Hello my friends!

By some strange miracle I managed to survive last week as well :)

Cata got back from Amsterdam late Thursday evening and we had some nice food and bubbly to celebrate her return.

Friday was her birthday and we spent the morning and half of the afternoon together – apart from a few hours in the middle when she had to go out and take care of some business and the moving company came to pick up her things (to move them over to the dam).

My new glasses arrived (yay!) and after work I went in to central London to pick up some christmas gifts and have dinner with Sam.

Then Saturday arrived and we had two important birthdays to attend! First up was my friend Candie’s daughters first birthday and we had bought her a #pinkpositive present in the shape of a pink fake fur (as you do haha).

Esme turns one

Not sure if the big smile on my face gives it away, but we loved every second of that party and felt very grateful to be invited to share such a special occasion with close family and friends. And as you can see below, Miss E really does pull off the pink fur like no other one year old!! <3

Once we’ve literally eaten half the food and drunk half the wine (Im sorry C but we couldn’t help it! The food was simply amazing!) we rushed off to catch a train out of the depths of South London to attends Cata’s birthday drinks.

Cata and Orsi at Cata's 28th bday!

At a fully packed pub close to London Bridge we carried on drinking and caught up with friends that we hadn’t seen in a while, including Dave and Adri who we really should see more often (!!)

Dave & Adri at Cata's 28th bday

And we carried on drinking and chatting until they threw us out and we wondered off into the night to some obscure cocktail place in a basement close to Tower Bridge.

Orsi and Sam at Catas 28th Bday

And I’m not sure what happened after (apart from having one weird cocktail & discussing playing the saxophone with Cata’s friend Ed) but at some point we left because Cata was convinced there was a train at 01:06am (there wasn’t…) so we got a cab and realised we didn’t have enough cash…

Cata was not feeling her best so we dropped her and Dave off at home, went to the station to take out more money, then went to the chicken shop to grab some food (bad idea!) and I got pissed off because Sam didn’t want to eat his chips walking home (don’t ask me why…).

All in all a great day and I was very surprised that my hangover wasn’t *that bad* when I woke up – and what a great Sunday it turned out to be as well!

Decorating the tree!
We had a nice brunch/lunch and then brought up all the Christmas decorations and our little Christmas tree! The boys went to the shop and got us all some mulled wine and nibbles, and once the decorations were all up, we cuddled up  on the sofa, had the warm mulled wine and watched the second Hobbit film.

Christmas tree 2014
Then Cata and Dave had to leave to get back to Amsterdam and Didcot, and once it became dark we lit some candles, I prepared a roast dinner and Sam put up our pictures on the wall (we had to rearrange them because our new windows are so good they are creating a lot of condensation on our outside walls).

Pictures up on the wall!
It really was a fantastic weekend and a lovely first advent. Sadly no time for radio though and I’m struggling to see where I could squeeze in some time for it, but something will give one way or another Im sure.

Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Pityu

It’s been a year since you left us and I still can’t think about you without choking up and getting a heavy heart.

Everything about last year was just so shit and your passing somehow ended up being both the worst thing that happened and the turning point for it all.

I’ve never missed you as much as I have this year…

Orsi es Pityu

I don’t think it’s because you haven’t been here, but because I’ve accomplished so many things that I would’ve loved to share with you. They would have made you so happy and so proud and I’m annoyed with myself for not being able to do them whilst you were still with us

We got the keys to the flat two weeks after you passed and I’m sad you weren’t able to see my (fantastic) handy work with doing it up, as well as the finished result (because let’s be honest, I clearly inherited those skills from you).

Marika, Orsi es Pityu

I put my heart and soul into training for that marathon in Copenhagen and even though you I’m sad that you couldn’t see me cross that finish line in person, I know you were there with me in spirit throughout that entire journey.

I did my very best with that final MA project and I know you never really understood what it was all about, but I know you would have been so proud to see me do so good against all the odds. (The one thing that they can never take away from me is my knowledge – right?)

Orsi, Marika es Pityu

I’m so sad that you never got the chance to go to my graduation and to see me dressed up in the gown and hat. I’m sorry I painted my nails black for the occasion, I know you would’ve hated it but I couldn’t resist the temptation of annoying you just a little bit, even if it was just in spirit.

I’m sad and a bit angry that I took our time together for granted and that I didn’t hug you extra tight that last time I saw you. I’ll never forget walking down those stairs in your building and looking up towards your door as you were waving us goodbye. Mum was crying because she insisted that it might be the last time I see you, and I hate that she was right!

Pityu es Orsi

I’m sad that 2014 turned out to be such a life changing year for me and that you weren’t here to experience it.

And I’m sad that you won’t be here to see and experience so many other things in my life that I would have wanted you to be part of.

Marika es Pityu

I wish I could say that it gets easier with time, but it hurts just as much a year on as it did when we went to the hospital and they told us you had passed.

Not a day goes by without me thinking of you and I hope you know that I love and miss you so so much.

Pityu, Marika, Orsi

Hello my friends,

I know I know, I’ve left it way too long between the updates again but life (and then a super nasty cold) got the best of me and I’ve just been too tired or too ill to do any decent posts.

Quite a lot has happened since I last wrote here and it’s just funny how life throw you curve balls out of nowhere that forces you into one direction when you think you should be going the other.

To start with some slightly sad-ish news, I missed out on some interesting opportunities at the end of September that I was a bit disappointed by (keep telling myself that it just wasn’t meant to be).

But on the flip side of that, I’ve been invited to talk at two seminars at BCU in November which I’m super excited about! One will be with the MA students on the Enterprise module and one with the BA students in Music Industries, I can’t wait!

Oh and I haven’t written about it on the blog yet but I found out at the beginning of the month that I got a London Marathon ballot place!!!! Sadly I won’t be able to accept my place for the 2015 race due to a trip to Thailand BUT I will definitely run it in 2016 which will be extra special as I turn 30 that year and ever since I started running I’ve dreamt of running this marathon before my 30th birthday.

And if that wasn’t enough good news to make up for any slightly bad ones, I also found out that my best friend Cata has been offered a new job in Amsterdam (!!!) and will be moving there very soon!

I tell you, I couldn’t be happier and more proud of her :) Apparently it’s a fantastic career opportunity for her and even though I will miss her like crazy, I really hope I’ll be able to visit her quite a bit in 2015 to discover Amsterdam a bit more and to help her plan the wedding as well.

Plus there’s potentially some other good news to share as well, but they haven’t been confirmed yet so I don’t want to jinx anything before I know for sure ;)

I’ll keep you posted!