Sundays are made for lounging around. I spent my day of rest doing a few things that make me happy, like paining some water colour, playing guitar and baking a box cake.
I find it somewhat ironic that the mix says “cake mix” but I just had to add the sugar, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla. I read the ingredients of what was actually included: flour, baking powder and preservatives. So really the box is just a fancy way of printing a recipe. I recall buying the mix before my birthday in the event that I wouldn’t find flour in time for the birthday cake I wanted to bake, but I am happy to report that they do have flour in stock once more.
After a couple of days of sweltering heat, I decided to go to Scheveningen on the weekend, to see the sea. In typical Dutch fashion, however, the weather changed and it cooled down a bit and there was a spot of rain!
I realised if you change your plans because the weather isn’t perfect you’ll change your plans half the time. So I decided to go anyway and I am glad I did. I don’t know if it’s because of the weather or the corona measures, but it was relatively quiet and I could get an impression of the place without too many crowds around.
The beach front looks like it could get really packed at times, but I really found the village enchanting.
I think it’s safe to say that the worst cold of the winter has been broken.
In other words, it’s warm over here. I don’t have a thermometer, but at some point this evening I checked the hourly forecast and it said for 9pm it would be 27°C. It felt like it could be true. Also the fact that by 10:30 pm it was still light outside, made me feel like it’s closer to a summer afternoon than night.
I don’t know what “going back to normal” would look like, if it ever happens.
My work team and project is changing, so I’ll have a different environment altogether.
My life in the Netherlands is full of firsts, like any new experience, so I don’t have much to compare it to. My first few months wasn’t exactly normal, because it was occupied with the business of settling in. Then a global pandemic confined us all to our houses and here we are.
We al had plans that had to change. I had plans and ideas to visit Peru and visit South Africa and travel all over, and here I am,just missing home and my family and spending the longest time apart from them ever.
Hopefully when we return to the new life, and soon I can plan a visit to see my family and loved ones.
If we started playing that game at the start of the lockdown we would have drink the last beer today.
Unless you were in South Africa, then you would have had quite a few pineapple beers or other home brews instead.
In the last 3 months and change we’ve seen the world adapt to so many things we never thought possible. We saw great things and terrible things and who knows what will remain in the future? But slowly, day by day, we will rebuild our lives.
It’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
I wonder if I fall asleep tonight whether I will have a midsummer night’s dream?
A part of me wishes the long days and the sunshine will last a long long time,but I know that luckily, in time seasons change and really that’s a good thing. If you are in the Southern hemisphere, experiencing the longest night and wintry temperatures I wouldn’t be surprised if you agree.
I am not entirely sure what brought it about, but a few years ago I decided that it doesn’t do any good to complain about the weather. It is really one of the few things we personally have no control over. The only thing we can control is our immediate environment. If you are in winter times, make sure you have a warm coat, hat, socks, shoes etc. If you are un the middle of summer, wear sunscreen, a hat and lightweight clothing. Stay in the shade if you can and drink a lot of water.
I decided that since I have limited options to travel at the moment, I would be tourist in the country I live in and spent a fun morning at Zaanse Schans. It’s a pretty little village with windmills, water, farm life, and generally Dutch things.
Due to the travel restrictions there is the rare opportunity to see what things are like around there without throngs of tourists around. I highly recommend going and supporting the operators who are trying to make the most of these difficult times.
When I was a student I had a dream that I was studying all for a maths exam and the next day the paper was on something else. It was some nightmarish 3 dimensional linear algebra that I had to then plot in a plane with projections.
Today reminded me of that dream.
I woke up early, prepared to do a task and as I sat down at my home office desk I saw an email that completely disrupted all my plans. I spent a large part of the day dealing with it, trying to piece together the chain of events that led to it, while also dealing with the incidental things that come to through the day.
At the end of the day I saw that I still had the file open from my early morning ambitions and I only got to read it then, before slipping into weekend mode.
In comparison to my student day nightmare, however, this day came to a close, and much better too.
Somewhere in the afternoon my buzzer rang and I received a delivery for a giant bunch of flowers. I stuck it in a vase while finishing my work, wrapping and all. Later in the day, as I was taking of the wrapping, I noticed the card, a thank you note from my team on the project I was working on for the last 8 months.
I feel so spoiled and really thankful to work in a team with people who care and who take the time to appreciate my input. Not only are these flowers incredibly beautiful, it is also a symbol of the beautiful people I work with.