Saturday Musings

Whew another week is over and I think it’s the perfect time for some Saturday Musings. First of all, welcome to all my new readers! I’m not sure what happened but the past month has seen a lot of growth and I’m ecstatic. Second, it took me 3 days to write this post… That’s a lot of time, even for me. I’m starting to think that my IUD is the reason why my mood has been all over the place. But it hasn’t been a year yet and I want to give it a fighting chance. And the situation back home hasn’t helped. Even though news from America has started to die down online but lots of things have changed.

I feel different about the education I received. I went to a private school, which touted the best college prep available. But even going to a good school provided skimmings over important history dates. And when I think about the “good” education I got, I think about the kids who had no education at all. All those voices kept in the shadows. It is indeed a dark time for the country I was born in. It helps to know that people are trying to get on the right track but it’s going to be years before the results come in. I just hope it’s in my life time.

Aside from trying to stay positive I’ve been doing my best to stay busy. Any time I have downtime, I look for something to do instead of becoming one with the couch and my Switch. So here are a few things I’ve relied on to keep me occupied.

I’m currently in another reader’s block and I can’t even read for fun. I know it will pass, but in the meantime I’ve got my most favorite Podcast, My Favorite Murder. Oh man, nothing feels better than listening to killers meet their karmic destiny. I’ve been listening to it a little less these days but I tune in when I can. A good story has always been an obsession of mine and when it comes to real life horror, the stakes are the highest. The duo that hosts this podcast use comedy to deal with their fears and I honestly need that ray of sun the most right now.

Frequent Cleaning
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cleaned the flat these past few months. I’ve Konmaried everything but Sander’s closet and hobby space, which I will leave up to him. I’ve made a lot of donations to the local thrift stores too. We’ve finally scheduled a pick up for an old bookshelf we aren’t using either. Our space looks beautiful, just in time for summer and those endless hours of evening sunlight. The only thing that we could improve on is putting up curtains and taking down the plastic blinds that we have. But Ikea can get busy and we don’t want to stand in the sun for hours just to get some supplies. Until then we’ll just have to wait.

Growing a Jungle
Oh boy guys, I have a lot of green in the flat now! I’ve claimed the corner on the couch that gets plenty of sun from the balcony door. And instead of leaving it open to walk though, I’ve decided to place plants there! It’s a comforting space where I sit and get cozy with the fresh air right in my face. Of course this is the main reason I get stuck on the couch so I limit my time there. I’ll only sit there in the evenings if Sander isn’t on the couch. We have a loveseat and he enjoys spreading his legs on it. And of course the dogs love to sleep there with him so it’s occupied a lot of the time. But if I have to name where I feel most safe, it’s here.

My baby Youtube channel and gaming
I’ve been sinking a lot of time into my Youtube channel and being so productive feels good. My online friends watch the videos and we get to laugh about the horrors my Sims see. Another thing I’ve picked up is late night gaming once a week with my brother and our long time best friend. We’ve known him for almost 20 years now. 20 years! That’s some serious mileage!

We’ve been playing Dying Light, which is an open world zombie game but it’s only once a week since our time zones don’t match up well. A few weeks ago I got to see the sunrise before I got into bed! Not something that a 32 year old lady should do but it was too much fun to stop early. I spent a lot of time playing video games with my brother when we were young. There was a point in our lives when we were on the run from our dad (with our mom) and our tiny portable TV and Playstation 1 kept us busy. Needless to say I miss my brother more than I thought I would.

Baking a little too much
Soo, I know I’m supposed to stay away from sweets but I’ve had crazy cravings for some American foods. Last week I made some strawberry cheesecake and this week I made sugar cookies. I think I’ll take a break for now but we bought a new mixer and I know it will call to me again soon. If you have any recommendations on delicious baked goods let me know! I don’t want to make chocolate treats so that narrows down the field by a lot. Still, there’s so much to bake and so little time! I enjoyed the soda bread I made a while back and may make it again.

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