As I've mentioned, life in Cardiff so far has been something of a whirlwind. A fairly active, brilliantly mentally busy whirlwind and I am absolutely loving every second of it. Life in general is a bit of a whirlwind at the moment- I have something on every weekend between now and March and it's all incredibly fun stuff with some of my very favourite people in the world.
The Cardiff whirlwind has so far involved many a supper with friends, korfball training with a new team, workday "lie-ins" (getting up at 7am instead of 6:15am will never ever get old), bootcamp pilates, and walks to work featuring soundtracks by The Gaslight Anthem and Taylor Swift. There have been birthday breakfasts and dinners (and another will be taking place tonight); an chilly walk to work where I slipped on ice no less than three times; a rainy stroll around Roath Park followed by a late brunch in Juno Lounge; and long conversations over small buckets of tea.
A combination of my birthday, multiple visiting Js, and everyone just liking a reason to gather around our beautiful kitchen table with food and wine resulted in an excellent excuse for an enormous Sunday roast. And because I'm incapable of watching other people cook without
helping interfering, I volunteered to cook. A whole roast. For nine people. By myself.
And by some near miracle, we all ended up with plates piled high with pretty damn tasty food, even if I do say so myself. And there was only one minor panic when everything started to come together all at the same time and I realised I'd forgotten to put the parsnips in the oven- which in my book, makes for a very successful experience. And any meal which involves conversations about which superpower you would pick (the ability to control time, always), near hysterical laughter, and moments when you look around the table only to think "I'm genuinely not sure I could be happier right now" can't be anything other than fantastic.
And yes, some parts of me miss the South West with its people and rolling hills, and no, it hasn't all been perfect so far and no, it will not continue to be perfect- but there's something great about this, and this whole being brave thing might, just might, be paying off.