Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Yikes! I meant to get this posted yesterday (just like I meant to get a This and That posted for Friday, I promise you a big one this week) but the mad rush to the holidays has taken over my life. Wrapping up work and juggling a schedule that has me in London more and more (and right now!) has been a bit hectic. It was nice to take a few minutes and edit some more photos from our trip!
I tried to make this the "sunshine" batch, so hopefully you can't tell how cold things really are with all the beach and sun and palm trees!
Don't you just want one of those little beach huts? Give me about 10 more degrees and some blankets and I'm sold!
Hope that your week is off to a great start!
Thanks again to Travelodge for sending us on such a great trip!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
A little back story on why travel is such a big part of our relationship! When Ryan and I first started dating while we were living in New Zealand, we were pretty inseparable right from the start. We worked together, usually finished late so we grabbed dinner together, and our social circle mainly consisted of colleagues. The days were long and very, very similar to each other. To break things up a bit (and because NZ is absolutely stunning), we made a point to go on weekend trips whenever we could. (This is also when his habit of booking trips and surprising me with the destination at the airport/train station started!) We were both always up for an adventure (we were an American and a Brit living in New Zealand, after all) and we knew, even early on, that discovering our surroundings was so much better when we were together.
So! We travel. It's where a big chunk of our disposable income goes and it's how we make sure that we're always caught up with each other, it's how we celebrate birthdays and achievements, it's just kind of how we live! I think our country count is now up to 6 (though it's some crazy number between us) and every day we have what's next in the back of our minds.
Travel is one of my favorite parts of our relationship. Long trips are great adventure, but the short trips might be my favorite. I like a bit of the familiar with a twist. I love getting shown around different parts of England by Ryan (especially when we go to places that he used to visit as a kid) and it's a great way to feel on the road without breaking the bank or having to take too much time off of work.
Anyway, I ramble. I found myself reflecting quite a bit as we strolled around Bournemouth. Feeling lucky and thankful, marveling a bit at how far we've come, and looking forward to everything that next year will bring. This will likely be our last little trip of 2015, and it's a great high note to end on.
I hope that you enjoy these photos and forgive me for the rest that I will most definitely be sharing with you over the next few posts!
(A little in-joke between the two of us: on one of those early trips, Ryan made me walk for what felt like 7 hours through Taupo in search of "The Most Romantic Bench in the World". It was incredibly sweet and it did have a view of the water, but it was really just a bench. I've been teasing him mercilessly about it for years. So there you go, folks. The Most Romantic Bench in Bournemouth.)
Thanks again to Travelodge for sending us on such a great trip!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It's with a heavy heart that I'm writing to you not from a cosy little room by the sea but from my (admittedly cozy) little couch situated in cold and rainy Bristol. We had the most lovely weekend in Bournemouth, thanks to Travelodge and I think I've felt a bit glum by comparison since we got back!
As you can tell from my archives, Ryan and I love to get out and explore the bits of England that we can get to by train or bus! When Travelodge offered us a two night stay, we pounced on the opportunity and decided on a place that we'd never been together and, despite the weather, is close to the water.
I was really blown away by how roomy and comfortable everything was upon arrival! We've had a few lackluster hotel stays in the last few months, so it was nice to be met with a warm, huge room with a view of the ocean! I'm a sucker for blackout curtains but I was very tempted to leave the windows bare in the hopes that we'd get woken up to a gorgeous view of the sun rising over the water!
After we unpacked and tucked into warm clothes, we went out to explore a bit to catch the sunset and map out our game plan for the second day! I (per usual) have a stack of photos that I can't wait to show you!
I'd had a really busy week leading up to our trip and man was I rewarded with a good night's sleep! We were really pleased with the cleanliness and comfort level (and hey, the prices aren't bad, either!) and will absolutely be making it a point to head back. Considering that we were just steps from the water, we really couldn't have asked for a better location!
Before we left, we enjoyed a yummy breakfast (and bottomless coffees! joy!) downstairs in the restaurant and it really ticked all of the boxes. Food? Good! Service? Amazing! (In fact, the staff might been one of the best parts of our stay. I can't shower them with enough praise!) We left feeling full and happy and so relaxed.
(Ryan would just like to add that he really liked the bay windows, which I, too, enjoyed!)
Monday, December 8, 2014
I'm currently wishing for the weekend to come back and save me from Monday! We had an amazing weekend in Bournemouth (more on that this week!) and I'm seriously struggling to feel 100% today. But, the show must go on and it's off to London tomorrow so I'd better catch up with myself sooner rather than later, right?
Here's a bit of what's been happening lately!
I've been woefully bad at focusing on my reading list for the last few months. I'm currently reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt and it's fantastic but I've been working through it for like a hundred years because I can't seem to sit down for more than five minutes lately. I've promised myself that I'll finish this week and maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to work my way through my stack of to-reads before the end of the year!
1989 still and with NO regrets!
Oh, work has been so fun lately! I have zero complaints. It's exciting, challenging, a little exhausting, and really fulfilling. The only downside is that I haven't had the chance to get out in front of a few (very) important admin-type things, but I'm hoping to break totally for the year on the 19th and here's hoping I can put my head down and focus on the behind-the-scenes stuff then!
I've been watching Ed over Ryan's shoulder for the past few weeks! It's cute! I'll probably join him in that now that Scandal and
Looking Forward To
2015! I'm not wishing the time away or anything but I'm getting married next year and I honestly can't wait to become Mrs. Haven't Decided What To Do With My Last Name Yet! I've been pretty quiet regarding wedding plans (not just on the blog, I think I'm annoying family and friends with non-answers), and will likely continue to be so, but plans are slowly solidifying and I'm so thrilled to be marrying – cliché alert! – my best friend! Squee! My sister will also be getting hitched in 2015 which will mean lots of travel to warm places and I'm just over the moon. Love is grand!
Early mornings and long runs. It's COLD cold here, but I've been trucking through and getting my runs in before anything else in the morning and it's been really rewarding. I'm sleeping better and feeling better and holding on to the hope that it doesn't get any colder outside because I think Ryan would be quite sad if I turned into a popsicle on one of my outings.
So! That's it! Hope that you've had a great weekend!
Photos above are from my phone over the weekend! Look at all that sunshine!