Thursday, January 31, 2013

This month's flowers (tulips)

     One of the new year resolutions I shared on the blog was to buy myself a bouquet of flowers every week.... DONE!
     As the name of my blog may suggest, I am truly in love with tulips, so I started the year with them, the very first of the season! :)


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My mom is visiting! ! !

.....and I am obviously very excited about it! :) It was a very spontaneous opportunity and we spontaneously took it! I am so glad she is here and we get to spend a little extra time together, especially since my lovely husband will be away on a business trip! It will be all about us girls! :)

     It is also very nice being overly spoiled these days(as if I wasn't spoiled enough already), like only a momma can spoil a daughter! Ya know... house is clean, laundry is all done, there are flowers everywhere and the food...oh the yummy food!!! :) 

     Things have been pretty hectic for me lately. We are in the midst of planning our near future and a lot of changes are coming our way(more about that later), so inspiration for this blog has been more on the low side. But I do promise to keep on posting and share more interesting news soon!

Take care everyone!! :)

 lunch at News Bar


  sunny weather in Marienplatz
 a little shopping was in order
 got home with some very threatening clouds

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Talking to the moooon...



    Yup! Here I am... another sleep-LESS night! It is 4:30 in the morning!! Buhuhuuu!!!

     Every now and again my sleep pattern goes haywire. It all starts with a little deviation from the regular sleep schedule...due to a late night out or me trying to explore a little to much into the wonders of the internet and BAM! No more sleep!

     I hate it! I hate that I don't have a normal schedule like everyone else I now.
     I hate that I am lacking determination to turn off all devices and proceed with a 'sleep' ritual each evening (taking off make-up, having some calming tea, reading a book, etc.).
     I hate that I can not turn off my mind once I am in bed. It just keeps... thinking!!
     I hate not finding that oh, so sweet, comfortable spot to take me to dreamland.
     I hate feeling so frustrated abut all of the above.
     I hate wasting yet another day, cos I won't be capable to wake up on a normal schedule!

     Otherwise, I am feeling happy, healthy and serene! :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Karl Valentin Museum

     Karl Valentin was a great Bavarian comedian, actor and producer. He is remembered as the 'Charlie Chaplin' of Germany and his humor and sayings are still famous today!

     We visited the museum dedicated to this personality and were very impressed with the way everything is preserved and presented. The greatest surprise was discovering this treasure of a cafe at the top of the tower/museum, where we had a cup of tea and the best cake I have ever had (in Germany at least)!! Perfection! :)

     Definitely a suggestion for anyone visiting and interested in discovering some of the authentic cultural symbols!











Saturday, January 12, 2013

To the New Year!



     Although we find ourselves well into the new year, I feel I am due to make a post about my future plans, hopes and resolutions....
      I find it kind of funny how a change of date can have such a huge effect on people's motivation and flair... And I even heard people laughing at the idea of putting together a list of to do's for the year to come...
     Well, let me tell you... I have been making these lists for a long time, they are usually very consistent, as I write all kinds of stuff on them aaand most times, they really come true!!
     I put on everything that I think would make me happy if it happened...some points are bigger than others, some are materialistic, some spiritual, some are private and some even refer to the ones near to me, but they are all directed at finding a bit of happiness... 
     I don't usually share these points to anyone, until the end of the current year, when my husband and I open them (he has one of his own) and check all the things that came true... This time , however, I would like to share some with you:
  • Travel some more (maybe Paris, London, Berlin, Riga)
  • Take some photography classes/improve my photography skills
  • Read at least 6 books
  • Start and keep a sports regimen
  • Get a new pair of Converse shoes
  • Be more positive
  • Be more patient
  • Start learning Arabic
  • Buy flowers once/week
  • Keep a food journal
  • Improve my blog

     I am happy to report that I have started the year quite well! Just purchased a lovely bouquet of tulips (the first ones this year).

     I have already tried a Zumba class, which I will be joining once a week. I still hope to manage to eat better (I have no eating schedule) and as the good weather comes, score some jogging time as well...

     I have started a photography course that I found to be quite cool and practical, even though the German language does give me a little bit of extra work, since all the programs and camera settings I use are in English... 

     I also met up with a freelance photographer to pick her brains about tips and tricks and she also promised to bring me along the next time she has some interesting work. 

     I finished reading Blog.Inc  this week...I found it really nicely put together and helpful! And that brings me to the last point of my little list...

     Blogging has become such a great part of my time... A true passion, so I figured it wouldn't hurt actually taking it a little more serious. I am not promising über regular posting times or the greatest of information, but I did already purchase my domain (now, if I could only know how to set it up), planned a few future posts and decided to change all the photos I ever (wrongfully) took and used  from Pinterest and substitute them with my own (that is going to be an interesting project)!

     I sincerely hope that all of you, by-passers, are going to have a joyful year, full of fulfillment and the best accomplishments! I will be counting on any advice given trough your comments and any kind of support! :) 

     Thank you all! 
     Best wishes, 
     Toytulip

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A great start to 2013!

     Today was a really special day! I will start by saying that...I can't say so much about it yet, but it was a special day! I would have never expected to get so many news, at once, in the first week of the new year, but we did. And we are happy! And we feel lucky and blessed! Things are working out for us and everyone we know. There are many the reasons of our joy. Various accomplishments, welcomed changes, new beginnings, big smiles, happy faces!  :)


started the day with a girls meeting with Nina, my mother-in-law and our favorite aunt


... we gathered again in the evening for the aforementioned celebration reasons


... had great pasta dishes at a lovely Italian place called Piccola Osteria



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