15 January 2013


I lurve snow!

I heart snow. I big, cold, fluffy puffy heart snow. You may have heard this before. During the night, a veritable snow storm arrived on our shores, and now half the country is covered in a thick layer of crunchy, fluffy snow. Snow makes me giddy and makes me itch to go out and frolic about, so during my lunch break I hopped into an old pair of trainers, grabbed my camera, and ran out the door for a quick wander in the snow.

Prickly and cold

That stuff really gets everywhere!

Up to my ankles in the fluffy snow

Prickly and cold, part 2!
See how high it's piled on these little branches? The perfect snowball-snow!
Poor little blossoms. You never stood a chance...

1 January 2013

Happy new year!

That's it! That was the end of 2012! What a year it has been. For me, it was a year of discovering myself, of discovering what it is I want to do with my life, of taking chances, of making changes and sticking to them. It was the first year in my life since I was 3 years old where I was not enrolled in some form of education, and this was both frightening and enlightening. 2012 was the year I tried, and failed, to be a freelance translator. And while I know that the short period that I worked in the field may not sound like a lot to some and that it sounds like I just gave up, to me, it was plenty of time to figure out that it was not what I wanted in life. One of the best decisions I made in this past year was to stop trying out as a freelancer and dive head-first into my new job in IT. I have enjoyed every single step of the (sometimes steep) learning curve that working in IT has been for me, and I look forward to keep working here and learning more!

On a personal level, though the two levels are intrinsically intertwined, this past year was about learning to love myself again, and starting a new and weird and fun and exciting journey of losing weight, getting fit, learning about healthy living and food. So far, it has been a weird and emotional journey, and it has been successful in more ways than one, but it's one I will hopefully reap the benefits of in 2013, and in many years afterwards. In numbers, I have lost 17 kg and while this may not be an awful lot considering it took me 6 months, I would say I'm off to a good start!

One of my high-lights of the year, though, was getting engaged. I know we're not making a big deal out of it, and we'll keep the wedding small, intimate and casual, but still. It's the next step in our relationship, and one that simply feels right. 

Though I don't particularly care for new year's resolutions, I've made a small list of them anyway. Just for fun.
- I want to spend more time knitting and crocheting, taking on more exciting and challenging projects.
- I want to eat healthier, and find more easy and healthy recipes I can include in our day-to-day cooking.
- I want to keep up going to the gym at least twice a week and want to do at least some sort of exercise every day. My goal is to log points on Fitocracy every day!
- I want to work on improving my photography, focusing on product and food photography. My goal is to have every recipe or tutorial I post on this blog up on Craftgawker, Foodgawker, Tastespotting or similar gathering websites.
- I want to spend more quality time with my loved ones.
- I want to save enough money to be able to pay off at least half my student loan. This should be doable!

In closing, I hope 2013 will be an excellent year for you and your loved ones! May it be at least twice as awesome as 2012!