After a bit of a break, I have decided to bring back my weekly round up series which looks at all the things I have been doing/enjoying over the past week!
Everything has seemed a bit frantic of late, as I am about to start a new job after a developing a successful partnership between my business Bright Ethics and another certification provider (whoop!).
My hope is that this change will provide an amazing opportunity to let the business grow and access external expertise. It also has the added benefit of enabling me to work in a new role/industry which I'm very passionate about!
Outside of work, things have also been pretty non-stop. Des and I are finally getting to grips with our home improvements agenda and have concocted a plan which will see us completely painting and renovating the downstairs of our house, alongside installing a new bathroom upstairs.
Ideally we want to do as much of this ourselves as possible, both to save on costs and also to improve our DIY skills. Though I am pretty sure we won't be plumbing a new bathroom in without help...
Anyway, whilst I could blather on for ages about my mundane home life, I will cut to the chase and share my favourite bits and bobs from the past seven days!
Reading: Fresh India by Meera Sodha
After exhausting options from Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty, I have been on the look for a veggie cookbook which contains recipes that are both budget friendly and interesting (by interesting, I mean not solely limited to salads.)
Fresh India certainly fits the bill! So far we have tried four recipes, including an amazing chickpea and spinach curry. I have also bookmarked about 20 to have a crack at over the following weeks.
Generally everything is very easy to follow and the ingredients are ubiquitous in most large supermarkets. I would certainly recommend it if you are looking to lessen your meat intake.
Eating: burgers at Pavement Vaults, York
Sometimes you just have to go out and eat a burger and boy, are these the best burgers in town - a real guilty pleasure.
After vowing to significantly cut down our meat intake, Des and I have made a pact that we can, if we want, order meat during a meal out. This seems like a reasonable compromise, as we eat out about once a week/every other week depending on our schedules.
If you have been to Pavement Vaults before, I think I am correct in saying that they have recently reduced the prices and portion size - this suits me perfectly, as I always struggled to finish my plate during previous visits.
Receiving: A bay tree gift
Surprise gifts are the best gifts - this one came in the post last week courtesy of my mother, who for some unexpected and lovely reason decided we needed a bay tree in our lives.
I'm a big fan of growing plants with utility (e.g. ones you can eat) and this will add to my growing collection of herbs. It's also a reminder that I need to get off my arse and actually do something with my garden, which has been slightly neglected over the winter...
Deciding: to write what I damn well want
If you saw my last post, you will know that I have had a bit of a revelation about my writing and place on the web.
Tl;dr - I have decided that I'm not going to feel forced into following blogging convention. I'm going to write when/how I want to and also try to be as creative as I want with the content I put out there.
After all, this is my blog and should be a reflection of my life and interests!
Learning: How to code with DjangoGirls Manchester
On Friday afternoon I braved the M62 to travel over to Manchester, which is about an hour and a half away from York.
The reason - I was one of the successful applicants to DjangoGirls Manchester, securing at spot at an all day coding workshop on Saturday, preceded by an installation (of software) party on the Friday evening.
I want to do a full post on the day and why it was so much fun, but I'll briefly describe it for you here!
Django Girls is a non-profit organisation which organises free Python and Django workshops worldwide with the aim of enabling women to access the world of technology and programming.
During each of their day events, 30-60 women build their first web application using HTML, CSS, Python and Django. Whilst I have dabbled with HTML/CSS, I have never touched Python before.
With the help of my awesome mentor, Chad, I was able to get stuck into Python/Django and build my very own blog from scratch, which is pretty neat right!
If you want to see what I came up with, you can check it out here. Obviously it's quite basic, but I'm hoping to build on it over the next week and move it to a different hosting provider (python anywhere deletes sites after a month).