Week in Review: Life lately

Hello there, friendly people!

Lately, I’ve in a sort of overthinking, not so comfortable phase in life, very much in my brain most of the time. If I was to try and describe the feeling it would be like swimming, not seeing exactly where I’m going. Which sounds scary for the fact I despise swimming alone ;). Anyway, it’s because of this that I’ve fallen out of the blogging loop lately. When the thoughts in mind are changing directions all the time, it’s hard to share anything without confusing all of you like crazy. Which I likely just did with this intro. Oh well.

That being said, I’m still working just as usual. It’s in my free time that my brain is going into overdrive. Thinking is good and necessary, thinking too much isn’t ideal.

Another issue that’s been keeping me from diving into blogging more again is my very moody old laptop. Here’s calling all of you for recommendations!  Which powerful but affordable laptops do you use and recommend? In the massive sea of offerings, I have a hard time deciding. Well, I really like my maritime metaphors today, it seems.

Not all of the points below are achievements; some are merely notes on life lately. Fortunately,  Meg is a very forgiving party host, letting all of us run wild with our interpretation of her fabulous original idea. Share some updates on your life lately in the comments with me. I don’t want this to be all about me

So here’s my by no means complete list of recent going-ons.

Week in review

In the past week(s) I …

Worked. Same same here. Which might be one of the reasons for my current not-so-happiness. Looking for job opportunities has been unsatisfying lately to say the least and I’m letting it get to me more than I’d like to.

Went shopping for the first time in … a long while. It was getting sort of necessary. You know you need to act when you live in tights – still no pants for me – and the majority of them have at least small holes. Note that we’re talking holes in places not visible from the outside but very much for me [mostly in the sole part]. So new tights made up the biggest part of my overall not immense haul. A new cardigan and a book thrown in for good measure. I’m not complaining about that.

Dean and David_vegan curry

Had lunch at Dean and David’s while in Hamburg and was pleasantly surprised  by the addition of edamame [not visible in the above picture] to my curry. Which unfortunately ended up hardly filling me up. On the upside, I took this as another lesson in intuitive eating: what’s enough for other people doesn’t have to be for you plus our needs change from day to day. It’s okay to need more after finishing a meal even if people around you don’t.

Called my insurance company asking them to pay for an extra that I wasn’t sure would be covered. Not my favourite thing to do so I’d been postponing it for a while but in the end it was surprisingly  .. good. The jury’s still out on whether they’ll end up paying but I’m glad I asked.

Faced a fear I’ve been dealing with for a while. It’s too ridiculous to specify but something I absolutely need and want to work on. This also inspired me to tackle more of those fears I have yet know are keeping me from fully enjoying life. Okay just in case this makes me sound nuts: I’m okay. Just always a bit too careful. I didn’t inherit that sprinkle of healthy carelessness that other people own. And we all know cake is better with sprinkles ;).

Visited my sister for a belated celebration of her birthday on Saturday. It was a laid-back family get-together of just her, her husband, P., my parents and me but so very nice. Looking forward to seeing them again in two weeks. On that note:

Successfully picked out a gift and bought it way ahead of time. This one’s definitely an accomplishment as I’m just about the least creative person in picking gifts and tend to postpone it to the last minute.

Started two of my new books. I’m not sure how I like them because they both have their lengthy passages but reading still makes me so happy. Plus, allowing myself to start two newly purchased books at the same time feels just that bit luxurious. Living on the wild side ;).

Blogged just once but there are some really good links waiting for you.

Drafted two blog posts. My mind constantly changing directions isn’t helpful to finishing any of them but I’ll definitely be back with another post later this week.

Once again, I’ve been getting wordy so I’ll end this here by wishing you a …

Happy Monday!

Don’t forget to tell me your happenings and accomplishments from the past week!

Happiness-inducing today: The sun peeking through in the late afternoon on a rather rainy day, allowing for a quick walk through the fields.

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Any laptop – please no Macs as it’d take me forever to get used to them and they’re also not exactly my price range 😉 – recommendations? I’d really appreciate any help here.


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Changing [habits, wardrobe and routines]

Hello from the other side. Way overused phrase? totally. But hey, technically, I am in fact oon the other side of the world from most of your views. Anyway … I spontaneously decided to join Meg and her Week in Review again.

The reason I ended up not going for it this past Monday was actually a good one. We had family around for the second weekend in a row. Since Monday was when everyone left again, we sat on my parents’ patio and chatted until it was time to bid goodbyes. Truth be told, I also wasn’t feeling too amazing. The whole having an apartment full of other people and not running on my own schedule was too much for this introvert  [I don’t like talking about myself in third person but we’re going to roll with it for once]. As a result, I felt funky from Thursday [when the first guests arrived] until Monday. With the previous guests having left a mere four days earlier and being tired from work, it just was too much. I didn’t like how I felt; didn’t like how I dealt with it. In the terminology of Cora’s post I would dare to assume that I was – in a way – socially overstimulated. Having a weekend mostly  to  myself this week was all the more relaxing.

Let’s get going with another Week in Review with Meg and Miss Ave before the day’s over [writing this Sunday night so I mean this literally].

Week in Review

Some of what happened in the past seven days: I. ..

Worked four days as – like mentioned above – Monday was a national holiday.

Shared some more good good links and – the other week – a few more funny and good-to-know things about Germany, including your handy restaurant dining 411.

Rode my bike to work more often again. I can’t say I liked it a lot in the morning – not an early riser if you remember – but all the more so after work. It’s refreshing and calming for the mind. Much appreciated after staring at a screen for hours. It’s a nice change of routine.

Ordered two new books for myself. For the first time in months, I should add. That whole spending money on myself issue isn’t getting any easier but I had to cave for books because I need them. Speaking of purchases …

Stuck to my budget pretty well. I’ve been making a more concerted effort to really track my spendings because that’s never a bad idea and I also have a few larger investments planned for the near future [cough, laptop, cough].

Ate the first strawberries of the year, coming straight from my mum’s garden. Homegrown berries > any other, even organic ones. Too bad the first harvest is fully digested already. Now to patiently wait for more to ripen …

Drank less Pepsi. Confession: I used to drink Pepsi max cherry every day. It’s my one really bad, definitely not healthy guilty pleasure kind of thing. No alcohol for me, no smoking, no nothing but diet Pepsi. Sue me! Though in my ‘defense’ [not actually defending myself because I don’t judge others for consuming any of the above, either]: I don’t drink coffee so diet coke is my replacement, if you will. I haven’t been drinking it by the litre but when I felt a slump/tiredness kicking in. However, and that’s why I’m listing it here, I kind of curbed that habit. I can’t say why but I just tried to not have it one day recently. And because I’m ever so slightly competitive,  I decided to see how long I could go without it. Well, I’m proud to say I can now already go days without having any, then maybe a small sip on a hot day and not feel compelled to have more.

Got new clothes for free and priceless. The latter because they were sewn by my mum respectively sister. One was a dress modeled after one I had seen in our local second hand shop’s window but didn’t even get a chance to try on as it was sold the next day already. My mum’s version turned out just as if not even more amazing if I dare say so, though. Because I like hers so much, my sister gifted me several of her handmade undies. If you’re curious to see more of her clothes, she’s showing some of them off on Instagram, too [below are my mermaid undies].

Meal-prepped while listening to a podcast. Some of you have asked for my podcast recommendations and I’m a bit afraid I don’t have anything new to offer there [or at least in terms of English ones; I figure the German ones I listen to aren’t of any interest to the majority of you ;)]. Given English isn’t my mother tongue, I’ve stuck with just a few that I found I could follow along with even when simultaneously doing something else. Two I go back to time and time again are That’s so Maven  [did you see that Davida just got engaged?!] and The Balanced Blonde. There are always episodes I don’t find as interesting, obviously, but these two are mostly up my alley. Let me know any others I should check out in the comments.

Went on a late night-ish walk with two of our guests when they visited. I hadn’t seen these two in way too long and forgot how much I enjoy being around them. It’s these kind of situations – walks, being outside, having deeper conversations – that I thrive on. They light me up, stop the constant chatterbox in my mind and make me feel good.

The fact I can’t think of anything else worth adding here [or at least things I would want to share on the blog] is proof that I need to get back into my sudoku habit. They’re good for memory function ;). In reality, though, it’s just getting late again around here and I need to wrap up this post to not drag out my bedtime too much.

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today [actually from a few days ago but it was a nice one]: The stranger wishing me a ‘particularly happy day’ [in  a non-creepy way] after I gave him directions. It’s little things like these that brighten my day and why I like thanking others and giving them compliments, too.

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Tell me three or more achievements or happenings from your past week!
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Bring a coin to the store and: The 411 on German restaurants

If you caught my previous posts on the differences between Germany and the US, you might remember the seemingly basic daily activiity of running errands can be quite different already. Today, we’re returning to the supermarket once agan and then delve into the dangerous 😉 territory of eating out. Can’t be that hard, you’re saying? Just wait for it!

Bring back, bring back oh bring back my baby cart to me, to me

Disregard the unfortunate rhyming above. The hidden statement here: German groceries want you to bring your shopping carts back. Orderly. That’s right: no just randomly leaving yours somewhere in the parking lot or around the store. Their tactic? Money. Want a cart? Bring a coin. Outside stores, carts are strung together and you can fetch one by inserting a coin – usually 1 € – into a slot on the car, by this untying it. No worries: if you’re a good customer 😉 and bring your cart back to where you got it, you’ll get your money back. No losses for the store = no losses for you. We’re fair players here. And because we want our every penny back we also …

Return bottles to the store

Yes, that’s right. Stores don’t stop at the carts there. Thirsty? Grab a bottle of your favourite beverage from the shelves but be aware that the price noted isn’t the full one yet. When you pay, the store system automatically adds a so-called ‘Pfand’ – typically 0,25 € per bottle – to the price stated on the shelf. Don’t worry, though: you get your Pfand back when you return your empty bottles to the store. And if you’re anything like me you feel just that little bit feisty in getting a – actually only mental – discount on your next purchase that way.

Eating out

 

Sit down where you please

Waiting at the restaurant door to get seated? Nah. Just get inside and seat yourself wherever you please – unless there’s a reservation sign on a table, obviously. Unless you’re at a fancy restaurant or one that specifies reservations are necessary, it’s the norm to pick whichever table you want and waiters will attend to you soon. Waiting staff isn’t assigned certain tables. In fact, it’s not unusual to have one waiter pick up your order and another cash you at the end.

Tap? Not really

Now we’re not talking tap beer – locations that have it will gladly serve you up a foamy cold beer, no worries. But asking for tap water along with your meal? I’m afraid to tell you that’s not so much of a thing here; potentially even looked down upon as a cheap opt-out of ordering a beverage you’d have to pay for. Bottled water is the norm – whether it be ‘still’ or ‘sprudelnd’ (sparkling). The latter is what the majority of us go for – so refreshing! It’s what I keep at homes at all times, too, though I occasionally just have some straight from the tap, too.

Take your time

If you remember the rush at supermarket checkouts I told you about this right here is the amazing opposite. Unless the restaurant lets you know they already have a later booking for your table, you’re free to take all the time you want. If you’re long finished and can tell there’s a request for more room it’s obviously not the most impolite thing to get up and leave but ultimately it’s up to you.
… but taking your leftovers home? …
Nicely satisfied by your meal yet left with some remainders, you might figure you can just get them doggy-bagged for another day. Good luck on that one in German restaurants. As awesome as I personally consider this concept – avoiding food waste is always good – it’s not common in Germany. The only place I’ve had a chance to take leftovers home because they did in fact have boxes for it was Vapiano.

Let’s talk tipping [Or. Trinkgeld]

Unlike in the US, German waiting staff doesn’t depend on your tip making up most of their salary. This doesn’t mean they didn’t appreciate it as much [you still don’t make a fortune as a waiter]; it’s just not that you’re required to. Most restaurant goers still tip unless the service was terrible. Since staff doesn’t ‘expect’ you to give it, the common practice is to ask your waiter for the bill [note that it doesn’t automatically arrive at your table after you finished your meal; see point below on taking your time]. When he shows up at your table with it, hand them over – yes, another situation where many of us use cash rather than credit cards – the money and say how much you want to pay. I.e. if your bill says 33,20 € and you enjoyed the service, you might hand them 35 and say “stimmt so” [as in: that’s right = keep the remainder] which then indicates how much they get to keep to themselves.

And that’s it for another episode of the small but important differences between Germany and the US.

Happiness-inducing today:  A short uplifting conversation after a rough day at work.

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Which one of these surprised you the most?

What  differences between your homecountry and places you’ve traveled to have you noticed before?

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Good good links #184

Way overused statement but so true: the struggle is real. Which struggle, you ask? Well, mine when compiling these lists of good good links. At first, I have too few to share a post and once I dig into my notes and browse a few more blogs: way. too. Many. How about all of you out there try to schedule your most amazing posts a little further apart ;)?  As this doesn’t happen I’ve once again had to make hard decisions save some of the truly great posts I’ve come across for a next episode of the good links. Not that I was complaining or anything. I hope you find something that inspires you, makes you think or just gets your stomach rumbling.

Happy reading!

Good good [food for thought]

I Drank Unicorn Frappuccinos For a Week and Here’s What Happened via Hummusapien

Preach! Food shaming isn’t cool + has to stop and nothing is off limits or going to kill you in a balanced diet.

What if you only tried to be 10 % happier? via Cait Flanders

No matter what we’re struggling with [mentally no different from physically]: it takes time to heal and we should try to appreciate even just a seemingly small progress. Instead of seeking immediate but not lasting 100 % “cures”/bandaids.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

We Need To Be Kinder To Our Flaky Friends via Medium

Anybody with a mental illness will [likely] be able to relate to this, everybody else should read it to understand why we behave the way we behave at times.

It’s not the body I asked for, it’s the body I have via In It 4 the Long Run

We might not love everything about ourselves but appreciating the gift of being blessed with an able body* is so important. Georgie’s story is one I’m sure many of us can relate to.

*not a fan of separating body and mind in general but rolling with it for the ease of writing here

For the Intuitive Eating Haters via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Or maybe not even haters but those skeptical of IE and not daring to take the first step of the journey. Kylie clears up the most common misconceptions/worries people have regarding IE.

Can You Love Your Body and Want to Change It? Via The Balanced Berry

Answer: yes but examine your reasons for wanting to do it.

How to support your friends struggling with mental illnesses via love me, feed me

Friends as a steady support system can be so very vital in recover y and Leah listed some great ways to help.

Yes, Yogis Can Get Cancer Too. Via Mind Body Green

An important one in an online world where many [self-proclaimed] experts are trying to tell us that exercising and eating right could cure or prevent these kind of major illnesses.

 

Blogging

How to Tell People About Your Blog (and deal with their reactions) via Forever Amber

If you’ve been feeling awkward when doing this (hi!): a) you’re not alone and b) here are some good ways to say it.

How to Build a Mommy Blog While Your Little One Sleeps via Bloguettes

For any mum wanting to start/maintain a blog while juggling crazy busy mum life. Or those of us wondering how in the world she does it.

 

Food and cooking

How to Interpret Expiration Dates Based on the 5 Food Groups via Spoon University

A really helpful and important one to reduce food waste – and hey, it’ll save you a few bucks, too.

3  Principles of Vegan Baking for Beginners via The Kitchn

Not just for vegans but handy to know for anybody when running out of eggs or dairy products.

 

Good good [food]

Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Fudge Popsicles.[vegan] via Half-Baked Harvest

There are no words for how good these look. I mean:  peanut butter. Chocolate. Fudge. Popsicles! Fruit-sweetened, too.

Twix Chocolate Caramel Spread  [vegan] via Full of Plants

There are no words to describe how amazing this looks [and there also don’t have to be any as you’ve already clicked over, right ;)?!]

Vegan Tiramisu via It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

One of the few desserts that a) make me actually like coffee and b) are well worth the effort of preparing them.

Vegan French Onion Dip from Scratch via One Ingredient Chef

There can never be enough healthy dips and I’m intrigued by the secret ingredient here [have had it before but never in dips].

 

Happiness-inducing today: An encouraging conversation with + hug by my mum. I’m a bundle of nerves right now but that helped a little.

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When it rains it pours + seeing the rainbows.

Something tells me it’s been a while since we previously talked life and things, no?

Life – or as I like to think: destiny – has a [insert word I can’t decide on; Funny? Mean? Weird? None of these seem fitting] way of working out. Or: when it rains it pours. It’s been a mixed bag of a week for me and my family. On my side this meant some personal unpleasantries for lack of a better description.Ono of them being an eye infection that’s been bugging me since this past Monday. Essentially, I’m currently the literal equivalent of somebody with a laughing and a crying eye. Sounds more exciting than it is. Fingers crossed I won’t be  this rare phenomenon much longer. It’s getting old pretty fast, you know?  Yet all of that suddenly didn’t matter anymore in the face of some sad news my family found out this weekend. I know vague-blogging sucks but I can neither pretend life was all sunshine and rainbows over here nor – for privacy reasons – share any details. Other than saying that life is fleeting and we need to hug our loved ones tightly whenever we can.

By now you might know I’m constantly refocusing on the good; the silver linings no matter how dark the sky [i.e. life] looks in any certain moment. Only sometimes that’s hard, almost feels wrong. Is living in the moment and re-centering yourself to achieve an at least momentarily positive mood a means of ignorance towards reality? Of self-delusion? A way of avoiding problems and facing emotions until you can’t anymore or things backfire? I do wonder this but have no definite answer. It’s just another case of my mind running wherever it wants so if you have any thoughts on these: feel free to share them.

As I don’t want to get the reputation of “doom and gloom” blogger I’m going to leave it at that and ride the wave of endorphins this lovely Sunday provided me with. Nobody hates positivity. Oh and look at me forgetting what exact day it is  sooo… How was your Easter weekend? Ours ended up very laid back after the previous had been visitor- and stress-filled. Similary to this one a few weeks ago. On a coincidental side note and explaining the title: it was a week where the change of weather mirrored the happenings. Lots of downpours but double (!) rainbows twice in one weekend and lots of sunshine in between.

Not all of the points below are achievements; some are merely notes on life lately. Since Meg has been forgiving towards my changing approaches to the Week in Review in the past I’m hoping she’ll approve once again. Because I had no plans for writing this post and at that didn’t take notes of any achievements. Winging it is my specialty here.

Week in review

In the past week(s) I …

Worked four instead of five days this week. Thank goodness for Good Friday because the piles of paper just keep growing at the moment. Trying not to think of the extra ones coming up after the holidays  …

Spring-cleaned my bathroom and kitchen. Initiated by the  [absolutely amazing] fact of the former’s renovation. Okay, the remodeling of the lighting situation. Because – as I hadn’t told you yet – the latter was a serious joke the past few weeks. Anyway, I dreaded the whole cleaning process but it feels so good in the aftermath. Now when I talk about spring-cleaning or tidying up in general that does not mean I’m the most organized person in the world. Only a slightly more tidied up and less chaotic person – major difference ;). Though I’m proud of myself for having maintained the clutter-free surfaces since.

Did a little pantry purge that felt really good, too. Looks like somebody had a thing for peanuts here. Oops. It also looks like I should get baking again. I’m not complaining about that prospect …

Watched a movie with my mum on Friday night. For the German readers: it was this one which I’d seen before already and highly recommend. Romantic, funny and featuring some of the best German actors of the current time.

Speaking of my mum: she baked her classic ‘Eierlikörtorte’ [egg liquor torte] again – no Easter is complete without it. [Recycled picture with baby P. in the background as the technology issues are yet to be resolved]

Had an unpleasant appointment. At least I didn’t chicken out – that’s my accomplishment here.

Sent out an important email after postponing it for weeks. A big thanks to the two friends helping and encouraging me.

Spontaneously went on a walk with my dad earlier today. If you’ve been reading for a while you know our relationship is difficult so these happenings are rare and not without anxiety on my side. It was good, though. Really good. I’m aware of how quickly the current state here can change, though, but will preserve the memory.

Went for many walks in general, no matter what the weather was like. Lots of things to process require lots of walk-thinking through.

Baked a huge batch of Maple Buckwheat Granola for my colleague. Gluten-free for the first time. As I hadn’t reported back on that: the bread wasn’t a winner – which I admittedly had guessed but am not too sad about; granola-making is way more fun. Yet she said she missed the granola so I got busy in the kitchen after all. It might not become a regular anymore, though, because how insanely expensive are gluten-free oats?!

Blog-wise I wasn’t as active as I’d hoped to – sorry for being way behind on commenting and replying! – but published some really good good links yesterday.

Once again, I’ve been getting wordy so I’ll end this here by wishing you a …

Happy Monday!

Don’t forget to tell me your happenings and accomplishments from the past week!

Happiness-inducing today: Sunshine. The walk with my dad which once again allowed for a good conversation.

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My own Happiness Project

First things first: thank you so much for your comments on my previous post. All of you made me feel so relieved and like less of a crazy person. Monday had me feel the effects of the weekend still in strong discomfort and not wanting to be around other people. ‘Feierabend’ as we call finishing work over here couldn’t come early enough. Introvert issues. Sorry to my colleagues if I seemed distant and reserved. It’s not about you but me. #overusedbuttrue

As you might know by now I’m a huge proponent of finding the little joys in every day, even if it’s not the best one. Worrying a lot about my future and just about everything else this is my way of handling the anxiety. Silver linings are hidden in every day, we just need to actively look for or (!) create them. The latter ties in with the idea proposed in one of the books I’m currently rereading. It’s Gretchen Rubin’s “Happiness Project” – my first time reading it being at least six years ago so I didn’t remember much. I’ve noticed myself subconsciously following a lot of the principles listed already. Still a lot of room for improvement, obviously, but I thought for this Week in Review I’d show you how I incorporate these points in my life. If you feel like it share some of your ways of doing so in the comments! I’m curious to see what they mean to others. Let’s jump into my review of the past seven days. Thanks to Meg for hosting the shenanigans once again!

Week in Review

Act the way you want to feel 

Coming from a weekend of a messed up routine and craving me time I can’t deny I wasn’t feeling like socialising at all. Yet when a question by the bank employee – at that the one question I don’t like to be asked -evoked her to keep asking and talking I decided I was all up for it. In good old “fake it till you make” fashion I engaged in the conversation and it turned out to be really encouraging. I can’t say I’d ever experienced this at a bank before. Also can’t pretend I hated it. Read: faking a good mood can actually make you feel happier.

Tackle a nagging task

Dropped some paperwork off at the bank for my mum because their opening hours are ridiculous and she couldn’t make it working longer that day. Speaking before I could think my brain apparently decided I wanted to cross two of my own bank issues at the same time while I was there already. This was on Monday so definitely not a day I felt like tackling these things but it might have felt all the better getting them crossed off my list that day

Cleaned my electric kettle. Please don’t ask how long it had been since the previous time. Let’s just say: long enough. But hey, it’s spanking clean now so that’s all that counts, no?

Adulted by washing a load of laundry and got to let it dry ioutside n the sunshine for the first time this year.  It was a wonderful weekend after a rainy start to the week.

Prepared a second batch of what I’ll call peanut butter chocolate crispy treats – any better name suggestions? –  for now. You know I’m not one to play favourites but these are high (!) up on top of the list. High.

Took pictures of said treats. Did I ever mention this is my least favourite part of recipe creation? It’s frustrating.

Get in movement and time in nature [my own addition to the list]

Went for morning walks on both Saturday and Sunday. Starting my days first reading for a while, then getting to soak up sunshine and fresh air was blissful.

 Indulge in a modest splurge. 

Treated myself to little ‘extras’ here and there throughout the week. Bad consciousness for free obviously but I’m working on it. The items I bought weren’t even what anybody else would fret about – a nice wooden hairbrush to replace my old one  [long overdue], lots of almond milk [granted, this one was on sale but still a treat] and a magazine. Yet for me spending on anything aside from regular groceries is still an accomplishment. I know Cora can relate.

Obviously worked as usual.

Had some good conversations with my colleagues. If/when – and I’m really hoping it will happen in the not so distant future – I find another job I’m more passionate about these ladies are what I’ll miss the most. They’re the best. And no, not just because one of them – hearing me declare my fondness of After Eight chocolate santas – has already surprised me with an After Eight chocolate bunny for the second time already this past week. Literally the sweetest and I have no idea what I deserved it for.

Give proofs of love

Baked a loaf of gluten-free bread for my newly diagnosed celiac colleague. Granted, this is a  stretch as I woudn’t consider it a true proof of love as she’s “just” a colleague but I’ll keep it here. And before you wonder why in the heck effing world a) she wouldn’t just buy bread from a bakery and b) I baked for her, here’s the low-down. A) She mentioned buying her first loaf of gluten-free bread in a break at work – as well as the fact that it was tiny and crazy expensive. Knowing the blog world I was convinced there -had- to be better and more affordable options. I’m very thankful for not having any true intolerances myself and don’t want anybody to miss out on their favourite foods if they have some so I offered to get baking. She – not a fan of baking – happily accepted the offer. It’s in the oven as we “speak” [or at least as I’m writing this] and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed it’ll turn out]. This is the recipe I tried and I’ll report back once she has taste-tested it if any of you are curious.

This obviously wasn’t everything that happened but decided to keep things shorter today. So without further ado:

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: Sunny weather. Spring is definitely here now and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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