Well, I promised you an update on what I've been up to in this week off of mine, and here it is! Now, I was hoping to blow you away with a ton of spontaneous, awesome outings and adventures, but unfortunately - as it always seems to go in my case - I spent the majority of Monday to Friday sniffling and sneezing my brains out, while the weather was just overall blergh, as well. Bummer. But, hey, I tried to make the most of it and although all the marching on and getting as much stuff done as possible might have prolonged that cursed cold, I at least got to sit it out in an apartment that once again gained some personal touches (we're getting there!), while at least going on a couple of outings, handkerchiefs and headache repellers included. Let's chat!
Just as I was about to give in to my obstructed head, my Dad offered to drive to Ikea. I've had my eye on one of their mirrors for a while now, so I couldn't possibly resist that offer. It was pretty fun to do, as well, and a great opportunity to catch up and have a few laughs while strolling through every section. Naturally, that mirror wasn't the only thing I ended up taking with me, but it is by far one of the most characterful pieces in my apartment so far and I'm absolutely head over heels with it. Other assets? A CD rack I've always liked the look of, and a huge frame for the Hacksaw Ridge poster I bought at the FACTS convention a couple of weeks ago.
Also bought at FACTS: a couple of minimalist film posters that still needed to be framed, which has been at the top of my to-do list ever since I bought them. I finally found some frames that could do the trick (they're actually a tiny bit too small, but that's typically me... Pretty impatient the minute I've put something in my head) over at HEMA, and so they've finally found their way onto my walls. They're mostly childhood favourites, apart from the Stranger Things print, which I thought was too awesome to leave behind.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to get our hands on some tickets for the new Guardians of The Galaxy film and headed out to Brussels for one of the first screenings. We were welcomed at the film theatre by a DJ blasting out eighties hits and couldn't help showing off a couple of our best dance moves on a lighted dance floor before taking our seats. The film was really good, and I think I laughed even harder than when the first film came out. I even shed a tear! Needless to say that I'll probably go see it again, were it only to see it in 2D as I'm not really a fan of the whole 3D thing. We also got a cardboard Baby Groot to put on our shoulder. He's found his way to one of my plants now, see?
I've put the pictures of this outing on the blog already, but what I really wanted to add is how impressed I was with this park. It's pretty impressive in its entirety, but what struck me most was the sizes of their exhibits. I'm always a bit reluctant when it comes to zoos, as I so often feel sorry for those gorgeous animals, stuck in their tiny housings. Pairi Daiza, however, really gives their animals a lot of space AND challenges to keep busy. Add the worldly architecture to it, often included in those exhibits and you'll definitely find something that awes you. There are so many things to see that I actually had the feeling that one day wasn't quite enough time to enjoy everything to the fullest. I'll visit there again, there's absolutely no doubt about that, but my favourites for now? The White Tigers and The Crypt full of bats flying freely around you. SO cool.
THAT DARN NOSE, THE CHEERING UP PART AND THE WEEKEND THAT BROUGHT SALVATION.
Now besides all the apartment updating and outings, there HAS been much recuperating from all of that by being pretty much glued to the sofa, hating the fact that of all times to have a gigantic cold, yours always seems to pick your holidays. However, that favourite tv series is always there to soften the blow, and in my case that's definitely Parks And Recreation. It's ideal to binge, reeeaaally funny and never gets old.
Luckily, by the end of Friday the worst of it was over, just in time to enjoy a rare weekend off. Yay! There was food, there was wine, there were games, friends, family and a really happy me. That had been quite some time, believe me, and I couldn't be more grateful for that. A week flies by so quickly, doesn't it?
Now, here's to that extra day off tomorrow, and guess what...