Sunday, 18 September 2016

Little Things I've Loved This Week #35

One of the things that's kept me away from blogging recently is the fact that I just don't seem to have a lot worth blogging about!

However one post I can definitely get back on track with is this weekly round-up of the little things that make me smile each day. The kind of things that just happen to brighten up the week. So here are the happy moments from the past seven days:

1. Blissful relaxation while having my hair cut. The hairdresser was lovely, and while I don't mind making conversation during a hair cut, she said that sometimes she likes to just let her clients zone out for a while and enjoy a little downtime in life. Now that's something I can totally get on board with!

2. Handwriting compliments from my consultant. I feel like something similar has made it onto one of these lists in the past, but it does make me smile each time! The ward consultant changes every two weeks, and the first time I met this week's, she said she had been admiring my handwriting in patients' notes, and how easy it was to read. Messy doctors' handwriting is not a myth and deciphering my colleagues's notes is a skill!

3. Victoria on ITV. I know we're already pretty far in, but I am loving this series. It's replacing the Downton Abbey shaped hole in my life very well.

4. Joining the local library. When I lived in Bristol, it took me four years to join the library... and when I eventually did, I never took out a single book. Oops! Now that I've moved, I've been much speedier about getting a library card and enjoyed picking up a few new reads.

5. Walking along the river. It was a beautiful, warm evening on Tuesday and I decided to make the most of it with a stroll along the River Thames. It was a great decision and I really enjoyed a moment of true relaxation, sat beside the river watching the ducks, swans, rowers and kayakers on the water.

6. New cushions. I've been really indecisive about how I want to style my flat (which is why there's still no flat tour post yet!), but I spotted these duck cushion covers in Dunelm and couldn't resist them. So I guess I'm going for a sort of country-style theme for the living room...

And tell me, what have you been enjoying this week? :)



Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Remember Me?!

Hello everyone, it's been a while hasn't it?

I've been settling in to a new job, a new city and a new flat and it's all been keeping me rather busy, with not a lot of spare time for blogging. But as I am beginning to feel more settled, my break has definitely made me realise I miss it.

I miss actually writing my blog, but more than that I miss the whole blogging world. I miss reading other blogs, and keeping up to date with other people on Twitter and Instagram.

As I started out my first few weeks as a new junior doctor, I went back to using my personal Twitter account, one with that connected me with lots of other medically-minded people. A gang of people who knew what I was going through and were there with advice and inspiration. 

But now I think I'm ready to come back out of my medical bubble. I need that something else to help me switch off from work and the hospital and give me a completely different focus. So while I won't be able to spend all day scrolling Twitter and Instagram (*sob*), I am going to try and get back into at least looking at them occasionally. And posts may be a little sporadic, but I'm keen to get typing and editing again!

So let's have a little catch up as a good starting point :)

How better to get back into blogging than with a close up of some scented candles?!

I've got today off, having worked eight days before that and it's been a very welcome day off! When I'm working, the rest of my life tends to get a little chaotic, so today has been a very satisfactory day of sorting out laundry, going to the bank and giving the kitchen a good scrub. I've also got my baking things out and whipped up a batch of Bakewell Tarts, one of my favourite bakes. 

It's little things like this that just make me feel better about everything. I feel so much more relaxed when the flat's clean and tidy and I've worked through my to-do list of little errands. I've also been able to get a much needed extra couple of hours sleep - being on-call over the weekend meant I felt a bit full of adrenaline by the end of each shift and that makes it so much harder to drop off to sleep in the evening.

I also made a bit of a spontaneous decision to have my hair cut today! I had planned on going clothes shopping, but was struggling to find anything I wanted. So determined to make my trip into the town centre a productive one, I sought out a hairdressers and had a bit of trim. Nothing drastic at all, just the usual tidy-up of my layers, but I love just refreshing my hairstyle :)

So that's what I'm up to with my mid-week 'weekend'... back to work tomorrow, but feeling much more relaxed and refreshed :)

Hope you are well and I look forward to getting back into blogging!

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