Monday, 1 September 2014

7 things that made me happy this week

Things that made me happy this week 14

I meant to post this on Saturday but forgot, so here it is. 

Belgian Grand Prix
I've wanted to go to the Belgian Grand Prix for years. The track and its surroundings are nothing short of beautiful, I can't wait to go back.

The best pizza in the world
If you read I found the world's best pizza, in Germany you'll know what this is about. We stayed in Germany for the Belgian Grand Prix and the pub up the road from our hotel did the best pizza ever. It was glorious, absolutely glorious. 

Rainbow unicorn sprinkle cake
Since I spent my birthday away from my family, they made me the best birthday cake I've ever had: a rainbow unicorn sprinkle cake

Being home
It's nice to go off and about and discover new places and new countries but it's always nice to be back home with your family. 

Authentic weather app
This is one of the best apps I've used in a while, it is genuinely brilliant. It's absolutely useless for forecasting the weather because it tells you to look outside, but it makes me smile. 

Finding out where Crunchie is
I didn't see the furry little beast for three days last week and I was worried he'd got trapped somewhere. I found out my neighbour had been feeding him and another cat fish. He came in over the weekend and remembered we existed. 

This does explain why he had fish breath when I always have him chicken. 

Despicable Me & Minion Rush
I've heard so, so many good things about this film and Tom bought it me for my birthday. I adore a good kids film and Despicable Me is a fantastic one. 

My obsession has been encouraged after discovering the Minion Rush app. 

What made you happy this week?

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Belgian Grand Prix | Photos

I spent last weekend in the beautiful Ardennes forest at the Belgian Grand Prix. Spa-Francorchamps is a circuit I've wanted to go to for years and last weekend my wish came true. 

We drove (I say 'we', I didn't drive, my friend did) and it took us about eight hours because we got caught up in huge tail backs coming out of Brussels. We finally got to our hotel in Aachen, Germany, just before nine. 

A minute before we arrived at the hotel we turned a corner and stopped at traffic lights and in front of us was a huge old city gate. I'm pretty sure that officially makes it the coolest set of traffic lights ever. I can't believe I just typed that. We all had intentions of going to explore it and Aachen but we unfortunately didn't have time. Oh well, I'll have to go back again. 

On Thursday morning it was finally time to drive to the track. As we came off the motorway and descended into the Ardennes a thick fog surrounded us. When we arrived on the car park we could hardly see a thing but out of the fog I could just about make out some of the red and yellow curbing. 

Thursday, as it always is on a Formula One weekend, was busy. Lots of transcribing, typing and shouting at the wifi connection which kept dropping out. 
That evening we stumbled across the best pizza known to man. If you read 'I found the world's best pizza, in Germany', then you'll know what I'm on about. 

If you don't, I implore you to go to Aachen to Im Alten Zollhaus and order a pizza. It was phenomenally good. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Rainbow unicorn sprinkle birthday cake

I don't mean to brag but my family are awesome. 

For the first time ever I spent my birthday away from my family, which meant I also spent my birthday away from cake. When I arrived home an incredible birthday cake was waiting for me. It was all Tom's idea and my Mum played chef. 

It's a four layered cake, with different coloured sponges, a unicorn painted on the icing and sprinkles. 

I really don't think I can say much more about this. Look at it, IT'S A UNICORN CAKE! 

That's it really, I just wanted to brag about my birthday cake. 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Times you felt grown up and were proven wrong.

One time I did not feel grown up - my sister and me with Mickey Mouse. I totally don't still wear those ears when I want to feel special...

I heard an interesting programme on Radio Four (aren't I sophisticated / old?) a few weeks ago where the host was asking the audience when they first felt grown up. 

There have been a few times in my life where I've felt grown-up only to be proven wrong shortly after. I'm not sure I will ever feel 'grown-up', responsible perhaps but probably not grown-up. 

When I wore my Nans shoes
When I was about three or four I decided to wear some of my Nan's shoes that I thought were amazing. They had a small heel on them and I decided to try them out.

I felt all grown up and in my infinite wisdom I decided to go downstairs to show my Mum and my Nan and fell down the last few stairs. 

Multi-coloured pens
This was actually mentioned in the programme and I agree with it. When I was about seven I had one of those pens with different colours in and you click down the colour you want. That made me feel grown-up. 

I also felt grown up when I was first allowed to write with a pen instead of a pencil. I did not feel grown up when my pen leaked all over my hand and books because I'd been chewing it. 

When I drank Bailey's at a pool bar
This is my favourite example. When I was 15 we went on holiday to Lanzarote and they had a pool bar. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

15 stages of applying makeup when you own a cat

Of course the furry beast wouldn't stay still long enough for me to take a photo of him interrupting my makeup putting-on.

My cat is a loveable creature but he doesn't half make getting ready in the morning a challenge. 

Sometimes it feels a little bit like trying to apply makeup while on Takeshi's Castle. 
  1. Put moisturiser on - no cat around. 
  2. Open eye shadow palette and begin swirling brush - cat appears from no where. 
  3. Begin applying eyeshadow - cat starts head butting your arm and you try to keep your cool. 
  4. Decide liquid eye-liner is out of the question as your fur baby is still head butting you in the arm relentlessly. 
  5. Get mascara out - cat begins walking backwards and forwards in front of you. 
  6. Start applying mascara - have to move cats tail out of your face repeatedly so you can see and stop it getting on your mascara wand. 
  7. Begin applying foundation - cat begins head butting again and you accidentally poke yourself in the eye with your brush.
  8. Decide to try and ignore kitty and stand your ground while applying foundation - cat tries to bite you. 
  9. Shout at cat and it runs off in a sulk. 
  10. Breathe a sigh of relief because you can finish your makeup in peace. So you think. 
  11. Cat reappears with a vengeance and sits down in an awkward place so you have to reach around the cat to get bronzer and blusher out. 
  12. Begin applying bronzer and cat starts sniffing and trying to lick your hand - no chance you're letting it lick you, who knows which animal it ate last. 
  13. Start applying blusher and cat sits right in front of you so you can't see the mirror. 
  14. Finish your makeup and cat decides to go outside. 
  15. Swear under your breath. 
Does any other cat owners go through a similar thing when getting ready?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

I found the world's best pizza, in Germany

I was going to include this in my Belgian Grand Prix post but my goodness does this deserve it's own post. 

You would think I would find the world's best pizza in Italy since it's an Italian dish, but no. In Aachen, Germany, I found the best pizza in the world. I haven't visited every country in the world but in my 22 years I've eaten a lot of pizza and this blew all the others out the water so I'm confident in telling you, this is the best pizza ever. 

A few doors up from our hotel was a pub called Im Alten Zollhaus. It looked quite modern on the outside but once you get in through the doors it was like walking back in time. 

I don't know if it's what a traditional German pub looks like because we didn't go in any others - after four mouthfuls we decided we were going to eat in that pub all week. But it felt like it should be a traditional German pub. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Five day blogging break

Hello lovely readers, 

By the time this post goes live I will be on my way to the channel tunnel (I'm scared) to go to the Belgian Grand Prix, so I will be taking a few days out of posting. 

I considered scheduling something or getting guest posts but I won't have a chance to tweet or respond to comments so it seemed pointless. 

I'm so excited to be going to Belgian, I've wanted to go to Spa-Francorchamps for years and I'm pretty excited that I'm going to be spending my birthday there. Though that does mean my family won't be there and there'll be no cake *sad face*. 

I'll be back late Monday 25th so blogging will start up the next day - don't worry I have something scheduled, not that I can possibly sleep-in anyway as I'm back at work on Tuesday. Joy. 

Enjoy your summer bank holiday UK peoples! 

Speak soon, 
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