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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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.

An October visit from Mum

My mum came to visit us for two lovely, glorious weeks in October. I miss her so much and I hate that we live so far apart so we made the most of every day we had together.

We were lucky because the weather was great almost every day and we did so much in the two weeks she was here.

 

It was great spending time with her and catching up. In the gorgeous weather we went on several lovely walks in the autumn sun.

 

We also went to the zoo and ‘climbed’ Calton Hill for some great views and to find out why Edinburgh is called ‘The Athens of the North’.  

It’s always strange when you have visitors that it feels like you see the city you live in, in a completely different light as you take time to look at things that you normally just routinely walk past.

We chatted, laughed, played games, and sadly, after two weeks it was time to say goodbye.

Let me just say, I love my mum and I can’t wait to spend time together again soon!

 

When You’re Busy Making Other Plans

Why another blog? Why now? These are the two obvious questions I and others may ask when encountering this little corner of the internet I have created. They are very good questions and the answers are frustratingly obscure but ultimately fitting for this phase in my life.

And life is what it is all about, ‘it’ being this blog and everything really. I am about to enter what I feel may be one of the most uncertain stages of my life so far. Up until this point it seemed there was a map I could follow: Kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, university. But then? What then? It is this uncertainty that has prompted me to write a blog in an attempt to make sense of it all. Writing has always been my way of trying to understand the world. When I put things down on a page (even a virtual one) it seems that at the very least I have been able to articulate some of my thoughts, even if they do not immediately provide answers. Writing is also something that will occupy a large part of my time in the upcoming year, and I hope that this blog will enable me to chronicle my adventures, literary and otherwise.

In addition, this blog exists as a point of contact to other people, as I remain far away from my family, and as many of my friends scatter to far off places, I liked the idea that I could use this blog to create snapshots and impressions of what I am up to and hopefully remain connected to people, wherever we may roam.

John Lennon (and others) said, ‘life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’. John and the other Beatles have always provided me with words of wisdom, in moments that were happy, sad, funny, angry, and, indeed, uncertain, and in my life I’ve loved them all. So it seemed fitting to create the title of this blog with a Beatle in mind. But really it is the philosophy of the above quotation that I hoped would go some way to explaining the intention of this blog. Life passes by in an instant if we’re not careful, these past four years have taught me that more so than anything else. One moment you can be packing your suitcase and moving to another country, and the next moment you can be looking around you with just one question circling round your mind, ‘Has it really been four years?’ As these impressions dash past you, it can be a challenge at times to take a minute to stand and stare and really appreciate what is happening.

So in summary, I suppose that is what this blog is about. I feel it will allow me to preserve some of the moments that happen in life while I am busy making plans. It will be a place where I can capture my thoughts, and depict what I am doing and the things that life throws at me. In knowing that I now have a place to store all these memories, I hope that this blog will one day provide an opportunity to reminisce about these days, but in the meantime I believe it will be a part of what will enable me to to just . . .

keep on loving,

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aAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAA and keep on living!

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