This Week #17

My latest tattoo that I had done last week, so pleased with this! / Had a great Saturday night at Peddler Market / Currently reading: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood / The absolutely delicious Halloumi burger I enjoyed at The Rutland Arms last weekend / Part 1 of Friday’s Bakeathon: Apple and Blackberry Crumble / Part 2: Apple and Blackberry Muffins

After a weekend packed full of good times and a week packed full of getting stuff done, I feel like I’ve been pretty successful this week and that is a feeling I haven’t had in a while. Instead of taking it easy this weekend though I plan on getting finished any big jobs, specifically outdoors, before winter truly sets in. There will obviously be time for the good stuff though, Strictly on a Saturday night, a nice glass of wine and a Sunday afternoon spent enjoying the rugby world cup, but otherwise it will be busy, busy busy.

I spent last weekend with some of my favourite people and it was honestly just what I needed. On the Friday night, I met my school friends in Zizzi’s in town for a meal to celebrate the upcoming 25th of one of us, the first one of us to turn 25, quite a milestone I think. It was a lovely evening of good food, nice wine and plenty of talk about everything and anything. It was great to have a catch up with friends that I’ve known for so long but don’t see nearly as much as I should. Luckily, it’s nearly Christmas so another meeting will be on the cards for us very soon.

On the Saturday, it was a game of two halves for me really. I spent the morning and afternoon battling a migraine so bad that I couldn’t open my eyes at all at one point, which wasn’t ideal when I was at Meadowhall. Probably going to a busy, hot and loud shopping centre didn’t help but it spurred me on to finally admit defeat and go to the doctors about the painful, energy draining migraines I’ve been having that painkillers haven’t touched. I’m now on some new medication for that so fingers crossed that this works in stopping the frequency and intensity of my godawful migraines.

After coming back and getting some food in me, I had a nap and some painkillers and even though my sleep felt broken and terrible it cleared my head a lot meaning I managed to hit Peddler Market that night which I’d been really looking forward to. With the market expanding and expanding, they had even more on offer with a vintage kilo sale, where I picked up a gorgeous Parka. They had an array of new food and drinks merchants there from all over the country but unfortunately everywhere had sold out by the time we headed across for some food. A couple of stalls were still serving but the veggie options were all gone! With that in mind, we had a drink and went down to The Rutland Arms, just a short walk away, for a delicious Halloumi burger and chips before heading back to Peddler and checking out the late night entertainment. From just planning on going to Peddler, me and my boyfriend ended up staying out until the early hours visiting a pub or two and ending up at Peddler’s after party in a garage in the city centre. It was a great night and a nice change for us to spend a Saturday night out having fun instead of staying in or my boyfriend being at work.

Before I sign off, two more things. 1) me and my boyfriend got tickets to see Foals in Leeds next year! I’m very, very excited for this already! and 2) I went to see The Martian this week and it was an absolutely great sci-fi film, if you haven’t seen it already go and check it out. There are still a lot of films I plan on seeing over the next couple of months but if you have any recommendations on what I should see then let me know!

What I’ve Been Listening To:

Frank Turner – Josephine

Leftfield – Universal Everything

In case you missed it, you can check out this week’s tracks of the week #119

What I’ve Been Reading:

A great piece by Everyday Sexism’s Laura Bates on The Pool all about practical things we can do to make women’s live around the world better and support feminism and its many causes.

– This great article by Charlotte Higgins in The Guardian all about the genius of The Great British Bake Off.

This great piece all about featuring strong women in cinema in the upcoming Suffragette film being just the start of the change that needs to be made in Hollywood. A great and thought-provoking piece written by Helen O’Hara for The Pool.

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