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Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Eve

It's crazy to think how different everything was for me one year ago on Christmas Eve. Christmas last year wasn't the best for me, I actually found it very difficult as I wasn't with my sister or dad's side of the family, meaning I was with my mum and it wasn't the traditional Christmas I am used to, it emphasised how much I've always wanted a 'proper' family, and felt like I was missing out. But this year I've learnt to appreciate my little home family, because they're pretty amazing. Last year made me realise that although commercially and stereotypically Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, for many people it is the complete opposite. For many Christmas only highlights something difficult they're going through, and makes them feel more alone in it. I just wanted to mention that, because sometimes it is so easy to forget.

In Romania (my mum's Romanian) Christmas Eve tends to be more important than Christmas Day, and we always open our presents after dinner on Christmas Eve. I've always loved this tradition, and it works well, because it means I spend Christmas Day with my dad and am not missing out with my mum and gran. This past weekend I've been running around like a madman, trying to complete presents I had mostly already bought! I'm going to my eldest sister's tomorrow with my dad, and I can't wait to see my niece and nephews open their presents, they really make Christmas for me.

I'm feeling a little nostalgic today, I suppose we do around this time. Although I still love Christmas, I believe it's never as exciting as it was when you were little and waiting to see what Father Christmas had brought for you. Oh well, I will just have to stuff my face tomorrow to make up for it! Honestly though, I can't wait to see everyone. I probably won't blog over the next week or so and as I'm feeling nostalgic, this is a picture of me and Rosie on New Year's Eve nearly two years ago, everything has changed since then, but I think everything has worked out the way it was meant to.

Haha, I do love that photo. Ok, I had better go and begin to wrap this mountain of presents. I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas with the people who love you most!


Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Ok, I realise I am one week late in this post. However, I am hoping that you'll be able to forgive me. I wanted to write my thoughts on this day sooner, but unfortunately have not had the time. To many people it may be simply a date, but for me, it opens up this immense opportunity to think about all sorts of insignificant possibilities. I believe I am right in saying that it will be the last identical date for 1000 years. These dates have always fascinated me, even when I was 4 I vividly remember noticing 01/01/01 and wondering about it.

The idea that the next one won't be for a thousand years, although worries me a little, I find incredible. Of course, we won't be here (a thought that always manages to render me apprehensive), and imagining what the world will be like then really intrigues me. Anyway, during an RE lesson that day we decided to put the live time on the board (with my teacher's permission) and proceeded to wait for 12:12am on 12/12/12. It was like it was the ultimate wish, never mind 11:11 on that day! It may have been a soppy thing to do but at 12:12 on 12/12/12, the last identical date and time for the next 1000 years, in the midst of kids screaming and running around, I sat, thinking, and making a wish for my life. I won't write what it was, because then it will never come true ;) But it was really nice to sit there and think about it, and how the world is so incredible and profound and mysterious. All of the worries I had earlier had completely left my mind and I was left with this feeling of contentedness, which was really comforting.

Just a few more ponderings before I go: The world is meant to end on Friday. I know that it is unlikely that it will but I keep having these thoughts in the back of my mind telling me 'what if they've finally got it right? The world is actually going to end and I'm sitting here thinking about what I'm going to have for dinner tonight!' It could happen! Whatever you decide to do on Friday, if you are lucky enough to have a day off or not, I would suggest taking the time to think about all the things you want to do, things you've already done and people you want to spend your time with, because they are what are really important, and they're so easy to forget sometimes.

I think that's enough of my wonderings to last you a lifetime! I think I'm off to do some hardcore revision for my January mocks  find out what's for dinner.


Thursday, 13 December 2012

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The other week my school were kind enough to give us an inset day (not so lucky for our poor teachers!) and myself, Lucy and Hannah decided this would be an excellent time to venture into London and get into the Christmas feel a little. I have always loved the run-up to Christmas; opening a new door of your advent calender every day, Christmas films, presents and quality time with my family. Being the child of divorced parents, for most of my life this has meant Christmas Eve with my Mum and Gran and Christmas Day with Dad, my sister and other members of his side of the family. I've always loved it that way though, and for the past few years we've gone to my sister's for Christmas, which means I get to spend it with my niece and nephews as well, whom are always wonderfully excited to see what Father Christmas has brought them!

Anyway, back to this day. We decided to first go to Flat Planet and have some lunch, priorities right as always ;) I cannot describe how much I love eating there. Their flat bread and toppings are fabulous and best of all, very healthy! It's just near Liberty if any of you are wondering, I highly recommend going there, it has such a great vibe. Downstairs is definitely my favourite part, so many incredible posters, books and sofas, umm yes please, if you get a chance, definitely go :)

We then wandered around the corner to Oxford Street and went into Topshop in the foolish hope there would be something we could afford. Sadly, nothing for me, although I found lots of beautiful clothes, which I shall be putting on my Christmas list very soon. So, having tried on beautiful dresses, we got the tube to Hyde Park Corner, where of course at this time of year is the location of the beautiful Winter Wonderland. However, we didn't go inside this time. Instead we decided to be good old Londoners and go Boris Biking around Hyde Park. At £1 for the bike for 24 hours, I was sold. It turned out to be great fun and they have an excellent cycle path, which came in handy, as I hadn't cycled for a while so I was a little wobbly at first! It doesn't get much better than cycling with two of my best friends with a view of Winter Wonderland's pretty lights in the background.

I apologise for the awful quality of these photos, but until I get an iphone in February, these are the best I can do! Believe it or not, after all that we were rather exhausted but decided it was imperative that we trailed down to Covent Garden to not only see the Christmas lights (I'm an absolute sucker for Christmas lights if you haven't already realised) but also to visit our much-loved Creme de la Crepe. We have been going there for quite a while now, and they make the most delicious pancakes. I am sorry but how can anyone not love a crepe with melted milkyway bar and strawberries inside - it is heaven. 

We decided that was enough for one day and got the train home, but it was a really wonderful day. Now if that hasn't got you in the Christmas mood or convinced you to go searching for Christmas lights I suggest you whip out Michael Buble's Christmas album, that'll do the trick for sure!

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Friday, 7 December 2012

refreshed and new

Ok, so once again I've been gone for a while. But in this time that I've been gone I have been learning a wonderful amount about me, and I think that that is an extremely important thing to do sometimes, spend some time figuring yourself out. However, having done that, I am more than happy to return to this wonderful space, and thanks to the lovely and fantastic Isobel Williams my blog is looking much more like me, and making me feel much more inspired and excited to write on it!

Last Saturday I went to a party. Most of the people there were from a local school and me and my friends were the only people from my school. As you can imagine, we were rather nervous. But it paid off, I had a really amazing night. It was nice to talk to so many new people and let my hair down a bit as they say! I haven't laughed that much in a long time that's for sure. I also met this really great boy, which was a nice surprise. I suppose it's proof that good things come when you're least expecting them.

This is just a quick one to say that I'm back, and I think you'll be seeing a lot more of me around here. I'll leave you with a few photos from the party. I'm off to watch EastEnders with Mum, no doubt someone will be shouting at someone and we'll still be left wondering from the sidelines who Kat is having her affair with, that annoying anyone else? Just me? Haha.

something was clearly hilarious when this photo was taken

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