I'm still here honestly! I am returning to blog land a year older, no wiser, and a lot lot colder!I've been up to my eye balls in snow, quite literally (as I'm sure most people have!) as I'm so clumsy... I'm rather fed up of the snow and would quite like it to go away now please!
First things first though, my surprise weekend was to EDINBURGH!!!! AWESOME!!! It's some where I've wanted to go for a very long time, we visited when I was a lot younger but all I could remember were the hills, parts of the castle, and staring at a lady's rather strange walking boot type things.
Mr B had apparently had it booked for months and months, so much so that we travelled first class there and back on the train! This was a totally new experience for me, and I certainly won't complain if it ever happens again hehehehe. I was going out of my mind trying to guess where we were going to, as I was convinced we were going by train (which eventually proved right), but we firstly travelled to York station, which threw me off course as it's on the main line and you can get to most places! I spotted the Edinburgh train and asked if we were going there, and the reply I got was we were on that train but only for an hour then we had two more connections!!!! Grrrrrr! Obviously I then was wracking my brains, were we off to Northumberland? Where could we get to from Durham? He came clean once we were well on our way bless him. He can be such a lovely softie at times.
The hotel was gorgeous, and was very close to the city centre so I earned many activity propoints with all the sight seeing and doing touristy type things! Another bonus was the rank sausages for breakfast. Now I know this may not sound like a good thing to most people, but given the choice for a cooked breakfast I tend to pick sausages, this trip being no exception to the rule as the bacon was too pale for my liking. I tried both the beef and the pork and leek and turned my nose up at both. My how times have changed. The old Lex would have soldiered on with the least foul tasting of the two and maybe have gone back for more just to check. So given the circumstances I filled up on scrambled egg, beans and tomatoes and loads of 0 pp fruit, yummy yummy in my tummy! What a difference a year makes!
Whilst we were away, I cured my fascination with the famed Starbucks Gingerbread Latte. I have wanted to try one for ages, so I did and I'm sorry to say it was vile. I was so looking forward to it too as it combines two of my favourite things, coffee and gingerbread! I'm feeling slightly upset that it was nasty as it was my birthday treat to myself, but I think I will have to try their other festive creations as I feel I'm missing out! Slightly side tracked, but I can't believe the amount of Starbucks and other similar coffee establishments there are around Edinburgh. It's seriously crazy, for example there was one on the corner of the next street from our hotel, then a costa bar inside the hotel, an independent coffee place on the other corner and then a Starbucks just outside Haymarket station! I think coffee culture may have gone mad, although I like it very much!
One great advantage of being in the gorgeous city that weekend was that it is St Andrew's day the day after my birthday, and given that he is Scotland's patron saint, Edinburgh were celebrating by making major tourist attractions such as the castle free for the whole weekend!Bonus! We took great advantage of everything and became one of those annoying tourists all weekend.
The only downside was the snow, and the fact that we didn't know what the snow was doing at home! But we were some of the lucky one's who's train wasn't cancelled, but we did have to dig the car out at York station!
So due to the stupid snow, I couldn't get to a WW meeting at all. We couldn't get either car out so we gave up and had the rest of the week as snow days. This is the first time I have ever done this but there was no other choice and the guilt soon wore off after a treat of a glass of wine ...
I did weigh myself at home and I appeared to have lost the 1.5 lb that I gained but Wednesday will be the day of reckoning and I can see if I've managed to keep on track!
I will download pictures from the weekend soon :)