1. Blogging Friends Meet Up
On Tuesday evening, I met up with two of my blogger friends, Holly and Katie, who I hadn’t seen in what felt like a really long time, We all had ideas that we wanted to bounce off each other for our blogs and just in life in general. As Holly runs the We Blog MCR group, I know she would have loads of exciting things coming up in the next few months, and we weren’t disappointed! We went to the Laundrette in Chorlton Green – a place specialising in cocktails and cards, the ultimate way to my heart – and opted for a table outside under the heaters (and my under a blanket!) I went for a strawberry puree, vanilla milkshake concoction (picture on my instagram – search @eleanorgraceful) with a sachet of popping candy, because I have the ultimate sweet tooth.
2. Jimmy Carr
One of my Christmas presents to my boyfriend was tickets to see Jimmy Carr, and it finally rolled round! We saw him at the Stockport Plaza which is a really beautiful venue in the centre of Stockport, which suited me better because it saved us driving into the centre of town. I’d seen Stephen Merchant there a few years back, and I really enjoyed the more intimate venue – don’t get me wrong though, we were pretty far back; the last thing I wanted is to be picked out in the crowd! He did a mixture of his old jokes with new ones, and it was just a great way to spend a midweek evening.
3. Alphabet Come Dine With Me
On Friday evening, I went to my friend Alison’s house for an evening of come dine with me. This is something we have been doing for the last 2 years where we all get together and one person cooks for the group – and to make it extra exciting, we go through the letters of the alphabet. As I couldn’t make the last get together, there were some of the girls that I hadn’t seen since June last year so it was a really good evening for catch ups and great food! The letter for this time around was O and the country was Oman. We had a white fish and pomegranate salad to start, spiced chicken and onion and garlic rice for our main and a sweet spiced tea and figs for dessert. As an after dinner drink, we also had something that tasted even better than Baileys, hard to believe I know. It’s always a great way to sample new cuisines whilst seeing old friends!
4. Bridesmaid’s Day
One of my best friends is getting married this year in May, and I am lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids, but as we hadn’t had a proper reunion with the other two bridesmaids as well, we decided it was about time to tie all the loose ends together for the wedding day. We went to Sugar Junction in Altrincham and I opted for the sampling trio of cakes, and a scone, which I shared with my friend Sophie. The cakes we chose were chocolate orange, black forest gateaux and lemon and raspberry sponge, and they were all delicious. We spent the afternoon talking about the wedding, houses, jobs whilst drinking prosecco, and it was really great to spend some quality time together. (Please ignore the stupid face I am pulling but it was the only picture of the 4 of us!)
5. Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere – Alice Furse
I started reading this new book at the start of the week and I am already loving it, and finding it quite hard to put down before bed. It was recommended to me on Twitter after I finished Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete (which I would also recommend) as being quite similar. In a nutshell it is about a girl who has finished university and starts working in an office admin role, which she hates. I find her character really relatable, and I can’t wait to finish it off hopefully next week. If you’re looking for something that is very down to earth and relatable, I would suggest this.