Time for another happy post! I can't believe it's already more than two weeks since my exams finished, and that June is just around the corner. How? When? Where did those weeks go? This time of the year is probably my favourite (next to Christmas, and October), so I'd love for time to slow down a little bit, but that's not how it works, is it? Here is what's made me happy recently...
The response to my post about scoliosis. I was a little bit scared before publishing that post, but I'm so happy I did it, as the response was more than I could've asked for. I received so many lovely comments, both from the blogging community on the actual post, and from friends and family through other means, and they all left me feeling very touched and happy!
Getting the Yelp Elite badge. I've been getting more and more into Yelp lately, and earlier this week I became part of Glasgow's Elite squad! If you're not sure what Yelp is, essentially it's a website and an app where you can review restaurants, cafés, and other places, as well as chat with other Yelpers about what is going on in your city. It's great fun!
Re-reading His Dark Materials. I adored this trilogy when I was younger and I've read it a few times, but the last time was probably more than five years ago, so I thought it was high time to give it another read. Epecially since the BBC are making an adaption in the near future! It's been wonderful returning to the Lyra's world, rediscovering the story, getting to know the characters again, and just reading for fun.
Using my camera again. As mentioned in my last post I've been neglecting using my camera so far this year, until last week when I finally took it with me outside. I had nearly forgotten how much I enjoy photographing, and I'm already itching to go out and take more photos. Sure, the iPhone works well enough for everyday use, but sometimes it's wonderful to take some more time and use a proper camera.
This season, right here and now. It's really rather magical outside at the moment, isn't it? Everything is green and lush, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the sun is out more than usual. I love this time of the year - the final weeks of spring and the very first weeks of summer.
New cookbooks. A couple of weeks ago I bought two new vegan cookbooks - The New Vegan by Aine Carlin, and The Thug Kitchen. Before, I found myself relying very much on Deliciously Ella's recipes since I've got both of her books as well as her app, and while I love everything she does it has been really fun to branch out a bit. The other day I made some really yummy roasted chickpea and broccoli burritos, which have definitely become a new favourite.
Pancakes. My food processor broke down a few weeks ago (sobs), and while I've been waiting for a replacement, I've had to give up smoothie bowls for a while (sad times). To change it up a little bit from my usual porridge, I've been making pancakes quite a lot, trying out different flavour combinations. So quick, easy and delicious! My favourite version so far is probably the matcha pancakes I made the other week.
Summer plans. I'm staying in Glasgow and working for most of the summer, but that doesn't mean summer will be boring! My mum is coming to visit later in June and we've booked a day tour up to Glen Coe, which I'm so excited about! Then one of my sisters is visiting in July, and I've already started making a list of all the vegan places I'm going to take her too. And of course, my trip to London and Bath with my other sister is also on the horizon! Moreover, even though dance classes are almost all finished (the last one before summer is on Tuesday), there is still summer dancing on most weeks. I think it's going to be a good summer!
Finally, here are eight blog posts that I've really enjoyed reading recently...
'I failed. I quit. And that's OK.' on Little Miss Katy.
'Bright Spots | Week Twenty' on Beside the Danube.
'21 Summer Ideas That You May Not Have Thought Of Already' on Imogen Scribbles.
'Edinburgh Antics' on Alphabeth.
'Healthy food, healthy mind?' on What I Know Now.
'Why I'm Going Vegan' on Ginger Kitchen.
'How to share the love as a blogger & why it's important' on Tea In Your Twenties.
What has made you happy recently?