23:20

Amidst all the events from last week (as detailed in my previous post) I wanted to do something nice for my parents since I haven’t seen them in person since December.

Our family is not big on gift giving. Birthdays were spent with homemade cakes and loving gestures rather than mountains of presents. We always spent quality time together whether it be at home or at a restaurant with a celebratory meal. As both my brothers and I got older and moved out we have been separated from our parents much more for special occasions. Particularly this year with the current pandemic it has been difficult to see each other. My brother and I live in the same city but have only seen each other 3 times since March.

I researched online for a seafood delivery company and ordered a delivery for my parents. One thing that our family can agree on is our love for fresh seafood! The large Fedex box of live seafood on their doorstep surprised them, and I got a live view of their reactions via video call. So while I am not a big gift giver, it is a way of showing love where I cannot currently spend quality time with my parents.

On my birthday I thought about many things. One of my most prominent thoughts was to thank my parents for their years of care and love, which is where the surprise delivery idea came from. People wrongfully have the idea that their birthday is all about them – I was born on this day, everyone should be celebrating me! In the past I definitely thought the same way as it is natural to do so. As I get older I know that my parents are also getting older, and they are the reason I have lived to see my next birthday. On your next birthday, take a moment to thank your parents for bringing you up thus far – it will make their day, I’m sure of it!

22:34

Thank God for a smooth eventful week in July with better weather!

On Monday I had a restful last day as a twenty something – don’t worry I turned twenty something too, my blog name will remain the same for now! Been feeling a bit lazier recently due to not having any new places to explore, so sometimes I walk around the block a couple of times instead. Last Friday my group of friends and I decided it was my turn to lead the next quiz so I started preparing for the following Friday.

On Tuesday it was my birthday! Had a fairly early start to the day picking up my friend and driving to Craigie’s Farm for fruit picking. There’s something about picking your own produce that is super satisfying! Got lots of cherries, raspberries and strawberries and also picked a mini courgette. All really delicious and worth the money! I dropped off some fruit and shopping to my brother and my sister-in-law and then had lunch outside by Newhaven Harbour. Later on in the evening I took a walk up Blackford Hill to reflect on the day and the past year and was rewarded with beautiful, dramatic skies!

On Wednesday I went for a walk in my local area in the morning, did some more work on my quiz and played tennis after dinner. The evening air was much cooler compared to playing during the day, and we found it started to get darker quicker – summer is fading fast!

On Thursday I went for a cycle using the Just Eat cycles, a short walk around Edinburgh University Kings Building campus, cycled to meet my friend and played tennis. She let me try her hybrid bike and she tried the Just Eat one. She is an avid cyclist and wanted to see how different the city bikes were!

Today I made the most of my free subscription to Just Eat Cycles for the last time and cycled to McEwan Hall. My legs are definitely not built for cycling – those hills are tough! I then walked into the city centre to do some shopping (with my mask firmly on) and picked up a few things for my upcoming nieces/nephews. Also bought two items from The Body Shop using my £5 birthday voucher as a little treat for myself. Ended up walking all the way home in the drizzly rain! After our church fellowship, I led my quiz (Powerpoint and everything) and had a catch up with my friends.

All in all, a really lovely week spent doing heart-warming things. Definitely thankful for these past twenty something years and excited for what is to come!

21:42

Just kind of dawning on me now that tomorrow is my birthday. The month of July came around so quickly (how is it 7 months into this year?!)

This weekend and last weekend I attended national and local online spiritual convocations organised by our church. I think this is probably why I didn’t realise we were already half way into July! Still haven’t heard anything from work regarding working from home again, or physically returning to the office… so still in limbo work-wise. Other July activities include baking carrot muffins, exploring Gore Glen Woodland Park, playing tennis again (now that the weather is better), and making use of the free Just Eat cycles!

I’ve never really been much of a birthday person and tend to not do anything to celebrate it. Last year I was at a friend’s wedding on my birthday and at the reception they brought out a cake for me which was thoughtful. The previous year my birthday fell on the day before my older brother got married so we had a cake amidst decoration chaos. The older I get, the less I worry about birthday celebrations and growing older. Whatever comes my way I know that God will guide, and I am thankful for everything that has led me up to this point!

17:16

Apparently it has been over a month since my last blog post. I am neither surprised nor disappointed in myself for leaving my site dormant. The past month has brought challenges and numerous events into my life.

Here is a lowdown of my month:-

  • I passed my driving theory test in late May
  • I reconnected with an old friend
  • I attended the Meadows Festival
  • I ran a 5km fun run called Gung Ho (inflatable obstacles and injuries galore)
  • I attended a friend’s wedding celebrations in Newcastle/Beamish Hall
  • I sang in my church choir for our annual Spiritual Convocation
  • I carried on with my swimming and got a lot better! (I brag because I have always been an awful swimmer)
  • I went out with my work colleagues and drank too much
  • I treated myself to many new purchases (RayBan sunglasses and this Macbook to name a few)
  • I encountered work politics
  • I deactivated my Facebook account

I had a problem with my old laptop after upgrading to Windows 10 thus rendering my site an orphan for a while. However I am connected again and will hopefully be remembering to post here now and again. It is good to be back.

 

22:18

It is the first day of 2016!

I pretty much did nothing all day today but last night was a hectic and fun-filled lead up to the annual celebrations. I rang in the new year with my friends in Edinburgh where we watched the fireworks in the cold, before rushing inside to eat and play games. With my new year celebrations lasting till 5am, my 1st January was mostly spent sleeping and recovering. The ‘quiet after the storm’ kind of thing.

I hope you have all had a lovely start to the new year, and may 2016 bring all kinds of blessings! Happy new year!

23:06

I recently attended my graduation ceremony!

To finally round off my 4 years of studying in university with a celebration with my classmates, and other fellow university students, was a great and joyous occasion. It felt really good to put on the graduation gown and hood, and to walk around knowing it was an important day for all the people surrounding me.

It was also the university Chancellor’s last graduation ceremony after serving for many years. He gave a moving speech to the 2015 graduates and reiterated many times for us not to waste our lives.

Now that I have officially left the student sphere and entered into working life, I feel a little older and a little wiser. Onwards and upwards!

01:37

Birthdays are a funny thing. To remember and celebrate the day that you came into the world, to rejoice at your birth, to honour the day of your coming into the world and the years which you have lived.

To have a birthday is to celebrate another milestone. It is to reach a set point in time where you come of a certain age, a number of years since you were brought into the world. As you get older birthdays may get less significant. Parties become a thing of the past, presents become scarce and genuine birthday wishes from friends and family transform into emails or Facebook messages.

One of my good friends turned 22 years old yesterday yet she didn’t want to make a big fuss out of it, opting for a dinner with friends. Another friend sticks to his mantra of ‘Age is only a number’ and this rings true. What does it matter how many years you have lived? Does a number define a person? An 80 year old can have the life of a 20 year old whilst a teenager can live one of fully fledged adult. What you make of your life is up to you, not the number which gets a plus one after reaching a check point every year!