Sometimes you just have to have a lazy weekend. We kicked it off with date night on Friday. Now, this sounds terribly romantic but was in fact the result of my friend (name changed for anonymity) Flakey McFlake dropping out on me for girls’ night. Naturally I’d been a good friend and booked a nice restaurant, but I had told T that I had no doubt that Flakey would flake out, so he’d better be on standby to come out to dinner with me.
Sure enough, I think it was Tuesday when I received an apologetic text message saying that she wasn’t going to be able to make it. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Flakey. We’ve been friends since we were little. But she really is a bit of a flake. I have learned not to take it personally as she does it to everyone. She’s also pretty bad with money so I always assume that I’ll be footing the bill – hence booking a nice but extremely reasonably restaurant for our dinner. (I have a mental bank of these in London for dinners out. I’m not one of those people who loves spending tonnes on one meal.)
It was raining yesterday in London and it was pretty miserable, so it was nice to get out and have a date night. I’ve been to the restaurant before with one of my other girlfriends. It’s really quite fancy looking and I like the high gold ceiling…
It feels quite grown up to be going on an actual dinner out. It is just off Piccadilly Circus which is jam packed full of tourists so it felt like a bit of an oasis of calm. Which went with my Friday dress-down trousers which had their first outing yesterday! It was quite funny as I usually just wear black to work. I think I’m getting more adventurous. Or I just like casual things!
T and I got a good table and we had a nice time – no doubt helped by the champagne cocktails. I started off with my favourite – gazpacho! It’s been soooo hot in London lately so it was really cool and refreshing. It looks like hot soup in the picture but it was nice and cold! If you’ve never had gazpacho you need to try it. When we go to Spain, I love getting cartons of it from the supermarket. Anyway, cold soup. Yum!
T had some salmon thing which I wouldn’t touch as I hate fish, let alone cold raw / cured fish. For some reason I’ve always hated fish. Considering the amount of processed meat I eat (hello, Dominos pizza) I make a pretty bad aspiring vegan, but I probably would be if I could. I would definitely be vegetarian but I think for the whole purity thing I would rather be vegan. Anyway, I never seem to get there but I can manage vegetarian quite a lot, as I naturally tend to pick the veggie options due to being fussy about many meats. For my main course I went for pasta…
It was nice enough but generally I figure main courses are just fillers between starters and desserts. It was all green stuff and peas and beans and rocket (I think you call it something else in the US – just looked it up – arugula).
Then onto the main event… Dessert!
Eton mess. Don’t know if you have this overseas? It’s basically a deconstructed pavlova. Originally with strawberries like this one but they tend to switch it up a bit depending on season. Now, pavlova is my favourite dessert so I was happy.
You know you’re in a good restaurant when you also get petits fours. We didn’t even have coffee – I had a glass of rosé which was nice. I’ve definitely stopped drinking so much since all the IVF as I just got out of the habit. One glass is fine after the champagne cocktail. (It had brown sugar and something else in but I couldn’t tell what the waiter was saying as he had a very strong French accent! Très bien!) These were chocolate covered marshmallows and brownies. They were very small as petits fours should be.
And done! We had a nice walk back just chatting and spending time together, which is how it should be. It never ceases to amaze me how we don’t get sick of each other! I’m sure I’m very annoying so it’s nice that someone has a tolerance! It definitely worked out well for me even though it wasn’t the original plan. I’m always happy to spend time with T.
We had an entertaining reminiscence of how many times Flakey has been a bit flakey. She said something about rearranging for next week but I’ll hazard a guess that it won’t happen. I’ll put money on it. (I’ve put a lot of money on it before!) I’m really not bitter even if it sounds like I am! She’s a sweet girl really and pretty much my oldest friend, and she had a rough few years so I think we all just let it go. I also think if you’ve had special treatment your whole life that you never learn to act in certain ways… Like not letting your friends down!
It’s funny, the first time T met her we ended up with a gigantic bill for hardly any food. She was having a party and everyone had to split the bill despite some of the party having lots to drink and some having nothing, plus several bottles of bubbly she’d ordered. T joked that my night was much cheaper this way! That night went down in folklore in my friend group. I’m one of those people when it comes to money where I think you shouldn’t spend anything or lend anything to someone that you’re not prepared to lose. It always happens with her!
Other than that we’ve had a super lazy Saturday. We both needed a sleep. I have a bad period right now so I’m feeling exhausted. Just lying on the sofa and relaxing although I’m going to tidy my desk shortly. Ooh, the glamour! It’s nice just to chill and play with Dog. I’m always entertained by the idea that Dog doesn’t get certain laws of physics. Like if I bounce a ball for him (we have hard floors) he is mystified how I can drop it and it bounces back up. Or if I pretend to throw something but actually hide it behind my back, he just stares at the ceiling in the direction I “threw” it, waiting for it to come down. Dog is just the best.
Oh and I forgot to show you a photo of my pizza ring which arrived! It’s so funny. I really love it. I told T if we ever get engaged that I need a ring like this. In fact I’ll just change hands! (We are very committed… Long story but getting divorced is proving to be a slow process.) Anyway… Pizza! 🍕❤️
Other than that, I’ve made no commitment this weekend other than to relax and do a bit of tidying. Having my period always makes me feel exhausted. I am losing a lot of blood so it kind of makes me feel bad – so I’m just trying to be easy on myself this weekend. I’m happy to be hanging out with T and Dog…
Here’s to lazy weekends. Hope you’re having a good one!