It’s typical: Saturday night or – worse – Sunday afternoon rolls in and I realize I haven’t taken any notes or written a single word for my Week in Review yet. Fail. Big fail.
Another big fail that kept me from reading and commenting much lately? The internet repeater in my apartment stopped working at some point during the past week and the issue won’t get fixed until later this week. The show must go on, no? Luckily, I’ve been able to use my parents’ internet connection occasionally yet only when my dad wasn’t working – I explained it some time ago but basically his VPN only works when nobody else is using the same line – and its reach in my apartment is very low. Sloooow internet. Technology … That could/should (?) really become a swear word judging from how often I’ve cursed it before.
Moving on to the much more pleasant topic of Meg asking all of us to give ourselves at least some credit for what we did during the past week.
I worked five days and am starting to feel more confident in what I’m doing. What looked scary at first is now becoming routine with few exceptions which is much appreciated on my side. I don’t like asking for help all of the time though I know it’s normal as I’m still the new one.
Bonded a bit with one of my colleagues. She’s not the easiest to get along with but since I don’t like not getting along with others – weird wording – I’ve been trying to be extra nice towards her. It worked and is a win-win situation.
Created a new recipe following an idea that had been on my mind forever and – yes, tooting your own horn stinks so let me try to word it differently 😉 – [I and my family would say] it’s a really good one. I’m hoping to share it with you on Thursday if the new repeater has arrived by then.
Set up and did a photo shoot for said new creation twice. That’s what happens when you make your recipe early on in a week of gloomy weather with hardly any sun – at least not after work anymore – and then it suddenly reappears on Friday. Yes, I kept it from everybody else for that long. It still tasted amazing and got thumbs up then. I may or may not have saved a square sitting fridge right now. Marvelous.
Went for walks every day. Or maybe minus one particularly grey and rainy day.
Did some Blogilates every other day. Especially for me as a German – it’s true many of us are rather contained, I’d oppose the occasionally used “cold” description, though – Cassie’s bubbly personality is an instant motivator and mood brightener. It’s hard to not want to do at least a short workout when she’s at it.
Did most of my food shopping on Saturday rather than a few items every day. While looking massive this way it does seem to help lower my spendings which I obviously won’t complain about.
Do you believe in jinxing yourself? I do and had an inkling already writing my previous week in review. Long story short: Things with my dad experienced a serious dip going low low low low* mid-week. We’ll see how it goes from here.
*unfortunately not Flo Rida style – oh the memories …
[Random picture but many mugs of Yogi tea made an appearance – here telling us to learn with compassion. ]
Had plans to meet a fellow former-possibly-future-but-not-current blogger – that’s quite the title, no? – in Hamburg but we unfortunately had to cancel it. Soon, though.
Cleaned my apartment. Oh those dratted spiders is all I’ll say here.
Did little favours for my mum before she could get around to them. Just like I said in my previous post I’m not trying to nosey up but have simply found that doing a little something for others every day helps me feel better, too*. Even if I don’t hear a thanks. We show our love in different ways and that’s okay.
*thinking about it: Wouldn’t that mean I’d make a good Girl Scout?! Minus the camping trips …
Sunday summed up in one paragraph because I’m already getting too wordy here: made another batch of peanut butter, another batch of base of the bars shown above [minus the topping as I ran out of ingredients; to be finished today], wrote this post mostly in one go [that’s a first], meal-prepped a little and enjoyed the sunshine. Lots of the latter.
All in all it hasn’t been the worst week while it certainly felt like that in between . I’ll forever wish for more socializing – outside of work – which isn’t easy when you live too far from all friends to spontaneous meet up. But summer and at that my long holiday is inching closer by the day which helps me stay positive. The tense situation with my dad will forever keep me tip-toeing around – not literally – but we still got along well at times after said very harsh dip. It’s confusing to say the least because I have no idea where we stand now. A delicate balance that could easily dip again maybe.
One post that I’ll reread and use as a starting point for changes I need to implement in my life is the one by Cora featured yesterday. I highly recommend it if you, too, think you’ll be happy when … What I also recommend is stopping by Meg’s blog for more Ave adorableness – is that even a word? – and everybody else’s recent going-ons. Make Monday a fun one! Or at least a silver lining-spiked one.
Happiness-inducing today: So much. It was an all-around blissful Sunday – productive but also relaxing. More of these days, please.
What was the last thing that came out of your kitchen?