Well hello there! Can you believe we’re in May already? An entire third of the year is over! Once again, the year is speeding past and I feel like I haven’t really done anything. I should do something about that…
Today is the first Thursday of the month, which means I am linking up with Kristen for What’s New With You – although I’ve already told you about the main thing that’s new with me, namely that I’m currently living on a building site. In case you missed that, you can read all about it here and here. However, that doesn’t sum up my entire month so I shall attempt to tell you about the rest of it. This time in the form of bullet points. I’m still experimenting with how I want to do these posts.
- We had a new colleague start at work, so we are now three German-English translators (my other colleague is part time though, so there are only two of us in the afternoons). He’s American, which is a novelty. Previously all our English translators have been from Britain. In fact, I think even all specifically from England. He just finished his Master’s in October so translating for actual customers is new to him, but so far he is getting on pretty well.
- Speaking of work, after being ridiculously busy in January and February (and half of March), things died down a lot at the beginning of the month. While I don’t necessarily enjoy constant overtime having too little to do always makes me uneasy. However, last week I got a big job, which should keep me busy almost until I go on holiday in mid-May, so that’s nice.
- Jan had choir performances on the first weekend of the month, first in Lucerne and then in Basel. Obviously I went to the Basel one, which meant I got to see the inside of another church. I’m tempted to start keeping a list! We also went to see a performance by a friend of Jan’s who sings in one of his choirs with him. It was… interesting to say the least 😉 This person tends to compose pieces that are very much experimental/unusual, but also cool.
- We went to Zurich to see Eddie Izzard. It’s the second time I’ve seen him live and he did not disappoint. 10 out of 10, would see again.
- We also went to the theatre this month… how very cultured! We saw Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder die Todes Verweigerung (The Emperor of Atlantis or The Disobedience of Death), a one-act opera by Viktor Ullmann and Peter Kien, who collaborated on the project while imprisoned in Theresienstadt. They both died in Auschwitz but luckily the manuscript survived.
- With all that going on plus construction, I didn’t read as much as in previous months, but I did manage 13 books, which isn’t bad. I also have two others that I started in April but didn’t manage to finish. I put myself on a book buying ban for April, partly because of the whole IVF thing, which is expensive, but also in an attempt to actually read some of the many books that are already on my overflowing to-read shelves. Of course, that didn’t stop the books I had previously ordered from arriving and I also picked up a few books from free bookshelves so the situation hasn’t improved in the slightest. This is the current state of said shelves:
You can just about spot “I’ll Give You the Sun” on the shelf below, which is technically also unread but doesn’t fit on the to-read shelves. I may have a slight problem. Ahem.
- Easter also fell in April, as I’m sure you all know. We couldn’t go away for various reasons, one of them being that we had to remove everything from both bathrooms, the kitchen and the balcony ready for the renovation to begin on the Tuesday after Easter. However, we did take some time out from clearing and sorting for a trip to the zoo in Zurich on the Saturday and an afternoon in Schaffhausen on the Monday. Schaffhausen has the most amazing metal creatures on the end of their drain pipes… I’m not sure whether you would call them gargoyles as such? I don’t know… see for yourself:
And that’s about it, or at least I can’t think of anything else. I obviously didn’t do a deep clean in April because it’s slightly pointless when the entire building is a giant pile of dust and there are no bathrooms or kitchens to clean anyway. I did a reasonable job of drinking water and managed to get my five a day some days, but honestly probably less than half. I think I managed at least three most days though.
So, that was my April. What’s new with you? Hop on over the link up to find out what everyone else in blog land has been up to lately.