It's been a funny week this one. Unfortunately the junior doctors have had to strike again. I support them 100% and I'm really glad they're continuing to fight for something that will also affect me come August. But nobody wants to strike and everyone would be much happier if a safe, fair contract could be agreed on! The strikes meant that I had a two-day week, so my greatly extended weekend has felt a bit more like a mini-holiday! I've used the time to rank jobs for next year (it's a complicated process applying for a job as a new junior doctor), sort out my current portfolio and also just to relax a little! Here are some of the little things I've loved this week:
Completing the Bath Half Marathon today. Ok, I don't think this is a really a little thing at all, but I certainly loved it! I plan to write a post about it soon, but let's just say I had a brilliant time and I am so pleased to have done it.
Saturday night dinner at Al Bacio, a fabulous Italian restaurant in Bristol that definitely deserves all it's excellent reviews. A couple of friends and I have a list of places we want to eat in Bristol that is growing faster than we can manage! We went for a catch up over bowls of carbonara and lasagne (perfect carb-loading fare for the two of us running the next day!) and loved the friendly Italian atmosphere.
Post-elective holiday planning. As if two months in South Africa isn't enough, I've also made plans for a little summer travelling through Europe once I get back. The plan is to visit Italy, Hungary and Croatia and I'm very excited - especially after I googled pictures of the Croatian coastline!
Gu melt-in-the-middle chocolate puds. I had a little issue with the first one falling apart as I transferred it from oven to plate, but by the second one I had mastered it. And it's important to keep up your skills right? So I should definitely treat myself to many, many more of these delicious things.
Mid-week wine and cheese night. I love being in Bristol midweek to see all the friends I otherwise miss, and it was great to have a very relaxed night of cheese, wine and chat. Seeing everyone has made me really excited for next week's graduation ball!
Making a chickpea and coconut milk curry that tasted amazing. I bought one of Deliciously Ella's cookbooks a while ago for some inspiration, and with all my extra time was able to try out this curry. I've never used miso paste before, but I'm pretty sure that was what gave the curry a delicious, fruity kick.
Now my plans for the rest of today are to do as little and eat as much as possible after the half marathon!