Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas

My favourite thing at Christmas is picking a real tree (the tree I picked is the Norway spruce, from B&Q). Real trees have that Christmasy smell to them. I actually bought an artificial Christmas tree, when I moved into my house. Then I decided to celebrate my first year in my house, by getting a real tree. Ever since, I've always opted for a real tree. 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Facebook


Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in social media. Sharing your life with others, posting photos and status's. And then of a suddenly those people you shared your life with are no longer part of your life. People change, take note of who stays and who goes. The people who stay are the ones you keep close. The reason people left doesn't matter, the reason people stay does. 

The one thing I learnt is your past matters, people want to know about your past. I've shortened my friends list to people I actually stay in contact with, but I've never thought to look back. Thankfully now Facebook has memories where you can look back on things you said on that day. And thanks to someone who said they looked at my past on Facebook, made me wonder what things I put.

I scrolled through the years, deleting broken links, cringy things I said and photos. (A long process, but if it can make a difference on your first impression). 

Facebook has helped me keep in contact with my friend from school, who moved to Arizona (we talk in private message, like we see each other everyday). It also helps me stay in contact with a friend in Pennsylvania and my family in Australia. 

Sometimes we forget the real meaning of Facebook.   

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Edinburgh Christmas

The things you see everyday, you take for granted. I remember visiting Hollywood for the first time and walking along the walk of fame, trying to spot all the celebrity names. The second visit to Hollywood, it's a different atmosphere. You spotted the first timer tourists, with their heads to the ground. I loved the shops in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but I think after 4 visits I started to take the place for granted. It's been 10 years since I visited Hollywood and now it's a dream to go back.  

I have went to New York every January, the last few years. (I won't be going to New York this January, as am hoping to go away somewhere different for my birthday.) My favourite thing to do in New York is taking a night walk, seeing all the Christmas decorations around the City. It made me think I never pay attention to the Christmas decorations in my own City, Edinburgh. After waiting in all day to get my washing machine fixed, I headed for a walk around town.  

I walked around town trying to spot all the Christmassy things and snapped some photos.

This is Edinburgh at Christmas :

Monday, 4 December 2017

Adulting


I felt like I spent my childhood, wishing I was an adult. When it was dinner time, my dolls would get put in their high char. I always made sure my mum put abit mashed potatoes or whatever was for dinner, on my dolls plate. All I ever dreamed of, was being a mum. There's a video of me in Florida climbing a net and my Dad says to the worker "she won't go anywhere without her doll" and you see me carrying my doll "Daniella". 

Welcome to being an adult. Now I find myself excited about buying something new for my house. I still ask my Dad for help with things I need done, with my house.  

Today I had to wait in to get my washing machine fixed, after I made a huge mistake. I bought things before buying my house, as I thought I was planning ahead. The washing machine was stored in my parents garage for years, so the warranty ran out. I decided to change my washing machine, for my brand new one. It never worked. My parents told me not to phone Hotpoint, as they'll be too expensive. Most washing machine repair companies I phoned wanted £50 call-out charge, plus cost of labour and parts. I was curious what Hotpoint would charge and they quoted £120, with all parts included or £20 a month over 12 months and if the washing machine broke, you got a brand new like for like. I went with Hotpoint known the total was going to be £120. 

After waiting in today, it turned out the programe turn button was broken. The Hotpoint guy took the top of the washing machine and put a new plastic bit, on the back of the button. Welcome to being an adult, paying £120 for a plastic button back.

Friday, 1 December 2017

TGI Fridays Christmas Dinner

I find December the most depressing time of the year. Another year has went by and I've still not found the one. However my friend Stine (thatscottishnorwegiangirl) tagged me in a post on Facebook, that said the name "Danielle" will find the one in 2018. Saying that I get some of those silly online things saying "he's by your side, already". 

The one thing I love about December, is Christmas dinners. Everywhere has Christmas inspired meals, this time of year. I headed to TGI Fridays at Fort Kinnaird and had the Christmas dinner.


I went to TGI Fridays last year, for Christmas dinner and they have a similar menu. I loved the Christmas meal last year, so I ended up getting the same.  The three course meal is £21.99, for a starter, main meal and dessert. There's also the option the buy the courses separately. If you buy the starter and main meal, the dessert is kind of free with the three course meal. 

Starter
Jack's Christmas dinner sundae
Main meal
Sesame Jack Frost chicken strips with fries
Dessert 
Warm apple and blackberry sundae

The drink I got was coke. 

The best part my Mum was drinking and she can be so unpredictable, what she says with a drink. I said as a joke to my Mum "ask for the check". Americans will understand, as they call "the bill" a check. I looked down at my phone and next thing my Mum says "can we have the check ?" Haha I said to my Mum we are in the UK, not America.