Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in Retrospective

Just a few hours left of 2012 and I am super nervous because I finally decided to go that ball I was invited to. So I might as well use the remaining time till I'll get read to write a few words about 2012 (with a few photos taken mostly from my Instagram, because I realized I did not in fact take a lot of photos with my DSLR for some reason o.O).

I will use the same questions as I did the previous years, and answer them in English. I know that some of you might be disappointed that I switched to writing in English mostly, this is probably the biggest change about my blog this year (apart from the new design). I am sorry, but this is the language of my heart and thoughts, and as long as I feel more comfortable expressing my feelings in English I probably won't switch back to German. I will provide German translations on some occasions, I guess, but as for now, I just hope the majority of interested people will not mind too much and see it as an opportunity instead of a hindrance :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

So this was Christmas

Christmas went by super fast, didn't it? I realized that a lot pf the photos I took show my family members that I don't want to post on the internet without their consent, but just looking at them brings all the happiness from these certain moments during the last days right back to me :)

I arrived in Austria on December 22nd and my boyfriend and parents came to the airport to pick me up. Unfortunately Finnair decided to leave my luggage in Turku in favor of some stupid idiot's skiing equipment or something, so I went home without it. I was really nervous, wondering if it would arrive in time - after all, Christmas presents were in there!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Picture My Day #12

Woah, I'm back in Austria for quite some time already, and I have a lot on my mind and to do - unfortunately blogging is not among these things ^^" I am sorry!

I wanted to tell you about our Christmas, but first here's the result of the 12th "Picture My Day" Day, this time organized by achisto. The 26th usually is the most boring and uneventful of the Christmas holidays for me, this year's 26th was no exception. but see for yourself.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nothing to see here, just some random instagram photos

Only two more days of work left, and on Saturday I will leave for Austria! And only 5 days till Christmas - are you looking forward to it? :)

On Monday monring we found a plastic tree in our common room in the office, it had a sign on it that said "Please decorate me!" and decorate him we did! :D I'm especially proud of that golden star on top because I made it from a garland without any wire or anything like that, hehe :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday morning Blues

I don't know what happened to me this week end, but I ended up drawing pretty much all the time. This one turned out to be pretty close to what I had in mind, and I'm especially proud of her pose and the folds on her shirt (because I didn't use any references) :3

Other than that and the pic I showed you previously, I also finally finished the Chibi-Avatar I had promised Blorg a looooong long time ago. Memo to self: never ever promise anyone to draw something for them. I never ends well XD My creativity and productivity is just like a natural disaster that always arrives at unexpected and inconvenient times. It just can't be controlled ^^"

Anyway. Hope you have a nice Monday. Just one more week to go till Christmas ^o^

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dead but still walking

 I can't play any games since about a week ago my mouse stoped working, and I planned on buying a cheap one when I'm back in Austria, so when I'm not at work I'm spending my time reading or drawing at the moment...  

Who sucks at backgrounds? I suck at backgrounds! Whooo!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Long time no see: It's a new recipe! (Baked Apple Muffins)

Hello dear readers!

This is a premier! It will be the first bilingual blogpost featuring one of my recipes :D I think it's a good vocabulary training (for me, but maybe also for you? ^^) and I want to share my recipies with as many people as I can :D So here we go, I hope you'll like it!

Die deutsche Version des Rezepts findet ihr weiter unten, für den Fall dass ihr mit der Englischen nicht viel anfangen könnt :)

The year's almost over and I didn't really have a lot of opportunities to bake, which is kinda sad. I miss it a lot, and I'm looking forward to having my own kitchen soon again ♥ Since it is Christmas time, I want to share a wintry recipe with you, that I came up with last year and prepared for dessert at our Christmas dinner. I call them "Baked Apple Muffins", because the taste is inspired by baked apples :)

Unfortunately I didn't take any proper photos, and did not prepare them again since then, but, well, they look like muffins :)

But here you can see one of them XD I really have to do them again to take better photos.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Varis' Adventures in Helsinki II

(No translation today, sorry!)

It's been roughly 10 months since my last visit, and again I arrived in Helsinki to find it covered in a thick coat of snow! :)
Since I got Friday off from work I was able to spend three whole days in Finland, many thanks go to Fhina who was so kind to let me stay at her place for the time ♥ It was so nice to finally meet her, I think we got to now each other when I started this blog, so it's been quite some time!

I took the bus to Helsinki on Thursday afternoon which was by itself already a little adventure, because I had to walk a while to the bus stop, then I wasn't sure from which side of the street the bus would leave... fortunately I met a very nice lady who helped me out (actually we were both standing on the wrong side at that point, until another person passed by and realized what we were pondering about and told us to go to the other side, haha) and we chatted a bit until the bus came.

I watched the scenery outside while the bus left Turku and headed East toward the capital, bnut by that time it was getting darker and darker. In the end I even fell asleep, even though I was not really that tired. But I woke up again before we reached the border of the city. The funny thing is that we passed by the hotel where I stayed last February with my parents! I was super excited to see a part of the city I already knew, it somehow felt like... coming home :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

The "60 Days to slimmer Legs" Challenge!

Hi everyone!

My friend Jacky asked around if anybody would be interested to do one of these fitness/workout challenges together with her, and oh yes, I was! Thus the 60 Das Legs Challenge of Jacky & Varis was born!

As the name indicates our focus will be different pilates exercises for the legs and she showed me Blogilates, where you can find a lot of useful exercises and advice on a healthy diet, weight loss and general fitness. There are also a lot of videos where the pilates exercises are shown, so I put together a short "workout playlist" on youtube that I want to do from now on!

Wooo, it's a playlist! (I hope?)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A snowy Winter Day

Hello everyone!
(Deutsche Übersetzung weiter unten)

Today, on the first Saturday in December, is International Lolita Day! It's a kind of holiday held twice a year (once in Winter, once in Summer on the first week end of June) to give fans of the fashion a convenient excuse to dress up and gather! Or at least, that's how I would describe it ^^

I found a group of girls via a facebook community who were happy to have a kind of "mini meet up" at the local Christmas market. I was really anxious to meet them, since I really did not know them before. My greatest fear when meeting people I know from the internet for the first time is that I won't recognize them when I see them! But everything worked out nicely :)

My outfit :) I was actually unsure if the boots would fit, but it was -10°C today so I didn't really have a choice. And I think they don't look that bad after all :)