Things I Love Thursday

A Christmassy cocktail at Dishoom.

  • Lovely friends who give you food and a bed at a moment’s notice when you’re stranded in another country
  • The Crown
  • Christmas
  • Christmas food
  • Dishoom
  • My two best friends and travelling with them
  • Hamilton
  • Foyles
  • The Royal Air Force museum
  • The Royal Air Force museum gift shop
  • Prosecco
  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
  • “God bless”
  • A little book of poetry by one of my favourite poets
  • Cider
  • Biscoff
  • Eggnog chai
  • Cider chicken
  • Christmas sweaters
  • A potentially-life-changing phone-call
  • Ceramics by Tiz (gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous)

Things I Love Thursday

  • Snow in Luxembourg!
  • A lovely little weekend in Leeds
  • Christmas
  • Mulled cider
  • English pubs
  • (A potentially unpopular one): English food!
  • Finally finishing this book – it’s so weird but I’m really looking forward to the next issue of The Happy Reader which will focus on it.
  • Watching a film (Patti Cake$! It was brilliant.) and having delicious pasta and wine at my friends’ place
  • Lunch with a couple of lovely friends
  • Netflix
  • Netflix allowing you to download stuff to watch offline (perfect for plane rides!)
  • Magic onions
  • Field Music!
  • Excellent Christmas wrapping paper
  • Competitive coffee-making
  • Crumpets
  • Waitrose
  • PIES AND MASH
  • Spotting a fox
  • Sending a giant pile of Christmas cards
  • Finally compiling and ordering my parents’ Christmas present
  • Duck and apricots
  • Aeroplanes
  • Starting my annual advent calendar
  • Gearing up for the annual London Christmas trip!

Things I Love Thursday

My favourite: octopus spaghetti at Rising Sun, Marsaxlokk, and chilled Maltese white wine after an afternoon swim

  • Predictably: Malta
  • Hosting Friendsgiving again at my house with my nearest and dearest (although we missed a couple of special people this year)
  • Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea – come on, it’s the best.
  • Helping friends out
  • Encouraging message threads
  • Seeing my little nephew who is getting so much bigger and more clever
  • My Dad helping me to pack my suitcase
  • Still adoring my PPL course
  • A fellow-student of the PPL course finding out about my blog – I KNOW YOU’RE READING :P
  • Delicious hot chocolate at the Birgu waterfront
  • A very fancy breakfast at Palazzo Parisio with my parents
  • Beach afternoons (followed by a lot of food at delightful places) with my bestie
  • The Pub
  • “20% DISCOUNT ON BABY JESUS”
  • Baking an apple pie
  • Narcos
  • Getting packages full of Christmas presents for my friends and family – so excited to see their faces on Christmas morning

6 Books You Should Totally Give as Christmas Presents

I always say that books make the best gifts, especially when they present the opportunity for the receiver to discover a new world or genre. Here are some ideas (mostly from books that I’ve read this year) as Christmas present inspiration for your favourite people:

  1. A cool graphic novel: like Mooncop, Saga Vol. 1, Persepolis, Maus, The Trouble With Women.
  2. An eye-opening poetry collection: like Let Them Eat Chaos.
  3. A book-lover’s magazine subscription: The Happy Reader.
  4. A book for the beginner/intermediate French-speaker in your life: Le Petit Nicolas.
  5. A feminist powerhouse of a book: A Room of One’s Own.
  6. The latest big Young Adult book: Turtles All the Way Down.

Happy reading and happy gifting!

Things I Love Thursday

The end of a little runway in the Westfjords in Iceland.

  • Queen in concert (with Adam Lambert). Wow.
  • Finally reading this book and loving it
  • Celebrating 8 years with my lovely boyfriend
  • A panel on female leadership
  • Nibbles and drinks and conversation after said panel on female leadership
  • Buying the bulk of the Christmas presents I’ll be giving this year (very exciting)
  • Making a Christmas wishlist
  • Staying at home (and being able to) on a (very) sick day
  • Coffee and conversation with a wonderful woman friend
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Stranger Things 2
  • Panzerotti and wine (but what’s new?)

Christmas Wishlist 2017

Christmas Wishlist 2017

 

OhmyGodohmyGodohmyGod – Christmas is here. I am exceedingly ready for it this year – I just want to cuddle up, visit Christmas markets, and head over home to Malta ASAP. I’ve also started making headway on my Christmas-presents list. I love getting special things for my nearest and dearest, and as usual, I’ve compiled a little list of things I would love to receive for Christmas this year (apart from world peace, gender equality, the end of world hunger, u hekk).

  1. The softest alpaca figure/toy (which I saw in a shop in Utrecht). I need it.
  2. A scratch-off chart – more specifically, this 100-essential-novels one. I love reading challenges, it seems, and this would be pretty on a wall.
  3. The Confessions Game – this would be useful (and fun!) for gatherings.
  4. A conical hair wand – maybe this could boost my hair game.
  5. A pretty dress, like this one – always.
  6. My new nightie – isn’t it perfect?
  7. SO MANY BOOKS:

What do you think? I always have very necessary gift ideas for myself, don’t I?

Anyway, I just can’t wait to see my friends and family in a few weeks for Christmastime, which is the best time. Have an excellent Christmas/holiday-time.

Things I Love Thursday

Same.

  • Surviving an EPSO Assessment Centre
  • Facebook Messenger filters (during video conversations with my parents)
  • The phonetic alphabet
  • Deliveroo
  • Dumplings
  • Benefit They’re Real mascara
  • Getting Hamilton tickets!
  • A weird book (in English, that has nothing to do with EU law or competencies)
  • Pleasant people
  • Hugs
  • Much-needed red wine

Things I Love Thursday

Peeking out at the top of the Dom in Utrecht

  • Utrecht! What a lovely city – very Dutch and effortlessly hip and beautiful.
  • Our hosts at Utrecht – including piles of Nutella for breakfast
  • Dutch pancakes
  • St Vincent
  • Cats
  • Waffles and chicken and maple syrup
  • Illustrations of a pigeon in Giant Days Vol. 3
  • Books
  • Functioning printers
  • Sweet (unlimited) ribs
  • Red wine
  • It’s a Present (my new favourite shop)
  • Alpacas
  • Meeting an old friend for cake and hot chocolate (and doggie cuddles)
  • Watching The Nightmare Before Christmas with my bestie on rabb.it
  • A bread-and-cheese evening with my boyfriend
  • Getting things done

Things I Love Thursday

Horgshlidarlaug in the Westfjords, Iceland

  • Thinking about the peace and quiet in certain parts of Iceland
  • Sharing stories about Iceland
  • Booking yet another trip back down to Malta for November, because how can I live without Malta till Christmas?
  • Staying with a dear friend in Brussels (she treated me so well)
  • Aforementioned friend in Brussels making me delicious artichoke-olive-aubergine pasta
  • Getting a lift to and from Brussels from another lovely friend
  • A delightful cocktail evening party
  • Starting my book club’s next pick
  • A film night
  • “How allergic are you?”

Things I Love Thursday

Meeting a lovely Icelandic horse in the north of Iceland

  • ICELAND
  • Meeting my dear friend Tiara (and her mum) in Birmingham in between flights to Iceland
  • Having such a good holiday with my parents and my boyfriend
  • Amazing books: another volume of Saga, the new John Green (best), and the perfect travel book to read while travelling around Iceland
  • Hot pots
  • Kleinur (Icelandic pastries)
  • Fresh fish
  • ICELANDIC FISH SOUP
  • Icelandic horses
  • Geese
  • Sheep
  • Icelandic gin
  • Icelandic rhubarb liqueur
  • All the nature, mountains, fjords, and silence of Iceland
  • Driving around Iceland going well
  • Amazing weather
  • Lamb
  • Strokkur
  • Waterfalls
  • THE AURORA
  • Cabins
  • Arctic foxes
  • Little airports
  • Black beaches
  • A 2-million-year-old river canyon
  • Icelandic bread and butter
  • Having dinner with an old Icelandic friend and his girlfriend
  • Rainbows
  • Nora, the cat
  • Good London restaurants (Nopi! St John!)
  • Friday night London escapades with absolutely hilarious and lovely people
  • Comic book stores
  • Flight school <3