May Summary

Sunset in Heidelberg

Culture:

There was bucket loads of culture this month, given I spent two weeks in four other countries!  I won’t reiterate what’s in countless posts (you can click on the travel category on the right to get them all in one place, or select a country).

Films on the plane

  • Passengers
  • Fences
  • Collateral Beauty

Wanted to watch

  • Loving
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Jackie
  • Lion
  • Split

Romance:

With the travel, the meeting of new people slowed *right* down, but that isn’t to say I didn’t keep in contact with a few new people and a few people from previous months.

Work:

My role was backfilled by someone of my choosing, and he did a GREAT job.  We were in email contact from time to time, as I like a daily check and file of emails whilst travelling.  I find that this keeps ‘on top of things’ rather than having a whole day back at work just sorting emails out.

I continue to ponder the future of my company, and my place within it.  I feel like I’m no longer growing and learning, as much as I’m otherwise enjoying things.  I’m not sure how or what would challenge me.  Food for thought!

Health:

My fitness has dropped right off, with travelling.  It might be nice to assume I did a lot of walking, but I think more days than not were largely sedentary.  I did hike a glacier, and ride 7km in Heidelberg between the wedding and the reception.  I had initiated contact prior to coming home from holidays with a F45 studio, and hoped to go my first weekend back, but have been knocked over with a cold.

Bought:

Gifts

  • mints for Mum in a tin with Modrian’s famous block painting from the Netherlands
  • a skein of Icelandic teal wool for a cousin
  • my favourite children’s book as a gift for a pregnant friend

Clothing etc

  • two black long sleeved tops from Lululemon for my trip (one is about to be eBayed as it served it’s purpose whilst away, and I know I won’t chose to wear it day to day)
  • eight pairs of knickers for the imminent trip
  • two second hand clutches – to store and corral items whilst travelling.  One is blush pink pleather, the other is dark purple silk.  Both served their purpose exceedingly well!
  • a secondhand backpack for the travels

Other things

  • a picnic blanket/bag secondhand
  • two second hand novels for my trip – one was great, the other I intentionally left on a plane!
  • deodorant – in a cardboard ‘push’ tube – yay for no plastic
  • charging cable for my iPhone (it’s great, there’s LED lights to know when the item’s fully charged vs charging! No light means it’s not charging)

Read:

As I alluded to in the bought section, I had two books, one was great, and listed below, the other was a let down, and promptly forgotten!.  I also picked up a great book at a book swap, and am pleased to find the author has a number of other titles, which I’ve promptly added to my library ‘to read’ list.

  • Identical – Scott Turow – a great crime fiction, based loosely around an ancient Greek myth!
  • A Treacherous Paradise – Henning Mankell – bought second hand as a ‘Nordic’ fiction.  In the end, the female Swede spends most of her time in Mozambique, so a misdirect on the planned setting I’d hoped for, but still incredibly interesting commentary on race relations in the early 1900s

 

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2 Responses

  • Do you work at a company? and someone filled in for you while on vacation? I was a little confused on that part, but am glad you could be hands-off with work while away.

    I’m glad to read you purchase sparingly – just the things that count, like sharing your favorite childhood book with a friend. Love this.

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    • I do work for a large company, and as I’m a manager of a team of five, and they manage 45, there’s always a succession plan for someone to do my role whilst I’m on a holiday. I wasn’t 100% hands off, but I could be, and that would be perfectly OK with my employer.

      I try not to add more trash to the world…

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