10 favourites this week (#45)

autumn rodley leeds liverpool canal Morning! Can you believe it's NOVEMBER?! Like I swear I was just writing my summer bucket list a few weeks ago and now it's time to start thinking about Christmas shopping and winter coats and the prospect of snow. Time is weird, isn't it?

This week has been a bit of an off one - I've had a horrible cold which has rendered me a bit useless and very snotty, meaning my diary hsn't been as full as usual. But there has still been lots of lovely things - here are my 10 favourites this week...

1) Hot Ribena

I rediscovered this little beauty this week and there is literally nothing better when you're full of cold - it's so sweet and comforting! It's also strange how a taste can be so nostalgic, but it instantly takes me back to sick days on my Nan's couch when I was little. It definitely made me feel better in between the million nose blows...

2) Watching Elf

This made me way more excited than it should of done! It also made me very sad that I don't have a Christmas trip to NYC planned, but I suppose I can't complain too much since we were there not too long ago. But yay for Christmas and everyone being happy and lots more Christmas movie marathons complete with hot chocolate and festive snacks - I love this time of year so much!

elf hot ribena

3) Doing some planning for our trip to Oslo

We have less than 6 weeks to go until our last little city break of the year, and I utilised my time on the sofa this week to do some research and sort our hotel out. I can't wait to explore the Christmas markets and drink great coffee and take a million photos of the harbour - as always, if you have any tips please please let me know.

4) Inheriting a new hairdryer

My wonderful hairdresser cousin has recently upgraded his hairdryer and kindly gave me his old one - it's about a million times better than the basic Babyliss one I had and I've discovered that I can actually blow dry my hair with it! I always thought that I could never manage a proper bouncy blow dry myself, but maybe it was just that I never had the proper tools. Thanks again Redmond!

5) Starting NaNoWriMo

November 1st marked the start of National Novel Writing Month - you can read more about why I'm taking part here. I got off to a pretty good start, penning 2828 words on my first day - here's hoping I can keep the habit up for the next 29 days!

6) Teddy's birthday night out

On Saturday night we all headed out for my friend Teddy's birthday - we ate amazing Thai food at a super cheap BYOB place in town and then carried on the gin drinking in a couple of bars. Highlights include singing along to the Wilson Phillips song from Bridesmaids and hogging the free photobooth in North Bar. Perhaps even more exciting was escaping hangover free...


7) A super long Sunday lie in

Which leads me on to another thing on the list that made me smile this week - managing to sleep in until 11am yesterday! I can never sleep in past around 8am usually at the weekend, but I think the combination of being a bit run down and a night out meant that my body needed a long sleep. It felt really luxurious to not have anything to set the alarm for and it definitely made me feel more rested.

8) A gorgeous sunny Sunday

The weather was totally gorgeous in Leeds yesterday, with clear blue skies all day. I wasn't planning on going for a  run but the weather was so beautiful that I just really wanted to get out of the house and enjoy it. It was weirdly warm too - I saw at least 3 people walking along the canal wearing shorts and I ran in just a vest - something I never thought I'd get chance to do in November!

9) Fireworks and fish and chips

Unfortunately the clear skies didn't hang around for the evening - come about 4pm thick fog started rolling in! We had arranged to meet our friends at Stockeld Park for their annual firework display which is set to music, but we couldn't really see anything but bursts of colour because the fog was so bad. Thankfully the delicious fish and chips at the Wetherby Whaler afterwards more than made up for it.

10) It's November

Which is my favourite month! I am a little bit biased because my birthday is in November, but I just love all of the festivities of this time of year. I'm looking forward to a month of birthday celebrations and fireworks and Christmas markets and cosy nights in - BRING. IT. ON.