More little things

I haven't been able to save updates to my original it's the little things page for a couple of months now. I think perhaps I've reached the limit on page size. I copied everything into a Word document and then forgot about it. But I miss keeping this log and really need it at the moment. So, I'm starting a second page and, just to keep things neat, will paste everything from the beginning of 2016 over here. And try and remember some of the nice things that have happened in the past two months, because as soon as this wasn't on the blog any more, I started forgetting to think about it. So here goes again... 

Friday 1st January 2016 
Curry made from storecupboard/freezer ingredients 

Saturday 2nd January 2016 
Long walk despite rain
Emptying recycling and bringing old bottles to bottle bank (that I never got around to before xmas)
Knitting two more rounds on shawl 

Sunday 3rd January 2016 
Finally getting a task done that has been waiting for many weeks
Sherlock is back 

Thursday 7th January 2016 
Blue boots 

Friday 8th January 2016 
Unexpected offer of a free ticket to the opera
Feeling well enough to go 

Saturday 9th January 2016 
Long walk home from choir on a cold but gorgeously sunny day 

Sunday 10th January 2016 
Keeping to (smaller than planned due to unexpected taxi cost after train mix-up) budget for night out after concert 

Monday 11th January 2016 
Early-morning appointment being cancelled before I left the house
A day in bed reading 

Wednesday 13th January 2016 
Getting feet done feels good
Finding present that I didn't finish knitting for friend's birthday last year before it's her birthday again 

Thursday 14th January 2016 
Meal plan done 

Friday 15th January 2016 
Salad washed and into fridge
Big handful of it with dinner (bhuna curry, yum!)
Picked up photos
Found worry dolls for little bro 

Saturday 16th January 2016 
Washing-up done

Sunday 17th January 2016 
Leek and potato soup
Washing-up done 

Monday 18th January 2016 
Floors swept 
Nice long walk to and from various places on a very cold but lovely and bright day
Red bowls
Good conversation over a meal with a friend 

Tuesday 19th January 2016 
I love my blog 

Wednesday 27th January 2016 
Lovely early morning phone call 

Wednesday 3rd February 2016
Reply that made me feel all warm and cosy inside 

Thursday 4th February 2016
Phone call with someone special first thing
Lots of cooking, using up veg before it goes off

Friday 5th February 2016
Another lovely phone call
Bringing veg I wasn't likely to use with me to a friend's so that we could incorporate it into our menu for the weekend  

Sunday 7th February 2016
Letting go of my planned early train reservation and just going with the flow of the day

Wednesday 10th Ferburay 2016
Whatsapping with friends

Thursday 11th February 2016
Returning a library book on time
Picking up several books and DVDs at library sale and then putting them all back and not buying anything

Friday 12th February 2016
Getting through a full list of phone calls to various places 

Sunday 14th February 2016
Unexpected message

Monday 15th February 2016
A productive day
Getting to see the best of a lovely sunset but actually get home before it was dark out

Wednesday 17th February 2016
Fabulous recording of choir concert ready to listen to

Friday 19th February 2016
Destressing by means of a spontaneous night out with a nice man 

Monday 22nd February 2016
Made plans to get up early to do washing-up on Tuesday, then just did them straightaway 

Thursday 25th February 2016
Strong arms 

Friday 26th February 2016
Good times and so much laughter

Saturday 27th February 2016
Cuddling - there can never be enough cuddling
Singing all the songs

Sunday 28th February 2016
Sleeping late and long leisurely breakfast

Monday 29th February 2016
Sticking to budget over the weekend
Finding a place selling natural soaps

Tuesday 1st March 2016
Updated savings bars - no more hiding head in sand

Saturday 5th March 2016
Lovely afternoon at a friend's birthday celebration 

Sunday 6th March 2016
Dinner in my favourite Korean restaurant

Monday 7th March 2016
A very sweet response from a friend

Tuesday 8th March 2016
Got an all-clear from the dentist

Friday 11th March 2016
I'm a great-aunt!
Hot chocolate with loads of foam

Sunday 13th March 2016
Made very good almost bolognese sauce 

Monday 14th March 2016
Enjoying wearing big cosy snuggly scarf/shawl my sister gave me at xmas
Floors swept
Finding one last bread roll in the freezer

Tuesday 15th March 2016
Relief after phone call from a very helpful and friendly woman at the dole office clarifying something I was struggling with
Remembering to call legal insurance place and getting form filled out and faxed ahead of deadline

Wednesday 16th March 2016
Realising I'd gotten dates for next year mixed up and that I will be able to sing big concert after all
Pleased look on my conductor's face (and comment) when I told hin I would make it to the rehearsal weekend after all

Thursday 17th March 2016
Lovely wake-up phone call and chat
Fun catching up with a friend I don't see as much since I left work

Friday 18th March 2016  
Refund from insurance for dental bill - love that they are so quick and every little bit really helps this month
Got washing done

Saturday 19th March 2016
Lots of chats with various people in the pub and Killepitsch and apple schnapps for a headache

Sunday 20th March 2016
Actually got out and did the long walk I planned
First day of BSD completed
Washing-up done
Nice chat with my brother 

Monday 21st March 2016
Went for a walk
Kept to BSD and not feeling hungry at end of the day 

Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Washing done throughout the day
Nice chat with friend almost convincing me that I was justified in how I felt about a certain situation
It's not Entschlankungstee!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Another long walk
Realising how much relief I felt at having broached (and clarified) a difficult topic on Sunday

Thursday 24th March 2016
Not feeling hungry
Walked to friend's new shop but when she wasn't there just walked back instead of taking tram

Friday 25th March 2016
Nice chat with my sister confirming once again that sometimes family just get you
Resisting the lure of the food laid on at the quiz
Walking home

Saturday 26th March 2016
Fresh oak leaf lettuce at the market
Remembered to bring bottles back for deposit 

Sunday 27th March 2016
Pushed myself to walk longer between breaks and didn't regret it
Made soup before I left, using almost all the veg
Lovely shower after a long walk, followed by delicious soup and going to bed to sleep deeply

Monday 28th March 2016
Thought to check Regenradar app early and saw that it would start raining in 40mins or so and decided to just get up and go out for a walk immediately
A grey, rainy, miserable afternoon making me very glad that I went for a walk earlier   

3rd October 2016
Well, this thing got interuppted by the move - I had my second interview and was offered my new job on 8th April and there followed six or seven of the most hectic, most stressful weeks I've ever had. And I may have done permanent damage to my knees because of totally overdoing it. Worth it but it's time to get back to this. I need to stay focused on the positive! So I'm going to start by essentially re-posting good things I've taken to instagram or twitter to mention. Many, many of these things have been beautiful sunsets - the sky here is amazing sometimes.

Saturday 23rd April 2016
Managed to take a great photo of an ugly building - light was randomly amazing as I walked out of a shop and I managed to actually get phone out and take it before the moment had passed

Wednesday 18th May 2016
Friend phoning me to tell me that he'd bought me ticket for a concert, all the nicer a treat for being a total surprise

Thursday 19th May 2016
Enjoying a lovely afternoon with someone special
Attending a lovely concert in a beautiful setting
Finished shawl for my niece

Friday 20th May 2016
Good swim in a lovely pool
Meeting my great-nephew for the first time

Monday 23rd May 2016
Meeting four lovely lads for lunch in Greystones
Walk along the beach and sitting looking at the sea 

Wednesday 25th May 2016
Getting to spend the night in my new home - and very glad that I made the bed up on the day the movers brought everything here, even if I couldn't stay then

Thursday 26th May 2016
Gorgeous sunrise out my new bedroom window

Friday 27th May 2016
Enjoying the quiet of my new home
Beautiful sunset from the balcony
Got wifi working, all by myself

Saturday 28th May 2016
Another gorgeous sunset at the end of a stormy evening

Friday 3rd June 2016
Made it up to Frankfurt for a really interesting tour of the ECB 

Sunday 5th June 2016
And other fabulous sunset after storms

Saturday 11th June 2016
New lime green yoke for my cutlery drawer
New shower curtain rail - very sturdy and very easy to fit
Red toaster and kettle

Thursday 16th June 2016
Spectacular sunset - this time while waiting for tram

Friday 17th June 2016
Stroll around my new town - found wool shop and library, even got personal guided tour of library

Saturday 18th June 2016
View out my bedroom window, still making me happy

Sunday 26th June 2016
Gorgeous sunset
Having a balcomy to sit out on

Tuesday 28th June 2016
Love living and working near hills again - turn a corner and there they are again

Thursday 30th June 2016
Library in my new town has an excellently simple online system
No overdue fines to pay since I renewed that DVD

Sunday 3rd July 2016
Travelling home and knowing I'm nearly there as soon as the hills come into view

Tuesday 5th July 2016
Loving the fact that installing my own shower curtain means the curtain no longer trails in the bath

Saturday 9th July 2016
Just about finished unpacking my jars and have space for them all in the build-in cupboards in the hallway
Lovely chat on the phone after an unexpected call from a lovely man

Sunday 10th July 2016
Ticket for next year's Happy Birthday Handel sorted - can't wait! 

Tuesday 12th July 2016
Incredible light through the clouds as the sun sets

Saturday 23rd July 2016
Found box with salad spinner in it - no more drying lettuce with teatowel

Sunday 24th July 2016
Delicious pineapple

Tuesday 26th July 2016
Beautiful sunset enjoyed from balacony

Friday 29th July 2016
New chairs and outdoor rug for the balcony

Sunday 31st July 2016
Air-dried laundry courtesy of my balcony

Thursday 4th August 2016
Listening to wind blowing through the bamboo grove outside my window at work

Thursday 11th August 2016
Finally donated blood again - first time since moving to Germany! 

Friday 12th August 2016
Ridiculously busy but productive day in work
Really good cup of tea in the evening

Saturday 13th August 2016
Another beautiful sunset from the balcony

Sunday 14th August 2016
Home-fix recovering of tatty old phone cover
Clean sheets and covers on the bed
Red bedsheet 

Tuesday 16th August 2016
Very unexpected phone call in the afternoon from a very special friend 

Wednesday 17th August 2016
Delicious apple for a snack 

Thursday 18th August 2016
Waterlilies lending a vibrant splash of colour to the pond 
Beautiful moon shining down through the clouds

Monday 22nd August 2016
Ride of the Valkryies on the radio

Sunday 28th August 2016
Yummy and healthy lunch on the balcony

Saturday 3rd September 2016
Enjoying a Radler in the park after working hard all morning and afternoon
Candles in jars lighting up the night

Sunday 11th September 2016
Moon like a ball of fire in the night sky

Thursday 15th September 2016
Can't remember exactly why. It was a day filled of lots of small but good things. Made a note that it was a good day. 

Friday 16th September 2016
Turquoise bookshelves cheering my living room up 

Monday 19th September 2016
Lovely trees in gardens at Hermannhof - the colour of magnolia leaves is just gorgeous

Thursday 22nd September 2016
Joined college choir - so far so good

Sunday 25th September 2016
Got up early enough to make it into town for a concert

Tuesday 27th September 2016
Brought back cooling pad that was way too loud and got refund

Wednesday 28th September 2016
New diary

Thursday 29th September 2016
Lovely phone call with a wonderful man
Enjoying sunset while walking down the river to choir

Friday 30th September 2016
Actually made it to translator event in time for lecture I wanted to hear
Called into C&A to spend voucher and special ladies night was on with extra 20% off, long-sleeve t-shirts for winter and a couple of xmas presents as well as a hoody  

Saturday 1st October 2016
Amazing sky, enjoyed display of light before and during sunset for more than an hour

Sunday 2nd October 2016
Washing-up finished
Cooked courgettes before they reached the point of no return
Lovely long phone call with little sis

Tuesday 4th October 2016
Surprisingly productive day at work, clearing lots of litle things that have been hanging around for a long time
Randomly decided to check local department store for potential new winter shoes while waiting for bus and there happened to be a one-day 20% off sale. Saw 3 lovely pairs of boots but only 1 fit properly so decision made easily.

Wednesday 5th October 2016
Came home straight after choir and went straight to bed 

Thursday 6th October 2016   
Started the morning with a lovely phone call and lots of smiles
Free food from foodsharing collection point
Got enough work done to allow my to stay home on Friday

Friday 7th October 2016
Stayed home all day long

Saturday 8th October 2016
Finally did the hoovering and stripped bed clothes from the bed
Lovely shower followed by going to sleep in nice fresh bed

Sunday 9th October 2016
Still loving my new dark green hoody
Finally brought stuff down to washing machine and remembered to collect it as soon as it was washed
Finished washing-up
Sorted last bookshelf with cookbooks and photos

Monday 10th October 2016
Deciding to put myself first and not going to work
Proper dinner for second night in a row (adding bacon bits to leftovers is such a good way to make a new meal)

Tuesday 11th October 2016
Washing-up done
Early night and good sleep

Wednesday 12th October 2016
Banana and coconut muffins
Bins emptied
Slow start but then a productive afternoon in work
Actually got out to get train I planned to get and didn't end up having to rush anywhere at all the whole evening   

Thursday 13th October 2016
Managed to get up as early as needed
Kept cheerful throughout a very long day with far too many people around the whole time   

Friday 14th October 2016
Phone call with a very lovely man, all the nicer for its unexpectedness

Saturday 15th October 2016
Sorting out DVDs
Rewatching Buffy 

Monday 17th October 2016
Early to bed and reading before sleeping

Tuesday 18th October 2016
Frying up the mince even though I didn't get around to cooking so that it hasn't gone off by the time I get to it
Double load of washing done
Bathroom cleaned 

Wednesday 19th October 2016
I actually followed through and pulled out of something that was stressing me out - learning to say no!
One of the lovely ladies in choir gave me some red material to use as a scarf for our next performance

Thursday 20th October 2016
Slept all the way until the alarm clock went off at it's later Thursday time
Got a lift home from choir

Friday 21st October 2016
Got several tasks in work done so I can enjoy my week off properly

Saturday 22nd October 2016
Remembered to use the mince and used up some just about to go off veg in the bargain

Sunday 23rd October 2016
Leek and potato soup

Monday 24th October 2016
Hung up some pictures as well as nails for a few things in the kitchen

Tuesday 25th October 2016
Remembered to go to the particular supermarket I needed to get to to pick something up

Wednesday 26th October 2016
A considerate txt from a good friend

Thursday 27th October 2016

Friday 28th October 2016
Being brought to a lovely concert in a beautiful venue

Saturday 29th October 2016
Short phone call 'cos I was in a cafe and it was loud but it was the thought that counted
So nice to be home
Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one)

Sunday 30th October 2016
Started emtying one box that I have been dreading and it's not so bad
Lots of tea

Monday 31st October 2016
Made big effort to not stay late in work so had proper evening at home
Read Turnverein booklet
More unpacking, including throwing loads of stuff into the recycling

Tuesday 1st November 2016
Washed salad that I bought on Saturday
Ate a whole load of salad for dinner
Wrote something

Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Some good conversation at a translators' meeting

Thursday 3rd November 2016
Visited the Karzer (old students' prison) and uni museum

Friday 4th November 2016
Found box to put all my WW stuff into for way less than the first box I saw
Walked around town and got to know it a bit better

Saturday 5th November 2016
Phone call from local choir to make sure I wasn't sick (they forgot I'd told them I wouldn't be at rehearsal for two weeks)
Sorted all my WW stuff into box
Got frame and hung sea picture up

Sunday 6th November 2016
Up early to do a last-minute translation and got it in with twenty minutes to spare
Finished unpacking box of bits that has been annoying me for months

Monday 7th November 2016
Got a bigger than expected task completed in work
Caught up on bullet journal
Read through booklet of lectures to see what I might go to (and it's only a week since most of the series started, so I haven't even missed much)          

Tuesday 8th November 2016
Finally followed up again on invoice outstanding since April and she actually answered the phone (and claims she will pay immediately)
Also phoned dentist to query an estimate they sent and the supplementary insurance place to confirm I'm covered
So happy I took out the most expensive version of dental supplementary insurance!
Added a couple of more things to my bullet journal

Wednesday 9th November 2016
Choir reminding me to choose a song for them to sing to me on my birthday in a few weeks
Nice conversation after choir and resisting the urge to buy food out

Thursday 10th November 2016
Productive day in work, with one or two things that have dragged on getting sorted
Leftovers for dinner before heading to choir and getting there on time

Friday 11th November 2016
Good conversation with boss about how things are going
Missed bus so walked through campus to get tram from there, decided on the way to call into Aldi to get some cheese and milk but they had the type of mini exercise bike (just the pedals really, you sit on a chair to use it) I'd been contemplating for almost half the price of the cheapest ones I've seen up to now. It'll get me started at least.

Saturday 12th November 2016
Duvet day - read and dozed and read and dozed all day long

Sunday 13th November 2016
Actually up and out in time to sing at rememberance ceremony
Nice walk in perfect cold but dry and sunny weather
Sauerkraut-, Schinken- und Zwiebelbrot

Wednesday 16th November 2016
Good meeting in work where something I've been working on was brought up - so nice to be able to say "already under control"
Fun choir rehearsal but not staying for drink, came home to finish off leftovers for dinner
Prepped salad for tomorrow's lunch       

Thursday 17th November 2016
Tenderness in the morning
Almost perfect omlette 
Slowly working through to-do list at work and getting things done

Friday 18th November 2016
Very friendly and kind people at the radiology place, very understanding of my terror of the MRI machine and the fact that I burst into tears as soon as I went into the room and saw it (before I had a chance to turn around and close my eyes)

Thursday 1st December 2016
Wake me up phone call

Saturday 3rd December 2016
Friendly security guard having a chat at the airport while I was waiting for my friend
Non-stop chat with my friend, one of the best people I know, and most interesting

Sunday 4th December 2016
Walk through cold but magical-looking Heidelberg, up to the castle and back down, round all the markets
Finding the English shop (they sell rice krispies - I may have skipped for joy)

Monday 5th December 2016
Lovely presents from visiting friend 

Tuesday 6th December 2016
Present in the post from my brother

Wednesday 7th December 2016
Choir singing my choice of song to me for my birthday
Lovely card from workmates waiting on my desk for me
Found box with christmas book in it

Sunday 11th December 2016
Found a cute little tapas place with next visiting friend

Monday 12th December 2016
Woman at hotel in Frankfurt who very generously allowed me to use their internet to answer an urgent work query

Friday 16th December 2016
Playing with young kids
Far too much wine in the company of lovely friends and long conversations until late

Sunday 18th December 2016
Really fun night at the theater thanks to a friend

Tuesday 20th December 2016
Spontaneous trip to Frankfurt for dinner, discovering a lovely Indian restaurant in the process
Train ticket for Halle booked and hotel paid for

Wednesday 21st December 2016
Making it home from Ikea on the bus and walking, despite heavy load

Friday 23rd December 2016
Finally got tax stuff sent off to accountant
Found really cheap copy place with friendly staff
Bought rice krispies! And a selection box!

Saturday 24th December 2016
Quick phone call from a friend eating porridge
Got tree up and decorated
Free bananas
Lovely phone call with little brother

Sunday 25th December 2016
Toasted ham and cheese sandwiches

Wednesday 28th December 2016
Box of brilliant presents from little sister in the post

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