Week 19 – Your family

Day 19 – Tell us about your family

Funnily family has been a great topic lately with us planning our wedding.

My boyfriend and I both have a big family. Say 30 on each side just considering parents, siblings, aunts, cousins and grandparents. So our extended family sums up to approximately 150 people.

So when we were talking about whom to invite we were talking about a small family wedding – 150 people. Thank you there.

But I love it. I think it’s great to have such a big family. As a kid there’s always someone around to play with and growing older there is always someone to turn to for advice. We’re all pretty close and see each other about 5-10 times a year, depending on the family member.

Of course, during holiday season this will cause some stress, but still it’s great!

Do you have a big or a small family?

Week 14 – Earliest memory

Week 14 – Your earliest memory

There are several memories I’d put into the earliest memory drawer, because they all happened around the same time when I was about 2 -2 1/2 years.

I remember being in the garden with my grandpa picking berries. He warned me to stay away from the dog – who kept following me around. Imagine an old German shepherd’s dog, very intimidating for a 2 year old. Talk about eye level ;-).

The other memory is me being with my mom. We’re on the way to university sitting in the train. Yes, my mom was still studying when I was born. Later we went to the library where I got some sweets from the dorrman. I also remember sitting in the library and looking down at other people from some kind of gallery and that my mom was afraid I’d fall down.

I guess these are my earliest childhood memories. What are you first memories?

Lately

There hasn’t been going much on lately, as in there isn’t anything new to report :-).

I’ve been carrying the plants and furniture on our balcony around a lot these last few weeks due to weather warnings. This means that it’s officially summer, because we A) use our furniture B) have had more than one thunderstorm with lots of wind. I like this time of the year.

Today is my second last day of student life. On Friday I start my first real job. Isn’t it great to start working on a Friday? This means that I’ll have a weekend after only working for one day.

My allergies are finally coming to an end. I’m not taking any drugs any longer and my eyes and nose are only slightly itching. Great! This means that summer can now officially start for me, too.

I haven’t been working out for the last 8+ weeks. I feel incredibly bad about this. Not only is my body aching for some workouts, but I’m also psychically putting myself under pressure to restart working out again.

We went swimming for 20 minutes yesterday. It was our first outdoor swim this year. It was great and though it can’t be considered a workout it was nice to move the body a bit.

Life’s good

I could be complaining.

About the rainy and cold weather we’ve been having these last couple of days.

About the fact that next week I’ll have to start working and end my student life.

That this whole wedding affair sometimes freaks me out, because there’s so much to think of and so many things to organize that I fear I’ll forget more than one thing. Which won’t matter in the end, I know ;-).

But if I’m honest. Life’s too good to be complaining.

The rain finally brought some alleviation to the suffering farmland and lead to a growth spurt for all the plants.

I can’t really wait to start working, now that I’ve found what looks like a pretty good position that offers so many opportunities.

I still have so much time to plan the wedding that everything will be perfect.

I have a loving and supporting family that I can always lean to if I need help.

We live in a socially and politically strong and save country.

So, I don’t have anything else to say than “Life’s good” – and it really is.

Currently

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Activities: running last minute errands before I start working in July, studying English with my cousin, visiting other couples’ weddings for inspiration

Loves: the nice summer weather with a few thunderstorms inbetween and thus wearing summer clothing

Hates: people I have to train for their job who refuse to take over the responsibility and think of ways to solve problems on their own, although they should long be working independently

Music: radio and church choirs to make a primary selection of the music we’d like for our wedding

Eats: salad and strawberries

Obsessions: wine on the balcony

Wishes: my allergies to stop so I can fully enjoy the summer temperatures without feeling like I have a cold all the time

Progress

About a month ago I posted a photo of our balcony, right after we had planted the herbs. It was about the same time that we planted some radish seeds. I forgot to take a picture of that, but you can easily imagine a plain flower pot with dirt.

Well, everything has grown and two weeks ago we were able to harvest the first radishes. And they tasted delicious!

Love the pink color

We have ever since also enjoyed some home-cooked meals with fresh herbs. Have you ever put some lavendar into your salad? Try it! It tastes heavenly.

I’m so happy we decided to plant the herbs…

Herbs

Do you still remember? This is how they looked when we first planted them. Especially the dill literally exploded, you can barely see it behind the lavendar…

Baby Herbs

Do you grow a garden/balcony? Any success stories?

Week of Firsts

Totally without connection to the post, except for being a first...

Last week was a week of firsts. In so many ways.

It was the first week of summer. We had sunshine all day, thunderstorms at night, temperatures in the  mid to high 70s.

It was also the first time I’ve painted my nails this summer. Just a light shade of pink.

As a result of painting my toenails I wore flip-flops. The ones I bought in Miami and was dying all winter to wear.

I started a 30 day program of running. I’ve done the first 4 days so far and I’m getting along very well.

I decided on my first “real-life” job. Having the choice between two different offers is pure luxury in this time.

We had the first family BBQ. Like a real big barbecue that involved sitting in the garden all evening.

It was a good week and now it’s time for another splendid week…