Hello there, Monday!
Rather than ask where the past week went I’ll ask how it could actually pass by without me crossing much off of my to-do list. Yes, that’s basically synonymous. The truth is that for the majority of these days I powered through work and once I got home exhaustion hit me. Dear logic, I don’t get you and expect an explanation.
A possible explanation on why I didn’t catch up on my to-do list much on the weekend, either, was my dad’s delayed birthday celebration and at visitors in the house again. More specifically my siblings, my sister’s husband and little P. If it was up to me they could have extended their stay but alas, work is calling.
While family gatherings are never just smooth sailing – are they for anyone? – overall they brighten my life and recharge my happiness batteries. Even though I consider myself an introvert I thrive in social settings that have been too rare in past months [not entirely by my choice ifyou recall the holiday dilemma]. So much so that my mood drops noticeably as soon as I’m alone again. Which is right now but I’m trying to fight the gloominess by looking back at the good moments of the past week. Once again by joining Meg for a Week in Review.
During the past week I …
Worked five days that luckily were of the variety I enjoy most: lots to do with daily trips outside. My job is mostly secretary work with occasional driving to pick up or deliver goods. It’s nice to get outside in between as I notice these little breathes of fresh air and walks, even if short, already increase my productivity. While I could do without the early wake-up times I enjoyed being back at work and surrounded by people, having the occasional conversation.
Started a morning habit of reading for ~20-30 minutes after waking up and getting dressed. It’s a little something to look forward to which I as a definite non-morning person need.
Read one book and started another – the latter being my second time reading The Rosie Project. It was safest going with a book I know and really enjoyed before deciding on which to buy next.
Went for walks every day. Also walked home from work two days [a ~25-minute walk that helped me relax a bit]. My favourite walk, though, was one I took with my sister, her husband and P. on Saturday. It was filled with laughter – they’re two goofballs – but also finding out about their plans for the future and his job. Walks, in my opinion, are the best way to have deeper conversations.
Took a little trip to a village nearby where we sat on a dike at a friend’s little stall Summer wouldn’t be complete without at least one visit there and it was even more enjoyable with our little sunshine. Unfortunately, said friend told us he wasn’t going to continue this side business next year so we might have to bid goodbye to that tradition.
Spent a lot of time thinking. Yes, odd to write down but I’ve been reflecting a lot lately and can’t stop my mind from doing so. I might need to pick up a nice diary and start journaling again. I’ve seen a number of bloggers mention it in the past time and stress its benefits for their overall wellbeing/mental health.
Baked a batch of oatmeal cookies for my parents on Sunday night when abovementioned loneliness set in. Emotional baking? It might just be a thing.
Attended my dad’s birthday dinner with friends for the conversations more than the food and had some great ones. It made my soul happy and satisfied that night.
That aside I just did the usual adulting – yes, including the dreaded task – that’s not mention-worthy. Plus, I’m in a hurry to finish this post after my siblings’ departure and before going to bed. Yet another reason why early mornings aren’t my favourites.Not very blogging-compatible for night owls ;).
Happiness-inducing today: Family time. That’s not to say we were always getting along but it’s the overall happiness that stays in mind.
When do you usually write your Weeks in Review?