A PSL kind of weekend

Not to be confused with PMSL, which I think of every time I walk past a Starbucks. I wish they would not use the abbreviation.


To re-wind a bit first. The last few weeks have been very busy- late meetings at work, evenings out (on a school night!)- including seeing Michael Palin, and going into London to see Ken Burns (he makes documentaries). Last weekend Andy promised me a trip out on Sunday if I got all my work done on Saturday, so I worked pretty late and we had a lovely day out. That is for another post though.

For a few weeks I have been wanting to visit my Nan, but I had a cold, then a cough, and then another cold, so I could not risk it. This week I was free from germs at last, so went to see her after work.

I got home to find Andy cooking dinner, and we had a lovely chilled out evening, watching Central Park Five (by Ken Burns- which is really worth a watch when you are in a serious mood) and then cheering ourselves up with Gogglebox! Hurrah!

Saturday I was out fairly early on my long run. I ended up doing 9.5 miles (I got home and my watch said 9.43, so I ran up and down the road until I got to the half!)- it was fairly slow, but I wasn’t worried about speed, I just wanted to do the miles as I don’t think I have run over 8 miles probably since doing the trail half back in the summer.

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Yes, I have posted this already, but I love it. Great breakfast. Although I was a bit silly as when I got home I noticed that the kitchen floor needed sweeping, so I did that, and when getting the dustpan out I saw the dusting stuff, so dusted the living room and bedroom, and then realised how full the washing basket was, so put on a wash. Then I had a shower and suddenly after that the hunger hit. Silly me.

I got on with some work, and then popped over to see my parents. Then I had to go to the shops, and I was very excited as Starbucks had emailed an offer where if you bought a pumpkin latte you got a free slice of pumpkin bread. Free pumpkin bread? Yes please. I parked a little way from town and walked in as it was just gorgeous weather. By this point it was about 4pm, so pumpkin cake was going to be my late lunch.

Alas, when I got there they had sold out of the loaf cake. Boo.

2014-09-27 15.48.20I did look at the sandwiches, but nothing appealed so went for a cinnamon roll. (I had already ordered the drink- pumpkin latte minus the coffee, which is way sweeter than a chai latte, but I was having a bit of an energy crash so it was needed). It was so good to be sitting outside in late September without a coat on.

After getting home I did some more work and then got dinner ready (a rare occurrence now).

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I roasted veggies (red and yellow pepper, courgette, red onion) with some oregano, then added some haloumi pieces, cooked some giant cous cous, and served with rocket.

On Sunday we went out for brunch with some friends. I was awake early so was trying to find coverage of the Berlin marathon on TV (according to their website, BBC2 and Eurosport had the rights) but it was not on at all. Grrrr. Shelly Woods won the wheelchair race, but I suppose she does not have a high enough profile to tempt the TV bosses….

Anyway, we went to a new place (The Bakehouse) which was really good- I had French toast with banana and maple syrup, but was tempted by home-made granola, fruit salad, or banana and raspberry loaf. After that I wanted to get a few bits in town so we walked around in the sunshine.

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Fat Face were having a sale, so I picked up these two dressed that I had my eye on already- they didn’t photograph very well, but they both have short sleeves in a darker colour, so there is a sort of double neckline. Also some more shampoo from Lush as I was running low, and a new Essie nail polish. We decided to walk down into the park, so went to Starbucks to see if they had any of the loaf (the voucher ran out today)- luckily they did, so we got a drink to have whilst walking through the park.

On the way home we stopped to get some garden bits (a fence panel has come down, but our neighbours’ landlord has not replaced it, and so all their weeds are coming in our garden, so we picked up a roll of bamboo fencing to cover the gap), and also put up some pictures, and then it was time for a bit more work.

I wasn’t going to have another run, but the weather was so good, so I headed out for 5 miles around the fields before it got too gloomy.

For dinner I hadn’t planned anything, but had been flicking through the Oh She Glows book and saw this lentil oatmeal bowl. I had the ingredients, and it sounded good, so I gave it a go. Although I missed out the oats (it  said you could) and just had lentils.

2014-09-28 19.23.35Lentils cooked with herbs and tomato, with tomatoes, avocado, sourdough topped with sundried tomato pesto, and some tomato and basil hummus.

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Then I had half of the loaf (I saved the other half for Andy, as he had gone to Wembley to watch the NFL). It was tasty, but not particularly spicy. I had a chilled out evening catching up on TV and doing a spot of baking (again, for another post).

Did you have a good weekend? Any other annoying abbreviations or acronyms? 

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22 thoughts on “A PSL kind of weekend”

  1. A cinnamon roll is wayyyyyy better than sandwiches! On on the running front, I don’t think you should worry too much about your time! Thats just my opinion anyway (as a non runner!). Id be well chuffed if I could run 9 miles!

    1. Yes it is, and to be honest probably not really any unhealthier than the shop bought sandwiches.
      Yes- I am doing the same 10 miler as I did last year, so would quite like to beat my time, but not sure if I can. Who knows- I will enjoy it anyway.

  2. I am totally loving the weather and lapping up the warm days like gold.

    I love BTW By The Way
    and I can make a nuisance of myself at home but adding the word hashtag in front of what I’m saying.

  3. I treated myself to my first pumpkin spiced latte of the season the other week and loved it. I do agree though that they are sweet and I couldn’t have one everyday. Acronyms and shorthand are a riot in the lab and scientific circles, some of the chemical/compound and receptor names are so long that it makes life much easier.

  4. Acronyms for most things get on my nerves…except for FML, which I quite like because it expresses perfectly how I generally feel about things.

    I love the Oh She Glows book! The smoothies are particularly fantastic.


  5. I’ve never had a pumpkin spice coffee…I’m not a huge sweet coffee fan if I’m honest. But a free slice of cake? I could be very much persuaded. What a shame they sold out though. I don’t really buy cakes in the mainstream coffee places as they never look that appealing to me – a bit processed? But you always say the cinnamon roll is nice so I might have to just check it out in case 😉 Though saying that, in Berlin they had a THREE-TIERED carrot cake in Starbucks that I almost went for. It looked immense.

    1. I know! Stupid! Marathon talk had a live stream but by the time I saw that on my phone I was heading out so was too late to start the computer or whatever.

  6. Cold, cough then another cold?…That sounds like back to school germs! Luckily (touch wood) I’ve managed to avoid illness this term. I hope my luck continues… :S Glad you’re feeling better now.

    1. Well the little children are worse as they get so many germs and have low immune systems as have not been exposed to the germs before, so I think it is a hazard of the job!

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