I apologise in advance, as this is a bit of a photo dump post. It's been a couple of weeks since my last Sunday Summation, which is usually where I put this kind of stuff on a smaller scale!
The past few weeks have been pretty intense, with a lot going on. The main thing which has dominated my personal life has been a very annoying ear/throat infection which has just dragged on and on.
I seem to be coming through the worst of it now though, so fingers crossed that I'll be back to my usual swimming/gymming/active self in no time. (Seriously, the worst bit about being ill is the fact I can't exercise properly!)
Outside of illness, most other things in life have been pretty good.
I'm seriously enjoying this excellent weather we seem to be having and have even started on my ambitious programme of garden improvements, including sketching out a planting plan (Hello, I'm Bethan the 60 year old trapped in a 26 year old's body.)
I've also been enjoying reading more and more on Medium, including posting some of my own content there. It's a great platform if you want to read very thoughtful and well written articles from real people (by real, I mean not professional journalists).
At the moment I'm simply re-posting some of my blog content from here, but I do plan on separating out the two as my writing flow improves. I want to continue to keep this blog very personal and fun, so perhaps I will use Medium for "work" related topics. We will see!
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Mini-mini Break near Whitby
To take advantage of the excellent weather of late, Des and I decided to make a spur of the moment booking the other weekend for one night one of our favourite hotels, The Ellerby, which is a miles inland from Runswick Bay.
We have now stayed here quite a few times and are always impressed by the amazing food, lovely staff and the beautiful countryside views.
Our room even had a balcony on this occasion, which enabled us to sit outside and bask in the sunset with a glass of wine, or two..
After a hearty breakfast in the morning, we headed back home via Whiby, where we took a stroll along the harbour walls and beach. Due to my overindulgence at breakfast, there were no fish and chips on this occasion, a decision I regretted as soon as we left!
Down to the big smoke for AlterConf
Whilst you couldn't pay me to live there (seriously, no amount of money would make up for it), I do enjoy visiting London occasionally.
Last weekend I headed down with work for AlterConf, a conference focused on addressing issues of diversity and inclusivity in the technology industry.
This is an area I'm extremely passionate about, so it was a pleasure to be surrounded by a whole bunch of amazing people who are working extremely hard to make the whole industry a better place for marginalised people.
I came away feeling a lot more informed about a multitude of important things, including mental health in the workplace and how my behaviour affects others. I also gained a deeper insight into the experiences of certain individuals, which has helped increase my understanding and empathy.
The conference was held at the offices of King, the company behind games like Candy Crush. As you would expect, their office was ridiculously cool and full of amazing branding/things.
My top highlight had to be the balcony you see above (one of many) which had amazing views over the city.
Dinner at Yauatcha
The night before AlterConf we headed into Soho for dinner at Yauatcha, an extremely popular Dim sum teahouse which offers contemporary Cantonese dim sum alongside exquisite European pastries.
We sampled a pretty comprehensive selection from their menu, so I do feel qualified in saying the following: go there, it's delicious - also get macaroons, you will not regret that descision.
Exciting bits in the post
First up, one of my favourite things in the whole world: coffee.
We currently have a monthly subscription with York Coffee Emporium, which means that every month we look forward to a new selection of coffees! I'm a bit of a coffee snob, so this ensures we always have freshly roasted and very good coffee in the house, vital for early morning starts.
I also had an exciting invite through my letterbox this week for the 80th Birthday celebrations and opening party at York's newest restaurant - Carluccio's on St Helen's Square. This is pretty exciting, as Antonio Carluccio himself will be attending to celebrate his birthday!
I'm also a massive fan of the building the restaurant has taken over, as it used to be the original Terry's shop and restaurant - which was THE place to be seen back in the day. It even had a sprung dance floor so that partygoers could continue well into the night without sore feet!
Acting like a big kid at Energi Trampoline Park
I finally managed to convince Des to come and have a bounce with me at the adult's only session one Saturday night! We had an awesome time in the end, despite being extremely sore the following few days... I highly recommend it for a date night with a twist.
Last Sunday Des and I attended the Lord Mayor's Civic lunch, where we were representing the Guild of Entrepreneurs, of which I am currently the Master (way less grand that it sounds!).
Setting up and trying to build a Guild has been a pretty tough process, especially as there's no cheat sheet available on how to run these things.
Despite causing a fair bit of stress at times, it's been very rewarding and whilst I can't deny that lunch was a nice perk, what's even better is the opportunity to witness a group of determined people come together to try and create something new and valuable.