Month: January 2015

TGIF. No, seriously.

It’s always interesting when I learn of someone else in my circle who reads this blog… I never really expect people who know me to actually read it, but I guess curiosity is quite a strong temptation to resist. First of all, let me clarify something: I’m not in such a dark place as to do something silly. A few people have talked to me since my last post, asked me how I was feeling (aw, thanks guys) and then expressed they were worried about me. Don’t be, I’m alright. Everyone has periods of time when they feel a bit down and others when everything seems to look bright. Right now, I’m not in a pitch-black place, let’s say it’s more of a twilight area (not the sparkly type though!), but that’s the beauty of life, it’s a bloody roller coaster. If everything was peachy all the time it would be pretty boring. Last weekend I was feeling completely out of life points. You know those video games when you get hit and your stamina …

Halloween Jack by Marta Nava for [shutter and ink.]

Of ups and downs… and further down.

I have the feeling that I’ve only been complaining lately… Possibly not so much over here, but face to face. When people can pretty much figure out you’re not at your 100% with just one glance, I guess it’s time to start snapping out of it. Truth is, I don’t deal well with bad moods. Since end of last week, I’ve been feeling a bit down. I’ve had too many things going on in my mind, and I wasn’t sure how to deal with all of it, so I pretty much decided to shut down and don’t deal with anything at all. Last weekend, I spent it in bed. I wasn’t necessarily sleeping all the time, sometimes I was just staring at the ceiling/wall, or maybe watching series, or yes, sleeping. My brother was tentatively poking his head around to check I was still alive from time to time, and to check whether I was going to have lunch and the usual basic-survival stuff. On Saturday, I made a bit of an effort to go …

Detail on decoration for carrot cake by Marta Nava

Carrot Cake

If I remember correctly, I never shared with you the photos and recipe for the carrot cake I made a while ago. Today I’m going to right that wrong. Sean’s mum invited me for dinner at her place before Christmas. I had only been there once, and I had had a lot of fun in their company, and the dinner was amazing, so I couldn’t wait to visit her again. Since I didn’t want to arrive empty handed (especially since the previous time I had brought a bottle of wine that Sean and I had finished), I baked a carrot cake to bring it there. The only issue is that I want to share with all of you everything I bake, which means sometimes I bring cakes that have been already cut into, so I can have photos taken in the best lighting possible (I do realise sometimes the photos I take don’t have great lighting anyway, but you know what I mean). In any case, I brought the cake, and oh my, it was …

Crawling back…

Today, I’m writing a post which is slightly different from my usual stuff… I think. There aren’t any cakes hidden anywhere, no challenges and no photos. Sorry! As you probably know, I am on Spotify (see widget on the right sidebar, after a bit of scrolling down). What you might not know though is that I am always on Spotify. I don’t play music when I get up in the morning because I don’t want to wake up anyone, but as soon as I leave the flat, I’m wearing my earplugs. There’s nothing worse than a commute when I can’t listen to music (I know, it’s happened in the past, when my account decided it didn’t want to work for a while, and it caught me off guard, so I wasn’t carrying a book, or even a magazine… it was back when I used the Tube to commute, so not even scenery to pass the time). I listen to music quite often at work and when my friend used to work at the same company, …