Hey hey! It’s been a little while, eh? I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and gearing up for the New Year. I have had a very lovely break away from the tinterweb and enjoying time with the boyf and our families. I have eaten so many roast dinners and chocolate but thankfully didn’t overindulge too much. We spent most of the week at my Mama’s and I got to hang out with my little sister’s and kick their butts on their new Just Dance 4 game on their Wii. Oh yeah. (well, I then collapsed in a near-cardiac-arrest state afterwards).
Also, I am in this month’s issue of Mollie Makes. My face is in there and everything. But the article is not about me. I went to interview the owners of a brilliant craft shop near Huntingdon which is disabled-friendly. It is rather exciting to see my article in a print magazine. I enjoyed the assignment very much and along with a few other freelance gigs I have undertaken recently I am hoping more writing work will make it’s way to me. *fingers crossed for me, dear readers!*
Other news includes the decision to move to Birmingham city centre. I think I mentioned that in the previous video post. But now it is super-real. We have two weeks to pack up the house and find somewhere to live. As usual, we are living life by the seat of our pants (is that the saying?!) and have not actually made a plan. But I always have faith that the universe will present the right path and this feels so right.
Like I said before, I am hoping to concentrate more on freelance writing, blogging and social media work and living in a city will be extremely useful for this. I am looking forward to being in the hub of activity again. Although I will be sad to be putting a lot of my belongings in storage (goodbye vintage china sets).
What else… or yes, LOTS of cooking. One of the freelance gigs I had involved cooking up these 10 recipes. The best thing about food writing has to be the eating. Oh yes. Lots of yummy food.
1: Lemon-y Sautéed Brussels Sprouts. 2: Lamb in Red Wine Sauce. 3: Chicken and Bacon Houmous Wrap. 4: Turkey Honey and Mustard Pasta Salad. 5: Crispy Coconut Chicken. 6: Sugar Glazed Spiced Ham. 7: Coconut Lentil Soup. 8: Pistachio Chocolate Bark. 9: Satay Pork Noodles. 10: Smoked Salmon and Basil Creamy Pasta Salad.
It’s interesting how creativity breeds creativity. I have heard all sorts of motto’s and sayings to that effect being bandied around before but I found that the more I was cooking and thinking about food the more ideas and flavour combinations I began to come up with. I am looking forward to spending more time in the kitchen this year. Along with that, I am very excited by food photography. I find myself staring at food photographs online and in magazines with such an inquisitive eye lately. I really hope to progress with improving and developing my food photography in 2013.
What else? hmmm…
Well, this week is my big 3-0. Yep, it is my birthday on the 3rd January and I step into a new decade. I am still deciding whether to have a minor breakdown about imminent old age or embrace the awesomeness of the thirties. I have a feeling I will go with the latter. There is something I about age that I kind of enjoy. The slight increase in confidence, knowledge and wisdom. And who really cares about a few lines on the face and couple of grey hairs. After all, I have a VERY expressive face. Plus, I have the absolute privilege of celebrating my birthday in Paris with my boyf. (He’s the best, eh?). Followed by a tea party with my family on Sunday.
I think this birthday will be fine. Just fine. Might fine, even.
Oh yes, and I am going to celebrate my birthday with my friends at the end of the month with a little get-together at the end of January. That will be nice.
Is that enough of a catch-up? My brain is buzzing with so much right now, it’s insane. Just this week alone I will be visiting London, Southampton, Birmingham and Paris.