Life Lately

Today I’ve got the day off from work as I still have a few days to take this year, and so I thought why not I might as well treat myself to some relaxation time! So today I’ve mostly been catching up on TV, amending my blog design (check out the new header image) and not doing the numerous jobs on my list – oops! But I figured another ‘Lately‘ post was far more important than hoovering my flat as I’m sure you’d agree! So what have I been up to recently, well to be honest lots and lots – mainly eating nice food, catching up with family and work – which is why I needed to use this day off to write another lately post!

West Wing marathons – My friends, sister and I are currently working our way through the entire box set of West Wing, the phenomenally brilliant show about working for the president of the United states. We all absolutely adore the show but haven’t all seen every episode, so what a perfect excuse for me to view them all again! Last week we caught up and watched four episodes in one night, the episodes spanned a whole plethora of action – middle east talks, Leo’s heart attack and Donna returning to work after being involved in a road side bomb attack. All very stressful to be honest! As we near the end of our West Wing marathon (we’ve just started series 6 and 7 is the final series!) it’s given me time to stop and think about the show and I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no better TV show out there. The writing is superb, the characters wonderful and the show is equal parts humour and sentiment. I think it’s a tribute to the brilliance of the show that you can understand every action of every single character, even if you don’t agree with what they are doing or how they are acting. You still understand why they are doing what they’re doing. Just brilliant, brilliant stuff.

Delicious Seafood Ravioli

Chez Bruce – Four or five times a year we have a ‘Dads and Daughters’ dinner with another family and the five of us (three daughters and two dads) go to a fantastic restaurant to chat, eat lovely food and (for everyone else) drink lots of wine! Last week was our latest outing and we went to Chez Bruce in Wandsworth and it was lovely. The food itself was on another level to anything else I’ve ever had, although as my first ever Michelin dinig experience that’s to be expected! Not only were my three courses – seafood ravioli, chicken and potato gnocchi and peanut butter and chocolate cake – sensational but the parmesan crackers, foccacia bread, ciabatta bread, chocolate truffles and caramel pastries that we were treated to at various stages throughout the night we’re all exceptionally delicious. It really was the most amazingly wonderful treat.

Me with my Auntie Jennie and cocktails!

Family fun – All of my Mum’s family lives over in Australia and while we do try to see them all fairly regularly, it isn’t always that easy. So when we do get together it’s always special. My Aunt and Uncle have been over in the UK and Italy for the last few weeks, so we’ve had lots of opportunity to see them, which has been fantastic but sadly they’ve now flown home but we did manage to have a good last few days with them. Firstly we all met for dinner and cocktails in London and then on Friday we were all at my parents house for a lovely home cooked meal of fish pie and apple crumble and then board game fun! Both nights were brilliant, but I’m not sure the hilarity of eight members of team Evans/Jones/Harvey playing the Logo Game can ever be beaten!

Skyfall – What a brilliant film! I saw it at the weekend and it was sensational, it was the best film I’ve seen in a long while. The story was great and not too complicated or confusing and it was strangely believable. It would also have been a brilliant stand alone film, which I think is always the key to a good film from a franchise. When we left the cinema we were discussing whether or not it was better than Casino Royale, and I still can’t decide as I love both the films for numerous reasons, although I do think the supporting cast in Skyfall possibly pip the cast in Casino Royale – I mean Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Helen McCrory, Javier BArdem, Ben Wishaw and of course Albert  Finney. Wow! If you haven’t seen it I urge you to ASAP, it’ll life up to your sky high expectations I promise!

The Patriots take on the Rams

Wembley bound – yesterday it was the latest NFL game at Wembley and I went along to support my team the New England Patriots and it was fantastic! Having never been to a live NFL game before I wasn’t sure what to expect but I wasn’t let down. The game had all the pomp, excitement and patriotism that I always expected a live game would have. From the crazy fans in Halloween dress-up outside the stadium and the 84,000 strong crowd cheering on Mayor Boris to the scantily clad cheerleaders and rousing national anthems, everything was bigger, better and bolder than anything I’ve ever seen at Wembley. And with the Patriots beating the St Louis Rams by a fair margin the result wasn’t bad either!

Running, or not as the case may be – I’m struggling with my running at the moment. I can’t seem to get back into the rhythm of things. On my two runs this weekend I did 4.5 and 3.5 miles respectively which isn’t anything to be sniffed at. But the thing about both runs was that I was doing a combination of running and walking, as I can’t seem to run for longer than 10 minutes at a time at the moment. What the hell is wrong with me? Ever since my 5k in July I’ve not been able to run a decent amount of time without stopping, and I can’t work out why. I really need to sort out my willpower when it comes to running or else I’m never going to get any better and I really want to run a 10k in 2013.

So that’s my latest week, phew how exhausting. I think I could do with another slightly calmer week please. But enough about me, what was your week like? I’d love to know what you’ve been up to!

-Fi x

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