Week in Review: Spontaneity, family time and books

Sometime this year, I will get back into an actual/reliable/better posting schedule, I promise you that. Though – in my defense – I had plans of posting in the past week. But now that the laptop issue is solved, my internet connection obviously decided it wasn’t having it [read: it was either slower than slow (and ours already is slow) or simply non-existent]. Did I mention technology is frustating me to no end?!

Okay, enough ranting about things I can’t change and onto the things I can’t change anymore, either, but also wouldn’t want to if I could. As in: a Week in Review of only the good parts of the previous seven days. Life still isn’t all sunshine and rainbows here and it will take time to get to that point  [or close because we know perfection doesn’t exist] yet I nonetheless had some really really marvellous moments lately. Thanks to Meg for deciding everybody should start the week focusing on the good instead of the bad things.

Week in Review

In the past week, I …

Spent time with my favourite little human. P. and my sister stayed at my parents’ house for a few days so she could study while the grandparents had an eye on P.. Time and time again, it’s amazing how much a toddler changes us, our priorities and just makes us feel happier. Whether it’s allowing you to see the joy in little everyday things you usually overlook or the – yes, often cited – way they approach food. And when they let you borrow their bobby car and you burst into the deepest laughter in a long time, you forget all about life’s heaviness for an instant.



Did another pantry and all-around-apartment purge. This is a task by no means finished yet but starting to tackle it felt very freeing. It also made me ponder getting Marie Kondo’s book because I have a hard time getting rid of certain items. Have any of you read it? If so; How did it help you?

Spontaneously went to a concert. A few days before, a notification of said concert not too far from where I live popped up on my Facebook account as I liked the band’s page years ago but had almost forgotten about that. Spontaneity definitely isn’t one of my strengths and given going there meant forgoing an evening with P. and my sister, I almost put it off again. A friend deciding to tag along was the ‘accountability’ I needed and I’m so glad I went. The concert was plain amazing. If you like a capella music – or even if you don’t  [yet] -, listen to their version of Get lucky. It’s brilliant.

Got back into food blogging a little. Read: Created a new recipe for a vegan mint chocolate tarte. I don’t even remember when I last shared a recipe on here. It felt good to be back in the kitchen [outside of daily food preparation, obviously] but the photography part reminded me why I won’t go into full-on food blogging anytime soon. It’s the most frustrating part for me. Juli and I should really think about cooperating here because I really enjoy writing the posts while she’s a natural with the camera.

Mint Chocolate Tarte_1

While we’re on the food topic already: Prepared and shared a meal with my family. Our schedules don’t always work out but with my sister around, I really wanted to make this happen. Unfortunately, these dinners always escape the camera but I will have to put my own spin on the recipe I used because it’s one of my absolute favourites ever.

Ordered and immediately started two new books [“The Brain – The story of you” by David Eagleman and “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath] . Voicing my frustration with not having any good reads on hand in my previous post was the final nudge I needed to place an order. When they arrived, I couldn’t hold myself back from starting both already. If you’re always looking for book recommendations, too, I can talk a little more about them once I finish these. So far, both are amazing and just what I wanted.

And with that, I’m finishing this post and wishing you a happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  You guessed it already: Getting to spend a final few hours with P. before my sister left again.

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7 thoughts on “Week in Review: Spontaneity, family time and books

  1. mylittletablespoon says:

    Yes yay for focusing on the highlights at the end of the week. It really has the ability to shift your whole mood and perspective going into the next one. You had some lovely ones!! Time with family is always the biggest highlight when you are able to have it. Going to a concert spontaneously – is awesome!!! AND ordering new books for yourself. Really glad to hear these things 🙂

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      It really does make all the difference and especially being more spontaneous is such a big overall accomplishment for me. Regarding the books it looks like I needed to take the plunge of ordering new ones yet again soon. Which we both know I’ll struggle with because it’s money spent on myself …

  2. Kaylee says:

    I feel you on the annoying technology. My laptop has been crashing on me multiple times a day! 😦 But as you said: we’ve just gotta let go of some things and appreciate the good in life.
    What are you saying?! That shot of the tart looks awesome! Give yourself more credit. 🙂
    Looking forward to your thoughts on those books. I love getting recommendations!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Ugh. Those unreliable laptops are the worst, no? At least in terms of blogging. Is yours an older one, too, or what might be causing the crashes? Whatever it is – I feel you and hope you can resolve this soon.
      Thank you! That picture was one of the better ones among way too many taken.

  3. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    I can’t believe how big P is getting (he has so much hair!), although I should understand how quickly they grow. I’m so glad you ordered some new books and went to the concert. We all need a night out sometimes, parent or not. It’s good for the soul, especially when music is involved.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up. It’s nice to have you back.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      It’s crazy how fast they’re growing at this age. Especially because I only see P. every few weeks or months, I’m constantly marvelling at his skills. Peeling that mandarin all by himself in that picture? Stop growing up so fast! I was impressed by Ave helping to make a smoothie in your stories, too. It’s an amazing age though definitely tiring for you mamas.
      Also, I’m secretly jealous of his hair because it’s so freaking soft. Like in a shampoo commercial – almost unreal ;).

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