On December 8th /Friday/ Minnie celebrated International University Students’ Day with a group of her colleagues in a guest house in Deltchevo /a mountain village/ and they didn’t get back home before the Sunday…:) It must have been lots of fun as Minnie didn’t call us at all that weekend /which is very unusual for her…:)/.
The following Monday, December 11th, Minnie celebrated her 21st birthday…:) She took some chocolates to the University as a treat for her colleagues and after the lectures they have had a drink or two together…:) And in the evening we had special dinner at home, chosen by the birthday girl – chicken with potatoes and creamy sauce, plus a chocolate cake!:) Minnie got some gifts, of course – some money from my parents, and a golden necklace from her father, her brother and me…:) Her colleagues and her best friend Maria /whom Minnie took out for a birthday lunch a few days later/ also had some really special and thoughtful gifts for my girl…:)
On December 22nd /Friday/ I attended the Christmas party of the law company I’m working at…:) It was held at a very good reastaurant, called Petru’s and I greatly enjoyed everything – the food, the atmosphere and the company /some ex-colleagues were there too and it was great to catch up:)/…
This party marked the beginning of my Christmas holidays which lasted for eleven days - until January 3rd…:)
I spent the first few days at home, simply relaxing, reading, watching TV series and movies and most of all – enjoying the company of my dear husband and kids…:)
We celebrated Christmas at our home in Sofia for a change…:) We had the tradional meals on Christmas Eve and Vanyo found the coin into his piece of the ‘pitka’ so he is supposed to be the luckiest person in our family in 2018…:)
The children recieved some presents, of course…:) Vanyo got the third Percy Jackson book – ‘The Titan's Curse’ /as he really liked the first two books of the series he already had:)/ and a new PS4 game /FIFA 18 Ronaldo edition/.:) Minnie got ‘The Physics of Sorrow’ by the Bulgarian author Georgi Gospodinov /as she was interested in reading it for a whileJ:)and a new smartphone /HTC/.:)
Vlado and I normally don’t exchange gifts at Christmas but this time he surprised me with a perfume /’Serpentine’ by Roberto Cavalli/ and I bought him a cardigan…:)
On December 30th /Saturday/ we left Teddy with my parents and drove to Velingrad. We stayed at our favourite hotel /‘Lucky Light Boutique Hotel & SPA’/ for three nights and celebrated New Year’s Eve there…:) As always we greatly enjoyed our time at the hotel – the atmosphere, the food, the spa and the service so we’ll definitely visit it again…:) The celebration for New Year’s Eve was wonderful too – delicious food, good wine and lots of dancing…:) We didn’t go to bed before 5 a.m. so you can imagine how much fun we’ve had…:)
On January 2nd /Tuesday/ we drove to Plovdiv to pick up Teddy and we had great time with my parents too, enjoying more delicious food and catching up with them…:)
Unfortunately the holidays were over too soon and we had to get back to the routine the following day, January 3rd…
I saw eight movies in December. Here is the list: ‘The Martian’ /this movie was a pleasant surprise as it turned out to be much better than I had expected...:) And Matt Damon was simply incredible!:)/, ‘Bridge of Spies’ /another movie which turned out to be much better than I expected... And Tom Hanks does a great job as always!:)/, ‘Southpaw’ /a very touching and inspiring movie...:) And brilliant Jake Gyllenhaal!:)/, ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ /such a disappointment…:(/, ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ /one of the best movies I've ever seen - such a beautiful and touching story...:)/, ‘Wonder Woman’ /great entertainment for the whole family:)/, ‘The Mummy’ /nothing special...:(/ and the Russian movie ‘Guardians’ /a total waste of time...:)/.
I have read only one book in December – ‘Younger’ by Pamela Satran. It was interesting, fun, and easy to read!:) I really liked most of the characters and felt as if I've known them for a long time...:) I found all there’s a TV show based on the book so I might give it a try one day as well…:)
Today we celebrated Vanyo’s birthday. He got some presents – a new smartphone /Huawei/ from his father, his sister and me and some money from my parents.:) And in the evening we went out for dinner – delicious pizza…:)