Letting my mind run wild and free [ToL]

… and then there was no Week in Review. Breaking from my usual blogging schedule felt both weird and very freeing. The decision was not entirely spontaneous but my heart just nudged me into the decision-making on Saturday. The sun was out, my mind telling me I’d better start drafting Monday’s post early and me ultimately neglecting my to-do list for the Moment and heading out for a longer walk instead. One of the sort that clears your head and heart, connects you to nature and makes you feel incredibly light and free. A twinge of guilt found its way into my brain again yesterday night but I reminded myself of my intuitive blogging premise. Instead deciding for less screen time on the weekend and returning with some ramdom thoughts today [a few days early as i might have another post coming later this week].. Ready, set, random!

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Can we talk about changing taste buds? Because I’m not sure what happened to mine. If you’d asked me not too long ago I would have told you I had a major sweet tooth. Now? I can’t exactly say that anymore. The majority of my meals and snacks are savoury. Some days, I eat way less chocolate than I used to. Edited to add: the joke’s on me here. The very day I write about craving chocolate less what hits me big time? Yes, you guessed it. The intensity is almost crazy.

When I’m reading a really good book the word ‘read’ is actually inaccurate. Rather, I savour books. Which means I assign a certain time/setting to when I will read in every single one currently on my nightstand [i.e. morning/after work/weekends] and slow myself down a bit. Yes, I’m aware that will seem odd but my overworrying as well as money-saving tendencies are at play here. Worrying about not finding a follow-up book that’s just as amazing and saving-savvy in that we all know my struggle of treating myself to anything outside the necessary things by now, I guess. I’d call the fact I semi-decided on a small monthly book budget starting in March a first step of improvement, though. Because nourishing the mind with words and screen-free time is just as important as buying food, right?!

Absence truly makes the heart grow fonder in every area of life. Proof? You might not even remember me mentioning the first time I didn’t put my ear plugs in on a walk. Well, they hardly made an appearance anymore since. Quiet walks are my most creative time. The other day, though, I felt like listening to some music again and it felt so good. I still took in my environment, not letting the lyrics distract me. If anything, my heightened mood made me appreciate the beauty of nature even more.

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Speaking of music I’m a classic ‘victim’ of the “mere exposure effect”. When I first heard Coldplay’s new song it didn’t feel up my alley. Being exposed to it during my daily commute, though, I’m suddenly a huge fan and added it to my Spotify. Well played, radio stations, well played. Literally.

Not so well [played] are the glitches my electronics have been going through lately. If you’ve been waiting for all the recipes I promised to share in recent posts I owe you an explanation and here’s why. I’ve been experiencing an unlucky juxtaposition of electric devices and platforms letting me down. My laptop has been on its last legs for well over a year already. Now it’s definitely time to say goodbye after about 7 (8?) years as it’s no longer working properly in regards to uploading pictures from my camera and constantly crashing when I’m online. Additionally, WordPress has been kindly reminding me that my data volume is close to used up meaning new pictures are scarce on here. I know that buying a new laptop is inevitable but any ideas on a quick and easy solution for the WordPress issue? I’m scared of [the cost and technological knowledge involved in] going self-hosted.

Something that never lets me down? Opening a fresh jar of white almond butter. Granted, I’m not a fan of the inavoidable oil spillage but the naturally sweet flavour – way different from the dark kind – and creaminess on top of my oat bran all but make up for it. Not that I’d be opposed to having one of these ingenious tools at hand but – you guessed it – they’re not available over here. So I keep getting those nut butter stirring arm workouts in.

Work’s been insane already again today so I’ll end this here and try not to hit the pillow too late. Fingers crossed and happy Tuesday to you!

Happiness-inducing today: My current [afternoon] book as well as – it never gets old – sunshine.

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Quirky and I know it.

Sometimes your head is rumbling with so many ideas and thoughts it’s sheer overwhelming and impossible to calm down the internal chatter. My situation right now and – aside from what I said on Monday – one of the reasons my blogging schedule has been erratic lately. The solution? Get random. Especially after reading another blogger’s post spiked with lots of funny tidbits about herself the other day. Quite a while ago I read a quote somewhere saying that by blogging we felt “a little less lonely and weird”. I’d dare to say it’s true. We”ve agreed that adulting can be pretty rough leaving us entirely fed up with it at times. Good to know we’re not alone in wanting to curl up with a [possibly Disney] movie and … It’s our quirks that make us both special and let us bond with others. That being said I hope you’ll no t only have a good laugh at my quirks but share some of yours in the comments, too. Ready, set, random!

Thinking-Out-Loud

  • As much as I like pretty flower bouquets I often opt against them on my table. Who does that, you wonder? For me it’s about two things: 1. I can’t stand a cluttered table. That’s why not only flowers but also people dropping off piles of clothes, bags or whatever else irk me. 2. I feel bad for flowers essentially being killed for my pleasure.

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  • While I don’t sleep with stuffed animals anymore but occasionally check under my bed. For … you know it. If you don’t you haven’t watched or understood the deeper sense in “Monsters Inc.”. Okay, actually, I’m afraid of snakes hiding under there. Don’t ask me why because I can’t explain it myself.
  • Speaking of killing: I broke one of my wire whisks. A little background: I’ve been known as the wild whisker in my family for years. So much so that – when we were younger and still living at home – my sister announced she’d write a book called “The beat of the wire whisk”. Luckily, her ambition ended after a mere few pages that never saw the light of the day again. ..

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  • Planks are my favourite strength exercise. In fact, I usually do them several times a day. Which I know sounds extreme but I honestly enjoy them. Burpees, on the other hand? I’m scared of them.Granted, I’ve only ever seen videos of these but that alone makes me feel they’re not right for me.
  • Okay, this one might shock some people but: I never wear pants. In fact, I can safely say I seriously dislike – not to say hate – them. Dresses and tights – that’s the way I roll. Up until recently this never presented a problem but my new job requires me to wear pants. No more wors needed here other than that I’m counting down the hours until I can change into tights again. Edited to add: Pants make me feel uncomfortable both on a physical and mental level. Physically, no pants ever fit right for me: squeezing my stomach, sagging around my legs. Mentally theyhave an even huger impact on my self-perfection and mood that would almost require its own post to explanin in full length.

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  • Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard. You name it – I don’t like it. This – unlike what some people might think – has nothing o do with my eating disorder. Even my parents would confirm I was the odd one out as a child eating fries or chicken nuggets – on the rare occasion we were allowed to get those – plain.  Maybe that’s why I’ve never gotten into the salad eating habit?

While I have a plethora more of  quirks that’s it for me today because I can’t risk appearing like a complete nut ;).  Over to you! Share your quirky side!

 

Happiness-inducing today: A good conversation.

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