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I just can't believe that I sit here and write this on the last day of 2013, while I drink a coffee and try to pretend that I don't have to brush my hair before we are going out to celebrate all that 2013 brought and also our hopes for 2014. This year has really passed by all too quickly and I hope I manage to take more time to sit back and enjoy every day in the next year. I hope you all enjoy the evening and have a great start to 2014. Happy New Year!
Possibly the best Christmas related DIY this year. Do you think Miley Cyrus ever imagined "Wrecking Ball" would turn into this huge thing it has? Read the comments on this web page, some really good jokes there. I got the template for Miley here, if you feel inclined to make your own. Maybe make one and put it on your parents tree and then wait patiently for someone to notice. It's the little things.
Oslo is the place to be for Christmas, and as all Norwegians do we celebrated Christmas Eve last night and all the presets have been gifted and received and Christmas dinner devoured. Today is still a day of celebration and in my family we have family friends over for lunch and sit around and eat all day. Merry Christmas!
I have had this slight obsession with filling dates with homemade marzipan and dipping them in chocolate. I obviously have weird obsessions with things i HAVE to make. NOW. But it took me ages to get this done because I had a hard time locating dates that weren't dripping in sugar. Who knew that was so difficult. Last weekend I finally got my act together and just did it, and now that they are done I don't really want to eat them anymore. Very frustrating.
The other day as we were going to sleep I started thinking how happy I am and how thankful I am for the people around me. Obviously there are some people that drift in and out of your life that you aren't very thankful for: the guy on the tube who has left his man-bag on the seat next to his and isn't interested in moving it for you, the rude sales person that is determined not to help you find your Christmas presents, all the tourists on Oxford Street (Sorry guys, it's just crazy how annoying large crowds can get. Why I keep on going is a mystery even to me), everyone that doesn't get the "walk on the left, stand on the right" concept that is used on EVERY escalator in the UK, the bus driver that drove straight in to the puddle and splashed you with grimy water, then drove straight past the bus station without stopping. Where was I going with this again? Oh yeah, life is full of really horrible people, but as long as the ones that you see fairly often makes you smile, then things could be worse.
So I am thankful for all my colleagues at work who are totally mad and share my passion/obsession with Ryan Gosling and Miley Cyrus and knows that a girl needs to eat her Fattoush every now and then. And for my other colleagues who feed me cake and sing along to Mariah Carey's Christmas album. For my twice-a-week yoga neighbor who keeps on reminding me how little time is left before the wedding and maybe I should stop pretending to go to the gym and actually go to the gym. Friends who email every day only to tell me what they had for lunch or that they are going to buy a coffee and a muffin and I can't stop them. My mom who responds to all my really annoying emails and text messages that say things like "I am in desperate need of two vintage champagne glasses, where can I find some?" and "Do you think we (I really mean you) could make XYZ?". I am thankful for my stepdad who always wants to know why I am not asking him what he thinks of my wedding dress choice or how to decorate the veil. I am thankful for my bridesmaids and maid of honour who are excited for our wedding despite the lack of information they have about the day, and for my dad who emails 6 days before Christmas to ask me what is on my wishlist this year. For my two brothers who could not be more different and I am thankful for the fiancé who is sometimes annoying but always amazing, and let's me be even my annoying self on a daily basis. And also lives through emails like "how do you feel about confetti?" and "I desperately need to go to Paris in January". Every day. I am also thankful that is't Christmas, because it is one of the best times of the year, if you have bought all your Christmas presents and feel fairly calm about the whole thing.
Just a little thought at this time of year when 2013 is coming to a close and it's time to start that never ending list of new years resolutions...
A little while back we went to a restaurant that had red wine sea salt on the dish I had ordered. I can't remember the restaurant, when it was or what I had to eat, but I do remember the red wine sea salt. I'm all for easy recipes and flavored salts, sugars and flavored alcohol are kind of the easiest ones. A little minute spent on Google located this recipe for red wine sea salt and since all the ingredients were in the house already, why not try? Super fast, can be made while you are doing something else (one of the main criteria for me, if I can't multitask I probably won't do it), minimum effort, maximum effect. Who wouldn't be impressed if this was under the tree for Christmas?
Yesterday was one of those days where I did everything I wanted, when I wanted to. I went to Spitalfields marked in the morning, had a sneaky breakfast/lunch at The Breakfast Club by myself, went to Sloane Square and tried on really expensive shoes, and was both sad and so so happy that they didn't have my size. Then I went to Harvey Nichols, Harrods, and, wait for it, yeah: Fortnum and Mason and finished off at Selfridges. I'm serious. By the time I was finished with everything I was so tired I thought my legs would give in and I thought I would have to sit down at the nearest Pret to eat and drink something to get my strength back and then continue my journey home. However everywhere was full of people. Tons and tons of people. And don't get me started on the absolute chaos in Fortnum, that was just not worth it, and I only went there for jam! Today is a bit different, although I am doing something I want to do, I am going to work. Happy Friday!
After spending a lot of time around tea lately (a side effect of working in a tea room I guess) I am finding myself thinking I might need a lot of teapots at home to, you know, drink tea. But due to space issues and just generally not needing that many teapots I thought I would feature them here, then it feels like I have some sort of ownership even though I don't have them here in the apartment.
Foxy lady teapot
Sitting man teapot
All the teapots can be found on eBay at the moment and I searched for "Novelty Teapot", how amazing is the foxy lady? She is on eBay for more than £200 so will never be mine, but she is quite spectacular I think. Something for grandma?
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x