Monday, 6 June 2016

Happy Mondays #20

What a weird week. The bank holiday weekend threw me, and I've spent the entire week confused about what day it is and what I'm supposed to be doing. This, combined with the fact that all the plans I'd made at the beginning of the week seemed to change times/days/weeks, left me feeling very muddled and painfully reliant on my to-do list. Such middle age. Anyway, the post-exam excitement seems to have worn off a bit now, and it's been a bit of a week of life admin: saying goodbye to my student bank account, gymming hard before I go on holiday next week, and working out how much South African currency to order. The "hey Laura, when are you going to get a job?" talks are starting, and I keep finding myself looking at all the flats I want to rent but have no money with which to rent them. I think this is what being an adult is all about. Damn. 

The things that have made me happy this week are...

1. Adventure Team weekends
Weekends with the Adventure Team are my favourite. This weekend saw a road trip to Brighton to see our favourite comedienne, Tamar (go see her!), who was, as usual, utterly hilarious and wonderful. We had a picnic on the beach, an ice cream pit stop, and spent far too long and far too many 2ps on the pier, before heading back for a sleepover! A sleepover which consisted of ready meals and a film which was just a bit too much for Emma and I, who dozed off intermittently... A super warm and sunny Sunday called for a trip to the farm, made even better by the fact it was Open Farm Sunday. Working farms all over the country held open days, and we headed off to Warren Barn Farm in Caterham. It was an afternoon of picnics, cancer-ridden horses, distressed owls, tractors, and happy volunteers with so much homemade cake. It was great though, promise. There's something about beautiful sunshine, fresh air, rolling hills and your best pals which inevitably makes for the best day out. The weekend was finished off with an ice pop, before Simon and I headed home for dinner in the garden and watching tv programmes about airports. It was such a happy weekend of fun, friends, picnics and sun! I hope summer stays forever!

2. Getting back into the gym 
I was getting so good at going to the gym: I had my personal trainer, and my routine, and it was an excellent break from all things revision. Then I spilt a cup of tea all over my leg and had it in bandages for weeks and couldn't go. BUT I'M BACK. I've been trying to go 4 times a week, and I am definitely noticing a difference. Apart from the fact that I ache pretty much all the time, I'm feeling stronger and more energised and I always seem to return from the gym craving healthy food. I can even carry a really full Tesco basket round the supermarket now, without having to put it down as kick it along the floor whilst in the queue. My aim is to be looking, and feeling, totally fit and fab by the beginning of September in time for my (late) summer holiday! 

3. Dinner with Jenny & Luke
Vegan pizza and crumble on a Friday night with friends you haven't seen for ages? Yes please. You know when you come home from an evening out, and you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and not just because you ate a lot of pizza and a lot of crumble and now you're really, really full. That was Friday night. Evenings like this make me feel like a real life grown up - when you hang out with real life grown ups, with houses and pets and jobs and life plans - and it makes me want to be a real life grown up. Sometimes. It was such a lovely, relaxed evening with tasty food, lots of laughs and wonderful company! The perfect start to the weekend. 

4. Dairy free chocolate ice cream 
Tesco now sell Swedish Glace dairy free chocolate ice cream, and the quality of my life has significantly improved as a result. It tastes like real chocolate ice cream - if anything it's a little bit less sweet, and that makes it even nicer. The only thing it could do with are some chunks... I'm resisting the urge to polish off the whole tub as I write this, and it's only 9.30am on a Monday morning. It's definitely a game changer in the dairy free ice cream world. 

Hope everyone has happy, sunny Mondays! x

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