I was feeling really bored and uninspired and I felt like I really needed a break. I listened to some Ted talks whilst cooking dinner one night and went into work and requested that Friday and the next Monday off to just chill and have some self care. Scott then also requested those days off and I ended up having a wonderful weekend. My plan was to literally do nothing except to go the cinema one day and see The Greatest Showman. (This plan didn’t happen. I’ve still not seen it.)
On the Friday I got a haircut. I hadn’t had it cut in quite a while and my long hair had been bothering me; always getting caught in everything, taking far too long to dry after washing it, not being able to do anything with it other than put it in a messy bun cause it took so long to do in the mornings. Pinterest is such a great source of inspiration so I went in with a few pictures with a style in mind and came out with it shorter than I had imagined before I went in. I’d been thinking about getting a pixie cut but didn’t think I was brave enough to get that much cut off. My hair is really curly too, so I figured that might be a bit too much work to make it look nice on a daily basis. I had decided I wanted it to be a bit shorter than shoulder length but then whilst in the salon, I changed my mind. I ended up getting 14 inches cut off so I could donate it to The Little Princess Trust. That’s one thing I can mark off my to do list!
We went for lunch to Dobbies where we picked up some bulbs to plant in the front garden to try and make it look a wee bit nicer. The plan was to dig out all the weeds and overgrown plants around the grass over the weekend but it got pretty cold and the ground was frozen so that’ll have to wait.
Saturday morning Scott suggested a wee bit of hillwalking so we climbed Conic Hill. Nothing too intense, just a chilled walk and it was lovely – pretty cold mind you but it was good. On the way home we visited Pets at Home and picked up two new dward hamster friends, which we called Maple and Cashew. After our walk we decided a spa day would be lovely so searched for a deal and noticed the spa nearest to us had a winter deal so booked that for the Sunday. What a lovely relaxing day which ended with a carvery dinner with Scott’s mum.
Monday was a day for food shopping and just relaxing in the house, knitting and playing games. There was an Unlimted screening at Cineworld so we went to see Game Night, which was pretty good. The Beast From the East appeared and it turned out Tuesday was the only day I managed to make it into work this week which basically turned my long weekend into a week and a bit at home. Working from home was great – sitting in my comfies with a cup of tea and my work laptop looking at the crap weather from the window.
A break was just what I needed and it ended up being for longer than expected.
Reykjavik. What a gorgeous place.
I didn’t realise it at the time of booking, but booking a holiday for the first week in March was the best idea we’ve had in a while. Just when I getting really tired of going to work in the dark, having to come home after the sun had set and working stupid amounts of over time, I had a week off. And it was absolute bliss.
We visited the amazing Blue Lagoon for a relaxing spa day before setting of on an adventure to find the Northern Lights. (We were unlucky, sadly!) And finally a wee jaunt around the Golden Circle. We were only there for five days but it was lovely. Smelled a bit mind you thanks to their water but it was lovely none the less.
Iceland, I’ll probably be back one day. My Northern Lights tour voucher is still valid for a couple of years so that’s the perfect excuse.
This week has been an exciting one. Since I only work weekends, weekdays are not too interesting as all I seem to do is watch Netflix and apply for jobs. Everyone works through the week so I don’t often have plans.
My parents were on holiday from work this week and went on days out here and there, but not with me. On Monday I went to Glasgow and picked up my South African Rand, exchanged my dress at Next, bought thank you cards and met Jayne after college.
Tuesday was a nice relaxing day at Bowfield Spa with my mum and sister. There was a deal on itison.com which meant we could get afternoon tea and a treatment as well as full use of the spa facilities for the day for quite cheap. The tea was lovely and the massage was amaziiiiiiing.
On Wednesday morning, Jayne and I went for our first ever snowboarding lesson. It was a lot of fun but I didn’t manage to complete all of the first lesson. Apparently, I’m meant to be able to go down the slope backwards (controlled!) in a zigzag pattern. I cannot do this. I can go down the slope backwards at some speed and in no way controlled. I collided with someone else on our lesson and crashed very fast into the barriers separating the training slope and the main slope – but it was SO FUN. Scott was there too getting to watch the madness unfold. The lesson was also a deal and included lunch, which was lovely.
Thursday brought lunch and ice cream with Amy and seeing the 1975 at the Barrowlands. I’ve seen the 1975 probably too many times but they are always excellent and this time was probably the best they have been. I love the way Matty is super concerned about the crowd and throws out water bottles for us all to share since we were all melting thanks to the ridiculous heat. Every single time I see Chocolate live, it takes me back to that very first time at King Tut’s. SO GOOD.
Friday and Saturday haven’t been too interesting in comparison. I went to Scott’s work to buy insect repellent, I worked my last couple of shifts before my holiday and I packed. That’s about as exciting as it gets. I’ve been continuously watching That ’70’s Show and watched the newest episode of The Middle. I love Netflix.