Sunday, June 16

5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week #10

It's been almost a year since I started '5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week' and I'm only on my 10th. I didn't mean them to be so few and far between but now I want to make the effort to do a couple every month to celebrate all the good things. 

1. Early Finishes on Friday

I work 8-5pm four days a week so when Friday rolls round I am so happy to say goodbye at 1:30pm. Last Friday for example I met up with my cousins and we got some lunch, played at the park then got ice cream too. Perfect!

2. Making An Amazing Beef Wellington at Home

Last Sunday we recreated the Beef Wellington we made a few years ago at Nick Nairns Cook School and it was just as delicious as I remembered it. A lovely way to spend Sunday with my boyfriend in the kitchen. You can see the results on my Instagram

3. Being Recognised for my Effort At Work

This past week at work my boss has been away to I've been left to keep myself busy. It's been pretty successful and some of the most senior people in my office have appreciate the effort I've put in which is extra nice.

4. The Cygnets at our Local Pond

I've shared photos of the swans at our local pond a few times on Instagram but a few weeks ago, when I was walking home from work, I stopped past to see their six new cygnets - so cute!

5. Sunday Walks with my Mum and Dad

Today is Father's Day but I didn't have any plans to see my dad before I got a phone call asking if I fancied a walk at our nearest NTS property. It was a lovely hour wander in the woodland and walled garden. I don't know why we don't go there more often.

Have a lovely week everyone and let me know one thing that has made you happy this week in the comments! 

Friday, May 31

Father's Day Hamper with Moonpig

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Moonpig's Fathers Day Gifts*
As I'm writing this post Father's Day is just over two weeks away and I've put very little thought into what I might get my dad as a little gift. I did well on Mother's Day so the pressure is really on!

The one place that always pops into my head when I think about cards for my favourite people is Moonpig. I'm always really happy with the quality. If your are always last minute like me they have a feature on their app which allows you to use your own hand writing inside the card too. 

However, did you know they sell gifts on their website too. This hamper was sent to me because I couldn't make their Father's Day event earlier in the month. It's full of sweet treats but I was particularly impressed with the hamper itself. It will be the perfect keepsake because it is so sturdy and not too big for storing. This one isn't available on their website at the moment but it should be back in time for Father's Day. 

As for my own dad, he is a beer drinker so this Beerhawk Award Winning British Ales would be perfect for him or I think this The Letterbox Chilli Plant is such a fun idea! I've not decided what I'll be treating my dad too yet but their are so many great ideas on Moonpig's site. 

Wednesday, May 29

Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt

Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt

"Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands."

I am almost put off books that are really hyped but there was something about 'This is Going To Hurt' which interested me. Maybe it is because I am already a big advocate for the NHS or maybe because I have friends from uni who will soon be junior doctors but I decided to pick it up. Spoiler alert - I loved it (much like everyone else).

The NHS is criticised a lot for a service which is essential to so many peoples lives. The government but more and more pressure on the staff but I don't think that majority of the public really understand what it is like to be a doctor. That is where Adam Kay perfectly bridges that gap.

The book is full of interesting and insightful anecdotes which guide you through from graduation to slowly climbing the ladder at the hospital.At first I was worried Adam was coming across slightly self-entitled. However, as the book progressed you really saw how much Adam cared about being a doctor and caring for his patients despite working hours and pay.

I think that is what the book comes down to for me. Despite the long hours and low pay the majority of doctors want to care for their patients. I urge anyone who is criticising NHS staff or the waiting at A&E to read this book. Understand how much pressure they are under and instead focus your energy on the government who have the ability to alleviate some of the pressure.

Check out my last book review - Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things