At seven pm tonight I was at work after a particularly stressful week in the office for our team. After missing my favourite Friday night yoga class, with a headache, and feeling a bit grumpy and angry at the world, I wasn’t in a good way to start any kind of Friday night fun. What I needed was to let it all go so I could start the weekend in a good frame of mind. I needed to be a bit positive about my week – there were lots of good things in there along with the tough work. Here they are:
A short week – yet again. I found out that our fellow Americans don’t get any extra time off over Easter so that made me extra appreciative.
Seeing All New People. Ok, I did only go because Zach Braff was in it (you know the funny guy from scrubs) but it was actually so clever. He wrote it too – that guy is talented.
My new shoes – I have only worn them once this week but just knowing that they are there, sitting in their box, fills me with joy.
Emails from my sister – I love getting emails from my sister (this week’s was about birthdays – hers – and clothes – the best kind). She has two little boys so emails only arrive in the middle of the night or during a rare moment that we call spare time.
Trying a new recipe. This week, I tried Jamie Oliver’s Moroccan Lamb Burgers. Twice! They took a little under seven minutes to prepare and will totally impress at summer BBQs. Just substitute the burger bun with pita bread.
Taylor St Baristas for the best coffee (Australian of course) and LAMINGTONS. For the non-Australians, they look funny I know but you just have to try them.
It all started with Cocoa Butter Body Butter and it all ended with Brownies. Butter and Cocoa, cocoa and butter, cocoa butter became my theme for the week.
I shopped. I picked up some Cocoa Butter Body Butter and the Cocoa Butter Body Scrub (with a pretty aqua exfoliator) from The Body Shop, some Cocoa Butter Vaseline for lips at Boots and raided the cupboard and supermarkets for anything Cocoa and Butter related – dark chocolate, Banoffee hot cocoa and ingredients for Jamie Oliver’s Chocolate Brownies.
I think I must have spent the whole week smelling like Chocolate – being surrounded by it and covered in it – so it’s lucky for me that the smell and taste of chocolate makes you feel happy. All those endorphins boosting your mood, helping you feel less sad and a lot more relaxed.
I think that totally justifies having a left over brownie for breakfast. Just to end off a tough challenge and a hard, hard week.
This week’s challenge: Sing. Loudly. Badly. Off-key. Whatever you like. It works.
Now if there ever has been a challenge that’s made for me, this is it. Singing loudly, badly and off-key is something that I do very, very well. You might think that I’m just saying that but I’m not. I’m that bad. And I love it.
I’m lucky enough to be going to see Florence in concert this week and where better to sing at the top of my lungs than at a Florence concert. But singing is such a good de-stresser so I plan to be entertaining people with a few tunes whenever I’m feeling a little frayed – at work, on the tube, at Tesco’s on Sunday ten minutes before the shops close. Not sure they will appreciate it as much as me.
Next week’s challenge: Cover your entire body in cocoa butter & fall asleep.