Monday, 18 August 2014

Happiness Is... (vol. 80)

I'm struggling a little with blogging at the moment. I've had internet access back for the best part of a week, and I've written what- one post? I used to write every day. I used to feel guilt about missing a single post. And now? Psh. Nothing.

It's partly a lack of time. With the move, the new job, catching up with people, exploring- I've had far better ways to spend my time that cooped up behind a computer screen. But it's also been a lack of inclination to do it, or even to take pictures of the things I've been doing- I mean, I've done some great exploring recently, visited all sorts of new places, and done some lovely things- but my priority hasn't been anywhere near taking pictures of it to share with the internet. Instead, it has been on just enjoying the time I'm spending with people. It feels like a bit of pressure has been lifted from my shoulders, actually.

I'm going to keep it up though. I'm going to blog as much as I can, or rather as much (or indeed, as little) as I feel. I'm planning to keep up with these posts, though- they help me to focus on the little things that have made me smile, particularly when I'm exhausted, emotional, and feeling a little queasy at the thought of a new week. 

So here we go. This week, happiness is...

... good food weekends. Particularly ones that leave you in need of a serious detox after the weekend.This weekend included ridiculous peanut butter cupcakes, breakfast sandwiches, Byron burgers, ice cream, and the epic fish finger sandwich above (which I'm still thinking about). If anyone sees me instagramming anything other than healthy food this week, shout at me.

... snapchats of my youngest two siblings. Oh, how I love and miss those two. E babysat for Little L this weekend, and the pictures he send me melted my hard heart and made me smile through Saturday's hangover.

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... dogs on the tube. On Saturday, we saw the most BEAUTIFUL cocker spaniel puppy on the tube. Honestly, I'm becoming more of a dog person with every passing day. Betsy, I am so sorry.

... animal print clothing. And by that I do not mean clothes patterned with impressions of the skins of animals- no, I mean my new stripy top, which comes complete with a picture of a whale (I'll show you soon), and the £3 fox-print scarf I picked up at Old Spitalfields market on Saturday. Adorable.

... the prospect of a long weekend coming right up. My my, I'm excited about it!

What's making you happy this week?

Friday, 15 August 2014

Columbia Road Flower Market

Last Sunday, Z and I braved Hurricane Bertha for a coffee in Shoreditch and a little trip to Columbia Road Flower Market.

I am perpetually early- honestly, it's almost a problem (and nearly was on my first day at work, but that's a story for another day). So while I rocked up at Paper and Cup about ten minutes early, Z was about 20 minutes late (pesky buses)- giving me half an hour to sit in the window with a flat white and people watch. Honestly? People watching in Shoreditch is my new favourite hobby- I saw two people with pink hair, one with a Proudlock-style haircut, and three in '80s style leggings while I was waiting. I would strongly recommend Paper and Cup- with second hand books and hilarious staff, it was a haven of calm so close to the market. Honestly, go.

I love catching up with Z. We've known each other since we were five years old, and can go months and months and months without seeing each other or even really talking. But every time we do catch up, it's just like we saw each other only the previous week, and I love her dearly. 

Once we'd had our fill of coffee and boy gossip, we made our way to the market, and I was in heaven. I've often said that if I wasn't doing what I'm doing now, I'd love to be a florist (and maybe own a florists/ bakery/ coffee shop type place), and at this time of year, flower markets are just wonderful. 

The hydrangeas were clearly the star of the show (I mean, just look at them!), but the sunflowers and lisianthus stole my heart. Z picked up a pretty bunch of lilac and white lisianthus, and we spent some happy time discussing all things floral and listening to the traders screaming "Two for a fiver!".

And then I got lost trying to find Liverpool Street Station but hey- some you win, some you lose!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Happiness Is... (Vol. 79)

Sorry for the almost radio silence- as I mentioned, we're currently sans Internet, which makes blogging a wee bit difficult. To be honest though, I've been so busy having fun and enjoying my first week in London that I probably wouldn't have blogged much anyway. And while we'll be all connected up by Wednesday, I've barely taken any pictures this week so god knows what I'll be writing about when I'm back!!

But anyway! I'm tapping this out of my phone (again) while lying in bed on Sunday morning, cup of tea on the bookshelf next to me, and listening to the world outside my window. It's very peaceful. I know I've banged on a lot recently about being happy/ content/ whatever, and if am a bit sorry about that- I'm sure some of you out there are busy rolling your eyes going "yeah, right, she's only showing us what she wants us to see"- which is true, because I actually want to share that I'm happy right now. It's far more fun that being miserable. 

Anyway. I promise not to go on about it too much this week. But for now- this week, happiness is...

... bizarre London moments. On Saturday, I caught up with some old uni friends for a coffee. We hung out for a good couple of hours before the others all had to dash off to various afternoon activities, so I took myself off for a stroll. And strolling down the Southbank, I ran into three people I've known since pre-school! It was so bizarre, and we kind of hijacked each other's afternoons. It was so much fun to catch up with them, and it turns out two of them live really very locally to me. For a big city, it sure is a small world. 

... adorable voicemails from Little L. Oh my god, that girl steals my heart constantly. On Wednesday night, I got a voicemail from her telling me she had exciting news, to call her back, and "I love you, bye!!". Turns out, her exciting news was that she'd been to the dentist that day. It's fun being five, it seems!

... drinking tea in bed. If I haven't said this one before, how not?! It's just blissful- and that's coming from a girl who really isn't good at getting back into bed once she's got out in the morning.

... sunny beer gardens. We spent HOURS in one on Thursday night- they're my favourite way to spend an evening. Next time though, I won't have quite so many glasses of wine. 

 ... the return of The Great British Bake Off!! Seriously, in a good week, this was the cherry on top (excuse the pun).  I am SO happy to have this back on my screen- I'm already a big fan of the older Scottish man- he's so cute! It's already made me want to make a swiss roll and some sort of miniature layer cake. Yum!

What's making you happy this week? 

Friday, 8 August 2014

At This Moment...

On Thursday, instead of going home and going for a run, I let my boss and my colleagues drag me out for drinks, where I learnt all sorts of things, got to know my colleagues a little better, drank a little more than I should have, and managed not to make a fool of myself. I'm pretty pleased about that last bit in particular. 

It was a really good idea. I learnt a bit more about why they hired me, I was thoroughly flattered by some things that were said, and I feel like I have the potential to be really good at what I'm doing, if I have the confidence to do it- which I know I will. I know I've already impressed people, by pure virtue of the fact that I moved on Sunday night and started work on Monday morning. 

I am so happy that I'm a little scared. 

I feel like I should be unhappy. I should be regretting my break up, regretting my move, scared of it all. But I'm NOT. Even in the slightest. I'm really pleased about the way my life is at this very moment in time. I feel so happy I could sing from the rooftops,  and like every big decision I've made in the past two months was a really, really good idea. I like my job. I like my flat. I like everything about the tiny corner of a life I've built myself in the last five days- because that's all I've been here for, though it does feel like a lot longer. 

I know that things won't always be as peachy as this week has been. I know sometimes I'll be scared, I'll be exhausted, I'll be bored, I'll be unhappy. But right now? I'm so happy.

And isn't that marvellous?!