Ohhhh my, I am feeling pretty relaxed and refreshed after booking Wednesday - Friday off work. A little time to catch your breath certainly works wonders for the mind it seems, who knew?!
I haven't had any time off work since our friends wedding in May so it was long overdue and I really needed to take a little breather to get ready for the Christmas mayhem at work.

It was a strange one though, the first two days I had off I found that I was still thinking about work fairly regularly but by Friday I was thinking more about project ideas that have been floating around for a while and doing a couple of long overdue updates to this here blog. It almost reminded me of when I use to work part time in a bar and I had loads of free time (except the fun times of the week, obv) to think about things I wanted to do. I do really enjoy my job but its crazy how much I think about it outside working hours.
I made sure the time I booked off was spent wisely, I wanted to try at least one new place and eat at a couple of my fave places because this was MY TIME! (totally did jazz hands then).

So here's a few things that I got up to...

only in england

I visited the Science Museum's new media space to see Only in England which was so flipping brilliant that I'm off back next week for a guided talk with Anna Fox. I loved how well curated it was, each room leading you perfectly into the next - but also each room could definitely have been an exhibition on its own. Both Martin Parr and Tony Ray Jones have so much humour in their work that I was smiling all the way around. I loved loved loved learning about Tony Ray Jones' work process - they had pages from his notebook when he was starting his projects in England and it really reminded me of the way I write notes for my plans of action for photography stuff; what I'm doing, what I need to do, what to do next etc. It's so nice to see how people whose work you look up to came about and the amount of thought and work they put in to it.

Hair and Food

I got my hair cut at a student training night, although the hair cut is fine I don't think I can handle the harsh criticism of teacher exclaiming to the student 'look at those ends!' so I'll stick to paying through the roof for someone to be nice to me thank you very much. Afterwards Steven took me out to Banana Tree (thanks for the recommendation Christina!), it was nice going somewhere that has a decent veggie and meat menu but the food was a bit meh. Also, it was SO loud inside it was like being in a club! It was pretty busy though so maybe we just ordered the wrong things?

five guys

I tried Five Guys for the first time since it opened as usually there is about 50 people waiting to be served, so I seized the opportunity of a queue-less Five Guys! I ordered a hamburger and small fries - ridiculous portion size (in a good way) and it cost a whopping £9.50, a little pricey for a fast food place I have to say. The burger was tasty and it's making my stomach grumble thinking about it (that squishy bun, mmmmmm) but I wasn't too fussed about the fries, I like mine thin! I'm not sure if I'd be back in hurry to be honest but then I do hear they are adding hot dogs to the menu...

Franco Manca

Again, we took advantage of the weekday no queuing malarky and went to my favourite pizza place, Franco Manca, for my fix of that stretchy soft sourdough base. I always tell myself I'm going to try a different pizza but always always always go for the chorizo one (there are TWO kinds of chorizo on it) and we ordered a little side salad to counteract the bad, therefore it has to be pretty healthy (right?).


I had to visit my favourite restaurant whilst I was off too, the perfect place for breakfast and a catch up with friends - Dishoom! I had the bacon naan roll which I have been dreaming about since I last went and a good chat with my pal.

That's Mark Hoppus stood up on the left *scream!*

On the Saturday night we went to a screening of a new documentary, FILMAGE: The Story of the Descendents/ALL, which showed how the massively influential band The Descendents and the band ALL formed and everything else that went with it. I really loved it, I didn't really know too much about the history of these bands before and seeing old footage of gigs/band practises from the late 70s/earlier 80s was such a pleasure. I also have to mention that I was stood about 10 metres away from Mark Hoppus (he was in the film a little bit) and he did a q&a thing afterwards with the creators of the film. My inner teenager was doing back flips around the room!

So all that, a couple of film days, general laziness and having a good sort out of my clothes was a few days off well spent I think.

It just goes too quickly doesn't it?! Hurry up weekend!


  1. Sounds like the perfect extra long weekend - all that food looks so good. ah franca manca, it's been waaay too long since my last visit. Need to get myself to the science museum, ddnt realise they'd reopened it! Glad you got some 'you' time :) x

  2. Oh so many delicious options! It was funny to read about your experience with Five Guys. Here in Florida, we have them around and they are not really that busy (I guess that's the word?). They have a pretty good reputation for making delicious food, but there's never a waiting line or anything like that. When they start selling hot-dogs, make sure you try one! I used to love their hot-dogs when I still ate meat, specially their Bacon Cheese Dog.

  3. Aah so much good food! That's a shame you didn't like Banana Tree, though :(

  4. Wow that sounds like a great extra-long weekend in London! It's amazing how much work takes over our life... how fun to have those few more days to spend enjoying yourself :)

  5. Just getting round to my blog reading backlog...

    Lovely hair missus! Sounds a bit stressful but at least you came out with a fab cut. We went to Franco Manca again last week... which makes 3 times since we moved to Brixton. Oops. I should probably branch out a bit! Also you've reminded me that I must try breakfast at dishoom - naan bread first thing in the morning sounds like a dream to me.


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