Oct 172018
 

Woke up real early. Wrote first time in the morning for once.

Breakfast, helping the boy getting ready for school, managed to not write after breakfast because I was busy with other stuff.

Spent the rest of the morning running errands, got another pair of test lenses from the optician, send a return package back with the broken cable and went to the health food store. Then I helped to make lunch:

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Lots of veggies…

The boy came back home a little later than usual, so I sat with him while he ate lunch (and while he tried explaining some chemistry). I did the dishes and then it was already time for teaching. Had back to back students until six or so, then the boy came over for his piano practice and we talked about intervals and dissonances and all kinds of stuff for half an hour.

There was still an hour before the webinar left. I had wanted to watch it in my studio but by then I was feeling rather tired and cold so I decided to retire to bed.

I really liked the online workshop this time. Maybe I liked it better because I was actually doing the exercises she led for once. Note to self: sitting on the sidelines is no fun.

I have been feeling all cold all the time again a short while ago. The other day I was sitting outside on the porch in the sun wearing a heavy fleece sweater, jeans and wool socks and my hands were all white and cold. While my husband was sitting next to me barefoot in shorts and a sleeveless tee. He was perfectly fine, by the way, it was actually really warm.

It might be time to look for an endocrinologist and have someone look at my thyroid again.

My mother-in-law keeps telling me that I’m only cold because I’m sitting around all the time. Funny thing is that when I come home from running I am happy and warm for about ten to fifteen minutes and then I start being cold again. I’m getting enough sleep and I’m eating enough (often more than enough) as well.

Meanwhile I’m going to bed earlier and earlier because it’s really cozy and warm there. There are worse things than that.

Today I will go for a run, teach quite a few students, write, prepare the podcast and maybe pull out the sewing machine even.

Oct 162018
 

I woke up from my alarm, did not write first thing (I should stop writing about this because I never do, don’t I?) and promptly forgot to take my thyroid medication.

Lounged in bed with my computer for an hour, then took my medicine and so the whole morning was a little later than I would have liked. Great morning, though, I finished reading Jim Butcher’s „Brief Cases“. It’s really great, highly recommended. Well, if you like the Dresden Files.

I had breakfast, my husband showed up, we did the dishes, I went for a run:

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I don’t think I’m getting any better (though today I ran/walked a whooping 8.30 minutes/kilometer) but the running is more fun than it used to. There were a few moments in there where I didn’t even want to stop and walk. Progress!

I took a shower, got a message from the boy that he was safely sitting on his train, and helped making lunch. Yummy, yummy Indian food:

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I had started to look up what to do if the boy missed his train. He had one of those cheaper train tickets that require taking a specific train. And if you miss that you have to buy a completely new train ticket. And he didn’t have enough money with him for that. I decided that if it were necessary I could buy a ticket online and send him the order number to load it into his phone.

But he didn’t miss the train.

I was perfectly prepared to not get anything done throughout the day but surprised myself by not only doing the dishes right after lunch but also finally writing for twenty minutes before meeting the boy at the station. Phew. Day 23 of my #100daysofwriting.

He actually told me a bit about the past few days which is pretty unusual. Maybe catching him right when he came back was the key. I bought him a piece of cake and he proceeded to tell me all about methods of encrypting data. Not that I understood a word of it. And about what he did while away. And then we talked about the state elections at length. I even had bought a newspaper which I never do. Now I still need to read it.

Then I finally started my teaching day.

Only three students later I helped the boy choose and print a picture for art class in school, and then he reheated the lunch leftovers and we sat down and watched the new Doctor Who episode. I have to say it is really good, brilliant even, I am enjoying it tremendously. So much fun!

Then I came back into the old part of the house, wanting to get ready for bed, brush my teeth and write a bit more.

Well, I was greeted by a mountain of dirty dishes and there was a nice note on the kitchen table, „Hand up laundry, please.“ Well, it was me who wrote that note and we leave it out whenever one of us has started a load so that we don’t forget.

So dishes it was and hanging up laundry.

And then I started this post and wrote some more words on the novel. Not quite the 4,000 I would need in order to finish it before NaNoWriMo.

I wasn’t too disappointed about that.

Today there will be a trip to the health food store, and to the optician for another set of test lenses. And quite a bit of teaching but not as much as last Tuesday. And then the monthly Orna Ross webinar for creative entrepreneurs.

I’n guessing writing in between, no sewing, and no strength training.

Oct 152018
 

I woke up at five. Not the best time to wake up. Note to self: If you have to eat dinner don’t eat so much that your stomach hurts because that will disrupt your sleep.

I spent a leisurely hour in bed reading before getting up and having breakfast.

And I even managed to meditate and write right afterwards:

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This was day 22 of my #100daysofwriting-challenge. I don’t count the days I don’t write (three missed days so far).

Talked to my husband and worked on the crochet blanket. Did the dishes, read some more. A little later we went to vote in the Bavarian elections today. Then we had an early lunch:

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Since I had decided to stay at home and write a lot I procrastinated rather thoroughly first. Of course. I set up my bullet journal for the upcoming week and got cranky because I didn’t get as much done as I wanted. As usual.

I managed to write for a bit anyways.

Thought about the boy and the fact that he’ll come back home tomorrow. I have been missing him but I was much more relaxed this time than last year. Now he only has to get to his train on time tomorrow morning and come back home safely.

I won’t be watching the new episode of Doctor Who tonight, I’ll wait for him to come back.

Went to bed on time.

Today there will be running and waiting for the boy and lunch and then maybe I’ll meet him at the train station (not sure yet) and then I’ll teach.

Oct 142018
 

I woke up from the alarm and didn’t write first thing but I did manage to get up on time.

Had breakfast, managed to write:

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And sewed the last few buttons on my Cria cardigan.

Talked with my husband and found out that there would be massive disturbances in the train service to Munich again. Still, there was a way for him to get where he wanted, it only took longer than usual.

I did the dishes and went running:

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Beautiful day, fun run:

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The farmers are moving massive loads of earth around on this field, and have been doing so for a while now. Every Saturday there are tractors up and down that road. They are the source of dust in the middle of the picture.

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This was my halfway point where one can see houses again.

Then I took a shower and went to reheat the rest of Thursday’s soup for lunch. But. There was no lunch. I was a little disappointed and thought that my husband had eaten it despite us talking about leaving it for my Saturday lunch. So I had this for lunch:

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Plus more cheese and ham.

Then I rode my bike to the spinning meeting. I hadn’t been in ages and it was really nice to see everybody again. Quite a few people had opted to go to the wool festival on the other side of Munich which made the spinning meeting smaller than usual.

I went home rather early as usual. I find that about 2 1/2 hours of sitting, spinning and talking are usually enough for me. Rode back through fall leaves and acorns on the bike path.

My husband was already home and cooking tomato sauce.

I had a package, I had ordered a new cable for my phone and new headphones because the old ones have a frayed cable. Unfortunately the phone cable was broken so I need to send that back.

I didn’t really get anything done until dinnertime but it still was nice. For once I did eat dinner, I had the soup at last. Very yummy.

Then I wrote a bit and read a lot and went to bed early.

For today I had planned to go to the wool market but after much deliberation I decided that I won’t go. The day will be busy enough with yoga and voting and writing and all. I’ll save the time and energy and might spend a little money on ordering self-striping sock yarn online. And the fiber advent calendar that I’ve been thinking about.

I think I have a plan.

Oct 132018
 

I woke up from the alarm, still not feeling like my usual self but throughout the day I started feeling much better. Phew.

I didn’t write in the morning at all but I did start sewing the buttons to my handspun Cria cardigan. I’m getting faster at this, I managed to attach more than half the buttons before my husband was done with his breakfast.

Then dishes and cleaning and taking a shower.

And then my husband and I went out for lunch to the Greek restaurant he likes. I had fish and he had lamb:

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We can’t really go there together on Fridays with the boy because by the time the boy is finished with school it’s almost time for us to get back home for teaching.

I practiced. I taught quite a few students. I called a maybe new student (one who rang on the door because of our new sign). Then I started this post and got ready for a webinar about breaking bad habits.

I did manage to write a bit after that but not nearly enough to finish the novel until the end of the month. Which was a pretty ridiculous plan from the start and has become even more ridiculous with each passing day. I should just give up on doing NaNoWriMo this year. Not that I don’t want to write 50,000 words in November, only those 50,000 words should probably be part of the novel-in-progress.

Today there will be running and leftover soup for lunch because my husband is meeting a friend in Munich and then I’ll leave for the spinning meeting. Writing will have to be squeezed into odd corners of the day.

Busy weekend ahead.

Oct 122018
 

Not sick either. I’m still in that in between place.

Woke up rather early, read (no writing), made breakfast. Was happy to see the boy and help him to squeeze two more things into his backpack. Got ready and left for my doctor’s appointment.

I was in a funk, full of anxiety over nothing. Not even the boy’s trip, I’m thinking it was a combination of hormones and having to leave the house early.

The train was twenty minutes late which made me five minutes late for my appointment. I barely had to wait and everything was fine. I was still off, and I think I confused my doctor a bit. He’ll live.

I went to the nice health food store, got almost everything I wanted and walked back to the train station to get back home. And then I waited for the train. And waited. And waited. Apparently there had been an incident in Munich earlier and that had resulted in big train chaos. I have to say I was rather happy that I had told the boy to take a train earlier than planned. And I was even happier when I was standing on the platform and getting his message, „Am on the train.“ That was for the big one, the one bringing him all the way to Erfurt.

After an hour of waiting I was finally back home. And my ground beef and lamb was still miraculously frozen. Good thing I took an insulated bag and a cool pack.

Then I helped to make lunch, past e fagioli:

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Very good. And this time we could cook the sausage in the soup instead of separate because the vegetarian in the house is absent.

I took a pain pill but it didn’t help, did the dishes, ate some chocolate, folded laundry, told my mother-in-law that the boy had reached his destination in one piece, practiced a little and taught two students. Tried to do something productive and failed. Taught another student.

That was basically it for the day. Went to bed early and hoped for a better day today.

Today there will be the usual Friday cleaning. My husband and I will have lunch at the Greek restaurant and then I will teach all.the.students.

And then the weekend. The rather busy weekend.

Oct 112018
 

I woke up rather early which had the great advantage that I could write first thing.

I ate breakfast alone because the boy had the first two periods off from school. Talked with my husband, did the dishes and decided that I felt well enough for a run:

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I did feel a little faint somewhere around the middle so there was a lot of walking back. It was fun, though.

Then I went out again for grocery shopping and for picking up clothes that I had ordered for the boy. Came back home just in time to help with lunch. Took a shower, had lunch:

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Mmh, shrimp risotto.

The furnace and the heating, by the way, worked perfectly all day so we did not call the repair guy.

I had a little time before teaching but mostly used it for reading and doing the dishes again. I sang a little. Taught a student and procrastinated for an hour. Made the boy try on his new clothes. They are all a little too big which is good, and he loves his new winter coat. The past few years he kept wearing a jacket that wasn’t warm enough because he didn’t like his winter coat at all. This year we decided that even though it still fits him (I bought a lot of very big clothes five years ago because he was so chubby then) it might be time for a new one.

Then I tried to make him pack for his trip. I had realized that I was super-anxious because he hadn’t prepared anything yet. I mean, if it were me I would have made a packing list at least a week ago and I would have been well packed by then. But the boy is not me and tends to put unpleasant things off.

Then I taught another student. Helped the boy find some things he needed to take with him like packing cubes and a power bank. I had already sent him a link to the list of things that are recommended to bring.

I have to say that I found it really hard not to make a list for him. I keep telling myself that he’ll be fine even if he forgets things. As long as he has his ID, ticket and some money all should be fine.

I got ready for bed after that, planning to write some more and read a lot. I have to say that not eating dinner does free quite a bit of time in the evenings. Especially since my husband thinks that people who don’t eat shouldn’t do the dishes. I do miss bread and cheese, though. And liverwurst. Maybe I should eat dinner again one of these days. Not eating it is the easiest way not to gain weight (and maybe even lose some again) at the moment. And it is surprisingly easy.

Of course the boy was in and out for quite some time needing my help thinking about what to take…

Today I have a doctor’s appointment basically right after breakfast which means I won’t see him before Monday. Then I will go to the really nice health food store that has those delicious potato chips, my favorite kind of peppermint tea and all the meat.

Only three students today, and again I’m hoping for marvelous productivity in between.

Oct 102018
 

Slept until the alarm went off again. Weird. Also good but usually means no writing before breakfast.

And then I found that I wasn’t feeling all that great. I’ve been wondering if I’m getting a cold for days now. My husband is wondering if he has a GI infection, so clearly something is making the rounds.

So there was breakfast. Again no writing because I felt the urgent need to research my symptoms.

Slow morning. Then we realized that the heating wasn’t working. I went down to the basement and after turning the furnace off and on again a few times it seemed to work again.

I went to the tea shop (and had a lovely conversation about branding and marketing with the owner), the pharmacy and the drug store. Well, actually two drug stores but didn’t find what I wanted.

I didn’t help with lunch lot and also forgot to take a picture. It was great, though, potatoes, burgers and peas. Then I did the dishes, hung up laundry together with my husband and ate a little chocolate.

Then there was all the teaching until rather late. In between I researched GIMP again. I am waffling about getting Photoshop but I don’t like the subscription model and it is a little pricey in the long run. So I invested in a new book about GIMP instead. Beforehand I did make sure that the program will do what I need.

When I came back into the kitchen the radiator was ice-cold. Furnace wasn’t working again. Seems we need to call the heating guy again.

I got ready for bed almost immediately afterwards. Then I managed to finally write a bit.

Today there will be running and some grocery shopping (we need potatoes from the farmer’s market and there won’t be time for the supermarket on Thursday this week). Only two students so I’m hoping for sewing and writing and GIMP-learning in between. And helping the boy get ready for five days away.

Oct 092018
 

I actually slept until the alarm went off. That was almost disorienting.

Which also meant no writing before breakfast. I did manage to make breakfast on time, though.

I pulled out a sock that had bin lingering in a project bag for, um, quite some time, and made a decision about the next step. I had mentioned that particular sock project in my patreon newsletter so I got curious and found that the reason the thing wasn’t going forward was, again, that there was a problem. Once I made that decision things were much easier.

I did write right after breakfast. I am rather excited for the next bit. That happens pretty often after getting stuck, all of a sudden things start moving again.

Then I did the dishes, went to the health food store because we were still needing things for lunch, ran my 4.8k:

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And it was even fun today.

Then I started to make the dough for spaetzle, cut up some mushrooms, took a shower, made the spaetzle, and the did turn out rather nice. It was funny because for some time we just couldn’t find the thing you need to make them. We both thought it should be in the basement because that’s where the old one lived. And then we both thought that it might be upstairs in the kitchen in one particular cupboard. And we both looked in both places repeatedly but couldn’t find it. Making the noodles without it would have been beyond my skills, frankly.

By the third time looking into that cupboard my husband finally found it. For a moment he even thought that we had thrown away the old one from his grandma without buying a new one. Now, you can just use a cutting board and a knife but none of us knows how.

But in the end we prevailed and got lunch ready in time for the boy to eat with us:

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The boy got a lecture about different kinds of beer over lunch because we are having a new alcohol-free beer that tastes exceptionally good. It is Zwickelbier  and my husband keeps telling me that it reminds him of an IPA when in fact it tastes a bit like ale.

The boy didn’t want to try it, though.

I had a long, long list of things I wanted to do before teaching in the afternoon. I only got to do two of the four things or so. The boy came home from school again a little early and we started talking so it was time well spent.

Then there was the teaching. And then the watching of the newest episode of „Doctor Who“. I love it, by the way, and so does the boy. It is very exciting!

Then there was a bit of writing and an early bedtime.

Today there will be some errands and loads of teaching and that will be mostly it. Typical Tuesday.

Oct 082018
 

I actually slept until the alarm went off. That was almost disorienting.

Which also meant no writing before breakfast. I did manage to make breakfast on time, though.

I pulled out a sock that had bin lingering in a project bag for, um, quite some time, and made a decision about the next step. I had mentioned that particular sock project in my patreon newsletter so I got curious and found that the reason the thing wasn’t going forward was, again, that there was a problem. Once I made that decision things were much easier.

I did write right after breakfast. I am rather excited for the next bit. That happens pretty often after getting stuck, all of a sudden things start moving again.

Then I did the dishes, went to the health food store because we were still needing things for lunch, ran my 4.8k:

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And it was even fun today.

Then I started to make the dough for spaetzle, cut up some mushrooms, took a shower, made the spaetzle, and the did turn out rather nice. It was funny because for some time we just couldn’t find the thing you need to make them. We both thought it should be in the basement because that’s where the old one lived. And then we both thought that it might be upstairs in the kitchen in one particular cupboard. And we both looked in both places repeatedly but couldn’t find it. Making the noodles without it would have been beyond my skills, frankly.

By the third time looking into that cupboard my husband finally found it. For a moment he even thought that we had thrown away the old one from his grandma without buying a new one. Now, you can just use a cutting board and a knife but none of us knows how.

But in the end we prevailed and got lunch ready in time for the boy to eat with us:

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The boy got a lecture about different kinds of beer over lunch because we are having a new alcohol-free beer that tastes exceptionally good. It is Zwickelbier  and my husband keeps telling me that it reminds him of an IPA when in fact it tastes a bit like ale.

The boy didn’t want to try it, though.

I had a long, long list of things I wanted to do before teaching in the afternoon. I only got to do two of the four things or so. The boy came home from school again a little early and we started talking so it was time well spent.

Then there was the teaching. And then the watching of the newest episode of „Doctor Who“. I love it, by the way, and so does the boy. It is very exciting!

Then there was a bit of writing and an early bedtime.

Today there will be some errands and loads of teaching and that will be mostly it. Typical Tuesday.