I completely ran out of time to prepare this week's #WonderfulWednesday post, so I'm now preparing it while I eat my breakfast in my office at work. (No, I'm not on work time yet...)
It feels like it's been a long week. I was in the office for 3 days last week so doing a full-on 5-day week this week is hard. I think that's also why I'm finding it hard to locate the Wonderful in my week just gone... However, I've tried my best...
✩ Being cosy out of the rain. I may be wrong, but it doesn't feel like we've had much rain down here in the south east so far this Autumn/Winter. In the last week, though, there have been a few days when it's been chucking it down, so it's been a nice feeling to be holed up in a restaurant, in the shops or even just at home.
✩ New Year healthy yummy breakfasts. Since the Boy moved away, I've gone back to having a longer commute to work each day. It means I get to work stupidly early to avoid being stupidly late, so I have time to properly savour my breakfast. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy even with 2 Weetabix and some melon, but now I'm on a mission to lose a few pounds, I've tried to make it healthier but still satisfying. This brings me to my new favourite - poached eggs with spinach on toast! I have a microwave egg poacher, courtesy of M&S, which makes this even possible at work where there's just a microwave and a toaster.
✩ Winter healthy yummy lunches. It's been out with the salads and in with the soups this week! I've had my slow-cooker going making some lovely soups to keep in the fridge for my week ahead. This week, it's been a chunky minestrone-type soup. I have a little miniature desktop slow-cooker at work (I know, right?!), which I've been putting my soup portion into each morning and by lunchtime there's a lovely waft of yummy in my office and it's ready. I know, I know, I could just as easily put it in the microwave, but when I know it's all cooked up and warm, it's impossible to be tempted by the treats in the M&S Foodhall next door when I'm starving hungry...
✩ Cooking for Mum. Very much following a food-based theme this week, aren't I?! Still, we should be hibernating, so it's no surprise that I'm thinking about food all the time. I made a tasty Thai green chicken curry for my Mum on Saturday night. My Dad was always one for meat'n'two-veg, so Mum rarely got the chance to try new foods and test her taste buds on anything too spicy. I made a fairly mild curry, but couldn't resist the chillies, so I had to put almost an extra can of coconut milk into it to dampen it down... oops... Mum did have to go and get a cup of milk from the fridge part-way through, but she did enjoy it so my work was done.
✩ Seeing the number on the scales drop. I'm hoping this will feature every week, but certainly that first week after trying your hardest to be good and you lose multiple pounds is a great boost. It'll be better when I see the overall number of stones drop down into the ones below, but still, it's been a good start.
✩ Our resilience. This one is a bit of an odd one for #WonderfulWednesday, I think. My office looks out over a pathway down to the River Thames and opposite me are some buildings as old as the one I work in. I have no idea what they do in it, but there's an elderly gentleman who I see going into and out of that building most days. I rarely see anyone else going in, actually. This man has some sort of head-drop syndrome, so his chin is permanently down to his chest and he cannot lift his head up. Depending on his condition, I suspect he has no pain, but it must be limiting in other ways - particularly just being able to look up and around himself every day. It makes me sad every time that I see him, yet I also smile inside for him as he keeps on going and it's a lovely example, in my mind, of our resilience. My sadness and sympathy may be quite misplaced - after all, he could well be perfectly fine just as he is, but in its own way it makes me think that when I'm having a struggle, I'm not the only one, and I can do it. I think it's that which is wonderful.
(I feel even sadder for him this morning as he's just arrived as I'm typing this and he can't get into the little door of the building. He's just standing outside it, facing the door with his back to the world. I want to run outside and give him a hug.... which if I did, he'd probably wonder what on earth I am doing...)
✩ Party planning. I have the honour of being a dear friend's bridesmaid later this year and so planning her hen party falls to me. This week I'm loving putting my plans together and despite some setbacks making it quite stressful at times, I really think she'll enjoy herself!
I had to finish up there with a light-hearted note. Not quite sure where that sixth bit of wonderful came from, but it was in my heart and I thought I'd share it. Anyway, it's now almost time to get on and start work, so off I pop and I'll see you next week!