This Monday morning I woke up with every intention to go to the office. I went to the bathroom and brushed my teeth and then headed for the kitchen in order to brew me a mug of the dark liquid elixir of life. I inhaled the hot steam and turned to the window and casually took a look outside. Slicky streets due to snow/rain/snow during the night that was nothing more than icy mud on the streets anymore now. All in all shitty road conditions paired with a managable work amount I could also handle from home.
HOME OFFICE DAY!!!!!!!
Okay sweatpants. Okay I am wearing sweatpants to the office too when I know I have no appointments. But who cares. No commute either so I am practically single-handedly saveing the environment. Please don’t burst my bubble.
But before I start working through my almost empty work inbox – a praise for the holiday low – let’s catch up. I had a pretty brilliant last week of 2015 and a not so relaxing yet rewarding start to 2016. I’ll also link-up with Meg who dedicated her post to a New Year Resolution theme. I’ll talk about my ‘resolutions’ in the end of this post.
But first let’s catch up!
- I had a good start to the very short work week on Monday. I send out a few emails just to receive out-of-office replys from everyone. I also scheduled trainings and networking events for the next 6 month for all my clients. But the most important accomplishments was to go to the next door department store to get us an office blender. Prioritiers friends, priorities! This resulted in not less than 3 smoothies for me in 2 days!
- Tuesday evening was completely consumed by a ‘quick’ ‘Just Married’ sign craft. Guys can you relate here? Whenever one of us says something stupid like ‘this won’t take too long’ or ‘this should be quick and easy’ the task will indeed take very long and will drag on forever and challenge you in unforeseen ways? Naw? Only us? Well this happened again on Tuesday obviously. I was the stupid cow who said it this time. So okay… After I had to trash the first two attempts (seriously how difficult can it get to make such a sign???) we finally succeeded with this bunting. Should I mention that it took us 3,5 h in total? But whatever. Anything for the boy when he ties the knot.
- On Wednesday we got up in the dawn of the day, dressed up and drove the one hour to the apartment of our friends. We got some coffee and kept them company while they got ready. Then after an hour we took off to the registry office and met up with their family. It was a very small wedding – just parents, siblings with partners and the bride’s maid of honor and her boyfriend, Stefan and I. The ceremony was unpretentious yet heart-warming and the registrar was such a lovely lady! I was very happy that he chose me to be his ‘best man’. Later we went to an Italian restaurant and had pizza. A wedding after my own heart!
- Thursday was a slow day. We just hung out and I played around with my new camera lense. There’s still much to learn and we definitely need a little more one-to-one time. And I remembered again why I hate to take pictures when there’s any kind of glass involved. Stupidly the Tiramisu required it!
- In the afternoon I prepared our New Year’s Eve dinner. We had planned a pretty low-key evening with your newlyweds coming over to us. Add half a cow and you pretty much get the picture of our evening 😛 We had some wine, went out in the streets at midnight for lighting the fireworks and then played 3 rounds of that DVD Harry Potter Quiz from last week! I won two of them 😉
- After sleeping in on Friday we started to deep clean the kitchen – aka we cleaned out every single drawer and cabinet, trashed unused kitchenware and expired food, reorganized some things, cleaned, hoovered and put everything away again. I even labeled the spices and flour jars. Yeah, I kinda lost it with this. This little project took us the better part of Friday, the whole Saturday and some time of Sunday, too.
- I discovered that I am a nutbutter hoarder
- Then I realized that I am just hoarding in general
- Because the kitchen was kinda out of order we had a few take-outs. I didn’t complain!
- Even though it was a busy week in many respects we had a decent amout of chill time together. We started to watch Sherlock and hung out on the couch a lot. It was glorious!
New Years Resolutions
- Like last year I decided to make no New Year’s Resolutions. No real ones at least. I don’t really believe that they are sustainable. At least not for me. Though there are a few things happening in January/ happen eevery January that can loosely count as resolutions.
- I have already scheduled my main Ulcerative Colitis screening for January and I have every intention to get other check ups sorted out by February latest.
- I won’t drink alcohol in January. I do this for a few years now and I think of it as a vacation for my liver after the alcoholic beverage loaded holiday season.
- My main intention to buy the smoothie blender for the office was to add more fruit and veggies to my diet again. I had planned to buy the blender for some time now but I had decided to wait until after holiday season to take advantage of the holiday discounts. So it’s more of a coincidence that I start this now.
- I also plan on going more regularly to Crossfit again. I just couldn’t manage to fit it in in December and I am relieved that I have more time to excercise again. I am actually dying to move again and I feel that I need it very much in various regards.
I am not sure this classifies as resolutions in the common sense and I prefer not to lable them as such. I just like to kickstart my year with going back to what I like and need and getting scietific approval that my gut is still sorta healthy. Though I feel very good at the moment it eases some tention when a doctor tells you that you can actually trust your feeling!
In this sense have a great first workday of the year and if we I haven’t said it to you already: Happy New Year 2016! May it be a great one!