It's been such a long time since my last blog entry that I almost don't know how to start. I turned twenty six this month, I started playing Pokémon Go and at the end of last month my S.O. and I adopted a puppy (Check out Bułka's Facebook album) from Zwierzaki z Mińska. She went on her first walk a few days ago!
Let's start with my birthday. I went into work where I was given a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some lovely sweets and chocolates. I had a steak for lunch and a generally productive day, which was awesome. I came home to a cake with lit birthday candles surrounded by IKEA presents from my wonderful S.O.! We ate the cake and headed to Plac Wilsona where I had a great birthday dinner (more food)! We then went Pokémon hunting and found ourselves at an amazing little park (park Stefana Żeromskiego) with a great café/bar called Prochownia Żoliborz.
Pokémon hunting is so much fun, unfortunately there isn't a PokéStop close enough to my office that I can work and collect Pokéballs but that's probably for the best. My apartment seems to spawn really great Pokémon occasionally so that's great, no PokéStop close enough that I can lie in bed and collect Pokéballs though, first world problems, eh.
I received some lovely cards on my birthday as well as jumpers, mugs and underwear from my family. Oh and a beautiful blanket from my grandparents. My S.O. bought me some gorgeous IKEA stuff, mainly because I love artificial plants and organising the apartment. The cat pillow (MATTRAM cushion) goes really well with my bedding and I'm particularly fond of my new BYLLAN laptop support (it's so comfy). I had a little birthday money too so I bought myself a new chair for my desk, it's a foldable metal one, nice and sturdy.
I can't believe it's already August, I started writing this post in July. The time seems to have just flown by. I know the quality of my writing has stagnated as of late but I plan on rectifying that. I've been trying to get used to my medication, trying to eat less, trying to work more efficiently and so on.
These things take time but let's hope my twenty sixth year will be the best yet and that I'll finally be able to pursue some of the activities I've wanted to start for a while. My PhD is going well and I've managed to get through the first year which is super. I feel as though there may be some loose ends which still need tying up as the system here in Poland is very different to that of the UK. It gets rather confusing at times.
I haven't done much today and it's already 1PM. I think I'll have to put away the clean (and dry) laundry, put another load in the machine, then take that out and hang it up, amongst other things. What a thrilling task! My puppy is sleeping under my desk again, it's a quiet Sunday. Panda the hamster is also asleep, she tends to sleep most of the day though as it's more natural for her to do that. I wouldn't feel right waking her up and forcing her to become diurnal when she's definitely nocturnal.
There were a lot of birthdays at work recently, luckily I'm in charge of making sure everyone gets fun gifts! It's hard to buy for adults though sometimes, there're only so many boring adult gifts one can receive without feeling underwhelmed so I like to give people a lot of cool gadgets, games and unusual candy as well as something personal to the individual. I think it's important not to take such things so seriously, otherwise it can just end up being super awkward! One of my favourite stores at the moment is Flying Tiger. It's perfect for nice gifts, I haven't found an Urban Outfitters in Poland so for gifts it's now my go to choice! Also, there's a great comic book store in Centrum Metro called Komikslandia, I went there for the most recent personalised presents including a Pikachu pillow and Dragon Ball mug, the staff are so friendly and they all speak English!
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