Confession: If intros are a struggle for me, the above greeting is proof of an even bigger struggle. Some bloggers get really creative there but I’m not one to call you ‘lovelies’, ‘buddies’ or ‘friendly faces’. Not that any of those were bad but they’re just not …me. Okay, moving on.
Another ‘classic’ – or so it seems – among bloggers/around Instagram is #blessed. Again, I’m not really a hashtag person -but- looking back at the past week and also during those days I did indeed feel blessed. By the generosity and love of some people around me. I hope Meg won’t mind me straying from the original concept of sharing only our accomplishments. Because this post will be a more of a week in review in the sense of happenings and a way of saying thank you to several people [even if they don’t read the blog] instead.
The biggest and best happening of the past week – mentioned in yesterday’s post already – definitely was spending time at my grandparents’. It was my grandma’s birthday on Monday and most of the family on my mum’s side traditionally gathers to celebrate it. Lots of aunts, uncles and cousins, catching up on each others’ lives and just spending quality time. We’re for more informal celebrations which in this case meant having the annual ‘Grünkohl-Essen’ [8 pounds of kale prepared the traditional German way – SO delicious] and my grandma’s plethora of Christmas cookies.
Time flew by way too fast but it was one of the best weekends in months. So much love and getting into the Christmas spirit. My happiness batteries were charged enough to sustain even the anxiety-evoking journey back.
Remember how I mentioned Germans’ frustration with Deutsche Bahn? Well, I have another story to add or: How to travel by train for free [but with plenty of anxiety]. Planning to go back home by train I stumbled upon error after error. It started with both of the ticket machines closest to my platform – I had a mere 15 minutes left until departure so no time to search for others – not working. Hopping onto the train in anyway with two fellow unlucky I immediately seeked out the next attendant to purchase a ticket. After listening to my explanation they showed not an ounce of sympathy and told me I should have looked for a different ticket machine or get off at the next station to buy a ticket [= goodbye, connecting train]. Luckily, a lady who had overheard the conversation offered me a ride on her ticket. I was so very thankful. In my connecting train – this time with no spare minutes to buy a ticket – I was more or less given a free pass as the conductor was on his own and told me they didn’t sell tickets on the tran anymore but I should buy one after arriving at my final destination. Somebody understand this logic …
In terms of accomplishments I …
Worked as usual. It was an unexpectedly good week, though. I figured out a new skill, got to make a serious dent into my to-do list and left feeling good about everything on Friday.
Posted twice: one Week in Review and a collection of posts worth reading. I would really like to hear your thoughts on the ones in the first category if you find the time to read them.
Prepared a new batch of healthy Nutella on Friday night while simultaneously fixing more of these chocolate cups. Yes, I know I still owe you the recipe, especially since they were such a huge hit with my family [which is to say something as they had to compete with my grandma’s cookies]. The problem is the lack of light this time of the year.
On Tuesday, one of my ‘favourite’ clients came in and gifted me a jar of white almond butter. She knew how much I liked it as we’d been talking about all things healthy food in the past and she’d bought a few items I recommended before. I didn’t want to accept it at first as gee, that’s one expensive food. Also not because she’d actually bought it for herself in the first place but then a [stupid as heck] homeopath had advised her against eating too much fat. I will let you imagine my rant about that fact and strongly advised her against visiting that – sorry not sorry – jerk again. This sweet lady does not need anybody telling her what to eat as her life is hard enough already. It’s making me sad when I hear stories like that and luckily, she agreed that man wasn’t to be trusted so hopefully she won’t go back. Rant over. I plan on bringing her a little gift in exchange next time she visits.
- Brought some homemade treats into the office for my colleagues
- Bought that one colleague a bread roll for her ‘lunch’ break again [and successfully convinced her to let me pay for it].
- Painted my nails. It had been way too long and hey, grey weather calls for colourful nails so it was necessary.
- Went on two long walks with [almost] the whole famly. These are a tradition whenever we meet and a great time for conversations and obviously a little digesting ;).
- Finally, I bought the first Christmas present and consider it a particular achievement as it’s the one for my dad i.e. the hardest to buy for person on my list.
What didn’t make the list was the major meltdown I had a few days ago. Because life definitely isn’t all smiles and sunshine for me but it doesn’t hurt to focus on the positives, no? Looking at what we have rather than what’s missing in our lives. With that I’m wishing you a …
Happiness-inducing today: Spending some more time with my family before leaving my grandparents’ house again in the afternoon.