Monday 26 December 2016

Blogmas Day 12: Mindy Madness!

It's Boxing Day morning! I had such a relaxing Christmas. Went to Mass, watched The Mindy Project all day, stuffed my face with most of the chocolate I got from work... Not bad. Not bad at all :)

I've literally just finished watching Season 4 of TMP and - hoooooooooooold up. What? See picture below.

I know a lot of people think this (Danny and Mindy) isn't a good idea but, you know what, screw that. You go, Minds! Never liked Jody for her anyway - ha!

And can I just mention how much I'm loving Mindy's outfits ever since the show started? And the songs they play are starting to get to me. I love them!

So glad to be watching TMP again. Haven't done this in aaaaages.

Saturday 24 December 2016

Blogmas Day 11: Movie Madness

It's Christmas Eve! :) Merry Christmas, one and all! 🎅

On another note, I have around 15 minutes left of this film I'm watching 📼 Disney's Into the Woods. I believe my expression hasn't changed all throughout the movie. A very confused expression. Like, seriously, what is this? I just cannot piece it together. Not to sound negative or anything, but this must be the least enjoyable movie I have ever watched in my life. I just find it amusing that I haven't stopped playing it at all in the hopes that it will turn out good in the end :p

On a side note, I've finished reading Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. That - I thoroughly enjoyed. A nice, quick read, with a warming message. Totally recommend! 📑

I am very much looking forward to after next week when I can go home again. This is the first Christmas I'm spending without my family :( As much as I'm enjoying having the flat to myself and a fully stocked fridge and a warm room - Christmas really still should be with family. Sigh. But I know they are all well and that makes me happy :) A few more days of work and then I'll be going home. Thank you, Lord! And happy birthday! 🎂

Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Friday 23 December 2016

Blogmas Day 10: Baby Reese

Hello, my beautiful niece!

Friday 16 December 2016

Blogmas Day 9: Dainty Tea

My mom and I visited the Elephant Tea Rooms in Sunderland. The ambiance was lovely and it felt like such a wonderful place to cozy up on a winter's day. The food was okay (I had the Cumbrian ham sandwich and Mom had the Club) but it really was the tea that made this place stand out. Chilli Truffle and Cherry Beetroot tea, anyone? 🍵 And, oh, the sandwiches came with yummy vegetable crisps on the side which I really enjoyed!

I think they were short-staffed as the service was a little slow and it took a while for us to be seated and get our drinks. But two thumbs up to the lady who I can only assume was their supervisor for making sure everything was topnotch for us!
Perhaps one tip I could give to anyone who hasn't been there yet is to get a table reserved beforehand as the place can get really packed especially at lunch times. I haven't tried any of their cakes or pastries but if I get a chance to come back, I'll definitely dig into those!

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Blogmas Day 8: You, Me and Dupree

That's why we don't walk out on each other.

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Blogmas Day 7: Best Feeling in the World

It's the best feeling in the world knowing I have a dad who waits for me to come home ❤

Monday 12 December 2016

Blogmas Day 6: Monday Musings

Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get married. Sure, I do think I'm an independent woman - fully capable of providing for myself. But that's exactly it. I AM a woman - which is why I think about these things.

I really don't know why (most) girls fantasise about weddings from a young age. We've got our wedding gowns, names of future kids, and location all sorted in our head. And that's from, like, what, the age of 5? Little did we know that before that day comes, a string of boys will charm their way into our lives and make us doubt whether we will ever get to walk down the aisle.

Of course some ladies are not pro-marriage. There are some who want to explore their options and not be tied down to anyone and there are some who like to be in a monogamous relationship but without the knot. And that's okay. I fully support that. For myself though, I've always thought that at some point in my life I would settle down with that one person who I truly love and am in love with and have a house, and kids, and maybe a personal library or something.

I guess what I'm really thinking of is whether I could break down my walls well enough to let another person in. I am honestly having a hard time doing it. I do remember my first experience of being in a relationship - that giddy feeling I got at the courting stage and how sweeter it was when I said yes. And then, eventually, the heartbreak. I think the irony of it all boils down to the innocence of having another person there besides your own - and then the sting and realisations of the downfall.

And then there's your second love. I think second loves should get even more credit. Although I think it's important not to rush into the next person's arms without fully healing first, second loves still have that responsibility of making sure you're okay. That you've picked up the broken pieces. That you're whole again. And sadly, that responsibility is a given. No one asks them to do it. No one expects them to do it. But they do it anyway. Because if not, the other person is never truly theirs.

I've learnt so many lessons from my first breakup. One of the things I really keep in mind now is to say whatever it is that is bothering me. To just say it. Innocently, at first, I used to keep it all in. Because that's what society demonstrated. That saying things will just make it worse. But you know what, no. I can't just keep my mouth shut anymore because it's at that point when the other person will start walking all over me. Again. And I've had enough of that already.

I honestly never thought I would eventually be that person who would want to let go after a few heated arguments. I never thought I would bounce back a conversation and throw some daggers while I'm at it. I never thought I would turn a little less sweet.

I feel sad thinking about these things. But at the same time, my head, which is placed higher than my heart, is telling me that it's all okay - that I'm protecting myself from harm. I wish I could find a good balance to all this. To be innocent and sweet yet brave and smart.

I'm a brave soul. I know I will be okay. It probably doesn't feel that way now. But I will be okay.

We will be okay.

Sunday 11 December 2016

Blogmas Day 5: Hillsong Carols 2016

Just got back with the 'rents from the Hillsong Carols at Westgate Hall in Newcastle! It was such a fun night and I'm so glad I got to spend it with my mom and dad. Props to my good friends P and B for introducing me to their church 😊

Well done to the team! They all did really well. I was tearing up when the pastor spoke at the end. Happens all the time. Jesus really is the reason for the season. I'm so glad and thankful to be part of the Christian church 😊 I want to praise Your name - always!


Saturday 10 December 2016

Blogmas Day 4: Leon Lovin'

It really should be Blogmas Day 10. Sorry! 😊 I'm catching up slowly!

Check out what I had for breakfast today! Leon at Birmingham Grand Central must be one of my favourite places to eat. Their lamb kofteh is glorious. But since it was too early in the morning I opted for breakfast food - their veggie egg pot. Made with fried eggs, beans, mushrooms, halloumi, and love! I also had a flat white to keep me awake throughout the journey. Didn't want to end up at the wrong station at the other side of the country 😄

Friday 2 December 2016

Blogmas Day 3: Winter Wonderland

A few weeks ago I went ice skating with my friends at Luminocity Canary Wharf. We also went to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. Such good times with good friends <3

Blogmas Day 2: Closer

So move a little closer to me
But I don't want to see you fall
I don't wanna hear you cry
I just wanna see those eyes
Coming back for me


Blogmas Day 1: Slow Cookin'

Impulse decision to do Blogmas! I think it would do me a lot of good to write daily snippets all throughout the festive month.

On the last day of November, I celebrated my 1 year work anniversary! Pizza and cake it is! Thank You, Lord, for a wonderful stay in Birmingham. I don't know what the future holds but thank You, thank You, thank You! I was walking home today with a spring in my step as I recall just how warm and welcoming this city has been to me - of course I'm very biased towards my good friends at Micro.

Also, recently, I bought myself a £9.99 Cookworks slow cooker from Argos. I've used it twice so far and I must say it's the best tenner I've spent in my life! I just love how it cooks beef to perfection - so soft and barely needs any chewing! Just how I like it. And it's just so tiny - I feel like I could put it into my pocket! Well, not really. But it is small and does not take up much counter space. I think the only teensy bit of issue I have is that when I looked up the product online, I could have sworn I saw that it had a dial on it to turn it on and use the high/low settings. But the actual product that I got from the shop didn't have a dial on it (it just turns on and does its thing once you plug it in). I didn't even realise until I was just about to put my meat in it. I could have returned it but it would be a trek to go back there again and besides, it's not a big deal to me. But for anyone out there who might be interested in this product - make sure you check what's in the box before you leave the store!

I've made a beef casserole with cream of mushroom as well as an Irish stew. The stew is for tomorrow's lunch and I just can't wait to taste it. I'm gonna try more slow cookin' recipes. I'm really excited to use it more.