Nespresso v Gaggia

We like coffee – in fact we love coffee.

My perfect mornings start with a good strong latte.    Meanderings around our local town centre usually end up with a great coffee or two in one or two of our splendid independent coffee bars.  Our favourite cities are full of even more favourite coffee-based haunts.

Coffee officionados out there will probably laugh uproariously at us, but we also love Nespresso machines.

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Tempus Fugit…

The days are passing at an alarming rate, rapidly multiplying into weeks, and then months.

It’s hard to remember what day it is let alone what the actual date is… and having just glanced at the date in the top right hand corner of my MacBook – crikey! it’s the 10th of June!   A few weeks ago I found myself wondering how far away Easter was and then remembered that it’d been and gone…first May Bank Holiday / second May Bank Holiday / Jubilee Holiday – both gone.  I see posters for things on at the theatre pasted to walls around the city centre and find myself thinking ‘oooh that might be interesting’ only to realise that they were on weeks or even months ago – they’d just not been pasted over with something new yet.

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Why Do I Do It…?

***WARNING***

This post has been given a  ‘PTMI’ ( (Potentially Too Much Information) rating of 8/10 – you have been warned 🙂

Why do I do it…???

“Do what?” I hear you ask…

Well… being as you asked… I’m sitting here with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream in front of me and I’m going to eat it – all of it – in one sitting – in fact before it’s at perfect eating temperature…you know, that wonderful gooey not-quite-in-its-frozen-state-anymore-but-about-to-become-a-liquid state…to be honest, my sturdy spoon is in danger of being bent due to it being the total opposite of perfect eating temperature – it can’t defrost fast enough…

If there were any other ‘bad’ foods in the house, they would be in serious danger right now…lucky for me (or not so lucky for me in this state of mind) I don’t get them in anymore.  No bars of ‘normal’ chocolate, or crisps, or pizza lurking in cupboards…just fresh veggies etc in the fridge along with some cold meats and bacon – none of which appeal to me right now I’m ashamed to say… I’m being  very strong and NOT going online to look at pizza takeaway menus – heck I’m even thinking of cracking open a bottle of wine  so I won’t get in the car and go get takeaway chicken and fries (which always makes me feel like cr*p after I’ve eaten it when I’ve succumbed in the past…)  I don’t drive if I’ve had any alcohol at all…

I’ve not had a ‘bad’ day at work – manic and tons to do yes – but I actually like it like that.  Ok, starting my usually clockwork precision-like period 4 ******** days early whilst still at work – and in the middle of marathon back to back conference calls  – without realising  – wasn’t good  – in fact if Mother Nature had been standing in front of me at the point I realised – or even now come to think of it – she’d have been told to stick her ‘monthly gift’ where the sun doesn’t shine – but like I say, in the scheme of things, not a ‘bad’ day at all.

BUT

Can I be bothered to make ‘wise food choices’ right now – no.

If I had another tub of ice cream in the freezer would it be in danger after I’ve scraped the bottom of this one clean – yes.

Would I care – no – ok maybe I would after the second tub – my tummy (and head) are starting to complain a bit after the first one actually if I’m honest – that (was) alot of sugar… (yep it’s all gone…)

I do find myself back at where I started at the beginning of this totally random post – what on earth makes me do it???   Then again… I can’t be arsed trying to analyse it and life’s too short to regret my less-frequent-than-they-used-to-be lapses of good judgement 🙂

I’m off to get some paracetamol for my headache…


Best Laid Plans…

Firstly,  apologies to anyone who finds what I write interesting enough to read on a regular basis and has noticed my absence…I’ve been preoccupied.  The days are flying by at an alarming rate and when I look back, I don’t seem to be doing very much with them – apart from working – which is a good thing and something I’m immensely grateful for.  I guess it’s just all part of getting back into the rhythm of things again.

It’s strange how quickly my focus and priorities have changed around again…I’d previously started filling my days with grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning, washing and ironing – that kind of stuff (and writing of course!) – whereas my days are once again filled with the job (which is coming along fine – a steep learning curve as with anything new, but I’m getting there…), and evenings are trying to fit in grocery shopping and making our main meal, as well as ‘decompressing’  before going to bed.   Cleaning has definitely taken a back seat – the vacuuming only gets done when it’s REALLY irritating me (and as I look at the carpet in front of me, that may be soon…), and laundry when we start to run out of key things – both are shameful I know, but hey…

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Barcelona Street Art…

Some may call it ‘graffiti’ or ‘tagging’ or maybe even an eye-sore, but we found some of the art work on the shop shutters eye-catching, striking, funny, beautiful and in some cases pretty stunning…

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Reclining Giraffe…Thinking Bull…

Rambla Catalyuna stretches from Avinguda Diagonal to Placa Catalunya and is a beautiful (almost) traffic-free walk – except for crossing the main roads that bisect it as it meanders down – none of which were a hardship to cross.  It’s full of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops, although it was a bit on the chilly side for sitting al-fresco, and some of the bars / restaurants became more ‘touristy’ (pictures of meals on boards so less language-adventurous customers can point at what they want)…

Either end has a rather wonderful bronze statue…
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La Vinya del Senyor, Barcelona

One of the most wonderful wine bars we’ve ever visited and somewhere we love to go back to, time and time again…especially on an afternoon when it’s almost entirely ours…

With over 300 wines to choose from, including a selection that changes every fortnight that’s available by the glass if you don’t want a bottle, the view of the amazing Santa Maria Del Mar is the icing on the cake – or rather the foam on the top of a perfect glass of cava…

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