Sunday, January 8, 2017

All the news from the last few months...:)

The last week of October was very exciting for Vanyo…:) On October 27th /Thursday/ there was a Halloween celebration at his school and he was Harry Potter…:) And just like last year he got the prize for best artistic performance…:)
And the following day he and two other boys from his class were chosen to teach English to some 8 grade kids /who had just started studying English as a second foreign language/…:) My son was super proud of himself for teaching bigger kids, as you can imagine…:)

On October 29th I attended a very interesting Medical Law seminar. I’ve learned a lot and it was great to meet some colleagues and catch up with them!:)

I saw five more movies in October after writing my previous post. Here is the list: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ /this movie turned out to be much better than I expected... It was tense, thrilling, emotional, full of unexpected turns and the actors were great...:)/, ‘Jurassic World’ /not as good as the first Jurassic movie but still fun to see...:)/, ‘Life of Pi’ /to be honest, this movie turned out to be much better than I expected... Looks like it's one of those movies that stay with me long after I've seen them.../ ‘Foxcatcher’ /the movie was well done, the actors were great /especially Steve Carell who was simply brilliant/ but it still couldn't touch me.../ and ‘He’s a Dragon’ /a great Russian fantasy, I loved it!:) And it was so nice to find out that Russians have the folklore motif of ladies marrying dragons... It's in our Bulgarian folklore too...:)/. 

Minnie’s name day was on November 11th.  She brought a box of chocolates to uni as a treat for her colleagues and in the evening we had special dinner at home…:) Minnie got some gifts too, of course – her grandparents gave her money and her dad, her brother and me gave her cool Sony headphones and the latest Harry Potter book…:)

The next Friday, November 18th, as soon as we all finished work/uni/school, we drove to Bansko – a lovely ski resort in the mountains. We stayed at a great spa hotel and had a wonderful weekend there… It was an all-inclusive package and the food was so delicious that I’m afraid we ate way too much… But we also did some workout so luckily it didn’t affect us visibly…:) Unfortunately the hotel was too crowded so we have decided that we’ll choose a quieter place for our next trip…:)

On November 24th the four of us attended a very special event – the presentation of a CD with orthodox music – ‘Voice of an Angel’ at the big hall of the University of Sofia. My cousin Plamen /the opera singer/ was the soloist and he was amazing!:) We were all so proud of him!:)

I saw ten movies in November: ‘The Lego Movie’ /great movie!:) I loved it!:)/, ‘The Keeper of Lost Causes’ /a bit cruel and predictable, but still a very good thriller.../, ‘Sin City’ /quite weird and cruel but still a great movie:)/, ‘The Giver’ /I really liked the idea of the movie, but it was too slow and boring.../, ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill for’ /just as weird and cruel as the first movie but maybe a bit less exciting.../, ‘Cinderella’ /great entertainment for the whole family:)/, ‘Horns’ /there were some moments that were too brutal for my taste, but the movie was fresh, exciting and it kept my attention all the time... Daniel Radcliffe was incredible too!:) His character was complex and controversial and he has acted it perfectly!:)/, ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ /a very good movie, full of suspense and unexpected turns...:) Many Bulgarian actors are playing in it and the final scene is shot in Bulgaria...:), ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ /unfortunately not as good as the first two movies, but there were still some funny moments.../ and ‘Winter’s Tale’ /a little strange, yet beautiful story…:)/.

I have read one book in November: ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’ by Irwin Shaw. I greatly enjoyed this book - it was easy to read, the characters were interesting and well-developed, the style of the author was wonderful and most of all I liked his subtle sense of humour...:) The end made me a bit sad, though... But it didn’t put me off reading the sequel so that’s what I took up next!:)

December was a very exciting and eventful month…:)

On December 2nd I went to a Criminal Law seminar in Velingrad… I stayed there the whole weekend and had a wonderful time…:) It was great to learn new things and to socialize with my colleagues…:) On the Saturday evening we had a party and we danced till 2 a.m… :) It was so much fun!:)

On December 11th Minnie celebrated her 20th birthday…:) She wanted to celebrate it in Serbia so that’s where we went…:) We had delicious lunch at a typical Serbian restaurant called Lukavacki Mlin and then went shopping in Dimitrovgrad…:) It was a great day!:) And in the evening we had chocolate ice-cream cake at home…:) Yummy!:)

Minnie got some presents, of course – money from her grandparents and new boots and bag from her dad, her brother and me… In the following days she went out a couple of times with her friends and got some really thoughtful presents from them as well…:)

December 15th  was a very interesting day…:) We finished work earlier at my office and then attended the presentation of a book, published by the law firm I’m working at /a biography of the famous tennis player Novak Djokovic/. Then we headed to the Christmas party of one of our bigger clients… The party was at a wonderful, very luxurious restaurant, called Niagara and everything was perfect – the atmosphere, the food, the service, and the music…:) I had lots of fun with my colleagues…:)

On December 19th /Monday/ my husband and I attended a reunion of our university colleagues… It was in Plovdiv and we both had to work the following day, so we didn’t stay long but it was still fun to catch up with our colleagues…:)

On December 22nd my office had Christmas lunch and in the evening I met a bunch of ladies /current or ex-colleagues at the law firm I’m working at/ for a glass /or two:)/ of wine at a very nice Italian restaurant…:)

December 23rd was my last day at work and then my Christmas holidays started…:) I was off for 10 days and got back to work on January 3rd …:)

This time we celebrated Christmas in Plovdiv for a change…:) We had invited my mother-in-law as well... We had traditional Christmas dinner and Vanyo found the coin into his piece of the ‘pitka’ – just like the previous year.:)  And when we finished eating, the children found their present under the Christmas tree…:) It was just one present this Christmas, but an expensive one – PS4 with two joysticks and a game /Mafia 3/…:) They were both super excited and, needless to say, spent the rest of the evening enjoying their gift…:)

During the Christmas holidays we also visited my parents and had a wonderful time with them as always …:)

We celebrated New Year’s Eve in Sofia…:) We had a special dinner and wine /delicious Tokaj wine we had bought in Budapest in May/, enjoyed the fireworks and danced…:) As always, the children had fun with the ‘survakane’.:) The fortunes we found in the special New Year’s ‘banitza’, were: ‘happiness’ for Vlado, ‘health’ for me, ‘love’ for Minnie, ‘success’ for Vanyo and ‘travel’ for Teddy…:)

 I saw quite a lot of movies in December: ‘The Longest Week’ /nothing special…:(/, ‘Reclaim’ /also nothing special…:(/, ‘The Liberator’ /a beautiful, touching and inspiring story about the life of Simón Bolívar... The actors and the scenery were fantastic too...:)/, ‘The Guest’ /this movie turned out to be much better than I expected... And Dan Stevens is fantastic as a bad boy…:)/, ‘Men, Women & Children’ /a strange movie - full of amazing actors but slow and even boring at times.../, ‘Miss Meadows’ /nothing special…:(/, ‘Focus’ /not a masterpiece, but still a very nice movie, full of unexpected turns and dark humour.../, ‘Step Up Revolution’ /a very sweet movie, full of fantastic dancing scenes...:)/, ‘Seventh Son’ /great entertainment for the whole family...:)/, ‘John Wick’ /a dark movie, full of great action scenes and incredible Keanu Reeves...:) Can't wait for the sequel!:)/, ‘Inferno’ /nothing special…/, ‘Jason Bourne’ /it was full of spectacular action scenes but still not good as the first Bourne movie.../, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ /great entertainment for the whole family...:)/, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ /great entertainment as always!:) I loved it that my favourite Wolverine appeared as well!:)/ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ /also great entertainment for the whole family…:)/.

I managed to read two books in December. The first book was ‘The Neverending Story’ by Michael Ende. It was an incredible, thought-provoking, beautiful and touching story...:) One of those books that remain with us long after we have finished reading them...

The second book was ‘Beggarman, Thief’ by Irwin Shaw. Maybe not as brilliant as the first book of the saga but still very good and beautifully written...

Yesterday, January 7th,  was Vanyo’s name day…:) It happened on a Saturday, so we went to the mall and had a great time there…:) First we had delicious lunch. Then Vanyo and Minnie went to play video games at Playground while my husband and I enjoyed some coffee and ice-cream at one of the cafés…:) When the children came back from Playground, they had some ice-cream too…:) Vanyo got some presents too, of course – a new PS4 game from his dad, his sister and me /Diablo 3/ and some money from his grandparents to spend as he wishes…:)  

I’ve seen five movies so far in January: ‘The Girl on the Train’ /maybe not the best thriller, but not too bad, either.../, ‘London Has Fallen’ /much worse than ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ but it was still great to see Gerard Butler../, ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ /maybe not as brilliant as the first Independence Day movie, but it was still full of excitement and funny moments…:)/, ‘Home Sweet Hell’ /a total waste of time…:(/ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ /the movie was too long and slow at times but as two of my favourite actors were playing /Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill/ it wasn't too bad...:)/.