It’s been a peanut butter and chocolate week. In other words a week of highs and lows with the latter being overwhelming. Which required lots of the previously mentioned two foods for the soul. I try to be positive; no, I am. There’s always something good, no matter how small. But I’m also not even trying to deny life’s hardships. And right now life isn’t looking all rosy here.
If I’m honest I don’t feel like writing this or any post right now. Yet at the same time blogging makes me happy so it’s about giving it a go after all.
Vague-blogging isn’t cool but as I already hinted at not feeling okay I will say this much: Make sure you hug your loved ones, friends and relatives regularly. Send a letter or just a message asking how they are and showing them you care. I have to remind myself of this daily, too, but life is so freaking fragile and fleeting. Let’s all be kinder towards each other, say or show our love for those around us daily.
Okay, after that heavy introduction let’s take a look at the past week of life as inspired by Meg.
In the past seven days I …
Worked five days. Nothing overly exciting to report here.
Published three blog posts including this adapted family recipe for flourless hazelnut shortbread that are incredibly easy to make but nothing short of delicous and another round-up of my favourite links from the week.
Bought my first issue of Women’s Health mag in what must have been more than a year. I used to buy it every month for a long time but then suddenly stopped. The fact that I don’t read a lot of magazines at all – aside from my absolutely favourite business magazine, brand eins – I still have a hard time investing in anything other than the basics [i.e. food, hygiene products and the likes]. So yes, to most of you this wouldn’t be an accomplishment but for me it sure was. Let’s see if I will talk myself into it next month, too.
Cleaned my apartment, including the floors. I may or may not have skipped this in previous weeks but there’s just something to be said about clean floors. No matter how shortlived their existence in this state is …
Baked two double batches of these brownies for the reception my parents held at their office. Two tips here: 1. Doubling this recipe is not recommended as twice the amount of batter is hard to mix together using just a spoon. 2. Easiest way to ‘chop’ lots of chocolate: put into a plastic bag. Let out any frustration you might be holding by crushing it with a rolling pin or heavy water bottle.
Attended said event. To be honest I really really didn’t want to. For numerous reasons, one of them being that I was ridiculously tired at the end of the work week. Looking back I’m glad I went because one uncomfortable encounter – as well as the stupid decision to wear new shoes that led to hurt feet – aside it was quite nice. An opportunity to get to know people I’d only ever heard of but had yet to meet. Proof I should seek those chances more often.
Not to forget the evening meant I finally got to use one of my favourite parfums again 😉 – I’m unfortunately sensitive to it so can’t use it too often.
Showered only three times [Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday]. Okay before you go all ‘ewww!’ – it’s not as gross as it sounds. For one, showering every day isn’t beneficial for our skin. Our grandparents, maybe even our parents, will still remember times when showering just once or twice a week was the norm. I usually shower between three and four times a week, more in summer if I sweat a lot [though I don’t sweat a lot to begin with]. Yes, there are days when I feel like showering but it’s not really necessary so I remind myself this is one of my small contributions to environmental responsibility.
Read every day again. Maybe I’ll talk about one or the other of the books I’ve been reading in a currently post at some point because all of them are so good. I’ve probably said it before but I really don’t know how I went for so long not reading books regularly.
I obviously did more than those things listed but once again forgot to take notes of what happened during the week and right now my mind is all over the place.
Let’s not end this on a gloomy note: Tell me about your life and accomplishments lately. Yes, I talked about life not being happy happy joy joy over here right now. But I would rather not dwell on this further in the comments – let’s make those about you! I’d rather be distracted than think about what’s happening even more than I already do.
Happiness-inducing today: A conversation with my mum that might not have been the most cheerful but was good for the mind and soul.
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