Valentine’s Weekend

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With us both being insanely busy it seemed as if Valentine’s Day just suddenly arrived without much forewarning. But it’s important to make time for the important stuff. So without any time to plan anything we just decided to have a weekend filled with things we like.

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We watched football, went out for delicious lunches, got our favourite cupcakes, talked, chatted, laughed, and watched the Lego Movie (so much fun!).

It goes to show you don’t have to come up with huge convoluted plans to have a nice weekend together if you just enjoy each other’s company.

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Birthday Celebrations

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This week we celebrated Fraser’s birthday. Unfortunately he had to work on his actual birthday, which was on a Tuesday, so we just had a mini celebration in the evening, and saved the rest for the weekend.

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But I decided to surprise him with a birthday cake when he came home. It may not look like a masterpiece, I was just glad when I managed to get the sprinkles in the shape of a ’23’.

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The all important wish-making-candle-extinguishing procedure.

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And then cake consumption.

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The rest was saved for a celebratory day on Saturday, where we enjoyed some of Fraser’s favourite things. Such as a lovely breakfastSAM_1450 SAM_1452

A lovely afternoon with some coffee and cupcakes, in a gloriously sunny Edinburgh.

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Presents, cinema and dinner at Fraser’s favourite restaurant in the evening.

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Being 23 really isn’t so bad.

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A (not so nice) surprise

Wow, so, it’s been a busy few weeks, I’ve been working away on finishing my book (more on that another time). There has been so much happening that I haven’t had any time to do some blog updates. Not to worry though, I had anticipated a particularly nice weekend, Fraser and I had all sorts of plans, I’d have time to catch up on some things I had pushed aside during the week, but all in all it would be a relaxing weekend.

Well, you know those days when you wake up on a Saturday, think about all the pleasant things you have planned for the day, think about how you’ll take it easy in the morning, just have a cup tea, read the newspaper online…. and then it starts raining in your flat? No? Never happened to you? Well, it had never happened to me until Saturday. But sure enough, when I went into our bedroom after breakfast, the sky was happily raining, through the ceiling into our bedroom.

Yes, this was what ruined all our plans on Saturday:

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We had to wait in to try and get someone to come round and have a look at it, but of course at a weekend everyone is unavailable…it all just dragged on.

So, we didn’t get to do any of what we had planned to do, but we generally know how to make the best out of an annoying situation. Considering how rainy it was outside we consoled ourselves with some hastily prepared but very nice lunch,

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lots of biscuits and coffee,

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Fraser’s mac and cheese for dinner,

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and just generally enjoying our time together. Now that Fraser is working we very rarely get the chance for a lazy day, lying on the couch watching TV. So our cloud did have a silver lining (and lots of rain).

By Sunday it had stopped raining in our room but the weather hadn’t really improved. Not that that mattered, we decided to go to the cinema and out for lunch and to then enjoy the final day of the premier league season from the comfort of our warm home.

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It was a fun walk through misty Edinburgh (less fun when you remember that it’s May, but interesting to say the least).

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We really enjoyed the film (the new Star Trek film, in case you were wondering). There is something a little bit special about going to the cinema in the morning.

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Then we went for a short walk (through still misty Edinburgh) to one of our favourite places for lunch.

^^^^Hmmm what should I have?

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A lovely lunch, great afternoon of football, and ultimately a good end to a slightly turbulent weekend.

Update: It has not rained in our flat since Saturday and today someone finally came to have a look at it, so hopefully there will be no more weather related surprises in the flat for a while.

Hello Edinburgh!

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So I’ve been back in Edinburgh for a week now, and despite really missing my family, it does feel good to be back. Mainly it was nice to be reunited with Fraser. I was lucky to be greeted with a truly glorious spring day the day after my return, and Fraser and I decided to make the most of it.

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We went for a walk in the lovely sunshine and stopped off to buy some of our favourite coffee (Guatemalan Elephant, in case you were wondering).

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We took our time, catching up, chatting and enjoying the fact that spring had finally arrived after a long, cold winter.

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Eventually we felt hungry and so stopped off at Bibi’s Bakery for some of their amazing and delicious cupcakes. It’s a treat we don’t often allow ourselves but when we do, we are always reminded of just how great their little bakery is and just how fantastic their cupcakes are.

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As it was getting late and we still had plans for the evening we decided to head home to devour our cupcakes. It was a lovely late afternoon, still sunny and warm.

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Being home meant cupcake eating time, and oh, were they good!

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A chocolate-orange and a smarty cupcakes for me, and a lemon and a nutella cupcake for Fraser.

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By the evening it was time to head out again as the sun set over the city.

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We rounded off the evening with some tapas in a restaurant we hadn’t been to before, (where we seemed to disappoint the waiter that the ‘Shearer’ reservation was not, in fact, for Alan Shearer). Followed by a trip to the cinema.

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It’s good to be back, Edinburgh, please stay sunny for a little while so we can continue to enjoy you. Thank you!

Valentine’s

Just a little post about Valentine’s Day. We kept it simple, we really just wanted to spend the day together. So we had a lazy morning, opening a few presents.

I got a sweet card from Fraser.

We went for a little stroll through town on an exceptionally sunny winter’s day.

After a fun trip to the cinema we rounded off the evening with dinner at our favourite tapas place.

A happy Valentine’s Day!

4 Years

Earlier this month we had our 4 year anniversary. Unfortunately it coincided with my body becoming completely pathetic and totally succumbing to the flu. Understandably I was in no mood to celebrate so we just decided to mark the occasion when I was feeling better. We tend to not have any kind of huge lavish celebration on our anniversary, preferring instead to just choose something where we can spend time together and enjoy each other’s company.

We went out for a walk in the afternoon and then went to our favourite Italian restaurant. Realising that despite having been there many times, neither of us had ever had a pizza from that restaurant we decided to each pick a pizza. And oh was THAT a good choice! Cue a meal of complete delicious pizzary goodness.

Seriously some of the best pizza I have ever had outside of Italy.

Afterwards we went to the cinema to see The Impossible (I would highly recommend it if you don’t mind snivelling your way through most of the film; it is very emotional but brilliantly acted).

I know I can’t put into words how happy the past 4 years have made me so I won’t try. I will just say that I am looking forward to many more wonderful years together.

Pre-celebrations

So far Fraser and I have always spent Christmas day apart. It can be very difficult but it is important to both of us to see our families at Christmas. But we have always made sure that we have our own Christmas day (or pre-Christmas) before I fly off home. And this year was no exception, we had a wonderful day together and did so many amaznig things that it felt just like the real thing.

It started the night before with presents under the tree.

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Then continued the next day with present giving, pancakes for breakfast and old Christms cartoons.

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Followed by a wintry walk and a trip to the cinema.

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Then Christmas dinner in the evening with crackers and obligatory punny jokes.

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The evening was capped off by some sparkler fun which provided us with seemingly endless entertainment.

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A perfect pre-celebration of Christmas, we really did get everything we wanted.

Fraser’s Birthday Celebrations

Things really have been busy recently. So busy this blog has suffered a little. I pledge to do better.

But on to the main event, which, at the end of September was Fraser’s birthday. We had both been looking forward to a day of fun and indulgence and I was excited about making the day as special as possible for my great man.

So I got up early and went out and got us each a slice of chocolate cake as a surprise.

Then I laid out all the presents. (Yes, that is Christmas wrapping paper, we figure, why be wasteful?)

Then it was time for the birthday boy to open some cards.

 

Then the moment, I am sure Fraser had been waiting for, the presents.

Including my main present for him which expanded his collection of string instruments to include a ukulele.

  

We hadn’t expected the weather to be nice so we had planned for a rainy day. And rainy it was! After a little wander through town we decided to go for some soup to warm up. It was very yummy and just what we needed.

 

Then, seeing as it was still rainy and cold we headed for the cinema. We saw an excellent film, Killing Them Softly, we both felt that it was the best film we had seen in ages, thoroughly absorbing.

On the way home we grabbed some dinner at Fraser’s favourite Indian restaurant. This made him happy, the boy does love his curry!

This is Fraser’s curry face, here he contemplates the delicious food he is about to consume.

 

And I have to agree, the food was very very tasty, especially the chicken curry that I had.

  

All in all, I think it was a pretty successful birthday, if I do say so myself, with great food, company, films and entertainment throughout.

Happy birthday, my love xxx

They say it’s your birthday, nananananananaNA, (Or, Nanananana NANAaaa BIRTHDAY)

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to my birthday. Not because I thought it wouldn’t be memorable, or I wouldn’t have fun. It’s the age. I just don’t feel 24. But 24 I am. And on the 21st of July I celebrated my birthday.

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I can always rely on Fraser to make sure I have a good time and am expressly forbidden from complaining about being another year older. I know he made a real effort to ensure that I had a special day, and I am very grateful for that. And you know what? Depite myself, I actually really enjoyed it.

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The morning started with opening cards and presents. Thanks to everyone for the cards and birthday well wishes. And to Fraser for my very amazing presents. I loved them all! That’s the part of birthdays that always has that same special feeling, when you see little parcels wrapped up you get just as excited as you did as a child.

Then one of the lovely surprises of the day. Fraser banished me from the kitchen for about half an hour and surprised me with my all time favourite soup, he knows that is the best kind of lunch for me. A great surprise as I had no idea what I would be getting and it made me very happy.

We then went for a little birthday wander and ended up at the Grassmarket at the Jazz and Blues festival.

    

That was a nice surprise. We had a look around the shops, the stalls and listened to some music. It was sunny and warm, my first birthday in Edinburgh where it hasn’t rained.

  

And THEN, it was time for what is fast becoming a little birthday tradition. Bibi’s Bakery. Seriously the best cupcakes you have ever tasted, no word of a lie. Princes Street was very busy but we pushed through the crowds to get to these jewels.

   

And then, as it was so busy, we took them home to devour them. Let me just take a moment to remember how delicious they were.

      

I chose a Smarties one and a chocolate-orange one.

  

Fraser chose a cookies and cream one and a banoffee pie one.

  

Then we got ready to go out. We went for dinner at my favourite restaurant and finished the evening off by watching The Dark Knight Rises (which we both greatly enjoyed, very good of the studio to time the release for my birthday.)

  

So all in all here’s the story, I can’t promise that next year I won’t get that nervous feeling as I inch closer to my birthday, thinking that in my head I am still 21 or something. But as the years go by it also gets easier to remember just how much fun I had last year on my birthday and that the year that followed was filled with so many more great memories. And you know, it’s worth remembering that no matter what there will always be cupcakes.

Special thank you to this guy

for making this girl

a very happy birthday girl!