I haven’t written one of these posts in a while and I’m not feeling particularly inspired lately, so here you go.
Dear neighbour. I have no idea who you are, but I would be very grateful if you could not steal my washing appointments in future. I wrote my name on the reservation list… you did not. Yet it’s my laundry that remains unwashed. Not cool!
Dear organic waste bin. Why can’t you sort yourself out? You’re so smelly and horrible and I just don’t wanna!
Dear sleep. I don’t know what you’ve had against me this week, but I would really appreciate if you could not wait until I’ve been in bed for two hours before showing up in future.
Dear magpies. If you’re going to insist on hanging out beside our building could you please refrain from doing so singly? I really don’t want any sorrow thanks very much!
Dear work. Thank you for letting me translate a fun text this week. Wine is so much nicer than technical manuals or lists of dental equipment!
Dear self. Remember, patience is a virtue. And don’t forget to enjoy life while you’re waiting.
Dear boyfriend. Whichever way the decision you are awaiting goes I am proud of you. ❤
Dear real-life friends (some of whom may even see this). Sorry I am so useless at keeping in touch. I need at least another 8 hours in my days!
The final Photo an Hour of the year took place on Saturday… and I haven’t even written my post for November’s round yet! Time to remedy that. For anyone that still cares, here’s what I got up to one Saturday in November. December’s will follow… hopefully soon!
This was a slightly unusual Saturday because I had agreed to work for part of the weekend so that my company could accept a big translation job. So, here we go…
10 a.m. Breakfast at my desk as I get to work.
11 a.m. Working away. This dictionary came in very handy for the technical text I was working on!
12 noon. Still working so I took a photo of the map above my desk.
1 p.m. After three hours I’m done with work. Yay! (I did another 3 hours on the Sunday for a total of six hours of overtime).
2 p.m. After a shower and a quick trip to the shop round the corner I’m finally having lunch!
3 p.m. Chilling with another cuppa and some cross stitch.
4 p.m. Sadly the dishes did not want to do themselves…
5 p.m. On a tram into town.
6 p.m. Having dinner in an Italian restaurant.
7 p.m. At the theatre dahling! We went to see an operetta that some people from one of Jan’s choirs were starring in.
8 p.m. was skipped because we were watching the show so…
9 p.m. Interval time. Glass of fizz has to be done! (Although it looks weirdly unfizzy in the photo)
10 p.m. was skipped again… I couldn’t really whip my camera out during the show!
11 p.m. Stopped off for a cocktail on the way home. The drink was fairly boring and tasted mainly of fruit juice, but at least the décor was pretty!
And that’s it… I was home and tucked up in my bed before midnight rolled around.
The monthly Photo an Hour linkup is organised by Jane and Louisa. If you would like to take part next time, keep an eye on the #photoanhour hashtag on Twitter for January’s date.
I took part in Friday letters last Saturday and I’ve been meaning to write up my blog post on it all week, but I’ve just been far too busy. So for now you’ll have to make do with Friday letters. Maybe I’ll get round to photo and hour over the weekend… although we have a visitor coming next weekend and I’m in Germany from Thursday afternoon to Friday evening, so this weekend will be my only opportunity to get the flat into a shape that I’m not ashamed of letting people see. Hmm. Anyway, here are some letters for you.
Dear customers. While I am glad not to be sitting around doing nothing, I would appreciate it if you could distribute your languages a little more evenly so everything doesn’t end up on my desk…
Dear books. Despite last week’s message to myself, you appear to have multiplied again. I wonder how that happened…?
Dear flat. How do you actually even get into such a state anyway? I mean, I get that I’m lazy but the speed at which you get messed up seems excessive!
Dear Christmas markets. Soo, you’re here again. Yay! Unfortunately I don’t going to get a chance to visit any of you this weekend with all the cleaning I have to do… Oh well, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow anyway.
Dear weekend. Even though I am probably going to be spend half of you cleaning, I am so glad you’re here! Now if only you were longer than a measly two days…
Right, that’s all from me. I’m waiting for a phone call then I have to go to the post box, buy some bread and start making tea. All in an evening’s work…
I’m sure you’re sick of me saying it every month, but how is it August already? Ten days until my birthday… I’m so not ready to be 34! I am, however, ready for a holiday. 15 days until we fly. Not that I’m counting or anything…
Right now, though, it’s time to link up with Kristen and Gretch to talk about all the things I’ve been doing in July.
Eating. I started the month continuing June’s theme of salads and ice cream, but then the weather got bad plus Jan was performing with the Basel Tattoo choir every evening so for the last half of July I just ate whatever could be made quickly and easily. Fish fingers featured a few times. And sandwiches.
Watching. The Coroner on BBC Entertainment. It seems to be over now though – when I tried to put it on last night Hustle was on instead. Also fireworks over the Rhine for Switzerland’s national day (which is actually on 1st August, but Basel is greedy and does fireworks twice, so the ones on the day before just about manage to sneak in to my July round-up ;-)).
Reading. I actually had a good reading month for a change and managed to read 14 books! Ten were for Erin’s challenge. I will tell you about the in detail next week.
Seeing/hearing. The Basel Tattoo! Since Jan was part of it, I got tickets for one of the performances. It was very cool and I would definitely go again.
Cross stitching. Birthday cards galore! I wanted to get all the Post Pals birthday cards for August finished and sent out before I go away (and of course I also stitched the July ones), plus my friend turned 30 so I made her a card as well.
Booking. Our flight back from the UK and accommodation in Cornwall. And Jan has now booked the remaining accommodation so we’re all sorted. Woo!
Buying. It would probably be easier to say what I haven’t been buying to be honest! I spent way too much money in July. I definitely bought books, stickers and a load of badges/pins to send to Post Pals kids (they have all been given lanyards to collect them). I can’t even remember what else. Oh, birthday gifts for my mum and my friend, of course.
Wishing. Work would slow down a bit. I mean, having lots of work is better than sitting around doing nothing and I do appreciate being kept busy, but I am exhausted right now.
That’s all for today. All that aforementioned work awaits (and today I have to work longer again to make up for the fact that I’m in the office tomorrow and won’t actually arrive there until 10 a.m.).
What have you been doing recently? Don’t forget to check out the link up to find out what’s new with everyone else!
Once again I start with an apology to the blogosphere. Sorry I disappeared again! Work last week was just horrible. I kept having more and more things planned for me until I ended up working 10 hours on Thursday because there was no other way to get everything finished in time. And once I was done I still had to pack because I was spending Friday night at a hotel in Germany. Friday/Saturday I was at a course on legal translation for work, which was actually more interesting than it sounds. Anyway, despite my recent crapness I have not forgotten that today is link-up day with Kristin and Gretch. So here’s what I got up to in June when I wasn’t drowning in work…
Eating. It’s been too hot for proper food, so we’ve basically been living on salad. That makes me sound way healthier than I actually am, so I should clarify that one of those salads consisted of new potatoes, spring onions, chicken, Greek yoghurt and seasoning. What? It’s a potato salad! I also have to confess that my diet has involved rather a lot of ice cream in June…
Watching. I started watching that new Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge. I couldn’t watch yesterday’s though because Jan was home and he doesn’t watch stuff like that (I once watched an episode of Casualty while he was there and he asked me why I was watching a soap).
Reading. I actually managed to finish Sophie’s World. Woo! I also finished The Sense of Style, read four other books and started Three Men in a Boat/Three Men on the Bummel (and finished the Three Men in a Boat part, which is the only part that’s on the Big Read list so yay!). Much better than May’s tally! With Erin‘s challenge now on, I am hoping July will be an excellent reading month.
Listening to. Welcome to Night Vale. Yay! It’s been forever since I said that. We hired a car for our trip to Champagne and car journeys mean time for Night Vale.
Seeing/hearing. The Swiss Youth Choir performing at a church in Basel. Jan is in a choir with some people who are also in that choir so he wanted to go along.
Travelling. To the Champagne region, where I drank champagne (of course) and crossed another item off my 35 before 35 list.
Growing. Chilli plants. Our friend gave them to us when they were just little and they’ve grown and grown, flowered and are now starting to produce little chillies. Yum! Also parsley and thyme outside, although the thyme isn’t doing so well.
Buying. Books, stickers, writing paper. Oh, and since I was in Germany on Friday, I popped to Primark for some tights to replace all the ones I’ve ruined and came out with a cardigan. It had bees on it so I couldn’t possibly not buy it! (Plus it was reduced to €5).
Swimming. In the Rhine, the week before last when it had been really hot for ages. It then rained and cooled down a few days later plus work went crazy so I haven’t been back in yet.
Cross stitching. A new baby card for a friend and lots more cards for Post Pals.
Wishing. Time would slow down. It’s my birthday next month and the month after is the official start of autumn. Where is this year going?!
I can’t think of anything else I’ve been up to… as previously mentioned, the main thing I’ve been doing recently is working (are you sick of hearing about that yet?). So I shall leave this here.
Check out what’s new with everyone else here and let me know what you did in June in the comments.
As I mentioned, I had to attend an event at work yesterday. I couldn’t really take my camera out all the time (plus I had to help with things), but I didn’t want to miss out on the link up altogether, so I hereby present to you a photo every hour that I wasn’t working 😉
5:30 a.m. Yes, you read that right (ugh!). Up and off for a shower.
6:30 a.m. On the tram, which will be leaving in precisely 3 minutes.
7:30 a.m. My oh-so-healthy breakfast on the train: a vanilla croissant and some vegan drink thing. I’m clearly not vegan (don’t even want to imagine how much cream is in the filing of that croissant!) but I do like to try interesting looking things. This particular one was weird and not that nice, and I ended up not finishing it.
8:30 a.m. Couldn’t manage to sleep on the train so I’m reading instead.
9:30 a.m. On the way to work. I wonder how many readers now know which city my company is located in from this?
What followed was a lot of socialising, discussing and, in between, clearing away plates and things. It was an interesting day, but also kind of exhausting.
5:30 p.m. I should probably have left a gap between the two photo halves, but symmetry! Waiting for the train home.
I was supposed to take two photos on the train, but I was reading and totally forgot sooo…
7:45 pm. Back on the tram.
8:30 p.m. Home, and the oven is pre-heating for my pizza. There was no way anything but convenience foods was getting consumed after that long day!
9:30 p.m. Pizza has been consumed and my pyjamas have never felt more cosy!
10:30 p.m. The only reason I’m still awake is because Jan was at a choir practice thing all day and I wanted to at least say hello to him! He has arrived home now and is watching TV, so it’s time for me to turn out the light and snuggle up with this cutie! (He’s called Nick, by the way)
Finally it’s Friday! Music to my ears this week… work has been busy, particularly the last couple of days (somehow I have about 6 translations that are all due today?!). Actually, my working week still won’t be over after today – we’re having an open day thing tomorrow, so I’ll be on a train heading into the office at 7:15 a.m. But that’s a different kind of work at least… less brain power required. And then next week I’m off! Not that I’m doing anything, I just had to use up some holiday from last year. Buuut anyway… letters time!
Dear IKEA. I am looking forward to you bringing my new furniture on Monday. Finally my tights will have a proper place to live!
Dear spare room. I am so sorry about the state you are in (world’s worst housewife strikes again…). Don’t worry, you will be sorted out on Sunday!
Dear EasyJet. Considering you are supposed to be a cheap airline the prices you’re giving me are ridiculous! I know we want to fly over Easter, but that’s still no excuse to charge over €100 for a one way flight!
Dear parcel delivery people. Is it really necessary to hold down the doorbell button for ages? No wonder I have a heart attack every time it rings!
Dear books. I don’t know what I would do without you! You are my escape from all the problems and horror in this world (although the book in the book I’m currently escaping into isn’t one I would particularly like to be in either…).
Right, that it for today. Happy weekend, dear readers. I hope the weather where you are is better than here!