22 May 2015


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Yay, it's Friday and, more importantly, Monday is a Bank Holiday here in the UK, mini Mexican waves all round! This week has been pretty similar to the last few because, well, that is what it is like when you work a full time job huh! Most of the day is spent sitting answering emails and running about like a headless chicken chasing up things that need doing. That is why I love having my blog so much as it is my little space and it helps me feel like I am really doing something for me.

Despite a busy, samey, week, it's still important to me to notice the things that made it special, no matter how small they may be. Here are the things I have been grateful for this week...

1. Making time to sit out in the garden (and actually tidy the garden a little bit too) and read a book that I bought ages ago. I am reading The First Phone Call From Heaven, by Mitch Albom, and am about half way through. I have always enjoyed his books as, in my opinion, they are very thoughtful and inspire a certain kind of mindset within me that I cannot quite put my finger on. My favourite books by Albom are Tuesday's with Morrie (a total classic and very emotive read) and Have a Little Faith. I highly recommend trying these lovely books. They are usually quick-reads but are so beautifully written.

2. The smell of summer in the air. Yesterday was a gorgeous day. I left the house at 6.30am in fog, but the time I got to work an hour later, the sun was up. By lunch time, when I was walking back to my office, I had a really nostalgic moment. I took a big old breath in and could smell summer...maybe that sounds silly, but, to me, summer is freshly cut grass and the smell of clean, warm air. Couple that with the comforting warmth of the suns rays and the sound of birds happily going about their day  and you have a perfect scene. All I could think about was getting home to the garden and sitting with a nice cool drink and closing my eyes for a few minutes. Unfortunately today it's raining. I love this too though.... I am in my office with the window open. The smell of rain is pretty awesome too!

3. Speaking of nostalgia, for some reason this week I got thinking about some of the albums I used to have when I was a young'un! I remember listening to all sorts of total rubbish, just because I thought it was 'cool' (oh heavens!). One of the albums I loved was Natalie Imbruglia's 'Left of the Middle'. This album was out in 1997...I was 16. Wowzers. I remember listening to this non-stop when I got it and it seems like yesterday. Thanks to the wizardry of Spotify I can reminisce without having to buy the thing again. I'm kind of enjoying this random walk down memory lane! (Over half my life ago!).

4. Being able to stay on my healthy food wagon, despite every single bone in my body saying 'eat junk'. You know the weeks right? This was the week where I felt like I wanted to stick my head in a box of chocolate biscuits and not surface until they had all gone. There were even a couple of moments where colleagues were eating something nice and I could have grabbed it out of their hands and stuffed it in my mouth. Holy Moly! But, tonight is 'treat meal' night. Thank. The. Lord.

5. Cute Gizmo moments. Animals are the best cure for a bad mood. Gizmo has this way of making a sweet little noise and rolling on her back with all her fluffy paws in the air, waiting for a tummy rub, that makes me smile every time. I am constantly amazed by the trust and love you can get from a pet. She's the sweetest little moggy.

Now I am back into reading again I am wondering if you have any recommendations for me? I do have 'The Happiness Project' to read, that is next in line, and about a million Tudor history books I want to get through, but I am not in the mood for history just yet! Let me know in the comments what you are reading or what you want to read and what the number one highlight of this week has been of course!

Have a fabulous weekend xoxo


  1. I love Mitch Albom's books, they really are so wonderfully written. One of my favourite reads of the last year is the very funny The Rosie Project so if you fancy a fun and good read maybe try that! I too am enjoying the smell of summer, it's been a long time coming but it feels like it's on the cusp doesn't it? Enjoy the long weekend.

    1. I have just googled The Rosie Project and added to my wish list on Amazon! Looks great, thank you so much. Summer really does feel like it's just around the corner...I kind of like it when it is early summer, so not too sticky hot but you can still fling your windows open and sit out! Have you got any plans for the weekend?x


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