Time is slipping away from me at the moment as 'Life Lately' has been busy. (Isn't it always)?! But I thought it was about time for a little update as March is creeping up on us really rather quickly and then I just know that I may not be able to blog quite so much.
So here's what I've been doing.. in Life Lately.
Planning and Organising..
It's now less than 5 weeks until our wedding - the countdown really is on. We've been busy with wedding prep and wedmin as I've heard it referred to. Menu tastings, shopping for confetti etc. By the way if you are searching for beautiful natural confetti for your wedding look no further than Shropshire Petals.
I've also been dress shopping with a very special little girl. Had my hair and makeup trials and we've met with our photographer - believe me it's all been going on. It's taken some careful planning to fit everything into our busy schedules. But we've done it and I can feel the hard work paying off already.
Now as a general rule of thumb I would say I'm not a huge fan of gin. But after a wonderful evening sipping hot gin cocktails on the roof terrace of the Ham Yard Hotel I have most certainly changed my mind. I've decided it's the tonic I don't like, as I'll happily drink a cocktail containing gin. Anyway I just wanted to draw your attention to the Ham Yard Hotel, and how it's a great place to meet friends for drinks. They also have a bowling room, and I can really recommend their Afternoon Tea. Having said that just yesterday in fact I went to the Soho Hotel (also the Firmdale chain) for Afternoon Tea and I can really recommend that too. At £24 for Standard Afternoon Tea I think it's a great price for a central London Hotel to charge and the food is great.
As my wedding dress fittings are looming I'm definitely making a (huge) conscious effort to be good and keep training. In fact i did it I signed up to my first ever 10K which will take place at the beginning of March. The weeks were slipping away from me and although I'd booked the 10K at the start of the year I was yet to start my training. It's now less than 2 weeks away and I'm so glad I kick started that training programme. The trouble is with committing to 2 if not 3 bootcamp sessions a week - there's not enough days in the week for rest days and run days as well. How do you manage it? (I really don't want to over do it and injure myself). Also.. life.
Life just gets in the way of strict schedules, doesn't it? Or am I not disciplined enough? My hen do a prime example of life jumping in on my training schedule, but I'm a firm believer of what will be will be. I can't put life on hold to run 10K. So I will run when I can.
After much anticipation, only because it was ALL a complete surprise I had a lovely weekend away with my nearest and dearest. I can't believe how quickly the time went - I really am learning to treasure these moments as they won't last forever. But the lovely memories will. I felt truly spoilt - I've never quite had a weekend that's all about me and although it felt strange it was so nice. We went for a pottery class.. ate ginormous scones and had cocktails, and a lovely dinner. I really couldn't have asked for a lovelier time.
In January I read Mara Wilson's Where am I now ? It's written by the lovely girl who played Matilda. I saw the lovely Jenny (from Notes to the Moon) had read it and chatted about it on her youtube channel and I was very intrigued. For those of you who don't know Mara Wilson played Matilda. As in THE Matilda in the film! I found it a very interesting read. I enjoyed the fact it's an autobiography - it's very personal and talks about her struggles with anxiety and life as a famous actress. To be honest I whizzed through it (by my reading standards anyway). I would definitely recommend it. I've now moved on to The Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka by John Gimlette which is in preparation for our honeymoon.
I made this wonderful Ella's Kitchen Granola and I have to say having tasted homemade Granola and knowing the ingredients in it, I'm not sure I'll ever enough standard supermarket granola again.
Having.. a bit of a detox
Whilst I'm being fairly good health wise (eating and training). I'm also trying to do a mental detox for want of a better phrase: I've been trying to read more, so things for myself and generally be organised with blog posts etc. I've also deleted the Facebook app from my phone. Which is saving my sanity immensely, I found myself getting cross at people's constant bragging or complaining. Or scrolling through annoying videos and memes. It's refreshing not to waste my time pointlessly scrolling through it. Although I'm still pretty good at getting distracted by Instagram and /or Twitter.
Dreaming of travel..
The time of our honeymoon is drawing near and nearer. And I really can't wait. The feeling of the Sun on by shoulders and some more freckles appearing on my nose. I can't wait to be spending quality time with The Boy - relaxing and soaking up the culture that Sri Lanka has to offer us.
Leading me on to Spring.
I really am dreaming of warmer times.
I can't wait for spring. I've bought 2 bunches of daffodils already this year, and it's only January. I also spotted this lovely blossom. The fact it's light when I leave the house in the morning and it's still light at 5.00 now. I really can't wait for spring. Packing my winter boots and coat away will be a lovely feeling.
In fact today I saw these lovely Snowdrops. I can just feel Spring is in the air!
How has life been for you lately ?