Week in Review: Destiny. The bad. The good.

Hello there!

Today’s post is starting on a heavier note again and continuing where my previous Week in Review ended. After going back and forth about this for days I decided to tell you [some of] what’s caused my current mood and lack of posts and interaction on social media. My family lost a member this past week. We knew it was going to happen as he’d been suffering from cancer but … it’s still hard. Anytime I write about this it sounds oddly neutral, unemotional. When in fact I feel anything but unemotional.
The past week was characterized by the knowledge of it possibly happening any day – and then the news it had. There are no words to express my feelings and I also would rather not talk about it. This isn’t a topic for the blog but I also couldn’t not mention it as it’s been on my mind at all times. Even more so when writing. Those of you who have been exchanging mails with me know the thoughts are running wild when I’m writing.  Which I guess means I should really start journaling again.

Sort of journaling or at least keeping track of our lives is Meg’s Week in Review which I’m joining once again.

Week in Review

Some of what happened in my lfe during the past week. I …

Worked four days and challenged myself again by offering to free up some time for my colleague working at the reception desk by answering calls for her when I had a free minute. Yes, this is ridiculous for others but an accomplishment for me as calling people I don’t know always takes a little effort. It doesn’t help I’ve had people not take me serious due to my voice sounding younger than I am before.

Wrote two blog posts, one featuring many good good links from all around the web.

Replied to all comments I got in the past week which I know I’ve been slacking at before. I don’t think I’ll be able to catch up on all from the many previous weeks – sorry, really! – but will make an effort to stay on top of them from now on. Sorry if I didn’t reply to one of your comments in the past! That’s not saying I didn’t read and appreciate it.

Healthy Nutella - vegan recipe by Texanerin

[This picture is the outcome of me forgetting about the fact it’s getting dark earlier and I have yet to take pictures.]

Spent Friday with my sister and little P. It filled my happiness batteries, my stomach with homemade vegan bolognese and pasta and distracted my mind like nothing else. Exactly the kind of mental health day I direly needed. Which was funny because I’d asked my employer for this specific date off months ago already. So the fact it fell into this very week was – as some would say – accidental. As I would say: destiny. [Yes, I believe in destiny]
By the way: baby led weaning is beneficial for aunts, too. Or at least I don’t think I’d have just touched beets or kaki anytime soon. The latter just because I’d never had a delicious one before, the former because beets are nasty. Still. Though a nine-month-old offering you some of his makes them slightly better [insert (un)necessary aunt gushing].

Traded some homemade paleo + vegan chocolate tartes [as pictured further down] for also homemade healthy Nutella using this recipe. Because – whoop! – my sister just bought a Blendtec after asking me about blenders for weeks. Upon arrival I was presented with Nutella gone wrong [think: dough-like ] and assigned the task of solving the situation – you know these are my favourite kind of assignments. I also found a solution for the Nutella ‘dough’ which I’m hoping to get a picture of later [read: I’m hoping my sister will remember to text me one].  As a thank you I obviously got to take some home – as well as jealousy because wow … Blender envy to the max.

Cleaned my apartment, including mopping the floors, in one swoosh. Dare I say this was the fastest ever I did this yet?

Did some laundry which – thanks to it being a small amount of clothes – didn’t take too long to do.

Continued with my workout routine but also cut down on it one day when I was feeling off. This is a continuous mental struggle. I’ve never dealt with serious exercise addiction but more so a general urge to move. I’m hoping to get to a point where this balances out and I can veg on the couch with a friend for a day without the mental BS.

Treated myself quite a lot – for my standards. A new huge jar of white almond butter [because it was on offer in a store in Hamburg and I can’t find this where I live], new scented candles and the train ticket counts, too. This whole ‘spending money on myself’ thing doesn’t get easier – especially given the holiday season approaching and several necessary larger expenses coming up in my life [think: new laptop, possibly new phone though I’m trying to pretend mine wasn’t fussing around]. Le sigh.

Happiness is … vegan and paleo chocolate tarte. Okay, no, but it was part of my happy yesterday. After a mentally hard week I had Friday off. My first day off in a long time and one I'd scheduled months ago already. Somehow destiny knew I needed it this very week. In dire need of refilling my happiness batteries I took the two-hour train ride to my sister's and spent a wonderful day with her and my baby nephew. Lots of talking, some walking, kitchen excitement and plenty of baby cuddles made for the best day in a while. It was over too soon but when I hope I can make these days more regular happenings in my life. Because I'm not a visitor to appear empty-handed I brought my sister these delightful little tartes. Featuring my nephew's 'Vitamin D duck' 😁. Always look on the chocolate side of life. How have you been filling your happiness batteries lately? . . . . #bgbcommunity #vegandeutschland #vegangermany #paleovegan #healthytreats #staysafeeatcake #iamwellandgood #veganwerdenwaslosdigga #vegantreats #chocolateplease #chocolatetherapy #fillyourhappinessbucket #silverlining

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I did more than this – all the mundane everyday things – but this post is getting long already. Like in the previous week I want to ask you to not make the comments about our loss. Not because I didn’t care but I’ve been trying hard to remind myself to live in the now and look at the bright things in life rather than let my mind go darker places. Tell me about your life, your happiness-inducers, what you’ve been cooking/baking – anything.

On another note and as I hinted at in yesterday’s post already I won’t be around much this week, either. My family is going to travel to attend the funeral and spend some time with that part of our family during the week. That’s why I might not read comment much on your posts until the weekend – eight hours of train ride each way would make for a good opportunity if there was an internet connection, though – and the good links will probably be fewer this Sunday. On the upside I do have a delicious recipe for you tomorrow so be back if you like chocolate and caramel.

Happiness-inducing today:  Fall sunshine. A walk through the leaves. The extra hour in the day [cheers for daylight savings!]. Homemade Nutella.

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Week in Review: Procrastinating no more.

Okay, we all know that title is a lie, no? Unless you’re superhuman it’s very unlikely you’ll just stop procrastinating altogether. It’s much less likely if you’re me: an average girl/woman* ever so prone to forego those pesky tasks that need to be done but maybe not this very minute. We all know that feeling, right? Just me?? Yet the title is right in that the past week was one where I consciously procrastinated less [more on that at the end of this post]. Which isn’t half bad for a start if I dare say so myself.

It’s been quite a while since my previous time linking up with Meg for a Week in Review. Being the overthinker I am I did mull over this and let’s just say the outcome would yield another post of its own so for now I’m giving it a go again and will see how to go from there. Share some of your recent achievements in the comments, too. It’s nice to get a glimpse into what others are working on and getting done, too. And: we all deserve that pat on the back [ask my dad; we have a slightly embarrassing story regarding that whole pat-on-the-back business;)].

*does anybody else – any twenty-something + ladies, that is – can’t decide whether or not to call themselves ‘girl’ [it’s a blog world phenomenon, I think]. Woman just sounds so … grown-up/married/having-it-all-figured-out? I don’t know. Enlighten me if have a clue on this, please.

Week in Review

 

Onto some of what I did, experienced and stopped procrastinating on!

Worked the usual five days. They were pretty busy ones which I appreciated. While at times stressful I prefer having an ongoing to-do list over those slow days a week ago.

Created two new recipes for the blog that I’m excited to share. While no big deal for food bloggers it was one for me as I’ve been lacking my kitchen mojo lately.

Posted twice – including some good good links – which felt good after two weeks out of the blogging loop.

Voted. Germany’s been holding  elections in several of its federal states these past weeks and it was our state’s turn, too. As I knew I’d feel stressed out having to decide on twelve (!) different people on the actual election day – the German voting system is quite different from the US one – I choose postal voting. It was a special moment that had me reflect on the privilege of being able to freely vote and also as a woman. I’ve never gotten political on here and don’t plan on doing so in the future but I truly think everybody should make use of this right. The end.

Read every morning and also most afternoons right after returning from work. Sitting in front of a computer most of the time at work I think I/my brain really needed that time off. I do feel less stressed when I don’t turn on my laptop right away when I get home or flick through Instagram before work already. The only problem is that I’m running out of books. For once, there’s still the bad experience of my planned vacation reads and then the fact I have a few requirements for a good book that I’m always concerned won’t be met. Yes, I’m difficult.

Cried.I only very lightly hinted at it but we received some sad and hard to process news on Monday. Is crying a shame as an adult? Personally, I let my feelings bottle up for two long and crying is my way to work on them. Luckily, I had a shoulder to lean on.

Baked a batch of oatmeal cookies for my parents. In my mum’s words: the best oatmeal cookies. She’s been on a quest to find that one perfect recipe yielding cookies like those sold at a very popular Swedish furniture store. Knowing that her current recipe wasn’t what she actually wanted sparked my ambition to deliver the -one- recipe. I can get serious about these things, especially if it’s an opportunity to try another blogger’s recipe because I personally find it so nice to hear when somebody tries and like one of mine. Long story short: these oatmeal cookies are neither vegan nor healthy. But they’re just chewy and just like those sold in coffeehouses while really simple to prepare. If it wasn’t for the eggs even I would have been tempted to sneak a bite.  [the ones below are my healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, not those I baked because they didn’t turn out pretty enough for a picture].

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Washed two loads of laundry. #adulting – and we know how I feel about this household task.

Cleaned the apartment. It’s still a miracle to me how the floors get dirty again in what feels like minutes every time.

Finally sent off a letter to cancel a contract. Long overdue. This was something I’d majorly procrastinated on because I wasn’t sure how to go about this. Being all honest I was ashamed I didn’t and dreaded asking for help so pushed it back on my to-do list time and time again. Not a smart choice.

Spent less money than I usually do on groceries on Saturdays. This was ironically due to finding myself without a car and therefore having to go by bike with a mere two saddlebags. A balancing act in the literal sense on my way back home. ..

Reflecting on my ‘procrastinate less’ habit here I feel this might just have been the first impact of Erin’s recent post setting in. Some will probably think of it as ridiculous but in a way doing all of these little things right away when I’d usually have procrastinated was a way of lowering my pain threshold. Am I annoyed by overflowing trash bins or compost bags, clothes in dire need of washing or leaving the groceries in their bags instead of unpacking right away? Yes.Yet I still used to/occasionally still procrastinate getting these little task done right then and there. I’m a firm believer of small steps being the best way to tackle the bigger goals, too.

Anyway, a constant goal [and struggle] of mine is going to bed earlier and since I’m once again writing this post at night I’d better finish now. I hope you feel good about the past seven days and have a great start into the new week! Happy Monday!

P.S.: All of these pictures are ‘recycled’ because out internet connection has been a fussy beast for weeks and it was too slow to upload any new ones.

Happiness-inducing today: Having a productive yet still relaxing Sunday – and lots of sunshine!

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