Everyday Joys #27

Happy Sunday! I have managed to get 2017 off to a shaky start with a cold, a dodgy knee from running which seizes up of its own accord whenever it likes, and a shoulder injury which means I have difficulty lifting my arms high enough to take my jumper off. So that’s been nice…

But despite that (and the fact that I am currently holed up on the sofa off sick from work and knocking back paracetamol and ibuprofen like there’s no tomorrow), I’m still feeling very positive about the months and years ahead. And despite spending most of the first week of the year feeling like I wanted to detach my head from my body, I still have a nice little round up of happy moments to share with you today. So, without further ado (or whinging), here they are…

Watching the fireworks on NYE. At midnight I managed to get a pause in the middle of night shift and watch the fireworks going off across London from the rooftop. It was a pretty awe-inspiring view: although we couldn’t see the main display in central, there were so many private displays going on that we got a brilliant view of them instead. It was like a war had started, with coloured lights exploding all around us as far as the eye could see. What a way to see in the New Year!

Chicken Arrabiata. I cooked my first chicken arrabiata from scratch this week, and it was the bomb. Even if I do say so myself. I followed this recipe for the most part, and it was epic. Submerging the chicken into the sauce raw and allowing it to cook in its own juices allowed for some truly succulent meat.

Star Wars Identities. My boyfriend is a bit of a Star Wars nerd, so on his Christmas present list were tickets to the new Star Wars exhibition at the O2. I haven’t seen the original series in years, and being older I think I actually appreciated it more now than I would have done years ago. We had headsets and wristbands to make the tour interactive, with different stations where you could stop off and build the elements for your very own Star Wars character! We have since starting rewatching the original trilogy, and I am more of a fan of Star Wars than I have ever been. Nerd Life chose me…

Rogue One. It’s been a bit of a Star Wars week all in all! We finally made it to the cinema to see Rogue One, and I LOVED it. It bridges the gap between the prequels and originals so well and ties in so well to A New Hope. The characters were all so likeable and relatable, the plot was great and the I was on the edge of my seat throughout, urging the rebels on. I also cried A LOT. It was a brilliant film and I’d thoroughly recommend it, even if you’re not a mega Star Wars nerd.

Sharknado. Utterly terrible. Completely hilarious, and I say this as someone who has been terrified of sharks all her life. I did not find this film scary in the least, due mostly to the ridiculous plot and fantastically terrible CGI sharks. It made the rubber* model of Jaws from the original film look scary…
(*It may be rubber or plastic, but I’m now too scared to Google the answer and encounter a load of shark pics, so let me off or let me know the answer. Thanks…)

A winter’s evening run. I got back from work one afternoon with a lot of unspent energy and decided that I needed to get out and burnĀ  it off. It was two degrees outside so not the warmest of runs, but I gritted my teeth and within five minutes I was boiling! The view along the river was truly breathtaking. As the sun sank behind the trees the mist and fog thickened, hanging heavy in the air. The silhouetted trees doubled their size with their reflections stretching across the water, and I saw the moon reflected in the river beside me as I ran. For the first time in memory I ran without thinking about my breathing. I was completely lost in the joy of the run, in the music pounding through my earphones, and the beauty of the countryside around me. I genuinely had to force myself to stop and take pictures. Without that I could have run and run all evening. My knee has suffered since, but it was oh so worth it.

Real Texan Chilli. The boyfriend bought me a Made inĀ  the USA cookbook for Christmas, and we made the chilli during the week. I have never made a chilli from scratch before, and it was delicious. Especially when mixed with rice, guacamole, sour cream, nacho cheese and salsa. A firm favourite from now on I think!

Listing. The boyfriend and I are both massive list fiends, so we spent a morning this week setting out what we want to do this year. Our plans range from exhibitions we want to see to holidays we want to go on to (deep breath!) the house we want to buy. If this year pans out as we hope it could be the best year ever, and I am SO excited for the next 12 months!

What everyday joys have made up the first week of 2017 for you?