07.05.2023 | Even Lazier Sunday Thoughts

Today was such a loooong day. Ok, of course it has exactly as many as any other day: 24! But I was awake quite early around 5 AM for no good reason *sigh*. The “turn the audiobook back on and get lulled back to sleep” trick didn’t work either, as the story was kind of interesting and I was obviously not tired enough to just fall back asleep. So after about an hour of this I decided to get up. Shortly after 6 AM on a Sunday. I was in no mood to DO anything really.

  • Watched some old TV series on Prime.
  • Finished reading my novel.
  • Spent more time than I had planned on social media on my phone.
  • Did a load of laundry.
  • Thought a bit about why I have a hard time finding podcasts, that I’d like to start listening to , other than a few selected about meditation and my idea of self-care. I think maybe the fact that there are SO many about so many different topics just overwhelm me. Also the fact, that part of me also thinks if I find one I cant just jump in but need to listen to all the episodes available, which can be daunting and that totally puts me of the idea. I don’t have that “I need to listen to EVERY episode” issue with the ones I’m already semi-regualarily listen to. Why on earth does my brain thinks that with everything else?
  • Ran the dishwasher [Have not unloaded it yet though].

I’ve also done something useful and continued with my more detailed planning of my Scotland trip. I’m not moving from place to place every few days this time, but will stay in two places for about a week each. Self-catering for both, so I need to plan more proper food shopping than just the snacks for the day. It’s all been fun though. “Vorfreude” as we call it in German. It was a topic on one of “my” podcasts recently and they stated that it’s a unique German word. I didn’t know that, but it seems to be true. At least in English it’s translated to “anticipation” but “Vorfreude” is the unique “happy anticipation of something good” like a vacation.

Urquhart Castle, 2012
Urquhart Castle, 2012

I then also finally started reading the non-fiction about “Operation Mincemeat”, written by Ben MacIntyre in 2009. He has a very easy, entertaining way of telling this story. My jaw also dropped a few times, because there are so many wild aspects of this deception and how they made it work. But also about everyone involved. Enough material for 2 – 3 musicals.

And that book is where I will get back to now, or rather after having made some dinner.

06.05.2023 | Lazy Saturday Thoughts

Intro | While I was starting to type this the Coronation was on in the background. Why? I don’t really know. Part might be tradition, because my mum and I (or rather I with her, she also would have done without me) have watched all royal events for as long as I can remember. My mum’s not around anymore, so I was picking up the torch? I don’t know. In my own defence I wasn’t really focused on it. The whole ceremony dragged a bit (from the entertainment point of view). But the parade was kind of cool too watch. All in all it was a kind of entertaining spectacle. It didn’t feel real to me to though be honest. I don’t live there and it does not really affect me in any way.

Anyway I want to use this time and space to also finally write about other stuff on my mind. I tried doing the daily recap post yesterday – as others in Germany do on the 5th of the month – but I was so tired once I got home and just couldn’t be bothered. My regular days are rather boring as well, so what’s the point, I thought.

Work | Th work week was okay this week. When I hear from friends who are legitimately stressed over work, because of stressful work environments and such, I count my blessings. I do stress over work, but to be honest 80-90% of that is self-inflicted and stems from my self-doubt and such. I’m still getting used to being one of the senior people – not just in age, but also experience – and thus be asked for advice / help / sort of mentoring. My imposter syndrome flairs up every once in a while as in “Why are you asking ME? I don’t know anything”, which is not true. Like I said, I’ve done this job for a while now.

COVID | Life feels pretty normal again, doesn’t it? I still haven’t made up my mind what to think of that. I often still carry a mask in my bag pack / purse when I’m out to be prepared for the moment I might feel safer with one. But it’s been a while, when I was actually wearing one. I think I’m well informed about herd immunity and that most cases are mild by now and so on. And I don’t worry about myself all that much, because my anti-bodies have been through the roof in March 2023. But being worried about the ramifications of this disease and also the pandemic as such have been such a huge part of my psyche for so long, that it now feels a bit weird to have let go of that. I don’t know if that makes any sense.

Cherry Blossom in my home town
Cherry Blossom in my home town

Doing Alright | Earlier this week I took a different route through our small town to the motorway than I usually do. One of the streets had quite a few cherry trees in full bloom. I hadn’t know about that before, or it had slipped my mind? I vowed to tell Bro3 about it in a humorous way, because he made fun of me taking photos in a Japanese Garden a 45 min drive away. Next time I met him I had forgotten about it though, but funilly enough he brought it up, because he as used this street unplanned this week as well. Today I decided to walk to the DHL lockers at my regular supermarket to pick up a book and buy a few items instead of driving there. It’s a 20 minutes walk one way, uphill, so the lazy person that I’ve become tends to avoid walking it and takes the car. Or at least combines the stop there with other driving.

Today I grabbed my camera and walked along the cherry blossom street. Only to realize once I’ve got there that the battery in the camera was not charged. Ugh! These past three years and maybe even before that, this would have put my mind in a downward spiral of negative thinking. About how stupid I was and how useless all my plans and ideas were and that it was typical for me to mess up even the tiniest things. Not today though. Of course I was a bit annoyed by myself, but that only lasted a few seconds. I then just shrugged it off, pulled out my phone and snapped a few photos with it instead. Probably a pretty normal reaction for normal people. Still, it felt so good to not having to fret over those things.

Aspects of my life I’m not doing quite so alright? Focus! Seriously, I got distracted so much today while writing this by planning the details of my trip to Scotland or other random things popping up in my mind or on my screens. It’s not so bad, as it’s a weekend and I hadn’t really planned anything special, neither to do (chores) or to experience. These days I need my weekend to recharge body and mind and that’s fine too.

Scotland Vacation | At least I’m getting somewhere with my planning. I’ve picked various walks / hikes I might want to do and have already downloaded the GPX to my phone. Keeping my options open and there is – as always – so much more to do than I spend days there to do it all. Which also means, that I will have a good reason to return there, right? Right!

01.05.2023 | Not Another Manic Monday

International Workers Day. Which is a public holiday here, so yay a day off and thus not a manic Monday at all. I mean, I could have turned it into on, but I didn’t obviously. To be honest, I was busy / distracted / procrastinating – take your pick – with a book.

Novel "Our House" on a table
Today’s entertainment

Another one of those books stuck on my shelf for a long, long time. And today I’ve done nothing much than read this. Even though there are parts of the plot that bother me a bit, because they seem so outlandish, it is written in a very compelling way and I can’t wait to find out what really happens in the end. I have a few theories, but I might be far off.

Besides that I visited with an old family friend / neighbour. She used to be a tailor and all our lives offered to alter / fix clothes for us for free. I needed a few things altered, which she again offered to do and we chatted for a long time, which is always nice. She has been such close friends with my mum and she misses her. Even though they were over 10 years apart, they had children the same age and stayed friends long after we’ve all grown up. So it was nice to catch up.

I haven’t spent much time making more detailed plans for Scotland, but as it’s still almost three weeks and not just two as I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I’ve still got some time. I also should have used the weekend to think about a few things my therapist asked me to think about for our next session tomorrow. I guess I will do that tomorrow morning. I’m beyond help sometimes.

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