That was another fast one. It started with a day off because of Epiphany and then went all through, busy and a little stressful at times.
The writing went very well at the beginning of the week, I was pretty disciplined for about 2 1/2 days and then I basically stopped writing for the rest of the week. Despite mustering all my willpower and intention. I’m blaming not enough sleep and overwhelm in other areas of my life.
I read a lot because that’s how I cope with the overwhelm and exhaustion. I’m still making my way through the „Knitting in the City“-series by Penny Reid. I’m on book 4.5 right now and can’t wait to get back to reading. The non-fiction I planned to work through this month has been sadly neglected.
Exercise went rather well, I went running/walking three times. I’m still finding two minutes of running without a break hard. Which is funny. There was a lot of sun on Monday:
And a train crossing on Wednesday:
And this is where I ended up on Saturday before turning around again:
I found running very hard but also satisfying. I think I’ll stay with the short running intervals for a while, I did 2 1/2 minutes on Saturday without realizing it and that felt way too hard, I know, it is slightly ridiculous but I’ll get there eventually.
I also started a new bodyweight training regimen. I started the Nerd Fitness 20-minute hotel workout. On Tuesday I did the warm-up and started the workout and had to stop after 8 1/2 minutes. I have to say that that was at 7.30 in the evening, so I’m okay with that. And I was rather sore the next day. On Thursday I got a little farther in with two sets of exercises. My husband was very confused when I showed up in his room looking for the dumbbells. „But you never use my weights,“ he said. I was nice and didn’t remind him that the 3-kilo weights are actually mine. But yes, I haven’t used them in years.
I also had plans to do yoga on Sunday but that didn’t happen because there was so much other stuff.
Lots of teaching again, one new student taught and another one I will see this week for the first time. I taught electrical guitar for the first time in years and found that I need to change my setup for this. The thing I dislike most about electrical guitar is all the equipment and all the variables.
Things are going fine but with all those workouts my knees are starting to act up again. Which means I need to incorporate stretching into my routines again. I can feel my calves tightening up. So that’s the next stop with the fitness routine, stretch after workouts.
I did not get enough sleep, all those romance novels and evening exhaustion meant that I often opted for sitting around eating and reading instead of going to bed. I’d like to be more disciplined about going to bed early again. Which means basically going straight from teaching to lights out on Mondays and Wednesdays and almost straight from one to the other on Tuesdays.
I already have a routine set up in my routines app, now I just need to follow it.
With the upcoming performance at the end of February I suddenly realized that I need to practice all the things. I originally planned to start during Christmas break but didn’t. And then it turned out that I needed to play keyboard on „Riders on the Storm“ as well as all kinds of percussion instruments on all the Santana songs we’re doing. Cue complete panic mode.
But. Two days ago I found sheet music for the Doors song. And then I started watching Youtube videos on how to play Guiro and Campana and all of that and now I’m feeling a little better. Especially since I learned yesterday that another keyboarder will play the song after all. I would just have been the backup if he couldn’t stay for the second evening. Phew.
I still will have to practice those songs every day but now it seems doable.
Apart from that I’m all about travel plans. We need to think about what we’ll be doing next weekend when we’re traveling to Salzburg for four days and I started planning our annual trip to my parents and the boy’s trip during Easter break.
I will practice and write and get enough sleep and buy all the train tickets and bookmark things to see in Salzburg. We have already made plans to meet an old friend of my husband and his wife for dinner on Sunday and know where we will eat on Monday. Come to think of it, we have already spoken about where to get döner kebab on Saturday for lunch but not about our time of departure from home. Since we’ll be taking regional trains we’ll be totally flexible, no reservations needed or anything. Thinking about the food first is totally our thing. Plans for sightseeing mostly involve the plan of ‚walking around some‘ so far.
So there might not be a week in review next week because I have no idea what kind of time I will have and how the wifi will be. You will get a new podcast episode on Friday for sure because that one is all set up already. This is what preparing the podcast looked like on Sunday morning:
Have a great week!