Thursday, 8 November 2012

Something New Days 41-47: Parties and Problems Aplenty

I'm determined to keep this up until the New Year! I know that sometimes it can feel exhausting, but as one of my friends said a few weeks ago, you don't always have to set out to do something new - you can also look back on your day and realise that you did something a little different. That feeling of achievement can cheer you up and encourage you to do more things. All you need to do is listen to a new song, click a new link, read about something you didn't know about before, or learn a new word in a language you don't know (even a word in English - I bet there are tons that I don't know!).

Day 41 - It was November 1st, and I was at work all day before heading to my weekly choir meeting. I had about half an hour to find food, so I walked through the food court in Anděl shopping centre and found Loving Hut, a vegan restaurant with Asian-style cuisine. There was a help-yourself buffet for 19Kč per 100g, so I spooned some tofu dishes and spring rolls onto my plate and enjoyed a vegan dinner. It was actually really nice! I also had to use Czech to explain that a piece of my jewellery had broken and ask them to fix it - the conversation went something like "Hello... I have a problem" "OK, come back in a week" but I felt proud of myself anyway.

Day 42 - Finally checked out Merlin, a pub/restaurant near our flat in Prague. It's an Irish pub, with Guiness and the delightful Merlin (beer) as well as good food... some of it Czech with a Mexican edge. Interesting! I recommend it if you're in the neighbourhood (it's between Bruselská and Nuselské Schody).

Day 43 - My boss's 40th birthday party! It was at yet another venue in Prague (Park Hotel & Restaurant near Vršovice) and it was all you can eat/drink... I ended up with a lot of salmon and white wine in my belly, not to mention some epic chocolate cake. There was a DJ with karaoke, too, so Jeff and I sang in front of a lot of strangers.... not really that new for us, but it was a new venue/crowd!

Day 44 - I actively tried to spend a whole day without biting my nails. It's way harder than you might think.

Day 45 - An unexpected "new" thing happened. After paying the larger part of a contract fee and thinking that our wedding venue was booked and sorted (and having sent out invitations for the date next June), my wedding planner called to tell me that, actually, we couldn't have the venue on that day. Now, please understand, when I say "wedding planner" I'm not talking about the type you see in films that cost thousands, but it is somebody who I had trusted to sort things out for me. Suddenly, it seemed as if the world came crashing down on us. I was angry, upset, stressed... after promising myself that I wouldn't become a Bridezilla, I knew I had to keep it together (and THIS was an understandable thing to get upset about, as most venues would have been booked months ago). We had to keep the date, but find a new venue. So, my new thing was to take something that could have made me mad for a long time and to cope with it as quickly as possible. Of course, the important thing is that Jeff and I will be there, along with our loved ones.

Day 46 - I realised that I'm going to get married under the open sky, and that a part of me has always imagined that, anyway. It means walking down stairs in a big dress, though. Eek!!

Day 47 -  I discovered, which is a little like Pinterest for stories. I especially love the "interesting news" category, as it's full of delightful stories like "1400 year old Vampire Skeleton Discovered in Britain", "Man Attempts to Auction Off Earth" and "4600 Year Old Pub Found in Scotland". I find these little stories make great conversation pieces in my English lessons, as well as being very informative!

1 comment:

  1. Great to hear about the wedding plans! I'm sure things will sort themselves out, don't worry. So what country are you getting married in? Have you met your in-laws yet? I think you have a big choice of countries to get married in! Hehe sorry to be so nosey. Actually the wedding talk makes me a little bit sad: I was hoping for a proposal from my Japanese boyfriend this year, but things have gone very much south between us as of late!

    Keep up the good work. I'm thinking of new year's resolutions and I might give the 'something new' idea a kick start again in the new year.

    Ruth, UK xx