Why I Love Weekends (When I Have Them Off)

It feels so much better not to have to post on a schedule. 

Not that there’s anything wrong with posting on a schedule, but I remember last year when I felt the need to post at least 3 times a week and with work and other commitments, it felt too much like a chore and sapped the fun out of it a little bit. Here’s a visual representation of last year:

Nevertheless, I feel more at ease now that I blog when I want to. Got my cup of coffee, I’ve lit my Glade Honey & Chocolate Candle and I’m listening to Apple Music’s playlist ‘R&B Gems: 2013’ because why not – I’m raring to go.

How has everybody been? The past weekend was a busy, but fun one.

Looking back, on Tuesday I was ready to make tons upon tons of yummy pancakes because it was Pancake Day only to find there was no flour. I’m sorry, what? I obviously sent my father out to get me some flour and baking soda, because I was not venturing back outside again. It’s too cold. I’m a fan of American pancakes, rather than the typical English pancakes. I like mine thick and fluffy, with lots of maple syrup and bacon. To achieve my fluffy pancakes I use either self-raising flour or plain flour with baking soda. Both ways work just as well – you can check out my pancake recipe on Mutay and I’s blog!

My Friday night was entertaining in that a friend and I got very intense and heated over a game called Dobble

Dobble is a speedy observation game where players race to match the identical symbol between cards.

When you’re drunk and desperately trying to match symbols, so you can get rid of your cards and not have to buy the next round; it gets crazy. You start screaming ‘PURPLE ONE’, thinking that you can get away with it. No, Chynna, you actually have say that it’s a bird not ‘purple one’. ? It’s fun, but very very intense. And shouty. So much shouty.

I spent much of Saturday exploring the insides of London’s pubs because of the alcoholic that I am, and also went to the Museum of London. As a certified Londoner, I feel like I’m letdown because I’ve never been before Saturday! Absolutely adored it. I’m currently reading London: a Novel by Edward Rutherfurd, which charts the history of London from 54 B.C.E. to 1997. It’s so fascinating reading about the Romans and Anglo-Saxons and how much they influenced how London is today.

Anyway, I was able to see a bit more behind the novel as there were loads of displays depicting how London would have looked like back in those days. Came across a castration tool… but anyway…

I’m still ‘Mixed Other’ on forms, but whatevs

The quote by Monica Vasconcelos, that you can see above, is so true. I love how multicultural London is, and I urge you to visit if you can. Represent.

There’s this amazing pub called The Mug House, which is actually under London Bridge. You get beer served in a pewter tankard, and it’s like something out of a Dickens’ novel. Cute and cosy – definitely recommend a visit.

Sunday evening was spent geeking out way too much over at the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Way. Too. Much. I almost cried when I saw the Hogwarts Express and found out you could actually board it. Last time I went, which was back in 2012, they didn’t have the train. I had the biggest grin ever on my face. Whew.

It took me ages to get this picture, because there was some couple taking like a hundred selfies in front of it ?

I genuinely could not stop grinning as I walked around the studio. Just thinking that all of the characters spent 10 years of their lives here filming Harry Potter just made me all gooey inside. I don’t know how to put into words how excited I was, without sounding like a complete and utter sap. Although, I’m sure I already do sound like a sap. Ha! Three things happened whilst there: I got sorted into Slytherin, I became Slytherin Head Girl and I’m a Hogwarts train conductor.

I want to go back!

Although I was extremely tired on Monday at work, I had a fun and amazing weekend. How was everyone else’s?



  • Regan

    Ooooh that book about London sounds pretty amazing. I’ve not been to the Museum Of London – my museum of choice is The British Museum but maybe I should check that one though!

  • Holly

    I wish my weekends were that fun! I’m moving so my weekends are currently consumed by packing and shopping for furniture (secretly I love it!).

    You are so lucky to have so many wonderful places to visit and so many things to do in London! I’ve not been to the Harry Potter studios but lots of my friends have, and even though I’m not really into HP that much, they’ve made me really want to go!

  • Cat

    I try to blog every week, but I’m not strict about it and I don’t put myself on a schedule. It feels better without one!

    Yum, that stack of pancakes look good. My favorite type of pancakes are Asian ones. I love how they’re on the savory side with veggies and meat in them 🙂

    I’ve only been to London once, but I felt that it was the most diverse place I’ve been. It’s great how multicultural it is! I went to a few museums, but I didn’t see the Museum of London. The Harry Potter Studio Tour looks really fun! How cool that they the Hogtwarts Express!

  • Michelle

    I’m glad you had the weekend off. I love it when I have school days off, and can enjoy myself despite me having some homework. I catch up pretty fast XD

    I try to blog as much as possible but I like to put quality into it.

  • Nancy

    I rather have you come back at 3x a week than 1x every 3 weeks ;~;. With you being busy, it sounds like you’re making something out of yourself! Hurray!

    Do you like waffles? XD. Your pancakes look delicious! Even more with all of the syrup goodness ;). It sounds like you had fun playing Dobble when you’re drunk XD. The train looks super cool! I can imagine you being all excited because you love Harry Potter ;). You should go to Universal Studios in Orlando one of these days!! Hope you can go back some day!

  • Gretch

    Ah~ I am a Harry Potter fan girl and I am now dying of jelousy because Harry Potter heaven is too far away from me *sobs*

    You are so lucky to live in a place like London. (Not to mention the adorable English accents). I would love to visit it someday!

  • Becca

    I’ve posted on schedules before and it seems to zap the fun out of it, like you said, and it becomes a chore that you can check off your to-do list. I try to post at least once a week, but if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen.

    Pancakes are so much better thick and fluffy! A lot of restaurants here serve them fairly thin though, so I definitely prefer them homemade! I’ve never made them from scratch – I’ve always made them from mixes where you just add egg and milk, so I’ll have to check out your recipe.

    I’m so jealous you live in London! My family and I visited for three days, but there is just so much to do that we didn’t do nearly everything that I wanted to do. Me and my dad are the only ones into Harry Potter so we didn’t do the tour. *trying not to cry*I’m glad you had a great time!

  • Amy

    Glad to hear you’ve been having fun. It’s always nice to blog when you want to. I tend to do it on a weekend, or when Andy’s working, because I find it easier when I’m alone. Plus it gives me more time to spend on posts, which is what I like doing. I hate it when I feel as though I’ve rushed something. Some of my previous posts are littered with mistakes because of that.

    I want to go on the Harry Potter Studio Tour soooo much, but it’s so far away from where I live. It’d take five hours to get there, so it’d have to be more than a day trip, and that’s just money! Hopefully one day though. I’ll just have to save up loads.

    Your pancakes look amazing. You should have seen mine. They were crumpled and burnt and in about twelve pieces. I’m definitely not the pro pancake maker you are!

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