If you're clicking here for the first time, WELCOME! Every Friday we celebrate the fact that - ding, ding! - it's Friday, and our favourite things (a devastatingly luscious new winter coat? Cat litter?! Okay, it's probably not the latter...) from the week that was. Here's what I'm currently loving!
x Spur-Of-The-Moment Invitations - It's been 1°C here in Blenheim most days. 1°C! It should be illegal to be that outrageously chilly! Finding magical ways to spend your time when it's f-f-freezing outside can be tricky (because what sane person wants to brave the elements in those temperatures?!), but nonetheless, a girl's got to try her best, right?
Last night I accepted a spontaneous offer to go for a ''spin'' in a gentleman acquaintance's new car, and I'm so glad that I abandoned my dressing gown laziness and did! We explored little-known tracks (me, as we pulled up beside a river: ''uh... it's lucky that I know you, because this area COMPLETELY looks like 'Rape Alley'!'' Jeremy: (110% joking) ''Oh, don't worry... you're one of the lucky ones who'll make it out alive. Muahahaha!''), caught up on eachother's recent-history (it'd been two months since I'd randomly met him at a house-warm party), and laughed. It was an excellent way to spend an otherwise-dull Thursday evening!
x Booking Tickets To Christchurch - May I suggest that when your town/city seems boring... you leave it? No, not permanently (unless you want to, of course!), but at least for a day or two? With zero plans on the horizon for next week, I decided to book a trip to Blenheim's neighbour, Christchurch, and I can't wait! (Psst, Christchurch locals! Although I'll be spending the majority of the getaway with my beautiful friends Craig and Georgia, if you'd like to catch up for a hot chocolate/burger/vodka, let me know! I'd love to meet you!)
x Other Little Things - Perfectly-cooked salmon (oh. My. GOODNESS. Are you a salmon fan? I can't believe that I spent 25 years convinced that I despised it, when I'd never even tried it! A piece of fresh salmon, oven-baked, no exaggeration, is TO-DIE-FOR); delightfully-daggy music (Smokie's 'Living Next-Door To Alice'. Honestly, how can you not sing along to it?!); cute, daily e-mails from my mother (''are you eating enough? When did you last eat? I know you're unwell, but please make sure you EEEAAATTT!''); text messages from a peculiar (but mostly harmlesss... I think. I hope?!) 19 year-old boy (''face it, Corrine. Whether you like it or not, I'll always be here for you. We are friends for life!'' Oh, really?); grinning at strangers; silent conversations (it sounds wacky, but I had one the other day, whilst out and about on a morning stroll. I encountered a sweet-looking elderly man; we beamed at eachother, and I swear, PURELY from our glances, we were able to convey ''jeez, it's arctic out here, isn't it?'' ''Yes! Go home and stay warm!''); and vegetarian hot dogs!
Happy, happy Friday! How was your week? I hope it's been an outstanding one!
Oven-baking a piece of salmon fillet with some butter, lemon, scallions and salt/pepper is so simple but so good!
Natalie - Isn't it the best?! Y-U-M. I know what's on the menu for tonight!
And lady, you should *completely* move to New Zealand already! It's your dreaaam, and it needs to happen!
Mica - Thank-you so much! It was as frosty as ever here over the weekend, but I did have a good one, and I hope you did, too! :)
Wow it sounds so cold! I thought it was cold here, but it hasn't gone down to single digits very often!
Hope you have a lovely weekend :)
OMG! Salmon! I was the same! I always said I didn't like salmon until I was around 25-26 and now I LIVE on it, seriously, I have it at least twice a week!
SO COLD! And here I was thinking it bad when it dropped to like 6 over night here! That being said, I want to live in New Zealand soooo badly, cold weather and all!
Trees - Awww! I will *definitely* be coming to Wellington one day soon, and I will totally take you up on that offer! I'd love to meet you :D
Sure a lovely list - I have to admit its hard to find things to be joyful about when its so cold at the moment (particularly when the air con in your building cannot cope with the cold!). I hope your trip to Chch goes well and if you're ever planning on coming up to Wellington do let me know - I love to meet fellow bloggers. Hope you had a good one :)