When we first moved into our house nearly two years ago (where has the time gone), one of my favourite posts I did was my reasons to be cheerful post. Celebrating the little and large in the every day, from receiving my favourite type of post, enjoying being in the kitchen and finally sharing our own space together. It felt momentous as a chapter, and I still really love reading that post back and remembering those little moments that did, and still do make me so happy. But- with a little time having since passed, I wanted to update that post and share a few things that have brought brightness into grey days lately! I’d also love to know the things that have been making your cheerful too!
Can I get three cheers for lighter evenings?! SPRING IS HERE! It truly felt like a good year of darkness at 3pm, so being able to go out at 4:30 o’clock for an evening dog walk and not have to worry about a head torch (half joking) is so exciting. When I have time, one of my favourite things at the end of each day is going for an evening walk with Joe, Maggie and a flask of tea- and as the evenings get warmer too I’m excited to pick up a takeaway pizza and have a park picnic- big dreams!
OMG the ‘I-do’s!’
When I last did one of these posts we were starting to talk about wedding planning, and now I’m absolutely at the stage where I’m trying to soak up the last couple of months of planning before the big day comes- where has time gone?! It felt like we hadn’t done anything for about a year, and now I’m wondering how it’s come about so fast. Each morning I always look forward to the post and the hope another little blue RSVP pops through the door- seeing everybody’s song choices is the perfect way to start each day, and me and Joe have been getting quite competitive about opening the envelopes.
Ssssh- secret project!
Is it horribly annoying to be that guy when it comes to secret projects? It might never happen again so bare with me and please allow me to indulge in a cloak of mystery just this once. Anyway- with a couple of things behind the scenes, it’s been scary/exciting/nerve-wracking to push my comfort zones a little (or a lot), and really try and set my sights at acing something new. It’s meant that blog content has been a little slower than normal, and I’ve had to trim things down a bit over here, but hopefully it’ll be worth the wait! Sometimes it’s nice to shake things up a little, and this has certainly given my routine a bit of a jiggle- watch this space!
Cooking: THE update
WELL! This one has made me cheerful- because this week Joe and I have been cooking an awful lot. Joe primarily does most of the cooking at home (something I never thought I’d say, and something, that I realise makes me a very fortunate woman indeed)- but in the last week we’ve had three fish dishes (!), arancini AND meatballs and I can’t quite believe it’s not Jamie Oliver out there in our kitchen. I also baked for the first time in absolutely months and made something not only edible but tasty too (can I say that?) It’s so satisfying being able to eat the fruits of your labour in the kitchen, and I think it’s safe to say my baking spark has certainly been reignited.
It’s half term!
Okay, so although I’m not at school, or working alongside terms dates (although ain’t that an idea)- my best friend Gemma is currently on her Easter break and it’s been lovely getting things in when perhaps we’d both be busy with work. Having popped out to meet her and her rescue pup today for lunch- we have a couple of other dates in the diary before she’s back at school- and it’s been nice being a little flexible with my hours to get to hang more- woop!
Getting a trim…
Isn’t it amazing what getting a trim can do for your confidence? After pretty much not having gone to the hairdressers in months, my barnet was looking a little bit flat and sad- and since going a couple of weekends ago I feel like I have my hair-swooshing-sass back! It always feels like such a treat going, sitting still for a few hours with my head in a magazine (and a Larry King jam tart)- and stepping out feeling like a new woman. Maybe I shouldn’t leave it so long next time (no pun intended)…
Race around the world (not me)…
BARE WITH ME! One TV show I’ve unexpectedly gotten really into is Race Around The World. I started watching it a few weeks ago, and for something that doesn’t involve dating, food or singing- it’s amazing I’m a fan. But, if you like a good reality style show, without the corniness and with a bit of competition and sightseeing thrown in for good measure- this will be right up your street! Next up- Fleabag…
What’s been making you cheerful recently?