Ohhhh hi January. I feel like people are always in one of two camps this first week back – they’re either eating cut-price Quality Street in front of the TV, pretending it’s a Christmas special, begging everyone to get drunk with them and mourning the end of the festive season – or they’re secretly relieved by the return of salads, the gym, and the fact that they don’t have to drink any more prosecco. This year, for once, I fall into the latter camp. December was amazing but I basically went out every night for two weeks straight and I’m exhausted. I genuinely feel ready for fresh starts, new notebooks with blank pages, the gym, and hours spent lying on my sofa watching television. So my favourites this week are very much related to that!
1. Tassimo Costa caramel lattes. I must have included these before because they are my life but I had kind of forgotten how much I rely on my little coffee machine over the Christmas break, and now I am back, I have happily remembered. It’s not only that after a cup of coffee I’m somehow ready to face the world with slightly less fury and undying rage than I was a few minutes before. It’s also that I love these coffees so much, the mere thought of having one is enough to drag myself out of bed. If you don’t have a Tassimo coffee machine, honestly, get one – they’re tiny and fit in the smallest of kitchens, they're insanely easy to use and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one! This week I've been drinking caramel lattes from the new giraffe mug my mum got me for Christmas, feeling very contented and happy.
2. Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mystery series. This goes along with my resolution to read more just for fun, because over Christmas, tired of reading about the Third Reich and sad-but-cool books about people dying, I found that at some point I’d downloaded the first of this series onto my Kindle, and gave it a go. I’m now on the 8th book in the series and I love them. They’re all pretty similar, about a girl who works in a cookie shop and solves mysteries. They have cookie recipes dotted throughout them and they’re just so cosy and nice and set in a world where nothing bad ever happens and I want to live there, but I’ll settle for just reading the entire series on my sofa with a cup of coffee. And they’re well written with decent plot twists, which for a book series like this is so rare.
3. Narcos. I mentioned before that I’ve just joined the rest of the world and got Netflix and so we’re working through all the TV shows that everyone watched 100 years ago. My husband and I have spent the entire week on the sofa watching this – I think we’re on episode seven and it’s just fantastic. How did this really happen? (Well, maybe it didn't all happen - I don't want to look it up because I'm scared I'll read a spoiler...)
4. Eating homemade salads. One on Tuesday with chorizo, Wednesday with gammon, last night with some leftover party food spare ribs. Tonight I’m doing a fajita salad. Not yet bored of eating vegetables again. (Also, not boring salads - they've all got things like haloumi or pesto or bacon in. Not a saint, no #cleaneating here).
5. Running again! I was ill almost all of November and was too
lazy busy to get running in December, but I went out twice this week, and even
though my legs killed and my chest practically exploded both times, it was good
to start again and know I’m moving towards getting better again (if slowly!)
6. A sparkly Dorothy Perkins bracelet that my Mum bought me for no reason in the sales. I’ve had so many compliments on it this week and every time I see it, it makes me smile.
7. Fanta Zero – a little treat in the evening to fill the gap that last month was filled with prosecco and chocolate and too much cheese. On my second multipack from Tesco, sorry-not-sorry (they’re currently on sale, fill your boots!)
8. This little journal (pictured) from Kikki.K which you write all your food and drink and exercise and sleep down in. I am such a sucker for writing things down rather than having them on my phone – I just think it keeps you accountable, and I also love beautiful notebooks and writing things down in ink. Kikki.K stationary is just so beautiful, if I could buy the entire shop I would.
9. The opportunity to have a few more articles published this year – I’m always trying to get my work seen, and of course will link it here for you to click through to, so watch this space…
10. A clean flat – once I’d taken the Christmas decorations down, I tidied and cleaned the flat and lit a beautiful woodwick candle from my sister, which smells like oatmeal cookies and crackles like a real wood fire. I adore it and it just made me feel brand new again.
What have you been loving this week? Which side of the January fence are you on this year?!