Goodbye to the last five months of my life

Goodbye to the last five months of my life,

and hello December. How is the end of the year right around the corner? Although I must say, I’m not mad about it. Man, I really don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden, everything went downhill and turned my life into a bit of a shitshow. I would honestly love to tell you guys that I’ve simply been busy having the time of my life and just didn’t have time for blogging. Well, I didn’t have time or the nerve, but not cause of fun things. So I will share a bit or what happened since June ended.

This is gonna be a long one…

July didn’t start out being super terrible. Aside from car troubles that ended up continuing for months, the first week included an amazing concert by the incredible P!nk. My mom and I had been wanting to see her forever and I can say for sure, she doesn’t disappoint. Before and after the concert it was a bit stressful though, cause stupid me bought the wrong tickets (we solved it) and our car almost got towed, which wasn’t entirely our fault, but ended up being really expensive.

Another highlight was visiting a Retro Games Con and I definitely went a bit nuts. I bought an old Gameboy with lots of new games to play on it. And I finally got my hands on Bomberman for Super Nintendo. I will forever be stuck in the 90s and I’m not sorry about it.

Also in July, we celebrated one of my Grandmother’s 90th birthday. How incredible is that?! I always tell her that she’s gonna reach at least 100. I also loved having my other Grandma’s dog over for a night, cause he’s just the sweetest and I enjoyed some time with my godson, as well as a wonderful breakfast with my bestie in my favorite cafe. So far so good.

But then, things went south at work. I will not go into detail much, cause I’m not stupid enough to share work details online. I still have a job, but it’s pretty bad. The good thing: I don’t have emotional breakdowns regularly anymore and I just try to figure it all out without losing my sanity. I’m pretty sure that any doctor would diagnose me with burnout though, but I do feel better, compared to the first month after things got tough.

August was mostly terrible cause of work, which was enough to deal with. Believe me. And not to forget my car still going on regular strikes. Since I was too exhausted for anything pretty much all the time, there were only two highlights that made it all a little bit better: My godson was baptized, so I am now officially his godmother and it fills me with so much joy and pride. I can’t wait for all the things we will do together in the future.

The other great thing was attending a 90s open air with my bestie. I had VIP-tickets, so we just had the best time. The list of my teenage idols that I experienced live on stage is constantly growing. The music just gives me the most joy and that whole day was a ton of fun.

And then came September. My grandma died. Just three weeks before, we celebrated her 81st birthday. I mean yes, she wasn’t doing very well, but we never thought that she would go. But then she did and everyone who has lost a beloved family member knows how hard it is. Her funeral was nice and also terrible. And she will forever be missed. Her passing also left the family with so much work and things to deal with. And I’ve been trying to help as much as possible. Let’s just say my back has been terrible for months now.

We also adopted grandma’s dog. It was the best decision for him, but it’s so much work and it makes planning a lot harder. He’s honestly the cutest and I love him so much, but it can be complicated. Gladly, I can work from home or take him to work with me, but often it’s like “Hey, we’re gone for the weekend” or something like that and then I’m stuck with him. Good thing I don’t have much of a social life and he loves to sleep in just like me.

So the whole month was a mixture of grieving and taking care of a million things that were exhausting for mind and body. And spending a lot of time with the doggy. Gladly, my bestie has a dog as well, so we go on doggy-dates, which I love. We often get waffles after.

Aside from that, I left the house like twice for fun. Went to a Chinese buffet with friends and to a fun birthday party from one of my colleagues. Bouncy castle included. And I almost forgot: My brother crashed my mom’s car. Thank heavens, he was ok – the car not so much. Can you even believe that these things just kept happening?!

October was actually ok in comparison, aside from the fact that I had a big fat cold and ended up having to buy a new car. Fun. Now all my savings are gone. But at least I can drive again. Gladly, my family helped with finding a good one and checking it out, picking it up, etc. Otherwise, I would’ve been so screwed. Not being able to drive is just the worst. However, I did manage to visit my favorite amusement park, cause my friends picked me up. It was their birthday gift for me (it took from February to October to make it happen) and with everything going on, it felt really good. Laughter is just the best medicine.

I finally had two weeks off from work, but mainly helped my family with all kinds of things. I would’ve loved to go on holiday with my mom, but that didn’t work cause of the dog. At least there were two swap parties, which are always the best thing ever. And OMG before I forget, I cut off all my hair. Yup, I pretty much have a bob cut now. I still have mixed feelings about it, but there is nothing I can do. But everyone tells me that it looks fab, so I will just believe them.

November was pretty much same old, same old. I spent a lot of time with the doggy, there were another swap party and a few days just running errands, etc. At least my motivation for getting things done for myself has reappeared a bit. The best thing though was my baby boy godson turning one. How crazy is that?! How the hell can he be ONE YEAR OLD? Insane. They grow up too fast, although I am looking forward to him being a bit older and able to walk and all, so we can go on fabulous adventures together.

So yeah, this was all a bit too much. And it’s not even everything. But you probably get the point. Constantly more stress, more and more things to deal with and you know what? There is no end in sight, cause, of course, my mom has to have another operation on her knee this month. It’s safe to say that the second half of 2019 can go fu*k itself. I just want it all to be over.

If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for sticking through all my moaning. It’s just been a rough few months and I’m just gonna be a bit moody, sad, tired and stressed until this year is over. I just needed to write it all down. And I have to get back doing things for myself. Like blogging, scrapbooking, etc. Oh, you know what was nice? Buying boxes for like 200 Euro from IKEA and getting all my things properly stored and organized. Now that was satisfying.

Ok, done. Glad I wrote something, not feeling too great about the content. I’m so positive, it’s insane. Anyway, everything will get better eventually. I mean, right?!?!?! Feel free to tell me about the fabulous things in your life, cause I can still be super happy for others and it takes my mind off all the annoying things.

Stop and smell the Christmas trees. Put up some decorations. Buy something cute for yourself when you buy all the Christmas presents. Watch all the holiday movies and listen to Christmas music. Spend some quality time with friends and family. Have a cozy day in on the weekends.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Lovely life
Yes, I will still try to focus on the little things in life that make it all a little less annoying.

doggy cuddles retro games swap parties getting some fresh air baby giggles Chinese food fall TV schedule bouncy castles P!nk live my new car amusement parks organizing everything with boxes waffles tabletop soccer losing weight without even trying fall 90s concerts laughing with my best friends a pretty new haircut foreign candy decluttering the whole house making fun of your exes with your besties (always the best entertainment) rewatching Twilight helping sleeping in with the doggy compliments shopping trips with my 90-year-old grandma

My July-November posts
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My July-November Instagrams

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Goodbye June 2019

Goodbye June,

and hello July. How are we already in the second half of the year? That’s just insane. But I hope the year continues with lots of fun things because the first six months were pretty good.

For me, the highlight of June was definitely my trip to London. My brother and I went on a little vacation and had a great time. I’ve been to the city before, but there is always more to see and I’m sure, it wasn’t my last visit. The main reason for us to go was the Spice Girls concert at Wembley stadium and what can I say: It was just absolutely amazing. A childhood dream came true and I will forever be happy but also sad that it’s over. I’m definitely hoping that they decide to do a world tour and hopefully then, I can see them again. Words can’t even describe how happy it made me seeing them being absolutely flawless and killing it. Worth every penny.

Insta mix June

Also, we did the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter and I will honestly rave to anyone about it, who wants to hear it. The experience was incredible and I had so much fun. The rest of the time, we visited specific shops I wanted to go to, strolled around Notting Hill in search of pretty houses and a bunch of other touristy things like the M&M Store. Unfortunately, I live for pulling your money out of your pockets kind of things. But whatever makes you happy, right?! Overall, we had a really good time and I’m glad we didn’t rip each others’ head off. There was a high chance for it to happen, but nope, we got along just fine.

Another highlight was seeing the Backstreet Boys live. Can you tell that I’m completely stuck in the 90s? Anyway, it was my second time witnessing their incredible talent on stage and again, I had the best time. Even in their 40s, they still got it goin’ on. And you know what, they make an effort. The Spice Girls as well. They sing and dance for two hours straight, definitely know how to entertain and their voices still sound like nothing has changed. I mean, so many artists nowadays can learn a lot from them.

Insta Mix June

Aside from these really big things, there was not much else going on, except for a fun swap party, which I love so much. And I also went out to dinner with some of my colleagues and it was one of those evenings, where your whole face just hurts from all the laughter. So.Much.Fun. Oh, and I had my grandma’s dog over for a week and we went outside a lot, which felt good, but I still don’t want a pet.

But of course, the universe never really lets you enjoy your life for too long, right? Every damn time, when everything is just going great and you have zero problems, some catastrophe emerges. So basically, first my car decided to die on me and then my phone. Now I know that these things are just materialistic, but if there are two things I need, it’s my car and phone. I need it for work, I need it for my life, cause from where I live, I ain’t getting anywhere without some wheels. And anyone who uses their phone more than just an occasional call knows that it just feels terrible. And then you feel bad about feeling terrible, cause at the end of the day it’s “just a phone”, but still. Nobody needs these things. That definitely put my good mood to a stop. I mean, I have a new phone now and my car is getting fixed, although it would make sense to buy a new one, but all the money… It’s just super annoying!

Insta Mix June

So yeah, that was it for June. I also dared to stay home for two whole weekends, but sometimes, all you have to do is chill. And it was too hot, anyways. I’m definitely eager to make lots of plans for the upcoming months, though. I have so many things I want to do and so many people to meet with and there are only six months left. And those better be good. No more interruptions. Universe, I’m talking to you.

Try and make some of your childhood dreams come true. Cry and get it out of your system if you feel like it and then soldier on. Drink lots and lots of water. Cherish those special little moments. Treat yourself to something nice. Stand up for yourself, you deserve to be respected. Put together an activity/trip list with everything you’re interested in and then start planning. Have a fabulous month of July.

Tons of love,
Hailey

London Trevor Square

Lovely life
seeing my childhood idols live in concert souvenir photos bank holiday’s traveling London Spice Girls concert Backstreet Boys concert pastel houses Paddington Bear Notting Hill taking fun pictures airports buying lots of cute things relaxing weekends merchandise Rice Krispies Treats new phone Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter having grandma’s dog for a week going for nice walks having a good time with my colleagues my cute Disney trolley swap parties hearing my baby godson laugh Moomins souvenirs backpacks and hip bags quality family time cute pens having the house to myself

My June posts
Goodbye May 2019 // Photography: Supercandy Pop-Up Museum, Cologne // 10 Things To Do In Porto // What I Miss About The 90s // Photography: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

My June Instagrams
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Photography: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

For a long time, I’ve been wanting to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and OH MY GOD I finally did. And what can I say, it was absolutely amazing. It was my second time in London and for a while, I thought I wouldn’t have the chance to go. There were no tickets left and it made me really sad. Gladly, I checked again shortly before the trip and surprise, lots of tickets there. So in case you want to go, don’t let them fool you.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

I was so excited when the day finally came. Just hopping on one of the Harry Potter shuttle busses felt great. Then you arrive and immediately feel like being in another world. I mean, just the amazing statues in front of the building are pretty impressive. But when you go inside, hear the music, see the characters and all, you’d wish you were in full gear with a cape, wand and all. Unfortunately, I have none of these things, but I still love Harry Potter and recommend this tour, even if you’re not a big fan. If you like movies, this tour will impress you.

So basically, you see tons of props, sets, costumes and whatever else you can think of from the Harry Potter movies. You can walk through the dining hall, take a ride on a broom and fear for your life when the dragon in Gringotts bank comes closer and closer. You can visit the Dursley home, jump on the Hogwarts Express and find your way out of the Forbidden Forest. I survived, even though I don’t do too well around spiders. The whole place is just as magical, as what you see in the movies or read in the books. And it definitely feels like experiencing the whole story from start to finish.

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My brother and I went together and even though the visit was not on top of his list, he had a great time, as well. He was especially a fan of the audio guide that not only provides lots of information about what you see on the tour, you can also watch a ton of videos that go behind the scenes of all the movies. It’s definitely super interesting. We had a good time and were fascinated over and over again. I mean, it says on the website that the tour takes approximately four hours and we were there for six. I was definitely sad when it was time to leave. After a trip to the gift store, obviously. Oh, the things you can buy there. It’s very tempting. But no, I didn’t buy a wand and cape. It was hard but too expensive. Maybe someday…

I could definitely go into detail about every single setting, room, scene, but honestly, you really have to experience it for yourself. I had so much fun. And I love all the photos. Gladly, my brother took a lot and of course I had to hop in front of the green screens. I look pretty good on a broom. And in this scenery, of course, I kept my glasses on. I even made my brother get in one of the pictures with me. The only thing I didn’t do was have a butterbeer. I wanted to, but the line was so long and since I react badly to too much sugar and don’t want that to happen when I’m out having fun, I didn’t get one. The hot dogs were ok, though.

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So yeah, what can I say. It was absolutely incredible and I would definitely go again. I really want to rewatch the movies, which I will do when I’m done with binging on all my TV shows. The tour gives you a totally different view, so I’m sure it will be interesting to watch them again. It’s definitely not the cheapest attraction to visit, especially if you eat there, buy a photo and visit the gift shop, but I honestly think that every penny is worth it. I love looking at all the fun photos and videos and still can’t believe all the magical things I saw. If I can find another person I can basically force to join me, I will definitely go again and maybe next time, I will have my wand and cape ready.

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What I Miss About The 90s

Anyone who knows me knows that I am still obsessed with the 90s. I just really can’t let them go. I listen to the music pretty much every day, I rewatch old shows and love buying anything 90s related. So I thought, I would put together a list with all the things I miss. I spent the 90s in two different countries, so maybe not everyone will get everything on this list. Man, it actually makes me a bit sad to miss all these things, cause I had a great childhood and love looking back.

Polly Pocket 90s

Trying to choose which CD to buy next at the music store.
My Furby getting on my nerves.
Always trying to dress like the Spice Girls.
Reading teen magazines.
Plastering my room with posters of the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys.
Renting VHS tapes like Barney or the Olsen Twins.
Mom buying me pizza Lunchables if we went grocery shopping before school.
Carrying a phone card instead of a phone.
Recording songs from the radio and hoping to get all of it.
Getting rewarded with a trip to Toys ‘R’ Us after doing good in school.
Prank calls via landline.
Having Polly in my pocket.
Being an absolute pro at Tetris, PacMan and Super Mario on my Gameboy.
Being outside with my friends all day long.
Finding out who my crush is through playing Dream Phone.
Collecting the newest Barbie dolls.
Drawing on my Doodle Bear.
Putting together actual mixtapes.
All the colorful clothes.
Feeling absolute boss with my Buffalo platform shoes.
Swapping stickers with my friends.

90s toys
Feeding my Tamagotchi.
Just all the amazing TV shows. Clarissa? Daria? Rugrats? FAB!
Dressing my Barbie dolls in super cute outfits.
Collecting all the OG Disney merchandise from Pocahontas, Lion King etc.
Dunkaroos.
Having a fun time with my cool babysitters.
Being boss at Candyland.
Collecting all the cool toys from McDonald’s.
Pretending to be a Power Ranger.
Watching my lava lamp just letting it flow.
Using cute LisaFrank stationery.
Singing along with Barney the dinosaur.
Feeling super organized with my Trapper Keeper.
Sending little notes on paper instead of text messages.
That sound from the computer when going online.
Forever watching music videos.
Trying out some yo-yo tricks.
Dancing around with Suzie Stretch.
The smell of cupcake dolls.

Barbie Dolls 90s
Enjoying a ring or push pop.
Catching as many balls as possible with a hippo.
Using that blender from my Barbie dreamboat.
Pogs.
Wearing bike shorts all the time. Sooo comfy.
Cruising around town with my inline skates.
Sporting a super cool Baby-G watch.
Trying forever to get a slinky properly down the stairs.
Making and sharing friendship bracelets.
That little paper clip that helped with documents on the computer.
Sneaking up on my friends and quickly ripping open those buttoned-up pants.
Exchanging actual letters with my friends all the time.
Collecting Baby-Sitters Club books.
Trying to be like Clarissa Darling.
Always having good music on the radio.
Letting my sky dancer fly.
Singing “Colors of the Wind” at the top of my lungs over and over again.
Learning all the choreographies from music videos.

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10 Things To Do In Porto

In April, I went on a vacation to Porto in Portugal and had a fabulous time. The city isn’t super big but really cute and it has a lot more to offer than I expected. You definitely don’t need two weeks to see everything, so a couple of days are ideal for this city. After putting together a photography post, I now want to go a bit more into detail about all the things you can do. The city is getting more and more popular and maybe this could be helpful.

01. Ponte Dom Luís I
The structure of this bridge is really pretty and also pretty cool, cause it has two levels and it pretty much gives you two different views. It connects Porto to Vila the Gaia on the other side of the Douro and taking a stroll there is definitely worth it. You have beautiful views on all sides. And it helps to overcome the steep walk from the lower to the upper part of the city.

Ponte Dom Luís I

02. Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Gaia is on the opposite side of the Douro and absolutely beautiful. It is the center of the port wine production so if you’re up for a tasting in one of the wine cellars, this is the place to be. It’s definitely not my kind of drink, but I went cause my friend wanted to and it was really nice. I let her have my wine, so double the fun for her. That side of the river is beautiful for a stroll, buying some souvenirs or have a nice lunch by the water. There is also a Ferris wheel that gives you a nice view and definitely take a ride on the Teleférico de Gaia. It takes you to the upper part of the city. Unfortunately, the ride only lasts a few minutes, but it’s still nice. And if you make it there, walk up to the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar – an old abbey – for more beautiful views.

Vila Nova de Gaia

03. Transportation
In Porto, there are lots of ways to get around the city. I honestly loved the variety and it was no problem at all to get where we wanted to go. The mentioned above Teleférico de Gaia was definitely a highlight, but also a ride on one of the old cable cars was really nice. I can also recommend booking a hop-on-hop-off bus tour that gets you everywhere. Especially all the hotspots you need to see. And it was just super easy and also pretty cheap. And another installation that is pretty unique is the Funicular dos Guindais – a kind of elevator that gets you from the lower to the upper part of the city. You know, for those people who are too lazy to walk. The ride is just a minute, but you really have to give it a try.

Transportation Porto

04. Livraria Lello
As a true book lover, this incredibly beautiful bookstore was obviously very high on my list of places to visit. It’s so popular that you even have to buy a ticket and get in line to get in. But it’s worth it. I’m not sure if there is ever a good time to go if you’re planning on taking nice pictures, cause it sure is crowded in there. My best friend and I tried really hard to get some good snaps, but it was nearly impossible. I also wasn’t on my A-game. But I still enjoyed seeing it and I bought a really cute copy of “The Little Prince”.  There was also a whole section dedicated to Harry Potter, cause the store is rumored to have had an influence on the books since J. K. Rowling lived in Porto for a bit in the 90s. But I believe that most of these places claiming to be somewhat involved in the success are just doing it for the money. I mean, is there any city that doesn’t have this one place that helped create Harry Potter? But anyway, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Livraria Lello

05. World of Discoveries
Porto offers a lot of different museums, which are great for a visit on a rainy day. Also on any other day, but it just makes more sense. Unless you really, really want to go. Then just do it. Anyway, we had some rain to get away from, so the World of Discoveries was first on our list. The interactive museum and theme park re-enacts the journey of the Portuguese navigators, crossing oceans to discover a previously unknown world. It’s a lot of fun to press all the buttons, take in smells, play around with whatever is there, go on a little boat cruise through time and ultimately learn a little something about history.

World of Discoveries Porto

06. Beach
If the weather is good, a trip to the beach is definitely worth it. Maybe not for swimming, but definitely for a nice long walk. A walkway right next to the coast takes you for miles and provides some beautiful views. If you want, you can stop by a little bar or restaurant and relax in a comfy sun lounger. There is also a Sea Life located by the beach, which we didn’t go to, but in case you feel like visiting an aquarium, it’s there. There is an old fort to visit and just some beautiful photo spots you shouldn’t miss out on. Like the lighthouse, where the Douro flows into the sea. The waves were insane, so we couldn’t go all the way to the front, but still really pretty. And just breathing in the lovely sea air is worth it.

Beach Porto Foz do Douro

07. Architecture
I would say the best thing to do in any city you haven’t been to before, is walk around. I love coming across beautiful architecture and Porto has these beautiful blue tiles everywhere. Make sure to stop by the São Bento railway station and admire the art and tile work. Porto is super old, which becomes visible, cause the city was never destroyed in the war.  Incredible churches like the Igreja do Carmo or the Igreja de Santo Ildefonso are worth checking out. And of course, there is also street art to be admired, the lovely bridges, and just everything. Simply keep your eyes open.

Architecture Porto

08. Casa and Parque de Serralves
Porto also has a Museum of Contemporary Art and personally, I enjoyed the visit. I mean, there was a chandelier made of tampons hanging in the entrance and I’m all for that. I just think it’s so cool what artists come up with, although some pieces I will never understand. That’s just the beauty of art. But it’s not only the museum that you should visit. The garden is absolutely stunning and we could’ve just roamed around forever. It’s a really big area with pretty plants, fun sculptures and nice spots to hang, relax and take beautiful pictures at. And a pink house.

Casa and Parque de Serralves Porto

09. Jardins de Palácio de Cristal
These gardens are so beautiful and the entrance is free, so there is truly no reason not to go. The whole place is full of incredible views. It’s really big, so we probably didn’t see every corner of it, but everywhere you look, it’s just pretty, pretty and more pretty. Oh, and the green thing that looks like a ufo is for events and just looks cool.

Jardins de Palácio de Cristal Porto

10. Centro Português de Fotografia
And finally, I would like to recommend the Center for Photography, which has its place in an old prison. Depending on from which side of town you’re heading toward it, there are some great views along the way, cause you have to go pretty far up. The entrance is free and you get to see beautiful photos and a lot of cameras from every century. The building itself is also stunning on the inside. It doesn’t really look like a prison, at all.

Centro Português de Fotografia

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