Happy February!

We finally made it out of the January abyss! I swear, that month gets longer every year…

I, for one, am so glad to be cracking on with the rest of 2019, not least because it brings about a new start in the form of a brand new contract with Molton Brown. Tomorrow marks my first day and I’m equal parts nervous and excited to be back in London on a more regular basis. Thank you all SO much for your kind words and well wishes on Twitter and on my life updates post earlier in the week. I’m super excited to get started and embrace a change of pace with my freelancing (it’s a freelance role, only in-house so I’ll have colleagues again!).

Snowmaggedon

Most of this week has been lived through the eyes and warmth of a duvet, dressing gown, thermals and/or twenty pairs of socks.

We’ve reached the murky depths of the British winter, where thanks to global warming, we get freezing cold weather and bouts of snow that most of the country is incredibly underprepared for. Great(!)

Milo has been a joy to watch in the snow. Wrapped up in his Danish Design doggie coat, he embraces it with all his might and loves a good ol’ zoomies-in-the-snow session. Us? Not so much! In fact, I haven’t managed to capture many photos of the snow because I’ve been leaving my phone and camera at home, using my hands to either hold a hot coffee or stuff firmly into my coat pockets!

Murger Hanhan with the girls

After missing Sophie’s birthday dinner last week, I managed to haul myself into London this week for dinner with the lads as Elodie is back in town!

We descended upon the Mayfair branch of Murger Han — there’s also a Euston branch — and it comes SO highly recommended by all four of us. They specialise in Xi’an cuisine and the menu is simple but delicious.

I opted for the BiangBiang noodles with spring onion and chilli oil. Thick, hand knife-cut noodles dressed with spring onion, ginger and garlic with a drizzle of chilli oil to your preference. I went for medium and it just blew me away: so tasty, so moreish and absolutely rammed with flavour. Plus, I just love knife-cut noodles SO damn much! Unfortunately there wasn’t a vegan or even vegetarian Murger option, so I accompanied my main with some veggie gyoza (delicious!).

Elodie, Hannah and Sarah went for a mixture of pork Murgers and BiangBiang noodles with braised pork, tomato and egg sauce, and chilli oil, which came very highly acclaimed.

I already can’t wait to head back again.

An uplifting chance train meeting

First of all, can we get a round of applause that it’s the 3rd February and I haven’t had a single train-related panic attack?! Hell yeah.

Secondly, I had an uplifted chance encounter with a stranger on the train on Thursday. I boarded the train in a slight huff because despite being the decent human that stepped aside to let people off first, a stream of about 9 people then pushed on in front of me, leaving me last on, just before the doors shut (one of my panic attack triggers).

Off I popped to get a seat and settle down with my current book (‘Welcome to Lagos’ by Chibundu Onuzo), when someone mentioned to me, “hey, you can’t sit there!”. I of course panicked because I hate being that guy sat in somebody else’s reserved seat, but it turned out he was just ‘being funny’.

I didn’t find it funny, so I cracked open my book ready to get a solid chunk read before meeting the girls for dinner.

Then he asked me what I was reading, and I came across the book because he had family in Lagos. So I obliged and engaged in conversation about the book; it’s such a rarity to come across someone IRL that a) talks to you, and b) discusses books.

And on we discussed the importance of reading and consuming things outside of our ‘own cultures’, learning about one another’s backgrounds. And, it turned out he was a playwright and director! How things change, from annoying someone about a seat to happening upon people that restore your confidence in pursuing passions and singing about what’s right.

Time anxiety

I was supposed to start my new contract on Wednesday but a series of happenings meant that I’ll be starting on Monday. And although that’s been a blessing in disguise for myriad reasons, it’s also been pretty tough on me mentally.

One of my biggest anxiety triggers is time, waiting on things and not having enough of it.

I feel restless, experience heart palpitations and completely zone out when things don’t go according to my personal time plan and when I don’t have anything lined up, so it’s been… a week! In times like these, I tend to comfort-watch series that I’ve watched before (so I know exactly what is coming next and how it’ll end), and generally waste a lot of time. And actually, it’s one of the main reasons I decided to find a contract that’d give me more structure with my days.

Does anybody else ever feel like this?

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