After five long and busy weeks being back at university, a short break at home was exactly what I needed this weekend. I hadn't actually planned on going home just yet, but on Tuesday morning, I woke up to a text from my mum asking if I'd like to go with her to see Pharrell Williams at the O2. I wouldn't really call myself a huge fan, but its always nice to do something different on a weekend and so I promptly booked some train tickets home and looked forward to a couple of days of home comforts.
It helped that I had Friday afternoon off and by 4pm I was at the tube station being greeted by a very excited Jack Russell- dogs definitely give the best welcomes. I got home and had just long enough to take my coat off before Saffy presented me with a tennis ball, tail wagging and ready to play.
Mum and I made our way to the O2 for the show and I have to say I actually really enjoyed the show. Pharell isn't someone I would ever have chosen to see if mum hadn't happened to be offered the tickets, but I knew a lot more of the songs than I thought I would and he put on a great performance. I definitely can't compare myself though to lady next to me who was determined to get his attention, yelling about how much she loved him!
Saturday morning was lovely and relaxed, reading through some new cookbooks mum bought me (I'll share those soon!) before then heading to Oxford Street for the afternoon. Somehow I managed to come away without having bought anything- although I'm on the look out for a nice tartan scarf before my sister gets one! In the evening I went for dinner with my parents to a tiny Italian restaurant and for the first time in ages managed an entire dinner without either of them telling the staff I speak Italian. Does anyone else's family do this? I haven't spoken Italian since my GCSEs five years ago, and when I'm dining out I don't really want grammar lessons from well meaning waiters! We came home and watched X Factor which I haven't been following at all, but listening to Saffy 'sing' along to the Italian guy was amusing- although she could have been whimpering and barking to tell him to shut up for all we know!
Since moving away to university, I definitely notice the little things about home now, and being able to sit on the sofa and watch Sunday Brunch on an actual television is one of those things! If I watch it in my flat in Bristol, it's normally on my laptop while I'm ironing. We do actually have a television here, but depsite moving in in July, we've still not set it up. Nearly as bad as that time in second year when we watched black and white TV for three weeks before moving a single plug to get it in colour... I also came home to discover a huge tub of Cadbury's hot chocolate, but the drinking chocolate for hot milk version rather than the instant one with boiling water. This drink reminds me of when I was much younger and I forgot how good it is! I also took Saffy out for a walk and it certainly felt very autumnal- probably the next time I walk her I'll be needing gloves and good boots for walking on frosty, muddy ground.
I also had the chance to see my Grandad for a few hours this weekend as he's come to stay for the week. We took him to a Chinese supermarket, the kind of place where you can buy huge bags of rice, boxes of fortune cookies, all kinds of Chinese spices and live eels and crabs. I bought some of the tapioca pearls that are used in bubble tea, but haven't figured out what to do with them yet- saving that for next time I'm home.
Sunday evening came round really quick, and it was time to get the train back to Bristol. I finally managed to get downloads working on my iPad and so I was happy enough watching Strictly Come Dancing and Gogglebox on the journey back- although it did mean I couldn't dance along or burst out laughing in the middle of the quiet carriage!
She's discovered this is a very effective way of making sure I pay attention to her!
What did you get up to this weekend?