I hope your holiday plans are in full swing now! The countdown is on! Today I thought that we should talk holiday plans! Majority of businesses/universities and schools have now either closed for the year or will be in the coming week here. I’m all for stealing other people’s holiday ideas so what are you all up to over this holiday break period?!
Our extended family are having a Christmas dinner, I have my books to get through (ideally before the new year), french grammar to do drills on & baking! I’ll be baking these gingerbread men again for the upcoming party plus a few other planned goodies which might turn up in another blog this week.
I’m not feeling that stressed this year. I’m still looking for a job and this is the first Christmas I’ve spent at home in 3 years. In all honesty, I would rather be on holidays away from this every lasting heat (although fortunately, it is raining today after our 41C yesterday!) and drinking mulled wine from an outdoor Christmas market. A girl can dream.
Let me know what your plans are for the coming week in the comments below!
Last book related post of Blogmas. What I’m currently reading/will read. I borrowed this book above Alice au Pays Les Trop Vieilles from my library. I was mostly attracted to it because of the illustration on the cover. Yes, judge a book by its cover. It’s been very comical so far and it’s written in the style of a daily journal. It’s basically about the life of a 41 year old women navigating the ‘old’ title.
Next on my to read list is this, Fiesta: The Sun also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I just want to see what the fuss is about with Hemingway. I had previously read The Old Man and The Sea, which I thought wasn’t anything overly special so thought that I would give another of his books a chance.
What are you currently reading now and what book do you want to read next? Let me know in the comments below!
Another book that I have read this month has been Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I saw the Wicked broadway show whilst in London recently (amazing costumes!) and thought that I should read the book. I had seen this book years and years ago whilst working in a bookshop. How can you miss the green tinted edges?!
I was surprised, the book is really different from the musical. Not sure why I expected it to be identical considering different people have written the book and musical.
This book is centred around Elphaba aka The Wicked Witch of the West (from Wizard of Oz) and starts from when before she was born and follows her up until she is known as the Wicked Witch of the West. I think you would enjoy this if you enjoy the Wizard of Oz, otherwise not much of the book would make sense. It’s quite long and at times, fluffy. By that I mean padded with paragraphs of things that don’t matter in the long run. It’s an enjoyable read so if you’ve seen the musical and/or have read the Wizard of Oz, give this book ago to get the complete story of all the characters from the Wizard of Oz.
Have you read this and what do you think? Would you recommend the next few books? Let me know in the comments below.
I thought this week I’d do a book week topic for blogmas this week. Now that I’ve finished uni, i feel like I can read without falling asleep now. I’ve spent a few years working at a bookstore as well so reading is one of my jams.
I think I first saw this book ‘The little coffee shop in Kabul’ by Deborah Rodriguez at an airport and made a mental note to see if my local library had it. Then I completely forgot so it has been a long time coming. Until now! I started December off with this book so I thought I would start off with it.
P.S. I judged this book by its cover.
The main story line revolves around an American lady who owns a coffee shop. In Kabul. I don’t know the technical term but it’s written in a way where each character has their own story line from beginning to end and their lives link up. Alittle like Love Actually. If you enjoyed The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, I would describe this book as similar to them theme-wise. I found it enjoyable and easy to read so would recommend!
Have you read The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul and what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
Hey everyone! Happy day 13 of December. Can we all just take a moment to pause and just discuss how hard blogmas is?!?
I came into blogmas firing on all 4 cylinders but as the days tick on and Christmas blogs have been posted, it’s kind of hard to come up with even more Christmas-themed things to talk about. I think what I find the hardest is that my family do not do presents, I’m on a possessions ban and it’s not really that Christmasy in Australia. We’ve had Santa books re-written the Australian way to have the jolly fellow in shorts and sunglasses. There is also no pine tree smell in the air.
Anyway, this weekend has been VERY busy. I attended my second last french class of the year and the last dance class of the year. What will I do with all my time?! I have a lot planned actually. Which could potentially indicate some better blogmas blogs. It may not.
Are you finding blogmas hard now? Let me know in the comments!
It has been H-O-T here although not from the Christmas lights. I was wondering our city a few days ago wondering why there were no light filled trees like in the wintery countries until it occurred to me that perhaps, this was a fire risk for us here.
Today it was 35C and the sun isn’t setting until 8:30pm. We are truly summer now.
If you’ve gotten a blogmas post (or any Christmas post) that has wintery Christmas lights everywhere in your town at the moment, please link me below!
Until next time,
All I want for Christmas is…………………………………………………………..
Nothing. Yes, you read that right. If you guys have read my Blogmas Day 5 , you will see that I have been on a decluttering campaign. So in keeping with that, I have decided not to buy myself anything or put in a request for something. Trust me, it is hard. All those sales and gift-packs plus not to mention the flurry of shoppers out and about around Christmas decorations. I think that Christmas now feels not as special because people buy gifts all year around- it would mean more if we didn’t. However, I have come up with a list of wishes for Christmas:
- That the COP21 conference has a result and a good and earth friendly one.
- That my room stays tidy and clean over this festive period.
- That it rained more often (this is going to be one dry summer).
- Santa brings joy to those who need it most.
- To never lose my love of the Elf movie.
What are some non-material possession wishes on your wish list? Let me know in the comments below!
Just thought I would do a bedroom Christmas decoration post. I feel like we’re the odd ones out having a summer Christmas when everyone else is having a winter Christmas. Watching Christmas movies always makes me so jealous, as a winter fiend, I want a cold Christmas! My love for all things winter have trickled down to what decorations I have around my bedroom.
On my bedside table, this is my current set up. I have the reindeer which I got in Finland (during Winter) which I normally don’t put there but decided it would be a nice Christmas addition.
Next to it is a wooden star- which I bought when I was in Lausanne about 2 years ago. It wasn’t Christmas yet but I would be spending that Christmas alone so thought I would treat myself to a Christmas decoration on the road. This star is on my bedside table all year around as I just love it.
The last item which is always there is the Monet Glasshouse Candle. This has a tuberose scent and it’s so cute! Even with the lid closed, I get whiffs of it sometimes and I find that it’s very fresh and a nice smell to wake up to.
The pink-ish cloth drapped over my table is something I bought from India. I love the print and wasn’t really sure what to use it for when I got it (perhaps pillow covers or a blanket cover after some DIY) but have decided that for now, it can stay there.
What Christmas decorations have you got up in your bedrooms? I’d love to see!
December is a busy month with all those Christmas parties to attend so I thought I would do this blog early on. Today we are talking about decluttering.
I’m very much into the out with the old and in with the new at this time of the year. What better way to start a new year more refreshed and bright-eyed to start a new year than to get cleaning.
THE book that has been getting plenty of mentions this year is Marie Kondo’s ” The Life Changing Magic of Tidying”. In this book, Marie talks about only keeping things that ‘bring you joy’. This includes books, clothes and furniture. The secret to this tidying up method is to hold the object in your hands. Since reading this book months ago, I have been slowly chipping away in my wardrobe which is the main area where I tend to hoard and keep pieces of clothing despite not wearing them for years “just incase”. It also reminded me to try and live clutter-free, which is something I have my sights on. I have also been going through my shelves and have thrown out (recycled) some old school reports (that was time from another universe!), am planning on donating some old books that don’t bring me joy and never really have and getting rid of paper.
If this sounds like you, MAYBE this is the time to set aside 1 day or 1/2 a day and to go through your things and either donate, sell, recycle or throw out some of things that don’t bring you joy.
Check out my tag ‘consumerism’ if you would to read abit more about this topic from my blog.
Today I am going to share with you my gingerbread men recipe. So i saw this in a magazine and ripped it out and have since made it quite a couple of times. I have changed it alittle and will be giving you the changed one today.
You will need:
- 1/3 cup (75g) packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (175g) golden syrup
- 3 cups (450g) plain flour
- 2 teaspoons of ground ginger (I will be trying 3 teaspoons next time)
- 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
- 1 egg, beaten slightly
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup (160g) pure icing sugar
- food colouring/cachous as you wish.
- Preheat oven to 180C. I like to use baking paper but if don’t want to, grease your baking tray here.
- Heat butter, sugar, golden syrup in the microwave until butter has melted (30-40seconds). Then let the mixture cool.
- Sift flour, spices, bicarb soda in a large bowl. Add the butter mixture and stir to combine.
- Divide the dough in half and knead one half on the benchtop making sure the surface is floured. Using a rolling pin, roll ou the dough to about 5mm. Use gingerbread man cookie cutter and then place the cut shape onto baking tray.
- Bake the gingerbread men for 10 mins or until golden brown.
- Icing: beat the egg white with an electric mixer until frothy and gradually add sifted icing sugar. Beat between addition until stiff peaks form. Then add food colouring if you want.