1. Phone calls
I actually loathe phone calls most of the time. I love meeting in person, I can rock the snailmail, and emails and tweets come easy...but phone calls I enjoy with a very small portion of the population. Phone calls with two of the faves, however, have made me laugh and smile a lot recently. My tribe, man. So good.
2. Books, books, books
This could pretty much be a weekly addition (and it crops up often!), but I'm really excited to read a tonne of things - proofs from publishers, books I've treated myself to, the long list of recommendations I received on facebook when I did a 'what-should-I-fill-my-kindle-with' call! Bookworm for life.
3. Pizza Club
Last week I met up with Vicky and Connie for the second meeting of Pizza Club at the lovely Zia Lucia in Islington. Great company and super pizza (full review to follow) is a wonderful way to pass an evening!
4. Holiday planning
Matthew and I spent a good deal of the long weekend sorting out plans for our US/Canada break, and I'm officially excited! I also need to stock up on memory cards for the camera, because there are a lot of photo opportunities ahead. Usually we plan our breaks months and months out, but this time we did so with weeks to go. I can't wait to go, and the share the fun with you guys. New York, Boston, Toronto and Las Vegas, we are coming for you!
5. Champagne, sunshine and chats
On Saturday I was invited by the lovely team at Aspers Stratford to visit their Sky Terrace, a beautiful outdoor space high above the hustle and bustle of Westfield. As a semi-regular Aspers-goer myself (love a wee bit of blackjack), it was lovely to see this new addition to the hospitality. I took the lovely Katy as my plus-one for goblets of champagne, and we were delighted to see the lovely Kelly and Grace (so nice to meet you!) there too - we whiled away a very pleasant evening over drinks & burgers.
6. Nashville is back!
I love the TV show Nashville. Big hair, big tunes and soapy drama agogo? Sign me up, fast. Shona and I watch it together and were delighted to catch the first episode of the new season together.
7. Bake Off is back too!
I don't watch much network TV live, but Bake Off is one of the exceptions. Having Mary, Paul, Mel, Sue and a fresh crop of bakers back was a real treat! I was going to take part in the Bake Off Bake Along that Amanda and co put together, but with a recent back injury and an upcoming holiday, it wasn't to be - but you can keep up with their adventures here!
8. Friendships that endure
I'm very lucky to have friends that I can get straight back into the swing with, even if life has conspired to keep us busy! Grateful for these women, and for the catch ups we get to have over wine (thanks, Cynthia!), lunch at Carluccios (thanks, Kaz!), or a quick hello.
9. Giving up and regrouping
When I took these two years off from teaching, the plan was to write and blog. I've done plenty of both, but I've also gone for a few jobs in other industries that I'd never had the chance to try before. It's been fun to try, and I don't regret it, but I think after bridesmaiding several times (my cheesey way of saying I made the shortlist but didn't get the gig!) it's time to refocus on what this break is all about.
While I've been making marketing plans my novel has been well and truly backburner-ed. I've appreciated the learning curve, have met some awesome people and honestly have amazed myself with how far I've got in a couple of instances, but for year two it's working on the novel, blogging away, and hopefully building my freelance portfolio even more. All too soon it's going to be time to start applying for teaching jobs!
10. A pause
I've had a sore back for almost a week now (a dull ache now, but middle of last week was horrid). While I haven't enjoyed the pain, I have loved the opportunity for a pause. Good for the soul.
Happy Tuesday, all!