Spring, where are you??
Unlike most of you, I didn’t spring forward yet as – for a reason unbeknownst to me – we don’t experience the time change for another two weeks over here. I can’t deny I’m relieved. Though I can also tell you I’ll never be ready to cut off an hour from my day/week/life. But as you know I’m against starting – or ending – a week on a grumpy note so rather than ramble on, I’ll get my pens [look out for a new one mentioned below] ready to get get listing with Meg because we can’t forget to give ourselves a little pat on the back, no?
Some achievements and happenings I was able to check off my list. During the past seven days: I …
Worked the usual five days with one of those being a longer one as I met up with a colleague who’s training me to take up more responsible tasks. She’s the one going on maternity leave and I’m supposed to take on her job. I’m admittedly a tad scared about that prospect because it’s a lot [of both work and responsiblity].
Finally cleaned my fridge. If you noticed me repeatedly mentioning this in previous weeks you might have either assumed that a) I really disliked doing this or b) that it’d never get done. Fair enough since I wasn’t so sure either. But: checked off!
Published three blog posts. It’s odd to say but writing a random one is harder for me than a “deeper” one. This is difficult to explain but tied with the whole “letting go and just being random” issue. Like I said in last Monday’s post my mind has been a bit scattered lately so none of the other posts I’d had on my mind were written entirely.
Didn’t skip any meals or eat less overall. This might not sound like much but I can’t deny it’s still tempting at times. When I’m not as hungry, get home from work later than usual, wake up late on the weekend.
One word: paperwork. Another part of adulting that I could really do without. Really. Starting a new job always requires this, yes, but it’s one of those tasks bringing out my no attitude. What had to be done was done while enjoying breakfast so it wasn’t too bad after all. A nice bonus was that this kept me off my phone while eating. Bad habit prevention and getting things done at the same time? Win-win.
Treated myself again. This time I finally caved and bought one of these pens. I’d been eyeing them ever since I saw the exchange student I taught months ago use one. No, not the most expensiv “treat” but it still seemed unneccessary. Knowing it’s a useful gift to myself – despite obviously owning multiple pens already – made the purchase easier on my mind.
Kept up my habit of at least a short walk a day. I’ll admit it took some convincing myself for a few of those because – damn you, weather gods – the temperatures were definitely not spring-like. Do you ever drag yourself out despite not feeling it because you know it’ll ultimately benefit you? Returning home to a cup of tea and some chocolate feels all the more rewarding when you moved your stiff bones [we all know sitting too much is deadly] prior to it.
Went on a walk with my dad. It’s been a while and these still make me slightly anxious. Ridiculous to an outsider, I know, but spending time alone with my dad is an accomplishment for me. It’s definitely not easy to see for outsiders and would be easier if you knew the history of our relationship but I hope you’ll understand I can’t/don’t want to share it with the whole world. It’s just … difficult.
Translated the menu for the newly-opened [read: as of yesterday/today as I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon] burger restaurant of a relative. When I say burger restaurant we’re not talking Mc Donald’s style. They’re specializing in unique burgers, using local ingredients where possible and also offer vegetarian and vegan options. I’d been offering to help for a while and translating from German to English was a fun opportunity to use my food vocab – thanks to all of you – I mean it! – for broading my food vocab by eating arugula, signature sauces and cilantro. What I ate Wednesday as vocabulary lessons: who would have guessed?! So if any of you are ever in Hamburg looking for good burgers*: let me know ;). At least I’m hoping they’re good as – confession – I personally am not a fan of burgers.
Not including the little daily necessities this just about sums about the bigger achievements from my week. Let me know about yours!
Happiness-inducing today: Getting this post written earlier than usual and also getting more done earlier in the day than is typical for Sundays around here. Read: that night owl habit …
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