Lazy blogger writes blog post shocker!
I did warn you all that I would be busy this summer and it shows no signs of letting up, but here's how my brilliant July went.
I've been doing lots of walking. Lots and lots. My Fitbit is going batshit crazy with number crunching, but when the weather is so beautiful I find it hard to hurry home after work, so I go for a huge walk around the parks of West London.
Sunny weather has meant the return of the maxi dresses and the Fitflops - not only are these the most comfortable flipflops ever, they're helping me tone up with every step, and mine are sparkly too!
I went to go see my friend Alison for Pimm's in the sunshine. She bought us a bottle of Blossom Hill Vie to have with dinner that night, which I was first introduced to at the Vitality Show back in March. It's delicious, low alcohol (5.5%) and only about 350 calories for the whole bottle - yes, the whole bottle. Fetch me another!
I met two of my old work colleagues and great friends for champagne one Friday after work at Searcy's champagne bar at St.Pancras station. Nothing ends your week better than a cheeky champagne snifter!
I've been managing my weekend indulgences by getting myself back on track quickly on Mondays, drinking lots of water to flush out all the booze, rehydrate me and make me feel human again (there's only so much you can achieve with Lucozade Sport on a really dirty hangover!)
I also went back to my old manor, Worcester, this month with my best friend Dani. I hadn't been back since I moved to London in 2007, so it was like a lovely memory-filled adventure.
We went to my favourite Real Ale pub in the world (The Dragon Inn), went to a friends 30th birthday party and just had a really fun girly weekend. I even managed to replenish my stock of peanut butter-based treats!
The heat sent my appetite into freefall, but I quite liked the freedom it gave me. I stopped eating at meal times and just ate whenever I felt hungry; as it turns out I like breakfast at 11am, lunch at 3pm and dinner at 8pm. I think my stomach may have moved to a different timezone!
The heat has cooled a little now (albeit I'm informed it's coming back tomorrow) which has meant I've been in the mood to drink red wine again. I find red wine loses it's appeal in hot weather, so as soon as the air cooled I treated myself to a bottle of Chianti. Every mouthful reminds me of Florence, I cannot wait to go back there in November.
Yes, I found pistachio Lindt too. And yes, it is amazing. Go buy some and thank me later. I also discovered that this was a magnificent combo when watching Hannibal (oh man, if you've not been watching this show get it on demand, it's just wonderful). Chianti seems like the right choice for Dr. Lecter, right?
August is going to be even busier for me, so apologies now for the radio silence. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram if you miss me too much, I'll be back with some more food/booze/adventure updates when I get a spare moment.