Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve

I can't believe I'm still blogging after that 2O14-post which literally took me over an hour to write! But since I have work tomorrow I'll write this now 'cause I have no time tomorrow. So tomorrow is New Year's Eve if anybody has missed it. People always make a huge deal about it and obviously you feel like you want to do something special because everybody else is doing something special. Usually though, there is always so much stress about making the night perfect and then in the end it's just mediocre. Not that I have that much experience, I've only celebrated New Years twice with my friends here in Finland; The first time I was like 14 so we just stayed at Julle's parents's house and giggled our way through the night, which was actually a lot of fun; and the second time I had turned 18 so my expectations were high but at midnight I got a kiss from Ella (no offence Ella, but it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for), after which we went to a friends house, drank a few shots of vodka and walked home in the rain, our feet completely wet and me feeling like a zombie because I hadn't slept in like 40 hours (I got back from the States that same day)... sooo not too perfect. Not to mention the year before that when I spent midnight trying to get my cousin out of her car where she was crying hysterically because she had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend. I literally said "Happy New Year" to a 90-year-old Spanish woman whom I had never met before. Haha, it sounds pretty funny now but it was not funny back then, 'cause I literally knew no one at the party (not to mention that it was like a family-party, hence the 90-year-old granny.) 

Ok enough about my sucky New Year's Eve- experiences from the past. THIS year the plan is to meet up at my parents' house and just start the night of there. At some point we'll probably make our way to the city but I'm not stressing it, everybody I want to see and end the year with will be there in the beginning of the night and that's all I care about. 

Me and Essi also talked about some New Year's resolutions and instead of picking something out of the usual category (like eating healthier and working out more) we thought of smaller things. I actually found most of these from e great Buzzfeed list which can be found here.  It's titled: "49 New Year's Resolutions Twentysomethings Should Cosider". I'll share my picks from the bunch:

1. Revisit places from your childhood that were memorable, whether it’s the gym you used to go for tumble tots or the pier where you ate your first ever ice cream.
2. Pick a European city to visit this year.
3. Ditch phones when you’re eating with other people. (I'm pretty good at this already but I'll try to ditch the phone at other times as well)
4. Sing out loud whenever you feel like it
5. Give more compliments.
6. Clear out all the clutter in your room and clothes you no longer fit into
7. Try a food you’ve never eaten before. (Hello, Crab!)
8. Give blood.
9. Start a Mexican wave in the queue for a nightclub (Haha totally not gonna do this one but I thought it was so funny I just had to put it one the list.)
10.  Learn to make the first move, be bold, be brave, be the first to dance, grab 2015 by the horns.
Hell yeah! Oh and nr 11:Cut down on swearing :P

2O14

I cannot believe it's New Year's Eve tomorrow. This year has gone by SO FAST, and I know I always say that but this time I really mean it! So here's a look back at what has happened:

JANUARY

New Year's Eve last year was spent literally up in the air - we flew home from Florida and I suffered from MAJOR jet lag and killed time by binge-watching The Mindy Project.



I visited Essi in Tampere and started planning moving in together, a plan that came through a half year later!

THIS was the view outside. Simply beautiful!




I was in the process of rehabilitating my foot and went out on walks - sometimes accompanied by my friends.


O played teacher & had a pancake party with my classmates.





FEBRUARY

Ansku's 20th Birthday aka. Mexico party! 


Valentine's day sitz!

Had a few board-game nights with my friends and we've played this game wayyy too many times!


Played the FIA-cup with Ella and we got all the way to the final!


MARCH

We celebrated Emppu's 20th birthday and the theme was the 90's & Emppu made us drinks as she had just gotten her bartending license. 

My foot was getting better so I could continue playing basketball, but it unfortunately became my last season (at least for the moment). Right now I'm balancing work and school so it hasn't really left me a lot of spare time, which means I haven't been playing. I definitely miss it but I just know that I would be completely burned out if I had continued.

Stood in line for the pampas nationaldag tickets. Looking at the line, you'd think it was a line for a concert, NOT just a student event for Swedish-speaking people. BUT we got the tickets!


Had a nice wine-night with my classmates.


PAMPAS NATIONALDAG in one word was awesome. 




APRIL

Lunch at Blanko on a sunny day is perfection!


I worked and saw Jesus Christ Superstar at ÅST (and became totally obsessed with the musical, I would listen to the whole soundtrack 3 times in a row...)

It was my turn to turn 20 and I threw a pretty big Great Gatsby birthday bash!


April means it's almost summer (hehe almost) and also the opening of the river-boats! I still lived at home and would eat food like almost every week, gaah appreciate your parents cooking guys!



MAY



Celebrated Vappu and it actually turned out to be a great night which was great 'cause we didn't really have any plans and big events and holidays usually turn out to be pretty crappy! The morning after we had brunch at my place and my mom and grandma were the ones drinking champagne - everybody else was too hungover.

Spent 3 weeks in Edinburgh with my classmates! I have too many pictures to choose from of this trip...



JUNE


And when I got home, I was introduced to a new member of our family: Maya Joyful! I don't have a lot of pictures from June 'cause I mostly just worked.



JULY

It was RUISROCK time and this year did not disappoint. We saw a lot of bands, got lost, met new people, shed a few tears and mostly just enjoyed every second of it!

I was actively looking for an apartment and then I found one - and got it right away!


The process of moving in began!




AUGUST

Essi and I officially became roomies!

Ella turned 20 so we celebrated with both brunch and a housewarming party!


GULIS week began and so did my time as a tutor. The first week was packed with program and I hope my freshmen had as much fun as I did! As a result of one of our evening activities I also got an angry letter from my neighbors.. wooops...



SEPTEMBER 


September continued the way August had ended - with a lot of parties...

But I also studies A LOT! Promise!



OCTOBER

Sushi dinner with Essi was a success!

I studied and studied...

But also had time for some sitzes and parties , haha XD




Visited Maya& my family almost every weekend!


Halloween was a blast!



NOVEMBER

I attended KK:s 91st annual party and the sitz afterwards. It was a very looong weekend but a fun one!

Harry Potter Sitz!

And Glöggrundan which is the last thing I'll post about, 'cause I've just posted about Thailand which is pretty much what happened in December.


No wonder this year has gone by so quickly - I mean look at all the things I've been up to! I can honestly say that this has been the busiest year ever. I constantly has either school work to finish, work or plans with friends so I have been booked and at times exhausted but I'm so glad  that I've done it all 'cause it has also been one of the best years ever. I became so close to people I care about, I stayed close with the friends I've know for year even though we've all gone our own ways, I've managed to make my apartment into the kinda home I want to live in, I have a job which means I don't have to worry about paying rent, I have a great roommate who is so easy to live with, I get to see my family almost every weekend and Maya brings a smile to my face every time I'm with her. Thank you for making my year special, people!