The things we don’t see [+ what makes life sweeter].

Hi there, Monday and hi there to you!

What a week it’s been! I think it’s safe to say all of you will agree with that statement. A whirlwind of a week not just for me personally but the whole world. As I know many people would rather not have me voice my opinion on the election – I respect this but trust me it’s hard to hold back – I won’t. This coincidentally ties with something that once again became so clear to me when I started drafting this post: even reading a blog or following somebody on social media for years we know but don’t know them. In terms of the election we might have an assumption about a person’s vote but most of us won’t openly state it. Same regarding any other posts: we learn a lot about each other but there will still be equally as much, actually way more in most cases, that stays hidden – more or less depending on the individual. And that is obviously understandable.

Regarding the writing of this post I found this very strongly as it does look like a regular, not very eventful week from the outside – even to myself. Yet it was far from eventless. Only what made it a rough week are things I opt not to share for various reasons. I know this will probably sound like “look at me having such a hard life but, oh, I can’t tell you why”. Which is the kind of thing I don’t like others doing. You’ve heard me mention honesty as one of my biggest values many times before and I’m including these lines to say that I am adhering to this principle but there are still things too private to share. This is to say that my accomplishments this week are lacking a bit but for me the biggest one was getting through the week not letting things take me down, loose faith or cope in unhealthy ways. Granted, more chocolate than usual was necessary but that’s healthy for the soul so it doesn’t count, right?

On a last note here – assuming that we all have those tough days and off-the-blog struggles – I hope that life is okay for you. Hugs to you wherever you are.

My intros are erring on the heavy side lately, huh? Let’s delve into the happier side of life with another Week in Review hosted by Meg – and Ave, obviously.

Week in review

During the past week I …

Worked the usual five days. It was a rough week for the office.

Posted twice and replied to all comments. Getting better at this. In case you didn’t have a chance to check out yesterday’s post yet: some great posts worth reading.

Prepped some food for the week ahead. As of now I’m just preparing individual ingredients – think grains and some cauliflower rice – rather than full dishes.  Though the latter would be a smarter choice given I’ve been getting home from work later lately so lunches were lackluster. Yet my fridge is pretty small – I’ve seen pictures of US ones and: wow … Mine’s a shoebox in comparison which means no space for many big containers.

Ran an errand for a colleague on Monday so she didn’t have to. She had mentioned something she wanted to get in a conversation we had earlier and I offered to look out for it when picking up a few things for myself. Seeing her happy made me happy so that’s the real accomplishment here: sad Monday turned happier.

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Prepared my first batch of homemade healthy Nutella. Woop! It’s -so- good. You might remember I’d found and made this with my sister a few weeks ago but wasn’t sure if it would work in the Vitamix. Well, I can now let you know you can prepare both homemade hazelnut butter and ‘Nutella’ at home if you own a Vitamix. The reason I hesitated – for years, I should add – is that every nut butter-making blogger seemed to use a food processor for those. Germany is a country where hardly anybody owns one of those so …

Used said “Nutella” in a new recipe for the blog. My mum was quite smitten with it which is good but I wasn’t regarding its visual appeal [or lack thereof].

Made more peanut butter. It really is a weekly happening by now.

Spent lots of time – but still never enough – with my favourite little human. Translation: my sister and P. visited us from Friday to Sunday afternoon. It was everything I needed after the week. Not a lot of pictures taken to prove it but my favourite moment was P. climbing on my lap when I was in fact attempting to take a few photos and – I wasn’t sitting in a stable position – almost making me fall over. Baby cuddles are the best and one of the things making life sweeter in an instant.

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Braved the cold by going on a walk with my mum, sister and P. We already got a first blanket of snow covering the world over here. It’s pretty but I’m not a fan of the temperatures.

What’s funny and interesting about many of these accomplishments is the time they happened at. Any guesses? Yes, at night. Not even intentionally but just following my flow and motivation. From cleaning to cooking to working out – it’s all easier after dark. With daylight savings in action: way after dark. Maybe we can agree I would be more productive if I had more late nights to get things done?

Speaking of late nights: it actually is pretty late right now that I’m finishing this post so I’ll end it here and wish you a happy happy Monday. If life isn’t sweet for you right now: make healthy Nutella. It helps.

Happiness-inducing today: Still having my nephew around  until late afternoon [Sunday]. I already miss him and his happy-making magic so much again.

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Are there any more night owls here? I feel very alone in a blog world  full of early birds.

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14 thoughts on “The things we don’t see [+ what makes life sweeter].

  1. Morgan @ Managing Mommyhood says:

    I think blogging is one of those things where we constantly walk a line of “should i share this or keep it personal?” We are so used to SHARING things, that when something isn’t realy meat to be shared it feels weird. Don’t worry, though, we all understand!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      That’s true. For me, anything involving other people’s privacy definitely stays off the blog even if that means keeping events that majorly effected me off. There’s still a lot I’m torn between sharing and not but you’re right in that all of us withhold things all the time.

  2. sweetandstrongblog says:

    Oh I’ve always wanted to make my own nutella, I’ll have to try that recipe. And I usually meal prep single items too and use them to throw lunches and dinners together. A small fridge definitely makes it more difficult!

  3. mylittletablespoon says:

    Once again I am lamenting the fact that I do not like hazelnuts, and therefore nutella. The rest of the world will have to swoon without me.
    I love hearing about differences between countries – like your apparently small fridge? And the fact you already have snow? Blegh. The first snowfall is beautiful but I’m in no rush for it to get even colder.
    Thinking you of and hope there’s plenty of care (and more little P time) in your upcoming week❤

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Thank you, Cora! More cuddling time is coming up the next weekend as this was unfortunately one without P.
      Well, your interest in the differences between countries might just be the last kick in the butt I needed to finally publish a post on them. Something I’d meant to do for ages because I’m curious about these myself.
      Such a pity about the hazelnuts! Maybe you could just sub almonds in the recipe? I bet it would be pretty amazing, too.

  4. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    Ave is so happy you included her in the intro. She says thank you and she’ll cuddle you should you ever meet in person. Granted, her cuddles are more like I’m gonna scrunch around all over you and maybe try to eat your nose or chin.🙂 I’m so glad you got some time with your sister and little P. Those tiny hands and feet are fabulous aren’t they?!

    I have never made nut butter although Juli makes me want to with her White Chocolate Macadamia butter. It’s amazing; I could eat it daily.🙂

    I need some of your night owl energy. It’s my only free time these days, and I’m always so fried I accomplish very little other than recharging my own batteries, which is very important to be sure.

    Happy Monday!!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Ave’s cuddles sound very similar to P.’s which are the best. The tiny hands are the cutest ever. Honestly, sometimes I want him to stop growing so fast because he’s so flipping cute. Same goes for Ave.
      Lady, get nut butter making! It’s saving $$ and so much fun. I still want you to try white almond butter but shipping costs and the fear of the jar breaking are holding me back.
      The downside of night owl energy is it definitely nor being compatible with regular work hours.

  5. Kristy from Southern In Law says:

    I feel you on fridge space limiting meal prep! Since I cook for Jesse and I but share a fridge (and kitchen) with the rest of my family, we only really have to shelves to fit everything on and I cannot wait to have my own fridge, haha!

    Your homemade nutella looks amazing and P’s squishy little toddler hands are beyond cute!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Ah, sharing fridges! I still remember that from the times I had a roommate and that really makes meal prep harder. You still do an amazing job there. Fingers crossed for you on the house search project!

  6. chasetheredgrape says:

    I don’t like the sweetness of regular Nutella but I know I would adore a homemade version without all the junk! Hazelnuts are my favourite!
    I am a morning girl through and through. It didn’t used to be that way but as I have aged I have definitely gravitated more towards an early rise and heading to bed no later than 9pm. We are all so different though so just go for what works for you… as long as you are getting enough sleep!🙂

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Enough sleep … that’s a tough one for me.
      Ooooh, you’d like this homemade Nutella so much, Jen! It’s way less sugary than the real deal but all the better for this very reason. Makes you wonder about the need for certain ingredients in actual Nutella.

  7. katalysthealth says:

    Ohhhhhh nutella. There’s a reason why I never buy the stuff OR make it at home. I literally just can’t stop eating it! I am 100% a morning person. I like being up by 5am so that I can get a good start to the day!

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