Monday Catch Up #21

This has very definitely been a week of two halves, starting with our trip to Munich for work and ending with me feeling so tired I was capable of nothing for two entire days!

I’ve already written up this post about the adventures we had in Germany, where we flew to last Sunday and I came home on Wednesday, with Pete coming home the day before. We had a great time but as always with work conferences it was exhausting – up at 6am and in bed around 2am for three days in a row.


I was incredibly grateful to finally creep into my own bed just after midnight on Wednesday and on Thursday I was literally good for nothing. It’s my usual work from home day anyway which was great timing, but normally I get some housework done, or cooking or shopping too. There was no energy to do anything other than crashing out on the sofa armed with my laptop so I could catch up with work and accompanied by Sky – I definitely got the most out of our subscription.

Heading out in the early evening I attended a reception for Childnet, an organisation who are dedicated to keeping children safe online. It was their 20th anniversary celebrations and I work closely with them in my day job and will be focusing more on this next year which is super exciting. This was the moody London sky as I waited for the train to pull into Charing Cross.

London sky

Friday was more hibernating – I literally can’t remember the last time I spent two entire days barely moving from the sofa but it was definitely a good idea to listen to my body and realise that too much rushing around and not enough sleep can only go on for so long. I wasn’t the only one feeling tired…

sleeping dog

On Saturday I finally emerged from my stupor and was up running with Maddie by 7am, normal service resumed! We then set off to my Mum’s who lives in the Northamptonshire countryside so that we could go to lunch with my brother and his partner and FINALLY get cuddles with our niece Florence, 7 weeks old. She is JUST adorable and was so good and happy all through our lunch. We went to the Finch’s Arms in Hambleton which was absolutely lovely, delicious food and has a beautiful terrace overlooking Rutland water which I imagine is stunning when it’s not peeing down with rain…

Aunty duties

And on Sunday, we caught up with some rather unexciting chores and then I tinkered with the BLOG! What do you think of the new look? There’s still a bit of tweaking to do but I really loveย it.

Now the clocks have gone back so begins 6 months of running in the dark with Maddie, I really need to get a headlamp because it actually was pitch black in the park and I struggled to see where I was going. Pete surprised me by making dinner, he always says that he can’t cook but the truth is he never tries. In 10 years of us being together he has probably cooked from scratch about 5 times. He made the most amazing bean chilli from the Deliciously Ella cookbook so I’ll be expecting a weekly contribution from here on.

Deliciously Ella Chilli

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week X

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  1. Molly
    October 26, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Your little niece is so cute, and I love the new look blog!

    • Lins
      October 26, 2015 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you Molly, she definitely reminds us all of my brother which is so funny…it will be interesting to see what happens to her spiky hair X

  2. October 26, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    Things are looking very slick around here ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’ve had some proper rest now and have a bit more energy. I used to go to the occasional motor show when I worked and always returned exhausted. Things like that are quite full on, aren’t they? Gorgeous pic of you and your niece x

    • Lins
      October 26, 2015 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Rachel, she’s such a poppet. Yes I do love the work events but it gets harder with every passing year to not come across like a total zombie X

  3. October 26, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Wow, baby Florence has the cutest hair! Lovely photo of the two of you. Glad you’re feeling better now – definitely best to listen to your body and not push yourself. Blog is looking good! It’s always nerve-wracking changing things ins’t it? xx

    • Lins
      October 26, 2015 / 11:09 pm

      It really is – I’m sure I saw Pete roll his eyes when I said I wanted to change the format. but it’s just another thing I love about blogging, learning all these little bits of code and technology, it’s fun! Xx

  4. Lucy
    October 29, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    The blog is indeed looking good as the others have said! Your nieces hair is just adorable and Florence is a lovely name. That chilli looks fab, am putting Ella’s book on the Christmas list ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Lins
      November 4, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      And I will be putting your Hemsley and Hemsley on mine ๐Ÿ˜‰ We can compare cooking notes in 2016! Xx

  5. October 30, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    I love chilli, I might have to put her book on my Christmas list too! Your niece is so cute, that hair is amazing! My cousin had a little girl with hair even longer than that and people always asked if it was a wig haha! Thanks for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Lins
      November 4, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      Aw I really do love it when little babies have funky hair, they look so cute. Definitely recommend Deliciously Ella and she has a new book out in JAnuary too! X

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