I am usually not someone for the work hard, play hard approach. Mainly because I miss the nap hard part in that concept. Yet the last two weeks have been exactly that: a mix of long and exhausting hours at work with a few days intermezzo in London over the last weekend. I still got in some naps, yet more of the involuntary kind. Lying down on the couch in a dark room after a 10 hour work day does that with you. No complaints though.
But now (very much to my dismay) it’s definitely not nap time. On a random side note: I was the worst sleeper ever when I was a toddler. I just didn’t want to lie down let’s not even speak about going to bed. There exist photographs of me lying on the floor or standing leaned against the couch asleep. I just crashed wherever I was because going to bed was just not an option. Oh how times change. Or maybe they don’t change that much considered that I get in a considerably high amout of sleep on the couch. However I love my bed now!
But anyway…maybe even better than nap time it’s time to catch up with you guys and my nutbutter demolishing hero Meg!
- My new program round starts and I was so busy interviewing that on most days I didn’t do much else. My interviewing process is pretty long and gets a bit personal from time to time and even though I need and want to get to know my clients as well as possible right from the start, it’s exhausting.
- I selected and matched all new clients and found new mentors for every but one group. This is the top priority for today.
- I dealt with some additional coaching and a training that drives me nuts. Everything that can possibly go wrong goes wrong with this one. It’s nerve wrecking.
- Work follows me in my dreams and I need to find a better strategy to cope as this is something that cannot happen. That’s one of the biggest threats to my mental health.
- We spent 5 days in London over the last weekend. We had a public holiday on Tuesday and we took Monday off to make it a longer stay. It was so nice to get some time away from home.
- We chose London for two reasons: First I was feeling homesick for London and second we know the city pretty well so the pressure to see as much as possible is pretty low. Still we vowed to make new experiences and booked an Airbnb in East London a part of the city we haven’t been much so far. It was so worth it!
- We stuffed ourselves silly at Maltby Street Market. I have a whole post about this market coming on Wednesday. Don’t read it when you’re hungry! Or thisty.
- We actually ate pretty much in general.
- We hung out at pubs and just talked about everything and nothing at all.
- We spent an unreal amount of time on Brick Lane and ate all the Indian food at a Secret London Food Tour. It was so worth it. I love Paneer Tikka and Nan Bread. In fact I could use some right now.
- We also walked until our feet felt ready to fall off. That’s what you do in London!
- This weekend I didn’t do anything apart from watching youtube, cooking, taking pictures and spending time with blog stuff. I needed that. On a side note I hate my food photos right now that’s why I hardly post recipes at the moment. I feel like I never get good pictures anymore. It’s a struggle and my biggest first world problem right now.
- I cleaned a lot. I unpacked my suitcase, folded the laundry and cleaned the kitchen and both bathrooms. Dusting, wiping and generally just decluttering the apartment also happened. Luckily Stefan vacuumed. My least prefered chore.
- I tried to let go of things that are not in my hands. I struggle with that. A lot.
- I saw sense once and some things fell into place for me.
- I went to my PhD class and I am freaking out now. It’s time for this to be over. I still managed to calm myself down again. Sometimes I feel like this is something you have to learn over and over again.
- I let someone talk sense into me.
- I thought about my professional future and I am pretty sure that I will need a change in what I am doing when my contract ends here by the end of 2017. So far I have no idea what this will be but I will figure it out when the time comes. Now I need to focus on the things that happen right now. It’s a relieve to acknowledge that I can just change my situation when I want.
- As mentioned earlier, I took naps. Not many but a few and I needed every second.
I am off to my first meeting now. The week will be maniac but I have home office days for my thesis and sanity scheduled. Fingers crossed people. I am all over the place today!