wishing you a Happy New Year! I hope 2014 will be a good year for you all. And for me. I hope that we will all find strength to deal with the challenges we have.
I guess this is the time of year for big thoughts. Mine are about living my life more intense, not wasting so much precious time. Making something of myself. I think all this has to do with turning 40 last year, it's been quite big for me. I don't want to be sorry and regret when my time is up. But what to do? I don't feel all that optimistic about the new year but who knows, perhaps it will bring some opportunities. A job. I know it is my responsibility. Sorry about this, I didn't mean to bring you down.
I hope you all had a beautyful, peaceful Christmas with loved ones. I did. Most of the time anyway. Christmas eve, which is the big one here, was spend with parents and one of my brothers. Really nice. I got some really nice presents, among them a coffee table from IKEA that I have had my eyes on for a while. It will go really well with my sofa. It was first launched in 1955 and was known for being the first furniture delivered in a flat package and that costumers was to assemble themselves at home. It's been away but has recently been relaunched. It is out of stock at the moment so I will have to be patient a litttle while longer. I also got the book River Cottage Veg Every Day which was on my wishlist. I have already marked quite a few recipes that I must try as soon as. The cute Hugh is so popular overhere. Can I have him as my personal cook, please?
I gave some nice presents too. I got my nephew and two nieces a cool water bottle from Stelton each, green for the boy, pink and purple for the girls. I'd like to get one for myself. I got Mum a beautyful scarf and Dad a perfume. For my brothers I got a nice desert wine, baked some Italian almond cookies and wrapped it all up nicely. Amazing what you can get away with with cellophane and a golden ribbon!
Tomorrow I am going to the personal shopper again, yay! I have three giftcards that I am going to use. I am excited to see what she has picked for me. Will let you know, of course.