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Life Lately || 10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday everyone! How have you all been? I’m not going to lie, this week has been a clash of highs and lows. I had the most amazing time in Edinburgh and am suffering some true post-holiday blues. (Amazing considering it was only two nights away.) Because Sam and I have been busy saving; first for my visa, and second for our wedding, we haven’t taken more than a two night weekend break since we went to Turkey three years ago. As much as I’d love another holiday like Turkey, everything that we’ve been saving for has been so worth it. Although when we were in Edinburgh and felt like we’d been there for years, we kept saying, “Imagine if we go away for honeymoon for two weeks! How long will that seem?!” 

edinburgh week in review

>>> Edinburgh. I can’t say it enough. We had a fantastic time and I’ve been delighted to share my posts with you so far, and have many more in the making. 

>>> This is part of the Edinburgh trip, but it was so exciting to see a panda. Since I’m borderline obsessed, it was such a joyful moment for me. I was literally like a kid.

>>> Our train was super delayed coming back into London and then re-routed. We didn’t get in till nearly midnight. It was a bit inconvenient and uncomfortable that our journey back from Edinburgh took nearly 7.5 hours. However, this makes the happy list because Virgin now has to give us a partial refund on our ticket price. 

>>> 50 days till my birthday. Hooray! 

>>> Everyone else at work was ill all week long, really struck down and no one could come in. That meant that I got to work from home all week long. True bliss! That unexpected lack of time on the Tube was just the pick-me-up I needed. 

>>> Reading the “Lunar Chronicles” series by Marissa Meyer. Lindsay recommended them to me and I’m absolutely loving them so far! 

>>> We found a new coffee at Sainsbury’s that is truly delicious, after trying pretty much everything they have in stock. It’s a Taylor’s columbian roast. It’s no bag of Monmouth beans, but at a fraction of the cost, it’s worth it. 

>>> I’ve been going through every cupboard slowly, but surely as part of a spring clean asking a) does this bring me joy or b) do I use this frequently enough to make it worth having. If the answer is “no” to either, it’s gone in a big donation bag. Who knew how much tupperware two people could collect! 

>>> Nerd alert: I am a huge fan of “Great Canal Journeys” with Timothy West and Prunella Scales. I just love them and canals. I’ve literally been waiting years for them to cover the canal that goes through Stratford-upon-Avon, because Sam and I lived in a flat there that backed up to the canal behind Holy Trinity Church and on Sunday they were finally there! Whoop! Sam and I also realised that we both have degrees signed off on by Timothy West as he is the president of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). 

>>> And I can officially announce that Sam’s brother was nominated for a television BAFTA, which is absolutely AMAZING! Everyone is super proud of him. 

Anyone have any exciting weekend plans? What was the highlight of your week?

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  • That’s a pretty damn awesome week! All I’ll say is beware Tupperware frenzys because one day you’ll need that oddly shaped melon holder… don’t make the same mistake I did πŸ˜‰

  • I think you feel about pandas the way I feel about Capybaras! I almost cried when I got to pat one last year!
    Your Edinburgh trip looks amazing πŸ™‚

  • Working from home all week sounds so lovely! And the panda, I need to go see them while I am there so cute!

    • It’s the best! πŸ™‚ A bummer everyone else was so sick (and I hope I don’t catch it!) but nice to work from home. I can’t wait for you to go to Edinburgh! xx

  • I absolutely LOVE Edinburgh! I need to go back and read all your posts on it – just catching up on blog reading after 2 weeks in New Zealand.

    Tupperware breeds in the cupboard. That’s the only explanation that makes sense!

  • Wow amazing who is Sam’s brother? That’s exciting! working from hom,e must have been such bliss, especially after a busy weekend away. Sounds liek you had such a lovely time though! I’ve had the busiest week, and am actually pretty exhausted, but I’ve got a 3 day weekend as it’s my birthday on Monday! πŸ˜€ So i’m afraid my happy thing this week beats yours as mine is only 3 days away! πŸ˜‰ Alice xx


    • Haha that definitely beats mine πŸ˜‰ Sam’s brother is a director – he’s nominated for directing the show “Catastrophe” which is amazing! xx

  • That sounds like a great week! I’m behind on post reading right now, but I can’t wait to read everything you share about Edinburgh. I love that city!

  • Amanda

    I did spring cleaning on my closet last weekend. It really makes you feel lighter getting rid of the excess, right? I need to continue the spring cleaning with the rest of our things! Congrats to Sam’s brother, what an accomplishment!!

    • Such an amazing accomplishment! I’ve only tackled my wardrobe and the Tupperware cupboard but will get round to the rest of the flat soon… maybe. xx

  • Edinburgh is my happy place, so I totally understand the post holiday blues. I think that it has the effect on a lot of people, because it is one of those places you can imagine living, and we all forget that no matter where you live, you still have to go to work, pay bills etc.

    Stephie xx

    • So true. I think one of the most appealing things about the city for us is that we could get so much more for our money than we do in London – but that happens pretty much anywhere else we go πŸ˜‰ xx

      • Yup I guess that’s why even though I love London it never has quite the same ‘I could live here’ effect on me! Especially as at the moment I live in Blackburn and my rent is crazy cheap and by London standards I live in a castle! xx

  • I have never been on a two week one place holiday. Two weeks just seems to be soooooooooo long!

    • The longest we’ve ever gone away for is 7 days and it was the best ever. I’ve never been so relaxed in my life! xx

  • Woo your trip to Edinburgh looked amazing. I love that city! I did 10 days at one place when we did the Canaries and actually loved it – you can totally balance out those days of lazing about with doing lots of other stuff!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Happy super early birthday!! Hope you’re having a great weekend <3

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  • I’m still wanderlusting for Edinburgh! I do hope you and Sam get to go on more trips soon! x
    I’ve downloaded Lunar Chronicles too but I’ve not read them yet as I’ve got a backlog of stuff to read! Hope it’s awesome!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

  • Miu

    Everyone who goes to Edinburgh is falling in love with it – I think I should seriously consider it as a travel destination! Did the remaining tupperware bring you joy or were you just using it frequently enough? πŸ˜‰

    • Haha one of them does bring happiness (it’s a jolly yellow box covered in smiley faces) but the rest are just good enough πŸ˜‰ x