Hey all! Sorry for not posting, I meant to schedule some posts but I was incredibly busy this month. I’ll tell you all what happened 🙂
I had a great day celebrating my dad’s and boyfriend’s parents
My dad’s birthday is on January 12th, his mom’s on January 13th and his dad’s on January 15th. So, to celebrate, we thought we’d take them to the Escher museum in The Hague. It was a lovely day, and the museum was really beautiful. I found a gift for my mom’s birthday (my parents are divorced so I didn’t take them both but I know she likes Escher as well), and then back home we cooked and ate, and had a great time. We all had a great day and I’m glad to see our parents going along so well with each other 🙂
The new semester began, and college life is as busy as always 😦
Hurray! Our year is split in two semesters, like most people. One semester has two kind of “blocks” with 10 weeks each. Well, the first week of February, the 2nd semester started, which meant only the people who really wanna finish this studies are left. If you stop college before March 1st, you get half of your money back, so we are left with about 50 out of 130 people. Yay..?
It was really busy again, and the classes are getting more difficult. I have to work really hard as always and it’s still not getting easier to keep caught up with all my homework. However, I’m still trying my best, and working with my doctor and coach on ADHD medication to find the dose that works for me 🙂
Besides that, college is taking quite the toll on me and I ended up in one of my worst moods yet. I cried a lot, noticed that I was arguing more and less at the same time (as in, getting upset but not telling my boyfriend why and then being more upset because he wasn’t being supportive because he literally didn’t know), and overall it hadn’t been the best few weeks.
Next to those things I wanted to finish the project I’m working on before the deadline and some of my teammates didn’t deliver their work on time so I was just waiting for that and then on Friday, 2 hours before the deadline, I decided I wasn’t gonna wait any more so I worked for the full 2 hours on my part, and it all stressed me out a lot.
I was ready for a vacation, and a long one at that. I only got a week off, but luckily, it worked out well and I’m (kind of) ready to get back!
I went on vacation with my in-laws!!
As for good news, the last week of February (the week I didn’t post at all), I was on vacation. I finally had time to come along, as I was invited last year to come along to England, 3 weeks before they actually went.. yeah, not enough time to ask off with work xD In October, they had a nice vacation home too, but I was away with my dad the whole week, so this time I could finally go! It was really busy, we were with 8 adults and 3 kids (8, 5 and 3 years old), all in one house. It meant getting woken up at 7am by the kids playing and making a lot of noise in the living room, it meant a lot of people together always, it meant a lot of business, and tiredly hanging on the couch every night when the kids had gone to bed, but it also meant a great week, lovely views, walks, museums and a lot of good things.
It was amazing to be with my family, to be accepted so well, and to fit in this well ❤ I loved doing the things together, and taking the kids to lovely things. We went to a bookstore, the woods, and some museums that were really nice. I didn’t have any wifi, hence the not posting for a week, and I didn’t have the energy either, if I’m honest ^^; kids are really nice but so tiring haha
We booked our vacation for the summer holiday!!
My boyfriend has been wanting to take me to the Lake District for so long, and as I’ve said before, last year I was actually invited but I couldn’t ask a week off on such short notice considering I worked 50hours a week. So last year, we’ve started to save a little each month and now we finally booked our entire vacation! After a lot of evenings of searching and debating and comparing, we have a cottage in the Lake District for a week and a tiny apartment thing for another three days in Edinburgh. The homes are confirmed, and the plane tickets are booked as well, and I’m really looking forward to going to the second home of my boyfriend, as he always calls it ❤
Other good things!!!
The kid had his last judo exam before stopping his judo classes, and I still miss it every time I come along. He did the best he could and ended it well 🙂
It was also Valentine’s day and my boyfriend got me two cards, one on my nightstand (that I didn’t notice until he pointed it out), and one hidden in my bag for school. He also gifted me a clock because I’ve been saying I want a clock in the living room for FOREVER and he got me a clock with the hannibal clock as background (because that’s what we first watched together aww❤). I didn’t have time to get a card and I had a great idea for a gift but it didn’t work out, sadly, so I’ll just get him extra things for his birthday! (sweetheart, I know you’re reading this, and yes, you’re getting extra things, no discussion)
As for books…
As said before, I went to some bookstores, and one of them was recommended to me by Annemieke, I think ^^; and it was beautiful ❤ It had been on my list for a while and I’m glad to finally have been there. In Zwolle, there’s a bookstore that’s placed inside an old church, and being raised Christian, this was an amazing place to be. I had the urge to whisper, old habits never die 😉 and I took some pictures, but mostly just gawked at the books and church ^^; There’s also a tiny restaurant where you can get lunch (not sure about dinner, since we only got lunch), with a view on the whole store, as pictured. It was beautiful, and I’m glad to have been there 🙂
Last Friday, we had to leave the vacation home by 10am and me and my boyfriend went to Nijmegen for the rest of the day to end the week well. We went to the boardgamestore, bought some games, went to the bookstore, bought some books, and ate together in a lovely restaurant. The day was really nice and I’m glad to have been there again 🙂
On Sunday, we went to the American Bookcenter in The Hague, our homestore ❤ They just had their trade-in day and I bought quite a few books, so we could go for it! In the end, we bought 14 books together, and that’s quite the haul ^^; I am not allowed to spend a lot more for the next month at least xD
My haul from the vacation 🙂 a few dice, two games (Dungeon Mayhem and Tantrix) and two very lovely pencils.
I also got some books from other stores, and here’s all of them that I recently bought:
I now have the problem of fitting them on my shelves, which is quite a problem ^^; I need to re-organize but I have no idea how I want everything, so please help me out on either my Instagram stories or Twitter to vote for a nice layout!!
I bought some first parts of series (The Wrath and the Dawn, Nevernight, Nevermoor) and I bought some books to finish or almost finish series (War Storm, On The Come Up, Legendary, The Outcast, The Empress) and I’m very happy to say I finally found some nice priced editions of Sullivan’s books! They usually cost about 16 to 18 bucks per book and for that price, I can buy 2 other books 😦
I’m also trying some new “children’s books” like Nevermoor and The Wild Folk. I absolutely adored The Girl Who Drank the Moon and I loved the Ranger’s Apprentice seried back when I was young. Sometimes I just need a simple tale of kids being on an adventure 🙂
Other than that, my preorders of Legendary, War Storm and Four Dead Queens came in and I’m glad to say that the first two indeed match the other books in the series (I’ve only been waiting 280 days for both books, when all the other editions had been out for weeks 😅) I’m very keen on getting matching books xD as goes for Defy The Stars, a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite a bit but my local store had the big edition of the first book and this edition of the second so when I found this edition of the first in Zwolle I immediately bought it!
As for reading, I only read two books this month, one was Alice by Christina Henry, which wasn’t really my thing, and Rite of Passage, a Supernatural book that I quite liked! It made me miss the TV series though, which I stopped watching a few years ago. I am also halfway through The Mechanical and I’m definitely liking that one! Reviews for these books will be up later of course 🙂
What did you all do in February? What did you read and buy? Do you have insight on how to organize my shelves??? Tell me in the comments!
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