Have I mentioned that I have the best parents ever? 

I now I’m biased but that’s how I’ve felt since yesterday evening, when I got the most perfect Christmas gift (in my family we give each other presents on the Christmas Eve).

(I’m in the middle of preparing Christmas dinner, so I’m gonna skip details and go to the most important part of my story.)

Anyway, I was opening my presents and found some rather useful ones, some funny ones, a book by Tolkien (obviously), and one volume of manga.

Shingeki no Kyojin, Volume 12 by Hajime Isayama

One volume of manga which made me really happy because seriously, parents seldom buy things like that. I thanked everyone, saw what others got and this was supposed to be the end of that evening. And then my mom gave me a box and said, “I forgot to put it under a tree.”
I found these inside:

All volumes of this particular manga that are available in Poland! I felt like crying and got a little bit too emotional. My hands were shaking, I couldn’t speak, started counting them and putting them in order… I probably looked like that:

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(Yuri on Ice)

I don’t remember the last time I was that emotional. And it wasn’t just about the fact that I got all of them, it was also about this element of surprise (I found out later that it was planned) and the fact that I got them from my parents. I still can’t believe it!

I have to go. But I want to wish you all the best Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/end of this year ever! Be merry!

Old Habits Die Hard

I have a shitload of work to do and have been drinking all kinds of caffeinated drinks for days so I probably shouldn’t be surprised that this combination of work overload and sleep deprivation finally managed to awake my wanderlust. Which means I’m even more miserable because I don’t have time to leave my apartment for more than an hour a day. And that’s just not enough!

Today I finally caved and went for a longer walk (which reminded me so much of my midnight walks in London and Tokyo!). It was either that or going to sleep and I have too much work to even think about sleeping for next 36 hours.

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After this power walk I feel less like a caged animal and more like a human. And it’s a good feeling.

I was rather pleasantly surprised by the weather: there was no icing and temperature was around ten degrees Celsius which is quite hot for December in Poland. I recorded the video below just four days ago:

▲ This is how Polish usually winter looks like. ▼ I’m not gonna complain about it yet, but I hope in about a week or so there’ll be more snow. At least that much:

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photo taken by my mum a week ago

BTW, anyone recognizes what I was listening to while recording the snow? How about a small hint? 😉

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It’s snowing there, too!

#youareperfect

I was looking for a way to make learning Japanese easier and found this (Polish!!) ad that’s completely not about learning languages (though I’m gonna use this labelling method ;).

I started watching it because I knew some rly good Allegro’s (Polish version of eBay) ads. And then, quite suddenly, these pesky little ninjas cutting onions came to my room…

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… and made my cry like a little baby.

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But is it even possible to watch it and NOT get the feels?