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.

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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.

Books I

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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Reflections + recent happenings

If I was giving in to my nagging inner critic paying its usual Sunday afternoon/evening visit to my brain I’d now settle into a reflection of my shortcomings in the week just ending. Yet – today is different. Granted, this is my fourth attempt at writing this intro so much to my dismay I did allow negative thoughts to flow out on paper/a blog draft page. What keeps me from going with it is the book I finished earlier today. A book that- and as exaggerated as it might sound – profoundly changed me. The way I see the world and life. Honestly, if people in this day and age call bread or pancake recipes life-changing I might as well say this about a book, no?
As is the nature of the  human brain I’m sure the self-critical voices won’t just disappear. Hence why I need to constantly remind myself of the messages this book planted into my head and why I’m definitely going to write a review of it. Not today, though, as it’s not the Book in Review but a Week in Review. Plus, my mind is still taking time to process and sort through the many thoughts and feelings evoked by the story.

Onto the positives and the point of Meg’s Week in Review: giving ourselves credit for what did go well in the past week. One overarching theme of it seemed to be – and I may or may not am choosing this with the current situation in the US in mind – one of female power. Read: my dad was on vacation allowing for some more one-on-one time with my mum and my male boss had a full week of working from home which meant the office was ladies’ business, too. This all made for a [as much as busy days allow it] relaxed atmosphere.  Sorry, guys ;).

Week in review

In the past seven days I …

Worked. Not a full five days thanks to a weird mix of stomach cramps [outside the regular cycle if you know what I mean] and sudden sickness throwing me off and making work impossible after not even an hour in the office on Wednesday. I stayed longer on and put an extra effort in to catch up on all the paperwork on Thursday which calmed my mind about the missed day.

Napped for a solid 1 1/2 hours on said sick day. I originally hoped to just lie down without actually closing my eyes and return to work but my body thought differently. I did feel the refreshing effects of the nap, though, so clearly needed it.

Birthday flowers

(Birthday flowers I forgot to show you in my previous week in review)

Had a great conversation with my boss and colleagues. We don’t get to sit together and chat like this on the regular so it was a wonderful opportunity to connect and talk about everything. Our male boss was on vacation this past week which allowed for some lady talk, too.

Cooked lunch for my mum and me on Saturday. This was something I’d been meaning to do for ages already and we finally found a time and day working for both of us. It turned out to be everything I’d hoped for and more. The food was delicious and the conversation meaningful. We had Semmelknödel – a traditional German kind of dumplings made from bread rolls, fried onion, parsley and a few other ingredients; egg-free in my version – with oriental-spiced Sauerkraut. It’s one of my favourite dishes yet due to its slightly more involved preparation not a regular one on the menu. The terrible lighting in the picture does the delciousness of the Knödel and Kraut no justice. That’s what we get for delaying lunch until 6.30 on the weekend …

Semmelknödel and Sauerkraut - vegan

Started and finished the book mentioned in the intro. The review might not come up until the following week or so because it stirred up so many thoughts in my mind.

Bundled up and took a longer walk with my mum on Sunday afternoon. Much needed as I was in a slightly Sunday blues once again and also needed to at least get some of the questions and thoughts about the book I’d just finished out. Walk with mum + deep conversations = one of the most blissful activities in my life.

Prepared another batch of peanut butter as the previous was gone surprisingly fast. I don’t know how that might have happened 😉 …

Peanut butter_homemade

Posted twice: a week in review with some thoughts on happiness and yesterday’s good good links.

Spontaneously went to the cinema on Friday night. Okay, not entirely spontaneous as I’d originally planned to go with a friend in anyway. Yet she’s dealing with a lot in life lately and asked me if we could postpone our movie night again. Fingers crossed she’ll be able to make it this week. Either way, my mum had plans of seeing La La Land and I decided to tag along though it hadn’t been on my list of movies to watch. Verdict: sweet. I was a huge fan of all the dresses – just my kind of clothes -, the music and dancing. So if you considered adding it to your cinema list: go for it!

… and there we are on Sunday night – okay, Monday once you read this – again. Time for me to call it a nght soon but not before I wish you a …

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  The walk with my mum.

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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.

homemade-vegan-healthy-nutella

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!

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Better than before.

Oh hi there, Monday!

As odd as it might sound I’m not that unhappy to see that apparently most resented day of the week on the calendar today. Why? Because yesterday’s overall music choice wasn’t my jam.  Read: we’re talking about a case of the Sunday blues here. It hit me particularly hard again this week and threw me into a little funk. Which in itself is positive in that it actually makes me look forward to the week ahead even more. Not just because my birthday’s coming up which means a reunion with my sister and P though that obviously helps. Onwards and upwards from here on.

While I might not be entirely satisfied with my past week in terms of accomplishments – am I ever really? – I know I could have done worse. And embarrassingly have in previous ones. Trying to find a recurrent theme in the past days [or actually January in its entity so far] three words got stuck in my mind: better than before. Before as in: the past year, the past month, past week, Not in all areas of life but some I have been making subtle changes for the better. There’s still plenty of room for improvement but – following up on what I said in the previous week in review – I now know I’m able to make changes I previously hadn’t. Which increases my hopes of accomplishing more in the future.

After that introduction let’s take a look at the past week of life as inspired by Meg.

[I didn’t take any pictures  so will be reusing old ones #sorry]

Week in review

In the past seven days I …

Worked five days – not quite the same game as usual, though.  With one of my colleagues currently out of the office for a while and the other colleague subbing in for her getting sick I suddenly had to switch to the reception desk. Being an introvert this was a true challenge the first day or two. Welcoming clients, answering their requests, operating the phone as well as trying to make a dent into my regular paperwork proved to be tricky. Overwhelming.  But also by far more rewarding than any previous week at work. Loking back I’m thankful for the chance I got. A chance for some self – growth. In fact, I’m almost sad my colleague will be back this week [though glad she’s feeling better], me switching back into my regular position. Not something I thought I’d ever say.

Published two blog posts: one Week in review with some thoughts on trusting our future selves as well as a roundup of good good links.

Waiting in line behind an elderly man with a full cart he very slowly unloaded on the conveyor belt at the store I felt anger, waiting behind him to pay for a mere two items. Rather than let my anger build up I took a deep breath and then helped him unload his cart. Releasing stress rather than letting negative emotions build up [I’m sure we’ve all been in that situation before]

Bought my mum baked goods a few times when she had to stay at work longer than usual and dropped them off at her office.

Baked more granola for one of my colleagues. I’ve played around with the recipe lately, changing up the nuts and also the way of preparation, aiming for a more clustery granola. Dare I say it’s even better now?

healthy buckwheat-granola

Picked my mum up in town one night when she was – once again – staying late at work and didn’t have the car. We usually all get to work by bike but haven’t recently because a) it’s flipping cold and b) snow and ice.

Cleaned the apartment.

Washed a load of laundry and got rid of a few tights that didn’t fit anymore. Which obviously means I may or may not have to invest in new ones.

Meal prepped for the upcoming week on the weekend plus breakfast for the next day every night.

Shared the treats I mentioned in my previous week in review with my colleagues. I know I said I was going to share the recipe but with my laptop swallowing some of the better pictures and Picmonkey continuously crashing it didn’t happen. They’re still coming, though. Keep your fingers crossed for less fussy technology this week.

Birthday flowers

Read for around an hour right after returning from work every weekday and in the mornings on the weekend. It’s a nice little habit to nourish my brain and disconnect from technology I’ve been rereading old issues of the magazine I’m subscribed to  [note: by magazine we#re not talking trashy celebrity ones but this right here ]. Because I still haven’t been able to decide on new books to read. Our local library doesn’t have a huge choice of newer books so I’d have to order ones which makes the decision ten times harder. Not like I was good at decisions to begin with …

Signed up for Georgie’s self-care challenge. It’s just starng so this is advance praise but I’ll recommend it already in anyway as I like the idea behind it so much.

Seeing as this is getting very wordy again I’ll close off here and would be happy to hear about your week instead. Ups, downs – everything.

Happiness-inducing today:  My morning reading time. Calming and blissful.

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Trusting your future self.

Sometimes I’d really appreciate my mind giving me a little heads-up about the thoughts its goingto pour out once I start writing. Or talking. Has anybody else found that they weren’t aware of how deeply something was occupying their thoughts until they started talking to somebody or grabbed pen and paper? I’ve become aware of this very strongly during the past few months. My point here: I never plan on what I’m going to talk about in these Weeks in Review [and many other posts, either] aside from the obvious accomplishment part. Today, my mind couldn’t steer away from the thoughts that had come up reading a certain article the other day. With that mini-intro to my actual intro said/written …

Self-doubt. At least for me it’s a vicious cycle of not daring to do one thing leading to not even attempting the next. This interestingly coincides with the message of this article I read the other day. When we don’t trust ourselves to be able to – as an example from my own life – go to bed earlier we set ourselves up for eternal failure. Or – remembering the previous week’s post – an eternal struggle. But [sticking with the example here] when we manage to call it quits at night even just a few minutes earlier we learn that hey, we actually can change. Looking at it now I can see tiny little steps in several areas of life for me. Thanks for steering me in this direction of reviewing my life every week, Meg. I mean it. If it wasn’t for the Week in Review I would be much harder on myself and not value the significance of every single week. I wouldn’t recognize the – even if just subtle – improvements I’ve made.

Week in Review

In the past week I …

Worked the usual five days. Work went mostly well. Leaving me tired at the end of the day but feeling like I did my best, accepted criticism and made an effort to improve my work.

Posted just once. This is what happens when perfectionism sets in for me. I had intentions to post one more time but never finished my draft because it just didn’t seem right. I have hopes that things will be better this week. You will at least get one more post as it’s time for some good good links again on Sunday. It actually took holding myself back from already publishing them yesterday already. I make myself laugh sometimes.

Vacuumed and mopped my floors on Saturday rather than Sunday already. I’m getting better at not pushing everything out until the final day before getting back to work.

Finally recreated a blog recipe I’d been meaning to share for weeks but didn’t because I had no proper pictures [insert rant about lighting conditions in winter]. As of yet I haven’t looked through the pictures on my laptop yet so can’t say for a fact whether or not they turned out. Fingers crossed because I want to share the recipes – two in one but I think I’ll share them separately – with you. Below is one part of it [I picked one that’s definitely not going to be in the actual post, smudgy rim and all #reallife ;)].

weißes Mandelmus

Had a short but interesting conversation with a friend from school I hadn’t seen in seven (!) years.

Wrote a letter I’d been meaning to for a while already. This also served as a means of helping me relax while eating dinner. I’ve turned to checking my phone too often while eating at night and want to change that again. It’s not the whole time but I simply know a completely technology-free meal time is more calming and writing letters adds some creativity. Highly recommended.

Worked out most days but keeping it short on days when I felt too tired.

Night owl that I am productivity kicked in on Saturday night so I …

Meal-prepped a little and …

healthy maple buckwheat granola - gluten-free and vegan

Baked a batch of my healthy maple buckwheat granola [sorry. I had not intentions of bringing it up again and again ;)]. Not for any of my colleagues but – my dad. I randomly mentioned I was making some for colleagues and he showed an interest, snagged a bowl and requested a batch of his own. Truth: I’m hoping eating this will curb his appetite for sweets a bit because I know he likes those treats at the office a little too much when stressed  [= every day]. Wishful health nut thinking.

Started my Saturday and Sunday mornings by reading a full hour each before doing anything else. Weekend mornings are blissful. I had actually intended a trip to Hamburg on Saturday but that fell through thanks to the snow and potentially icy roads we’ve been seeing lately.

Ran errands for my parents after work on Wednesday.

Went on a walk through winter wonderland with my mum. We didn’t get to do this the previous Sunday so it was nice to catch up and get a chance to let go of some of my mind’s clutter. Fresh air to get my mind churning, too.

That’s it because the remainder were just the usual day-to-day happenings not worthy of mentioning in a post. I hope your past week went well  – tell me about it below?! – and:

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: Today was an overall good day with the walk being my favourite part of it again. Thanks to my mum for convincing me it wasn’t too cold for it :).

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