Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

Christmas breakfast in all its glory the other day. I was supposed to work 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. but felt ill and when I arrived at work I nearly fainted so I decided to return home. I had a shower before I went back to bed but it took a little while because I had zero energy. After sleeping a few more hours, this is what I had to drink and eat. However, it did not taste good at all. I really was (and still am) sick but one has got to eat something… A five-star experience in terms of Starbucks logos though. You cannot see all of the cups on the table here, but one is for a bouquet of flowers since I do not yet own a vase, and another one with all my cutlery.

I spent Christmas sick and solo, but I was prepared – at least for the solo part. I had bought some food but I had no appetite for a real meal. Luckily, I had some Gateau and Peter Beier treats and although I did not feel well, I tried to make it as cosy as possible with the small amount of energy that I managed to gather. I lit some candles and made the table a little more festive than usual.

This little Bukowski bear was a gift from my mother last week, to feel less lonely I think. Very sweet! I had also purchased some expensive champagne, Veuve Clicquot, because hopefully, I will only have to spend Christmas alone once in life! Between my extra strong painkillers I tried some of it. I felt like I had to, I mean, it was Christmas! The Lindt balls, however, I never touched and I still cannot do it. My stomach is very strange, I think it is a virus in there. What a wonderful venue for Christmas festivities… You tiny bastards!

So, my Christmas 2016 consisted primarily of sleep, painkillers and television, but also a little bit of chocolate pralines and saffron pastries that I basically forced myself to consume. I needed the energy. Apparently, my family have had the same symptoms as I lately so I guess I got it from them. I cannot tell you what it is because I do not know, but as I mentioned, probably a sneaky virus.

To feel less abandoned on the day, I had provided myself with an army of golden Lindt bears and I also brought out some soft toys hidden on a shelf. I wore them around my neck on my graduation day… Aside from being sick and solo on Christmas, it was okay. I do not mind being on my own and I certainly know how to enjoy my own company. I was a bit emotional, too, but I got over it. I was given some great presents that I will show you later, and I got several phone calls and texts. I am happy after all. I hope you all had a marvellous Christmas!

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