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Today I have a day off, actually I have Monday off as well. Yay!!!!! I cannot express how great that feels. I decided to do this during the week as I really felt I needed to have a few days more than just the weekend to do whatever I want. Sleep, sleep… meet up with friends, have a snowball fight, go training, read a lot and whatever else I can think off.

So here I am sitting at 11am having breakfast. Soon I will make my way into town to meet up with a friend. Looks like I will have to take the car… as the trains are all delayed due to the weather and I haven’t seen a bus in…oh… about 3 days. Hmmm might try the train anyway as I would like to be able to have a drink as well. Decisions, decisions.

< Update… several hours later> No bus service, freeze/thaw conditions making town an ice-rink and the bloody train was delayed for hours… so couldn’t meet up with my friend. Ended up getting my hair coloured and cut and got my nails done for free instead! Love going to the hairdressers and the one around the corner from me is the best!

At least the winter holiday conundrum was more or less solved yesterday. We decided to go on a snowboarding holiday together in February (haven’t decided where to yet) and then A will go on a trip with some of the lads in springtime and I will hopefully go away to NY also in the springtime. Now I will just have to save a lot of money. Funny how almost all my savings seem to go to travels.

Right, have to save my cup of tea now as my cat really doesn’t like the smell of tea or coffee… or wine, beer or any alcoholic beverage for that matter. He tries to bury my cup with his paws. Unless there is milk of course, as he then turns into the biggest dairy product thief ever. Threats that I will turn him into a warm scarf doesn’t faze him at all. Hrrmmppfhh.

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Snowboarding-powder

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So I want to go on a snowboarding holiday…as i have already pointed out in previous posts. I still haven’t booked anything as several things have not been established yet i.e. destination, costs and travel companion(s). I like to plan things as this is how I tick but I have not been able to do so in this regard as there has been a few things fluctuating, mainly funds and my dear partner making up his mind if he will join or not. Procrastination until I scream with frustration. Have I ever pointed out that I am not a very patient person?

Either way, I will hopefully have an answer next week. Now… we will either go somewhere together or I will go off snowboarding on my own. Never done that before…going on a winter holiday on my own that is. I do believe that a winter holiday comes down to, the more the merrier.

Now to the important part of this post. Where to go? Any tips for an enthusiastic but not very experienced (read: tends to fall a lot) snowboarder? I am in Europe so the Alps are pretty high on the list but am open for any suggestions (not Aspen etc though as I do not think my funds stretch that far…). Anyone who would like to join.. beginning Feb..?

Come on people, help me out here! 🙂

Mulled wine in one hand… hot chocolate with rum in the other… what to choose? Ahhh whom am I kidding, I’ll have both! Just the other day I was thinking of booking a snowboarding holiday and now Dublin is covered in white fluffy snow. Unfortunately there are no proper mountains here hence nowhere to fall down trying to board. Cos let me be honest here… I am not very good at snowboarding but I do love it.

The last few winter holidays I have spent more time eating snow than actually zooming down the slopes but I am not easily scared off. There was a time when I was younger where falling in front of all the cool boarders and skiers would be the height of embarrassment and I would have hidden somewhere. Now that I over 30… I have just realized that I already have wasted too many years not daring to do things in case I make a fool out of myself (note that is not only in regards to falling in snow…). I sometimes look back, not even talking that many years here, and I wish I could give my younger self a good clip over the head. Hindsight is a great thing… eh…not.

Ah well…sod it. It won’t change anything and there is only one way to go and that is forward. Will book that holiday very soon, will hopefully fall a bit less this time and look more like I know what I am doing. Even if I don’t, I will have tremendous fun.

Right now I will have some pizza and some hot chocolate and watch the snow fall outside. All that is missing is the open fireplace.

Fade away

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It’s Friday and a busy week in work is finally finished. It’s been stressful, fun, frustrating, energizing and a bit mad this week but all is done, finished and closed off. When it is busy but goes well then there is no better feeling than the high you can get from positive stress. It seems to enable me and I get loads done. I have a hundred thoughts flying through my head at the moment as I am typing away here. Blogging is a great way to release any restless feelings that still linger.

I have quite a bit to do this weekend as I will be flying out to Finland on Sunday to work in the Finnish office next week. I am both looking forward to it and at the same time I am not. I have never been to Finland so I am curious and since they are fond of gothic/rock music it suits me quite well. On the other hand, I would have liked to have the weekend to myself and a “normal” next week.

This feeling of restlessness could stem from the fact that I have been quite busy, drinking lots of coffee and because I have quite a bit more to sort out before I leave on Sunday. But I will let that feeling fade away now and cherish the short weekend that I have and make the most of it. Focus on some self-indulgent pampering, going to the gym, playing with my two cats, spending some quality time with my partner and sleeping in on Saturday morning.

Miniature perfume dispensers

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I just came back from a business trip and while I was away I did my usual browsing at the duty-free shop on my way back home. I always enjoy that part and often make sure I have some time to spend in the shops. After getting the usual suspects (Linie Akvavit – the nice one , cigars for my other half and sweets for me and my work colleagues) I decided to once again go on the hunt for a new favourite perfume. I actually find it really hard to find a scent I thoroughly like and that I do not get bored with.

I have long used “Contradiction” from Calvin Klein and I have always loved it but now I must face reality and find a new one as it is getting increasingly more difficult to get hold of “Contradiction” – much to my despair.

I have tried many different fragrances and it is always the same story. I find one that I think is OK, and that doesn’t smell funny on me (as that has been known to happen), but then after a while I get bored with the perfume and I wont use it again.  Finding a scent that is both nice and continuously interesting is truly hard. I am sure that there are many out there that are very much more adept at describing a fragrance than I am so I will not start writing about hints of this or notes of that. The only way I can describe a scent (apart from when it is obvious what I am smelling) is how it makes me feel and act in a way. Does it make me want to inhale deeply whenever I get a whiff of it, does it stir my emotions, does it make me smile and so forth and very importantly: is it subtle enough not to choke the air out of others around me.

So after many sniffs of this and that I have now found a fragrance I am willing to try for a hopefully longer period. It is “Forever and Ever” by Dior. So far I am really enjoying this one. It is tantalizingly delicate and it makes me feel happy when I smell it and I can’t seem to get enough of it at the moment. It is a bit “floral” which isn’t normally what I go for very often but this one is lovely even though I am certain there are others who would totally disagree with me but then that is the beauty of scents, there is one out there for all of us.  So fingers crossed that I still like this perfume a few months down the line. It is looking good at the moment. 🙂