December 31, 2010

The year that was...2010

As usual, it feels slightly surreal to find myself at the end of yet another year. You mean to tell me the big prep for 2010 was 365 days ago? Are you sure?

Not to say that 2010 went by uneventfully, that is far from the truth. In fact, this past year has been really good to me and for that I am actually very grateful.

Here are some of the highlights, mostly in order:

  • Met the greatest boy in the world <3
  • Lost the greatest boy in the world - Rockstar
  • Got through my previous job alive....and without a criminal record - a serious achievement
  • Spent 2 wonderful months in Bulgaria (here too) with family & friends at parties & beaches...L.O.V.E.
  • Spent a weekend in Berlin with my flatmates from Germany and reminisced about exchange while partying like we were never apart <3
  • A fairly painless job hunt compared to others & friends in high places to get my foot in the door!
  • Getting the life that I want - big girl job in the big city!
  • Ditching two boys from my past that are uberly useless douches - thanks for comin' out Mikey & Megaman
  • Despite being a ridiculous hypochondriac...I'm healthy :)
But most importantly...I started this blog. And along the way I've made some wonderful bloggie friends & been honoured with some fantastic readers! Anything and everything that has happened in 2010 - good or bad - has been better because I've been able to share it with all of you.

So YOU my dears, are the reason why 2010 is going down in the books as *golden* - thank you muchly :)

I think this song is a very effective summary of how I feel about the way 2010 treated me...minus being a cash money hero with money falling from the sky while living the high life LOL



XO,


December 25, 2010


Wishing you and your families a wonderful Christmas with lots of love & laughter!

See you all when I'm out of the latest food coma!

XO,

December 20, 2010

Dear Readers: XO

Lately I've realized that I kind of enjoy my bloggy friends - that's you folks! - more than spending time with the real-life friends I see on a regular basis.

There's something off, and I always leave those interactions with a bad taste in my mouth. However I always feel happy when reading your posts & getting your lovely comments!

So I just wanted to document some love RIGHT BACK AT YA! :)

XO,

December 18, 2010

Mini Christmas Wishlist

So as I mentioned, this year my Christmas spirit has been lacking largely due to gift-block [it's like writer's block]. I have never ever left Christmas shopping this late. By this time, my gifts are wrapped and under the tree!!! Not so this year.

But i've also had a hard time sharing my wish list with others - aka my mom & cousin, who are the only ppl that buy for me LOL But here's some of the things I've been thinking about.

I decided I want a holster for my Blackberry. My Curve is the only one that doesn't just come with one and that's just not cool. I've decided on this one.

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And because my cousin is so awesome, I already know I'm getting it & I'm super duper pumped!! :)

Next I would also like a pair of black leather gloves. B/c they're classy. And I'm classy. Ok fine - I try to be. These will just help my cause!

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Also, since my constant goal is to start exercising more at all, I would also like a yoga mat.
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And that's it! I know - doesn't give my poor mom much to work with :( The problem is that a lot of the other things I want need right now I need to pick up myself. But at the same time, I don't like getting money - gift cards it really really depends - because I want to be surprised! Lose/lose sitch. Bleh.

How do you guys feel about receiving money/gift cards for Christmas?
Is the element of surprise important to you?

December 12, 2010

Holiday Spiritness

We're pretty much fully half way through the month and i have yet to say anything about the Holidays!

Last weekend was spent in a lot of Christmas tree decorating, and apparently I'm kind of pro! HeeHee

I don't know about you, but I think that spending a cold Saturday night drinking vino & tree decorating with good friends is pretty awesome!!




Yvonne's little blue & silver tree
Sunday morning I woke up with the motivation to decorate my own tree - which had been standing naked in my living room for 4 days. Popped in Jingle All The Way in the meantime - I hadn't seen it but it definitely won't be making its way onto my list of favourite Christmas movies of all time.

My big red & silver tree
By day...
& by night.
I haven't been too much in the Christmas spirit this year, not sure why. Probably has something to do with living alone. But I put up my tree, put out my outdoor lights & am motivating myself to do some baking by buying all of the necessary ingredients. Things are pretty busy though, I'm not sure when I'm going to fit it all in!

Oh yes...and I may or may not have not started my Christmas shopping. At all. And I juuust started getting some ideas for gifts today! *eek* I think the fact that I was so stressed about not knowing what to buy people also didn't help the lack of Christmas spirit. So this week, it'll be in full force! :)

Tonight I'm enjoying some Glühwein, which is a warm winter German version of sangria. Basically, it's heated spiced red wine. And I looove it. I brought back a bunch of Glühwein spices 2 years ago & I'm glad I did. Not that I wouldn't be able to find any here at an ethnic store, but knowing where it came from makes it that much more delicious! I don't normally like red wine, but I love this so I definitely recommend trying it :))

That reminds me - I really need to do my Christmas cards. That are being mailed to Europe...oops!

December 10, 2010

#FollowFriday

What better way to start your weekend than to share and spread some blog love?! That's right - there's NO other way ;)

Check out Design it Chic's Friday Blog Hop & join in the fun :)
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Also, check out her blog for some awesome blog tutorials, tips and tricks!

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HAPPY WEEKEND!



December 9, 2010

Someone Thinks I'm Stylish!

My second blog award! First i'm lovely, now i'm STYLISH?!


Big big thank you to Leanna of OMG I Moved to NYC who's blog entertains me endlessly while reading about her NYC adventures and antics. I demand you check it out, she will not disappoint! And I guess we're kind of the same - I did recently move to the NYC of Canada, Toronto. Or so TO likes to think of itself haha

So I am now tasked with sharing 7 pieces of random information about myself before passing this on to 3 other Stylish bloggers. Talk about effort! Kidding, I'd love to!

  1. I love day planners. One of the most exciting things I do at the end of each year is choose next year's "little book of life things". For 2010 it was a red snakeskin one with gold-edged pages. I was getting a little sad when my search for a 2011 one was looking pretty bad until I went to Indigo-Chapters [the Canadian version of Borders] and found a super awesome collection! Now I'm just trying to decide which one...my personal little Christmas gift :)

  2. I love making lists. Of all kinds. That includes jotting down reminders in my day planner. Thing is that I'm much better at writing shit down than I am at reading/following it. Usually just writing it down causes me to remember (a little bit of a photographic memory) and I never really have to go back to it. I have piles of lists all over my desk at work and shoved in my day planner that just never get read.

  3. I love tv. It's pretty ridiculous. If there is one tired bone in my body, you bet i'm giving up anything and everything social to go home and watch some of my faves. I have a whole new respect for the internet since streaming started. Who needs expensive PVRs when you've already got the internet! :)

  4. I have serious issues with authority. I just hate being obligated and confined by others telling me what to do, or what i can/can't do. That includes laws. Sure they tell you they're there to protect us, but really - they just often get in my way. I won't go into details, this blog is public. ;)

  5. Building on what Leanna said I love watching things live whether it be sports or music. The adrenaline of a real live NHL game is like no other!! *Go Habs Go* And although I've really only been to one arena-size concert [AC/DC so amazing] I have plans for many more, & live local bands are so much fun!! After all, it is where I met my Rockstar [who is no longer in my life but that's hardly the point...]

  6. I love being foreign. And despite being out of my home country for over 20 years now, and in Canada for over 17 [I lived in Germany in between], I still like to pull the "idk I'm foreign" card. Hahahaha But I do have a different interpretation of a lot of things, and culturally I still follow all of my Bulgarian traditions which I plan on passing onto my little spawns [if those beings ever come out].

  7. Travelling is the greatest thing ever. It's probably b/c so much of my life is linked to Europe [family in Bulgaria & doing my exchange in Germany 2 years ago], but i absolutely love love love being there!!! I've also got a bunch of major US spots that I want to visit in the near future! NYC, Cali & Vegas are at the top :)
There you have it. 7 random things you probably never cared to know about me, but have now been exposed to. It's been a long week, don't judge lol

And now I must praise the stylishness of 3 other bloggers...
  1. Bree @ simply.girly - She's just such a happy girl, I love reading her blog b/c I always makes me smile :) It's also so much fun to share our different experiences about living in Toronto!!

  2. Rach @ How Fickle Is Woman - Where to start? This gal has a fantastic writing style and a ridiculous amount of entertaining stories to share! My fave is when we realize we have the craziest things in common!

  3. Lilly @ A Pre-Life Crisis - This is one of the newer blogs I've been following but I love the writing and her sense of humour! Plus, reading her dating stories makes me feel a little bit better about my own single-20something antics!
Definitely make a point of checking out these 4 awesome ladies - they're amazing bloggers!

Thanks for the love y'all <3


December 5, 2010

Frenchie, part 4

For part 1, go here.
For part 2, go here.
For part 3, go here.

Eventually i had to get rough with Frenchie. And probably not the kind of rough he would have preferred. After asking him to leave me alone at yet another party he insisted on drunkenly pulling me aside and acting like an asshole. Which resulted in my yelling:
"Fuck off! Fuck off! Fuck off!"

That certainly got his attention. And everyone else's - everyone turned to watch. Oops. But problem solved :) Even i can't believe it had to end this way but i had been beyond patient with this guy.

When i got home, this was waiting for me on Facebook:
Frenchie November 6, 2008 at 7:56pm
ya daniela...i think you misanderstood smthg when i wanted to explain u the thing...i just wanted to say say u that we could be friends b.c. i just mean i would not care if you want to have other relation with other guies...i actually want to go out with a german girl and NOT with you...so don't be afraid when i speak to u and don't imagine that the the world turns around you!!!
so have a good night!!! and don't think too much...!!!
[Frenchie]








I told you this was a learning experience - i was one step closer to finding out that 'the world does not turn around me'. Who knew?

Also, i am not insulted that you don't want to date me. Really, don't worry. Nor am I 'afraid' of you. Just bloody annoyed as shit.

The following is a letter that my friend from home wrote on my behalf, which in hindsight i wish i had actually sent to Frenchie! *evil laugh*

[Frenchie], 

How’s it going today? Since our talk the other day I’ve been thinking a lot and can’t believe how stupid you are. I am not sure if it is because you are French, male or just simply an idiot. However, your only use to me was as a rebound from a previous relationship and that need is now satisfied. Perhaps if you were not quite as dumb as you are we could have continued to make out casually. In fact, you might have been able to sleep with me. Let me tell you, you are missing out. Please change your facebook status as we were never anything and now we are less than that. 

Au Reviour,


Daniela


By this time i was so over it though and way more enthralled with my flirtatious relations with my Edward. We had a great time in November, but once December and exams hit there were no more parties and no more flirting :(

At the official going away party, i ended up finding out that the message which Frenchie's roomie had relayed at the Halloween party was that Frenchie wanted to "take this outside" and fight Edward. BAHAHAHAHA Are you serious?! He would crush you. But he'd be crushing you for me, so i would have been down with that. ;)

In the end, i regret nothing. It was a hilarious experience, and although frustrating, makes for a pretty good story. I hope you've enjoyed! To anyone planning on going away anywhere - take those experiences in & let loose. A little bit - don't get arrested though.

But i still felt more relieved when Frenchie went back to being single in January. Oh yeah, he waited that long.


December 4, 2010

DJ Turn It UppppUpppUpppp

The playlist that has been dominating my music-listening this past week:

I love good beats to rock out to (at my desk at work) & Grooveshark - check it out!

Can I come out of the dog house?

I'm not going to go all fancy shmancy in this post because first and foremost, I want to apologize. For failing as a blogger, even though i love love love my readers! But why would anyone come here when there's nothing new? Hell - I haven't even been to my own page since the last post!

The last two weeks have been crazy with my birthday festivities and the start of Christmas things, but that's not really an excuse.

Here I'm thinking I have this epic multi-tasking, stay-on-top-of-everything skills but I have been proven wrong. When I get home from work, all I want to do is sprawl out on the couch. Until I remember that I'm starving and need to cook for myself. Doesn't help that it's pitch black so early!

Also doesn't help that I spend my day in front of computer and have had my fill by 5:30pm. But i've still been reading all your blogs! Just not commenting. Still, my Google Reader always has a ridiculously large unread #...I love too many of you? Oh well :)

This is all going to change! Blogging is the best thing that's happened to me in a long time - not that I've shown it as of late. I don't have an exact plan yet - except maybe blogging at lunch at Starbucks - but worry not - I will come up with one. Something more specific than just "I will try harder to not be so tired after work" since that has obviously failed.

So essentially - please forgive me & keep loving me. I'll do my best! *cue Dane Cook's 'i did my best' skit here* Actual post coming up soontime...

Suggestions to my work/blog balance are welcome! How are you dealing with this?

XO,