So since being on lockdown and furlough I’ve had a lot more time on my hands. Now don’t get me wrong this definitely isn’t going to be some smug post about ‘finding a routine’, baking artisan bread and learning yoga. I’ve spent an awful lot of time just WASTING TIME. Living in an almost constant loop of quiz shows, sleeping, Ninja Warrior UK and too much wine. But I have at least achieved a few things I’m a bit proud of.
The ‘Rocky’ Marathon
Our mission? Watch every Rocky and Creed movie in a week. We did it and here’s the ‘proof’ – a screenshot of my twitter feed:
I adore the Rocky movies and watching them all in such close proximity only reinforced the strength of the story and the love for the characters. Though some of the films are sillier than others (my personal favourite is Rocky IV) they are all – mainly – brilliant in their own right. And Rocky sure is a guy we can all love and root for. The wildest moment of the week had to be putting Creed II on STRAIGHT AFTER Creed. It was almost midnight! We crazy.
30 Day Squat Challenge
I haven’t actually finished this yet and I won’t be finishing it in 30 days either. But I’m determined to complete it. I have this taped up on the kitchen cupboard where all my crisps are.
Finally read ‘The Shining’
I’ve had this sitting around for so long. It’s the first Stephen King novel I’ve read where I’d seen the film first. Took me a few chapters to get into it but I enjoyed it a lot. Slightly different to the film which was unexpected and of course I couldn’t help but imagine Jack Nicholson a fair few times, especially during the bar scene.
“you always were the best of them Lloyd!”
Lots of nice grub
Me and my boyfriend enjoy cooking together anyway but with more time at home we had more time to make an effort – and also try a few new things (no innuendo intended). I’m not exactly a Masterchef but I like to think I’m a little above pricking a microwave meal with a fork (not that there’s anything wrong with that either).
From scotch eggs to fish curry and lasagne to kedgeree, with a lot of meals in-between, my favourite so far was probably the homemade burgers with garlic, parsley and black pepper served up with melted blue cheese and sweet potato fries.
Enjoy this rather heavenly (even if I do say so myself) collage of some of our lockdown feasts –
Lockdown Pub Quizzes
To be honest my family hasn’t spent this many weekends together in ages. If ever. But we’ve now completed four Lockdown Pub quizzes, each taking a turn to be quiz masters.
My boyfriend and I did the questions for the first quiz (which I posted on my blog here) and it’s our turn once again tonight. We’ve had three different team names for the quizzes we’ve competed in – The Wet Bandits, The Blues Brothers and finally (for the quiz we actually won) The Dream Warriors.
As well as being a good excuse to drink more alcohol and eat more snacks, it’s also been nice spending extended time with the fam. Who knew it would be lockdown to bring us together!
This one I’m particularly proud of. It all started with a runner bean plant donated by my boyfriend’s sister. NOW LOOK AT MY BALCONY! I know what you’re all thinking – that I clearly nicked these pictures from the Chelsea Flower Show website. But hey, I didn’t actually. I DID THIS!!!