10 favourites this week (#172)

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Happy Tuesday, you lovely lot! I hope you don't mind that my favourites are a day late this week, but if you saw yesterday's post, you'll hopefully understand why. I'm in such a good mood today - I love this time of year when life goes back to normal after the summer holidays and we all start thinking about autumn and the many traditions that come with the season. Plus, any excuse to buy a new coat and some jumpers is a-okay with me.

Anyway, I'm rambling now, so let's just get stuck in with this week's favourites, shall we?

1) Kirkstall deli market

On Monday afternoon I met my in-laws at Kirkstall deli market for a catch up and some lunch. The market is one of my favourite events in Leeds, but I haven't been for AGES, so it was lovely to be back eating yummy food amongst the abbey ruins. Plus, I got to hang out with my little nephew which is always a highlight.

2) Batch cooking

In preparation for being sans kitchen for the next few weeks, I spent a chunk of bank holiday Monday batch cooking loads of yummy meals for the freezer. I absolutely love cooking and never fail to feel relaxed when I'm pottering in the kitchen, and I'm sure all of the preparation will come in very handy over the next few weeks.

3) More kitchen progress

Which leads me nicely on to my next point! There's been even more progress made on our kitchen this week, with the fitters coming to rip the old kitchen out and the electrician doing some dull but essential work. Plus, in very exciting news, our oven was delivered! She's a beauty and I'm already dreaming about al of the roast dinners I'm going to make once everything is finished...

4) The Handmaid's Tale

Okay, okay, I know I'm about 2 years behind everybody else here, but I finally started watching The Handmaid's Tale this week and I'm loving it! It's such an interesting storyline and I'm finding it so gripping. If you're looking for a box set that will have you hooked, I would thoroughly recommend.

5) Pizza and creative biz chats

On Thursday evening I headed into town to meet some lovely Leeds ladies for pizza and creative biz chats at Belgrave Music Hall. It was so nice to hang out with people doing awesome things and chat about all of the projects we've been working on - it can be really hard to find accountability partners and cheerleaders, so I'm so glad that Amy organised this little get together.

6) Readers Gonna Read podcast

It just so happens that one of those awesome creative projects launched on Friday, and that was the Readers Gonna Read podcast. Amy has set up a new podcast to chat to people about all things books, and I was so honoured to be her first guest. If you love reading then make sure you check the podcast out - it's a good'un (although be warned, you're book spend might go through the roof...).

7) Working on This North Works

A big chunk of last week was spent getting everything ready for launching This North Works yesterday, and I really enjoyed it. I've learnt so many new skills already, from editing podcasts to getting my head around Squarespace, and I'm excited to see what else I might learn over the next couple of months.

8) Ordering our kitchen floor tiles

We've got another exciting week of kitchen renovations ahead, with the plastering happening and the floor tiles being laid. I spent longer than I care to admit searching high and low for tiles that I a) loved and b) didn't cost the earth, and I'm feeling pretty happy with our decision! I can't wait to show you all once our kitchen is finished.

9) An impromptu date night with Sam

After a very stressful and dusty day of DIY on Saturday, Sam and I decided to spend the evening having a little impromptu date night. We wandered up to the village next to us (being sure to stop and say hi to the horses at the end of our road first) for a Chinese and a couple of drinks and it was so nice to spend some time just catching up with each other rather than discussing plug sockets and dining tables.

10) Keeping up the running 

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I recently started the couch to 5k programme to help me get a bit fitter, and I'm still absolutely loving it. This week was my 3rd consecutive week of getting out for 3 runs, which is the most consistent I've been with exercise for a really long time. Sam and I have both signed up for a 10k in November, so hopefully this autumn will be the season I find my passion for running again.

What have you all been up to this week?