Usually I manage my time really well. I can pretty much squeeze anything I need to do into a day, sometimes to my own detriment, but hey, I get stuff done! The last month I have been MIA as I have been putting all my focus into one area of my life and neglecting others. Needless to say, documenting my 100 Happy Days has kinda been put on the back-burner much to my annoyance. I’ve still been posting on Instagram, but my weekly roundups have been experiencing a severe drought! Those of you who know me know that I spend WAY too much of my time setting challenges for myself and making sure I complete them. When I don’t, or hit a bump in the road, it really grates me. This time, I’m not going to let it get to me (….that much). I’m just going to pick up and carry on where I left off. So where were we… oh yes, Day 26….
Day Twenty-Six. Tuesday, 18th February. My little sister Harriet turned 18 on New Years Day and because I live an hour away, I actually hadn’t seen her since Christmas. So when she was on mid-term break from school, she came to visit me for a girly night on the town. Our pre-dinner drinks (above) were pretty & delicious – a mojito for me and frozen daiquiri for Harriet – her first! I may have been a bad influence when I insisted that she order a couple cocktails that she had never tried before. All in the name of research!! We ended up getting all our cocktails complimentary which was very kind of the restaurant manager. This was definitely in the running for best belated 18th birthday ever!!
Day Twenty-Seven. Wednesday, 19th February. From one birthday to another, my little brother David had his 11th birthday party the day after. Harriet & I were enlisted to help out and entertain the 12 tweens who arrived to party the early evening away. “This party is a huge deal Char”, I was told, “it’s the first party where both boys and girls have been invited since we were kids!” He then went on to tell my mum that his party better not be babyish because they were all “sophisticated adults” now! Oh k̶i̶d̶s̶ tweens! Not only did I help throw the ‘best party ever‘ (their words, not mine!), I quickly realised something enlightening. If you ever need a boost of confidence or affirmation that you are wonderful, go hang out with 12 year old girls (or boys if you are male!). Seriously. Kids are so impressionable at this age, but still have enough innocence that you know they are telling the truth. I was told I was amazing and an inspiration, and even my brothers were calling me ‘the coolest sister ever‘ which of course goes without saying!
Day Twenty-Eight. Thursday, 20th February. There is so much joy in a pair of knee-high fluffy socks. Plus anything that covers up feet gets a massive thumbs up from me!
Day Twenty-Nine. Friday, 21st February. Everyone has a fragrance. This is mine. According to Dior, J’adore is a fragrance that symbolises ultimate femininity, sophistication and glamour. That sounds about right! I have worn J’adore for about 4 years now. I should really embrace my adventurous side and try out some new scents, but every time I run out of my perfume, I panic and purchase it again! I was spraying air out of my old bottle before this came into my possession thanks to Claire. Having a bestie who works for an airline is great – Duty Free is great for all my expensive cosmetics! And it couldn’t have come at a better time! J’adore.. literally! ❤
Day Thirty. Saturday, 22nd February. I spent the entire morning organising my Dutch notes into a new folder. I also rewrote all my class notes with new pens and highlighters. Nerd and proud 🙂 I also got my mooi Dutch dictionary a few days previous so naturally it was obvious choice for the focal point of this picture!
Day Thirty-One. Sunday, 23rd February. Due to my busy schedule and the fact that I often work late hours, I have a night-time ritual that I religiously stick to. Every night before bed, no matter if it’s 10pm or 3am, I will make myself a mug of Pukka Night Time Tea and I’ll read for 30 minutes (on this night it was Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina) I often finish work quite late and it is impossible to automatically switch off and go to sleep. I need to rewind and reflect on my day while also feeling like I’ve done something for my soul. There’s nothing more soul enriching to me than a good book. If I didn’t have this routine, I honestly think I wouldn’t wake up feeling calm and refreshed after only 5 hours sleep 😛
Day Thirty-Two. Monday, 24th February. Nothing beats the Monday Blues more than homemade macaroons ou des macarons maison comme disent les francais! One of my colleagues never ceases to amaze me with her delicious baked treats. With a French husband, it is no surprise that she has gotten into baking some French delicacies. Her macaroons could give Ladurée a run for it’s money and this was confirmed by our French Sommelière!! And the craziest thing of all, this was her first time making them. C’est dingue!
Day Thirty-Three. Tuesday, 25th February. It is no secret that I am a fan of wine. Red wine preferably. I was searching for a new Pinot Noir to try when I came across this. Wine from the Republic of Macedonia. It didn’t even matter what the grape was, I was simply so fascinated that this Eastern European country was producing wine that I wanted to try it out. What did I learn? That Macedonian wine does not disappoint (if you like Syrah/Merlot) and that Macedonian’s are marketing geniuses creating a very attractive bottle which initially caught my eye in the first place! It was a very educational and tasty happy moment for me!
Day Thirty-Four. Wednesday, 26th February. Somedays at work are very serious. Others are a little bit more playful. Take this Wednesday for example. A colleague & I were folding napkins in a new pretty way. The thing is that I couldn’t see the prettiness in this napkin at all. Every time I looked at it, I saw an evil duck. Now imagine 40 of these staring at you. I was literally on the floor laughing. Please tell me if you see Dr Evil Duck too and that I’m not quackers! Sorry…!!
Day Thirty-Five. Thursday, 27th February. Happy moments with your best friend need no explanation. We were both up too late and had to be up far too early. Both far too hyper and giggly to end the conversation first but one of us had to. The only acceptable way to officially end it was the above and we both went to sleep laughing!
Day Thirty-Six. Friday, 28th February. Cupcakes. On a shower cap. Making second day hair deliciously fun!
Day Thirty-Seven. Saturday, 1st March. I had to check my Instagram to remember why I posted this. This was a BUSY week. Much busier than usual. I finally took the time to register the compliments that I had been getting about my smiling disposition, positive attitude and patient way with people. Instead of being typically Irish and muttering a self-depreciative comment in response, I owned the compliments! It was empowering to simply say thank-you and actually believing for once the kind words that people were offering. I am a firm believer that you cannot depend on anyone to be truly happy. Happiness comes from within. Happiness is motivation. Happiness is beauty! I think Roald Dahl put it best when he wrote:
‘If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.‘
Until the next time (which will be a lot sooner than the last time!)