The weekend was all about time.
Friday was James and my third anniversary, which was marked in the usual way every landmark in our relationship seems to be – with me stuck at work until late.
On our first date, I turned up at 10pm, in my work clothes and eschewed the fancy cocktails he offered for a Diet Coke as I was absolutely shattered.
On our first Valentine’s Day, he made a fancy meal with all my favourite ingredients but it sat in the oven for hours as the job I was on ran late.
At least he knew what was coming! Seriously though, I couldn’t achieve half the crazy things I do without his unfaltering support and banana pancake skills.
Speaking of banana pancake skills, Saturday began rather late as I didn’t stir until almost midday – quite unheard of for me!
We quickly pottered out for ingredients and papers then got stuck into brunch. My plate disappeared in about two seconds but James waited long enough for me to grab a snap!
James headed off to work (he’s been working like a demon recently but we just heard he has had a first author paper accepted, so proud of him!) and I went to town for a shop.
Just as I reached the bottom of the hill in blazing heat, I had a call from Ida, who was my German exchange partner in secondary school, wondering if I was free to meet up.
I madly sprinted up the hill, picked her up a stash of Bristol souvenirs (tradition from exchange), grabbed James and the car and we hurtled to the Cotswolds, where she and her boyfriend were staying.
It was so fun to catch up with her, it felt like going back in time as she was just the same as when we first met, aged 13.
We chatted until way too late in the evening before going our separate ways.
James and I were really tired on Sunday but dragged ourselves up and out for a run. It was so unbelievably hot and muggy.
We managed 5k before calling it a day, we both had sore stomachs from eating too late the previous evening and our small shared bottle of water ran out.
So very sweaty but chuffed we pushed through! Only eight weeks until the Bristol Half Marathon so we have some work to do increasing our mileage..
As we headed home, we walked past the suspension bridge and we excited to spot a replica 1963 Tardis.
With a runner posing in it. Clearly I knew what to do!
I introduced myself to the owner, who uses the box for charity events, and he let me in on a secret – former cast members of Dr Who have signed the inside of the door.
It felt very weird to step inside and out again to a crowd of excited people wielding their camera phones.
We spent the rest of the day reading, food prepping, shopping and just generally relaxing, which felt so so good.
I made a huge batch of turkey spaghetti bolognese, which I served with toasted courgette noodles (fancy way of saying I burnt them!).
* Did you go on an exchange when you were at school? Are you still in touch with your partner?
I went on two official exchanges but have kept in closer touch with Kat, who I met on the first exchange and partnered with for the second.
We’ve visited each other numerous times over the years, James and I stayed with her during our trip to Germany in November 2011. 2011.. we need another trip soon!
* Are you a Doctor Who fan?