Five Things That Made Me Happy This Week #29

Good grief, this week feels like it has lasted for an eternity! I’m clearly getting too accustomed to having extended weekends with all these delightful bank holidays floating around. This week has felt long and clunky and disorganised but, oddly, it has still been really interesting and fun. I’m lacking a bit of energy at the moment (hence the lack of blogging and social media presence – sorry!) but I think that’s just because I’m channeling it all into the new changes in my life so I’m not feeling too guilty. Anyway, these are my favourite posts to do so I couldn’t miss sharing what made me happy this week!

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1. Unexpected sunshine:

The weather at the weekend was absolutely glorious and more than made up for the washout of a bank holiday we experienced the week before. Greg and I had no plans at all so we simply relaxed in our beautiful new garden and soaked up the sunshine. We chatted, listened to music, napped, and just generally forgot about the world as we basked in the warmth of spring. It was so lovely to spend that time together uninterrupted, without distraction, as well as collecting a bit of a sunkissed glow in the process!

2. Logan:

Greg and I have been meaning to catch Logan at the cinema for the longest time, but we just haven’t gotten around to it. However, we finally got our act together on Saturday night and treated ourselves to a cinema trip complete with Ben & Jerry’s (vanilla pecan blondie for me, strawberry cheesecake for him). I really enjoy the X-Men films and I was expecting the usual run of the mill, little-bit-cheesy, predictable-yet-enjoyable, tale. Instead, I was smacked with a hard-hitting, gory saga complete with copious amounts of PatStew swearing. It was brilliant! I felt like the film totally stood alone from the others in the Wolverine franchise and it had a gritty quality which was refreshing. I very much enjoyed it.

3. Book Club:

In an effort to be brave and involved at work, I decided to start a Book Club. I felt nervous about whether anybody would actually want to be involved and whether people would genuinely be interested in talking about books with their colleagues. Well, since my office is the nicest office in the world, quite a lot of folks wanted to be part of it. We had our first meeting this week and everybody seemed quite excited about the whole thing, as well as thanking me for setting it up. It made me get the warm and fuzzies! We’re reading Brooklyn by Colm Toibin so I’m very much looking forward to that. I may even do a monthly blog post on what we thought of each book so possibly keep your eyes peeled!

4. Laughter:

I feel like the overriding emotion for me this week has been hilarity. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time laughing which has been absolutely lovely. The people I work with are incredible and it’s honestly like meeting up with my friends every day (with some typing and emails thrown in). Home has been similarly fun and it has just been joyous to feel a little more carefree about everything.

5. Running 5k:

So, the physical process of running does the exact opposite of making me happy. However, I’m trying to get myself into a routine of exercising more regularly (and trying not to let it slide at the first opportunity) so, with a lack of classes available at the gym, I went to do the Parkrun route by myself. I knew as soon as I set out that it was going to be tough because my legs felt like lead thanks to two days of serious squats at the gym. However, I pushed on and actually managed to run 5k for the first time ever in my life. I know it might seem meager to some but that’s the furthest I’ve ever managed and, as somebody who generally dislikes running, I was pretty pleased with myself!

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  • Donna ✨

    A book club at work sounds wonderful! Well done you for organising it. I still haven’t seen Logan either – I thought it’d be more of the same too, but I’ve heard such good things I’ll need to get it watched soon! Glad you had a good week 🙂 x

    • Ooooh yes, it’s definitely worth a watch! Let me know what you thought 🙂 xx

  • Congrats on the 5k! It is a big deal (as a non-runner who tries to run, I totally get it).

    That’s awesome about the book club! I’ve been trying to go to different local book clubs I find through the library or Meetup, but more and more I think I might just need to start my own.

    And yes, Logan was excellent. That little girl was soooo good, and I loved Patrick Stewart. 🙂

    • Thanks! So glad you understand haha!! Greg is such a brilliant runner, I struggle to impress on him how difficult I find it.

      Ahhh you should definitely start your own, that would be great! I think they’re a bit of a lost art so it’s lovely that people still want to talk about books and be part of a group in that way. Let me know how you get on!

      Patrick Stewart was absolutely brill! I don’t know if you’ll be able to get it over there but there’s a great episode of Graham Norton where Pat Stew, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellan are all on it together. It’s so fun! Worth a watch if you can get it! x

  • Sounds like a great week! I felt the same about Logan – I was really surprised by how serious it was, and really enjoyed it.

    I read Brooklyn last year and was really blown away by it, so I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts. 1950s immigration novels (especially ones set in Brooklyn) seem to be my niche, though, so it’ll be nice to hear someone unbiased has to say.

    • Oh great, I’m really excited to start reading it then! I’ll definitely let you know how it was :):) Thanks for stopping by, hope you’ve had a great week.

  • I bloomin’ love this!! Totally jumped on board <3

    http://www.apennyforthem.co.uk/2017/04/5-things-made-happy-week-week-17-2017/

    Pen xx

    • Ah yay! So excited to read this! Don’t forget to add it to the link up so that others can read it too! xx

  • I reeeally enjoyed Logan, I thought it was fab! I am loving all the long weekend, Im on countdown for time off in May and can’t wait!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Ah how exciting! Are you going on holiday? Thanks for joining the link up, looking forward to reading your post 🙂 xx

  • Rebecca

    I walk the Ww parkrun route often – it’s lovely to be in the woods – people are so surprised how green it is here considering how close we are to city centre. 🙂 love bec xx

    • I know! That’s one of the things that attracted me to the area, it’s lovely and leafy! I’ve really been enjoying running the woods, it’s so quiet and secluded. Love it! 🙂 xx