A little bit of a celebratory picture of...chocolates? Yeah, it's the best I could do. Last Sunday I turned 29 and feel absolutely exactly the same as I did when I was 28. The only thing that has really changed is that I now feel like I need one of those bucket lists of "things to do before I'm 30", since that celebration is getting closer every day that passes (still about 300 days left so no need to worry yet). The thing is, I don't know what to put on the list. At all. I would have put "Marriage" on there, but been there, done that, and the whole starting a family thing I would like to save for a couple of years time. I don't want to sky dive and there is not really much money in the piggy bank for fancy travels. I don't want to change my lifestyle and I think our landlord would throw us out if we got a dog. So what's really left? Give up sugar? Yeah, been there done that too (with more or less success, let's just say last Saturday I had cake for breakfast and it was goooooood). I need some bucket list inspiration, to really get this thing going.
Another week another Sunday. A bit less hectic this week but still I feel like I am running a mental marathon and I just really want to reach the end. Which is tomorrow. I am heading back to Norway for a couple of days, so I can't organise in the apartment or clean anything or re-organise or purge. A definite good thing guys, things are getting out of hand. And on Sunday, a week from today, I celebrate another year. Turning 29 is going to be fun, I'm sure, and probably not much different than 28 has been, but then again, who knows.
This week has been one of the craziest in a long time. Way to start the year! Work, work, work, and at the same time tidy at home, organise, clean, recycle, exchange Christmas presents, getting my craft on, writing lists, new notebook, new planner, making dinner, a trip to IKEA, doing the dishes, planning. And all the rest. It's been a whirlwind, and gone so so fast, which has made me think about all these days that pass and eventually make up a life. Shall we try to be happy for all of them? I'm game if you are.
One of my favourite things is a fresh start, a blank slate of you like, and the ultimate fresh start has to be a new year. I'm still a fan of a new week and of course month, but nothing trumps the start of the year for feeling like it's time to make changes.
I'm not one for keeping NYE resolutions, more like a make them and break them girl. It does seem like a weird tradition to tell yourself what you can't do in the coming year, usually things you love, and what you should do more of, like going to the gym. Most of us set ourselves up for fail with crazy resolutions, and a long list of them. Being a list lover and a fan of round numbers I would normally give myself a list of 10 resolutions, all things I probably won't keep in the coming year. So I thought this year I would give myself some resolutions that I can keep without problem and rather whisper to myself the ones that might (will) get broken. I set off to make some resolutions and the only thing I could come up with was "take more pictures of people". So I'm sticking with that one. And the secret ones? Well there are the boring ones; eat healthy and go to the gym 3-4 times a week. The fun ones; travel more, try out new cuisines and restaurants. And the stayer; See Stonehenge. That has been on the list a couple of years and still I have never crossed it off. Why? I have no excuse, but hopefully this is the year.
So, a very short list of resolutions this year which is a bit bittersweet really, as the list lover in me has very itchy fingers and want to add to the list, you know to make it a nice looking list of 10. But no, let's try 2015 with only one resolution, and see how that goes.
Happy New Year! Tonight we are cooking up a storm and welcoming the new year with glasses of champagne and espresso martinis with a handful of close friends. Hope you are having a great evening and see you in 2015! x
Oh hello blog, it's been a while. I feel like I forgot all about blogging and at the same time went through a bit of a writers block. Not that I'm typing up a Pulitzer winner here, but you know, I try. The good thing about blogging as a hobby is that you can drop of the grid a bit, my paycheck isn't linked to writing here and life does go on even when you don't blog about it. So yeah, I have managed to cruise through December without a single gift guide or a list of must do things in advent and not even written about how much I love Christmas. A shame really. So what have I done?
Watch: I just got started on The Good Wife, after everyone and their granny was gushing over how great it was. So far we are getting along splendidly and doing the dishes will be much easier with this in the background. Or just escaping the Christmas festivities for a little while this holiday. To be honest I'm already on season 2 and wondering if maybe Netflix on the iPad is not a good idea?
Eat: all the food all the time. Christmas is a horrible time of year for trying to stay healthy. It's like everything on offer is covered in icing sugar or marzipan or comes with a side of mince pies. And I love it, but hate it. With zero willpower this is not my time of year.
Do: Yoga. Rather, plan to do it every morning and fail miserably. But tomorrow guys, it's happening.
Christmas usually comes with a lot of traditions that vary from family to family. It's been a while since I lived at home (about 9.5 years) but I try my best to continue the traditions I grew up with, and make some new ones. Putting cloves in oranges isn't a new thing and we used to do this as kids as it is easy, smells great and looks good. I just couldn't remember how sore your fingers get from pressing the cloves into the orange skin. When we were younger we would hang these in the window but I made a couple to put in a bowl on the dining table. Instant Christmas at home.
With a visitor in London and it being December there is nothing to do but have a wander in the city. And while my dream is not to walk along Oxford Street among the hordes of people that are desperately trying to find that perfect present, there is something magical about the Selfridges windows around Christmas. My favorite was the one above, and I usually hate spiders! Must be something with all the gold and the excess of it all, our house is positively paired down when it comes to Christmas decorations, too much and the tiny apartment just ends up looking cluttered. But I did make some things the other day and possibly purchased a tiny tree to hang it all on. Pictures might be coming.
Where we live there aren't too many nice looking, independent cafes to frequent. There are about 4 Costa's withing 10 minutes walk of our house but I would rather go to an independent cafe if there is one, so when one of the local places closed down, I was a bit surprised and unhappy. But fear not, they have re-opened and now it looks like a cafe that should really be in trendy South/East London and not trusty old North West, but I'll take it!
The decor has improved (think industrial elements, black metal, exposed lights and dark wooden surfaces) and so has the menu. I was starving so went for a pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries and it was delicious. Crispy bread, lovely pork with not too much BBQ sauce and a little bit of cheese to set it off. The only thing I would change would be the fries, as they were not worth it. I was debating asking for a salad instead but just didn't bother, and once I tasted the potatoes I wish I had. They were just a bit soggy and boring, so I left them alone and focused on the sandwich. Which was more than enough and very filling. Finished off with a lovely coffee. I think maybe I have to go back next week to try something else off the menu.
Although we live in a tiny apartment in a semi-ok area in London, in my head, we have a house to fill with stuff, and I shop accordingly. So as you can probably imagine, space is a bit tight with all the things I hoard. I think the idea is that in the future, when we do have a house, I will have stuff to fill it. I don't know, but I know I love getting things for the house more than things for myself. And I am partial to get anything as long as it is below £10, much to the husbands frustration. I know he thinks it's excessive, if we have towels already, why do we need new ones in a different color? Good point. Anyway, my newest purchase is this copper "house" from Tiger that lives on our windowsill and gives a home to my very overgrown succulent. I should probably look online for information on what to do with a succulent that doesn't fit it's pot anymore. Maybe tomorrow.