Having a little black dog, it’s a nightmare when there’s a little bit of sun. With a thick double coat, Rufus can get hot pretty quickly no matter if he’s just been trimmed at the Groomers or not. So, we try and take summer as lazily as we can in our household so he still enjoys the summer but not getting overheated. Unfortunately, in the warm weather beach trips are off limits for us but there’s still ways how we can enjoy the sunshine without a sandy shore.
I thought it was about time I stop getting deep and meaningful with you guys and start filling my blog back up with wonderful food again.
The Geek & I were invited to try out The Beefeater in Longbridge, Birmingham a few weeks ago. It was that glorious hot week that we had in May which was the perfect date night weather and seemed the best opportunity to eat all of the food. The Beefeater in Longbridge has recently been refurbished.
When I usually think of Beefeaters, it takes me back to the one near my Gran’s house and for some reason, she used to avoid it by the plague. My Gran was also the same lady who when she dropped food on the floor, used to wash it and serve it up. Though a truly remarkable woman, she was also pretty bonkers so I’m not sure why I also never went to Beefeaters, like her. Because, it really was a good meal for a cheeky mid week date night.
I feel like at the moment, my blog is pretty much becoming my brain dump of thoughts. So, um, soz.
Who knew 26 would be the year I try and take on uphauling my life to the max? I’ve gone from being very balanced, to unbalancing everything to find another type of balance; a happier and more fulfilled one. One that doesn’t make me want to u-haul everything over again. And, it’s weird. It’s a really weird emotion to deal with.
Because, being completely honest, my own self-sabotage of wanting a better life has bought me down this weird, unbalance life I’m in right now. I use the word self-sabotage lightly; I read something at work the other day saying millennials were being hired more and more but we bought a different ball game to the room. We wanted more flexibility, more bonuses and all we have bought to the table are our strong ICT skills.
Hilarious when you’re the only one in your team who knows their way round an Excel spreadsheet.
I read this, and then had to go into a meeting about the whole thing; which was really, really surreal. But, then I thought, what is wrong for wanting to push myself even further?
I don’t think there are any words to describe what happened on Monday night.
I had a blog post lined up for today but it all seems really insignificant after Monday night. To be honest, most things did. No one cares about my ‘chitty chatty’ life update after Monday. I spent Monday evening faffing over trying to find a printing service for wedding invitations, which is nothing to what happened that evening.
I realise I will never know what the people who were at that concert went through, or any other victim of terrorism. I have no right to even comment on it as it’s not affected me personally. But, this blog isn’t all about fancy meals out and that image everything is perfect on social media. It’s about what’s real and what’s happening in the world right now. Fancy restaurant reviews, life catch ups and my dog’s bow ties do not matter when things like this are going on.
I spent Monday night and Tuesday at work pretty much scrolling through BBC news keeping up to date in what was happening. I scrolled through the hashtags on Twitter watching people pleaing and desperately trying to find their loved ones. People trying to make sense of what had happened. I was a heartbroken bystander watching chaos unfold around me whilst checking to see if my family and friends were okay too.
Wagamama’s is pretty much the restaurant where you take your friends for a catch up and to eat delicious Japanese food. I love catching up with the girls and drinking copious amounts of green tea whilst I’m there. But, I’m pretty guilty for sticking to what I know when I visit Wagamama’s; either sticking to a Katsu Curry [like all the 20 something year olds] and Ramen dishes. So, when I rocked up last week I was pretty excited to try out dishes I wouldn’t usually go for and it’s safe to say I won’t be picking a Katsu Curry for a while!
Since graduating University, I forgot what it was like to read for fun. As a kid I was an avid book worm and I once read all the Harry Potter books in 5 days. I wanted to fall back in love with reading and the worlds that authors created. I’ve not only been reading books I’d usually pick up, I’ve been reading ones I would never have thought to pick.
If there’s any book I urge people to read, it is Reasons to Stay Alive* by Matt Haig. It’s been one of those books that I have had on my wish list for a while and it was only recently that I finally got round to purchasing it. My only regret is that I didn’t buy it sooner. Reasons to Stay Alive is a memoir written by Matt Haig who writes about his personal battle with depression and anxiety. It’s beautifully well crafted, extremely personal and my favourite thing about it is that Haig makes you feel less alone.
I have been in the strangest, saddest and darkest of moods for the past 2 months and y’know what? It’s been horrible. I have not known how to deal with it and I have never had my head filled with so much negative energy. I’ve never felt like I’ve had so many people questioning me, or having to question every single decision or thought I’ve made. I would have my 40 minutes a day where that I would spend after work playing fetch with Rufus and honestly, it kept me going. Seeing his happy little face bounding across the field made me feel that some decisions I were making were the right ones, but, I’d always have to go back to reality. Unfortunately, I couldn’t live on the field and lead a hermit lifestyle with Rufus.
Since I have started wedding planning I have become so much more aware of the flowers around me, especially with Spring. We’re having an end of March wedding and I want the venue covered in all the spring flowers; daffodils, pansies, tulips, forget-me-not and of course, bluebells!
I love following my favourite dog blogs and seeing what my favourite internet pooches are up to on Instagram. a lot of our friends are professional photographers and were offering photos with bluebells. I decided to get outside with Rufus on Good Friday and try snapping our own shots in the forest of blue!