12.08.19 — Journal
Pool Parties & Food Fiestas
Since I returned from Germany nearly one month ago, it’s been a rather busy few weeks at work! In between colleagues heading off on their holidays and projects wrapping up as clients head off for the summer, we’ve all been busily working away, and so I’ve not really had the chance to sit down and update my blog.
This busy period meant I had to leave work late for a few days, but this did bring its benefits. The garden and are around my office was a lovely place to be to watch the setting sun, I was able to hitch a lift back home with my colleague Luis, and being around after hours wound up giving me an idea…
With one of the busiest weeks wrapping up, I had the idea of inviting my friend Bogar to the office to spend a Friday evening relaxing in the pool. This would be a lovely time to catch up, and a great way to unwind and feel like I was on holiday after a taxing few days.
After wishing my colleagues a good weekend and wrapping up a few bits of work before turning off my iMac for the weekend, Bogar rocked up at my office, and we cracked open some beers and snacks that I had bought earlier in the day. I gave a quick tour of the office, including the as-yet-unused underground rooms, and then we returned to the poolside for a few hours of snacks, gossip, and splashing around.
Our little pool party was a lovely way to relax and welcome in the weekend, and after grabbing the bus back to the centre with Bogar, it was time to spend said weekend alone at home. Something I love doing to unwind is a spot of cooking, and a sudden craving for a risotto and a boxful of leftover mushrooms in my fridge meant that Saturday afternoon’s meal had been decided for me.
I have to say that I was very proud of the result, especially seeing as it was my first shot at making a risotto. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of rice, and so it’s not a dish I would normally consider, but something had evidently planted the seed in my brain to trigger such a random craving!
The day after, I decided to actually leave my house, and met up with my friend Leo in the city centre for a drink. Braving Madrid’s summer heat, we had a lovely catchup sat at an outdoor terrace, after which he was kind enough to invite me to a delicious burger meal in a nearby spot. He always knows the best places to eat!
This weekend just passed has also been a rather quiet affair, with a lot of cooking, chatting with friends, and even a little trip down the lake in order to kick back a little. This relaxed schedule also sets the tone rather nicely for this working week, as I’m only working for three days before a much needed 5-day weekend!
Of course I shall be trying my utmost best to make the very most of the upcoming long weekend, but my plans are still not 100% concrete, so I shan’t share anything on here just yet. Rest assured, however, that either way I shall be back with updates on whatever it is I eventually get up to…