Wednesday, 9 January 2019

FINALLY some child-free time with my husband


Steve and I are pretty spoilt really. He works shifts so often has a day off during the week (which does mean he has to work weekends but that's life). As our kids are all in full-time education and I am self-employed so can be flexible with when I work, we often get to go out for the day to town or for breakfast/lunch somewhere without the kids. I know we're lucky being able to do this and as it's been like this for the past 4-5 years, I can never imagine not doing it now. It's lush having some quality child-free time together when we're not sitting in front of the TV or running around doing household chores/nagging at the kids/being their chauffeur.


FINALLY some child-free time with my husband


Due to Steve's shift pattern and then the kids being off school, it's been over a month since we've had any time together without the kids so as today was Steve's first day off in January, I decided we'd head out somewhere for brunch to celebrate. We're both on a bit of a health kick at the moment so after a bit of research I decided we'd visit The Oats & Eggs Pantry on Chillingham Road. This place promised wholesome, healthy brunches with locally roasted coffee so sounded right up our street. We loved our brunch here and I reckon it will be a bit of a regular haunt for us now - look out for a full review over on BigStevieCool tomorrow.

Chillingham Road holds lots of special memories for me and I kind of wish I lived closer again. When I lived in Wallsend, one of the dentists I worked for got me into the panini's from Sketches' on Chilli Road. Oh my days they were incredible. We'd take it in turns visiting on a Friday and collecting an order for our surgery as a treat. I used to always go for the Buena Vista which is a bit of a weird combination but lush - Roast Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Caramelised Onion and Cheese. Sounds weird but trust me, it's lush. Steve and I even bought a Panini press and used to make our own version at home. I must pop back and see if they still make them 10+ years on.

Living in North Tyneside in my early 20s, of course, I knew someone who lived in Heaton. My friend Angelina (who also worked at the dentist) had a lovely flat there and it's where I have so many happy memories of child-free girly nights drinking wine, chatting about our ambitions and worries. It was such a carefree time before any of us had kids and where spending lots of time with our friends really was our priority. Happy days!

It was also on Chillingham Road where I attended my first ever blog event in celebration of Cal's Own 2nd birthday party (you can cringe at the accompanying blog post here) . I was SOOO nervous and didn't really know anyone. I remember feeling in awe of the other bloggers there with their fancy cameras and how they seemed to know everyone else. It was the first time I properly had a chance to chat with Chloe from New Girl in Toon and it's weird to think that over 4 years on we are the best of mates and message each other every day. Chillingham Road seems to be the place to be when it comes to flourishing friendships.

This afternoon has been productive and filled with peace and tranquillity. The kids have after-school clubs on a Wednesday so finish later and once a month they go to my mams for tea and I booked them in for tonight so it feels like Steve and I have gone deaf if I'm honest. It's been lovely though. We've cracked on with blog work - Steve has scheduled two posts after writing nothing in December and I have finished my guide to holidays in Spain which will be published later in the year. I am now dreaming of booking a holiday in Spain. That's the problem with writing about travel.

We're having homemade chicken skewers with a beetroot, goats cheese and walnut salad for dinner tonight and I'm looking forward to watching the new Sheridan Smith drama 'Cleaning Up' - is anyone else going to watch? We're also two episodes into 'You' - the new Netflix Original everyone has been raving about. I'm unsure about it if I'm honest, it is intriguing but it hasn't exactly gripped me like I expected it to. I will make it to end though and a few people have said it gets better mid-way through. Have you watched it?

On another note, I'm about 2/3 of the way through Michelle Obama's book 'Becoming'. I am absolutely loving it! I found her childhood and early years with Barack to be fascinating. She is so strong yet relatable and honest. Of course, she is super inspiring too. I could not put the first part of the book down. I'm up to the part where they're campaigning for Barack to be President and as that follows the part where they've been campaigning for Barack to be the Democratic candidate against Hilary Clinton, it does feel a little samey at the moment but I'm going to power through as I can't wait to read about their life at The White House.

I'm going to trial writing on here daily (ish - I don't think I'll have the urge to write over a weekend when I have a glass of wine in hand) as a kind of Dear Diary type post. Sometimes I feel like I need to keep North East Family Fun too much 'on brand' and it's been lovely being able to write freely for 10-15 minutes each night. It's kind of therapeutic too.

- Sam x

6 comments

  1. I love these kind of blog posts. Lovely to hear more about your day to day life. That Michelle Obama book is next on my list when I finish what I’m reading.

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    1. Thanks Nyomi - they are so easy to write and it kind of reminds me of blogging in the good old days. I think you'll like Michelle- she's your kind of feminist x

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  2. My fella works shifts and he gets a Wednesday and Thursday off so we love to have some time together. We like to go out for breakfast together but next week we've booked to go for an afternoon tea. I can't wait.
    Your brunch sounds lovely and it sound like the perfect afternoon. My two finish an hour earlier on a Wednesday so my peace was shattered early. lol
    I'll be recording Cleaning Up and watching The Undateables.
    I loved this blog post from you. It's like I got to know you a little better :D x

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    1. Oh enjoy afternoon tea - what a treat! I really enjoyed Cleaning Up and will be tuning in to the second episode for sure x

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  3. Ahhh Sam, I remember that event so well! Where on earth did that time go! I remember you telling me all about your hen do on the surprise bus tour!

    I feel like everyone is making more effort to read this year and I REALLY want to get on that - why aren't there more hours in the day?!!

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    1. Eee you have a good memory! I have no recollection of what we talked about. I was probably blabbering on about nothing x

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