Now let's get one thing straight before I begin. I don't spend every Friday night staying in, in front of the television. (Just a lot of them).
Sometimes the perfect antidote to a long week is a quiet Friday night in by myself. With living away on placement, I'm away from my flat from Sunday night, so often when I get back I want to simply sit and appreciate some time in this lovely place I share with my friends. Some weeks, all I want to do when I get back on a Friday night is grab some dinner and get dressed to go out and see the people I don't see all week. But at other times, like this weekend, all I really want is some ice cream and something lighthearted to watch on the television (another luxury I don't have while being in placement accommodation).
We finished at the hospital just in time to hit rush hour traffic on the way back to Bristol, meaning the journey took almost two hours. I usually find that travelling home on Friday evenings makes me switch off and wind down from the week - so working or studying on a Friday night is never a possibility!
After a dinner out the freezer (an absolute essential when I can't always predict what time I'll get home on a Friday and don't want to have to worry about food shopping or cooking until at least the next day), I took a quick twenty minutes to straighten up the flat so that I can truly relax in a tidy living room and kitchen before nipping out to get a tub of Ben and Jerry's ice cream (Peanut Butter Cup, my new favourite!) and a bottle of Shloer - treats are essential for a night in! (A glass of wine also does the trick on other nights).
And then I switched on our fairy lights and settled down on the sofa just as the new series of Gogglebox began. Nothing makes me laugh out loud quite as much as this programme! The families featured are hilariously witty - I'd love to watch TV with them all, I think that would be more than entertaining!
This week I've sort of fallen into the habit of being in bed by 9pm (it's all the early starts and spending most of the day on my feet) and generally drifting off before 10, so as soon as Gogglebox was over, I was into my pyjamas and getting ready for bed...
I took the time to properly do the Body Shop Warming Mineral Facemask - might as well use an evening in for some pampering - before jumping into bed and opening my Kindle. I'm currently reading 'Gone Girl' which is excellent. I'm disappointed that I watched the film before reading the book, because although the film was superb, I keep remembering what happens so the book doesn't have me in quite as much suspense as it should do.
As much as I love a good night out with friends, I also really enjoy these kind of nights to just refresh and have some time to myself. How did you spend your Friday night?