Monday, 9 January 2012

A tea thought...

"If you don't like something, change it; If you can't change it, change the way you think about it."

Mary Engelbreit

Saturday, 7 January 2012

A (very) Panda Christmas...

With the festive season just over, i'm savouring on to every last moment. I'm making some mince pies tomorrow with some mincemeat I have and I threw away my advent calender just this morning. Whilst i'm holding on, it seems apt to share with you my festive period.

Christmas admittedly, wasn't the best. I was looking forward to it for weeks, but unfortunately my mum got really ill on Christmas Day and spent most of it either in the bathroom or tucked up in bed :(. Beforehand my parents had arranged for us to go to Edinburgh Zoo on Christmas Day to see the recent panda arrivals. My Mum didn't want to let us down so she insisted that we go. Edinburgh Zoo was surprisingly busy - I was shocked how many families were out and about. Normally, I like nothing better than relaxing at home in PJs/lounging around the house clothes on Christmas Day but this Christmas I was out and about. The pandas were...oh my, they were gorgeous!! The male was much more outgoing than the female and enjoyed playing up to the waiting crowd. The male was hand-reared from a cub and therefore was much more used to people. I wanted to snuggle them! My Dad adored them as well, although he was more surprised by the size of the Sea Eagle which has recently been re-introduced into Scotland. He is a bird fanatic - birds of prey in particular. I really think he would enjoy a falconry experience sometime....hmmm.

Male Panda -Yang Guan ('Sunshine')

Paws up if you got a visit from Santa!

Did someone say strike a pose?


Female Panda - Tian Tian ('Sweetie')

I said no more pictures!

A few other animals

Dear Santa...

A Scottish native who decided he wanted a turn in the spotlight.

Gentoo penguin on a diving board?

Once we had returned from Edinburgh Zoo, we had a lovely little dinner which was cooked by both myself and Dad. After that we opened some pressies.

Here is a selection of pressies (admittedly I was extremely spoiled by everyone!):

Selection of DVDs

Massive mug, owl cushion and loose leaf teapot 

Selection of books

Selection of make-up/jewellery - The make-up bag is from Ollie and Nic.

Photography items and an awesome tealight holder. The Diana I already had but got a 35mm back for it.

Kindle and video camera :)

Camera lens mug :)

I was certainly spoiled this Christmas. Everyone knows me so well, especially my Mum :).

I'm sad that both Christmas and New Year are over, but I'm looking forward to this year so much. I've got lots to plan and lots to look forward too :)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

2012 goals...

Darwin - fully pouched.
What could be a more appropriate picture for after the festive period?

I'm back from a lovely festive season including an amazing New Year (Ceilidhs ftw). I received some lovely presents for Xmas (which I will be showing very soon) and spent my time eating a bit too much. Therefore it can only mean it's time to set some new goals for the year. If you've been reading Teacups from this time last year, you may remember I did a 2011 goal post which you can find here.

Here is what I wanted to achieve last year:
Get up earlier
Find a new job
More creative output
Keep posting and improving 'Teacups and Buttondrops'
Become more domesticated

As you can see from the list above, I have managed to achieve several of the above. Some more so than others: I'm still hunting for a new job that pays a bit more than just my bills, I've got plans for a massive creative output or two and the gym is coming along nicely,although not as much as I would like to to be able to score it off.

I've decided that 2012 goals will be slightly different. I want to achieve some goals that are achievable within one day as well as some goals that are long-term. 

So here's the current list as of 4/1/12:

001) Find a new job
002) Go to the gym at least 3 times per week
003) Launch creative project 1
004) Launch creative project 2
005) Watch Trainspotting
006) Get my first tattoo
007) Decorate my bedroom
008) Paint my hallway
009) Visit home more often to see my parents
010) Be less materialistic
011) See much more of my friends
012) Run/jog/walk Race for life
013) Read the Hunger Games
014) Read the Virgin Suicides
015) Re-tune my drawing skills ie re-learn to draw (I seem to have left my ability behind in school)
016) Participate in p52 @
017) Shoot more rolls of film (target: 10 rolls)
018) Film some videos for YouTube (target: 5 videos)
019) Learn to use my sewing machine
020) Print out much more of my photography
021) Read The Picture of Dorian Gray
022)Write some creative pieces (target: 3 pieces)
023) Comment on many more blogs
024) Read The Scarlet Letter

The list was originally only going to be about 15 items, but I seem to have added more....oops!! I will keep adding/editing it so keep checking back to find out where I am. 

Anyway, after watching 4 episodes of season 4 of gossip girl tonight while writing this post, I'm now away to go and do my physio (which hurts :() and read my kindle for a bit.