10 Happy Things

Life Lately || 10 Things That Made Me Happy

Happy Friday everyone. I’m so glad that it is Friday today; all day yesterday I was convinced it was Friday so that was fairly disappointing.  It’s been a few weeks since I waded in with 10 Things That Made Me Happy. Life has been pretty busy over the last two weeks, but it’s been really great! 

>>> I am loving work. It’s so nice to feel that way (and it’s such a privilege, I know.) 

>>> After buying our tickets on the day they went on sale (in 2015?!?!) Sam and I finally saw “Cursed Child” . I thought the production value was incredible. They actually made magic seem real. In full disclosure, I think the plot is really lame and the character developments are a bit poor but it was an absolute spectacle and I recommend it solely for that reason. #keepthesecrets It was strange seeing it after all this time, especially since Sam was part of the audition process way back when. And he made it so far along, dammit! But it was also interesting to pick his brain on what has changed, in his opinion, since the early drafts that he got to read. 

We also had a few friends in the cast, and after Part 2 was over one of them had us in backstage. It was AMAZING to get to be on the stage amongst all the props and set. I don’t want to describe it because I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it but I was massively geeking out standing on that stage. 

Also because Sam and I left through the stage door, we were escorted out through the receiving line of fans several of which took our photos and congratulated us on such a good show. It’s probably because I have generic girl face and Sam looks vaguely like Harry Potter; I panicked and just tucked my head into my chest like a receeding turtle, whilst Sam just thanked everyone for their compliments. Apologies to everyone who has a photo of us, thinking that we were in the show. Sorry. But it was funny. 

>>> This is probably the most #adulting thing I’ve ever written, but our bathroom/kitchen extension of the house got a new roof. (Thanks landlord!) The old one had been leaking and damaging the walls quite badly in the bathroom, so it’s amazing to actually have a dry and warm space for the first time since we’ve moved in.

>>> I’ve been going to yoga classes twice a week lately, and it feels amazing. Though I’m still having some lower back problems, but hopefully I’ll work them out eventually. 

>>> I ate the “Cluck-o-saurus Rex” at Bryon. Basically it was a buttermilk chicken smothered in spicy sauce, jalapeΓ±os, cheese and bacon. It was worth a million dollars and I can’t eat another one for at least a year or else my heart will promptly stop. It has to be awful for you, but it was so darn tasty. 

>>> Sudio sent me the most gorgeous pair of headphones. They are so comfortable and they revolutionised my walk to work. When I spoke to their team I explained that earbuds tend to cause me a lot of pain, and that I even struggle with headphones sometimes. They recommended the Regent headphones and they were right – they are such a dream. The softness is perfect and the bluetooth connection to my phone is really smooth. They also come with interchangeable plates for the ears. As you can see in the photo below I have in a marble effect, but there’s also a very clean white with gold strip. 

They are very nicely offering Rhyme & Ribbons readers 15% off with the code ‘rhymeandribbons15

>>> Sam and I had a date night on Saturday. He made cocktails and then we went out to the Oxo Restaurant in York for a super scrumptious meal. We also played bananagrams, as you do before a date. I purposefully didn’t bring my camera so that our evening didn’t start to feel like work. (I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps though!) 

>>> Spring is in the air! Not that it really feels any warmer yet, and it’s been super rainy in York BUT having light last until at least 5:30 pm these days is wonderful! 

>>> I just discovered that the York Library has a system where if you can’t physically check a book out from one of their libraries because they don’t have it, then some are offered for electronic check out so you can download a copy. I find that so exciting! 

>>> This week has also been a week of fun holidays. Tuesday was filled with tasty pancakes in the evenings (Sam is now an American style pancake convert). We had some lemon and some maple syrup. It was glorious. And since Thursday was World Book Day, I enjoyed seeing what friends’ children dressed up as and tried to decide what I would have picked at say, age 7. It probably would have been something super cool like Laura Ingalls Wilder or Sherlock Holmes (remember this would have been pre-Harry Potter). It’s surprising that I had friends.

What has made you happy recently? 

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  • Awesome list of loveliness. Yoga has been the greatest thing I’ve ever done for my lower back, hope it does the trick for you too.
    And I did laugh at you finding yourself at the stage door, I would have tucked my head and run for it (my husband would have 100% embraced that and started signing autographs)!

    Have a wonderful rest of the week, with lots more work happiness – you spend a lot of time working, it’s ridiculously lovely if you can enjoy that!
    M x

    • I must have a lot of tension in my lower back, because even releasing the tension to relax that area is extremely painful; I think I pocket all my stress in my back.

      I find the stage door story really hilarious now. I sincerely hope those people have since realised their mistake and deleted their photos of us. Ha! x

  • Ellie

    Aww I loved this post!
    Especially the mention of Spring.
    Manchester is the same, very grey and drizzly, but I do a weird squeal every time I leave work and it’s light πŸ™‚
    Ellie xxx

    http://www.eleanorgraceful.com/

    • Thanks so much Ellie! I hope you have a great weekend! (And that maybe the grey will lessen for it!) x

  • How exciting that you when to see The Cursed Child, I agree with you on the plot but seeing as it’s Harry Potter I would love to see the play. That must have been so funny walking through the stage door, I wouldn’t know what to do haha! Lovely post πŸ™‚

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

    • I would still advise everyone to see Cursed Child just because its such an exciting event. But I just wish the script itself had been better. But the day is still super amazing and the special affects are jaw dropping! x

  • So great that you are enjoying your new job! I would of been totally nerding out if I was able to see the stage of The Cursed Child, that sounds like it was amazing!

    • It was really neat. My favourite part of being backstage was getting to see all the wands. Even though you can’t tell during the play at all- they are all really different! x

  • These are gorgeous photos

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • It sounds like you’ve had a fabulous two weeks!

    That is so funny what happened to you at the Cursed Child. I’d be so awkward! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • Thanks so much Lynsey! Haha it’s super awkward – it just goes to show that people don’t actually look very closely at actors when they go the the theatre. I hope they’ve realised their mistake and deleted their photos. xx

  • Yoga twice a week, that sounds amazing & yes, I’m also very thrilled about the longer days… every single day I’m getting more excited for spring to finally arrive. :):)
    Have a great weekend!
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

  • I hope the back issues aren’t because of the yoga! I just wondered because I previously had a yoga teacher here who, although was nice, seemed to have no idea how the poses affected the body and I wouldn’t feel that awesome afterwards compared to how I feel now with more skilled teachers.
    Also: that food looks AMAZING (I love these artfully prepared entrees!) + would buy those headphones in a heartbeat if I had an extra €100 lying around!

    • I had a terrible back before I started yoga unfortunately. It’s where I hold all my stress so it’s almost more surprising when it feels relaxed and not it pain. The studio I go to has some amazing teachers who are really good about helping people with injuries and pain find alternate poses, but my darn back is just too stubborn to loosen up! Haha I guess I really need to just chill out a bit more and that would probably help πŸ˜‰ xx

  • I like American style pancakes, but NOT ON PANCAKE DAY! Sorry, pancake day needs to be traditional. I have so few of my traditions left over here so that one is sacred.

    I actually remember having to dress up as a book character in primary school, but it wasn’t world book day because that didn’t exist then. I think I was about 8 and I went as Tinkerbell. My mum made me wings using coat hangers and tracing paper. They were awesome! I remember nothing else of my costume, just the wings.

    • Haha that’s totally fair enough. See tinker bell is a totally normal kids costume. I bet you were adorable and that everyone loved it!

      Hope you have a great weekend! x

      • LOL, to be fair I suspect my mother picked the costume. I don’t remember being a particular fan of Peter Pan? At that age I mainly read Enid Blyton but dressing up as a member of the Famous Five would have been a bit pointless πŸ˜‰

        • Which of the Famous Five would you have picked? Sam’s dad has these amazing original 70s edition Famous Five chose your own adventure game books that we play every Christmas. (Never chose Dick in the game – his choices always lead you to lose!) x

          • OMG, those books sound AMAZING!!
            I think I would have been Anne, I think I related most to her – even though she was MUCH tidier than I will ever be!

  • Have you heard of Overdrive? It’s an app that works with libraries, and lets you automatically download ebooks and audiobooks through the library. I don’t know if UK libraries are connected to it, but if you still have an American library card, you can still access it through Overdrive!

    • Thanks for the suggestion Callie! My friend’s sister is a librarian in the US and she LOVES overdrive. I am a member but there’s really limited connection and titles in the UK at the moment. Hopefully it will just keep expanding! (Sadly since it’s been about almost 7 years since I’ve lived the US full time I no longer have a valid library card – it was a sad day when it expired!) Have you read anything particularly recommendable lately? Hope you have a great weekend! xx

  • This is a lovely post! I had the cluckasaurus rex too (I am a rubbish vegetarian) when I had a hangover and I swear it cured it!

    • Things like the cluckasaurus always help a hangover, I think! πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend! x

  • Such a great post πŸ˜€
    I’m loving work as well and I am also loving that spring is coming!!
    Kisses
    xx

    https://thathappymess.com/

  • It sounds like you’ve had a great couple of weeks! I love that you got to go backstage at the show (how amazing is that?!).

    House improvements are just amazing though right? We’ve just had our under-stairs enclosed in to make an actual cupboard under the stairs (sadly not like the one in Harry Potter), and it’s so great to have somewhere to store things out of sight now haha! Yay!

    Also, that burger sounds amazing! We have the Byron recipe book and I’m still yet to make anything from it! I need to get on that asap!
    Have a great weekend!

    xo April | April Everyday

    • House improvements are definitely amazing! Are you using your under-stair area for storage? How many more projects do you have on your home to-do list to go? xx

  • AWESOME highlights all round there lovely! Two yoga classes a week will ease any back tenderness, but always FWFG (As Adrienne Yoga guru says πŸ™‚ )
    I v much agree – longer evenings are so happening! And they’re great!
    Holly xx ///
    mrshollycrocker.com

  • I am LOVING that random Harry Potter fans probably have you photo-framed in their house as part of the latest HP cast, Hahahaha (but yeah I totally would have done the same).
    Also, there is nothing worse than when you think your a day ahead of yourself in the week, so feel ya there.
    All this food looks delicious! I’ve never actually been to Byron, so if I ever get round to going, at least I know what to try πŸ™‚
    x tink jayne x
    allabouttink.co.uk

    • haha girl – get yourself to Byron even if you don’t want a hamburger. The milkshakes are worth it alone. The Oreo milkshake in particular…. drool! x

  • You have such really really beautiful photos!

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

    • Ah- thank you so much Kat! A lot of them in the collage were taken from my instagram: instagram.com/rhymeandribbons Hope you’re having a great weekend! xx

  • Soooo jealous about the Cursed Child! I wanna see it so badly!

    And those photos are adorable!!!

    C x | Lux Life – Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Blog

    • Thanks Catherine! You have to try to get tickets- its such an engrossing productions visually! xx

  • So glad work is going well for you and that the Cursed Child was so good- I will buy tickets for it one day!!

  • I loved reading this post. Happiness posts are always so cheerful and it is a nice insight into a person’s life to read about what made them happy πŸ™‚

    Lii
    https://byliil.wordpress.com/

  • I’m so jealous y’all finally got to see the Cursed Child!!! And I’m trying yoga out too, I’m starting to really love it!

    • I’ve been doing yoga off and on for a few years, but I’m really starting to see the benefits more with this solid practice that I’ve been doing. How have you found it so far? x

  • Christine Everyday

    The Cluck-a-saurus Rex sounds amazing! Drool.

    • It is so incredible! I’d eat one every week if I wasn’t 99% sure that would lead to a heart attack! x

  • Ahhh so exciting about Cursed Child – I managed to finally get tickets…for NEXT MARCH. I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait!

    • It will be totally worth the wait! I bought my tickets for Cursed Child back in 2015 on the day that they went on sale and this was the closest date I could nab even then! I also bought Hamilton tickets when the went on sale this January…I’m going in 2018. The long wait for a show makes it better right?! (We can only hope!) xx

      • Hamilton is coming to the Fox next year, but tickets aren’t on sale yet, unless you buy the entire 2017-2018 season. Which I would consider doing, but for season tickets, you have to buy like all Saturday matinees, or all Thursday evenings, or whatever. It makes sense, but I don’t want to lock into something so expensive and inflexible.

        • Oof. That’s really tricky! I imagine Hamilton doing really well at the Fox but I bet you still might be able to snag some tickets! I have a friend who works in the box office there and she’s really good about writing on Facebook when she knows they’ll have any day returns, so I can keep an eye on it for you next year! x

          • That would be great, thanks. I have an AmEx, so I sometimes get the option to buy tickets early, but early sales are inconsistent.

          • I’ll DM you on twitter immediately if I see something from her then! x

  • What’s the difference between American pancakes and British? I’m gonna fall into a Google trapdoor with this, aren’t I? I’m sure I’ve researched this before, it just fell out of my head.

    ALSO, NEXT TIME YOU COME OUT OF A STAGE DOOR, SIGN AUTOGRAPHS. Sign one as Judi Dench, the next as Helen Mirren, the next as Mark Rylance, get more outrageous as you get down the line. See where you end up. If you can make it all the way to Lassie, you’ve won at life.

    • So English pancakes are thin like crepes where as American pancakes are like 10x thicker and fluffy. Like there is no way you could fold or roll an American pancake.

      I’ll get my Lassie signature practice started now so that I can perfect it. (It’ll be a strange process where I learn to origami fold my own hand until it resembles a paw and then I dip the whole thing in ink and stamp it.) x

  • Hahahahahha i had no idea about the stage door experience, that’s hilarious and amazing! I wonder how many people have photos of you both trying to piece together who you are! Did you come out with your friends who actually are in the play? Alice xxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

    • No we didn’t – we ended up coming out just the two of us, but I’ll PM you why πŸ˜‰ #keepthesecrets

  • In the 5th grade, we had a book character parade, so I dressed up as Heidi.

    I am SO JEALOUS of your Cursed Child experience!!!!!! Like, I was already jealous that you scored tickets to see the play, but you know people in the cast?! You walked on the stage?! SO MANY FEELINGS!

    I totally get you on not wanting dates to feel like work. I only did one collaboration when Dan and I were in Paris/London because I wanted it to be a true vacation, not work travel.

    • I bet you were the most adorable Heidi of all time! It lives as an embarrassing school story where once pretty much everyone else dressed like adorable characters and I went as one of the Borgias. But credit to my family: my mom and grandmother didn’t bat an eye when I told them that was the costume that I wanted to make. Though maybe they should have….

  • Your food pics still look great, those are with your phone? Do you have one of those lense attachments to make them look so pretty and light? Your blogging skills will always impress me πŸ™‚ xx

    • Just my iPhone and no extra lenses but i did adjust the highlights, contrast and white balance afterwards in editing. x

  • Our harry potter tickets are for September, and I CANT WAIT! I also struggle with earbuds, I must have really odd shaped ears, so have some headphones similar to yours, though admittedly not super comfy. Will have to check them out!

    • Are you seeing both parts on the same day? I can’t wait for you to see it so then we can talk about likes/dislikes about it

      • yes on a Wednesday, which is less than ideal but oh well, priorities! I already read the book because I couldn’t wait, and I feel the same as you, story and character development are a bit meh

        • Even some of the parts that are “meh” are visually interesting. The last 15 minutes of Part 1 are my favourite on stage, so I’m excited to see what bits you like! x