Mr O and I go on a venture

Today is Mr O’s birthday. He is officially 34 and continues to be younger than me out of pure spite. As Wednesday is a work day for me and not one of the days that Little O can stay with Mrs O Senior (who also works), we decided to celebrate on the weekend.

Since Little O was born Mr O and I have had very few opportunities to hang out without him. He spends two days a week with Mrs O Senior already and Mr O usually works at least one weekend day so our options are limited. It’s also still hard to leave him in the evening. So the idea of having a “date day” was really exciting. We both got dressed up.


I only discovered that these are the world’s most uncomfortable shoes when we got to the train station and it was too late.


Mr O cooks for a living and has become a bit of a foodie of late so his greatest wish for his birthday was to have brunch in Soho at a restaurant called Dirty Bones. Dirty Bones is all about “New York comfort food” and cool cocktails so it was a perfect match for the two of us. We like our food full of flavour and just a little bit dirty.


I had chicken and waffles


I was very excited even though I was eating fried chicken and an egg on a waffle with syrup, which sounds a bit wrong


Mr O had bacon and eggs and a bloody mary. The bacon was the best bacon I have ever tasted and I have eaten a LOT of bacon.

We spent most of our meal admiring our surroundings – the bathroom was through a secret bookcase door – marveling at the bacon, discussing politics and dissecting comedian, Mike Meyers’ career. We did rather well not to constantly talk about Little O.


After brunch I decided I wanted an ice-cream because I am a bottomless pit and it was a warm day. With the help of the Time Out website discovered that Gelupo, supposedly the best gelato shop in Soho, was just around the corner.  I really wanted to try the Saffron ice cream but it turns out so did everyone else so it was sold out. In the end I went for a scoop of lavender and a scoop of lemon custard pie. Mr O had pineapple and chili sorbet, which was unusual but delicious.


We probably could have kept going but the temptation of getting to just sit on our sofa and chat without interruptions (and have a nap) was too great and we headed home and did just so and it was glorious.

The day reminded me of two things. The first is that reconnecting as a couple when you are parents is essential. It’s very easy to just get into mum and dad mode and forget to relate to each other as partners. The second was a realisation of how uncomplicated and carefree pre-baby life was and how we took it for granted. So if you don’t have kids yet, don’t skip opportunities to hang out with just your favourite human and don’t be lazy about going out and doing things. You might one day really miss the joy of even just going out for a meal without feeling like you’re planning a military operation.



  1. so glad u guys had fun!

  2. You really nailed the ‘me time’ thing well. Fond memories of wandering around Soho when I lived in London, but I don’t recall that restaurant. Nice to see you both really happy, and enjoying that all-too short break.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Soho has so many cute little hideaways. I used to work there before my company relocated to Bankside and there was always somewhere new to go.

      1. Soho is one of the few things I miss about living in London. Ronnie Scott’s club, followed by late night coffee at Bar Italia. Halcyon days indeed.

  3. It’s great to see you guys having so much fun! Being a fashion enthusiast I have to say your dress is cute! 🙂

    1. Thank you! It’s one of my favourites.

  4. Aww, lovely to hear of this nice time you shared. You look like an amazing couple. And you both have groovy dress sense.

    1. Thank you! We are a bit clothing obsessed. Mr O is much worse than me though. He has about 4 million shirts!

      1. Mr O sounds pretty similar to me. I like my shirts.

  5. Sounds like you guys had the best time, happy to hear it!

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