Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday Spiel #3

I'm not going to lie, the last few weeks have been really difficult for me. Social media is a funny thing because whilst it may look like I'm having a fantastic time, I'm probably the lowest I've ever been in my life. There are few reasons for this but I don't want to get into that on social media. But I was at the point where I was considering returning to Scotland. For now, I'm sticking it out and trying to keep on going so I think it's important to focus on the positives. So I thought I'd do another Sunday Spiel where I talk about 10 things that I've been enjoying recently/things that have made me happy.

1. Knowing I'm going home for Christmas soon.
Two weeks today I'll be arriving at Edinburgh airport to spend 2 weeks back at home in Scotland and I cannot wait. Not only will it be fantastic to get to spend time with my family, my parents got two puppies after I left for the states and I'll be meeting them too. I can't wait! Hopefully, I'll make it into Edinburgh a few times too and get a refresher of my favourite city in the world. New York has nothing on Edinburgh's charm - sorry not sorry.

2. Spending a weekend away with my friends. 
Last weekend my friends and I rented a car and drove down to Virginia for a weekend away. We rented a log cabin on Air Bnb near Shenandoah National Park and spent Saturday exploring the surroundings. We went to the highest peak in the park, hiked to some waterfalls and even spotted some bears from the car as we were leaving the park. Once home we lit a campfire and made our own smores and it was great. I've been struggling a lot in Stamford and it was just so nice to get away. We also stopped in West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware and the way there/home and so I've now met my goal of visiting 10 new American states. Yay!

3. The What Do You Meme game.
I ordered a copy of the What Do You Meme game and we played it this week and it was so fun. It's like Cards Against Humanity but you're matching words to pictures instead. I've played CAH so many times that it's not as fun anymore but this was like playing that again for the very first time. I already can't wait to play it again and it was definitely worth the money. 

4. Finishing my thankfulness journal.
For my birthday, a few of my friends chipped in and bought me a thankfulness journal where you write down 4 things you're thankful for every day. More than I care to admit have been food related! Well, I've been filling it in every day since moving to America and it's really helped to make me think about the positives in my life. Whilst today was the last day of the journal, I think I'll keep it up in my bullet journal as I think it's really had a positive impact. 

5. Showing my friend Kathryn around NYC.
It was Thanksgiving recently and my friend Kathryn, who is on exchange at UConn, came down to stay with me. It was so lovely to have her around and we spent three days in NY and saw so much. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry, 9/11 Memorial, the High Line, Central Park, Newport Waterfront. We also had some relaxing evenings in Stamford cooking and watching I'm a Celeb. It was so nice to have her here and I miss her so much now she's gone!

6.  I'm a Celeb.
Reality TV isn't usually my cup of tea but recently I've gotten really into watching I'm a Celeb. I think there's something about being away from home that makes you crave things that remind you of home and I think that's what's happened here. Having a little daily dose of British accents is just what I need. I wanted Shappi to win but she was actually voted out first. Now, I want Iain or Toff to win. I didn't like Iain at first but watching him being treated badly by other camp mates and staying strong has made me take a liking to him. 

7. Snow!
The first snow of the season came around yesterday which I really enjoyed! Luckily I live within 5-10 minutes walk of both work and my local grocery store so I'm not too put out by any heavy snow. Although I wouldn't say no to a snow day either! 

8. Reading on my Kindle again. 
I brought my Kindle abroad with me but hadn't actually used it at all. I decided that I wanted to take it home at Christmas and leave it there as it's kinda heavy and I don't want to cart it home with all my main luggage in June if I'm not going to use it. So this month I'm trying to read as many of my Kindle books as possible. I've finished Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison which I really enjoyed and I'm getting stuck into E. Lockhart's new book - Genuine Fraud.

9. Fudgey brownies.
My weekly bakes for UK tv night have become one of the highlights of my week. I've never been great at making brownies but I think I've found my favourite recipe with is these ones. I like that they don't have any actual chocolate in them as a) American chocolate sucks and b) if I have a bar of chocolate in the house, I'm going to eat it. 

10. The Lonely Island.
I forgot how much I bloody love this jokey band and their humorous songs until we were driving home from Virginia and listened to a lot of their songs. We'd been driving almost 9 hours that day and were all getting pretty fed up and they just totally lifted the mood to get us through the end of our trips.

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