I’m writing this post from the comfort of my garden whilst eating a Greek salad and some left over BBQ meat. It’s 25 degrees, all I have planned for the rest of today is a photo shoot for one of my friends and I’m very much feeling like my life is heading in the right direction. GO ME.
Put it this way, if everyday were like today, I’d be a constant ray of fucking sunshine. I feel content and liberated and almost like I can take on anything right now. I just put a piece of salmon AND chilli beef kebab in my mouth at the same time, that’s how powerful I feel. The only thing I can complain about is the fact I’m drinking a mug of green tea and not a nice cold glass of Pimms.
I even had a shower in the middle of the day just because I can. I’m now wearing a pair of Rich’s Calvin Klein briefs because oh my god they are SO comfy and my shorts are too big so I figured showing off a Calvin Klein waste band is better than showing off a thong. Am I correct?
I also put on some cheap sunscreen from Aldi which hasn’t rubbed in well and I’m looking a little bit like when I had chicken pox as a kid and my mum would cover me in that white lotion. Does anyone remember this or is it just me?
I must say, I’ve never looked more attractive in my life.
But anyway, back to how amazing my life is.
Monday’s are now my new favourite day of the week. I’ve purposely freed up my day so I can concentrate on doing the things I love, the things that make me happy. The rest of the week is for my day job but today is for early morning CrossFit, catching up with blogging, web design or booking in the occasional photo shoot. And I am one happy bunny.
High five bitches.
The weekend was pretty perfect actually, minus the fact I had to go to the Church to clean first thing Saturday morning because I couldn’t make it on the usual day that week, but armed with a costa express things don’t seem as bad, so off I went.
Speaking of cleaning, my business seems to be doing well at the moment and although I really don’t want to make any rash decisions and jinx myself, I really need to take someone on to help me. I’ve said this before and then basically ignored my own advice and soldiered on, struggling to do the work myself mainly because I’m greedy and want all the pennies. I’m kidding, I’d be a barrel of laughs to work for and would for sure pay you well so please enquire within 😉
This time round though I’ve got other work coming in because as you may have already read I’m starting to do a bit of freelance web design and I already have 2 paying clients plus a few more enquiries. It’s a lot to take on and I’m studying on the side too because I’m no web designer– yet. Which is why I’m not charging big bucks for the work I do. I’m more than happy to do an hours web design for the same price as an hours cleaning because hello, who wouldn’t trade cleaning toilets for working from the comfort of your own home?
So yeah, that’s the long-term plan.
Once I was back from the church, the dog was eyeballing me with his ‘take me for a walk’ eyes and naturally I gave in like I always do, one because I love my dog and two because this is what you have to do when you have a dog. LOL.
We live right by a place called Lydiard Park so I took him through the very back fields where each year horses appear out of nowhere. It’s great because it is very unlikely we will bump into anyone else when we go this way, mainly because most people probably have normal dogs who walk through the park without trying to attack other dogs. I don’t, so we have to do things a little bit different, which normally results in Sid eating a lot of horse poop and me yelling at him to stop. It’s all fun and games let me tell you. I actually took a picture of him eating shit purely for this post then realised what a bad fur-baby mother I was for doing this so I’ve missed that image out.
When I got back, I popped over to my friend Gemma’s house quickly because I was a tad bored and needed to pass the time before we left to go see some of Rich’s friends for a BBQ in Maidenhead.
Whilst I was with Gemma, I somehow persuaded myself that I needed new trainers for this BBQ and I couldn’t possibly go unless I had them. I had approx 2 hours to get into the town centre, park, find the shoes, make the purchase, leave, get home and get showered and dressed for when Rich got home.
I mean I’ll be honest with you, I genuinely had no faith that I would be able to do all of this in the allocated time and I had visions of Rich coming home from work and getting mad at me for not being ready. But I like to live on the edge so I decided to take the chance anyway.
I think there should be an award or some world record for how long it actually took me to get into town, park, purchase new sneakers, AND make it out alive without getting side tracked in any homeware stores. I did it so fast, I didn’t even pay for parking! 20 minutes has to be a record for the fastest shoe shop doesn’t it? Generally I’m a pretty focused shopper, especially when the clock is ticking but the only time I seem to let my eyes wander is when I’m stuck behind slow walkers and I can’t find a way round so I end up letting my eyes rest way too long on all the homeware stuff I definitely do not need. Which reminds me, I saw a couch that I just know would look amazing in our lounge.
I’ve had my eyes on these bad boys for a while now and you can get yourself a similar pair right HERE.
The dog went off to my Mum’s for the afternoon and we headed off to Maidenhead, on time.
We rarely spend much time with Rich’s friends so it always makes a nice change when we do and what better way to do that than at a BBQ, especially when there is also the added bonus of a cute little sausage dog called Marmite to entertain me. Not that people don’t entertain me but you know, I will always be the person making small talk with your dog if you invite me over, so bear that in mind.
Things you must do at the next BBQ you host:
- Find one of the dinner party playlists on Spotify.
- If you don’t have a good sound system, put your phone into a mug or pint glass, it works a treat. (I think I may be late to the game here but I’m sharing anyway!)
- Make banana and rolo dessert by slicing open one side of the banana and placing some rolos inside. Bake on the BBQ. AMAZING.
In true Rachel style, I drank an entire bottle of wine by myself, which honestly has no effect on me whatsoever anymore because I’m quite the pro when it comes to wine drinking. I’m still not sure if this is something to be proud of or not.
I had to get up fairly early on Sunday because I had arranged a newborn baby shoot and I wanted to make sure I still had time for enjoying the amazing weather we’ve been having the last few days. Baby shoots aren’t really my thing, not because I don’t like babies– I think we all know how much I love babies by now! But because I’m used to photographing weddings and horses– both very different from a tiny new person.
Now I don’t want to sound big-headed or anything, but I nailed the shoot. LOL. I’m literally so happy with how the images turned out and I’ve had amazing feedback from both parents and lots of their Facebook friends so that feels really good, like really good. I wasn’t feeling the most confident about it as I know lots of people love images of their babies in baskets or posed into cute positions and I’ve never done this before! But it all worked really well and everyone was happy, except baby Spencer who I think had enough of my camera after 3 hours! Bless him.
I met Rich back at home after I was done and his basketball practice was over and I basically made him go get the BBQ from his brother Stewart who had said we could have it if we wanted. Whilst he did this, I cracked open a cold Corona and my Mum popped over with some wine. You can see where I get my drinking habits from can’t you?
Being the photographer I am, I needed the garden and the table to look Pinterest worthy so I re-did some pots, made some fizzy juice & ice cubes and decanted a bottle of red into a much prettier bottle. Decanted. That’s a nice word isn’t it?
Rich thought he was Jamie Oliver cooking on his new BBQ and he even cooked some chicken, which I’m really surprised about because never will you meet anyone more paranoid about food poisoning than him. I made the best Greek salad, obviously.
Anyway, this post is mega long and I’m sure you all have way better things to be doing right now than listening to me go on, although I’ll be posting this first thing Tuesday morning and maybe it will be just what you need to cheer you up and remind you of the rare sunny days we do get here in England. I don’t mean to be negative nancy, but it’s meant to rain on Tuesday. BOO.
So yeah, enjoy that x
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