22 June 2012

Weekly round up

Another week of eating, eating and more eating! Aside from that we went bowling on Saturday night for my friend's birthday - I was abysmal! I somehow got the knack of curling the ball down the lane and used this to my complete disadvantage by curling it straight into the gutter as it approached the pins. Danny, on the other hand, had been keeping his bowling abilities a secret from me - he was amazing! Strike after strike after strike - at least one of us did us proud! I forgot how much bowling makes you ache but I was definitely reminded when I woke up on Sunday morning and had to do more decorating!

For Father's Day, I took my parents and Rob to the local for lunch. Three delicious courses this time - that place never fails to disappoint! Danny decided not to come with us since he was going out for dinner with his family in the evening so he stayed at home and I returned to a tidy kitchen! I think I'll leave him at home more often :)

After everyone had left, I decided to tackle the lawn in the garden. We hadn't cut it since we moved in and Danny suffers from the worst case of hayfever I've ever seen. He suffers a bit every summer but this summer (if we can call it summer!) seems to be particularly bad - red eyes, tears, sneezing... and that's all after taking antihistamines. Mind you, letting the lawn get quite so long probably didn't help - whoops! It looks much better now though, and the vegetables that Danny has planted are starting to grow quite well - I'll make sure I take photos this week!


17 June 2012

Bucket list

I've seen a lot of people write bucket lists and I've always thought that they seem like a good way of keeping track of what you want to do in life.  Time always goes by so quickly and I'm hoping that this will be a good way of making sure I do the things I want to, so here goes...
  1. Run a 10k
  2. Go zorbing
  3. Visit the Amazon rainforest
  4. Swim with dolphins
  5. Learn to scuba dive
  6. Visit The Louvre
  7. Make sushi
  8. See orangutans in the wild
  9. Learn to horseride
  10. Go on a cruise
  11. Climb the Eiffel Tower
  12. Watch a show on Broadway
  13. Ride an elephant
  14. Climb the Statue of Liberty
  15. Achieve my ideal weight
  16. Eat at a Michelin starred restaurant
  17. Buy a house
  18. Go skiing
  19. Take photography lessons
  20. Go to Times Square on New Year's Eve
  21. See The Sydney Opera House
  22. Go to Glastonbury Festival
  23. Throw a house party
  24. Create an original recipe
  25. Become fluent in French
  26. Snorkel in The Great Barrier Reef
  27. Take a weekend city break
  28. See the pyramids
  29. Visit Machu Picchu
  30. Ice skate in London at Christmas
  31. Watch the sunset over Uluru
  32. Cook Christmas dinner for my family
  33. Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
  34. See The Northern Lights
  35. Get a puppy
  36. Complete the Three Peaks Challenge
  37. Visit The Taj Mahal
  38. Grow my own vegetables
  39. Drive a husky sled
  40. Master a signature dish
I've come up with 40 things so far but I'll add to this list whenever I think of any more ideas. 

Have any of you got a bucket list? What's on yours?

PS See here for an update on which points I've crossed off!

12 June 2012

Weekly round up

I suppose this is actually more of a round up of the last three weeks really, since that's the last time I posted.  My last week before moving out was filled with packing, packing and more packing, so I didn't have any time to post, and our internet only got connected this weekend so I haven't been able to blog since we moved in.  I know I've taken a few breaks from blogging over recent months, but I've really missed it this time - probably because this hiatus was imposed on me rather than being my decision!  Anyway, I'm back now and I'm on a bit of a roll, so here's what I've been up to....

Well from the looks of it, my main activity while I've been away has been eating!  That's not strictly true, although I have had some pretty good meals! 

I think most of you know that we've recently bought our first house?  On my last evening living with my parents, we went for tapas at El Sabio - the tapas restaurant in Newbury that I love.  This time I experienced their desserts and I was really impressed - they have a selection of tapas desserts where you pick three mini desserts.  Heaven!  I'm definitely going to make sure I save room for dessert next time I go!

We only managed to take a day and a half off work to move since we're both so busy, so our house is a bit of a mess at the moment.  Lots of boxes and suitcases fill the garage and spare rooms, but we are getting there.  We spent last weekend decorating the living room, which may seem a little over eager but we're getting the flooring redone in a few weeks and we need to get it all sorted before the living room furniture arrives.  I can't wait for our sofa to turn up!  Apart from the fact that it's mega comfy, spending evenings sitting in a camping chair while Danny sits on a beanbag is getting a bit tedious! 

We've got a great local pub around the corner and after a long day of painting on Sunday, we decided to wander over for a roast - just look at the size of it!  I'm a little concerned that with it being so good and so close, we're going to end up going there most Sundays....... Shame! :)

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