Friday, March 10, 2017

Life goes on...

I saw six more movies in January after writing my previous post... Here is the list: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ /I wasn’t impressed by the first Jack Reacher movie and the second was nothing special, either…:(/, ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ /leaving aside the fact that the best Tarzan for me will always be Christopher Lambert, it was a very nice movie…:)/, ‘Spectre’ /maybe not the best James Bond movie but still fun to watch...:)/, ‘Dying of the Light’ /nothing special…/, ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ /not as brilliant as the first Bridget Jones movie but there were still some super funny moments :)/ and ‘Stretch’ /nothing special…:(/.

On February 3rd /Friday/ as soon as we finished work/uni/school, the four of us went to the famous ski resort Pamporovo. We stayed at a very nice hotel, called ‘The Castle’ for a long weekend and returned home on the Monday, February 6th.  We had a very relaxing time in Pamporovo and the children even tried skiing for the first time in their lives…:) They said it was fun so perhaps we’ll take them again next winter…:) We also greatly enjoyed the food and the service at the restaurant ‘Excalibur’… There was live kaba bagpipe performance and a singer of traditional songs from the Rhodope region every evening at the restaurant, such an incredible experience! :) 

The law firm that I’m working at gave us multisport cards in late January. So since the beginning of February I started going to zumba with Minnie and we’re both enjoying it very much…:)

My mother celebrated her 70th birthday on February 11th … My parents invited us at a very nice restaurant in Plovdiv, called ‘Riviera’ /the same place they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May/. My aunt /dad’s sister/ was there too with her husband. We had a wonderful evening together! :)

Unfortunately, even though February started well, it brought us a terrible surprise – my mother-in-law passed away on February 23rd… :( It was such a huge shock for all of us as she seemed so well and in good spirits the last time we visited her /in the beginning of the month, on our way home from Pamporovo/…:( We had the funeral on the Saturday, February 25th  and we feel slightly better day by day but it’ll take time for the pain to go away, I’m sure…

I saw six movies in February: ‘Unfinished Business’ /it wasn't a masterpiece, and there were some really silly moments, but I greatly enjoyed the idea of the movie and its positive message.../, ‘Cake’ /a very sad and depressing movie but Jennifer Aniston and Adriana Barraza were simply brilliant! Two thumbs up for both of them!/, ‘American Sniper’ /a really good movie but very sad and depressing as well.../, ‘Paddington’ /I just loved this movie - it was sweet, touching and funny...:) And the bear is simply adorable...:)/, ‘Loitering with Intent’ /a total waste of time…:(/ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ /great movie, I loved it:)/.

I read three books in February. The first one was ‘Tales’ by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It was the 7th  book of my '19th Century Golden Books Collection’. I liked some of the tales and disliked or didn't understand others... But it was an interesting book and easy to read so I don't regret giving it a try...:)

The second book was ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ by Philippa Gregory. I greatly enjoyed this book - even though it might not be 100% historically correct, it was very interesting and well written, so I'll definitely read more books by Philippa Gregory in the future...:)

And the third book was ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. It was a great experience to be part of Harry Potter's world again...:) But I still think it would have been much better if this book was a novel not just a play...

On March 1st we celebrated Baba Marta, which, as you know, is one of my most favourite Bulgarian holidays as it marks the beginning of spring…:) 

Vanyo attended a Spelling Bee competition at his school and got the 7th place, which, considering his total lack of preparation, is quite an achievement…:) He got a certificate and a bracelet and is very proud of himself…:)

March 3rd is our national holiday /Liberation Day/ so it was a long weekend… Our plan was to go to Devin /a lovely resort in the Rhodopes/ but my mother-in-law’s sudden death made us cancel the reservation… We just went to Plovdiv and stayed at home instead…

We celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th …:) I got flowers from my husband, my children and my male colleagues at work and many greetings by phone, emails and Facebook…:) And in the evening I had a special dinner at home with my dear family…:)

I’ve seen two movies so far this month – ‘The Hateful Eight’ /the story was interesting but the movie was full of cruelty and disgusting scenes - too much for my liking.../ and ‘Doctor Strange’ /great entertainment for the whole family:)/.