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Good Friday (and Easter chocolate treats!)

Happy Good Friday! I wish I could tell you I've spent this beautiful, sunny, warm Good Friday wandering through fields of Spring flowers, drinking a cool cider in the sunshine or whiling away the afternoon in my garden, but instead I've either been in bed, or in my car.  I flew up to Glasgow on Wednesday for a meeting and arrived back at about 8pm last night, but when I went to pick up my car from work, lots of people were in the pub and I popped over for one drink.  Of course 'one drink' turned into two drinks, someone bought a round of jagerbombs and before I knew it I was in Popworld in my work clothes, my handbag full of boarding passes and 100ml sized toiletries in a clear bag, wondering how I was going to get home.  (It reminds me of that Micky Flanagan sketch about how you don't mean to, but you bump into a friend in Asda, go for one drink and then end up 'out out' in a horrendous nightclub in your slippers with a pint of milk).

My friend gave me a lift home last night but it meant I had to go back to work today to collect my car - as you probably know from my incessant whinging, I detest my 50-mile round trip commute and so having to get back into Southampton and then drive back in Bank Holiday traffic with a raging headache today was not the way I planned to spend Good Friday! The rest of the day has been spent in bed, convincing Tom to bring me food, or lolling on the sofa.  To make matters worse, I had a load of things I'd had on me in the airport, including my iPad (which I use for reading via the Kindle app) and a stack of magazines, and I left them in my friend's car, so I can't even catch up on my to-read pile this weekend! Boo blimmin' hoo eh?

I always get really cross with myself if I feel rubbish and waste a day after a night out (I want to write a blog post separately about guilt and shame and beating myself up for things as it's been on my mind a lot lately), and today was no different.  But it's been a long week and it's good to let off a bit of steam once in a while.

My plans for the rest of the weekend involve more relaxing (minus the headache), Netflix, blogging, blog reading and hopefully staying overnight somewhere in the van, though the weather might have other ideas.  My other very key item on my to-do list this weekend is getting stuck into some serious Easter chocolate eating.

Hotel Chocolat Easter Review
Hotel Chocolat Easter Review

I received a lovely little package from Hotel Chocolat to celebrate Easter, and having a peek on their website at the rest of their Easter chocolate made me desperate to stock up on treats - I've already popped into the Southampton store to grab a few other bits.  How amazing does this Giant Chocolate Easter Egg look? Imagine if you had that waiting for on Sunday...

Hotel Chocolat Easter Review Hotel Chocolat Easter
Rocky Road Extra Thick Easter Egg, £27*
The Easter Goody Bag, £18*

I absolutely love Hotel Chocolat chocolate and their Easter chocolate definitely hasn't disappointed this year.  I'm saving the egg for Sunday but I've been naughty and dipped into the Easter goody bag - the scrambled pralines are incredible, the milk chocolate bunnies only lasted a few minutes and the raspberry egglets are the perfect blend of sweet with the hint of tartness from the raspberry - yum.

Hotel Chocolat Easter

What are your plans for the Easter weekend? I've been loving all of the recipe posts I've been seeing go up over the last few days - the lovely Sarah at essbeevee posted a round up of Easter chocolate recipes, Lyzi at Being Little posted Spring cocktail ideas and Eddie at The Portmanteau Press posted a recipe for Hot Cross Bun truffles - yum! I definitely fancy spending some time in the kitchen this weekend (I might save the cocktail recipes until at least tomorrow though...)


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