Where actually has all the sunshine gone? I think you northerners must have pinched it! We’ve been shrouded in this horrible freezing fog all week and I’m really beginning to wish for January to end and Spring to be a little closer than it actually is.
We’ve had decorators in the house this week, meaning that my ‘Playroom to Snug’ transformation is at last becoming more than just a Pinterest board. More on that to come. We had our wood burning stove installed last weekend and it has been an absolute God-send in this cold weather. Loving it already.
Want to know what else I’ve been loving this week?
Buying a Red magazine is one of life’s little pleasures. I used to have a subscription but kept forgetting to read it. In short, I took it for granted. Now however, I only buy it when I know that I will have time to devour it and I consequently appreciate it all the more.
My favourite column in the whole magazine, the one I turn to first, is Rosie Green’s. I hope I’m not doing her a disservice here but I think she’s about the same age as me and quite possibly in the same stage of life. I sit and smile the whole way through reading it. In fact she was my inspiration to begin writing a blog – I just love the way she captures the ordinary, making it amusing and relatable every time (that’s my aim if you hadn’t already noticed!).
If you only watch one thing this week, make it this. Kristina is my new hero. I discovered her about a year ago and now we’re best of friends. Ok we haven’t actually met yet…or even conversed online, BUT she’s a kindred spirit, especially when it comes to parenting. You might just find her to be the same. Either way, she’s hilarious.
Did I tell you that I finished watching The Crown? I loved everything about it – the suspense (so many things I didn’t know about the Royals), the clothing, the history, the drama. Ten episodes of total gloriousness. Now I need something else to occupy my evenings. The husband hates Gilmore Girls so that has to be snuck in during the day. Ideas anyone?
Let’s just talk about James Arthur for a moment. His songs (most of them) are miserable, right? Never mind the fact that he is a product of the XFactor! But there is something so mesmerising about his raspy voice. I am loving his new song – Safe Inside – which is clearly also Capital Radio’s new favourite as they’ve been playing it 24/7. Have you heard it?
This is a slight cheat really, because I haven’t actually worn this item yet. I’ve tried it on numerous times and have gazed at it on the hanger but it’s been too darn cold to wear!
I’ve been contemplating a (faux) leather jacket for a while. I see them on other people and they look fabulous. I mentally visualise them on me and I feel too old; never mind the fact that the people I’ve seen wearing them are often way older than me!
BUT, I walked into H&M last week and decided to throw caution to the wind (ignoring my daughter’s pleas) and parted with £39.95 – bargain huh?
I am currently compiling a list entitled ‘Things that I am too old for (but will be embracing anyway)‘. I intend to share it on the blog next week, so stay tuned pop pickers*.
I’ve made some decisions this week, of the decorating variety. I’m not sure what happened to me over the last decade but I find it so hard to come to any decisions where the house is concerned. If in doubt, opt for grey – works every time!
I’ve also ordered a sofa (without the husband’s prior approval); after deliberating for months on end, at some point I think you just have to go for it.
Soup has been on the agenda again this week – broccoli and stilton this time. You can see how to make this incredibly easy recipe along with two other soups, on this post I shared earlier in the week.
I’m flying solo until Sunday, as the husband has gone away for a ‘long weekend’. Why the inverted commas? I think that Tuesday to Sunday would be better described as ‘five days’ but hey, what do I know? I jest, of course. He deserves a break from the rat race and anyway, it means I can fully justify the THREE days that I’ve just booked in Lisbon!
Have a wonderful weekend lovelies. Stay warm!
*An expression that only those over 40 who used to listen to Radio 1 in 1989, will understand.