My blogging is becoming very sporadic, which is annoying me greatly; I miss writing, but most of all I miss having things to write about! I'm pretty sure no one wants to read about my data collecting, and I certainly don't want to write about it! Endless data collection teamed with some intense searching for my dream career (and in some cases, applying for my dream career!) leaves me with little time to write anything at all, but I have good intentions to write more often over the coming weeks. The days are blurring into one in a rather demoralising fashion - I have nothing to show for days or weeks spent sitting and working, and I know that writing more often will add some useful chapter markers between relevant points in time.
I did my usual Friday 10km run this morning, which has left me unusually drained; I feel like a puppet, and some naughty child is tugging downwards on my strings. My head aches and my legs are stiff and sore - physical cries for a long hot bath and an early night, perhaps.
Some more Friday blanks, on one of my favourite topics: FOOD!!
1. If I could choose my last meal it would be a slap-up Indian feast! Poppadums with chutney to start, then bhajis, samosas and pakora, followed by a hot vegetable curry (aloo chole, most likely!) with peshwari naan AND pilaf rice. Then I'd have sticky toffee pudding with custard. Ooooh!
2. My favorite person to share a meal with is Daniel; we both love the same foods, and the conversations during mealtimes generally focus on the food we're eating. He's also the only person I know who eats more than me, so we regularly pig out a little too much and don't let anything go to waste!
3. The best meal I've ever had was after the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge two weeks ago! We were so tired so were planning to get a takeaway pizza, but after putting my body through so much I didn't want to stuff it with rubbish. Instead, we made a quick baked bean chilli (like a chilli sin carne with baked beans instead of kidnet beans- so sweet and rich!) with jacket potatoes, and I could feel my body singing in gratitude with every mouthful .
4. The one food that makes me feel instantly better when I'm having a bad day is cereal! I eat so much cereal, it's my ultimate anytime-anymood-food. I currently have nine varieties of cereal in my kitchen!
5. My absolute specialty in the kitchen is vegetarian food - I can cook up a mean veggie spag bol or chilli sin carne, as well as tasty veggie burgers and nut roast. However, the thing I think I do better than anyone else is rice! I LOVE rice when I cook it, and I always make too much becuase it's just too good to eat sensible quantities!
6. The city that has the best food is possibly York as there are some amazing little backstreet restaurants, and my favorite restaurant there is The Blue Bicycle - an old brothel which serves the most incredible food in the quirkiest of settings. However, my favorite places to eat are country pubs serving great pub dinners and amazing puddings!
7. My favorite healthy snack is natural yogurt. With lots of fruit. And cereal, of course!
8. In my opinion the nationality which has the best food is India. Nothing beats a spicy curry with pilau rice. I'm also really into Mexican food. Mmm I love spicy food!
9. If I could learn to cook anything in the world (and be really good at it!) I'd choose bread. I'm pretty good at cooking in general, but I think baking bread is a real art-form. I often make my own, but it's obviously never bakery standard! And I'm such a bread snob so it'd save me lots of money, too!
10. The most outrageous dessert I've ever had was after the Dales Way. My Mum cooked us a big Sunday roast as we hadn't had a decent meal over the five days we'd been walking. She also bought an amazing sticky toffee pudding, which is my ultimate favourite dessert! I basically ate 4 portions-worth, with custard and toffee sauce. Along with the main meal, I probably consumed the previous 5 days' worth of calories in one meal, and it was amazing!
And it's almost the weekend! All that remains is one more dream-career application and a report on my data.
Daniel's sister is visiting for the weekend, which will make a nice change. I'm looking forward to curry and pilau rice (hurrah!), curling up with a good book, good wine, an exciting football match and a weekend free of sitting here at my desk with overwhelming spreadsheets of work to analyse.
Have a great weekend!