Howdy y’all! Hope your week is spiffy doodley so far. Mine has been tinkling on fairly quietly, which has been lovely. Here’s what made it extra-special:
1. Dossing around at the weekend. We had one of our oldest friends over to stay – the kind who become family many years ago. No need for proper clothes – pjs will do. Bottle of wine, crisps, mario cart, the weekend papers, copious amounts of tea, a singsong round the piano, an afternoon walk, an incredibly lazy morning, breakfast which took a couple of hours, sitting at the table for hours after we’d finished eating, some junk TV, some very late nights, lots of laughs, talking nonsense for hours on end. The kind of friend who knows you better than you know yourself.
2. A new favourite dinner – Mediterranean Chicken Stew. It was healthy and tasty and tangy and very very moreish – as were the mashed potatoes we gobbled up alongside it. Definitely a keeper.
3. Getting some early nights. I don’t know if it’s all the yoga or just the dark skies – but I’ve been clambering into bed before 10 most nights recently and I’m loving it. Time to have a good stretch out and read a great book. And speaking of which…
4. The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota. A great book telling the tale of a group of illegal Indian immigrants, and their new like in the UK. It’s painful and fascinating. Couldn’t put it down.
5. Chocolate Sticky Toffee Pudding. Yes it is better than the original. No I didn’t refuse seconds. Yes I did feel ENORMOUS afterwards. Speaking of which (again)…
6. A slap up Italian meal we enjoyed earlier in the week. We hadn’t been out for dinner for ages, and thought we’d treat ourselves. So we hopped into the car and drove for a little while to an Italian we’d heard of but not been before. It was fantastic. A huge log burning pizza oven greeted us as we entered the large porch, which was stuffed full of palm trees! The wine list was huge and we were completely spoilt for choice. I had a red AND a white as I couldn’t choose. Then I had the most delicious seafood salad with a side of focaccia, followed by the richest stew I’ve ever eaten – Pork Cheeks in Red Wine. THEN we had ice cream. Didn’t really need it – but when do you NEED an ice cream?
7. Remembering all these little things. It’s hard sometimes, when you’ve had a busy work week and not much seems to be happening. When it’s January basically. But just taking a little bit of time to remember all the things that WERE good makes for a happier little life, I feel 🙂
For more – hop on over to Michelle, Sally, Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, Emma, Laura, Lynsey, Kerri, Sarah, El, Jasmin, Debbie and Mimmi who will tell you about all the little things that made them smile this week 🙂