Things That Made Me Happy This Week

This idea seemed to get a very warm welcome last week, so I’d like to introduce my second weekly recap!

5 Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week (And 1 Confession):

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1. Although I’ve had some long commutes this week, it’s allowed me to get some good reading time in. Right now I have the ‘Bride of Innisfallen’, ‘Death Comes to Pemberely’ and ‘Belzhar’ on the go. (Connect with me on Goodreads if you want to swap book recommendations.) Bonus happy fact: I got “Death Comes to Pemberely” at the book swap section at my local train station.

2. Acting all day long with Sam on Wednesday. It was a lot of fun, and was like being at drama school again. Actually, it straight up made me miss being in drama school. 

3. Getting to eat some of my favourite meals this week. From chicken and mushroom cider casserole to lentils and halloumi to baking a chocolate cake. It was a good week for food in our flat! Except for Thursday night. That will forever be known as gnocchigate. 

4. A dinner that I organised for work went really. Really well. I think most people were happy with the choice and it went as smoothly as could have when taking a large group to a restaurant in central London.

5. Lots of little tasks were ticked off the forever growing “to-do” list. Apply for train ticket refund due to Finsbury Park Christmas mayhem? Check! Get family photos from Christmas printed and mailed to said family members? Double check! 

Confession of the week: I’m a bit mad when it comes to alarms. I have intense anxiety about them. Sometimes I have to check them (yes ‘them’ because I set multiple alarms, and have a specific order that they need to be checked in) dozens of times. The more important the event, the more anxiety I get about my alarm not going off. There was one night this week Sam literally took my phone away from me so that I would stop checking. 

What are your plans for this weekend? I’m going to have a glorious day of sleeping in on Saturday and slow cooking something in the oven. 

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  • All your cooking sounds so delicious, and congrats on organising an event so successfully! A lie in on Saturday sounds good. I’m off to see Swan Lake tonight – can’t wait! – then possibly going to Kent tomorrow (dependent on weather!). Have a lovely weekend! xx

  • sounds like a successful week! We have my husbands christmas party tomorrow – I am not overly excited about going, even though it was a lot of fun last year. Apart from that I just need to get the flat back in order and spring cleaned somewhat – planning on getting as many tulips as I can find!

  • Fredrik is also manic about his alarms and fears sleeping through them so will set them to go with like a Motorhead song so I wake up in a panic as the song is not very calming! I also am doing some slow cooking as I am making refried beans and they will be cooking away on the stove for hours!

  • I love that feeling of checking off all the things on your list! We have a book swap going at work, so if I can just stay out the library I’ll be able to read some of them… πŸ™‚

    • Oh, have you gotten any good books from the swap? recommendations for future reads? πŸ™‚ xx

      • Nothing yet, although I think most of them were my books! I’m on Goodreads if you use that… I just finished Who is Tom Ditto?, it was pretty funny πŸ™‚

  • OK so that casserole sounds DELICIOUS. I’m also loving the fact that before last week I hadn’t even HEARD of Goodreads and now I keep seeing it pop up everywhere haha πŸ˜€ xx

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  • Ala

    Gnocchigate haha! I love that feeling when you know you’ve eaten really well in the passed week – a legit feeling! Hope you have a fabbo weekend xx

  • I’ve added you on Goodreads! I love using Goodreads for book recommendations. My friends all have such good taste. πŸ™‚

    Congrats on getting a few things marked off your to-do list. I always feel so accomplished when I do that. This weekend is Cory’s birthday. We are going on a long run together Saturday morning and then going out for dinner and earning back all those calories we burned off earlier in the day. πŸ™‚

    • Happy birthday Cory! How did this weekend go?? I hope it was absolutely full of happiness! xx

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I have the same anxiety about alarms as I have a really big fear of being late for things. It’s a bit unnecessary but I can’t help it!

    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • I am the same way about my alarms, I have to check four times and then I check that H has his set just in case my phone doesn’t go off!

  • Good food can make everything wonderful, can’t it? I’m completely the opposite about alarms. I never set any. The only times I have ever set them were when I had a very early morning plane to catch, then I’m always awake before the alarm staring at the clock just waiting for it to go off…

    • How do you wake up early naturally?! You must teach me your ways! I’d sleep till noon if I didn’t! x

      • Haha, I guess my brain just has a whole list of things to worry about each day and just wants to wake up and get on with it πŸ˜‰

  • add me to the alarm crazy list. I normally set them 15 mins apart too, just in case one doesn’t go off or I don’t wake up. If I’ve got something important I hardly sleep because I keep picturing my alarm not going off. Crazy pants.

    • Ditto that, and 3 times worse when we’re flying somewhere the next day – I only sleep in 2 hour lots!

      • There was a time when I had a very early morning train to catch, like 5 am. So I had to leave the house at 3. Basically, i got so irrationally anxious that I just didn’t sleep at all! x

    • Yep. I do this. xx

  • Commutes are the perfect time for reading. I’m still wondering how I’m going to keep up with my reading once I no longer have a commute!

    I’m curious about gnocchigate now!

    On Tuesday night, I had a dream that I overslept, woke up in a panic to discover I’d only been asleep an hour! I then woke up every 1.5-2 hours and felt compelled to check my alarm to make sure I hadn’t really slept through it. I also check that my alarm is set 3 or 4 times before going to sleep, then when Jan comes to bed I have to check again to make sure it really is set… The ironic part is we have flexi-time, so unless I oversleep by about 3 hours I technically can’t even be late for work!

    • I dream that I’ve overslept and wake up panicky all the time. It’s the worst feeling isn’t it. Gnocchigate just involves the making of some of the WORST from scratch-gnocchi ever. A joint failure on the part of Sam and I! x

  • I think there’s something about this week that breeds productivity as I got loads done too. So well done us. I’m intrigued that you can read three books at once, how?! I’m also interested to hear your thoughts on Death Comes to Pemberley as I really wasn’t a fan. I’m hopping on over to see you on Goodreads as I’m always up for new bookish ideas. x

    • Well done us indeed! I keeping putting Death Comes to Pemberley down and picking up the other books I’m reading, so I’m definitely not enticed by it yet, but that can always change, I suppose! x

  • Haha! Gnocchigate… Literally just made my day 10x better! πŸ™‚ x

    • Hahaha. Thanks. If you had tasted these homemade gnocchi though, they would have made your day 10x worse! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Julie @ Artwork by JM

    I LOVE Goodreads! That’s where I get most of my book recommendations! Definitely sending a request your way. I wanted to check out Death Comes to Pemberely so you’ll have to let me know how that one was! And yes, I do the same thing with alarms! My husband laughs at me every time I do it

    • Goodreads is DEFINITELY where I get the majority of my reading recommendations from. Without it, I’d be spending adrift in a sea of mediocre reads! x

  • Charlie D

    I am doing absolutely nothing this week-end for the first time in at the very least a month, I’m only gonna be reading, maybe go hiking if the weather is good.
    I have the same problem with alarms, I will wake up 10 times in a night because I’m scared of my alarm not going off, ridiculous but my brain just won’t let it be !

    Charlie xx

  • Ashley Angle

    Sounds like a really good, productive week! Have an even better weekend!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • Christina L

    I’m not on Good Reads but always go there to find new books. I always tend to wake up before the alarm goes off i just hate the moment it starts beeping!

    • How do you naturally wake up before your alarm? Are you a morning person or do you have a secret trick? If it’s a secret trick you must teach me your ways! πŸ˜‰ x

  • amitygardens

    Those wellies are so cute! Also, I really want to read Belzhar too!

  • I am paranoid about alarms as well. I always set two for just a normal day. The thing that makes it really bad is that I never actually sleep until my alarm goes off. I usually wake up before, but I just know that the one day I forget to turn on my alarms will be the one day I miraculously sleep in.

  • Ana Valentin

    I plan on shooting some more photos for future blog posts and then editing pictures and sending my boyfriend off to uni which sucks. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    • Ah, I’m sorry that your bf left this weekend! How far away did you have to send him? xx

      • Ana Valentin

        Other side of the state 2 hours driving or 6 hours on the train/bus sucks but we make it

  • Um, how were we not friends on Goodreads yet?! I just fixed that. πŸ™‚ And I also am always worried my alarm won’t go off. If I have to wake up earlier than normal, I wake up at least once every hour all night. :/

  • It’s so cool that your train station as a book swap! I took advantage of those at a lot of hostels in France.

    • It’s so good! Sam uses it more than I do just because most of the books dropped off there tend to be more to his taste than mine, but I always have a look through just in case! x

  • I began reading a book this week and it sounds like no big deal but I haven’t picked one up in months and it felt great!

  • Lovely recap Amanda! I’d love to hear more about gnocchigate! You’ve got me so intrigued! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend xo

    • Ha. It just involved making the world’s worst (and ugliest) gnocchi from scratch the other day. They were almost inedible. However, we still ate them because…waste not want not, I guess? xx

  • There’s a book swap in your station?! That sounds amazing!
    I am also an alarmist alarm user. When I have a big day ahead, I rarely sleep well and check my alarms to see if I’ve overslept every few hours…

    • That’s exactly how I am with alarms. I know it’s irritating, but I just can’t shake it! If you’re ever at Gipsy Hill Station. Platform 1 (book swap zone). It also has a station cat, making it potentially the best station ever? Also Oval Station has a book swap towards the exit if you ever find yourself on the Northern line with some time to kill! x

  • I am the same way with alarms! But really, isn’t it normal to be anxious when you have something important that you cannot be late for? I say we are the sane ones, here πŸ˜‰

  • Urgh, alarms and just generally getting up in the morning is the bane of my life. I am not a morning person! I have two alarms and my bf has his alarms, between us we have 5!

    Can’t go wrong with a good cooking week, we tried out a new recipe that wasn’t quote successful, but everything else made it to the plate alright πŸ™‚

    Hope you had a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

    • 5 alarms seems like just the right amount to me. I’m most definitely NOT a morning person. I had a flatmate once who woke up at the crack of dawn in brilliant spirits, looking like a Disney princess and I just didn’t understand. xx

  • I love this list and those boots are so cute!
    Melanie @

  • Want to hear more about this gnocchigate πŸ˜‰ Do love this series!

    • Hahaha gnocchi gate just involves making the world’s worst gnocchi from scratch. And then ashamedly eating them πŸ˜‰ xx

  • i get a little nervous with alarms too, especially since one of my alarms failed a few times. but now i have my phone too so i don’t have to worry!

    • If I had an alarm that failed once, that would keep my neurosis thriving in overdrive for the rest of my life! x

  • I know what you mean about the alarms. I set multiple ones too when I have something important and have to always recheck to make sure they’re on. And then I can’t even sleep well knowing I must wake up at a certain time. Good thing I mostly operate without an alarm these days!

    • How do you manage to operate without an alarm? If i just left my body to it, I’d sleep all day long. Several people have commented that they don’t need to set alarms and I need to know how to do this πŸ™‚ x

  • I am so with you on the alarm craziness, I never sleep well before a flight or anything important like that because I am convinced my alarm won’t go off. x

  • There are book swaps at train stations? This place just gets better and better. I only ever need to set one alarm because I’m always anxious about said alarm going off, so I check it and check it and check it until I’m at the 1-minute-away mark, then I turn it off. Anxiety rulez.

    • If you are ever at Gipsy Hill Station or Oval Station (both in London) there are some, and I’m sure there are others I don’t know about! x

  • Thanks! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Thanks! I have my Kindle attached to me like an extra arm- I don’t go anywhere without it! xx

  • I like long commutes to indulge in some reading, knitting or ‘me time’ too!

  • yay, I’m glad the dinner went well! organizing/hosting for a group can be so stressful because it’s not just the restaurant on the line – it’s you too.

    • I was anxious for 95% of the time, thinking things like “I hope they are enjoying that. Hmm.. it looks like maybe they aren’t enjoying that.” and “Shoot, the mains should have been brought out by now and we are still missing one starter.” and “Oh god, please have read my note about So and So having allergies to X” etc. x