A special Sunday

The loveliest day out. Michael’s brilliant idea, thank you honey. St Andrews was tiny and extremely cute. Had a really tasty chippy and Irn Bru on the beach, lots of ice cream, found a few jelly fish that made me squeak (I’m not scared of deep waters or sharks but the tiniest jelly fish just creeps me out). Wandered about the streets and laughed a lot. A perfect day.

And FYI – I know I look a bit hideous in that top. Michael says it’s supposedly too big and baggy for me. Oh well. It’s got a badger on it, makes up a bit right?

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Jamie’s Italian

Best date ever with Michael. There’s just something so magical about Glasgow.

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So green

It’s so green outside. Went for a morning stroll, saw some sheep. I just can’t stop loving Scotland.

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How to save a life

Doing my journal in the kitchen in Glasgow. Surprising how I always manage to collect this many tickets, receipts and brochures. It’s been really chilly up here, left my big warm winter coat up at uni and not liking the way the wind really bites into my bones whenever I’m outdoors. They say that I should be alright with the cold, having grown up in Finland, but duh, that just means that I’ve been freezing for 6 months every year for the last 18 years. I’m a gentle, subtle little thing, not meant to survive without working central heating!

It’s been holidays. Still is till mid-February. Can’t wait to get back to uni – I’ve already signed up to join the university choir and sent an email to our art venue’s dance co-ordinator to get involved with this year’s Let’s Dance Festival. If I could afford it, I would also love to start going horseback riding every once in a while. Maybe later this year. After I get a job. Being an undergrad and unemployed is not the best of combinations.

Been listening to The Fray, Adele and Ellie Goulding lately. Comforting and smoothing, with an edge of toughness. Like it.

Have a brill weekend everyone! xx

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Let it snow

Michael woke me up last night around midnight. “Look outside!”

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Feeding the ducks

Such a perfect, lazy Sunday. The Finnish Christmas radio started broadcasting so it’s been my childhood favourites over and over again. My English essay is still missing a thousand words or so but I’ve got plenty of time – it’s not due till tomorrow 5pm! And me being up at 7.30am (as usual) I’ll have 700-odd words before lunch which for the record is going to be Jamie Oliver’s tomato soup and fresh gluten-free bread. And in the afternoon I am going to bake some Christmassy cakes. Gluten and lactose free, for sure.

Did my Christmas shopping on Saturday. I am now a hundred pounds (or more!) poorer but I’ve got everything now. Even gift wrapped the first presents yesterday evening – doing all possible to procrastinate as much as possible. Michael’s having a bad effect on me but then on the other hand I’ve never been this relaxed during an exam week. Maybe I’m just growing old and finding the real priorities in life. Liking it a lot anyway.

Also, after 8 and a half months of strict dieting and food control, I am now having a month off. Enjoying whatever I want, whenever I want. I’m hitting the gym for real and cutting off the sugar and so on again in January but now I will just indulge myself (of course, within reasonable limits, you know me) and take the most out of Christmas. ‘Cause it’s my favourite time of the year.

Have we got other Christmas lovers around? x

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Christmas – one of my favourite festivities! I might be a wee bit early this year but let’s face it, who could resist Marks’s 3 for 2 Christmas offers? Not me at least. So, I got myself a little pine tree. And some hangings.

Yesterday evening I ordered the first presents – goodbye thirty quid. It doesn’t matter, though, since I love giving more than anything. Especially when the present is something the other person genuinely likes and you can just see how their face lit up when they’ve removed the wrapping. It’s the best feeling ever!

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