Wonderful Wednesday Thirty-Five

img_3927I’ve managed to waffle an intro for thirty four weeks now but I’m out, my brain is broken. I’ve had the most ridiculously busy work week. One in which people keep side eyeing me to see if today’s the day I freak the hell out.

It’s not. So far, so sane. *High five*

I’m learning a ridiculous amount of stuff so it’s a good kind of brain ache. I’ve been sleeping like the dead, my eyes close as soon as my face plants the pillow in that way that only seems to happen when you’ve used your brain to its absolute limit.

What it means though is that my mind tank is empty for intro waffle. And probably any kind of creative writing further down, let’s see eh? Busy but good, that’s all you get this week. Busy. But. Good.
Shall we?

Huge dirty great life size rhino sculptures have been appearing in the streets and parks of Torbaydos this Summer. They’re truly beautiful like this one fella, Louis, he packs his bags every week and rocks up in a brand new spot ready to be discovered. He showed up in a field near my house last Monday; Pete was not happy. What. The. Eff. IS IT? Cue alternating between being a double hard b***ard and a massive massive chicken. Watching him try to figure it out whilst doing his super fast running around it was all kinds of hilarious and super cute. Betty did not care. .

Date Night
Husband and I put on some pants and went out on a real date this weekend, a Saturday night dinner date no less. It was full of great food and beer and chat and people watching and minimal phone grabbing. I ate a monkfish curry that was hotter than the sun, definitely what you want on date night. It was lovely to take our hanging out elsewhere though, you have to make time for that stuff. Life advice right there.

More in this week’s bakeoffbakealong post but I made all the bread this weekend. Let’s not discuss the real Bake Off eh? It’s just too soon. *wails into the air* how could you Love Productions. HOW COULD YOU?   My bakeathon started with Nutella brioche and ending with a ginormous bloomer (my mom calls it Bloomies). There’s something a little bit magical about stuffing your face with something you’ve made with your own two hands, particularly when you can dunk it into a steaming bowl of fresh stew. Hygge hygge-hygge tiiiimmmmme. To be sung to the tune of ‘Summertime’, for the irony.

Cheesy Feet
Sorry, another dog one and potentially one only REAL dog lovers will get: I love love love the smell of cheesy dog feet. I don’t know why and if I think about it too hard it’ll make me want to vom, but seriously, I cannot get enough of those stinky toes this week. ANYONE out there get this?? Anyone at all? Speak now.

Good Job Little Buddy
I’ve sort of nailed work this week. It’s exhausted every single brain cell I have but I’ve done it. I led my first client meeting in which I talked at 400 miles an hour (sweet sweet nerves) but generally I rocked it. It’s been the longest time since I’ve had to sit in front of a client one on one and convey actual real life important information. It’s nice to know I can still handle that situation with just a set of clammy palms.

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl 
Roald Dahl books punctuated my whole childhood: I found solace in Matilda, used Mr and Mrs Twit as stand ins for those terrifying characters I needed to process in my real life, learnt how to spot a witch from 100 yards.  Still now when I need to escape I’ll pick up a battered old copy of Fantastic Mr Fox or The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me and dive right in for a bit. This week (yesterday I think) marked 100 years since he was born reminding me of all those times Roald just got it. Thanks RD.

And that was this week. How’s yours been?

Sally is responsible for all this joy sharing so head on over to Sally Tangle for more jolliness than you can handle. And don’t forget the WW posse Kate, Helen, JoCatEmma, Sam, Laura and Kerri. They’re full of the good stuff. Peta  and Sarah joined us last week too and Jasmin has boarded the mid-week merry train (sorry, I don’t know what that sentence even is!) this week – there’s no stopping the wonderful.

Let me know if you decide to join us. Very cheer, much happy, so Wednesday. 

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  • Goodness, it sounds like you’ve had an exceedingly busy, but very worthwhile week! Congrats on nailing all the work stuff so well 🙂 My last week has been abnormally social with one (very fun) party after another, and is set to continue this week with blog events, a wedding, a photography exhibition and a birthday party. All lovely, but goodness, my almost-30 year old self is finding the social whirlwind rather too exhausting!! I’ll definitely be retiring for some hygge time at home after this 😉 xxx

  • Appreciate the Day

    Is it possibly to be super proud of someone that you’ve never met, who lives the other end of the country and has absolutely nailed this week? Because if it is, I am feeling all those feels for you! Well done girl. Sometimes the most exhausting of weeks feel the best, because they are so productive and progressful (yeah that’s a word now).

    I’m loving the Rhino in his mosaic splendor. We have elephants the other year, gorillas last year and pigs this year. God knows what animal they’ll plump for next year! I am super impressed with your baking prowess. I’m currently looking for student friendly meal ideas – I’m not sure nutella brioche is one! Time without phones is the best. I went out with friends as a goodbye meal last night and we didn’t touh our phones from the moment we all got in the car till we tipped into bed.

    Wishing you restful sleep and a fab weekend xx

  • Aren’t Love Productions just super cruel? I’m fine with it moving to Channel 4, I can accept that but losing Mel and Sue – they are the cherry on top of all things bake off! I really hope Paul and Mary stick around, otherwise they might as well cancel the show all together!

    Cheesy feet is bad but cheesy dog feet?! I can’t get my head around it. Are you sure you don’t have a rose up your nose which is making your dogs feet smell nice?

    Congrats on nailing work this week, let’s hope you nail it again next week, and the week after!xx

  • Laura Meredith

    That’s been one busy week for you! Your Nutella brioche looked amazing, I think I need to try making it myself (*waits for your recipe post*). Well done on the work front, there’s nothing better than nailing something you were nervous about! Hope you have a lovely week 🙂
    Laura xx

  • I love the Rhino! We have one at Temple Meads too, I snapped a pic of him yesterday as he was our meeting point. Haha at Pete going crazy though that’s brilliant!

    Nutella Brioche?! Yes, yes please I would like to place my order for a large box (like the size I can fit myself in so that’s huge) to be sent to me asap – thank you!

    Georges marvellous medicine was one of my favourite Dahl books, although Matilda is obviously the best. I gave my godson George’s marvellous medicine for Christmas as his parents have been struggling to get him to engage with reading, and thankfully he loved it – I am a book genius.

    Well done you on kicking this week’s butt, despite it kind of feeling a little lick it was kicking back!! You nailed it.xx

  • This is a FANTABULOUS display of #wonderfulwednesday action right there! I’m in equal parts jealous and wishing that we lived closer so that i could sample all of these Bakeoffbakealong delights you seem to be conjuring up. how long do you reckon it’ll be before we can tweet more than just GIFS of actual food?!?!?

    I’m glad you’re rocking the work bus – that’s a good and great feeling even if you are totally wiped out because of it {that part i can defo relate to of late!}.

    Here’s hopin’ you’ve got some slow ‘you and the pups’ time planned in for over the weekend for a little recharge!

    As aaaalways, thanks ever so much for joining in! How maHOOsive is our wee gang now eh?!!?

    Sal x

  • Carl and I are so in need of a date night, it makes such a difference to get out of the house and not have any distractions!

    I am more than a bit gutted about the whole Bake Off moving to Channel 4 and now we have lost Mel and Sue. DISASTER!

    Good on you for nailing work – there is no better feeling!

    Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

  • I can’t even… you’re killing me with your bread talk! And tonights bake is going to be watched with such a bitter sweet eye! I don’t know what cheesey dog feet are but I LOVE the rhinos! Why are they popping up everywhere? Stephie xx


  • reneejessome

    Ahh a date night sounds MAGICAL. I haven’t had one of those in over 3 months. Babies tend to suck the date night feelings right out of you lol. Ps; Lux’s toes have been smelling very cheesy lately- i’m not sure if we’re sharing the same cheese scent?- but I CAN’T STOP SMELLING THEM!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • ummmmm that nutella bread sounds like it was………EVERYTHING
    except I would have died because I’m allergic to nuts.
    I like to look at all bakes nutella though and dream about how they taste. – dreamy I imagine.
    I’d love to jump onboard the Wonderful Wednesday midweek merry train! How do I do this?? I want to spread happiness!
    Betty x

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  • That rhino is EPIC! I giggled imagining Pete’s reaction to it! The bread sounds soooo good and well done on leading your first client meeting!! 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend,
    Peta x

  • Cat

    HEAPS of congratulations on running your own client meeting for the first time! I completely understand the clammy palms and heart palpitations that can trigger 🙂 Well done!

    Also – love spotting the Friends quotes scattered amongst your posts/tweets – I couldn’t read ‘my Mom calls it Bloomies’ without having ‘Bloooomies’ in my head! C x

  • Ah the rhino is awesome! But who moves is around? Surely that thing is heavy!

    I finally got caught up with the Bake Off drama and I am sad to see it moving to Channel 4…. no more Mel and Sue? I don’t think it’ll be the same.

    Speaking of Bake Off, batter week was such a snore fest.

  • Katie

    Nutella loaf sounds incredible! And I’m totally with you on the RD love (but not the cheesy dog toes, you lovely weirdo)- the giraffe, the pelly and me was one of the best parts of my childhood. I’d quite like to open a Grubber one day myself… Xxx

  • You’re not the only one who loves cheesy dog feet! I love to have a sneaky sniff while they’re snoozing 🙂 xx

  • I wish I had a pup for cheesy dog feet haha! I can’t wait to bring up my own puppy! I am absolutely with you on feeling brain dead. I’ve started my new graduate job and oh my days its soooo hard, sooo much of errrything. Almost had a break down and quit only a week in haha. Well done you on handling a client meeting! xo

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