Life Stuff

Today I wanted to write a post about my George Foreman grill, one about my addiction to Breaking Bad and one about something exciting I have planned this weekend, so I decided to write a little "life update" post instead of lots of little posts. I like reading these kind of "Life Lately" posts that some bloggers do, and I'd love to do something like Kaelah's "Things I Love Thursday". I used to write "Love Lust and Links" on a Sunday while I was on my year abroad but I am so bad at sticking to a blogging schedule, and when I was living in New Jersey I had my "This week I..." posts that I really loved to write and can't wait to read back on in a few years. Whether this will be a regular thing, I don't know, but it's nice to write about something other than what I'm wearing. 

So at the moment I'm...

Eating: Anything cooked on the George Foreman grill!
So, the George Foreman Grill. It's awesome. My Mum and I talked about getting one for a while and finally got one last weekend (it was half price in BHS!). We were originally going to get a four person one, but they seemed so small in real life, so we got a 7 person one, and I'm so glad we did! Even though there are only three of us, it's great for grilling lots of things at once, like vegetables for my lunch.
Now an important thing to note here is that I don't eat meat (I'm a pesctarian so I do eat fish). I feel like people always associate George Foreman grills with meat. It's not just for meat, you guys! I've used it every day since we got it, and I have tonnes of more ideas for things to cook on it. My Mum has obviously been cooking meat on it, and I hear it's great for that, but veggie lovers, it's brilliant for us too! Here are some of my dinners with George this week...
Sunday night- Grilled salmon with spicy seasoning
Monday's lunch- leftover salmon with grilled peppers and feta
Tuesday lunch-grilled halloumi and grilled veggies
Wednesday's dinner- shrimp skewers, sweet potato and stir fry vegetables
Thursday's dinner- halloumi skewers, sweet potato and salad

I can't wait to grill some portabello mushrooms, veggie burgers and fresh tuna steak.

Reading: May We Be Forgiven by A M Homes
I read three brilliant books on holiday (It's Kind of a Funny Story, Schindler's List and The Virgin Suicides) and this is the last of my holiday books. I'm enjoying it but I feel like it's a bit... noisy. So much happened in the first 100 pages that I was kind of overwhelmed. But I'm going to stick with it. I absolutely loved It's Kind of a Funny Story and read it in two days.

Watching: Breaking Bad, of course
This week's episode? Wow, just wow. Did you know it's been described as the greatest episode of TV ever? I was pretty late to the party with Breaking Bad- I didn't start watching it til January and I had a huge gap of not watching it for about 3 months- but I got really into it a few months ago. I watched 3 seasons in 2 months! I'm actually watching Talking Bad on this week's episode as I write this. Absolutely brilliant TV and I'm not ready for it to be over. I'm hoping Netflix release season 7 of Dexter so I can fill the void!

Buying: Anything tartan!
So far I've bought another tartan dress, tartan pencil skirt and a new tartan scarf to add to my tartan collection. I'm also enjoying buying new knitwear, although I'm not enjoying being cold enough to need it. 

Lusting after: Benefit Stay Flawless Primer
I have huge problems with my makeup coming off, even with MAC, and while this has (very!) mixed reviews, I'm going to give it a go this weekend and see how I get on. It seems there's a specific way of applying your foundation over it to get it right. I'll let you know what I think anyway!

Looking forward to: My first 10K race- this Sunday!
So, this morning I had a nice 4.5 mile run and calculated that if I keep adding 0.5 miles a week to my runs I'll be ready to do a 10k in the next few weeks. So when I got back I did a search for 10K races in Manchester around October/November. But while I was looking I found out there is a 10K race in my town on Sunday. This Sunday. At first I was like "ah man, I wish I'd known so I could have trained for it." But then I had a moment of, no, I can do this. I know I'm not quite there yet distance wise, but I know I can do it. So before I had time to second-guess myself, I signed up! So this Sunday I am doing my first 10K race! I'm really excited and I'm glad the first time I run 10K will be at a proper race, not just on a cold morning at 5am. My parents are coming to watch and I know a few other people who are doing it, so wish me lots of luck! I still can't believe 3 and a half months ago I couldn't run for more than a minute, and I only did my first 5K a month and a half ago, but I know I can do this and I can't express how proud I am of myself! Half marathon next maybe?

Loving online:
This post on Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy really resonated with me. It is completely accurate of our generation, even in the ways we don't want to admit.
And because this was exactly how I felt yesterday What it was like finding out Zac Efron had been to rehab, from Buzzfeed.

Listening to: Matchbox Twenty, all the time.
After seeing them in April I feel like I've been fully awakened to how brilliant they are. I've barely stopped listening to them for months.

Enjoying: Relaxing
As I mentioned in my post-holiday post, I am notoriously bad at relaxing. But I've had a really quiet week this week and it's actually been really nice. I'm also giving myself a rest from 5am workouts before my race so I was glad to put my actual pajamas on tonight (I sleep in my workout clothes if I'm doing a 5am workout the next day) and I'm gonna curl up with with kindle and hot chocolate later. However, I cannot wait for my friends to get back from their various holidays and travels- there's only so much relaxing a girl can do!


  1. We have a george foreman, my husband is crazy about it!

  2. I tried the Benefit Stay Flawless primer... it made my make up slide off at an astonishing rate. & made my skin feel incredibly greasy! It's very very slippery on the skin. The same thing happened with POREFessional for me as well though and I know lots of people love that product. I also recently tried Lorac's pro primer and it did the exact same thing. So it really might just be my face haha

  3. If you haven't managed to convince me to become vegetarian and run a half marathon very soon I'd be surprised! I hadn't heard of this grill before but might have to give it a try. I can't believe how soon you're running a 10K, seems like only yesterday I read about you starting running and look at you now! Please share how your experience goes and how you find the training plan; I'm hoping to sign up for a race as soon as I'm 16 and can enter, so any tips would be greatly appreciated. I'm quite the little runner myself and love reading your posts, as well as all your fashiony posts too of course;) I've been reading your blog for ages actually and noticed that you seem just like an older version of me! I can't wait to be in my twenties and be a 'proper person' in the real world:p Thanks for sharing these lovely snippetsof your life!

    lily x

  4. Ah! It's Kind of a Funny story is one of my absolute favorite books! I recommend it to people all of the time, but they just don't like it like I do! And good luck with the 10K!!! You are so determined, it is amazing. I fall into the lazy cycle much too easily to accomplish that...

  5. oh...that meal look so good. i need to get a george foreman grill. living in the dorms with no way to cook food is already driving me crazy!

  6. I haven't listened to Matchbox Twenty since I was about sixteen! Off to Youtube to reignite the love as we speak :P
    SO happy about last weeks BB episode getting the credit it deserves. What a show.
    You have made me mourn our George grill so much. Gonna go tell my Mum we REALLY need one.

    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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