I've loved books and reading books for as long as I can remember. My grandfather always read to me when I stayed with him and grandma during the summer breaks from school. Every night he took me with him to explore new worlds, like those in The Chronicles of Narnia, written by C. S. Lewis. I loved every minute of it. I can still remember the feeling of sitting next to him on the couch, with his arm safely around my shoulders as he read and the way my head always ended up at his chest hearing his heart beat calmly beneath my ear. Telling you about this, I'm not at all surprised that my love for reading and books started there! My parents have always read a lot as well, so I was truly surrounded by books throughout my childhood!
In my early twenties, one of my absolute favourite books was "Be-Ami" by Guy de Maupassant. And as I came to speak about it with my colleagues at work a couple of months back, I felt I just had to read it again. So I bought a new copy!
So now I'm looking forward to reading it again. And a bit worried that I want like it as much as I once did! 😜
I'll be sure to tell you all about my feelings about it after I've read it.
And for those of you that want to follow me more closely than here on the blog, you'll find me on Snapchat! Now I'm fixing dinner to mini-me and I! And it's Friday folks! How great is that! I plan on reading all night long (not Bel-Ami yet though)!
Just stopping by to write you a short entry today, telling you the tiling in our kitchen is done! Yeay!
I know, it's not a great picture, and there are garbage on the floor behind the table (the old carpet and some plastic bags), but you get the picture.
So now the electrician is the only handyman left to pay us a visit and then we're done! Or, nearly done. We need to get the hood up above the stovetop as well. But I think my husband plan on doing that himself. 👍🏻
Today I've managed to date two of my friends and former colleges, one at lunch and one over a coffee after dinner! I haven't met my lunch date in about a year, so it was really fun to catch-up! And now he's moved here with his family so we don't have to wait another year for our next luncheon! 👍🏻
I was hit by how much that happens during a year, but also how little things change at work. (In this case my old workplace). In some ways I believe we humans are more open to change than our processes are at work. Maybe it's because we're being affected in various ways by all that happens in and around our lives during a span of a year. And I can't help thinking that it would be preferred, in some cases, that processes and change in the workplaces ought to be more, or at least just as easily, changeable. It is after all us, you and I, that will make it happen at work too. Why is it easier to change as a person, than changing a process at work (ignoring the obvious, that changes at work often involves a lot more people)? I think about this a lot. And about why some people detest change like it's a lethal poison while others embrace it? Why do some fear it, and some seek it?
I love changes. I embrace change! I think that is the way we grow and learn. The way we're being challenged and keep evolving as humans! Sometimes I fear it, but although being afraid I truly believe that in the end of it I will make it through and I'll have learned from it. Sometimes it's a good lesson, sometimes a bad, but either way it will make me grow and become stronger!
Like facing your fears! It's hard as hell, but best case scenario you'll overcome your fear in the end of it all!
Do you like change? Do you think it's easier to change your self, inside, than it is to change processes at work? Why/why not?
But I nearly wished I hadn't! It was just one day back to early. My entire head is aching in pain and my eyes feels like they've not been closed in twenty four hours! And my voice haven't really decided yet if it's working or not, making me (at times) sound like either a really old man that has been smoking cigars all his life, or a girl talking in high falsetto! 😂
But, maybe one more day in bed wouldn't have made a difference. At least I had a lot of things done today!
Tomorrow we'll have a handyman her to tile the walls in our kitchen! Finally! I'm so looking forward to the finished results!
So I've found myself defeated by the cold this morning. My throat is soar, my chest aches after spending most of my night coughing like crazy and my nose is stuffy! And adding a slight fever to that, and there's not much to do than spending the day in bed trying to rest and to feel better.
And yes, I've put my game face on as I had to leave mini-me at kindergarten. I'm just that shallow, I admit. I would most definitely not leave my house without it. I would feel both naked and ugly if doing so. I know, it's sad, and it's got everything to do with my confidence and self-esteem, or more so the lack there of! 😔
I'm trying to be better. Learning to not be bothered by what others might think of me! But for now, game face on!
So I've spent most of my weekend coughing and sneezing, clearly coming down with a cold! And now, Sunday evening, I'm losing my voice! I've been drinking buckets of tea with honey but it hasn't helped so far. As from an hour back I'm trying to stay silent, resting my voice. I've got quite a few meetings tomorrow so I really need my voice back!
Anyone got any good suggestions how to get rid of a cold in the matters of hours? Please let me know if you do!
I know I've talked about this earlier on this blog, aging, but as it's something that lingers on and troubles me in the back of my head I can't help writing about it again.
There's no escape. As time goes by, so do we. Whether we like it or not. The signs of aging marks our bodies in a variety of ways. Wrinkles, sagging skin, gray hair, bad eye sight, weak bones...the list is long. And I'm not ready to face it. The wrinkles, the gray hair...I'm just not ready! And it might make me shallow, but although I'm quite aware of my age and the fact that I'm regarded being old by rather a few generations younger than me now, I want to stay young just a little bit longer. I don't want more wrinkles around my eyes! I don't want my eyesight to lose more precision and sharpness! I don't want my body protesting when getting up from a kneeling position on the floor after playing with mini-me for an hour or two! I don't want gray hair! I'm a blonde, not an...greyish old lady!
I want to look good! Feel good! And I want others to see that I do! I don't want time marking me, not yet! I'm too young to wear wrinkles with pride!
Don't get me wrong, I most definitely don't want to be twenty again, not even thirty! I like my age. But I wish time would go slower, the aging, at least regarding the changes in my appearance!
I don't like to threaten anyone, but this is getting rather personal! So, wrinkles, stay away! I warn you! I'll put up a fight! I won't go down before I've tried it all! Well...maybe not all. Surgery is not my thing! And that laser thingy...sounds lethal! And painful! Not my thing either! I'll try a few special eye serums...if they're not to expensive ofcourse, I much rather spend my money on traveling the world! Well then, I might not put up much of a fight at all apparently, but I would very much like it if you, time, could give me just a few more wrinkle free years? Please. Pretty please? Pleeeeaseee?!!!
The apartment fixing up is taking time! But tomorrow we'll paint our bedroom and hopefully mini-mes room as well.
The wall behind the bed will be grey tomorrow, hopefully! And when the paint is dry I'll put up the paintings and bedside tables that I'm hanging on the wall as well. It's going to look great! 😬
And we're hoping that the tiles on the wall will be put up when we're on our vacation a week from now! It looks really boring as it is now. 😳
And the living room wall will hopefully be finished tomorrow as well. It's concrete, so it's really hard work hanging up the paintings as we have to drill to put dowels into the wall for the screws to stay secure.
But for now, I'm doing nothing. I've cleaned the house since arriving home and now I'm putting my feet up!
I've been working from home in the afternoon these three last days. And I've had a clear ambition to close my computer at 17,30 so that I could spend som quality time with mini-me before she needed to go to bed. But! Since the move into the city she rarely has time to spend with me after arriving home from kindergarten! That's because she's gain three new girlfriends in our apartment complex and they spend hours playing together after kindergarten! Yesterday she just had time to come home for dinner, and when hastily finished she ventured out again! So I had a lot of time off for work, closing up close to 19-19,30 each day. So I guess you could say I ended my workday early tonight when closing my computer just after 18!
I noticed when arriving home today that I'd lost an earring sometime today at work. Strange how that could even happen without me knowing, isn't it! I haven't felt a thing, but it's obviously gone and lost!
The last couple of nights I've been watching the series "Outlander" on Netflix/Viaplay. I'm on season two and by now really fascinated by the Scottish language (and beautiful Scotts in their kilts - especially a redheaded one listening to the name "Jamie Fraser" - or in real life - Sam Heughan😍)! I want to go to Scotland, now!!! 😜
I'd heard and read about "Outlander" quite a few times, but not really been interested in watching the series in the end, but last week two of my colleagues at work recommended it, so I started watching. And now I'm hooked! I love the story, that is both beautiful, insightful, awful, funny and terrifying at times. And I love the sceneries! What a beautiful country! At the end of season one my heart was filled with terror and disgust, but also a lot of love! And all those feelings continues on in season two so far! So, if you have still to discover this serie, don't hesitate! It's great! ❤️