Christmas 2013 (Part 1)

Thursday, 26 December 2013

1. I'm sat on the sofa with not one but two christmas cookie jars accompanying me. They're tasty.

2. I just watched part 2 out of 3 of Sissi with my mum. Chances are you'll only know what this is if you're German or Austrian, which you are probably not. It's about Elisabeth of Austria and for some reason it's a christmas thing to do watch this every year in Germany, well at least in this household. It's so so wonderful.

3. I'm now watching some episodes of Gilmore Girls for the 1300th time. I love them so. They're like my mum and I. It's like my life. I always used to watch it with my mum, I basically grew up with Rory. Also, there's something surprisingly calming about knowing all the words to something.

4. You can probably tell by now that I'm having a pretty splendid time. I also had a more than wonderful Christmas, so I thought I'd share some photos with you.

P.S. The photos are mainly by my brother and some by my mum :) Just so you know.

SO ready for christmas!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Good evening lovely people, it's christmas eve eve and I could literally not be more exited for Christmas! Our tree is decorated, our table is set and I've even tidied my room (just making sure I stay on the nice list!). Our house is a massive advent calendar on the outside and winter wonderland indoors. Our dog has even stopped puking, if that isn't festive of him, I don't know what is.

Anyway, I just wanted to quickly wish you all the merriest of all Christmas, joyful hours with your loved ones, delicious food and some stillness in all the excitement.

Getting into the Christmas Spirit.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Just this once, let's actually indulge in the run up to Christmas, let's

❤ forget the rushing around we have to do and make time for ourselves
❤ think of thoughtful presents for our loved ones
❤ have cozy film night with lots of blankets and plenty of hot chocolate
❤ enjoy our gingerbread lattes instead of busying ourselves to find signal to tweet about them
❤ light candles and take beautifully scented baths
❤ bake batches and batches of christmas cookies
❤ give at least some of these delicious cookies to our friends
❤ reminisce about all the wonderful things that happened this year
❤ do something nice for someone who doesn't expect it



Wednesday, 6 November 2013

I already told you that Daniel and I had the most incredible afternoon tea on Sunday. I read about this particular afternoon tea on My Gingerbread Journey and instantly knew that I'd have to go. So, selfless that I am, I got it for Daniel for our anniversary. Yeah I'm a pretty sweet girlfriend (he's not a bad boyfriend either though, he got me the tickets to go see "The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime").

Anyway. It was amazing. And definitely a lot posher than I had anticipated. When we were charged a pound at the end for something street (which turned out to be a charitable thing), I thought it might have been because we weren't dressed chic enough - hah. So as the description of this afternoon tea said, we tumbled down the rabbit hole at this mad hatters tea at the Sanderson hotel (just off Oxford Street). I've decided that I don't want to tell you to much, because I want there to be surprises if you do decide to go for it yourself :) It's not the cheapest, but in my humble opinion worth every penny!

Here are some more photos :)

How I like to spend my Sunday Afternoons.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Hej. How's everybody doing? You know I'd actually like to know, so if you'd like to have a chat about how things are going, just comment. Today I had the bestest bestest afternoon. It was such a beautiful crisp (by that I mean freezing, but that was my fault, it was a beautiful sunny day, I just wasn't dressed appropriately) afternoon, and it was spent wandering around London, hanging out in a pretty cool coffee shop (no, not cool in a holland kinda way, just you know nice) and followed by the most exquisite afternoon tea (which deserves its own post, so I won't get into that today). I love sitting in cafés, just chatting away and taking photos of Daniel with his cards. It's definitely been the bestest afternoon I've had in a while, the perfect way to end the weekend, so I thought I'd share it. And remember, the best bit is still to come, the afternoon tea was a.m.a.z.i.n.g, I'll post about it as soon as I can.

Documenting my weeks, one photo at a time

Sunday, 27 October 2013

I keep talking about this, but I do it, because it's true. Because I find it fascinating and scary at the same time: Time is flying! How is it almost November already? It seems like not very long ago, that I was sat on the balcony with my family drinking Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms. The fact that time if flying also means that often days are over before I get to blog, but it's something I really want to keep up, because it's my way of documenting my life, to remind us what happened between a couple of months ago and now, so today I thought I'd write a little post about what we've been up lately, but I'm planning to get into more of a routine again.
Anyway, so here are some of the things I enjoyed lately:

❤ Going on little strolls in my lunch break. I love exploring little side streets near my work and finding cute shops and cafés. Most people in my office tend to get lunch from the same places, because they think everything else is too far away, but I like the process of getting there, to me it's not just a means to an end, but probably the best component of my lunch break.
❤ Going on a Spa Break with my two best friends! I don't see them very often at all at the moment, which is such a shame, but when we do manage to meet up, we try to make the most of it, so last time we met, we decided that we would arrange a Spa day, which, I'm not going to lie, took us FOREVER to plan. In the end, we decided to do it in Sheffield (where Rachel lives), because London is expensive (who knew) and there aren't really any good packages for three. One thing I apparently didn't know, is that Sheffield is pretty far away from London. Like 3 hours away. Yeah. It's ok, I realised it the night before, when I also realised I hadn't brought a single Bikini with me to London, so Daniel and I had to go on a little emergency trip to Tesco at 11 o'clock at night and raid their Sale Bikini selection (I wasn't being stingy, there was just only Sale Bikinis). I won't go into details, but what I will tell you is that it was a disaster and that that's an understatement. There wasn't anything matching. There was also not anything that really fit me. You'll be able to imagine how sweet I looked.
When we finally got there, everything was perfect. The spa was surrounded by absolutely beautiful scenery and we splurged on a massage each for Rachel and I and a pedicure for Alice. In the evening, we went for a lovely dinner (during which I ate pretty much a whole portion of Penne Pollo (without the Pollo) and a pizza, but let's not ask too many questions!) and fell asleep on the sofa after many hours of chatting and watching films. BLISS!

❤ On Monday we went to see Agnes Obel at Union Chapel, which Daniel got me for my birthday. In case you haven't been, Union Chapel is the most beautiful venue you could imagine for a concert and Agnes Obel has the best singing voice imaginable and plays the piano amazingly well too. She also used a scarf for one song, which is pretty Rock'n'Roll. At Union Chapel, they also serve hot tea in proper mugs, which just makes it this little bit more perfect. We had such an amazing evening!

❤ On Wednesday I met my friend Stephi from uni for dinner at Mildreds and drinks. And again, it was so so nice to see her (I hadn't seen her since graduation, which is weird, because for 4 years I saw her almost every day, because she even went to Grenoble at the same time as me). I had a sunblushed tomato and Mozzarella Risotto cake with spinach, green beans, and a grape mustard sauce, and something like sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Yeah. Not a big deal. Apart from that it is. It was tasty.

❤ On Friday evening, Daniel and I went to see "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". We had made reservations at a restaurant near my work after work, where I'm supposed to get a discount. Let me just say it was a super weird (and not in the good way, I like good weird) establishment, and we left after sitting down before even ordering drinks and went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen (or Great British Burger Kitchen how I like to call it, I think someone's gotten a bit too much into the Great British Bake Off). We then went to the wrong theatre, because it said "National Theatre" in big letters on the ticket and we thought Apollo was one of the theatres within the National Theatre. Turns out Apollo is actually about 20 minutes away. Woops. Definitely didn't do the maths, when google suggested two completely different routes to us when we looked it up independently, but oh well. The play itself was really good, it was very modern, which I often don't like, but it really fitted the story here.

❤ And then yesterday, we went to see "Piff the Magic Dragon". Yeah that's right, it's a guy dressed as a dragon that does magic. I told you I was into the good kind of weird! So yeah this was a mix between comedy and magic, and it was hilarious, we really enjoyed it! What was even stranger though, was that we met two people (plus partners) from my work! It was the smallest little venue, and the act was obviously very strange, so I definitely didn't think I could possibly meet anyone I know there (Daniel maybe, because he's got magic friends, but me??). We ended up going for drinks with them, and had a great evening. I love how sometimes everything just flows perfectly and you end up having a brilliant night!

So. As I said, this got pretty long, but that's exactly my point from the beginning, it just seems like time runs away, but in reality I do get up to some cool stuff (in my opinion, I know that a lot of people wouldn't agree that going to a magic dragon show is very cool hah), which is exactly why I need to start documenting it more.

What have you been up to lately? Any magic dragon shows or anything to report?

About unwinding.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Hello you, long time no see! Days can be over so quickly when you're working, which means weeks are quicker over too, and that it's important to kind of make time in between it all to be in the present moment and not just rushing around, trying to fit in socialising or whatever you feel it is you ought to do in your free time. Not saying, that you shouldn't socialise, not at all, socialising is great, but it's even better, when you choose to do it, because you really feel like it and not to cross one more thing of your agenda. I hope this makes sense, all I'm trying to say really is that it's important to watch out for what you really feel like doing :)
To me it's not just about having a good work-life balance in terms of hours, but also about actually unwinding in the life hours. Right now, I'm lying in bed with my macbook with Daniel asleep next to me, because he's a little jetlagged, after getting back from San Francisco on Friday, but at first I had the urge to get us up and ready, and do this and that, but still not really anything. It took me a little to remember how precious it can be to sometimes actively not do anything, because during the week, I get so used to rushing around all the time. I don't mind rushing around, quite the opposite, I really like being busy at work and having lots to do, but I forgot how much I love just lying in bed reading a good book and listening to the rain drops falling on the window, isn't that just one of the most calming sounds in the world? But thankfully I remembered now, so after showering I got back into bed, and now I'm just relaxing and enjoying the morning. There shouldn't be any rushing around on a Sunday, there should be cuddles, hot chocolates and cake making, and that's exactly how I intend to spend the rest of today :)

What's your favourite day of spending a Sunday?

The iTunes Festival that turned into an actual festival

Monday, 30 September 2013

(Daniel's photo)
So I already told you about that time Daniel and I went to see Kings of Leon. Well we got lucky again... and again (and again and again and again). We got so lucky, I'm scared we've used up all of our luck for this year. Knocking on wood as we speak.

We got so many tickets through yplan, but had to give some back, because we weren't able to go. We also won two sets the more usual way (i.e. directly from Apple). Anyway, I'll stop bragging now, and talk about who we actually saw. Apart from Kings of Leon, we also saw Primal Scream, Gabrielle Aplin and HAIM. I already told you how much I enjoyed Kings of Leon, and whilst I wasn't the biggest fan of Primal Scream, I absolutely loved Gabrielle Aplin and HAIM, they're such cool ladies! Gabrielle Aplin is just so so adorable and has a stunning voice and the HAIM sisters... well I don't even know what to say, pretty sure when you look up cool online, it just comes up with photos of them. Yeah I know not the newest kinda joke, but seriously! They asked for sweets and chocolate mid way through and actually had a little munch. I wish I was as cool. Maybe not quite as cool, I'm not sure I'm down with being a rockstar, but you know almost as cool.

Oh and I also discovered Dan Croll, whose music I very much enjoyed!

Anyway, I thought I'd just quickly share with you whom I enjoyed, so if you want to, you can give them a listen on iTunes.

Here's my recommendations:

❤ Gabrielle Aplin
❤ Kings of Leon
❤ Dan Croll

You can find all the full gigs using this link.

P.S. I'm currently drinking lemon-cucumber water out of a Fosters glass, I think maybe I'm already cool.

Birthday Weekend Part 2: About Time at Everyman

Sunday, 29 September 2013

On the Saturday, Daniel took me to see "About Time" at the Everyman in Belsize Park. Before I get into how perfect an evening we had, I'd like to tell you a little bit more about the way Daniel likes to give presents. He doesn't just write in a card detailing what we're going to do, he does it in riddles. Sometimes it turns into a little treasure hunts, and sometimes it's an actual riddle, i.e. something I have to figure out. This time it was a riddle, which I solved at 6 o'clock in the morning. Go me. The one for the Saturday was my favourite, all I was given were 4 images.

One of a bolt.
One of a clock.
One of an @ sign and
One of men and women with arrows pointing at some.

Yeah. Not very straight forward! I won't lie to you, I wouldn't have gotten it without his help, but I loved the creativity. So the bolt was, because it sort of sounds like about. The clock for time (this one I did get, go me!). The @ again pretty straight forward, but the last one?? It took some hints to get me to realise, that the arrows were pointing at all the men, and not at a single women. So long story short, it stood for Everyman, my favourite cinema in the whole wide world (you're getting a theme here of how amazing my weekend was, starting with my favourite restaurant in the whole world and continuing at my favourite cinema in the whole world!).

If you're not familiar with the Everyman, it's a small, very exclusive cinema chain. As Daniel says, you can tell you're in one, by the fact that you can hear spoons in dessert glasses instead of rustling popcorn. They bring you all your drinks and snacks to your seat. And oh boy do they have a selection! They have things like olives, frozen yoghurt, teapigs teas, chocolate covered raisins etc etc. We went for frozen yoghurt (I had mine with fresh fruit, deeeeeeeelicious!), chocolate covered raisins, and I had a rooibos tea as well. Pretty amazing already, right? It gets better!!! Let me talk a little about the seats. We had the very best seats in the whole cinema for two reasons! Firstly, they were back middle in the very middle, even the waitress acknowledged that they were the best ones in the whole room. Secondly, Daniel treated us to Premium seats, which means it's pretty much a sofa, so you can snuggle up. You can also put the seat back, and the footrest up. Honestly words cannot describe how comfortable this cinema experience is.

Let me be honest, in this cinema, I'd probably gladly watch the shittest film. I would. Just for the comfort, and I really wasn't expecting that much from the film, mainly because it just looked like a straight forward Romcom, but also because we'd only seen bad films in the last month.
I was wrong. I was so so wrong. Daniel and I both absolutely LOVED the film. It had everything you want in it, it was hilarious (like laugh out loud, happy funny. They say things like "never trust a blueberry", come on!!), it was heartwarming and it had a lovely morale. It's a film where you genuinely go out promising yourself to appreciate the little things more and to dwell less on what annoys you. It's a beautiful film, and I'm definitely planning to watch it again. Here's a trailer:

Have you seen it yet? Also have you ever been to an Everyman Cinema? They're slightly pricey, but so worth it at the same time! I'd rather only go to the cinema sometimes and go to one of these, than pay 10 pounds to go to a regular ones, where you can't even fit your drink in the drink holder (plus I think 10 Pounds is pretty steep anyway!). Plus they usually choose good films for these cinemas (since they can only show 1-2 at the same time, they're fairly small), which is a plus too!

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend.

P.S. Very random, but Daniel thought I should mention that we had delicious homemade pesto just before we went to the cinema. And now that he's said it, I kind of agree, it was super delicious, and therefore made the evening even more perfect!

Birthday Weekend Part 1

Saturday, 28 September 2013

I told you yesterday that I wanted to share the wonderful birthday weekend Daniel had planned for me with you. On the Friday (my actual birthday), he took me to my favourite restaurant in the whole wide world: The Gate. It's a vegetarian restaurant, but trust me it's just amazing food, which both vegetarian and meat-eating people agree on. All their dishes are just perfectly balanced, and as a food critic said "The Gate have turned vegetables into chic little explosions of taste". I've been in love with their food ever since I first went there. They had been refurbishing their first restaurant for a while, but it just reopened, so I was especially pleased to go back to the place where my love story with the Gate started.
Unfortunately the photos don't do the food any justice, because it was pretty dark, but you know just to give you an idea.
No photo, but I started with a Raspberry-Pear juice, which was just sooo tasty and elegant and as smooth as velvet, definitely the most comforting drink I've ever had!
From the food descriptions, you'll be able to get an idea of how beautifully composed all the dishes are! There's always so many components that end up causing a taste explosion in your mouth when combined (they're pretty good on their own too!)

For starters, Daniel had the Mediterranean vegetable tart: Red pepper, courgette, and slow dried tomato baked with crème fraiche in a cheese pastry served with leaves, pesto dressing and olive tapenade.

Oh my word was this delicious!

I don't know how it's even possible, but I think mine might have even been a nuance more delicious. I know I know, how can it get even better than that? Wait for it:

I went for the filled courgette flower: filled with fava been, feta cheese, mint and pine nuts cooked in a crispy batter with puy lentil salsa and preserved lemon aioli.

I'm not even going to attempt to describe to you how this tasted, it was so sensational, there are no words, you literally have to go and try it!

Moving on to mains. Daniel had an 'oh my word again there cannot be words to describe how comforting this felt in my mouth" Wild Mushroom Risotto cake: served with sauté girolles, pied de mouton, oyster and paris brown, with cep reduction and finished with rocket and Twineham grange shavings in truffle dressing. I think this might have actually been one of the best things I've ever tasted!

I had a spicy corn and polenta cake: seasoned with chili, coriander and thyme, pan-fried and served with sweet potato, grilled aubergine, oven-dried tomato and spiced pickled fennel, finished with red pepper, black bean salsa and coriander and lime dressing.

Potentially the weakest dish of the evening, but still a whole world better than any food outside of the Gate :). If you do go there, I recommend that along with the risotto cake, you also get the root vegetable rotolo: parsnip, swede and celeriac wrapped in thyme-infused potato topped with dolcelatte cheese, served with french beans, peppercorn and coarse-grain mustard sauce and finished with sweet potato crisps. I haven't had this one in particular before, but I've tried two or three different variations of their Rotolo, and have always been loving it. They're AMAZING!!

We also shared a portion of Polenta chips with garlic aioli, which you know, were just necessary ;)

Unfortunately there wasn't a single dessert without nuts when we went which was a little upsetting. But again if you do go, I'd like to make a recommendation anyway: their crème brûlées are just insanely good! I've had their earl grey one and also their lavender one and both were super tasty.

All in all a pretty wonderful start to my birthday weekend, wouldn't you say?

Hej you!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Hej you!
I've worked full time for a whole month now. 1 whole month. 4 weeks. I've received my first pay too. It's like I'm a grown up or something. But then also not quite yet. I'm struggling to post on this little blog at the moment, which is ok, because I only want to blog, when I feel like it, you know? Today I feel like it. I wanted to blog about my birthday weekend, because Daniel put together a wonderful weekend of delicious food, the comfiest of all cinemas and a Harry Potter Tour, but I will document that weekend another day. Today I just wanted to check in and say Hi.

I like working. I've met many great people that have so far failed to get annoyed when I ask yet another question with probably a very obvious answer, and they've made my start so much smoother. The one thing I really don't like is getting up at 6 o'clock. Ok make that 6.11, which is the very latest I can push it. I want to cry every single morning, because even though I'd describe myself as a morning person, I'm just not even a person before 7am. But that's changing a little soon, so it's not even worth moaning about.

But how are you people? How was your week/month etc? I'm genuinely interested, you know.

Oh but before I go, can I just tell you a cute little story? You know how I talked about mums being great the other day? Well Daniel's isn't bad either. She's not my mum, which is as we established what makes a mum the best mum, and I'd still rather be around my own mum when I'm ill or you know in general (I even already think about how I'll make sure to see her often when I'm pregnant one day), but she did something pretty sweet the other day. In the middle of the night when she went downstairs to get a drink, she heard me coughing, so she made me hot lemon water with honey. In that moment, it was the best, most soothing thing in the world ever. And then the next day, she bought me some "antibacterial honey" (Manuka). I'd been going on about that stuff for weeks, and we won't tell her that I already have a pot, but her noticing it in M&S and picking it up for me, I thought was pretty sweet. I'm very lucky with all the lovely people (mums and non-mums) I have around me.


About having the best mum in the world

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Mums are pretty great aren't they? I think I might actually have the best one, and what I like most about this statement is that it can be true for anyone, without being less true for anyone else. Everyone who's lucky enough to have a caring mum can have the best one, because it's the best one for them, because mums always know what their kids need.

My mum does anyway, and I wholeheartedly hope that you're blessed with a mum that's just right for you too, one that always knows when something is wrong, and how it can be fixed, just like mine :)
It was my birthday on Friday (23 isn't old yet right? But then, I'm not even kidding when I tell you that yesterday morning (Monday after) I looked in the mirror and for the first time ever noticed a wrinkle, coincidence much?). Mum had sent me a pretty huge parcel, which I was obviously very exited to open (which means I actually opened it at 6 o'clock in the morning, firstly because I'm a huge child and secondly because I had to leave for work soon after, and just couldn't leave it alone until 7 in the evening).
I apologise, the photo really doesn't do the box any justice, but I really wanted to share this present with you now ;)
Inside was very very carefully wrapped this First Aid Box filled with things to cheer me up when I'm down/not feeling very well. I already told you that I have this annoying tendency to worry too much and I also told you about having been ill for way too long (nothing major, just feeling coldy). Mum sent me this box, so I'd have lots of things that can cheer me up, put a smile on my face again and distract me from feeling ill, amongst the many things in there you could find more obvious choices, like chocolate, tea and DVDs, but also very creative things for which the thought behind them just fills my heart with joy: ink to write love letters with, flying wish paper to post your wishes to the universe, a kaleidoscope to look at things differently (which is sometimes so muchly needed), and many many more things, each individual piece chosen with so much love and care.
Isn't this the sweetest present in the whole world? Oh and it came with a proper handwritten letter too, amazing right?

I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful mum. I'm genuinely so grateful (and obviously not just because she's pretty good at giving me presents I like). She's always there for me. I'm 23 now, and when I'm ill (like now), she checks up on me every day and makes sure I don't put too much pressure on myself, because you know when you're ill, you just really need your mum (well I do anyway, not sure that will ever go away). And I know, even if I just wanted to moan about feeling coldy at three o'clock at the moment, she'd be there on the other end of the phone for me :).

So yes, that's my little story for today. I'd love to hear some mum stories from you, like things you always did when you're a kid/that you do now or you know anything really.

P.S. I hope you all started in the new week well, did you know we passed the 100 days till Christmas mark?

Thank you ever so much YPlan, I'll happily take those (free) Kings of Leon tickets of you!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

I told you about YPlan before, haven't I? But then of course I don't expect you to have read everything I've ever written on here. Basically, it's a brilliant app for last minute events in London, ranging from Outdoor Cinema in the Park to Magic Shows, Comedy and Concerts. If you haven't already, you absolutely need to sign up. I mean it. Do it now, before you continue reading (should you wish to do so). You can thank me later. Oh and if you do download it, use the code GOODBYE- to get £7 towards your first purchase on there (and if you make that first purchase, it gets me £7 too, I just thought you should know). Anyway, enough free advertising for YPlan, let me tell you what they gave me for free!

Yesterday evening, Daniel and I got to go to the iTunes Festival to see Kings of Leon, one of my favourite bands! I'm sure you all know about the iTunes Festival, basically it's a series of (really super amazingly cool) concerts, to which you can only win tickets. Daniel and I signed up to so many, but unfortunately are yet to win any. Sad times. Then I found out that YPlan put on a handful of tickets (also for free) at 11 o'clock the day before all the concerts. Sweet. Thing is, (surprisingly) we weren't the only ones that got exited about this. We both had alarms set for 11 o'clock on Tuesday morning, we both kept refreshing until it appeared on the app, and we were left disappointed when it was sold out before it even appeared on our screen. Gutted.
Luckily I think some sort of higher power really wanted me to go, so yesterday when I just wanted to have a general look what was on that evening, I saw that there were Kings of Leon tickets!! And I'm sure you will have guessed by now, I got them. Two beautiful tickets. So for once I left precisely at the end of the working day and raced to Camden, and got there with about two minutes to spare to pick up the tickets. It was then that we found out, that not only were we lucky enough to get tickets on the day to one of our favourite bands, YPlan tickets also got you fast track entrance, i.e. no queuing in the rain! Can you even believe how cool all of this is? I definitely couldn't until we were in and heard live music (Jimmy Eat World was supporting act!).
The concert itself was so so so so good! I had seen them live once before, and would definitely do it again straight away. I would happily have paid for this, it was a great concert. I just love Anthony Followill's voice (definitely gave me goosebumps more than once!) and there was a great atmosphere, because it was a much smaller venue than what they'd normally play, but big enough for the type of music they do (it was at the roundhouse in Camden). Amazing.
What a beautiful venue!

Can we just briefly talk about one thing that annoys me about concerts though? Encores. I don't get them. Can't they just play all their lovely songs and when it's over it's over? I don't like that encores have just become expected, and that some of the best songs are purposely saved for them. I don't even know why they annoy me so much. If I was in a band, I'd make it clear from the beginning that there wouldn't be one. One of the many reasons why my career as a rock/popstar would probably fail quite miserably ;)

Did you enter for any iTunes festival tickets? Who would you like to see out of the lot? Oh also, if you do win some amazing tickets on YPlan as well, you kind of have to take me along, you know because I pushed you in that direction. If you insist on taking an actual friend instead (although let me tell you I could be a great friend, I'd even buy you a drink), a nice meal will do instead, that'd totally be ok too!