The week before last went by in a total blur, especially as I spent most of my time out and about, rarely having an evening at home, something which actually prompted me to write this post.
This lack of writing time unfortunately means that I've had to cram two weeks into this summary post. No matter though, you've gotta do what you've gotta do! I'm trying to take pro-active measures to try and claim back some time for myself and relaxing a bit more.
To start this post off, let's talk about the heavily laden table in picture above. This was actually taken during a celebratory meal at Ambiente Tapas in York.
This was all in honour of the premiere of one of Des' new pieces, which was performed in a concert at the University of York a week last Friday.
We had an excellent evening and were extremely well looked after by the staff, despite the fact we were dining at 10pm - probably the perfect time if one were to being doing such a thing in Spain! Slightly more unusual here in Yorkshire...
I've been trying to be a bit more experimental with my style. Which mainly has involved wearing bits of my wardrobe with the bits I don't usually wear it with. Success has been... mixed. Let's say kindly.
This is a look Des deemed "1930s milkmaid mixed with futuristic jungle enviro-punk." pretty accurate I think.
I have finally found the burger joint of my dreams, the only snag is that it's over 70 miles away in Manchester...
If you ever find yourself in the Northern Quarter hankering after something delicious, cheap and vegan - you need to go to V Rev, which specialises in the very best vegan comfort food. Think all of the goodness of the American South, smothered with the best vegan cheese.
I went for the "Satay Away" burger, which consisted of the heavenly combination of fried chkn, peanut butter, sriracha mayo and Malaysian slaw.
I was inspired to take this picture in the middle of a workout both by International Women's Day and by Shelley Silas's article in the Guardian - "#thisgirlcan? I much prefer #thiswomandoes".
"By saying #thiswomancan, we encourage women to exercise and be active, not just girls – and what about #thiswomandoes, because many women already exercise and do not identify as girls."
I too find the term "girl" very problematic, especially as I often experience it in a patronising and negative context. The person in this photograph isn't a girl wondering if she can do something, it's a woman proudly doing it.
I recently made a personal promise to myself to start cooking more at home instead of relying on quick, half-arsed meals on the go (does anyone else have porridge for dinner sometimes?!).
This flatbread, mushroom and yogurt dish is from Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty, one of my all time favourite cookbooks. We served it for brunch on Saturday, which actually worked really well! Next time I would pop a poached egg on top though, just to ensure peak brunchiness is achieved.
Next week we are trying two more new-to-us recipes, both of which are veggie (I'm also trying to massively reduce my meat intake for all of the various reasons.)
I've also been getting more comfortable with wearing specs out in public - something which I've always weirdly been quite self conscious about.
Whilst I do need to wear glasses most of the time, I still take them off when I'm in a crowded area, unless I basically can't function. I think it's because they make me feel, and in my mind, look a bit vulnerable.
In order to get over this odd anxiety, I've basically just been consciously forcing myself to wear them. This was me in all of my geekiness in a packed Pret at Manchester train station trying to rock a calm and collected vibe.
The more I do it, the easier it seems to get and less self conscious I feel!