Last week was a strange one. If you read this post you might understand why a little bit more. I had some amazing plans over the past few days, including seeing Steps in Leeds, dinner in Manchester and a talk by We Blog North, but my head just wasn’t in the right space to do any of that.
Instead, I spent lots of time at home, caught up with friends, cooked with Jordan and cuddled the cats, and it was just what I needed. Even when you have great things coming up, your mental health should always be your priority, even if it means taking a few days off.
Despite that, I did have some moments last week that made me smile.
1. Getting Things Done Diary
I was very kindly sent the Getting Things Done diary by Career Girl Daily at the start of the week, and I really love it. I’m a bit of a stationery geek, and this is the perfect addition to my collection. It’s also different to any other diary I’ve had before as it isn’t dated and has a full page for notes, but also additional space for workouts and to remind you to drink water.
2. Afternoon Off
On Tuesday, I had the afternoon off as I had planned to drive over to Leeds for the Steps concert, but as I mentioned, I wasn’t really feeling up to it. I didn’t want to cancel the holiday so I spent the afternoon curled up on the sofa catching up on some of my favourite TV shows and reading, and it was absolute bliss. There’s a lot to be said for a little bit of me time.
3. Photos With Jacinta
I was working from home on Wednesday as I had a couple of appointments in the afternoon so I had booked a few hours off again. As I was feeling more myself than the day before, I met up with one of my favourite people, Jacinta, who always manages to put a smile on my face. We spontaneously took some pictures for my blog too because she is just the sweetest.
4. Discovering Nando’s Humous
Humour me on this one… If there’s one thing that this girl likes, it’s Nando’s. I picked up some humous at the start of the week with the peri-peri drizzle they serve in their restaurants, and it was amazing – I’ll definitely be investing in it again.
5. Working From Home
On Friday, there was a power cut around my office, so me and a couple of my work friends decided to work from my house. We drove to Aldi and got some festive bits for lunch (FYI, Aldi are winning when it comes to Christmas cooking) and spent the afternoon with the radio on, working from my sofa.
6. Leaving Do
On the same day, it was actually one of my friend’s leaving do’s, which we went into Manchester for. We started at Base (a baseball batting cage) which I was completely rubbish at (I’m blaming the 241 Long Island ice teas before 8pm) before moving on to karaoke, which I was slightly better at – or at least the alcohol gave the confidence to think so.
7. Saturday Chills
On Saturday, I wasn’t feeling great (again, blaming the Long Island ice teas) and spent most of the day lazing about the house, which actually turned out to be just what I needed after quite an emotional week.
After a few hours at home, I decided that we needed to get out of the house, and the only thing that would cure my hangover, was indeed a Nando’s… what can I say, this girl knows what she likes. I couldn’t face sitting in the restaurant so we got a takeaway and came home to watch Strictly.
Feeling a lot more refreshed on Sunday, we decided to take a trip to Ikea, which didn’t turn out to be as busy as I originally thought. We bought a few more pieces of furniture, some frames, and other bits and bobs. I’m really trying to make our house feeling much more homely, and this felt like a good start.
10. Sunday Night At Home
After the Ikea trip, we went back home, swinging by Coop on the way to pick up some dessert. We went for sticky toffee pudding and custard (my personal favourite) and watched The Holiday – one of my all-time favourite Christmas films. We got most of the blankets down from our room and put up some fairy lights too. It was such a lovely way to finish the weekend off.
What were you loving last week?