10 favourites this week (#6)

IMG_6920 Monday again already! I swear January is flying by before my eyes - it'll be spring before we know it. The last week has been a busy one for me - here are ten things that made me happy:

1) Getting on top of life admin

I have spent quite a bit of time this week getting on top of what I like to call "life admin". Stuff like registering for the electoral roll, paying bills and doing some good old fashioned filing. They're not the most exciting tasks in the world, but I feel so much better for being on top of things.

2) Starting my jewellery course

On Tuesday I started the Introduction to Jewellery Making course at the Bowery Gallery in Headingley. I've never done anything like it before so I was a little bit nervous beforehand. I needn't have been - the other ladies in my class were all beginners too and the instructor was wonderfully patient with us all. I loved the feeling of creating something, of using my hands to make something, and I can't wait to see what I can learn as the course progresses.

3) Eating proper fish and chips

I was in London for work again this week and I headed to Kerbisher and Malt for a meal with my colleagues. I was thoroughly impressed - delicious light batter on the fish, chips that were stodgy perfection and service that was second to none. And cheap to boot! I would definitely recommend it if you're in the Hammersmith area.

4) Reading #GIRLBOSS

It seems like all of the blogger-verse have been getting stuck into Sophia Amoruso's book and I have been no different. It wasn't the best book I've ever read and some parts felt a tiny bit patronising, but reading it did give me a good sense of feeling in control and powerful. There's something in reading about success that is won from a hell of a lot of hard work that really makes you focus.

5) Starting our house hunt

I have written previously about our desire to buy a house this year and this week we kicked off our search properly. We have viewed a couple of houses this weekend, and while none of them quite fit the bill it feels good to have got started! I am determined to enjoy the process and I am so excited to find something we love.

6) Burns Night fun

On Friday we attended a Burns supper at our friend's house - for those who don't know, Burns Night is a Scottish tradition that celebrates the life and poetry of Robert Burns. We ate haggis with neeps and tatties and drank a few drams of whiskey  - a pretty good way to spend Friday night in my opinion!

7) Baking blondies

I'm trying to improve my baking skills this year and so have been trying my hand at some relatively easy recipes. This weekend I baked Lil's blondies, and my WORD were they good. I may or may not have scoffed 3 pieces in one sitting...

8) Watching Aladdin

The Disney classic, Aladdin, has been added to Netflix and I indulged in watching it on Saturday afternoon. The songs were way better than I remembered and Robin William's performance of the genie is just legendary. I giggled all the way through and it definitely made me feel just a little bit nostalgic for my childhood.

9) Beautiful bright roses

My guy came home from work yesterday with the big bunch of beautiful roses in the picture above. They are so bright and cheery and have been adding a bit of colour to counteract the grey weather today. I love having fresh flowers in my house so these made me super happy.

10) Spending Sunday in the kitchen with Joni Mitchell

Yesterday I spent a lot of time relaxing and a big part of this was spent in the kitchen. I made brunch, slow cooked some pork belly and made soup for my lunches. I love cooking and it really helps me to switch off - especially when accompanied by the sweet tones of Joni Mitchell.