Life Lately || 10 Happy Things

Happy Friday everyone! I am thrilled for the weekend to be here. For some reason, my sleep has been rubbish this week and I’ve been waking up at the crack of dawn and laying in bed wishing I could fall back to sleep pretty much every morning this week. 
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>>>First and foremost, I want to top this list with the fact that my visa renewal was approved. It had been weighing so heavily on my mind and we hadn’t even bothered to do any wedding planning since before Christmas since we had this big hurdle to get over first. And next time I need to renew my visa, it will be in the summer of 2018 and I’ll qualify for ILR and I’ll hopefully never have to apply for an English visa ever again after that. 

>>> We’ve gotten back on track with some wedding planning this week, now that the visa stress is over, and it’s very exciting!

>>>Lindsay is back in town and I was lucky enough to squeeze in some time with that very in demand lady. I got to see her on Valentine’s Day, and it’s become somewhat of a tradition for us to have brunch on V-Day. 

>>>Girl Scout cookies. Enough said. But the lovely Lindsay brought me some Thin Mints from America. Aka the best of cookies. I’ve been trying to ration them out but that’s not going particularly well. 

>>>Valentine’s Day was lovely. Sam and I spent the evening eating take-away noodles, cuddling, playing games and watching the BAFTAs. Sickening, right? 

>>> At work on Saturday, one of my students got me a flower.  I was so touched by her thoughtfulness! 

>>> I got to spend a fabulous dinner with the wonderful Emma on Wednesday. I’m excited to write more about it later! 

>>> I’ve been loving the fact that most days there is some light out there still when I finish up work. Wonderful! 

>>> Our local train station here in SE London, has an amazing book swap library, and this week I managed to snag a copy of a book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages, “How to be a Heroine” by Samantha Ellis. 

>>>I got up to 45 minutes of straight running this week – my longest stretch so far!

What are you most excited about this weekend? 

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  • This makes me so happeeeeee!

  • So glad you got your visa sorted – congrats!! xxx

  • Friends that bring their friends special American snacks are THE BEST PEOPLE! I almost cried of happiness when a friend who used to live here sent me Creme Eggs last Easter. It’s like…. you have no idea how much this means to me! haha

    • Haha. People really don’t! Last time Lindsay brought me peanut butter m&ms and I nearly cried. Really. xx

  • I love the idea of a book swap at the train station – how lovely! Congrats on the visa lady x

    Sophie Cliff

  • Rasa Virviciute

    Everything looks so pretty! xo

  • Reading other people’s Friday favourites is such a mood booster – and I’ve been in a great mood already all day! A book swap at the train station is the best idea! Also – woooo for the visa, bet that’s SUCH a relief! A week of brunchs and friends and V day is perfect, plus thin mints – i’ve never tried a thin mint! Shock Horror, get me to a girl scout right now! haha 🙂 Alice xx

    • Oh my goodness. I tell everyone that they will love Thin Mints, but I suppose that can’t be strictly true 😉 xx

  • I’ve always wanted to try thin mints! I imagine them to be like After Eights but with a crunch. The book swap thing is really cool too! x

    • Ohh… that’s a pretty good parallel. They are a little more chocolatey and a little less minty than an After Eight. Like if an Oreo and an After Eight had a delicious baby! xx

  • I cannot remember the last time I had a Girl Scout cookie what a luck lady!

    • It was a totally surprise. Basically Lindsay transformed into a goddess in front of my eyes when she pulled the box out of her purse! x

  • 45 minutes of running? I’m lucky if I can hit 5!

  • I don’t run, hell I can barely walk but I do get out and walk most mornings, not this morning I just have zero motivation this morning so no walk for me today.

    • Walking in the mornings is really great for you, so well done! (And everyone needs a morning off 😉 ) xx

  • Your doing awesome with your running! And congrats again on your visa!

  • Yay!!! Congrats on your visa! That is so great to hear – you literally had me smiling all over my laptop. I know how stressful that can be xx And congrats on the running! I’ll admit – I haven’t read your blog much in a while so I’m sorry for being so behind on the times and such a bad blogging buddy, but that is really awesome xxx

    • Hahaha not a problem at all! It was such an enormous relief to get my visa renewed – I feel like a new woman! xx

  • Hooray for the visa being sorted, well done! It must be such a weight off your mind. Also great news about the 45 minute run, I’m training for a race right now and would be pretty pleased with that length of run! xx

    • Oh wow! What race are you training for? (I run really slowly though 😉 ) xx

      • I’m doing a half marathon in a couple of weeks, which sounds more impressive than it is. As I’m more of a walk then jog runner so I’m struggling to do more than 30 minutes without stopping for a walk. Not that I mind as I know I’ll complete the race and it’s more about that than a specific time, but still running more would be good…! xx

  • thegrownupgapyear.wordpress

    Congrats on the visa – that must be such a relief! I’m also loving the lighter days, hurry up summer!

  • Miu

    I am so happy for your visa renewal! And book swaps are a really good invention, it already gave me the possibility to read some books I wouldn’t have read otherwise (or regretted buying after reading 😉 )

    • Exactly! And our local library doesn’t update it’s selection as often as I’d like so the swap is a really good way to get my hands on more recent releases! 😉 xx

  • I found a fudge mint cookie by Back to Nature that taste exactly like Thin Mints so you can get your fix out of season.

  • Aw I’m so late on the play but congrats on your visa!! yay! 🙂 And How to be a heroine is a wonderful book!x