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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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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Family time and facing yeast fears

Be thankful for what you have, don’t yearn for what you don’t. 
Something that I’d like to think I’m quite good at. If I give into those thoughts lingering in my mind or have a particularly bad day – rather week – I can think of a many things I don’t have. Most of the time, though, I’m aware of how blessed I am. Hearing about the harsh contrast in the life of somebody else once again both made me wish I could do more good than just small favours for others. And realize [once again] be even more thankful for all I have. Not necessarily focusing on materialistic things here.
Anyway, this very mindset seems absent whenever I reflect on past weeks. Rather than seeing the wonderful opportunity to spend time with my family I see a lot of unchecked items on my to-do list. It’s something I wish was different because it keeps me from truly enjoying the days with them when I constantly worry about my unfinished to-do lists.  Sunday afternoons/nights don’t do my mind any good and I’d be better of not writing these kind of posts at that time lest I scare all of you away.
How about we just jump right into another Week in Review with Meg and Miss Ave? Sounds good?! I thought so.

 

Week in Review

 

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

Worked. Technically the same as usual but it was an unusually good week. No ropportunity to work in my favourite position this time around, yet acknowledgement from my [male] boss  [the harder to please one] and simply a good flow and conversations with colleagues. This makes such a difference even in less than exciting jobs.

Published two post: a Week in Review revealing the “selfish” side of my random acts of kindness and more good good links.
Took a spontaneous rest from my workout. I haven’t talked about this before – other than mentioning it on a side note – but exercise is a tricky issue for me. While I’m not doing any crazy strenuous or long workouts balance and taking a break out of schedule don’t come easily for me.
Spent time with my family [sister, maternal grandparents, my brother and his girlfriend], including little P. who’s not qute as little anymore. It’s both marvelous and sad how fat he has grown from baby to toddler in seemingly no time. Seeing him walk around in his own when it feels like just yesterday that he crawled through the house makes me want to slow time down …
nephew_toddler in nature
Bought not one but two new books. Those of you who have been around for a while know this is a major accomplishment for me. Spending on myself – food and daily necessities such as toiletries not included – is hard.
Helped a colleague out. She’s been suffering from constant stomach problems for years and finally gotten further tests done lately. Being a blogger and hence – a real advance as I’ve come to find – familiar with more potential causes/illnesses thanthe average German I printed out some information for her [assuming it might be IBS from the symptoms she described] and after her diagnosis – celiac’s disease – showing her some blogs and Instagram accounts. This might sound odd to most of you but these diseases as well as information on how to deal with them or what to eat are mostly unknown around here so she was genuinely lost on how to cook from now on.
Burnt one of my hands when pouring hot water into my thermos from the electric kettle. If you’re having a deja-vue deja-thought moment: true. Yes, I do seem to have a slight, albeit not worrisome, tendency to accidentally hurt myself in the kitchen. This accident was particularly unfortunate as I’m left-handed and guess which hand happened to be involved? Cooling salve and a tight bandage put a damper on my productivity for the next few hours. [The hand is now fine again.]
Dared to work with yeast for the first time. Granted, I have memories of baking a yeast-based cake years ago but that doesn’t really count. Anyway, yeast was still one of the ingredients intimidating me and I had my mind set on conquering it this past week. Thanks to abovementioned incident the making of turned into a family business with my mum, grandma and self-proclaimed yeast expert sister chiming in on the dough prep. As well as my sister graciously offering to do the final kneeding by hand and rolling out the dough. Because there was no hygienic or practical way of doing it for me. Long story short project healthy Almond Striezel [a certain type of strudel] was a huge success. You know it is when all three of your ‘yeast experts’, some of them skeptical of healthy baked goods, give you a thumbs up.
Mandelstriezel_healthy almond Striezel
 Now that leaves me wondering if I should remake and share the recipe on the blog or not. On one hand, I really want to because it passed the taste test of all family members, is suitable even for toddlers because – final point – the whole Striezel contains a mere 3 1/4 or so tablespoons of coconut sugar yet is sweet enough. Woop!
Honest opinion please! Does anybody still bake with yeast these days?
As usual when finishing these posts it’s getting late again so I’ll bid you goodbye for now and wish you a …

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: The time with P. and the remainder of the family, obviously.

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Selfish acts of kindness

Oh hi, final Monday of February!
Truth be told: Up until shortly ago I was sure about skipping the Week in Review. After a busy week, the weekend with more leisure time led me into some kind of overthinking funk once more. My original intro for this post elaborated on the ruminations of my mind yet I opted against sharing them for the sake of a more positive start into the week.
Here’s the whereabouts of the slightly odd title. In previous Weeks in Review, I’ve frequently mentioned the little favours I’m doing for others. The inclusion of these things wasn’t an attempt to make myself look like the most selfless or sweetest person on earth or fish or compliments [ick]. Seriously? I can be snappier than a snap pea when I’m moody, tired, hangry. In fact, I’m pretty selfish in my acts of kindness. Why? Because I engage in them even more when I’m not feeling the best myself. Doing favours for others is my way to combat unwelcome thoughts and emotions in my life. So the ‘accomplishment in them is – if there’s any; they’re rather little happiness inducers – getting myself out of moodiness.  Two examples in this past week were the ice cream pick-up for my colleagues and calling my aunt. My mind was spinning in these situations and I needed to get out of it. Helping others or doing little things to brighten their days is a way of charging my own happiness batteries. See: selfish. Or maybe a win-win situation? Either way, it’s benefitting me as much as the person I offer help.
Onto the Week in Review with Meg!

Week in Review

 

In the past seven days I …
Worked the usual five times with Monday through Wednesday being downright insanity. We were shorter than short on staff with one of my colleagues sick and the other on holiday. As I mentioned this meant I was working at the front desk with one of my colleagues. Since she had to simultaneously oversee another area of the business there were moments of just me at the reception, two phones ringing and three clients asking for help. It was nuts but nevertheless I enjoyed it far more than my usual job. Stress is strenuous in the moment of but seriously rewarding afterwards. I truly hope I’ll be able to help out at the front desk in the future again.
Published merely one post. Bummer. This week will be better in that you’ll at least get more good good links on Sunday. If time allows I’m hoping to really get up another post prior to that one, though. I miss blogging more regularly and have multiple drafts yet can’t seem to finish them to my satisfaction.
Called my paternal grandma. It had been a while and she actually tried to put me off right away as she’s not feeling well lately. Yet I decided to just chat a little more – did I mention I’m a smidgen stubborn? –  and while it didn’t turn into a really long conversation she was up for it more than initially stated. My grandma is about to turn 90 and since she’s living too far away for  regular visits I at least wanted to exchange a few more sentences. Life is short.
Called my paternal aunt. She in a rough time in life and knowing how much I appreciate a good conversation in those moments I figured I’d call her. Though nothing can really take away her pain right now at the end of the conversation she sounded happier.

Some people work in the important area of cross-cultural communication. As a German blogger settled into the English-speaking blogging community I'm probably dabbling in that field a little, too. But let's be honest: I'm much better at cross-diet communication 😉. Like with these grain-free, vegan and paleo chocolate tartlets. [yes, the recipe is coming to the blog soon] Prior to blogging I didn't know about all the different diets out there. Now that I do I have fun trying to work out recipes suitable for multiple at once. Though I obviously follow a certain lifestyle myself and at that have preferences blogging and noticing the similarities of on first glance opposing diets has made me more open-minded. At the end of the day, the way we eat doesn't change our character. And if we meet and can share good food suitable for our different diets – what's not to like?! Which diet – if any specific one – do you follow and is there any particular reason why you chose it? . . . #vegan #thefeedfeedvegan #grainfree #glutenfree #daswortzumsonntag #paleotreat #chocolateplease #glutinchensatt #vegandeutschland #veganwerdenwaslosdigga #bgbcommunity #schokocontent #sonntagssüß

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Baked a new treat for the blog. Yes, I’m aware I owe you many recipes by now. Once I can figure out the lighting situation and decide on a light box I will get those proper pictures and share them. Actually, I did take a few more picturesof these little tartlets that might not be the worst so we’ll see …
Did some laundry for my parents while they were on a three-day holiday plus a load of my own laundry. This involved lots of frustration about the [insert swearword] washing machine fussing around.
Prepared a new batch of healthy Nutella and managed to not burn my finger this time around. Big deal ;).
Prepared another batch of peanut butter the following day. See, I’m slowly working on overcoming the dread of cleaning the Vitamix afterwards.
Got ice cream for my colleagues on Friday. It was a strenuous day for the two of them yet lighter on the paperwork for me – see above mention of being short on staff – so when I was mostly finished with my duties I walked to the ice cream parlor. Just in case you’re wondering: no ice cream for me because I wasn’t in the mood and – like my boss – found the temperature too cold for a frozen treat. Mostly savoury cravings, though.
Ice cream
 [Recycled picure because I obviously didn’t have my camera on hand at work.]
Cleaned the apartment including a thorough mopping of the floors. Not my favourite part of adulting.
Went on daily walks. I need all the fresh air I can get despite the weather not being the best.Umbrellas and scarves were invented for a reason after all.
Meal-prepped while listening to yet more podcasts. I’m really getting into these and givingnew ones a try every week.
Being a little late in writing my review this week the clock is telling me I should end things here to avoid an overly late bed time. So I’ll leave it at that for now and wish you a …

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  My morning reading time. I picked up a book I’d set aside not enjoying it much previously and it’s better than I initially thought.

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Rinse. Repeat. Rest.

Some weeks can only be summed  up with ‘same old, same old’. Or as I would say about mine: Rinse. Repeat. Move on. In some cases like washing dishes the rinsing is in fact literal. Truth is that my days flew by mostly go go go and the weekend was over in the blink of an eye. It’s these weeks that make me feel unsatisfied and hard on myself. Did I really just let another week of life I was gifted pass by without major accomplishments?  Gifted – I know some might find this a little ‘woo woo’ but the way I see things we never know how much more time on this planet we get. Work is definitely playing a role in my feelings towards the fleetingness [probably not a word] of life. Anyway, it was Meg herself, commenting on another comment in my previous Week in Review who reminded me/us that sometimes just working and keeping ourselves fed is accomplishment enough. I’m trying to convince myself it’s true.

Truth is – and it’s funny we all seem to feel the same here; even those people we would see as superwomen jugling way busier lives – we will probably always feel we’re falling short compared to others. Even if – that’s okay.* We’re all just doing our best in this game called life. Every day. Guilting ourselves over past shortcomings doesn’t help. Making changes in the future does.

Jumping into the past and in writing this post the future already: here’s to another Week in Review with Meg.

*yes, I’m totally giving myself a pep talk here, too. Spealing of which: Here’s more pep talk if you need some right now. We all do at times.

Week in Review

Worked five days. It was an unsatisfactory week in that I caught up with my to-dos early on, new tasks only coming in slowly for the first few days but on the upside I got to leave earlier on Monday and Tuesday. I’m aware it’s an odd thing to ‘complain’ about a lighter workload but I like being of help and don’t enjoy waiting around for tasks coming up. On the upside, I had a constructive conversation with my [female] boss that I’d worried about unnecessarily beforehand. It wasn’t a big deal but simply to clarify the right handling of some tasks I wasn’t entirely sure about.

Posted twice: theWeek in Review and a collection of posts worth reading.

Spontaneously went on a long walk with my dad on Monday. Getting home early on this first beautifully sunny day in a while I wanted to get outside again soon and he happened to have similar plans, asking if I wanted to join him. Long time readers will know we have a difficult relationship so I agreed with slight unease. Yet in the end, it turned – one short blip aside – out to be an enlightening conversation, finding out more about my dad. It might sound odd but I think we’ll never stop learning or know all about even the people closest to us.

Flowers

[Throwback picture because #bloggerfail of not taking pictures again.]

Went on multiple walks by myself – soaking up the sun while it was still here – and one with my sister, husband, P. and some of their friends.

Finally went and ordered new inlays for my shoes. An item that’s been on my to-do list for a very long time  … Isn’t it funny how some of those tasks – unfortunately not all of them – we keep postponing end up way less uncomfortable or in this case time-intense than expected? Making that first step is the only barrier.

Spent time with my mum, P. and abovementioned friends’ five-year-old daughter which involved me reading her a book and randomly explaining gravity. It’s sweet to watch children play, explore and understand the world bit by bit. Marveling at what seems so trivial to us as adults. I miss this a little at times.

Hung out with my sister, her husband and P. on Sunday before dropping them off at the station. Their visit was short this time around so my happiness batteries could already take some recharging.

Ran errands for my parents a few times. This involved talking to the cheese guy again. Just to clarify this: No, I’m not into him but it’s nice noticing that uncomfortable feeling disappearing a bit.

Was in bed earlier than in many past months again. It’s not easy for night owl me but also not as much of a struggle as it used to be.

PJ pants_striped_bed

Worked out five days and – the actual accomplishment – spontaneously rested on Saturday. The reason was that I realized I wasn’t going about it for the right reason. Saturday night I found myself anxious about a few things, mostly because I hadn’t crossed off a satisfactory amount of tasks on my to-do list. Previously, I would have worked out, then made an effort at catching up on multiple tasks at once and delayed dinner until forever. Instead, I sat with the anxiety, made some tea, had dinner and finished my good good links. While my workouts [unfortunately; I miss those intense classes I used to visit while still living in another city] aren’t super intense or long I realized I was depending on them to stay calm and feel in control too much. So I took a cue from Cora and showed myself some compassion  [or tried to because the guilt still lingered] rather than rely on exercise. It’s still a process of learning to rest and truly relax. How can something like this be so hard for some of us?

…and now it’s Monday again. The day dreaded by so many people yet I’m looking forward to it. Granted, I could do without the early mornings. On the upside are getting out and socialising again, particularly as I’ll be working at the front desk all week, subbing in for a colleague who’s on holiday.  Things could definitely look worse for me. I hope you have something to look forward to on this first page of a new week, too – and even if it’s ‘just’ sunshine, catching up with colleagues or friends, …

 

Happy Monday!

 

Happiness-inducing today: Goofing around with P.

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How to live more intensely or: No week gets left behind

Ever since joining Meg’s Week in Review club I’ve found more significance in individual weeks. It probably sounds odd but prior to listing what I did throughout the previous cycle of seven days life felt like it was – major life events aside – passing by in a steady stream. Sure, some weeks were busier than others, some happier, others heavier. But I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the subtle changes. How did I feel about life two weeks ago?
This also helps me see what works and what doesn’t. In terms of productivity. In terms of sleep [improvement during the week]. In terms of work. It’s some sort of life analysis, laying open the success and the areas of further improvement. Some of the latter unfortunately are recurring themes that I have yet to make significant progress in which frustrates and in a way scares me because life is so fleeting and time the one thing we’ll never be able to get back once it’s passed. But I’m digressing too far for a Week in Review again so let’s stay in the moment for now and then look back at what happened in the past seven days in my life. Don’t forget to tell me about yours in the comments, too.

Thanks as always to Meg for encouraging us to truly see and reflect on every week in our lives. Even if a week – like the past one – holds no memories of major life changes recording our lives like this allows us [bloggers] to look back in time and see “oh hey, that’s when I did that” or “ah, that was fun”.  A little like a photo album minus the plethora of pictures in my case [blogger fail].

In the past week I …

Worked the usual five days, one of those subbing in for my colleague at the front desk again. It’s my new favourite spot – who knew I’d ever say this?? My male boss was still working from home this past week and I’m feeling slightly bad saying it made work that much better. Not that he’s a terrible person, it’s just his vs. her way of working and temperament. Both are nothing short of amazing at the work they do.

Started two new book and picked up an older one I’ve never been able to get into before. After finishing my previous one – it really was the best I ever read and aspects of it have been on my mind every day since – I find it hard to get into new literature. One of the two I started – unfortunately my mum’s birthday gift for me – will likely stay unfinished. As a novel it’s just too light for me despite its in fact serious background topic [life after leucemia]. I’m very happy with Gretchen Rubin’s “Better than before”, though.

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Chatted with the cheese guy. Okay that sounds weird so let me elaborate. There’s this one younger cashier at one of our local grocery stores. Maybe it’s just my impression but I find him to be a little sassy/snobbish and feel somewhat self-conscious when he’s sitting at the checkouts. The other day, my mum asked me to pick up some cheese while I was running errands at said store in anyway and this guy was operating it. For some reason, I decided to make some friendly small talk to eliminate a bit of that previous awkwardness. We’ll see how this works. Either way, I’m the queen of chatting up random people as you might remember. Really, though, who knows whom you might connect with that way?!

Finally took a trip to the glass containers and got rid off empty jars. There were a -lot- of those. I’m surprising myself with how long I can postpone something that takes all of three minutes [plus driving there] for so long every. single. time. Okay, maybe because it’s gross.

Ran a special ‘errand’ for my dad on Saturday at a time inconvenient for me.  Sweetheart that he is he wanted to welcome my mum back from her short weekend getaway with flowers so I rushed into town and the florist’s shop last minute [read: five minutes before their official closing time at 2 PM]. Initially, my dad asked me to pick up a bouquet for myself as a gift, too, but I couldn’t decide [typical] and also wasn’t entirely sure I still had enough money in my purse. It happens.

Flowers

[Not the bouquet I got for my mum but flowers I had in my apartment some time ago]

Finally created a new recipe for the blog. It’s actually a rendition of a old favourite I’d been meaning to try for ages and I’m happy it worked so well. Unfortunately, the pictures I tried to take didn’t turn out so I’ll have to postpone sharing it once again. I know I owe you several recipes already but I’m incredibly frustrated with the lighting situation here [= I need to get myself a light box. Soon  Better yet sooner than soon..]

Prepared a batch of said treats for my mum to bring along on her weekend trip as a birthday gift for my aunt. She’s a Valentine’s Day baby so a little sweet favour seemed appropriate.

Meal prepped while watching/white noise-streaming the first episode of this year’s “Germany’s Next Topmodel”.  I wouldn’t be able to stand it if I was actually watching but it’s a nice enough white noise. I’m not into any kind of celebrity gossip ish so maybe that’s my one guilty pleasure? We all have some, no?

Prepared another batch of my new recipe creation – late on Saturday night while I  simultaneously  …

Proofread the new version of this restaurant’s menu. If you’ve been around for a while you might remember I translated their menu about a year ago  [I think?]. They’ve now made changes to the menu and asked me to proofread the German version and translate it again. Proofreading makes me happy and that fact makes me a grammar nerd but it’s a label I’m fine wearing.

Hoovered and swept the floors in my apartment. Cleaned the sinks. The usual weekly clean-up.

Baked another batch of granola for one of my colleagues.

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Listened to several podcasts. I’m only now getting into English ones. Previously, I’d listened to German ones here and there but noticing how big of a trend they are in the US I’ve been curious about those, too. There are huge differences in between the nationalities so I’m getting both a lesson in listening comprehension and culture. Fascinating.

Overall, it’s been a good week minus letting myself stay up too late on Friday night which messed up my whole weekend/internal clock. It’s a recurring pitfall of my night owl-ish ways I need to work on so now that I say it you get to keep me accountable ;).

While no recipe there will be at least one more post coming your way this week. Sunday’s time for good good links again and I might squeeze in some thinking out loud, too.

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  A short walk in the sunshine. It’s cold outside but a little bit of sun always brightens my days.

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