#ClaireNotes – November 2017

An investment

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3rd November marks the day my car hunting days (just two!) came to an end. I bought my first car! A cute, snug Chevy which name thus far is just Sparkyย is officially Lil Bastard (in ode to James Dean’s). This is my first huge investment in life; after this, comes my first home away from my actual home. This is also a thanks to my dad for being patient enough to drive me around for two whole days in search for my first car. Thanks Papa!

Autumn/Winter transition

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My favourite trends are ALL wintery. I love feeling snug in my clothes. I have a jacket which I call my “bed” because of how comfortable it is! I wear it almost everyday for work and barely take it off.

As of now – when the article has been published – my wardrobe and room is officially autumn/winter ready. The only short-sleeved tops I have are vests I wear underneath my clothes. My bed has fleecy covers and a cuddly duvet. My pyjamas are almost all fleecty as well.

(Can you tell how much I love fleecy, snug, wintery things?!)

Christmas time… one month too early!

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Hands down, my favourite time of the year is when end of October rolls in. That’s when I REALLY invest myself into the Christmassy spirit and come out with my obsession with Christmas songs. But let me stop you there, because that’s only part of the obsession… I actually listen to holiday tunes ALL. YEAR. ROUND.

Yes you read correctly. I listen to Christmas songs 365/6 days a year. Whenever they come up, I turn the volume up and jam along. Christmas makes me happy and forget about the crud I had over the last several months.

I love Christmas not because of how damn good and catchy the songs are, but it’s that time of year where the whole family comes together (leaving Thanksgiving out as I’m not an American), gives presents to one another and shares a bottle or two (of wine that is). It’s also the time of year where I bake the most. I’ll be posting some tasty recipes you can try during the holiday season!

To sum up how next month’s #ClaireNotes will be:

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Past #ClaireNotes 2017:

January

February

March

April

May

June

Julyย / London Special!

August

September

October

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#ClaireNotes – October 2017

Learning Deutsch!

Yep that’s right! I’m learning yet another language from scratch… and I love it! Obviously I’m struggling a little as I need to also focus on my work more than the lesson itself, but at home, what I found to be a good revision is the app called Duolingo. You can learnย any language you can imagine! You can also change the level between beginner, intermediate and advanced, and also the daily practise goal!

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Tested on my work…?

Yes, I was tested on my full-time job. While completing the 10-week course, you get two visits from a tutor to see that you are putting what you’re learning to practise. Upon failing one of the two, you get a third. Luckily, I stopped at two, which means in a few weeks’ time, I will be officially a Supply LSA! And I’m so happy as this is the longest I have kept a job thus far, and I like it a lot.

I’m a Driver!

It took me over THREE years, three different instructors, and ONE attempt. And I did it. I can now call myself a DRIVER! I’m very excited and proud of myself. I didn’t think I would pass. I spent the whole week anxious and physically feeling sick to my stomach. On the day, my hands were twitching so much I thought I was going to break all my fingers, one by one. Yep, it was that bad. But once I got there, I was chill and super calm. And I passed ๐Ÿ™‚

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Not celebrating Halloween for the 6th time: the reason behind it

The scariest time of the year. Birth of ‘Thriller’. For me, it would be the saddest. For the sixth year this year, I will be considering Halloween as the day I lost my best friend, my grandfather. It was a cold, rainy day (so cliche), and on the day I was numb and my mind was foggy. He was the one person at the time to accept me for who and what I am, nothing different. And, yeah, that’s why I don’t celebrate Halloween. Plus, why does anyone consider a sexy nurse a good costume for Halloween? It’s a SCARY feast! Be a zombie nurse! Sexy is for Valentine’s Day. Rant over.

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