Me Time

While I've been really good at sticking to a bit of a schedule recently I made an exception last sunday. I've just been so busy lately with working, coaching and swimming that I felt I really needed some time to myself. So much so that I even refused a date, sorry! but to be honest I would've been very poor company anyway.

Instead I took complete advantage of having the house to myself; I stuck my PJs on, opened a bottle of wine and made myself the ultimate mini feast of all things bad!

If you've never done the whole baked camembert thing then you need to get on that ASAP cause its amazing. Generally I would recommend sharing but I managed to find myself a mini one to go with a baguette, my favourite crisps and added few maltesers for good measure.

See a feast of all things bad but oh so yummy! Pair that with Netflix and you've got yourself the ultimate night in...well at least thats my opinion.

What do you like to do to help you unwind?


Portobello Promenade

I love my days off; I don't live for them but they're so important to help keep some kind of balance in my life. Unfotunately I need to spend some of them doing boring things like washing, emails and admin however I'm a firm beleiver in taking at least a little time out for yourself so that you can relax and actually feel like you are able to work through the days mundane tasks. What better way to do this than with coffee and a walk along the beach?!

Portobello is just to the east of Edinburgh and is full of cute little shops, cafes and of course there's the beach. I already want to get back there and do some more exploring but I'm getting ahead of myself. Lets start with a coffee.

Twelve triangles is on the highstreet; they have a second shop in town which I've been to before but this was my first visit here. It's a small store with only a couple of benches if you want to sit in but thats actually something I quite like the smaller scale thing they have going on. You can grab a seat for as long as you like and watch a variety of people pop in and out for their fresh bread and tasty treats. It actually gets quite entertaining as the day goes on and they slowly start to sell out of pastries!

They open in the morning with their offerings for the day and once they're gone thats it you'll have to come back tomorrow so my advice: get there early if you're after something to eat.

If not the coffee is pretty great so stop in for one of those any time of day!

You can also buy Steampunk coffee which if you've read my blog before you'll know its one of my favourites.

I couldn't resist the last cinnamon bun to go with my coffee; I felt a little bad as just as I ordered it another lady came in wanting to buy some but 'if you're not fast you're last'...in fact I'm sure they should put that on a sign over their door!

Before I was tempted to tuck into more pastries I headed towards the promenade for a little stroll before the rain came on.

So it wasn't the nicest of days but that never bothers me, I just love being by the sea waking along the promenade past the people walking their dogs, taking their children to the pool or even just sitting with a book.

I decided they were onto something and grabbed a spot with my feet dangling over the edge and just sat and watched the world go by for a while.

I have decided that Portobello is definitely a place I could see myself living, hopefully sooner rather than later but lets see what happens...


A whole lot of questions tag

Just after my first ever tagged post I was nominated by Courtney to do a second one but this one is much longer and possibly more interesting so I just had to give it a go; hopefully you'll get to know me a bit better and then I can have loads of fun reading your responses.

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat as it is a bit of a long one....

Sorted? ok lets go...

Apple juice or orange juice?

I think I have to go apple on this one!

Are you a morning or a night person?

Can I be neither? I hate getting up in the morning, but also hate to waste my day and since I know how bad I am at getting up I usually like to get to sleep at a decent time. 

Which do you prefer: sweet or salty food?

SWEET! you may have noticed this by my love of afternoon tea, coffees and cakes!

Ninjas or pirates?

I once had a dream where I was a ninja and I'm also not a fan of the sea so thats that one settled

Autobots or Decepticons?

is that even a question?! Autobot's of course

What was your favourite childhood TV program?

Honestly I don't remember watching much TV as a kid I was always out swimming or dancing. I did watch the Little Mermaid on repeat though so can that count?

Are you a collector of anything?

No, I stopped before it got out of hand! ... I have a fairly large china doll collection stored away somewhere

If you could be any animal what would you be?

A dog; they just look like the have a great time and everyone loves them!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I think I'd like to be able to fly...I used to dream about it a lot as a kid

What do you usually think about before falling asleep?

A better question is what don't I think about...so basically everything; kitchens, did I forget to do something today, what do I need to do today, am I going to be single forever, I don't need a man I can do everything for myself, I wonder if anyone remembers that one time when I was 13.... I think you guys get the idea!

Do you believe in E.Ts or life on other planets?

Its not something I've given much thought to, but there probably are living things somewhere else.

Do you believe in ghosts?


Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? which one?

The sims; I used to play for hours on end. I gave up when Sims 4 came out

You're given a million dollars, what do you want to spend it on?

A house (this whole saving thing sucks!) and I'd probably give some to my brothers and parents

Have any bad habits?

Procrastinating! I'm very good at putting stuff off till the last minute then stressing about getting it done on time

Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy?

People who don't know when to put their phone down and people who are rude

List 3 of your best personality traits

I like to think I'm optimistic (or at least I try to be), kind and generous

List 3 of your worst personality traits

Sensitive, impatient and easily distracted

Have any celeb crushes?

Nah not really

Name one thing you wish you could change about yourself?

Nothing! It's taken me a long time to learn to love me for me, I'm not perfect but I like me just the way I am

What is the first thing you notice in the opposite sex?

Hands...yeah I know thats a bit weird but hey

What personality traits do you look for in a partner?

  • kind
  • caring
  • honest

What personality traits do you dislike in other people?
  • rudeness
  • selfishness
  • attention seeker

Are you mostly a clean or messy person? 

This is a strange question cause I'm clean but my room is a mess!
If its supposed to be clean or dirty then clean. 
If its tidy or messy then messy. (but its an organised mess, I know where everything is)

Do you see yourself getting married in the next 5 years?

I would love to be married in 5 years but since I'm single right now who knows if it'll happen?!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

This is too hard! I actually love where I live right now and I've been lucky enough to experience living in another country already. If I got the chance to go somewhere else then I'd probably take it but for know I'm quite happy where I am and love exploring new places on holiday.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Chicago, Venice, San Francisco... I have a list

List 5 goals on your life's to-do list
  • be happy
  • be healthy
  • get married
  • have kids
  • become a property developer (this is a very long term goal)
Name one regret that you have

I can't; theres things I maybe shouldn't have done but everything i've ever done has got me to where I am now and I wouldn't change that for the world

Name one thing you miss about being a kid

no responsibilities

Name one thing you love about being an adult?

Freedom! The choice to do whatever I want

What is your favourite song at the moment?

tough one! its probably a tie between Centuries , Fall out boy and Sex, cheat codes x kris kross Amsterdam

What is your favourite song of all time?

Dark Blue, Jack's Mannequin 

What's your favourite thing to do on a Saturday night?

a quiet drink in the house with friends or family watching a good movie

What is your favourite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

If I'm not at work or the pool then a walk along the beach followed by a nice warm coffee and some cake

Have you got any hidden talents?

Nope, I'm pretty boring

You're about to walk the green mile, what do you have as your last meal?

An indian and a large glass of wine

What would be your dream job?

I kind of have 2...I want to flip properties and run my own swim school at the same time

What would you rather have: 100million pounds/dollars, or true love?

True love all the way!

If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be?

surely part of the fun of goals/dreams is the hard work you have to put in to get there... but probably:
  • buy my first home
  • find someone who loves me just the way I am
  • have a puppy/the time to take care of one
Ever wish you were born the opposite sex? if yes why?

Kind of...I'm just curious what it's like, men just don't seem to worry like we do nd i'd love to know what that feels like.

Guys thats it! we've come to the end! that was great fun, I kind of want to answer more....anyone got any more questions for me?

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Ruby at Ruby Monday

Tajaljeh at Life as Tajaljeh

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