28 Jan January favourites
So that resolution was short lived. But at the same time, I feel like three weeks is probably the longest I’ve kept my New Years promises to myself… I think what I’ve learned is that I really need to pre-plan my blogs, so I don’t get to 4pm on a Sunday afternoon and decide I have nothing to write about…
In any case, this post is not merely an opportunity to ruminate on blogs missed and lessons learned. It is, in fact, an opportunity for me to share with you my monthly favourites – the first of 2018!
Leading the pack is my friend Sam Johnson’s debut single, ‘Perfect Circle‘. Now, I’m by no means a muso; I basically just listen to a random assortment of genres depending on my mood, and latch on to a few faves. This is one of said favourites, and I’ve had it on repeat! Sam is UK-based, and I’ve not had the opportunity to see him play live, but I definitely can’t wait to see where he goes from here!
Demonstrating aforementioned varied (read: completely random) music tastes, next on my list of favourites for this month is The Greatest Showman. I LOVE this movie – it is a masterpiece of the silver screen (I have decided). Because movie tickets are so blooming expensive, I rarely go to the cinema these days (I don’t help myself by insisting I need a drink and snacks to complete the experience), but I have a semi-regular girls’ night with a couple of uni friends and we decided to hit the cinema for our latest iteration. I didn’t know much about the movie before we went, but from the opening scene, I was hooked. It had my favourite combination of obsession-worthy original music numbers, wonderful sets and cinematography, and heartwarming story line. (The presence of Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron didn’t hurt either…) I also love it’s from a first-time Australian director, and is such a unique storyline. If you’ve not seen it yet, it’s definitely worth forking out for the tickets.
From the silver screen to the laptop screen now. (What a segue – can you tell I’m watching a weekend morning chat show while writing this?) The Last Kingdom. Medieval wars? Tick. Delightfully good looking leading man? Tick. Vikings? Tick. Vaguely historically accurate? Tick. I finished two seasons in about five days, and I don’t regret a moment of it. While I wait for the third season to be released, I have now started down a rabbit hole of tv shows which emulate a similar style, and Googling European destinations at every opportune moment.
While I’ve been whiling away all those hours in front of my laptop screen, I have been taking advantage of my newfound appreciation for lactose-free milk and sipping on the most delightful varieties of tea imaginable: T2’s Terrific Toffee and Creme Brûlée. Oh my are these DELICIOUS. Despite the fact we’ve been enjoying some scorchers in this little corner of Australia, in my opinion it’s never too hot for tea. I had been off all tea, apart from peppermint, for a while, as I’m very much a milk and two sugars kinda gal when it comes to black tea. But, as per my last post, I’ve found a good lactose-free milk, and have thus re-entered the wonderful world of caffeinated teas, spurred on by a variety box I received for my birthday last year, in which these two loose leaf varieties were included. I can not wait for the cooler weather to hit (I am so much more a winter person), when it is much more appropriate for me to sit huddled under a blanket with rain falling outside and tea brewing 24/7. (At some stage I will have to go to work, to feed this slightly decadent habit.)
Still in the food and beverage realm, in my last post I wrote about my home-made cinnamon scrolls. Though yummy, these did probably take much longer to make than is really worth the time, and (secretly), I’d prefer to just have my pick of the sweet pastries available at Baker’s Delight (I once spent a two week holiday having a different item from there for breakfast every morning). However, I have two quick and easy savoury scroll recipes which are my new go-tos for gatherings (I love cheese and biccies but when consumed with alcohol, I’ve discovered they’re not quite enough to avoid a mammoth hangover). Made using store bought puff pastry, these are Spinach and feta scrolls, and Vegemite and cheese scrolls. I made these just a couple of days ago for a picnic I was going to, and they’re so easy to whip up the morning of the event, and just pop them in a plastic container lined with foil, so they’re still warm when I get to wherever I’m going. I usually take some tomato sauce to have with the spinach and feta scrolls, which just takes them to the next level. I obviously have to totally eschew my lactose intolerance at such times, but cheese is just so hard for me to part with.
When I finally manage to get myself off the couch (after munching on scrolls and sipping on tea whilst watching a medieval show on Netflix), I’ve been quite enjoying getting into my own personal version of yoga this month. I spent a couple of weeks away from home, where I didn’t have access to my regular classes and I really enjoyed just getting into my own flow. This month I’ve really been inspired by Jessica Olie to get myself stretching and trying some new poses. And now that you can follow hashtags on Instagram, I’ve been scrolling through a lot more yoga posts, which are always motivating. (That and the fact that I want to buy some new yoga gear, but can’t justify it if it’s mainly worn to sit about the house. I am one of those annoying people whose main out of the office uniform consists of athleisure wear.)
I could go on, but I feel like this read has been long enough for a Sunday night – if you’re like me, you’ve still got some meal prep to do, and are eagerly awaiting the first episode of ‘I’m a Celebrity…‘ – so I’ll leave you to it!
Have a lovely week and I’ll see you online next Sunday (yes, definitely – I’ve got the post planned!)