Hope your Christmas was/is merry and bright :)
It snowed for three days straight.
I found myself in a snow bank to my waist.
I slipped on the driveway (more than once).
I skied my first real run.
I promised to make my brie and cranberry filo parcels for my work Christmas party, and then saw the price of brie here. Not one to back out, I gritted my teeth and bought it. (Now I just have to make them)
Skyping my older sister this morning after weeks of trying to arrange a time that suited both of our schedules and time differences, was definitely worth it. Opening an early Christmas gift and seeing her Christmas tree made me feel festive for the first time this season.
Thanks for the goodies Suz and Dan :)
I’m back! How was your Christmas? Mine was great, although we had no snow. None at all. It was weird, and in that sense it didn’t feel like Christmas. In every other way we definitely had the festive spirit though.
We became quite attached. Then someone called, paid for her, and took her away :(
Ballintoy Harbour. It’s amazing in stormy weather.
Photos cannot even begin to do justice to how amazing it was.
It was so hard to keep taking photos because the constant sea spray was fogging up my lens. And also I was battling not to fall over in the crazy winds.
That’s all I’ve got. Not many actual Christmas photos, but sure :)
Today I have been packing to head home for Christmas. As you may, or may not, know, my parents live in an Internet-deprived area (hey government, what happened to that pledge to make sure all rural areas had access to the Internet?), which means no blogging from me for a couple of weeks.
Putting off packing; suitcase not even been opened yet at this stage. Getting it out from the cupboard under the stairs was hard enough.
I made a last-minute costume for the murder mystery dinner my mum is hosting next week. So excited!
Finally got around to packing.
After all that
procrastinating busyness, I treated myself to a glass of wine and Love Actually. It was wonderful.
I hope you have a fantastic Christmas :) I, for one, am looking forward to an open fire, dancing with my sisters in the kitchen to the radio, bruschetta on Christmas Eve, hot Rekorderlig, and dragging someone out to play in the snow.
Photos taken on my phone…
1. Christmas bunting I made for my sisters. Probably shouldn’t post it here because I don’t know if either of them have received it yet…
2. Very cool car parked outside the Co-op. Love that colour!
3. Fairy lights in a Kilner jar. Easy Christmas decoration :)
4. Coffee on the road.
5. Bill Bailey live at DeMontfort Hall.
6. Cards I sent out last week.
7. I tried out the new foam hair dye from Live. Pretty impressed with it; my hair came out a really vibrant colour (purple, as usual)
Wow, time is moving so quickly. How can it be 6th December already?
Are you doing anything for Advent? I mean, not just opening a calendar every day for a miniscule piece of chocolate?
I decided to try and do something nice for someone else each day of Advent. It doesn’t have to be anything massive, just a simple gesture.
One day I sent cards to my mum, dad and sister:
(Silly, yep, that’s my family all over)
Another day I ordered a book to be sent to my friend. I had just read it for uni and thought she’d like it.
Other days I am so snowed under with essays and reading that I don’t have time to do much more than send a nice text to a friend, or email a Christmas song to my brother.
I plan to bake and sew some things for people too, just once I get a little bit more time.
This doesn’t have to be an expensive thing (which is good, because I have no money…) ; it’s just my way of steering away from the materialism and tackiness that is thrown at us this time of year. Sure, it’d be nice to be able to send a Starbucks gift card to my best friend so she could treat herself to a gingerbread latte, or to buy a Christmas CD for my sister to help her keep smiling while she’s driving to work in the cold mornings. Right now I can’t do these things, hopefully one day I will be able to, but for now it forces me to be a bit more creative, and to keep things simple.
There’s nothing wrong with simple.