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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Happiness – just a change of perspective?

Another week and: another year in my life. Read: As of Sunday I’m yet another year older wiser. Hopefully wiser. Can we just go with that ;)?

This is about the fourth time I start writing my intro. Fifth if you count the time I did so in my head after a particularly tiring Thursday. What this fact reminded me of is how much timing and perspective matter. As you noticed my previous Monday posts had a rather heavy tone. Written in the depths of Sunday blues’ they reflected the way I saw the past days in a potentially more negative way than they actually were. When we’re tired, sad or anxious we focus more on the bad than all the good that happened. I tried to hold this back as best as possible but it was harder.
Looking back today I’m in a much more elated state.

Sometimes happiness or at least contentment with where we’re at in life really is just about perspective. It might be lowering the expectations we hold for a certain situation, making an effort to overlook the negative experiences in a day/week/year or looking at the smallest of blessings in our lives. The ones we aren’t even consiously taking  not eof anymore in everyday life.

Happiness batteries still filled after a weekend spent with my family, including sweet little P. So with these happy memories still fresh on my mind here’s to another Week in Review with Meg and Ave.

Week in review

Worked five days as usual. Long and not always easy days. As I mentioned in previous posts already we’re currently short in staff lately, particularly the colleague I’m usually sharing duties with. The whole team adapted better to her absence than – I think – most of us guessed. Yet the past week the workload has just kept piling up immensely to a point where it was too much to coordinate and keep up with. Working the front desk agan on Friday I finished a-okay and will return to a long list of to-dos today but I know things will be alright. Longer and tiring work days also led to the fact I …

Posted just once. Not a proud fact to state. I also was mostly absent from the blog world in terms of activity. Sorry for the lack of comments – I’ll make a conscious effort at getting back to it this week. You’ll also see at least one more post on here as I have quite a few little good good links waiting to be shared.

Spent time with my recently graduated to toddler status nephew – his birthday was a mere few days before mine. He’s walking now and we had lots of fun playing hide and seek. Meg will also be pleased to hear cheese is one of his favourite foods ;).

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Went to bed earlier during the week. This – despite still not falling into the range of recommendable hours of sleep per night yet – is a major improvement for me. As you might know I’m a night owl so calling it quits when my energy levels are the highest is hard. There’s still plenty of room for improvement but showing myself I’m capable of changes is a first step.

Bought myself not one but two new books. It had been quite a while since the previous time this happened as I have the hardest time a) deciding on titles and b)spending money on myself. I have to reach a point where my longing for new brain food outweighs my bad conscience.

Whizzed up both a batch of fresh peanut butter and healthy Nutella. Really badly burning the tip of my left thumb in the making of the latter. Not my proudest moment and further proof of the things I do for good food  😉 – or: just how delightful the Nutella is.

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Read at least an hour every day. Even on the hectic days I still keep this as a priority I’m not willing to sacrifice. I’ll tell you about the latest additions to my book shelf once I start reading them but right now I’m rereading this amazing book.

Cleaned the apartment. It amazes me that I find new “not cleaned in a while” spots to clean every week. Or maybe dust just finds new places to accumulate on and in over time?

Meal-prepped. For once finishing really early on and at that lifting some stress off my shoulders. Postponing tasks until the very last minute is one of my worst habits.

Survived an appointment at the dentist’s. Nobody likes going there but for some reason this one was particularly anxiety inducing for me. The side effect of the anaesthetics lasting for five hours only added to the ‘fun’. I was one hangry beast at that point.

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Had a wonderful laid back birthday with homemade chocolate peanut marbled icecream  [I’m not a cake person], a lovely girls + P. walk with my mum and sister and just a lot of quality time with the family. While my original plans where a little different I knew things wouldn’t work out this weekend  [it’s one of many birthdays in my parents’ circle of friends; my mum spent Saturday birthday-hopping and my sister, her husband and P. left early on Sunday]. Which is very okay with me because hiii, can you say belated birthday celebrations in warmer weather conditions? Definitely going to happen.   I’m aware what I’m about to say will make me look weird to some of you but I asked for no presents at this point [and still got one]. With Christmas just a bit over a month ago I didn’t need any already again. Gifts just for the sake of gifting? Not for me.

… and because this post is getting too long already again – will I ever better myself here? – I’m calling this a wrap and wishing you a …

Happy Monday!

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

Happiness-inducing today: Sunshine. Time with the family.

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Little favours, sacrifices for nut butter + more

It can’t seriously be Monday again already. If you’re asking me the weeks pass by even faster towards the end of the year. I wonder if daylight savings and the decreased number of hours that actually feel like ‘day’ day create this feeling. Thoughts on this?

Because I once again can’t offer many big accomplishments I’ll sprinkle in some little good deeds I did for others. Sharing these I’m not asking for acknowledgement but hope that we can encourage each other to do more – however small – favours for the people in our lives. So please share some of the things you did for others recently in the comments. At least to me doing what I know is helping others feels the most rewarding – and is the most happiness-inducing which you know is always a win in my book. Let’s get started with another Week in Review hosted by Ave and Meg!

Week in review

During the past week I …

Worked five days. The most uplifting part of these was talking to my new boss [we’ve been having two since July] about some tasks that are mostly my responsibility. They are changes to our previous documentation system and still taking a lot of fiddling around with. It was nice to hear my input appreciated and leading to another change that will hopefully make work easier/faster in the future.

Published a Week in Review and some really good links that I recommend checking out if you didn’t get a chance yesterday. Sundays aren’t always best for blog reading so why not catch up during the week?

Baked a batch of my healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola for a friend’s birthday. She lives a bit further away so I planned on mailing it but I found out her mum living close by was going for a birthday visit and she graciously offered to take along my gift. With this safe option I spontaneously added some of my last homemade Nutella, too. I should get bonus points for this as you won’t find me sharing nut butter often ;).

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  • Cleaned my apartment including the floors. Which reminds me I still need to wash the mop … oops.
  • Stopped by a bakery after work to pick up a quick lunch for the colleague who had to stay longer. She asked if I was heading into town in anyway which I hadn’t intended. But it was nice being able to do her a favour even if that meant getting home a little earlier when I …
  • Walked home from work on Thursday. I hadn’t done this since summer as there never was an opportunity and certainly not with the recent drop of temperatures. Thursday afternoon, though, wasn’t too cold and I really enjoyed the 30 minutes out in the fresh air.
  • Skipped my Friday evening workout to have a movie night with my mum. Sitting for two hours instead of moving is still not that easy  for me but a) I was tired, b) it’s a regular thing for other people and c) we don’t get to spend time with each other like that often. We watched ‘Me before you‘ and to be honest: I didn’t like it. Before you judge: the book was amazing but the movie doesn’t do it justice at all. It’s a flat, at times annoying romantic chick flick. We’re hoping to watch ‘The Danish Girl’ when my sister comes to visit next weekend and I have high hopes for that one.
  • Burnt my finger. Okay, no, the real accomplishment here is obviously the reason why: I made a huge batch of Nutella. And because I wanted it to be perfect I rubbed many a hazelnuts’ skin off with my fingers. The towel rub didn’t do much so I had to. It’s a rather small price to pay for a ridiculously good nut butter, right? [As I’m typing this I do think I should put on a band-aid, though …]

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  • Ran some errands for my parents. I saw one of their favourite chocolates on offer so bought some of that and called my mum  to get any other bits and pieces she might have forgotten to get during the week. I should clarify I didn’t pay for all of these myself that day but do on occasion.
  • Read some really interesting articles and in another book. I need to up my reading game a bit more again, though.
  • Helped a lady running errands to find some products. I guess shopping at the same stores and browsing around the aisles regularly has the benefit of knowing where to find what pretty well. Now if that’s good or embarrassing I’m not sure ;).
  • Talked all things chickpea to a mother-daughter duo standing in line behind me at the store. This started out by the mother – looking at the many cans of chickpeas I’d put on the conveyor – telling her daughter she had lots of those at home, too, but no clue what to do with them. Being both a blogger and chickpea aficionado I was happy to provide them with plenty of ideas that especially the chickpea-savvy daughter – she was in her thirties so clearly living on her own – was intrigued by.

I also worked on some blog posts but might hold these back for some more time. The reason – and also generally why I’ve been posting less – is that they very likely are touching controversial issues. Only it’s hard to write other posts when these are the topics churning in your mind. However, I do have an alternative post idea that I might work on tonight still so hopefully I’ll get back to three posts this week again. Time will tell.

Looking back it was a good week. Not exciting, not enough sleep – I’m not giving up hope, though – and a plan with a friend fell through but there also were many nice little moments and focusing on these is so important.  That being said I’m also looking forward to a few things I have planned for the next week which isn’t the worst perspective [even though a little change at work might make that harder but again: we’ll focus on all the good things here]. I hope your week was sprinkled with happy moments, too, and here to a …

Happy Monday!

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

Happiness-inducing today:

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What were some highlights from your past week?

Have you read and/or watched ‘Me before you’? If both: how did you like the movie?

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