure hope he held up okay while you were away! xoxo

    1. It was beautiful. Definitely an ideal Christmas destination.
      Yeah I totally agree, it’s great finding out random stuff about people! Yeah peeing in the middle of the night doesn’t cause me too much of an issue as I’m so used to it I fall back to sleep easily.
      I think Alfie was annoyed at me when we picked him up on Sunday night. He barely cuddled me 🙁

  3. Hope your vegan cookies worked out well!!!!
    My hubby hates pasta too!
    yay for posting a pic of 12:12 12/12/12 –> I’m a date fanatic – we got married at 10:10 10/10/10!!!

  4. Hope you had a brilliant time.Bruges is beautiful and the chocolate… say no more 🙂
    Number 8 isn’t TMI, so glad it’s not just me! I agree on 7, 9 and 3 and I was glad my colleague pointed out when it was exactly 12.12.12 on 12/12/12, should have taken a picture as well!

    1. Hehe the chocolate was indeed very good, and I bought so much home with me as well…you just have to!
      I just love it when the date looks cool 🙂 Next one to look out for is 20/12/2012. Ooh tomorrow!

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