Recent doings #22

It’s time for the What’s New With You link up again, and that means yet another month is over and done with. I know I always say I can’t believe how quickly time is flying, but this time the month sped by so quickly that I almost didn’t post my brother’s birthday card in time! Luckily my brain just about managed to switch from “it’s only mid-September” to “crap, it’s nearly the end of September” in time for me to get it written and posted (his birthday was on Monday). Anywaaaay… let me tell you about what I was doing in September.


Reading. Not books from the BBC Big Read even though I should be! I read six books in September… come back on Tuesday to find out what they were 😉

Listening to. Welcome to Night Vale. We actually finished listening to the audio book before the next novel was published! A miracle. We also listened to two episodes of the podcast and as of right now we are a mere three episodes behind. Wow!

Watching. There never seems to be anything interesting on when I switch on the TV., so I usually end up flicking through then switching it back off. Jan watches MoMa (German breakfast TV) and I kind of passively watch too, so I guess that.

Eating. Pumpkins! And squashes too, I suppose (although in German it’s all Kürbis). We’ve had pumpkin stew, pumpkin and chickpea curry, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin mash. I love pumpkin season!

Drinking. Nettle tea. I’m trying to be as healthy as possible and that means cutting down on caffeine (except my morning cuppa – that has to be normal tea). Plus nettles are full of calcium – important since I hate drinking milk.

Buying. Craft supplies – mainly stickers and buttons. Oh, and shoes for my sister’s wedding. (If we work on the assumption that Jan’s money is my money then we also a bookcase and some other bits from IKEA 😉 )

Going to. Castle Chillon on Lake Geneva. And also Karlsruhe to see Jan’s former choir perform and meet up with friends.

Castle Chillon

Making. Cards, cards, cards. All for Post Pals.

Cross stitching. Designs for Christmas cards… not long now!

Unpacking. A box of books (uni books, not the fun kind). It had been sitting in my “office” since we moved in but with the new small Billy we bought I was finally able to get it unpacked. Hurrah!

And that’s about it – the only other thing I did in September was work. I lost count of the number of times I was given so much to do in the morning that I couldn’t even think about taking a lunch break until 2 p.m. On a few of those occasions, I then had very little to do for the rest of the day. I’m hoping things will be a little more evenly spread in October…

Linking up with Kristen and Gretch, of course.

What have you been doing recently?


8 thoughts on “Recent doings #22

  1. i hate sweet pumpkin things, but i love savoury pumpkin things. pumpkin and chickpea curry, pumpkin risotto?! sounds amazing. i love to just put cut up pumpkin in the oven with a but of olive oil and seasonings and have it as a side. SO good. not popular to do that here though, weird.
    didn’t know that about nettles, honestly don’t know anything about nettles lol. i am cutting back on caffeine too, except for my morning cuppa (or two or three but it’s still morning so it’s FINE) and an occasional can of diet coke with lunch. i’d rather get rid of the diet coke than sacrifice one of my cuppas.. we’ll see.

    1. I just make it up as I go along! Onion, garlic, pumpkin, chickpeas, tin of tomatoes. And curry spices of course (whatever I have in the cupboard and depending how spicy I feel like having it that day). Sometimes I add potato as well.

      1. Fry onions and garlic in a saucepan. Add chunks of pumpkin and fry until they start to soften. Add chickpeas then stir in curry spices until everything is coated. Tomatoes go in last then just cook at a medium heat until they are heated through.

  2. I always enjoy reading about what you have been up to…Maybe I should join in! Your pumpkin recipe made me want my favourite soup – butternut squash and chilli and ginger – so that’s what we’re having for lunch! Luckily I had a butternut squash (or “booternoot skwoosh” as they are pronounced in French) in the vegetable rack, just waiting to be turned into soup.

  3. CBC is currently making Butternut Squash risotto (I did all the prep- chopping, grating, baking the squash, peeling onions etc)- so I am happy you are eating squashes too! That castle is unbelievably pretty!!! You have done well to avoid caffeine and drink UGH nettle tea!!! I hate that stuff!

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