Hi friends! Can you believe it’s August already? That means I will be turning 35 this month! And with so much of my 35 before 35 list left undone 😉 I have done a lot of the things on the list though – and also quite a few that weren’t even on there so I’m fine with it. Anyway, let’s not get ahead of ourselves… today I’m here to talk about what I’ve been doing in July.
Eating. Lots of salad – it’s been far too hot to cook! Trying to eat fish twice a week. And before you start thinking how virtuous I am, a lot of ice cream has also been consumed 😉
Reading. I didn’t manage to read as much this month partly thanks to work being crazy busy and also because I had a lot of cross stitching to do and also I feel like work has been trying to drown me in translations…. I did so much overtime in July! I managed to read 6 books for Erin’s challenge though, plus 3 other full books and I finished one I had started in June. I also started 2 other books for Erin’s challenge but one I couldn’t manage to get into and the other is long so I haven’t finished it yet.
Watching. Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars… which means we’ve actually finished a whole series. Woo! Also football because World Cup and Young Sheldon.
Cross stitching. Birthday season has begun! Actually, it started with my mum’s birthday on 26 July but I didn’t stitch her a card this year so the first cross stitched card was one I started last month for my friend’s son’s 1st birthday. I then stitched a card for another friend’s son, whose birthday is on 27 August. Next up are my brother’s birthday (1 September) and my godson’s birthday (13 September). And I also started my Christmas stitching in July… yes, I know that sounds crazy but past experience tells me if I don’t want to be stressed in December I have to start now.
Going. Up mountains. As I mentioned last month, we took an overnight trip to Vitznau on Lake Lucerne on 30 June. On 1 July we took the cable car from Vitznau up to the Wissifluh – part of Rigi – then drove down to Stans and went up the Stanserhorn. We saw loads of butterflies on both mountains. I’ve never seen so many different types outside of a butterfly house! It was pretty amazing. Then last Sunday we spontaneously decided to drive to French-speaking Switzerland last week – St Ursanne and Neuchâtel.
Seeing/hearing. The Basel Tattoo! Jan was performing with the tattoo choir again and I had a ticket for the first Saturday. It’s definitely an experience I can recommend.
Buying. Too many books, as usual. Also a bird necklace from Etsy. Anything else? A birthday present for my friend’s son, which also happened to be books 😉
Wishing. Things would cool down just a little. This is Switzerland – there’s no need for it to still be 28°C at 9 o’clock at night!
And that was basically my July. Work, boil to death, prepare food that preferably doesn’t involve generating more heat, attempt to sleep even though I apparently live in an oven, wake up, repeat. With a little trip at the beginning and end of the month to balance things out.
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13 thoughts on “Recent doings #30”
Sounds like a pretty good month. I love love your butterfly picture. Are Swallowtails common in Switzerland? Not doing very well with my bucket List. 25 before 45. Eeeeek! Though this weekend I am going to see an Outdoor film, which is on my list. Xx
There were a few good times during the month but I could have done with way less work stress! I’m hoping things will calm down in August.
lol @ your summary at the end. hope it cools down for you soon!
happy birthday month!
Ha, thanks. Just telling it like it is 😉
Looks like we are finally going to get storms next Friday right when I wanted to watch an open air concert by the river. Hmm!
Happy Birthday Month! I didn’t read a ton of books in July, but the ones I did were read were mostly quite good so I can’t really complain! haha
Thank you. Glad you read some good books 🙂
Happy Birthday Month!
Your encounter with the butterflies sounds so cool! That was be amazing to see.
It was incredibly cool! I love butterflies.
Ahh happy birthday month! Hope you celebrate in style (and not in sweat…). I bloody love Farscape, it’s one of my husband and my favourite shows. Did you enjoy it?
Ha, yes… hopefully it will be a bit less sweaty 😉
I liked the Peacekeeper Wars. My dad thought it wasn’t up to the standard of the original series but I thought it was nice to get some closure and a proper ending.
I hope the weather has cooled down a bit for you now. I like the sound of your trip to the mountains – the butterfly picture looks so pretty.