A Family Dinner

There is this Taylor Swift song called The Best Day where she describes different stages of her childhood, and when I look back on mine I find this song to pretty much sum up my life. Of course, there were a few rough patches, and there will always be, but having a loving and caring family means that there will always be a new Best Day.

Tobias, my baby brother, moved out two weeks ago because he has a proper job and a shit load of money, so you see, he‘s nothing like me – and it should feel weird, but, you know, I kinda enjoy not sharing the bathroom any more!

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Tonight we had him over for the first time since he moved and it was such a lovely evening. I made a pineapple-kumara salad and risotto, and it was surprisingly delicious, considering that I never cook. My family is slowly turning vegan (although we can‘t quite let go of Nutella) and I took the recipe straight out of Vegan Lovestory, a beautiful vegan cook book I got my mum for her birthday.

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I like having my family together and listening to their stories about work and friends and idiots they met at the supermarket. Our favourite topic is my mum‘s trouble with her work computer, because she has to phone the IT-company about once a week and then practically tells them what to do. We always joke that they must be pretty terrified when the phone rings because they have started giving her administrative rights, even though they are not technically allowed to do that.

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So there you go, a little insight in my friday night. I know it‘s not the most exciting thing to talk about ever, but it‘s what matters most to me in the world, and I like people knowing.

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Oooohh, and I must also tell you that tomorrow I am going to watch all of Season 9 of Doctor Who! I haven‘t seen one single episode of the new series, and you will not believe how excited I am! This is my christmas, I swear!

Lots of love from the roots of my heart!
xxx

Blogmas (Day 3) – My Christmas Playlist

I think I may just come close to having the world‘s most dreadful taste in music. I‘ll listen to anything just as long as it‘s cheery and easy to sing along. That applies to the Beatles as much as it does to Taylor Swift. And, woohooo! They both have published seasonal music!

So for today‘s post I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite Christmas Songs with you and I hope that when you listen to them you feel as cheery as I always do!

White is in the Winter Night – Enya

Jingle Bells – Michael Bublé

What If – Kate Winslet

Christmas must be Something More – Taylor Swift

Song for Ten – Murray Gold

Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

The Fault in our Stars Song – Troye Sivan

All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth – David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

One Toy Soldier – Enya

Last Christmas – Taylor Swift

The Spiritual – Jukebox The Ghost

Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano

Oh Come All Ye Faithful – Wise Guys

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Jewel

And ultimately, my favouritest Christmas Soundtrack is the Song from my beforementioned favourite Christmas movie, Three Gifts for Cinderella. It‘s just beautiful and if you die without ever having heard that music, then your life has been wasted!

I can‘t wait to see what Anna‘s favourite Christmas songs are, but I‘m sure they are a lot classier than mine! It‘s definitely worth to pop by her blog tonight and have a look! (If you don‘t know who Anna is, she‘s my blogging partner in crime this holiday season, and you can find her on www.tinytrinket.wordpress.com – her blog is absolutely wondrous!)

Lots of Love from the Roots of my Heart!
xxx

Why the HIMYM Finale Sucked

I am currently going through a rebound phase that involves rewatching old episodes from How I met your Mother (as well as drooling over ancient pictures of Orlando Bloom and rediscovering my love for polka dots!). And I know this is petty and I know it has been a while since they aired it, but the HIMYM finale still upsets me!

First of all, the series is 9 seasons long and it is called How I met your MOTHER – I was really excited about Ted finally meeting her, and then she dies?! I know this is how life can work, you wait your entire life for someone and then they are given very little time… but then why make a sitcom out of it? It‘s depressing!
And yes, Ted has been in love with Robin forever, but I thought the moral there was that even though you think you can‘t stop being in love with a certain person, you may suddenly meet someone who will make you so much happier than the other ever could. The moral shouldn‘t be, have kids with someone who can, then hope she dies so you can get back together with your ex.

Which brings me to my second point, namely Robin and Barney. Half the series revolves around these two and their on-off relationship, and throughout most episodes I cared less about Ted finding true love than Barney and Robin dating. It was so beautiful to watch Barney go from a disgusting womanizer to a caring boyfriend who is willing to commit. None of the other characters evolved as much during the show, and I this may well be the reason we love him so much. He shows us that everybody can change if they set their mind to it.

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An entire season is dedicated to their wedding, and don‘t even get me started on the emotional effort I had to go through! I can‘t handle romance, I always cry, and please, Ted proposes to Tracy on a lighthouse, Barney organises an ice skating rehearsal dinner, and BLAH! I was a wreck! So WHY do they get a divorce?! Is it just to show us that life is not pretty and romantic at all? The one thing that made us believe in true love, more than watching Lily and Marshall, and to hell with Ted and Robin, the one thing that proved that true love is real were Barney and Robin. They are such messed up people, so complicated on the inside and outside, and somehow they find to each other and they find themselves within each other – and they get a divorce fifteen minutes after we‘ve just seen them exchange wedding vows?!
It‘s not even that they get a divorce that‘s so bad – it‘s life, people split up. But there is this huge change going on in Barney over the seasons, and we start to really like him as the show goes on. But then he just goes back to his old patterns, being the jerk he was in the first ever episode.

It‘s as if the makers of the show really didn‘t want their viewers to have any illusions about life. True love doesn‘t exist, people don‘t change, people die. But it‘s a TV show, I‘m watching this because I‘m desperate for the illusion!

Now if you‘ll excuse me, I‘m going to need some Taylor Swift to get over my emotional damage caused by fictional characters! (Aside from that I‘m grand, though! 😉 )

Lots of love!
xxx