Sunday, 5 February 2012

...fond of weekends

One of the things I love about our life now is that other than a couple of times a year, Dave and I don't work weekends. Right up until we moved to Dundee, I had roughly one Sunday off every three weeks, and always worked on a Saturday.

Our weekends now fall into two catergories - completely jam packed, as last weekend was, or quite time weekends, like this one.
Note the size of the rocky road compared to the teapot...
Last weekend was of the jam-packed variety. Friday was lunch at Kimbles and a bit of window shopping with one of my very favourite girls, Mhairi and her wee baba on Friday, where I chose what I thought was a rocky road muffin for my puddding. It turned out to be a muffin-sized actual rocky road, and I ended up taking half of it home in my bag. Mhairi also very kindly gave me a coat that is now too big for her, having remembered that I am 'fully jazzed about grey' - her words, and so true! It is military style with a swooshy skirt and I LOVE IT.
Sgt  Hughes at your service... (It looks better in person!)
Saturday was a visit to Dave's mum and her soon to be husband's house, where we had lovely stir fry and lots of tea and some wedding and politics and book chat, and from there, we went into Glasgow for our friend Dan's birthday, and what turned out to be a bigger night out than we had intended - drinking, dancing, mocking, eating, giving Dan hair bunches (he has long hair, my friends are silly), Dave photobombing spectacularly - he got IN FRONT of the people in the photo. Home via the kebab shop for a sarbeni, and with lots of silly chat. Oh, and Dave continually doing the 'circle pit' motion from this video (if you don't want to see an 8 year old girl's attempt at a hardcore song, don't click). Also, the boys from Dave's band said I looked like I was part of the French resistance in my coat - the red satchel probably added to the effect!
Dave, photbombing champion 2012 - Ali (the girl) ohas stretched her arm to take the photo and he still got in.
(photo used with permission of Alison Garrett)
Sunday was more family visiting, we went for Sunday lunch with my sister and brother in law and our wee nephew.  Roast beef with all the trimmings, baby chat, playing peekaboo, reading stories, and again, a lot of tea.
This is the best lentil soup I have ever made TM
Fast forward a hectic, but for the most part good working week, and it is the weekend again. And it's really cold! This weekend was supposed to be very busy indeed, but a gig of Dave's was cancelled, and we were happy for the chance of having some time to lay low. On Friday I tidied and read and listened to the radio, caught up with blogs, made a big pot of lentil soup.
Book + cider = book being slightly more readable.
Saturday began with a lie-in a leisurely breakfast watching the snow, and continued with four hours of me being confused and trying to do a bit of a redesign of this wee blog. (I'm pretty pleased with it, but please do say if you have any ideas of how I could improve it). The redesign was interspersed with Twitter chat, swearwords, tea, chocolate, and slice and back pudding rolls. I tried VERY HARD to read my Blook Club book, which I am finding fairly mediocre at the moment - I am assured it gets better and it has very good reviews, so I will batter on (mostly because finishing the book is a rule of Blook Club!). Snowy days require hot chocolate, so that is how we finished the day.
Dear hot chocolate, get in my belly.
Sunday. Sunday is my favourite weekend day. another lie-in, bagels and sausages and proper pots of tea and coffee for breakfast. R4, An hour whiled away reading the gorgeous 91 magazine, beautifully put together by Caroline of Patchwork Harmony. The discover of a new (to us) band to love - Hail Seizures - punchy folk punk played fast and skilfully.

And then, the Sunday roast. This is essentially the Rachel Allen recipe that was on Red Online this week, with carrots instead of parsnips. We had half a bottle of about-to-go-off white wine, so I chucked a cup of it in, and covered the stuff with foil for the first 20 mins so it would steam the chicken and veg bit. It is tasty!!
Y to the UM

And soon, Sunday evening (can I just point out that it's 4pm and it's still light!!). Slow preparation for the working week, cooking and washing, savouring that last hours of quiet home time, reading, watching the rest of Birdsong, and a relatively early night.

I love weekends.


Hazel's Crochet said...

That rocky road muffin looks yummy! I wish I had some.

I giggled when I seen you wear your hat, but that jacket looks awesome with your satchel and hat :D

Although it looks like you had an awesome weekend, and that chicken looks sooo yummy.

L said...

Your new look is lovely! I do like your hat too. Sounds like a good weekend, and the Blook Club book gets better - honest!

That in black ink said...

This all looks amazing! Love the new blog look too. I still haven't started the Blook Club book - excellent reminder/shame inducement...

Suddenly I See said...

No more chocolate please!! But that chicken looks lush!!!

Zoƫ {Conversation Pieces} said...

Viva the new coat! And viva the new blog look!! (Yup I'm going with the French Resistance thing and running with it!) Hmmm, I may be more careful with blook club picks in future... I think it will make for a great discussion regardless but I didn't really think about whether people would 'enjoy' it! Sherlock's next though so we can't go wrong with that ;) x

Elizabeth said...

Sunday's are my favourite day too. They are the best.

I love your coat by the way. Along with the hat and bag, you are set for awesomeness.

And the blog design looks rad. I love the header!x

Lynne said...

Blog looks great. I like the coat, but you really rock the yellow hat!

JoJo said...

Hi there- love the new blog look and the post! Also loving that you have a Bodhran on your wall! Jx

Siobhan said...

I love your new blog look and your new coat - you look so good in that picture! LONG HAIR! I can't wait to see you soon.

And weekends are mazing. I very much enjoyed this weekend and treading about your recent weekends. :)

Evil Pixie said...

Love, love, love the new look of your blog. Also love your yellow hat. And, I love weekends too! :)

Jazzy E (Hivenn) said...

That rocky road. Oh my god. x hivenn

Lottie said...

I love the new header--very impressive you are way more design talented than I am!

Sounds like the perfect weekends to me--I really need a restful weekend next as just have been too busy.

And I could do with that rocky road muffin now...

Young at Heart said...

what a lovely day.....snow stopped play here in London on SUnday so was forced to spand the day watching videos and eating my friend's enourmous leftover chocolate birthday cake cos he had to go on holiday......

amy b.s. said...

how wonderful that you guys can spend weekends together. with amazing food from the looks of it!

Alison Cross said...

First up - that coat really suits you!

Second up - must look at that recipe! Looks tasty as!

Third up - leisurely weekends are VITAL to keep you glued together (mentally as much as anything lol!)

Ali x

TheFoodieHistorian said...

I used to work in a hotel, and therefore had, on average, a whole weekend to myself every 6 weeks. I actually preferred having time off in the week - empty supermarkets, easy doctors appointments etc.

Now I am a 9-5er, and established so, I keep thinking "I need to do more with my weekends" rather than watching 2.5 hours of Come Dine With Me in a tracksuit...

grace said...

you're so stinkin' cute, lisa-marie! i greatly enjoyed the food pics in your post this week--the muffin is massive and magnificent and the hot chocolate has inspired me to make and slurp my own! :)

Lisa-Marie said...

Haze, It was AMAZING. We should go get one one day.

L, Thank you! I am really enjoying the book now :)

Claire, if it helps I haven't finished it? I had planned to today but I have the cold and can't focus at all!

SIS, It is very good, and very easy.

Z, I love you for following my theme. LOVE. I think the book was a good choice, and it was when I chose to read it that was bad, because I am really enjoying it now.

Elizabeth, thank you. The header took HOURS! I have completely forgotten how to photo edit.

Lynne, thank you! I love my hat!!

Jojo, thank you - the bodhran is my husband's, and is often taken down from there. He kept leaving it on the floor and I was worried about it being stood on!

Siobhan, I loves you :)

Pixie, thank you :)

JE, I actually nearly died of chocolate. It wasn't even very expensive. It was AMAZING.

Lottie, a long time ago, I did graphic design, so I have some basic skill! I promise there was a lot of adjusting and swearing while doing it though!

YaH, you can't let cake (or a snow day) go to waste. It would be actually criminal.

Amy, we are very lucky!

FH, there is no better way to spend time than watching Come Dine with Me. FACT!

Grace, thank you :). I might have more hot chocolate...

Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

You look really cute, I love that coat, such a chic look.

You have a really cool blog here. Do you want to follow each other, I would love that.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely weekend indeed. I am super jealous of the rocky road muffin!

A Thrifty Mrs said...

You look lovely in that hat as I've said time and again on Twitter.

Your weekend looks and sounds amazing.

Aya Smith said...

Why am I on a diet ~_~ This all looks so delicious, especially the lentil soup!!

Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

You make me wish I liked tea! It sounds so cozy when you speak of drinking tea!

I LOVE YOUR COAT!! Oh my gosh, I want one like that. And you just look adorable in general. :)

KelleyJohnson07 said...

I like the mixture of super busy/nothing to do weekends. It's great to have fun and hang out with friends, but sometimes it's also nice to do nothing!

The Sentimental Suitcase said...

Lisa-Marie you are just the cutest! I love love love how you always put pictures of the lovely yummy things you eat and now more and more pictures of You! YAY!