Oh hi, new week in a still-new month! Because my past week involved both traveling for three days and getting sick [fun times … not] I don’t feel like I have a lot of achievements to share with you. Let’s see if I can find some by following Meg’s prompt of acknowledging every little thing. An excuse in advance for possibly not making sense at times but my brain still feels a little foggy from the sticky cold [that I’m hoping will disappear soon]. As always fill me in on your past week in the comments!
In the past week I …
Worked three days or rather two and a half as Friday turned out to be a shorter one. Truth is I felt guilty. Guilty for taking time off to attend the funeral. In theory, I know this is ridiculous but as I didn’t exactly –do– much on those days off parts of them felt like undeserved holidays while my colleagues had to cover extra work due to my absence. I don’t like taking time off, no matter what the reason. Feel free to call me crazy.
Realization: Time management in private life [work is an exception] isn’t my strongest vice but a healthy dose of stress works wonders. This related to two things:
1. I published three blog posts. A Week in Review, the weekly feature of worthwhile reads and this Healthy No-Bake Millionaire’s Shortbread. The latter was my biggest struggle as I knew I’d either get it up – involving the proper link to the round-up – by Tuesday morning or not have a chance to correct it until our return late Thursday night. Stressed definitely described my feelings there but hooray, it worked smoothly. And I …
2. Packed my suitcase not only in time but also didn’t overpack. Those who know me in real life are aware of how huge of an accomplishment this was …
Traveled for seven hours on Tuesday – leaving right after work – and nine on Thursday, getting back shortly before midnight. This was hard as my cold had been in development since the past Friday and spending this long in confined spaces as well as without hot tea to soothe my throat: far from ideal. Add in a serious delay on our journey back that involved standing on a platform in the cold for almost an hour. Thanks for nothing, Deutsche Bahn [German readers will know the struggle with the German railway company]. However, over the years I developed the ability to stay [mostly] calm even in these kindof situations. In this case I focused on how much more enjoyable getting home was going to be after the delay and a nice conversation with a fellow traveler.
Realization: Vegetables cravings are legit.
This is an overall realization from a week of traveling and being sick. For some reason, vegetables were the one thing I still craved. That and peanut butter, because, well, peanut butter.
Ate [lots] despite a severe lack of hunger. I don’t want to talk about recovery and these kind of things too much but will say this was a big win for me. Right now I’m at a point where – while I’m not incredibly underweight and could probably handle it – loosing weight is undesirable. It’s a step back I don’t want to let myself go. Seeing this with Cora’s post in mind: it wouldn’t be in line with my core desire of getting stronger and reaching other goals. Eating way beyond my point of fullness was uncomfortable, yes. But nobody ever said recovery or anything worth pursuing was easy. And as a sweet friend reminded me even in non-recovery terms: Starve a fever. Feed a cold.
Gave many hugs. Listened for hours, wishing I could do more. It’s hard for me to face sad situations and be unable to change them.
Took a semi-social media break during the time of my travels. While I did have my phone and excellent internet connection I didn’t feel like using it much. It’s nice to see I’m not as dependent on it as I worried I was becoming.
Went on a long walk through the woods and hills – my legs are definitely not used to those – where my relatives live. This was made even better by a very inspiring and interesting conversation. These kindof encounters light me up and truly brighten my days. No small talk for me.
Lost and regained my voice. Can we please consider this a win? If you ever spent a day without a voice, particularly at work, you will agree. As of now it’s still a bit croaky but we’re getting there.
More things I got to cross off my to-do list:
- Blended up a new batch of peanut butter.
- Cleaned my apartment because I luckily am not too sick for that.
Did some laundry. I guess I’m okay with it as long as I do it in smaller batches.
- Slept for way longer than in average weeks. Two nights of 10-11 hours?! Craziness. Maybe that’s the one upside of having a cold. Always look on the bright side of everything.
Looking back the past week flew by. Actually, the whole of October did before that. Do we have any proof that month really happened?? Weird, weird. My brain is still feeling a little groggy I’ll end this already too long post by wishing you a good start into the new week!
Happiness-inducing today: Getting more than I excpected done. Productivity makes me happy.