Well November has been and gone, and no I didn’t sign up to the moustache goings on this year. While I do praise those that do partake in this awareness event concerning men’s health issues, it is a little lost on me, especially with my baby face; and despite me shaving everyday, I just couldn’t grow a moustache like the average man. So to those that did, well done and congratulations for going through with it.

Now this has been quite an active month, and for a number of notable reasons.

Cross Trainer

Following on from my update last month, and luckily to say, I haven’t been plagued with problems with wisdom teeth as now they have been and gone, well at least the lower ones, and hopefully I don’t have any problems with the upper ones. The idea of another set of wisdom teeth extractions does not bode well. On the upside it has meant that I’ve had an uninterrupted phase on improving my physical health by attending the gym after work regularly. I’ve found it indeed a great way to de-stress and gives me the time to reflect on the day whilst listening to trance music to keep me moving to a beat.  So for this month, just gone, the cross trainer has been my best friend!

Now moving on to the more interesting stuff, or perhaps I’ve made you fall asleep already, if I have and you’ve been suffering with insomnia…then spread the word…you’ve finally found a cure!  If not, thanks for reading on and better luck next time!!!  First Friday in to the month was a day of rest from the work place, and I spent it having lunch with a friend and doing some sightseeing around the galleries in London. I do admit, the National Portrait Gallery is a great place to go to escape the hustle and bustle that is London.  Following on from my leisurely day, I head to a wine bar not far from my office to celebrate a work colleagues belated birthday. It was a time of true enlightenment and laughter seeing my colleague open the presents that had been bought for her….some interesting gifts I have to say!  A cheerful evening with some nice wine, laughter and a great time overall. Hope you had a great one.

Skyfall

Saturday, and yes I had a mild headache in the morning, which was kindly whisked away by a fry up before heading to catch up with Tam to watch the new Bond film, ‘Skyfall’ which I reviewed at the beginning of the month and can be found below. Sat in the Sky Premier screen, the full action exploded in front of my eyes and I was lost for several hours deeply absorbed in the story, before departing our separate ways after a brief analysis of the movie.

That Sunday it was back at the gym, before having a light bite for lunch and watching the day leisurely go by.  I have to admit very refreshing. I did some reading of a book I’ve been reading called, ‘The fish rots from the head’ and gives an I depth guide into the inner workings of corporate governance.  For some, they’d find this boring, but for me is an area of which I am rather interest, and partly because one day I’d like to work my way up the career ladder, and therefore this is an area that I want to become more knowledgeable of.

Monday that followed, I caught up with Justin who I haven’t seen in a long time, at least over a year, and went and watched the film, Silent Hill 2: Revelation and in 3D.  Throughout the film I clenched my eyes together at times, and jumped in others.  We both laughed at how remarkably pathetic I was before having a catch up over coffee in Starbucks, enjoying the Christmas drink offer of two for one: toffee nut latte and praline mocha. I have to admit the former was delicious, and you’ll have to ask my friend what he thought of the latter.

Freedom

Afterwards I headed to central London to talk to a Eduardo about law as he’s just started his LLB programme, and in doing so, made me realise what a fantastic time I had when I was studying the subject up north.  Also made me realise how much I still remember, even if I was a bit rusty at times.  After the discussion, I had a leisurely walk along Oxford Street to Marble Arch, before heading back home for a rest and some more reading in the evening of the fiction book, ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen.  The book is a revelation itself, and I love delving into the various lives of the characters, so thank you Joseph for the book recommendation…you know my taste in books quite well.

British Museum

Tuesday, my final day off on annual leave from the office, I decided against going to the gym and instead spent it having what I like to call ‘cultural time’, and this is where I take time out to learn new things by visiting a museum or an art gallery.  On this occasion I visited two museums: The National History Museum and The Transport for London Museum, the former based in between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn Tube stations, and the latter in the central square area of Covent Garden.  Now I won’t go into too much detail here, as I have already talked about it in my earlier post this month, which you will find below and may find it interesting to read, or not, which ever is the case.  As per usual, I headed to Starbucks to grab another delicious Toffee Nut latte without the cream….have to cut the extra calories out where possible.  Oooh so saved about 10 calories there then!  Arh well just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor will my weight be lost in the same period.  If you know of a miracle cure, please let me know.

The remainder of the month of November by contrast to the beginning has heavily revolved around going to work, keeping on top of paper work and going to the gym.  I am in a phase of my life where I am continuing to battle with losing the weight I want to get rid of, so instead of looking in the mirror in the morning and going ‘urgh’ to replace it with, ‘not bad!’  Im not asking for much am I.  It has also been spent reading a lot a many different books, and has been great as the nights have been getting colder.

argo

The last two weekends of November I spent time with Matt and Jamen, helping the former with organising his wardrobe, and both of them for dinner.  They introduced me to two great places for dinner, a place on Commercial Road and another called Pie Crust, which is situated on Stratford High Street. Alongside this, I watch two movies with Matt, both of which I reviewed earlier in my blog, ‘Twilight’ which was an utter saga, and ‘Argo’ which I have to say was phenomenal and cannot recommend enough.  So thank you Matt and Jamen.

So all in all a great month, and that was the month of November.  Now I am very much looking forward to the festivities that December will bring and of course seeing my family for Christmas, whom I love very dearly.

Have I cured your insomnia? Hahaha.

All the best, BENJAMIN

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