Oh blissful morning when I can sit a little longer on my couch and go to work a little later. The last event of this Mentoring Year happened yesterday evening and apart from some emails and a few evaluation sheets I am done. What a great feeling. Calm Christmas time oh how much do I love thee!!!
Let’s drink all the spiced teas and mulled wines, eat all the gingerbread and christmas cookies, let’s sing (or in my case screech) all the christmas songs and first and foremost let’s
Yes I am in a full-blown Christmas mood already. Maybe I am a bit demanding? Maybe but only a bit ;-) But now back to yesterday…
And then without too much ado the last week of November is commencing. The weekend was awfully short and again packed with activity. Woking late on a Friday and working on a Sunday really sucks.
The first time I finally sat down and relaxed a bit was Sunday evening. But again I didn’t mind as we had a really good time. In beween work at least.
Let’s start with the social part…
As I knew I had to work late on Friday and also on Sunday afternoon I took most of my Thursday off. After working from home a teeny tiny bit in the morning Stefan and I went to a huge sauna paradise which is approximately 1h by car from us. We spend the entire day there just relaxing, sweating and recharging our batteries. When we left in the evening I was ready to fall asleep. I was beyond exhausted and felt totally knocked out. But the next day I felt fresh and energized. Sometimes it’s so good to stop and rest.
I love Christmas. That’s no secret. But it’s a little secret that I actually love the time before Christmas even more than Christmas itself. I love going to Christmas fairs, I love the lights, I love the decoration, buying presents and gift-wrapping them and it won’t surprise you that my favorite part is of course baking christmas cookies.
As cutting down my grain and sugar intake is a constant struggle of mine I dreaded the Christmas season a bit this year. How cool can it be if there’s no cookies for me??? Okay of course I am going to eat some cookies but how cool is it if I feel always like shit after eating them. Even if you’re not a supporter of Pavlov’s Conditioning Theory no one can deny that biting in a cookie is not as much fun when you know what happens next.
A common solution: Paleo-fying it! So I flipped through some baking books but couldn’t find a single recipe that is not made of sugar and grains and butter. Mmmmh butter… but I digress. Okay no problem I make my own. Here you go!
For my 30th Birthday next March I concluding an epic list of things I want to do before. Thinking out loud is of course the best way to do so! Don’t miss out on Part I and Part II :-)
21. Bind an Advent wreath with my Mum
We’ve done this often when I was a child. I think it will be great to do this again. And my Mum will love it <3
I am sitting at my desk barely alive. This morning I needed two cups of coffee before I was ready to change into appropriate pants. I just sat on the couch and tried to keep my eyes open. I slept like a stone but felt the same when my alarm rang way too early. I hope I manager to make it through the day without the need of a nap. Though if I took a nap in my car or in my office this might cause some gossip :-P
Yesterday was a long day. It started benign enough with a Tit Bake – Banana Egg Bake – my breakfast to go. Yesterday I felt a little cristmassy and so I added some speculoos spice and topped it with hazelnut butter and honey. Along side a coffee and some Brothers & Sisters. Perfect!
I can’t believe it’s already middle of
October yikes – November! Time is running and I can’t say that I am suffering from boredom. My life is hectic and full, I am running from appointment to appointment and I am feeling a bit worn out. Yet I love it!
Lately I am ridiculously happy. It’s not the big things like my fantastic honeymoon this summer it’s more the tiny everyday things that make me smile and feel genuinely content and satisfied with my place in life. It’s sitting on the couch with my partner in crime watching TV, it’s smashing a workout, it’s sorting out a strategy for my PhD at Starbucks and it’s smelling christmas spices and looking forward to baking some epic gingerbread cookies with my nieces and nephew.
Okay now I am too cheesy. Yet I am complaining and ranting so much here that I felt the need to express my happiness here from time to time too. Because usually I am just complaining about first world problems. But enough now. Let’s catch up – it’s Monday. A new week and new opportunities…
Let’s start with the social part…
My social life starts usually on Friday but last week we had concert tickets for Linkin Park in Munich. I wanted to see them for ages and never made it. I also put this on my 30before30 list. And so this is the first thing I can officially check off now :-)
The concert was fantastic. The show amazing and they played most of my favorite songs. We came home pretty late and I was happy that I got to work from home on Friday.
For my 30th Birthday next March I am going to set up an epic list of things I want to do before. Thinking out loud is of course the best way to do so! In case you missed my first installment you can find it here!
11. Remake family photos from then now
Something similar to this! So awesome!