Monday, 5 September 2016

August favourites 2016 | The Small Desk

That's it, it's almost Christmas, get the tinsel out, bulk buy that mince meat! Where is this year going!? It's been a whole eight months since I wrote my New Year's Resolutions... what!?

I was reminded of goals and resolutions whilst watching Allison Anderson on YouTube. August has been a month of dithering and going with the flow but whilst working from home today I was feeling very unproductive so started to look for videos with positive can-do messages. I found Allison's videos and boy does she have some really great tips; I would definitely recommend watching her if you're feeling the work slump.

Back to my resolutions though... I've done three out of eight... hmm... oh well! I've been focused more on enjoying myself this month than anything else as I think I deserve it after the whole house buying process! How long can I blame the house buying process for...??

I was initially worried about moving out of London and further away from my work, friends and family. I was worried I could become isolated, however it appears that the complete opposite has happened. Thank G! This month has been choc-a-bloc with socialising. I don't know why I've had quite so many more social events than normal but part of me thinks perhaps I am projecting a more positive attitude now that I am happy in my home.

1. Dinner with an ex colleague
I met up with a colleague I worked with for a really long time and it was so nice to catch up, plus we had Mexican which is always a winner! We actually went out again at the end of the month too for another Mexican!

2. New sofa
We finally got our new sofa. Hurrah! I think we ordered it two or three months ago...

3. Friend's birthday drinks in Soho
Unfortunately the fiancé had to go home early from these as he wasn't feeling very well, but I stayed on for a bit and it was fun to catch up with the girls. Also, I got ID'ed! I was very happy!

4. Austria
This month we went on a family holiday to Austria. There were absolutely beautiful views from the house we stayed in. We got to swim in a mountain lake and do some spectacular walks. It was really nice to spend time with the family too.

5. Dad's birthday
For my Dad's birthday we ordered a takeaway Chinese, always my favourite.

6. Grandparents over
My grandparents came to visit my new house. They are now both in their late eighties, so I was really impressed that they wanted to come all the way down. My parents drove them down but it still just under an hour in the car. My Granddad made me a little herb garden, which was so cute!

7. Rowing
Our friend came down to see the new house and we took him rowing on a nearby canal. Despite almost crashing into two canal boats we had a lot of fun.

8. Got house registry
I don't really know the proper name for this but basically it's all now official and our names are on the deeds of the house. Woot!

9. Two old school friends for dinner
Two of my oldest school friends came over one week night to my new place for dinner. I made them Deliciously Ella lunch bowl, it was good. Also, they both bought me plants, the sunflowers above and the pink plant are from them. So pretty!

10. Out for drinks in Chancery Lane
I met a few of my school friends for drinks in Chancery Lane on the evening of one of the really warm days this month.

11. Fiancé's sister and partner came over
It really has been a month of people coming over to see the new house. My future sister-in-law (oh that sounds weird!) came over with her fiancé and we went out for lunch and played Harry Potter trivial pursuit. She was ridiculously good at it.

12. Friend's housewarming drinks
Another of my old school friends had seven of us over for housewarming drinks and dinner. Her flat is so nice and has a massive balcony so we could all sit outside. I had a bit of a nightmare getting back as the trains were royally screwed.

13. Handyman over
You will probably be seeing more and more home maintenance in my favourites from now on, but trust me, it is the best thing when something gets fixed in your house! We had some curtain rails put up and a light fixed. Party!

14. Bank Holiday stroll
I may have explained before but the fiancé is basically like a dog. He needs to get out of the house, he can't stay indoors all day. So on Bank Holiday Monday I took him out for a stroll that we intended to be 20 minutes but ended up being an hour and a half! It was a really pretty evening though so I did enjoy it.

15. Neighbours
Finally, we went round to our next door neighbours for drinks, and hurrah, they are really lovely people! I am so relieved. The girl even gets free DVDs through work and said we could borrow them, again hurrah!

How was your August? Did you go on holiday, or have a staycation of some kind?


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