6 Nations – February 2016

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Late last year (November-time I think) we got some 6 Nations tickets to watch France v Ireland and France v England at the Stade de France.

This weekend we (me, OH and OH’s parents) went to watch France v Ireland and it was a great match despite the rain. I really enjoyed being there, soaking up the spectators’ enthusiasm and watching it live.

It got me thinking about spending time with people and how I have changed during this project. I’m one of those people who reads the Buzzfeed posts about relief when plans are cancelled and it resonates. I don’t suffer from social anxiety I’m just a real homebody. One of my goals for this lifestyle overhaul was to make more time to spend with friends and family. I’m currently trying to meet up with at least one person once a week and so far, so good!

I really enjoy spending time with my friends (I’m not a completely anti-social being haha ;)) and making time to do things with them has made me noticeably happier. It also gives me more to talk about which should mean I’m more interesting to talk too. I love to discuss current events, films showing at the cinema and life updates.

To get into the habit of organising meet ups I remind myself that I won’t have these conversations on my own. I also look for activities that are on to see if there are any takers. I have started tracking ideas in an Excel file especially for upcoming events so I don’t forget! I have divided the columns into free activities and activities with a cost so that I can easily see what I can do even if it’s the end of the month and money is a bit tighter.

Living in a city a lot of activities cost something but you can usually find something to do for free. I like to check on the Time Out website as they usually have plenty of inspiration and a diverse choice of things to do. I have also planned some walking tours for when Unicorn Princess visits in March (I will share the link to the google map once it’s finished).

What are your favourite things to do with friends and family?

Here is a bonus idea of something to do together : another cookie recipe!

These oatmeal and raisin cookies are gorgeous but let them cool down a little or they will fall apart. I cooled them for 5-10 minutes on the tray and then moved them to a wire rack (aka one of my oven shelves on the counter top…)

Oatmeal raisin cookies

The raisins in these are so juicy that the biscuit has a texture similar to flapjacks.

Bitten cookie

Keep Climbing and share your activity ideas in the comments below!

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