Category: The Weekly Report

The weekly report

The weekly report

Watching I finished House of Cards and watched more episodes of Modern Family than I’d care to admit. I wasn’t expecting to love it but I’ve been repeatedly laughing out loud to an empty flat, which is always a good sign. I also had a little reunion with The Office at about 3am on Saturday morning. We were doing a 24 hour fundraiser at work, which mostly meant binging on television and treats.

Listening to This Grimes song – the video is perfect and I love everything about the song. Trying to reconcile that against some of Grimes’ more problematic behaviour is frustrating. I’ve been belting this Cat Power number out all weekend, and dancing to Bob Andy in my kitchen. If you’re not taking time on a Sunday afternoon to genuinely dance like no-one’s watching then I honestly don’t know how you get through life (for more of my thoughts on dancing you can read one of my most popular posts ever here).

Reading I haven’t read a single page of my book since last week, which is shocking. This week should be about long reading sessions.

Eating  A smoothie I made by pedalling a bike, chilli chowder (yes I sang the soup song repeatedly), graze box treats (you can use MILLIE4LP if you’d like free boxes!), American pancakes and some incredible cheesecake (courtesy of my housemate). I also made an amazing tart, which will feature here later in the week. Since the eating section seems to take over most of the weekly report it’s now getting its own post! The first will appear on Tuesday and I’ve got lots of things planned already.

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Lusting after Storage solutions. I know, I’m the coolest. My Pinterest is out of control.

Talking about Budgeting, storage, delis, weddings. It’s been a grown up week.

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The weekly report

The weekly report

Watching When I started watching House of Cards a couple of weeks ago I didn’t realise that the second season would start the day after I finished it. Consider me pretty smug.

Listening to Lots of alt-J and James Blake. Both of their first albums remind me of driving; alt-J’s was exactly the same length as my drive to work in summer 2012 and I listened to it all the time, whilst Blake’s reminds me of driving my Mum’s car to the hospital in summer 2013. I’m always fascinated by how much my memories are tied up with music. I heard the tiniest sliver of this on the TV today and it took me straight back to being at school and sitting on the tables at break time. 

Reading Most newspapers – especially as it was Observer Food Monthly this week; I loved the recipes from Jack Monroe‘s book.

Eating  Too much, basically, and all of it comfort food. Salty, soft poached eggs; the apple-iest apple cake with salted caramel sauce; macaroni cheese with baked beans; Valentine’s cupcakes; cassoulet. I even cleaned a plate at Kimos, which is an unheard of miracle.

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Lusting after Everyone at Speakeasy. What a beautiful bunch they are. Also ummer and a really great night’s sleep.

Talking about My wonderful friends getting brilliant new jobs, the BAFTAs (especially Emma Thompson and JLaw), my overly vivid dreams and all that food. Oh, and that day of love…

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The weekly report

The weekly report

Watching House of Cards (it’s great) and whilst I was home at the weekend we watched a lot of Gavin and Stacey. I’d forgotten how much it makes me laugh. Apart from that, the rugby and a whole lot of TED talks.

Listening to Debussy, Metric and all of the Gabby Young. She’s such an incredible, moving talent. 

Reading Still The Secret History, and over the weekend I read The Defining Decade after a very kind friend lent it to me. I would definitely recommend it!

I get a paper almost every weekend, but this week I was back at home. There is a certain special joy in reading the paper with my family – everyone grabbing the supplements they like best and doing the crossword together.

Eating  I went home for my Grandpa’s 80th birthday, which meant lots of fantastic food and wine. Friday started with an edition of supper club, with Chinese food this time. I made a Vine here but completely forgot to take photos!

On Saturday my family headed to the Burleigh Court Hotel for a wonderful lunch. I had never been before but the food was delicious and the service wonderful; we were constantly attended to without feeling like anyone was hovering us. Having our own dining room meant that we felt at home and could make as much noise as we liked; just as well – we can be a pretty raucous bunch!

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Lusting after Salted caramel and pastry (as per).

Talking about Life and love, goals, books, leadership, holidays, university, weddings, assertiveness and the merits of a good jigsaw puzzle. Fortune cookies always bring up talk of the future…

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During his birthday speech, Grantz told us a few fantastic stories, including the time he nearly drowned in the pool of the very hotel we were dining at. He also shared with us lots of photos including this one:

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My Nanny carried it around in a huge pocket in her handbag when they were courting; now that’s real love – none of this photos on your phone business.

I’ll leave you with this glorious picture of some hilarious sisters…

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The Weekly Report

The Weekly Report

Another week…

Watching Hardly anything – it’s always nice to have a week where you’re too busy for TV. I did sneak a couple of episodes of The Thick of It last week because I can never help myself.

Listening to This playlist that reminds me so much of being 20, the Girls soundtrack, and a bit of actual Girls.

Reading The Secret History, although I keep falling asleep after a page so it may take me forever.

Eating  Lots of fennel and salmon, some random concoctions and a marvellous Sunday treat at  Milo Lounge on Lark Lane. The burger was huge and came with delicious chutney, but even better was the banana split I scoffed for pudding. Banana splits remind me of going to the pub with my dad when I was tiny. We would always have a banana split each but I could never eat all of mine so he would eat both!

 

Lusting after Apple cake, sunshine, this ridiculous accessory and Tay Swizz (and her cable knit wallpaper!).

Talking about Liverpool feeling like home, boys, cosmic signs (or the lack of), the merits of popcorn (eat this immediately) and how Nathan Filer wrote an award winning book.

The weekly report

The weekly report

Another week, another little round-up!

Watching Season 5 of Community. Donald Glover leaving breaks my heart, especially when this season is really back on form. Also Season 5 of Archer started without me realising, so I’m catching up!

Listening to Eminem because of this gem, Nat King Cole and Mary Poppins.

Reading I finished Tipping the Velvet and it was fantastic. I can’t believe it’s Waters’ first novel. Next I’m probably going to be picking up The Secret History. It’s especially cold at the moment so I’m looking forward to some cosy reading evenings.

Eating  My first solo-cooked roast dinner from scratch and a tarte tatin! I’m quite happy with how it turned out although it could have been more caramelised.

Lusting after Men on trains. Cookbooks and kitchen things, especially tiny ramekins.

Talking about I went on training about interfaith – so I’ve been talking all about conflict resolution, self-reflection and dialogue. Aside from that I’ve been chatting about goals, holidays, love and the most incredible Saturday night puddings.