Monday Catch Up #34


I’m writing this post curled up in our home office looking out of the window onto a crisp but bright winter’s day and feeling – peaceful. Spring is on the way, at long last.

Last week was busy as always with my normal work bits and bobs, the day job is just busier and busier than ever which I won’t complain about – lots of change and lots of opportunities to be grabbed with both hands. On chatting to someone on Monday lunchtime, it made me realise that I really do love working, always (and I also love that they thought writing about interiors was my full-time job, if only!) Between my day job, my business and the blog I get SO much energy, enjoyment, opportunities and fun – challenges of course but the most amazing laughter, triumphs, warm feelings along the way. It’s all so so worth it and whilst this not meant as criticism at all, I’ll never understand people who don’t have something to keep them mentally stimulated, be it a job or committed hobby, a blog or something else. I’ve never met anyone who seemed happy with doing nothing, and yet I’ve met plenty of people that fall into that camp.


On Monday I took a quick pit stop into another couple of tradeshows and finally met up with the lovely Nadia who runs Moobles and Toobles, we’ve known each other on social media for a little while and I nabbed some gorgeous bits from her when my beautiful niece Flossie was born. How lovely is her collection?


After work I wasn’t feeling great and had an early night with the latest Empire magazine. Nothing at all with Alexander Skarsgard. Nothing at all. Tarzan wouldn’t normally be on my list of films to see but I may arrange a little trip for us work ladies, rude not to right?


I couldn’t resist sharing this image of Maddie with you, she sometimes gives the best pouty, indignant looks if she’s not happy. In this case it was because I was dragging my feet taking her out for a walk. Dogs are very definitely people with fur, such ridiculous personalities.


My pretty cat dress got an airing at work this week, embracing my seeming in ability to gain weight at the moment. It’s not that I want to by any means but from being someone who’s always struggled to lose weight, it seems odd that the last couple of months and now I’m officially mid-late 30s, it’s dropping off. Yay for gluten free I suppose!


I’m still eating with gay abandon though, proved more than anything when we decided to take an impromptu visit to the cinema on Wednesday night to see Spotlight. I’m sure I’ve written about Greenwich Picturehouse before but we just love, love, LOVE it there. It’s such a pretty drive (which I know in London sounds like an oxymoron right?) and we park up right behind the cinema AND they now have an amazing new cafe on the ground floor called The Galley which I think used to be Spanish Tapas. Anyway, even though it was after 9pm there were a couple of gluten-free cakes left and I picked up two salted caramel brownies which were divine, I know this because I ate them both almost before the film had begun. And look at all the great teas to choose from. Spotlight was so good, but very powerful and if you struggle with stories about child abuse it may be too much. Totally recommend though otherwise.


On Thursday it was time for appointment hospital and we spent the afternoon in Blackheath where there’s a private gastro-intestinal hospital. I’ve never been to a private hospital and we had our own room and everything, I was joking to Pete that I might see if I could stay for a few days to get a break. After a general anaesthetic, an enema and a colonoscopy and the removal of some pre-cancerous polyps it was time to go home. Even if the nurses couldn’t believe how low my blood pressure was and were reluctant to discharge me, I had to convince them that this is very normal for me. Hospital fashion, it’s not up to much.


Friday was a recovery day at home but I felt great and *may* have done a little bit of post-procedure shopping. New boots from White Stuff – in their sale and purchased using some birthday vouchers so actually free, which I like even more. They had their first outing on Saturday and are so incredibly comfy, I now realise the folly of my youthful ways and have to concede that paying more for shoes in the long run is worth it.


We had a typical chores and sorting weekend, for me catching up with my business and for her, crashing out in front of the fire.


I also invested in a super duper new teeth hygiene regime, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen this picture along with a declaration that I’m paranoid my teeth are staining and having never had any dentistry work done in my life, have an irrational fear of having to visit them. So we had some Christmas vouchers to use up and picked up this Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush from Argos – again for free – and our local Boots had the specific two-step teeth whitening products I was after so a successful shopping trip all round. A couple of days in to my new toothcare regime and so far, so good.


Hope you’ve had a lovely week X


  1. February 10, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better after your hospital appointment. All that prodding and poking can’t have been nice. I’m joining you in your new dental routine. Just before Christmas, I went to have a gum shield fitted and now I have gels to use to whiten my teeth. The dentist said that age as well as tea, coffee, etc, can be a contributing factor to why they start looking a little dull. We’ll soon have pearly whites again!

    • Lins
      February 15, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Yay for pearly whites!! It’s funny for the longest time I was never bothered about making the most of my appearance but I’m definitely in that frame of mind of appreciating what we have whilst we still have it ha! X

  2. February 11, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better after your procedure at hospital, it doesn’t sound pleasant! The tradeshows sound great, those moobles and toobles pieces look fab. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Lins
      February 15, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you Sian, feeling much better yay! Thanks so much for hosting X

  3. February 12, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Gosh what a busy week- I almost don’t know which bit to comment on. But oh my word the weight has most definitely fallen off hasn’t it? Not that you were big before by any means but wow! Maybe I need to go gluten free too!! Thank you for joining in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Lins
      February 15, 2016 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks lovely – yes for weight loss definitely gluten-free is the way to go. I never thought I’d find myself smaller at 36 than I was at 18! Xx

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