happy list (I)
I started writing happy lists in my journal last year, a way to record moments and happenings of light and joy. To find gratitude and contentment, especially in days that were particularly blue and foggy. These lists have served as wonderful reminders of cherished memories.
You may have noticed the silence around here lately. I’ve been trying desperately to catch up on studying but I’m still trailing behind unfortunately. I have an upcoming assessment that is worth quite a percentage of my final grade but all I can do is power on at this point.
Despite feeling rather helpless and overwhelmed, the past week or so has also been scattered with bright moments and I thought I’d share some of the things that made it on to my happy list.
- chinese new year and chaophraya
Saturday 28th was Chinese New Year and the boyfriend and I had an impromptu late lunch/early dinner at the rooftop Thai restaurant, Chaophraya. It’s one of my absolute favourites, with delicious food, friendly service and a warm atmosphere. It was a completely last minute decision to go there but we were fortunate enough to be seated in the glass box, which offers even more spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle and the city. For starters, we shared fish cakes and tom kha gai, a creamy soup with tangy, spicy undertones. And for main course, we had chicken pad Thai and green chicken curry with jasmine rice – my go-to dishes. Their cocktails are also not to be missed. We had a lovely time and as if that wasn’t enough, we then went to our favourite cafe for London Fog and mixed berry waffles – there is always room for dessert, am I right.
- passed my exams!
My results for exams from December have all been released and I’m so thankful, so relieved to say that I passed them all. I was expecting the worse since I’d finished most of them with this horrible sinking feeling in my stomach. People always say 3rd year is the hardest because of the transition to clinical years so I was up to my neck in worry that I wouldn’t be able to tackle the first semester exams. But it turns out I did a lot better than I thought and it gives me hope that I will get through this year just as I have with the previous ones.
- surprise flowers
I returned home after a long day of lectures and practicals to find that Michael had filled the vase that sits on my living room windowsill with a pretty bouquet of flowers. I adore flowers and have thought about keeping plants around the flat but I know I’d be awful at caring for them. These flowers are quite low-maintenance though and have lasted for about a week, adding some much needed colour.
- ceilidh night
A ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is basically an upbeat night of Scottish music and Scottish dancing. My friend is part of the committee that is organising an exchange trip with a group of vet students from Denmark and this ceilidh was part of their fundraising. I hadn’t been to a proper ceilidh in such a long time and it didn’t take me too long to decide to go when she asked if I wanted tickets. I’m so glad I went because it was far more enjoyable than I expected- one of the best I’ve been to, in fact. If ever you have the opportunity to go to a ceilidh, please take up the offer because it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun. Even if you have two left feet and can’t dance to save your life, you’ll still have an absolute blast and end up feeling breathless and energised at once.
- malaysian food
I think you should know I really adore food and have a rather notorious appetite. On Sunday, Michael and I ended up taking a walk around the city centre, after realising the restaurant we wanted to go to was closed. We ended up in Kampung Ali, a quaint little Malaysian restaurant, after I declared my sudden craving for roti cenai. We were the first customers there for the lunchtime run and stayed there for at least three hours eating and talking the time away. We had roti cenai (of course) and pickled vegetables, beancurd and sliced pork soup to start. Then nasi lemak (apparently considered the Malaysian national dish) and char siu soup noodles. I do love Asian cuisine and I am so glad Edinburgh has a wide variety for me to try.
Again, apologies for my recent disappearance. I’ve missed spending my evenings writing and visiting my favourite blogs but it’s also been a great time for me to think more about word drift and how I’d like to manage this little internet home of mine. I have a few post ideas milling around in my mind waiting to be developed so hopefully you can expect more from me soon.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. Please do share with me anything that’s made you happy or brightened your day lately!