Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Week 47 - brief sweden trip

All images from my Instagram

I went to Sweden! It was a surprise visit for my brother who had an important birthday to celebrate. I told my mom that me and Steve wanted to go to Sweden about a month ago and I mentioned that this was the only weekend that the tickets were cheap enough for us to go. She then told me that she was organising a surprise birthday party for my brother and so I decided to invite myself to it. It was difficult to keep it quiet (mainly because we worried that others would take about it on social media) but somehow it worked and he had absolutely no idea what was happening. It was approximately the best thing ever. We all had wine and beer and it was a great evening.

We arrived late on Thursday night and left around noon on the Monday so I really tried to cram in as much as possible during my trip. I visited my granny and then I took a little trip up the country to my late granny's flat and to see all my cousins. It was nice. A less nice event was when we hit a deer on our way back and got stuck on the motorway for ages. There was nothing we could do to avoid the collision but thankfully no one in the car got hurt. I'm thankful to now be back in the land without deer. These next few days I'm planning to get a little rest, do some cleaning and then get my Christmas decorations up. Just in time for working the entire weekend. Bring on Monday next week...

Monday, 18 November 2013

Week 46 - IKEA trip

Images from my Instagram.

I'm not entirely sure why I decided to write a weekly update, seeing as I can barely keep my eyes open at the moment. (I can also feel the next episode of Lost calling for me on Netflix.) But it's tradition and I am nothing if I'm not the ultimate creature of habit. So here we go. Since my last update I've mainly been at work, working up time so that I can get a week (and maybe more) off to look forward to in the nearest future. On Sunday I went to IKEA with my friend (second picture) and spent mine and Steve's last IKEA voucher that we received for Christmas last year. It was amazing, I bought a whole bunch of Christmas things and I definitely felt festive. Prior to visiting IKEA we also went for brunch and I had a peanutbutter latte. I don't even need to tell you how good it was. You know.

Over the week I've also reorganised a little at home in order to make room for the soon-invading decorations. I've wrapped the first batch of Christmas gifts that have been bought. A nail has been put in the door so that a wreath can be hung (nail hammered in by yours truly, with all fingers intact and no crumbling walls for the first time ever) and apart from a few minor things, I'm pretty much set for maximum Christmas mode. Which is obviously the only mode I have around this time of the year. (Do you have a Spotify Christmas list prepared for when December hits? You better get working on it.)

Thursday, 14 November 2013

How to decorate a Christmas tree (sort of)

Can we just take a moment and appreciate Christmas trees? We are halfway through November after all. Alright? Alright.

All images are from my Pinterest.

After receiving a whole pile of baubles from Steve's parents as well as a stash of baubles with our Christmas tree from Tesco (we didn't order the baubles - my guess is that the delivery guys just shoved a display tree into the box and didn't care about the fact that it already had baubles on it) we've managed to collect a decent amount of Christmas tree decorations. At least considering how little money we've spent on it. Christmas tree decorating is one of my favourite things to do and I cannot wait.

How to decorate a Christmas tree:
1. Put Christmas music on.
2. Light a lot of candles.
3. Make a cup of hot chocolate.
4. Gather all of your decorations on the floor.
5. Put the lights on the tree. (There are various controversial methods - I'm not gonna start a debate here.)
6. Decorate the tree whilst sipping on your hot chocolate.
7. Enjoy the holidays.

And while we're on the subject - I consider putting a tree up is fair play as soon as the 25th (of November) has passed. If you want to wait until December, fair play to you but I would never leave it longer than until the 1st. Christmas only comes once a year and I want mine to last as long as possible!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Week 44 & 45 - back to blogging

All images are from my Instagram. 

I can't believe that we're almost halfway through November and I haven't even uploaded these last few pictures from October. About two weeks ago I celebrated getting my first full salary in aaaages by spending a full day in Belfast. I bought two new mugs, as you can see, two knitted sweaters, a dress and some makeup. Plus socks, face cloths, christmas presents etc. I also tried on the gray coat above from Zara which was a complete bargain (only £30). I've wanted a gray, slightly over sized coat for a while now and I got as far as standing in line at the till (...) when I buckled and put it back. Got home, instantly regretted it and went on to their website only to found out that it was sold out in my size. Yesterday I went back to Belfast, went to Zara and found out that they don't have the coat left in my size there either! The sales assistant told me that it was okay and that the online shop had gotten stock back in. I went home. There is no sign of the coats online. I am crushed. That coat is haunting me, please just give me that coat.

Rant about coat over.

Halloween has been celebrated (Steve went as Pikachu and I went as his Pokemon trainer, Ash. It was a nostalgic nod to our long-lost childhoods), I've been working a lot as per usual, the first few Christmas gifts have been bought and my brain is in full Christmas-mode. I can't look at a corner in my home without instantly imagining it with Christmas decor. This is obviously accompanied by the usual holiday tradition tension between me and Steve regarding our Christmas decor. I believe that decorating the house is to make it Christmas-sy and nice. Steve is of the opinion that it's supposed to look tacky and sort of ugly (and not in the trendy way, his own words). What is wrong with that man? Luckily I'm going to win by simply decorating the house when he's not home and hiding the leftover decorations. He's too lazy to redecorate it himself (who knew laziness was a perk in boyfriends!)