Friday, 26 October 2012

Friday Round Up

a pretty bear - another misty morning - mid-recipe post kitchen chaos
my first pumpkin spice latte (3 shots = hardcore) - land rover deathscovery - new fave polish, essie 'dive bar'
wilson kisses - two little angels - jessie's 'i'm not hurt, i'm just disappointed' look

I can't believe another week has gone by, the end of the year is hurtling towards us at a staggering rate of knots!

This was the week that

* after weeks of no calls, three different potential buyers wanted to view the cottage ... all on the same day and with only a few hours notice. Typical.

* I got paid and still had some of last months wages in the bank. I must be a real grown up now

* this little blog got a lot of love from new readers - so many people have tweeted/emailed me this week to tell me that they love my blog and I can't tell you how happy that makes me :-)

It seems to have been a really foggy week for most of the UK, I love this sort of weather. It makes me feel extra cosy when I'm at home with a candle lit and a fire roaring, or even when I'm ensconced in my nice warm car driving 250 miles home from a meeting in Portsmouth, drinking Pumpkin Spice Latte and singing along to Barbra Streisand on Radio 2 :-)

I've hardly seen Matt this week, I've been away working and he's been busy with his work and keeping up with the builders and tilers round at the other house. But we did have this gem of a conversation last night, whilst watching X Factor USA and agreeing that it's SO much better than the UK version;

Matt: 'Do you think we'll ever live in another country?'
Me: 'No'
Matt: 'What if I got posted abroad?'
Me: 'You're self employed, who's going to post you abroad??'

I still haven't managed to book a break for us yet, I'm so indecisive and unbearably fussy. I think it's because we get to spend so little quality time together that when we do, I want it to be absolutely perfect. I feel like I've got to find the perfect place to stay, with the perfect restaurant, the perfect things to see and do ... I put so much pressure on myself that it's stopped being fun and turned into a chore. And to be honest, when we do get to have a break from it all, we're so knackered that we spend most of our time asleep so it doesn't really matter anyway! I really must get on and do it this weekend though.

The dogs have been super cuddly today, Wilson particularly. He's quite a cuddly dog anyway. If you crouch down to his level he comes up to you, sits down and buries his face as close to you as he can get, he's so cute. Jessie gets very standoffish when I cuddle him, she gets this wounded look about her and shuts her eyes as if she can't bear to watch! They are so jealous of each other!

This weekend I'll be priming skirting boards at the new house with my new paintbrush (exciting eh??) and buying a new vaccuum cleaner. It's non stop fun around here isn't it?? I owe the dogs some good walks and we've got another house viewing tomorrow so we'll spend the next 24 hours tiptoeing around and trying not to make any mess.

I hope, for your sake, that you have more exciting plans for the weekend than I do?


  1. 250 miles is a long way to go for a meeting! Cripes! Pumpkin Spice Latte sounds like heaven though!

    I know what you mean about breaks, plus I am always the one who organises it all and I always feel a bit resentful that I'm the one in charge of the trip even though secretly I quite enjoy it! It is stressful when you want everything to be perfect though and you always feel a bit personally responsible if things aren't 100% how you envisaged. I've been wondering whether to try having a break at home sometime and just give myself some time off to potter around but that probably won't work for you as it doesn't get you far enough away from house renovating that you can relax! xo

    1. It is! I stayed overnight so I didn't do the whole journey there and back in a day but it still ruined me for the rest of the week.
      You've hit the nail on the head - I do feel personally responsible if things aren't 100% perfect. I'm taking a couple of weeks off work next month so there'll be plenty of pottering for me but you're right, I do need to get Matt away from home otherwise he's either at work or working on the house!
      Hope you have a lovely weekend xx

  2. Your dogs are just adorable! I hope you manage to find somewhere nice to go for your trip, I'm the same when booking trips away, I spend hours researching because I want it to be perfect and don't want to think I made a bad decision. Have a lovely weekend x

    1. Thank you! I'm pleased I'm not alone in my trip-booking stress, I thought I was the only one :-)

  3. aw the photos of the doggies are so cute <3 i love dogs *-*
    and i also really love your blog here..found it over wonderforest.

    i would be happy if we could stay in contact over gfc? :)

  4. I never though I would live in another country but now that I do I feel really lucky to get the opportunity! It's an adventure:)

    1. I'm too much of a homebird - I'd miss my family and I just love this place. Even though I'd love to try living somewhere hot! xx

  5. I just found your blog via Cider With Rosie and I just adore your blog!
    Your puppies are SO adorable!!
    I love that Essie nail polish!! (I may have to find it next time I'm out!!)
    And I just lovelovelove the misty morning photos!! I am so sad that we are not having dreary "Autumn" weather around these parts! (We're having a little heat wave!) :(

    1. Oh thank you!
      It is a gorgeous polish, really unusual. I love the misty mornings too, this is the best time of year. I wouldn't say no to a mini heatwave though! xx

  6. Hey there!
    I'm a new follower! Also from the UK! :)
    Love your blog! Sarah xox

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