Helloooo. Another week and closer to summer!
And it’s my lovely husband’s birthday – happy birthday, Ben!!
(A photo from a couple of years ago, but one of my favourites)
So catching up from the weekend. We had a great one! Friday night was ice cream and movie night. We watched Looper and though there were several times Ben and me had to pause the film to discuss it as it was such a head warp, we really enjoyed it. And the ice cream was obviously AMAZING. I’ve successfully trained my body into being able to consume an entire litre of the chocolate brownie frozen yogurt Ben and Jerry’s. Not a talent I’m hugely proud of, but delicious none-the-less.
Saturday morning I got up early and did my 10 mile run. This time I started slowly, took it slowly and didn’t push it. Though I’m currently suffering from a cold at the moment which is highly irritating. [Ben keeps informing me that I sound really creepy because when I’m sat next to him and breathing through my nose I breathe really heavily because it’s slightly blocked – like I can help it!!] So the run wasn’t the easiest despite slowing the pace. I just can’t win!
And thankfully I had no issues from my Achilles and only slight pain in my knee at the end. But I’ve been doing lots of stretches to loosen my ‘hip flexor’ which has definitely helped. Funnily enough I listened to a Marathon Talk podcast on my run (one from a few weeks ago as I’m a bit behind) and they had a physiotherapist on and they literally talked about my exact issue. What a coincidence!
After the run I did lots of housework while Ben was out doing something-or-other to his car (installing a head-unit…I thought this was some strange technical device he had to wear on his head but it’s actually the CD player…who knew). As it was his birthday weekend he was allowed to forgo his housework duty. I try to be a good wife sometimes
My outfit for the day:
Jeans from Republic (in the sale as they’re sadly closing down), top from New Look, scarf from Accessorize, necklace from Mango, shoes from Next.
Then we met up with a couple we’re friends with and went to Nando’s for lunch. It became a bit of a chicken eating competition as we ordered. The two guys went for WHOLE chickens and two sides and us two ladies went for half chickens and two sides. Now usually I’m the greedy one out of Ben and me so I was fairly impressed. Though Ben did cave at the last minute of ordering and gave me one of his sides. The embarrassing part is that when I ordered for us at the till the man asked me if I wanted three drinks because he thought there were three of us eating…
And we had a mezze board to start!! With the world’s worst photos I’m afraid. It was so dark in the restaurant!
And for my main, my half chicken with a corn on the cob and side salad (I wanted to maximise on the chicken experience):
Sorry that really is a terrible photo… I had mango and lime sauce on it and it was really good. After my run this was a truly appreciated meal. I finished this off and had Ben’s other side (another corn on the cob; I have a crazy obsession with them) and helped Ben with some of his chicken when he was struggling.
Literally could not move afterwards. Needless say I don’t want to see chicken for a while now.
Afterwards we all needed to get outside and walk a bit for fear of exploding. I managed to get a steal in French Connection – a lovely sparkly clutch down from £65 to £10!!! Crazy. Apologies no photo…but it’s very dainty and pretty. I also got some Estee Lauder BB cream. I love BB creams because they’re so lightweight. I don’t usually wear make-up but if I’m going out or having an ugly day I’ll slap some tinted moisturiser on so this is perfect.
And I also got some running leggings as well from Nike.
They’re perfect for when it gets a bit warmer. I have shorts for the summer, long leggings for the winter and capris for the in-between bits but I hated how they flared out at the bottom just under my knees. Also the new ones have a zip just above the bum where I can put my key. Perfect.
Then we had a drink at a little bar and then went home where Ben and I enjoyed a nice evening of Game of Thrones series one (watching again because series two is almost released). Dinner was porridge for me and toast for Ben. Seriously, nothing else would have fitted after all that chicken.
Sunday was a quiet day of family coming over to wish Ben a happy birthday and basically doing not much else (on my part, Ben was still doing his head unit thing – this was his birthday present, by the way). Though I did enjoy a truly delicious lunch.
Butternut squash and coconut milk soup. I forgot how much I loved this soup. It really hit the spot.
And a standard pudding at the weekend for me:
Melon! And do you know what, I’m embarrassed to say that I went back and had the other half a few hours later. So yeah, an entire melon was consumed. On a random note, melons really freak me out. Ben has to cut them for me because I honestly can’t stand the inside of them. All those seeds just make me feel really sick. I’m not sure why. The same happens with bell peppers. I’ll use a word that I really hate to describe it: clustering of seeds. GROSS.
I’ve also recently been thorough enjoying snacking on these bad boys:
I was sent these from Lord Poppington’s range of popcorns to review and honestly loved them. I did get the Four Cheese flavour as well but for some reason didn’t manage to photograph it. Probably because I gobbled it down too quickly.
I’m a big fan of popcorn so I was looking forward to trying these. They’re gluten free, low in fat and with no artificial flavours. And being a wholegrain product it means they’re a good source of fibre. And each pack contains between 94-128 calories. And you get a fair amount for this! Better than Snack a Jacks I have to say.
My favourite flavour by far was the Chilli and Lime. It was so flavoursome. My mouth was a little bit on fire, but in a good way. The Four Cheese was my second favourite. I just love the flavours.
But the only thing I will say is that they only seem to be available on Amazon and quite expensive. I’m a little bit devastated by this as I would honestly swap these for my Snack A Jacks. They’re probably a lot better for me than the God knows what they put in Snack A Jacks.
But, inspired by the above, I have since bought some plain popping kernels to make my own…watch this space.
What did you get up to this weekend?
Sweet or salty popcorn? I would have said sweet but after trying the savoury flavours I’ve changed sides for a bit.
18 Replies to “Weekend Catch-Up”
Happy Birthday to Ben! Hope you have guys had an awesome time on your outings!
A whole chicken? That’s crazy, but delicious, so I guess I can understand. Haha. And that squash soups looks so thick and yummy.
Yep a whole chicken. It’s supposed to be shared…but boys will be boys.
Happy Birthday to Ben! Sounds like a fab weekend.
I prefer sweet popcorn, but the real stuff, not the stuff coated in solid toffee.
Yeah the toffee popcorn can be really really sweet that you can’t eat much at all. But cinema sweet popcorn is just so good – I could eat it forever!
I HATE bell pepper seeds too! They don’t make me feel sick or anything, I just get really unreasonable angry at them for no reason hahaha. Happy birthday to your hubs!
Haha, I can understand that angr. Those seeds get everywhere as well. So annoying.
Ahh I love Nando’s 🙂 We have one a few blocks from my work and I always want to get it! Also it’s so funny that you bought Nike capris because I bought a pair this weekend too! Well I actually bought one pair of Nike’s and one pair of ADIDAS, but you get the idea. I am in the same boat- I have long leggings for winter and I have shorts for summer, but I didn’t really have any capris that I liked! Problem solved 🙂
Hehe it’s that time of year of transitioning the workout clothes. My unflattering hat will be disappearing soon (thankfully). Capris are just great, not as daring as shorts but not as hot as long leggins.
I have two pairs of those leggings, they are my favourites! I usually like head warp films, so I’ll make a mental note for that Looper film! Im impressed about the tub of B&J’s, although I’m sure I could do it too if I put my mind to it- and didn’t have Iestyn stealing any!
Yeah they are so comfy, I love them. I could wear them just about the house haha.
I totally recommend Looper. Really good storyline.
That’s why Ben and me don’t share. Plus he likes the real ice cream flavours. The fro yo is a bit more manageable at eating more of than the normal ice cream I find (my wealth of ice cream experience shining through there).
Oh I love Nandos but haven’t been in ages! I like BB creams as well, in fact I need to get another one soon as my stila one is running out!
I just like how light-weight they are and they really brighten up my skin nicely.
I’ve never tried BB creams. Sometimes I get red spots on my skin so I’m afraid they wont be thick enough to cover it.
Yeah they’re more of a light weight cover I guess. I have a more heavy foundation for when it really calls for it – I like the Benefit range for that 🙂
Tell Ben happy (belated) birthday! Your Friday night sounds perfect–nothing beats a movie and Ben & Jerry’s. I too have trained my body to tolerate an entire pint, however only on special occasions (and some Friday nights are special occasions by default). 😉
Big congrats for powering through your run, even though you weren’t feeling well. When I have a cold, I find that I always feel better after I workout, so long as I listen to my body and don’t push too hard.
Mmm, each of those popcorn flavors sounds fantastic! My ultimate popcorn is both sweet and salty (kettle corn or salted caramel corn), but I also love cheesy popcorn. Sometimes I pop a bag and shred fresh parmesan on top. It’s addicting!
Hope you’re having a great week, Anna! <3
I find a cold is OK to power through, whereas anything like the flu is like a no-go. Just irritating because I’m sniffing all the way and not running my complete best.
Ahhh parmesan sounds good on popcorn, I will definitely try that!
Love your outfit! I am a bit obsessed with the “ripped jeans” look. Now if only I could wear them to work! 😉
That popcorn sounds amazing. I am obsessed with the Thai Chili Pop Chips flavor, so that chili lime flavor sounds amazing. And you certainly cannot go wrong with four cheese!
Luckily I can wear the jeans to work as well – though I tend to put a blazer on with it just to balance out the casualness haha.