Week in Review: Catching up

Hello! It’s been a while [after how many times does that saying get too old?]. I could go into a lengthy explanation of the why but nobody really wants to read that. Long story short: Life is never short of surprises; both of the good and bad kind which can throw you off. There’s are a lot of things I need to work on both physically and mentally. Vague-blogging isn’t cool so I’ll leave it at this and make an effort to get back into the blogging game for real now. Because I miss it.

Right now, my mind is filled with a lot of unsorted thoughts that led to me rewriting this intro about five times until deciding to keep it short. Life has been a whirlwind, an up-and-down of good and bad days lately.  A lot I’m processing and need to work through but rather than delve into all of that so I’ll focus on the past weeks’ – mostly the one week that just passed but two mention-worthy happenings from a previous one –  positives. Because even in the hard times there’s some sunshine. Quite literally around these parts lately and I’m not complaining.  Sunshine can make tough times a little more bearable, agreed?

Linking up with Meg whose amazing time management and mum skills I’m even more impressed by these days [you’ll know why in a minute].

Week in review

In the past seven days I …

Worked the same schedule as always. We’ve been getting a lot of new clients lately which has been keeping me busy.

Tested the waters of finding a new job.  As you might know, I’m not happy in my current job – or better yet since I’m not hating it: unsatisfied by it. That’s why I keep looking for others yet opportunities are rare in my field. Long story short: I found a job offer, applied and was invited for not only an interview but a mini assessment center of sorts [which in this field meant spending a day at the editorial office writing a few articles]. Geesh did I not expect that kind of anxiety leading up to the day. We’re talking loss of appetite, panicking about whatever might go wrong – the whole bandwidth of nervousness. And in the end? A major train delay aside – thanks for nothing, Deutsche Bahn – things went pretty well and I got a good feedback on my work.  While I found out I didn’t get the job the next week [a local candidate did] – which, while a little bummer, was probably just right as the day there showed me this wasn’t what I could see myself doing for years – I still gained something from it. Confidence. In presenting myself and my writing skills [self-doubt is a huge constant issue for me].

Sunshine

Soaked up the sunshine we’ve finally been getting more of whenever I could. It’s a surefire happiness booster and hey there, Vitamin D!

Babysat P.. I’d say it was good. Not amazing – hey, first time – but good. Does anybody else find that babysitting a toddler for the first time is a lot like first dates? There’s the “I hope he likes me” and “what if we run out of things to talk about [or in the toddler case: play]?” Luckily, P. truly seems to like me 😉 and while we did run out of activities – couldn’t colouring have been interesting for longer than five minutes, dear?? – I had an emergency backup plan. More specifically: P.’s hot new ride. When nothing helped distract him anymore into the Croozer – luckily, P.’s a huge fan of it –  it was and out for a walk. He fell asleep soon and didn’t wake up until about 1 1/2 hours later when we snuggled for a bit and played in his little sand pit. I think I’m not meant to be a mum [just yet or ever], though. How do you amazing ladies do this every single day, never run out of ideas and carry a smile all throughout?

Spring-cleaned for the second time. Just how many nooks and crannies can a single apartment have?? I’m slowly, ever so slowly, getting better at this keeping things neat thing. If you excuse me for a second right here – I need to find some wood to knock on.

Finally exchanged the dust bag in my vacuum cleaner. One of those “takes too much time right now – I’ll do it later [or never]” tasks that actually takes no time at all and makes a true difference.

Prepared multiple batches of peanut butter – going through copious amounts lately – and one of healthy vegan “Nutella” without sacrificing any fingers. Win! If you haven’t tried that recipe yet, you really should. Just sayin’.

Wrote a few post drafts to share the next few weeks so I won’t just disappear again. Coming up next, though, are more good good links on Sunday.

Lindt chili

Treated myself to several bars of Lindt – they’re having a special offer at the moment – and a new sudoku booklet. The latter actually excited me the most because they’re part of my dinner routine but I had come to the final page of my previous book. Any other sudoku fans?

That’s it from me for now so:

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  Taking a walk and getting most of my to-do list for the day crossed off. Oh those lists …

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20 thoughts on “Week in Review: Catching up

  1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    I actually shredded just a tiny bit of my finger this weekend while trying to grate cheese so you keeping all your digits in tact is a huge win in my book.

    Also babysitting is no joke. Anything that can hold their attention for longer than five minutes is a success. Those babes go from one thing to the next for hours on end. It’s no wonder we’re exhausted when nap time rolls around. Speaking of which, she’s sleeping peacefully right now and I’m praying it lasts longer than 40 minutes so I can relax a little, drink a cup of coffee uninterrupted and sneak a shower. I have high hopes. 🙂

    I’m proud of you for applying for the job even if it didn’t work out. You learned some valuable life lessons and built up that confidence just a touch. Keep it up.

    Happy Monday. Welcome back.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Ouch! We’re both willing to sacrifice our fingers for good food, it seems.
      I hope Ave’s napping schedule – how nice would it be if toddlers kept actual foreseeable schedules?? – has been allowing for more than one uninterrupted cup of coffee and several showers in the past week. Funny how those little things suddenly become luxuries to mums, hm?

  2. Claire B. says:

    Applying for jobs is also really nerve-wracking for me, so I totally get it. Practice makes it easier, though. 🙂

    Achievements from last week: road tripping from Minnesota to Colorado without going insane, getting all the things done for my new blog that I wanted to, and finding reasonably-priced insurance policies (*snore*–but necessary)!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Moving and road-tripping without literally driving yourself crazy is a major accomplishment. As are the other things you mentioned – congrats! This week’s been a bit busy but I’m hoping to check out your new blog soon! So much to catch up on!

  3. Kaylee says:

    I know from experience it can be hard to accept “failure” sometimes without equating it to “I am a failure.” There’s always something to learn so glad to hear you’re looking on the bright side of the job situation. I also like how to make the distinction between unhappiness and unsatisfaction with your current job because it’s an important distinction.

    I can’t even slightly imagine what being a mom is like. I don’t think I will ever be ready to be one either. So much props to all the moms out there! Definitely makes me appreciate mine even more.

    Looking forward to your upcoming posts!! Have a lovely week ahead. 🙂

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Thank you, Kailee! There absolutely is a difference between being unhappy and unsatisfied by a job hence why it was important for me to stress here.
      Oh goodness, I can’t see myself as a mum at all. Unfortunately, really. I always thought I would have children later in life but I’m not sure at all anymore.

  4. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar says:

    Congrats on your job interview! That’s super-exciting, and I’m so glad that it brought you some new-found confidence. I agree with you that job interviews tend to be super-intimidating and hard on my confidence–I forget how valuable a skill writing is and how few people can do it really well. Especially if you can do it well in more than one language. Your skill with German and English alike amazes me.
    I have no idea how moms do it. I’d like to be one someday, but I try not to think too hard about it.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Awwr, you’re making me blush. I can’t reread my posts because I feel too embarrassed for any mistakes I made. My German is better, though ;).
      I think trying not to think too much about possibly being a mum later in life is a good strategy. If it’s meant to be it’ll happen and we’ll adapt. Or so I’d like to think.

  5. Ellie says:

    I used to do the crossword, jumble and sudoku at breakfast when I was home from college. It was quite fun and a nice way to elongate the breakfast time. I have tried the chili chocolate and I am just not the biggest fan. Of course, if it’s offered I take it, but I don’t buy it purposely. Now salted chocolate…bring it on!

  6. chasetheredgrape says:

    Aren’t the days where the sun is shining and you find Lindt on offer the best!? I can’t wait until I head back to the UK and can buy my favourite Lindt bar that you can’t get here. I will be stocking up to take back to Australia with me!
    Take all the time you need my lovely to find the calm and contentment. It’s frustrating now but it will come I promise. 🙂

  7. katalysthealth says:

    Sorry you didn’t get the job, but super excited for you that you feel more confident moving forward now! I hope that you find something that you love soon!

  8. SuzLyfe says:

    YAY for all the digits still in tact! I think that going out and looking at jobs is one of the most nerve wracking things you can do, so I think that you should be REALLY proud of yourself for doing that. You are putting yourself out there knowing that you are going to be judged, but you are saying, I can do xyz and also I am worth something better. Chin up and shove on!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Honestly? I can understand why people pay you to coach them because your comment here alone was really motivating. The “I’m here, can do this and am worth something better” is what I struggle with the most in this job searching game. Thank you!

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