Hello, my lovelies!
It’s great to see you again for the Weekend Coffee Share. Come in, I’ll make us a cup of coffee though I can offer black tea or fresh mint tea or fresh ginger tea as well. The weather’s gorgeous, so let’s sit outside on the terrace in the overgrown, summery garden to enjoy some sunshine while we chat and sip our respective drinks.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that despite my short goal list it’s been a somewhat stressful week. But I managed to hand in my final paper for course CCC502 on Monday and got 100% in it, so I passed the course with an average of 98% which I’m pretty damn proud of! I also finally received my certificate for having passed Tel Aviv University’s Emergence of the Modern Middle East Part I a month ago and I completed the final exam on Part II.
However, churning out four assignments last week plus the one on Monday has left me drained, so I took Tuesday off studying. Then my Wednesday got turned around and basically moved to Thursday, screwing my schedule somewhat and for some reason really throwing me for a loop. Plus, after work and teaching I helped a friend move to a different city, and when I got in at 9pm I didn’t really fancy opening my study material anymore. To make up for that I was up until 4am last night / this morning.
So if you see me topping up my black coffee with milk, that’s the reason why.
My meal plan is going really well. I’ve been doing it for two weeks today and although I’m still tempted to throw caution to the wind I have managed to lose a total of 4.5 kg (9.9lbs) so far. I’m learning new recipes, although I often just throw things together and hope for the best.
Here are some of the things I made this week, and I will share recipes later: Balsamic chicken with summer veggies, pork roll-up filled with celery, carrot, zucchini and mushroom with mushroom stir fry, and stuffed bell peppers.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m planning my trip to London. I’ll book everything next Friday (payday) but I’ll be in London for nine days in August. Well, I’ll be in the UK for nine days. I’ll be in Cardiff for a night visiting a dear friend from uni whom I last saw four years and a baby ago. And I’ll be taking a day trip to Brighton and Lewes as I’ve never been down there before. Oh, and my former course- and housemate will come and see me in London. I’m really excited to be going, plus I will be seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican, so I’m really looking forward to the trip!
Do you have any plans for summer yet? Next to the trip to London, I’ll take a day trip to Amsterdam later in August and I might possibly be going to Hamburg with my gran to see The Lion King musical in September.
I also got myself a new YHA / Hostelling International card and plan on using it extensively on Weekend trips. If I can find cheap flights for €20 what’s to stop me spending a night in Rome or Moscow or Stockholm? I’ve been couped up too long and that’s not healthy for me. I am a traveller and I need to get back out there.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I am planning to redesign this blog over the summer. I’ll look into cheap self-hosting options, as I believe it’s now at a point where I can say it is being read and I can justify moving away from a free blog. I’m working on redesigning the header image as well to make it more like a brand and I’ve already got a massive list of mostly reading and college prep related posts I’m itching to write.
Speaking of writing, I have been really tempted to get a Midori Traveler’s Notebook, though I am not sure I can justify the expense. They do look great though, and with the amount of notes I take I carry an agenda and notebook with me anyway. But maybe that’s the romantic-at-heart travel journalist in me, who wants a leatherbound refillable notebook that ages with every trip and can speak of a life well travelled and all the notes taken on the road.
Have you seen the MTNs? Do you use it / would you use it? I like the set up of the inserts and how customizable it is!
Anyway, I need another coffee to keep me awake. How about you? Do you want a refill or head on out to one of the other Weekend Coffee Sharers? Check out Part Time Monster for the linky!
Anyway, that’s it from me. Same time, next week?