Week in review: Some kind of happy.

I’m sitting here in the boring.room

It’s just another rainy Sunday afternoon.

I’m wasting my time …

Wait. Okay, that’s a lie. A big fat one at that. It’s a gorgeous day and I’ve got lots to do – mostly so I can make the most of the sunny hours today. Anyway, it’s time to wrap up my past week despite once again feeling it flew by too fast. And forgetting to take notes of what I did so I’m rather sure I’ll miss out on some going-ons. Then again, it’s those same adulting tasks most of us know from their own lives so not necessarily mention-worthy in anyway. Same old, same old. What’s also the same but definitely not boring is Meg’s week in review so hop on over there to see more pictures of adorable Ave and what everybody else did. Oh and the title? My current state of being. The “some kind of” because it mirrors my head still spinning with too many thoughts, regrets and oh well … let’s get started.

Week in review

Worked four days thanks to Monday being another holiday for us. It’ll be hard to get used to full five-day work weeks again. #sospoiled

Edited an application for one of my brother’s friends who’d heard I did that. It was in English so even more fun to do. Somebody hire me as an editor, please?!

Bought lunch/late breakfast for a colleague. She’s the first one to arrive in the morning and go-go-go until lunch time.  I offered to run to the organic bakery around the corner and got her two buns [cheese and butter were at the office already or I’d gotten some of that, too]. This is also the same colleague I’ve been promising a batch of homemade granola for the same reason: she doesn’t get enough breaks and the office candy bowl isn’t exactly a proper nourishing meal*. I’m not mentioning this to score any brownie points but simply because it feels good to see that little things like that can brighten others’ days. I like my colleagues so doing them tiny favours is one of my favorite parts of work. Though I obviously still actually work, too😉.

On that note I also bought my dad one of his favourite crisp breads because I don’t want him to run out non-sugary at least somewhat healthy food at the office. You know me.

*Can you tell I have some motherly genes in me :D? Okay, it might also be the health nut in me …

Cauliflower Chickpea Curry_FG[An old favourite – my Cauliflower Chickpea Curry – has been making a reappearance for lunch this past week. ]

  • Speaking of my dad: we got along really well the past days. Those of you not visiting for the first time will know we have a difficult relationship so this accomplishment ranks up high for me. It made a huge difference in my overall mood. Not wanting to sound like a negative Nancy here I will say, though, that this could change in the blink of an eye again. I’m enjoying it while it lasts because living in the moment is the very best thing to do – marvelous even.
  • Because I still can’t shake off the feeling some might read a bragging tone into my mention of buying my colleague food [overthinking? Always.]: Shoutout to my dad for spring-cleaning my bike – as well as his and my mum’s. I’m really bad at things like that so I was glad he took care of it
  • Did some recipe experimentation. I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired or too afraid of failing lately hence the lack of new recipes on here.
  • Went on many walks again. It’s been really good weather the past few days which makes walks a must. And a mood-brightener.
  • Cleaned my apartment including scrubbing the shower and cleaning the bathroom mirror – a task I despise because it’s never spotless paining my perfectionist side. Stank eye, mirror.
  • Started taking my vitamin D supplement again – thanks to Kate for the reminder!
  • Stopped and smelled the flowers every day. My mum’s garden is in full bloom and I’m enjoying it a lot.

Flowers_orange

  • Edited the first rough draft of the intro of my sister’s Bachelor thesis. It promises  to be an interesting read but I’m glad it’s not me writing a thesis once again. One time is enough, no? Coincidentially, though, my sister is going to interview somebody from the same magazine I did when I wrote mine.
  • Wrote a long blog post in one go on Wednesday night – note: I never write them in one go – but decided on not publishing it in the end. It was a weird situation but I still haven’t figured out some of the mind rumbles I mentioned in the past week. Sometimes we just need to write things out to sort through them.

…and that is enough of me for today. Tell me about your weeks and don’t forget to stop by Meg’s for more Week in Review shenanigans!

Happiness-inducing today:  Sunshine. Smiling like a goof because of said sunshine.

 

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Good good links #143

Oh, hello there. I know I was MIA* ever since my post on Monday. I’d say: life happens. Life can also mean too little sleep happens – it’s not good and absolutely has to change. Buuuut you’re not here to hear me complain. Actually, I don’t have any complaints right now because today was just lovely. From waking up to sunshine to getting in a good mix of productivity and relaxaton – dear life, I’ll take days like that more often.

Onto what you’re really here for: lots of great links from all around the web. Enjoy!

*why do we say that when we can’t be sure we were actually missed? <- hi, overthinking everything. But really.

Have a great Sunday! May the sunny weather be on your side!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

The crazy reason this magazine rejected me via Sarah Jenks

The sad reality of what mainstream media still keeps telling us is success.

Tiny is big. via Alexandra Franzen

A reminder to see how much joy and hope the little things add to our life . and to show our love more often.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

Say yes to things that scare you via Diary of an Ex-Sloth

Because some of us – like me – are way too good and saying no – and at that potentially missing out on many opportunities and experiences.

8 Things Everyone Should Stop Putting Up With Before Turning 30 via Forever Twenty Somethings

Some admittedly are harder to let go of but all worth it for your own happiness and confidence.

Things You Should Know About Amenorrhea via the real life RD

… that apparently – I don’t know from own experience but trust Robyn’s words here – many health professionals won’t tell you/don’t have enough knowledge about.

How to be okay with gaining weight via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Still not easy for me but Kylie makes good points on why we’re so much better off not giving much thought about the number on the scale.

A vitamin D deficiency via The Domestikated Life

Not only did Kate remind me to start taking my supplement again but she did a great job explaining why you might want to have your Vitamin D levels checked, too.

Can you survive without carbs? via Hello Healthy

What I liked best about this was its objective take on the issue and summary of facts.

10 Habits Of Highly Organized People via The Glitter Guide

Now how to adopt all of these in my life …?

How to cope with the rising cost of produce via Mango About Town

Great tips – especially if you’re like me and tend to overdo it in the produce aisle.

How Many Daily Steps Do You Really Need for Better Health? via Hello Healthy

Why 10,000 might not be the right answer and: don’t miss the second to last paragraph if you’re very active!

 

Good good [posts to make you smile and DIYs]

Brand Name vs. Generic via ASAP Science

Honesty time: which one do you usually buy?

This Quiz Will Reveal Who You Are Based On Your Salad Preferences via BuzzFeed

Let me know your result in the comments! Mine was pretty accurate – how does BuzzFeed do that?

#InstaFaker VS #InstaReality via SketchShe

Living that Instagram life. #forlessrealityoninstagram

 

 

Good good [food]

Cookie dough stuffed chocolate cupcake for one by Leah via The Lean Green Bean

Be still, my lttle heart. If looking at this doesn’t make you want to reach through the screen I don’t know …

Chocolate Coconut Chickpea Granola via Fit Foodie Finds

Am I strange for not considering this concept strange at all? For me, this is simply another [really fabulous] way to eat all. the. chickpeas!

Horchata White Chocolate Bark with Almonds and Cinnamon via Feed Me Phoebe

While I’m usually not a big fan of white chocolate the add-ins here make it all the more interesting.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai via a whisk and two wands

No spaghetti squash to be found over here but this looks too good not to share.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today:Feeling so SO happy all day long despite not doing anything special. Life can be good.

 

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Week in review: Peanut butter and family time.

Sometimes writing intros is hard because my brain won’t bother churning out any ideas. And sometimes it’s hard because there are too many thoughts. Especially after the past few days had me reflect on many things in life and changes I want and need to make. My head is spinning with thoughts but since I prefer to keep these Weeks in Review on the  light[er] side and also don’t want to serve you half-digested brain meanderings I will keep them churning for a little longer. Let’s chat about the past week instead – and by that I mean I want to hear about yours, too. Give yourself some credit for all you do every week. Even if – like for me on many occasions, too – “just the usual”. Done is done and you deserve that pat on the back. Thanks to Meg for hosting once again.

Week in review

  • Worked five days again with Friday feeling never-ending. My exhaustion on this day felt awful in the moment but made me realize I need to take certain steps to prevent it happening again in the future. I’m aware this is cryptical but I’m honestly not sure about my real plan of action here, either.
  • Cleaned my entire apartment including the rooms I never use [to be called the the dust collectors from now on …] it’s too big for one person – for our guests arriving on Thursday/Friday. It’s another holiday weekend over here and one where the majority of the family on my mother’s side visits every year. As much as I like my family I will admit  having that many people around is not the easiest for an introvert like me. Verdict after this weekend: I need a lot more practice.
  • Meal-prepped for a few days and prepared breakfast the night before Sunday through Thursday. I still need to get [a lot] better about this.
  • Made a huge mess in the kitchen when preparing my no-bake vegan fudge brownies on Saturday  [base] and Sunday  [fudge layer] plus a little recipe experimenting [gone right taste but wrong texture-wise]. Meaning two days of cleaning the kitchen again. As much as I enjoy cooking and baking I don’t deal well with seeing chocolate, cocoa and various liquids [honey …] spilled around. It’s giving me the heebie-jeebies and my head really needs to get used to it. Maybe more recipe creation would be a good shock therapy ;)?!

No-bake fudge brownies_M

  • Interrupted writing this post to  a) gather my family’s clothes drying outside when the sun switched over to a heavy downpour all of a sudden and b) tidy my parents kitchen quickly as my dad was expecting guests. I’d say he owes me a favour now. Doing my laundry, maybe ;)? Thinking about it I’d already appreciate the internet working properly. My tech-genius brother was/is [as I’m writing this] around for the weekend and has been figuring out the why to our current problems with it,
  • Had a good old sing-along and dance party in my kitchen while preparing the above. Note to self: do this more often. It even sparked a potential post idea [that I should really scribble down after finishing this post lest I could easily end up forgetting it] – I’d call that a win-win situation.
  • Skipped my already non-intense pilates workout on several days. While not exercising to deserve food anymore I still find allowing myself full rest hard. One [rainy] day I’ll [be able to] sit on my butt watching movies, talking and eating good food with even better company like other people do, too. One day …
  • Possibly the most exciting kitchen action of the week: Making my own peanut butter for the first time. Why didn’t I dare to way earlier?! Okay, I know why: my constant fear of breaking my Vitamix. But seriously: it’s so easy yet so amazing. Only I wish I was able to find no-oil-added peanuts. Because I want my nut butters to be just nuts, maybe salt but nothing else. My family still enjoyed their PB & Js and I can’t deny enjoying many spoonfuls as is. Sometimes you just need the “bad” PB.

peanut butter_jelly_bread

Took a million and one pictures of my nephew. But obviously spent even more time with him without the camera separating us. A million pictures are worth nothing if we didn’t actually make the memories they’re capturing.

… and with that I’m off to try and make some more memories before everybody’s packing and leaving again.  Happy Monday to all of you!

Happiness-inducing today: The time spent with my family – they’re a fun, maybe slightly crazy bunch which makes them all the more lovable.

My evening walk – nobody else felt like joining me – including gorgeously sun-flooded views and an amazing frog concert. Those little guys were seriously singing their hearts out [just for me].

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If you’ve made nut butters at home before:which kinds? I still want to try white almond butter but there’s the issue of worrying about my Vitamix again.

 

 

Good good links #142

It’s that time of the week again: both the one where I get to share some of the great posts by others – maybe you, too – I found throughout the past days [and shamefully admitting that I once again read more I wanted to include but forgot to scribble down somewhere]. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of the week where my brain refuses to come up with an inventive intro. But just like every other week you’re fortunately not here for my mind’s musing but all those great posts below.

Have a great Sunday!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight via The New York Times

A longer read but well worth it for the insight on how dieting wrecks our metabolism and why we have no influence on our “happy weight”.

How Getting Into Fitness Gave Me A Negative Body Image via He and She Eat Clean

One of the less-talked-about  dark sides of the fitness and healthy living world.

 

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

Don’t Worry, No One Has Their Shit Together via Kayla in the City

Very reassuring post for anybody who feels like everybody else knows exactly what they’re doing and where they’re going in life.

7 Life Lessons I Learned From 5 Years Of Probation va Erin’s Inside Job

Yes, I share posts by Erin quite often but her reflections on the experiences she had and life’s lessons are always worth reading.

Nutritional Nonsense Detection Kit via dietitically speaking

A step-by-step instruction to help you not falling for all of those myths and attention-grabbing headlines + claims out there.

How to reduce your waste via love me, feed me

Lots of great tips on a topic anybody living a healthy life cares about. Living a little “greener” feels and does good.

What Is Health at Every Size?  via Avocado a Day

Why you can never tellhow halthy a person actually is just looking at their BMI/weight.

 

Blogging

Why Everything You Hear About How to Blog is Wrong via Helene in Between

Ah-men. <- the sigh of relief I let out after reading this and you probably will, too. There aren’t always hard and fast rules to everything.

 

 

 

Good good [food]

Rose Water Sprinkles via Sugar and Satire

Homemade vegan sprinkles? No longer a far-away dream.Colour me pink impressed.

5 Cake Recipes You Can Have For Breakfast via Bloglovin’

Because I know this is some people’s mum-would-not-approve childhood dream. Go have your cake and eat it for breakfast, too!

25+ Ways to Eat More Chickpeas via Mango About Town

I’ll always advocate eating more of my favourite legumes – how about for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert?!

Smoky & Meaty Tomato Dip (vegan) via Elephantastic Vegan

A  hearty dip that I have no doubt would be a hit with vegans and meat eaters alike.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Spending the afternoon with my sister, her husband and obvously the little one who are visiting for the weekend.

 

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vegan cookies_The vegan 8

ToL: Summer TMI, blogger problems and cookies

It’s Thursday and time to let the thoughts run places again.  This will be the shortest intro in the history of this blog but a little trouble I ran into [see below] means I have to finish this at a time I actually wanted to be in bed already sooo … sleep matters, yes? Sorry for this – we’ll pretendit’s part of the schedued andomness.

Ready, set,: thoughts out loud!

Thinking-Out-Loud

Baking for others [and stress-relieve]? I’m so up for that. After recommending this recipe to my sister and getting a rave review from her my mum got curious and wanted to try the cookies herself. I not so unselfishly – an opportunity to taste-test cookie dough?!- offered to bake a batch. It was one of the quickest to prepare recipes I’ve tried so far and the verdict? Divided. I tried a bite and they taste amazingly buttery and have a great texture. At first bite my mum was delighted. Later? Not as impressed anymore – I’m not sure why and will have to investigate . Just to clarify this: Brandi’s recipe is delicious, my mum simply has way too high expectations as you might remember. We’ll have lots of visitors over for the weekend so I’ll be sure to get some more opinons and report back. Because how bad could these innocent chocolate chip cookies be?

vegan cookies_The vegan 8

Oh,  what a difference a few minutes make. More details: just a few minutes ago I was going to excitedly tell you that we got a new internet router that’s allowing for fast internet [less blogging frustrations about pictures not uploading etc.]. Now? Not so much. Fast but flunky. As in: I found myself kicked out for one and a half hours before I could finally get it to work again and write my post. That right here would be the blogger problem mentoned in the intro. Stirring up anxious nerves that I needed to calm. With chocolate.

What is it about chocolate chips that makes them that alluring? Aside from being chocolate, I mean. Because they’re actually not a particularly awesome kind. Or maybe that’s just because I’ve been playing in higher leagues again  [read: mingling with the 80 % bars]. Still,I find my hand in the bag time and time again.

Chocolate chips_II

On a completely different topic, probably verging on TMI territory – though when everybody’s talking about poop what even is TMI anymore? So: summer. Yay sun! For some of us that means not just a risk of sunburn – hi, fellow pale-skinned people! – and also the potential of …. stronger bodily odors. If you know what I mean. Me? I apparently lucked out there. Which is good because I’ve finally made the switch to a [hopefully] more natural deodorant a short time ago. I felt bad about all the chemistry I apply to my skin using regular ones. Though I know there apparently are even more  natural ways to cover unwanted smells but I’m just not ready/daring enough for that.

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Speaking of bodily odors – what a nice expression, no? – I told you about my current favourite one already. When thinking out loud about the point above my sister chimed in letting me know that sweat was one of the components of this heavenly scent. Kind of obvious but still  … hmm.

On the note of nice scents: summer’s here! Go and smell the flowers. Or blow the dandelons seeds’! <- does anybody still do this as an adult?

Happiness-inducing today: A walk in the beautiful evening light – without a jacket because it was still warm! Ah, summer is coming.

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What are some topics you’d consider TMI? I’m usually not the one to go into topics like the one above in daily life but I guess blogging makes us share a little more random thoughts😉.

Has summer been showing where you are yet? Our early summer weather is supposed to end again this weeked already.

 

Week in review: Scents and sounds of [family] life

Hello, Monday!

Today’s Week in Review is going to be short – and hopefully sweet – which I hope you’ll excuse as I’m quickly writing this post before enjoying the last few hours of her stay with my sister and the baby. They’ve been staying with us since Thursday night and it’s been a much appreciated break from the usual sounds and scents of life – hence the title and theme you’ll see in a minute. Thank you once again to Meg whose daily life is very baby-centered these days, too.I can’t deny I’m already looking forward to the latest pictures of Ave so let’s get this started!

Week in review

Only a few snippets of what I did during the past week: I …

  • Worked three days only thanks to a public holiday  [Himmelfahrt].  Three packed days they were.

Sounds: hectic voices, occasionally a little louder than would feel necessary.
Scents: sterile. Birch trees when the colleague I’m sharing an office with opened the windows. Technically a nice scent … If it didn’t send me into insane poll allergy sneeze attacks. Spring, what are you doing to me?!

  • Published three blog posts one of which was a recipe for a delicious snack that’s already a new family favourite.
    Sounds: my current good mood Spotify playlist. I highly recommend a slice of this* for your ears if Monday has you feeling like  …

*yes, I’m aware of the actual meaning of this title …

Scents: freshly baked Fruit and Nut Quinoa Clusters. In fact, I have a batch in the oven as I’m typing this. Not to tooth my own horn but with even my dad’s approval I’d say it’s good good food.

Fruit an Nut Cluster_close-up

  • Did the usual household tasks: cleaning. Emptying and loading the dishwasher every day. My parents’, too. Some laundry.
  • Spent Thursday out and about with my mum, sister and my current crush [proud aunt moments: a million]. We visited a few exhibitions by local artists and designers.

Smells: fresh flowers. Baked vegetables and rice. Baby. No, really, this is a specific scent and unfortunately very hard to describe – any help, Meg? Scented candle makers should honestly consider adding “baby” into their portfolios😉 – it’s a happy-making scent and one I couldn’t get enough of this past week.

Baby

Visited a new only temporarily opened restaurant on said trip. While I didn’t order anything – they only serve burgers  [you know it] and I wasn’t hungry, either – I snagged some of my sister’s fries and homemade ketchup that came with the Halloumi burger she ordered. Not bad. So I think my issue with condiments might be mostly limited to the storebought kinds.

Halloumi Burger_fries

  • Went on many walks, including a short one with my dad. Things still aren’t better but we actually met by accident when I’d gone on a morning walk on Sunday and he’d headed out on a walk with the baby, too. It was really nice since a baby to look at and talk to is a surefire way to prevent arguments or even harsh words.
  • Scents: fresh air. Canola fields. Freshly baked rhubarb cake upon our return.
  • Sat out on the patio with my family one night. This brings back a lot of memories and I’m hoping for more of these nights to come this summer.

Sounds: the baby phone’s alert interrupting our conversation once. Or actually: the baby phone app’s alert- there really is an app for everything these days, no? Also: laughter. Good times.

.. .and with that I’m already off to get some more baby snuggles in. Because they’re making me so so happy.

Happiness-inducing today: Would you be very mad if I used that one again? I promise it’ll change again come tomorrow:).

 

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