21 Jan 2018

How I spent Christmas 2017 // Dada's diary


What a lovely day is today for writing about my memories connected with the last Christmas of mine. 

I know. It took me ages and probably nobody is going to be interested in this topic, but I would really like to have this post here since the last Christmas was very special for me.

Christmas of the year 2016 I spent working until 8 pm and I was ill and I will probably never forget how alone and upset I felt that time. So having the opportunity to spend a few amazing days with my beloved ones was the biggest present of all...well, I got one special present more :-)
When I was a little girl, I used to watch fairy-tales like you can see in the picture above. What my parents disliked was this way of watching. "Too close to the television, you will have bad eyes when you are older" they used to say to me. And I did not believe them. To be honest, I do not have any serious issues with my eyes but for sure I know by now that I am going to be totally same as my parents were to me in this matter <3
The Christmas tree was built at the very beginning of December by me and Mario. I remember that we used to built our Christmas tree around December 20 when I was a child. However, I do have my own opinion that Christmas is starting on December 1 and since I want to enjoy the atmosphere of this holiday as long as possible, I have made a new tradition of building the Christmas tree very soon. Do you also do that?
On December 6, we celebrate the day of Saint Nicholas. This tradition keeps itself in a believing that in the evening of December 5 you must clean your winter boots/shoes before going to sleep and put them in front of the window (from inside of course). And if you have been a good boy or girl that year, St. Nicholas (Svätý Mikuláš) will come during the night and give you a reward for your good behaviour
And because my dad is the best one, he still saves me the present from St. Nicholas. This year I got my favourite chocolate Milka in a beautiful package. Pure love - I call these little things we can do for our beloved ones.
Christmas evening is the most important evening the year, I can say. 
Our main part of Christmas happens on December 24, around 5 o'clock PM. We do have a Christmas dinner which consists of a starter you can see in the photo above. We call it "oplátka" and it is something like a wafer. It is very fragile and you ought not to break it during the preparation. And how do we prepare it? Well, you put honey and a garlic on the top of it and that you eat it. It must sound weird, honey and garlic but believe me, it is delicious. 
As a main meal we have "Vianočná kapustnica" (Christmas cabbage soup) and fish with traditional potato salad which is one of the best dishes I have ever tried. Believe or not, I so do enjoy our traditional dishes because the taste of it is just irreplaceable with any other dish. 
And this was the very special present I got. Let me finally introduce you BONIFÁC, the little jumping happiness of mine. Since I do live alone in Prague, I was upset sometimes. Without family, friends, Mario and everybody I know well. I am starting to make new friendships here but since I spend a lot of time at work, we do not meet so often. The last weekend we went to SAPA which was great but in general I would go home to the dark room and had nobody to hug or have next to myself when I was falling asleep. 
Now, I am not alone anymore. Everyday I hurry home from work because I know that he is there, waiting for me to cuddle. I will have a post about him later, so let's wait for more details.
The rest of the Christmas holiday was so cosy, just magical. Watching fairy-tales or documents with my dad, eating and eating (I gained two kilograms which I lost in the first week after coming back to Prague and did not eat that much :-D), watching falling snow, enjoying the winter wonderland, visiting our family, talking and talking for hours and just resting every moment possible. It could not have been more perfect.
Oh, the dish you can see in the photo above is "lokša" in a grammatically correct language but we call it "lokeš" in my family. It is a potato dough just with a bit of salt and water baked on a very special pan. After baking it for maximum of 5 minutes, you put animal fat on it and salt it a bit. Just YAMMY.
The New Year's evening  I spent home, no parties, no friends. When I had a call with my dad a few days before the Christmas I told him I did not have any special plans. And he just started saying that was great, we could spend that time together and it would be marvellous and so on. He was completely happy when he was saying that. The hope which went through him that I would spend the New Year with him after 8 years was just too much for me. I agreed in a second and it was the best thing I did in the year 2017. 
Family is everything for me and I am ready to give to my dad everything he gave me throughout the years of raising me. 
And here we came to January 3 which is an important day for me for two reasons. 
The first reason is - I celebrate my name on this day. In Slovakia, every day of the whole year is given to different names and mine is actually the second in the calendar.
The second reason is - on this day my blog celebrated two years of existence. Two years have passed since I sat on the floor in a living room and started writing about everything. So, let's carry on <3

How was your Christmas guys? Did you enjoy it? How did you celebrate? What kinds of traditions do you follow? And what about the New Year´s Eve? How was it? Let me please know in the comment section bellow or let's star a discussion on my Facebook page or write me a private message. I want to be in touch with you <3 Serusky.

PS: Oh well, I realise how late it is but still - I wish you all the best, let's the year 2018 be the most magical one for all of you out there! 

29 Dec 2017

Daily pictures VII. // Dada's diary

I keep thinking how it is possible that we have another December and very soon, the end of another year. When did it happen? I think I did not have enough time to do everything I had wanted to achieve. But then, I remember how much time I spent procrastinating, scrolling my social sites, sleeping or just being lazy. And I can be very, very lazy. Especially in a cold weather when the darkness is coming so early. Lately I am ready to go to sleep at 7 pm. I do not go, do not worry, it is not that bad with me.
Actually, let's put my cards on the table. There is just one reason why I do not go to sleep that early. The new episodes of the second season of The Crown were launched not a long time ago. And I love The Crown, it is just marvellous.

Today I have a random post and I am going to share some photos with small stories within. I was told by one of the biggest quotes´ narrators (for me) that:
Life is made of small moments like this. by Above & Beyond
Šarynko is getting older I must say. He almost does not hear, he becomes tired more often and he has started be really scared when he finds out he is alone in a room, not even in a house. So, he needs to be with at least two people all the time otherwise he is in a small depression. I know this is quite normal and be honest, he is 15 years old. But he used to be my little baby, my best friend, my hero. And now, I have to see him while his time is slowly ticking to the very end. However I strongly hope, he can make it for a few more years. God wish him good health, he deserves it the most.
I try to get home from Prague every 3-4 weeks. This was my travel from Prague at the end of the previous month and I saw the snow, met almost my whole family and spend happy days with them. I missed snow the last year. The last year's Christmas I spent in UK, Mario was working, I was working. I remember when I had got out of the work, I started crying. I did not go directly home, instead of that I went to Mario's working place with huge tears falling down on my face. It is such an injustice that sometimes you cannot get home to be with your family especially during Christmas because you have to work. At least I helped about 35 people with my working during that Christmas time.
Because we are as we are. Weird and wild, I would say. Also serious and responsible. You might think - this does not go together.
I say it does go together. I would probably hate myself if I was just one side person. Nothing surprising, still the same behaviour, I would feel empty. I am so thankful I have more sides of me. Happy and having fun Dada, serious and adult Dada, sad and sometimes screaming Dada, crying and thankful Dada, ambitious and self-loving Dada, tired or full of energy Dada,... and I could continue. 
I miss this little dog every day. It kills me that I cannot spend my time with him but on the other side I know how he needs to stay in Slovakia, that he cannot go with me. But it will not change my feelings. I feel horrible sometimes. Like I left him, just spread my wings and flew away from him. And yeah, it is true. The truth is - I had to leave, I had to come to Prague and give up my doggy again. He could not be here, I could not be there. I have to work on my presence and my future. This is what makes me happy. And he is where he is happy and I try to be there for him as much as I can. 
Oh, this photo makes me so proud of myself. Finally I convinced myself to try to cook vegetarian Spring rolls. OK, let's admit, they do not look really tasty but believe me, they were. Lovely meal I made . If you want to cook those lovelies, I might give you an useful advice. It will take some time. I prepared about 26-28 spring rolls and it took me almost 4 hours. But it was worth it. Did I mention they were lovely? :-)
I wish I would have been able to take a better photo of myself, holding just on my arms. It might not be something special for you. For me, this was an overcoming another level in my working out routine. I was really happy, called to Mario as soon as he signed on Skype :-D
Oh, this was a lovely meal as well. During, I guess Mexican week in Lidl, I bought Tortillas and prepared them with spinach and cauliflower curry flavoured creamy filling. I must say - those were the best tortillas I have ever tried. I have another packing in my storage in the kitchen, looking forward for what I will cook the next time.
Three weeks ago we visited Parndorf, Mario had needed a winter coat. We decided to go there during Black Friday expecting some sales. There were sales, that was not a problem. Problem was that we did not find anything for him. Nothing at all. Once it did not suit him, then the coat was not really warm (he would have freeze up in it if he had bought it). And then we found something but that was not in a cheaper price and believe me, neither Mario nor I would pay more than 200 euros for a coat. Especially when we know that the price will go down in more than half in few weeks. 
I felt really awkward and just because of that I did not take more photos of the bank I had chosen to use while staying in Prague. The building is spectacular and you feel the history there. The building was built to serve as a bank and new owner left original partitions. I could not stop looking around and I got the impression that I was in a museum.  
Tell me, how on earth I could not put a photo with Death Hallow on it on my blog? Exactly, it must be here. Also my socks might seem a bit... too much? Yeah, that is possible. However I feel much more warm when I wear my socks onto my trousers. So sorry people, just do not look at me if it disturbs you :-D
Because sometimes I want to make people around me really happy. And what is the best way how to do it? Make a cake! Well, Cinnamon rolls in my case :-D Those were for me (because I want to make myself happy as well) and for my colleagues. Life is just perfect when you have the right food in front of you.

And that would be all for today's post. See you here soon <3 Serusky