Things lately

Things are plodding along quite nicely round here. Though I’d hate to look back at my life and think of it as a “plod”. Rather that though than a sprint I suppose!

I guess you could call this an ‘odds and ends’ post of stuff that’s been happening lately:

  • Ben making carrot cake

This is big, big news people. For so long Ben has been promising to bake for me. But these promises have never materialised to actual calorific-dense baked goods (despite me buying him ingredients and everything). I’m the one who cooks, he’s the one that apparently bakes.

Last week he had the week off as he was starting a new job so he had no excuse. Being a typical man, he left it to mid-afternoon Friday to begin his task. I got regular text updates as to the progress of the cake…

Carrot cake process Apart from a minor zest grating related injury (and a lovely photo of it sent my way – in case I wasn’t fully aware of the sheer hard work he was putting in), it all seemed to be going swimmingly.

That is until I got a bit of an urgent phone call: “Anna, I forgot to add the carrot in before I put it in the oven. What do I do??”.

He even sent me a selfie to adequately express how he felt.

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Luckily he was able to get the cakes (there were two) out of the oven asap and stir in the hastily grated carrot (no further grating related injuries here thank goodness). Whew. Rectified. But amusing nonetheless 😉

Ben's carrot cake Ta da! How good do they look? As the loaf tin was a little small for the batter, he made a mini round cake as well…with a better cake to icing ratio if you ask me 😉 It tasted divine and it was all I could do to not consume the entire two cakes in one sitting. And yes, there was carrot in it 😉

  • New mattress

Ben’s above selfie could also adequately describe the feelings we felt when our lovely new mattress was delivered the other day.

IMG_7181“Pants” would be one word to describe this situation. There are others I could use. Thankfully we can swap it (and pay the extra) for the correct mattress size. Not sure how we got this so wrong really…I don’t know how we both survive in this big wide world pretending to be adults.

  • Trips to London

Getting up at stupid o’clock to get the train to London for a meeting is no fun. Especially when it means eating my porridge in the car while my dad drives us to the station.

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Lots of things in my life change and new habits form, but eating porridge for breakfast will never change.

And I’m sorry all you lovely Londoners but I detest going there. It’s stressful, busy, crowded…and dirty. Yes I realise most cities (and places in general) are dirty. But I freak out.

IMG_7042 Essential requirement for me!

And just randomly, a mini escalator. For all those lonely people who have no friends to stand with…

IMG_7044 Room for one only

Or people who are so so busy they need to use the mini escalator to hurry up them quickly, by-passing the more normal sized busier escalator (I found this out as I was dallying around taking photos of said escalator while a man tried to hurry past…).

  • Birthday trip to Chichester 

IMG_7190On Sunday Ben and me went out to Chichester to go shopping for a belated birthday trip. Rant alert: I got a little bit angry in one of my favourite shops (Oasis) when I realised they didn’t stock my size is anything I liked (bar one dress). It’s not an obscure size either – a normal size eight. The lady in the shop just shrugged and went “yeah I know” and after a long pause “look online”. Gargh!! I like trying stuff on and I’m there willing to buy stuff NOW. I understand that they can’t stock masses of every size but they had about three size 20s in everything. Your loss, Oasis, was FatFace and New Looks’ gain.

We stopped at one of my favourite restaurants for lunch as well: Trents.

Trents Chichester birthday meal

We had a sharing platter (hummus, sundried tomato dip, beetroot dip, stuffed peppers) to start, followed by a Caesar salad for me (of course) and a club sandwich and curly fries for Ben, followed by crème Brule for Ben and chocolate brownie for me.

I had run 10 miles in the morning and I was FAMISHED. Sadly my salad didn’t quite cut it. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t one of the best I’ve tried (no croutons and no anchovies). Ben was struggling so I helped him out with eating some of his sandwich filling (bacon and chicken) and his fries. Win.

26th birthday meal That pudding. Oh wow. It could have done with vanilla ice cream to balance it rather than hazelnut ice cream but it was pretty damn amazing. Afterwards I was like “pft, that was easy. Three courses done and dusted.” After leaving the restaurant for a shopping continuation the fullness hit me like a ton of bricks (literally in my stomach). I couldn’t bare to even look at people eating or drinking. I couldn’t eat anything else for the rest of the day and required an hour long nap when I got home. Whew. Pretty good day I’d say!

  • Alfie

Kids (and adults) all over the globe are obsessed with Frozen.

IMG_6619 Apparently so is our dog, Alfie. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is what he does all day when we’re at work. He just wants to build a snowman…

Do you prefer online shopping or going into the actual shop? I like to try things on because invariably things that I think will look nice look awful. And it’s the whole faff of sending stuff back that really annoys me with online shopping. But it annoys me when a shop is seriously under-stocked in my size for pretty much everything.

Ever ordered a large purchase that turns out to be very wrong?

What’s your worst baking disaster? I could write a book for mine so it was nice that Ben, ‘Mr Baking Pro’ got something wrong 😉

22 thoughts on “Things lately

  1. Bahaha! Baking a carrot cake and forgetting to add the carrot is so something I would do!!! The finished product looks lovely though. 🙂
    The picture of your new mattress made me laugh so hard too! Whoops!
    That sharing platter looks amazing. Dan never shares anything like that with me because he won’t touch any veg or salad items. 🙁 My friend from work used to always share dishes with me but she’s just had baby twins so eating out is off the cards at the moment. Perfect excuse to eat sharing platters on my own though right?…!
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    • Likewise, I said to Ben it was funny because it would definitely have been something I’d have done – so I was very surprised he made the error hehe.
      The mattress was definitely a ‘face palm’ moment.
      It works well for Ben and me with sharing platters as I had all the veg crudites and olives and he had all the pita bread. But we both love hummus…so it was a fight on that regard!
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  2. Aw I’ve done that same thing with a mattress before! I thought there were only a few different sizes… but no. Thanks Ikea.

    Regardless of issues like that, I still go for shopping online over the shops – mainly for time, but also because I’m less likely to pick up random stuff I don’t need. Slightly less anyway…
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    • Yeah Ikea are a nightmare. Great furniture but sizes are so out of whack over here.
      Yeah random purchases are always more likely to happen when you’re out and about…the temptation is too great and when you’re online there isn’t much really to catch your eye.
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    • I do like doing life update posts I must say 🙂 Glad you enjoy them.
      Definitely worth visiting London at some point – it is a great city with lots to see, but I feel like I’ve had my fill of it!
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  3. Mmmm that sharing platter sounds good- I would have something like that for myself (for main I mean) although Andy has become rather partial to hummus too, so I would have to battle for it!
    I love online shopping- I tend to order from places where I know what size to order- I just find shops so busy. I know what you mean about London- I like going there for a tourist day out, but I could never live there or commute in- I have no idea how people stand the underground every day.
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    • Haha the battle for the hummus. Relationships have ended over less… 😉
      Yeah the underground is the pits. I just get so stressed out 🙁 It’s so warm as well, and quite a nasty warm…like sweat and dirt warm.
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  4. You must know that Ben (and you being the writer of this lovely blog) have sufficiently supplied my smiles and laughs for the day. Carrot cake minus the carrots… Oh that’s pure gold 🙂

    I did something similar when making the birthday cake for my brother last weekend. It was a kit kat cake and I had just put down the oreo crumb bottom and first ice cream layer… Then I was like “something is wrong” but couldn’t put my finger on it.

    OH YA. No kit kats. See, the kit kats are supposed to go on the sides and be all fancy. (Kind of like this one for visual purposes: http://familyspice.com/recipes/recipe/?recipe_id=91). Anywho, I had to take out the oreo layer and ice cream which had started melting at this point. What a mess, and I couldn’t even lick my fingers! Haha. It all turned out well though and no one knew the difference.

    Um. Your oatmeal is making me feel nostalgic although it’s only been a month or two since I last blogged. I will be coming back as soon as school starts this fall and I have good internet. But I’m glad to see some things really do stay the same 🙂

    Worst baking disaster… I had a cake literally melt and turn complete liquid in the oven. My dad asked “Why did you throw away the cake?” Me: It was inedible. Dad: You’re too picky. I’m sure it was fine. Me: No. You don’t understand.

    Clothing in shop for sure vs. online.

    Hope you had a good weekend. Good catching up with ya!

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