Archive for December, 2017

2017, December 29

Happy New Year, the travel writer’s way

It’s been three years since my boyfriend and I started travelling over our New Year’s holiday time. We are currently enjoying Skopje, Macedonia.

I still want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and wonderful 2018 ahead – the travel writer’s way.

Go on over to Milliver’s  Travels to read about our New Year’s Eve, 2015 trip in my travel article, “Spending New Year’s Eve in Budapest, Hungary”. You won’t regret it.
Happy 2018, everyone!


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2017, December 22

Merry Christmas, the travel writer’s way

This Christmas, I want to highlight a couple of awesome pictures my friends took. 

So if you want, go read my short article, “Funky Decorations: Holiday wishes, the travel writer’s way” over on Milliver’s  Travels to see them.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

2017, December 15

Broke the BF ice skating

To the question “What have you been up to last ice skating season?”, the answer is “I broke the BF.”

He was already off from work, while I would be off starting two days later. However, I figured taking a break and going with the BF to run an errand, we could stop at the ice rink together. He liked the idea.

We were on the ice for about 15 minutes. He fell a couple of times, but was fine. Then I turned around for a minute, and he fell again, hitting his head.
He was fine, nothing major… but to this day, and probably until his last day on Earth, has a scar from the cut he got next to his right eyebrow.
It bled a bit back then, because of the sensitive area it is in, but hasn’t swollen, which was good. He kept saying that I should go skate more, he’s fine, and I kept saying “No, we really need to go sit you down. Besides, you might scare the children skating around us!” I am not even kidding – a mob of children have gathered around him in no time asking what happened and if there were any gory details to it…
I know logically it’s a natural thing to fall on ice, and he’s still being cute making jokes about it and not blaming me or anything, but oh well.

I haven’t asked him to come with me again after that day. Nor did I ask anyone else. I went alone, one session almost every week of the season.

This season? I’m going alone still! We’ll just have squash, hiking and cycling as sports activities to do together.

2017, December 8

Winter in a jar

For this Winter, I had to decorate the apartment very simplistically. That was pretty much the case since 2014 truthfully, ever since we had a very curious kitten underfoot. The next kitten is even more energetic. Didn’t thought that possible, but oh well. Simple decorations it is, so I decided on jar ornaments. I crafted something like it for last Fall and I love the way these Winter ones turned out!

Winter in a jar

jar with a lid, to your liking in size
Winter-themed items to place inside
tissue paper
crafting paper

Wash your jar(s) out well, and remove any labels from its side. Mine were huge pickle jars which I wrapped in a wet towel to soften the labels, then ran them under the tap and used a kitchen brush to rub the labels and adhesive off.
Let dry thoroughly.

Once dried, start adding Winter-themed items into the jar. I made two jars.
In one of the jars I placed red tissue paper, a fairy ornament I received for Christmas a few years back from a dear friend (from Soul Silver by Sally Sutherland), and a car driving home a pine tree. The latter I made myself by placing a cute ribbon around a craft pine tree, then gluing it onto the roof of the car.
Into the other jar, I added a string of battery-operated white yarn-ball lights and covered its on/off switch with some more red tissue paper.

Screw on the jar’s lid.
Mine weren’t a single color, so I cut out and glued on a round piece of crafting paper to cover up the pickle brand’s name on the jar lids.

Place your jar on a side table or where ever you like, and enjoy the Winter decor.

Happy crafting ;)

2017, December 1

Curious Holiday List time

As I did when first introducing this cute little idea-book years ago, I’ll share one of the list titles from the book and the content I came up with. Then, You let me know in the comment section what Your lists would look like.

I opened the book to page 109 and then chose the upper-right title, from the chapter “Lists for Holidays”.

I really have no clue what words might actually be uttered at a Shakespeare Society holiday party, but the below were the quotes I thought of when associating Shakespeare and the holiday season.

Quotes uttered at a ‘Shakespeare Society’ Holiday Party:

  • At Christmas I no more desire a rose
    Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
    ~Love’s Labours Lost (Act 1, Scene 1)
  • I see the trick on’t: here was a consent,
    Knowing aforehand of our merriment,
    To dash it like a Christmas comedy:
    Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany,
    ~Love’s Labours Lost (Act Five, Scene 2)
  • SLY. Marry, I will; let them play it. Is not a comonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling-trick?
    PAGE. No, my good lord, it is more pleasing stuff.
    ~The Taming of the Shrew (Intro, scene 2)
  • Have I lived to be carried in a basket, like a
    barrow of butcher’s offal, and to be thrown in the
    Thames? Well, if I be served such another trick,
    I’ll have my brains ta’en out and buttered, and give
    them to a dog for a new-year’s gift…
    ~Merry Wives of Windsor (Act 3, Scene 5)

Our modern conception of Christmas is more tied to “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens rather than Shakespeare.

Back in the court of Elizabeth I, Christmas and New Year weren’t celebrated as we do today.
Christmas was popularized in England when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert started following many of the German Christmas traditions about 200 years after the death of Shakespeare.

Your turn. Ready? Go! :)

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