Family and Friends Week-end, Random Faves and Monday Mood Busters!
Happy Monday everyone! I am sad to say that Saturday evening ended by 'birthday week.' Mum and Dad took us out for dinner to the pub next door for some well needed stodge! It was bitterly cold on Saturday as yet again the country (mostly SW and SE) was subject to a snow storm. We just got flurries, high winds and sub zero temperatures - one of the fells in the county (Helvellyn) reached -23 centigrade yesterday. I am coping by eating a lot of food and looking for little ways to boost the morale! The pub dinner certainly did that! You can't beat a good old steak and ale pie with lashings of gravy. The red wine was most excellent as well and we have enough pie left for a portion each the next day after we'd frozen our faces off again walking the dog!
Full price it is £62 but I would imagine if you used this for a few weeks any de-hydration would be gone and your face would be glowing. When you are 41 like me and haven't had any 'work' or peels, fillers or botox, having a 'glow' a great goal! I went out on Saturday night and felt the oil made a real difference. This one is uber-natural and I am thinking of buying a bottle.
Which used to be an old 'priory' but is now a pretty decent size Buddhist centre that has a 'world peace café.' Neither of us are Buddhists in any form (although I've read a couple of Thich Naht Hahn books), and we don't go there for that reason - rather for the lovely Veggie food in the café (the cakes are obviously 'mindfully' made; they are delicious!), and the setting - it is surrounded by woodland walks that take you to the beach and there is a lovely lawn for the children to play on - or throw sticks and mud at each other which ours did. I was a little concerned other people had gone there for 'peace and mindfulness' but hey ho - kids, noise, mud and laughter are the stuff of life!
This is the Buddhist temple. I probably will never go in - meditation is not my thing and I would just fidget, be generally disruptive and constantly be mentally challenging the idea of trying to be emptyheaded which I don't quite understand.
Apart from this my week-end consisted of tons of food shopping and chores. I don't know about you but unless I feel I 'get Sunday right' - i.e. catch up on all chores, paperwork, cleaning, I can't start Monday with a clear head!
Mondays are not really my best day of the week - after a family Sunday (the only day off we get with my husband) - I always struggle getting back into work. At the moment at work I am dealing with quite a few major issues and upheavals and it is not the most fun - mostly draining and quite stressful. I don't know how you guys cope with this but mine is in seeking simple pleasures and mood lifters:
Taking cakes into work to show the staff how much I appreciate their hard work.
When I have finished all my work (I work from home in the afternoon until about 5 or 6pm) I always try and get changed - for the third time that day - out of my dog walking clothes (having previously been in work clothes that morning!). Sometimes if I've got dinner to make and a ton of chores to do it just gives me a boost by changing, re-doing make-up and hair and putting some nice perfume on. At the moment I am trying some new bright colours as when I brought some 'pre-season' clothes in from storage I realised most were navy and need to spruce myself up a bit! I liked the St Paddy's green theme of this sweater that I picked up this week.
These weren't as good as my recent forays into raw chocolate but pretty nice for £6 box of chocs!
Linking up with Lindsay!
Happy Monday everyone!