December 12, 2017

Christmas Mail ✓

Do you send greeting cards to your friends and relatives around the year? I personally love to send them and to receive them, so I always try to make sure I am writing a card to anyone I cannot meet face to face on a special occasion, be it their birthday or Christmas. 

As this year I am going to spend Christmas in London, far from most of my family and friends (don't worry, my brother and parents - and boyfriend's parents - are coming to visit, I am not spending Christmas day on my own) I decided to send dozens of letters and cards. I tried to personalise them as much as possible so that my loved ones will get the message that I truly care about them and I'm not sending a random card just because.

I bought a box of assorted Christmas cards from Paperchase (so cheap yet so pretty) and spent a good few hours writing them and retrieving all the addresses (cheers mum!). Now let's just hope all the envelopes get to their destinations instead of getting lost along the way - you can do it Royal Mail!

Martina x

December 09, 2017

Secret Santa ✓

This year I'm taking part in my very first Secret Santa. All the team from my workplace is participating, and we are going to give each other the presents on the day of the Christmas dinner my managers kindly booked for us. I am already looking forward to that dinner because I read the menu and it sounds really fancy - I'm going to have lobster soup as a starter, mushroom and truffle ravioli as a main and apple crumble for dessert.

The name I randomly picked for my Secret Santa is that of a guy I had the chance to get to know quite well. My problem with finding something for him was that the only hobbies and interests he has (that I know of) are not exactly easy to associate with a present. In short he likes history, war equipment and working out.

After pondering the idea of simply getting him a nice pair of Christmas socks, I came across this lovely crab multi-tool thingy while paying my weekly visit to Waterstones, and immediately texted a picture to my brother asking him if he liked it. He approved straightaway and I trusted his opinion.

A multi-tool gadget like this looks like something that could be useful to anyone, and the fact that it's pretty adds a personal touch to the present, making it more 'mine'. In fact, I would be really happy if someone bought the same item for me, but I don't think my Secret Santa - whoever he or she is - will get me anything like that, hahah. I'm not exactly known as the DIY girl, it's more likely that they'll get me food or something related to Harry Potter.

Are you taking part in any Secret Santa this year? What is your budget and what are you going to buy for your friend or colleague?

Martina x

PS. Let's appreciate for a moment the puppy wrapping paper I bought from Sainsbury's and forget the fact that you can see the reflection of my hands in the picture, hahah.

December 06, 2017

Hamilton Is Coming to Town

Quick post to say that I am super excited for the fact that Hamilton is opening in London tonight and that I cannot wait to see it a million times, although as of today I don't have a ticket yet. I am going to join the lottery every day until I win, or queue up at the ticket office on a day I have nothing to do (as if) - I'll find a way to see it, sooner or later, possibly more than once as I am totally addicted to Lin-Manuel Miranda's creation (bless him, he's one of my favourite human beings).

I have been working on a Hamilton-related project for the blog and I am pretty confident I'll be able to post it in the new year, so stay tuned and wait for it and if you like Hamilton as much as I do leave a quote in the comments so I know you were here.

Martina x

December 03, 2017

Advent Calendar ✓

Every year I make an advent calendar for my boyfriend. I always opt for a tea calendar, as he does love his tea, and I like to make it personal by adding some nice thoughts or quotes on the back of each teabag.

This year I bought a box of evening teas by Pukka and printed out some numbers I found on Google, taped them to the teabags and added little handwritten notes on the back. I taped the teabags to the kitchen tiles, so every evening he can have his tea and read his own, very personal positive note in the meantime. 

Have you got an advent calendar yet? I wanted to get the Bluebird Tea Co. Calendar for myself but in the end I didn't. I'm still looking for a last minute option, maybe from some beauty brand, but I doubt I'll get any, as most calendars are way too expensive for me.

Martina x

November 30, 2017

Books of November

This month I read one book and a half. 

The book I finished is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Did anyone guess that?

I have been a huge John Green fan for years now, ever since I started watching the Vlogbrothers on YouTube years ago. I read all of John's books and I really like them. Turtles All the Way Down is probably not my favourite out of all of his books, but I really liked reading it and I found it highly captivating, I literally (literally) couldn't put it down. I really appreciate the fact that the author always teaches me something while keeping me entertained with a curious story. This time the main topic was mental illnesses, and I found the way he describes the main character's stream of thought highly effective and relatable. It really helps you understand her point of view and her struggle and - at the same time - the struggles and thoughts of all the people that surround her, love her and would like to help her, each their own way.

The other book I have been reading is Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I read this book ages ago, before seeing the show for the first time, and I absolutely loved it. I have been thinking of re-reading it for ages and I finally decided to pick it up. Now that I am a bit older I am appreciating it even more. I love Maguire's writing style and the way each section of the book is different depending on who is narrating it. When I finish this book I want to read more of his novels.

Since I haven't finished reading Wicked, I will not count it as a book I read this month, but I thought it was worth mentioning because I'm really into it and I have already worked my way to page 209.

Reading Challenge 2017:
A book with an unreliable narrator: Turtles All the Way Down
Martina x