SINGING AT THE SAGE GATESHEAD

Good evening beautiful souls,

A week ago I was lucky enough to once again preform in the north east’s most iconic concert venue – the Sage Gateshead.

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I have preformed there 2 or 3 times already with the youth choir I was in as well as my university choirs. The Sage is a beautiful architectural focal point on the river Tyne. It has two performance halls a very large one (hall 1) and a smaller one for more intimate concerts (hall 2). I’ve been lucky to be part of a couple of big concerts which took place in the stunning Hall One.

Last Wednesday the acapella choir I am currently part of, Northern Spirit Singers, got the chance to (for the second time) accompany the famous Tenor Russel Watson on a couple of his songs. We were the backing voices in different pieces including a Phantom of the Opera medley which was great fun!!!

We all had a lovely time and I feel very lucky to be part of such a talented choir!!

Does anyone else like to sing? And is part of a choir?! I’d love to know!

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DEAR DIARY – WEEK OF THE 4th DECEMBER

Good evening lovelies,

Time for another dear diary post. This week has been quite busy, with ups and downs. I started my week by flying home from Belfast still not feeling great. I got home around 10ish and relaxed for an hour or so with my Jessica, Anthony and Tom before heading to bed.

On Tuesday I had a lovely lie in followed by a yummy breakfast with Jessica before we got started on cleaning the house, because sadly the guys didn’t clean the house before I came home and so it kinda was a mess which I wasn’t happy about. However I don’t mind cleaning and Jessica and busied ourselves for a good two to three hours listening to Christmas songs as we cleaned away and put up the Christmas tree which our landlady had kindly given us. It was quite  a nice morning really! After a late lunch Anthony and Tom came round and we played a game of scrabble which I won hehe. I absolutely love playing games, it is such a nice way to relax and spend quality time with friends. Sadly  Tuesday also marked Anthony’s last day with us as he was flying back to Lebanon on Wednesday. So he chose dinner, which was a cheeky KFC and we settled down to watch Once Upon A Time late into the night.

It was difficult to get up early on Wednesday because we had stayed up quite late the night before but I just about managed. We were supposed to have a coffee together before Anthony left for the airport, but it suddenly turned into a proper breakfast and everyone came over. Although this spontaneous breakfast was slightly stressful it was really nice to have everyone sitting down together even if only briefly before having to say goodbye. So Wednesday was a sad day as Jessica and I lost our Once Upon A Time partner in crime. The rest of the day we just spent relaxing really and doing a bit more tidying. We watched La La Land in the afternoon and I wrapped some Christmas presents already whilst sipping at mulled wine and nibbling ginger snaps. It was a lovely evening although I must admit that I wasn’t a big fan of La La Land.

It was a peaceful journey up in first class enjoying the refreshments and watching the everchanging lanscape whizz past. I arrived with plenty of time to have a cup of Rooibush in a cute cafe near Haymarket before going to find the German consulate to get myself a German passport which was the primary reason for my mini getaway to Edinburgh. Once that was all sorted I got on the bus that google maps told me would take me to my sisters, however here was me failing at my finest because I didn’t think to check in which direction I would have to get the bus and so of course I soon realised I was half way out of town going in the wrong direction. The bus driver made my day though when I told him what I’d done and he gave me a free day ticket before letting me off to catch a new bus in the correct direction. So a good hour later I finally found my sister. We spent the whole afternoon relaxing at hers, but it felt nice to just chill drink tea, eat good food and really catch up. We don’t get many chances to spend quality one on one time together so it’s always nice when we do.

After a relaxed start on Friday morning my sister and I had a wander around Edinburgh almost freezing ourselves to death it was so icy. It was lovely all the same though because the sun was out. Once we got to the Christmas market we treated ourselves to some delicious mulled wine to warm us up. It was yummy, and I decided to keep the cute mugs too so I could bring one back for Jessica. When we could no longer bare the cold, we popped into Costa as my train wasn’t leaving for another hour. At 5pm after a short but sweet stay I was on my way home again, half asleep on my train journey listening to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

On Saturday I had work which wasn’t very exciting, but the evenign made up for it. Some of y friends were hosting a little Christmasy get together and I joined them after work for a couple of hours which was lovely. We enjoyed some drinks, played daft games and chatted away. It was such a lovely evening with a great bunch of people.

Today was a rather boring day at work because it was kinda quiet, but it meant I could get some more admin type of work done for the new year. Now I am home and have just enjoyed a yummy bowl of soup whilst writing this blog post. In about an hour I am leaving for a concert. I am part of the Northern Spirit Singers, an a cappella choir in Durham. It is such a fun choir to be a part of and tonight we have our Christmas concert. So I will love you and leave you, because I should really start getting ready for my concert.

I hope you have all had a lovely  week and are doing something fun tonight too, or able to have a relaxing evening to end the week.

Love Carina xo

LIFE UPDATE – SUMMER COLD

Hello friends,

Sorry I didn’t post anything this weekend, my laptop fan broke and it was off being fixed. I haven’t done a kind of chat style post yet, so as I have been a bit unorganised and don’t have any content to post yet, I thought I would just update you on how I am felling today – which is crap haha!

In general I am really enjoying life at the moment apart from right now I have this annoying cold taking hold of me, turning the nasal tap on as well as blocking it at the same time and draining me of all my energy. I think it was just waiting to happen after August having been such a nonstop busy month and me not giving my body enough time to recuperate maybe.

So yesterday morning I started to feel a bit under the weather and could have done with an early night, however my housemates had planned a dinner and film evening. Anthony and Roop had cooked dinner and invited some friends over too so when I got home from work at around 8pm there was 7 of us sitting down to a yummy Indian/Lebanese dinner which was then followed by a lovely evening chatting and playing games instead of watching a movie. It ended up being 1am before we said goodnight to each other which was far too late for me because as the evening progressed and my nose got stuffier I knew I was definitely in for a full blown cold. I really should have gone to bed at 11 at the latest as I knew my body needed rest but I was having so much fun in really good company that I decided to not pay attention to my body.

Well only getting 5-6hs sleep definitely didn’t help because today I feel terrible. Nevertheless I have had a lovely day off so far. Jessica, Roop, Anthony and  myself continued last nights socialising by having brunch together and playing more games, Code Names and The Settlers of Catan being the favourites. Then all of a sudden it was already 3.30pm and we all got up to get some work done and have a bite of lunch. I cleaned the house a bit, put a wash on and now I am writing this blog post. It’s not exactly been a productive day, but a much needed chilled one which has been perfect with me not feeling well. Sadly I am missing yoga tonight however, I just don’t feel up for it and want an early night to rest my body and catch up on sleep.

The one thing that has really pissed me off today though is the timing of my cold! Tomorrow my choir is backing four-time Brit Classical Award winner Russell Watson at the Gala Theatre in Durham and with this cold I won’t be able to participate – argh! I mean there is no way as I can hardly blow my nose on stage every five minutes! I am so annoyed to be missing this opportunity! I am popping the cold and flu pills and have been drinking so much tea to stay hydrated and help flush out the cold I am running to the toilet every two minutes aha; but sadly I don’t think that will improve my cold enough for me to be able to participate tomorrow evening – I’m absolutely gutted!

Anyway, I’m off to make myself a bowl of soup now and if I haven’t fallen asleep yet before Jessica get’s back from yoga I might just watch an episode of Game of Thrones with her. She’s never seen them before so I’m re-watching them all with her which is good fun.

Well have a nice evening beautiful souls!

Love Carina xo