Little Gems: 30

19 Nov 2017

St Albans cathedral in autumn

Currently sat on the sofa with a fried egg sandwich sitting in my belly and listening to the cathedral bells play their usual Sunday tune. G is winding me up by refusing to book tickets to go see Paddington 2 at the cinema and I'm debating whether it's too early to go buy a mint hot chocolate from Costa.

How's your Sunday going?

Here’s some highlights from the last few weeks.

Hen do. I spent last weekend at my gal’s hen do. She’s the first out of our group to get married so naturally it’s very exciting. We did a gin distillery tour, went out for a lovely meal, drank a number of bottles of prosecco in a wine bar and ended the night dancing for several hours to an uh-mazing combination of 80s and 90s music. Bring on the wedding!

A cosy flat. I’ve cracked this year and insisted that we invest in a portable heater for the flat. Despite it being small, we have an open plan kitchen/living area and the small radiator at one end of the room is not sufficient enough to heat the place up in winter. G took a trip to Argos and now the flat is really cosy and this makes me v happy.

Tapas night. After a particularly dreamy meal in a tapas restaurant in south London, G and I decided we would recreate our own tapas night at home. We made our own patatas bravas, goat’s cheese croquettes, padron peppers, wine&honey chorizo and a load of hummus, and omg so good. Particularly the padron peppers; they were truly addictive.

The Handmaid's Tale. I finally got round to watching this series and OH MY GOD IT IS INCREDIBLE. That is all.

Work. Yeah, I know, not one to usually make my highlights. But, well, it’s going pretty well atm. In a stressful, slightly nerve wracking kinda way for sure. But well all the same.

Labour of Love. G and I saw this political comedy a few weeks ago and it was honestly one of the best theatre shows I have ever seen. I came out with aching cheeks from laughing so hard. It’s only running for a couple more weeks and I couldn’t recommend more. You can buy tickets here.

My first sponsored post. It was pretty cool when a brand reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in doing a paid blog post (over here if you’re interested). Whatever the scenario, getting paid to write is always gonna feel pretty surreal, and special, for me. One day I’ll get paid for that novel…

Scrapbooking. I. Have. Finally. Started. I’ve been meaning to start getting my millions of photos into scrapbooks/albums for god knows how many years. Seriously, it’s embarrassing how long it’s taken me to get round to it.

Cinema cheese plate. We've had two cinema trips at The Odyssey this weekend and on last night's trip we tried out their new cheese plate for £7. Sitting in a cinema with a plate full of cheese, crackers, grapes and apple slices = life goals.

Festivities. Fiiiiive weeks until Christmas. I feel my festive spirit is bigger than ever before this year and I am loving seeing all the decorations go up everywhere! From the shop windows, to the lights around St Albans to the floral Christmas tree in St Pancras; it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I am so darn ready to spend the rest of the year being as festive as I possibly can.

London gin distillery tour

London hen do

London hen do

Padron peppers

Floral Christmas tree in St Pancras