Sunday, 8 November 2015

Happy Post #28

Happy Post #28

Happy November, everyone! To be honest, I sort of miss October and its gorgeous, sunny, autumnal days (the rain has come back to Scotland in full force) but at the same time, I'm very excited about Christmas approaching (I've already started listening to Christmas music...) - I just can't help it! Autumn/Winter is when I feel like I'm truly in my element. It's been a while since I wrote a Happy Post, as my blogging has been a bit haphazard lately. I've stopped putting pressure on myself to stick strictly to my blogging schedule, as I've got so many other things to keep up with. It has actually been rather nice to just step back a bit, and just blog whenever I have the time.

Anyhow, let's get on with it, shall we? Here's what's made me happy recently...

Finishing my English Literature essay. Last week was my reading week, and when I wasn't working I was sat struggling with my literature essay. There is a lot of pressure this year as I have to get a B2 to get into third year, and on top of that second year is (naturally) more difficult than last year. I really wasn't happy with how my essay turned out, but either way it was such a relief to hand it in on Monday, because now I can't do anything about it anymore, and what will be, will be.

Working fewer hours. There were a few weeks last month where I worked 20+ hours a week, which really made me exhausted to the bone. But a couple of weeks ago I started working only around 10 hours a week, which I find is the perfect amount -- not too much, but not too little, and perfectly manageable. As a result, I feel much less stressed and much more at peace.

Attending a blogging event at Soba Merchant City. I blog (though very sporadically lately) for Time Out Glasgow, and last week us bloggers were invited along to an event at Bar Soba in Merchant City. We got to try out their new menu, and had three delicious cocktails plus a three-course dinner. It was the perfect break from essay-writing, and I had a lovely time. Everything was delicious, and it was so nice to finally meet some of the other Time Out bloggers - for example Elise, whose blog I've been reading for quite a while.

Cardamom coffee. I've started adding a little bit of ground cardamom to my coffee before brewing it (I use a cafetière, so I simply add it with the ground coffee before pouring hot water over), and it's so delicious. I used to have it ever so often back home in Sweden, and am really happy to have rediscovered it. Coffee and cardamom are flavours that complement each other so well. Goodness, that sounded pretentious. But really, the cardamom just adds a bit of warmth and deliciousness. 

Baking with sourdough. I used to bake my own sourdough bread regularly before I moved to Scotland, but when I lived in student accommodation and shared a kitchen with five other girls I didn't really feel like baking much, so I took a break from it. The other week I finally started a new sourdough, however, and so far I've baked with it twice. There's something really satisfying and therapeutic about it, plus it's much tastier than store-bought bread, and cheaper than bakery bread.

(I'm also toying with the idea of putting together some posts about baking with sourdough... so let me know if that's be something you'd be interested in!)

Christmas drinks. Ah, I know it's such a cliché, but I can't help really loving it when Starbucks' and Costa's Christmas drinks come back. It means the best time of the year is approaching and that it's 100% okay to treat yourself to sugary drinks, because, you know, they're not here all year round!

My new unicorn iPhone case from Skinny Dip. My sister and I spotted it yesterday in Topshop and we couldn't resist getting one each, like the big kids we are. It makes me happy whenever I see it on my phone. I just love unicorns.

Finally, here are a few blog posts I've enjoyed recently.

'The Witching Place' on The Salty Sea Blog.

'Why I Don't Like Labels' on Deliciously Ella.

'A Day in Stratford-Upon-Avon' on Life in Ginger.

'Healthy Toffee Apple Tart' on The Peppermint Pencil.

'11 Small Ways to Feel Happier Right Now' on Robowecop.

'Things They Don't Tell You About Uni' on Sweet Serendipity.

Finally, I wrote a recipe on Swedish cinnamon rolls for, and if you're looking for a wonderfully warming and autumnal treat, then make sure to check it out! I promise, they're not as difficult as they might appear.

What has made you happy recently?

Love, Mimmi.