In case you were wondering where I’m hiding, I’ve been kept busy at work and home, prepping and finalizing all my duties. I’m not a 100% ready (and probably won’t be), but it’s keeping me busy and away from some of the actitivities I’d like to have more time for. Well, in a couple of months, I’m expecting another big turn.
It’s been less than three weeks and I already finished reading the first book in 2017. Although I’m sure I won’t be able to keep up this pace, I’m happy I found some time to sit down and relax.
James Patterson is one of my favourite writers and his books are always page-turners. Private No. 1 Suspect was no exception. It took me more than a week to go from the first to the last page, however I wasn’t able to read every night. If you’re wondering about the book, it follows his recipe – a male PI, two or three different plots to follow, a pretty female for a dash of romance (less than usually which is a plus for me) and a happy end. An easy book to get your mind off your every day stress
In the last months my Washi tape collection grew larger, and I realized it was time to start using Washi tapes more often. A logical first step was to organize them by colour as it makes it easier to see what I have, and it also keeps me away from buying the same or similar tapes. The picture was taken before adding more Christmas-style Washi tapes to the collection, otherwise the box is full.
They come in different sizes and colours. Believe it or not, they can be very useful. I found a lot of ideas on Pinterest which is also where I discovered Washi tapes. Here’s my Washi DIY list of already done projects.
– birthday cards
– Christmas cards
– gift wrapping decorations
– gift name tags
– decorating tea light candles
I still haven’t try all my ideas on using Washi tapes, and I will add them to this list once I try them. If you’re still in doubts whether or not to try them, there’s a reason why they’re so popular – they’re super usefull.
Whenever I go abroad, I look for a Starbucks. It was in Starbucks caffe at Munich’s Central train station where I first tasted a Chai Latte, and I can still remember how I liked the surprising sweet and spicy taste, although it was almost a decade ago. Ever since, when I have a chance, I do my best to grab a cup of Chai latte to keep me company on my travels. Interestingly, on my way to Innsbruck I accidentally passed another caffe, Coffee Fellows and saw a Chai Latte on their menu. I decided to risk it, skip a Starbucks and give a chance to the Coffee Fellows. My afterthoughts, it was well worth it. Less sweet Chai in a combination with a blueberry muffin was a perfect snack to continue my train ride. I was only too slow to take a picture of the muffin, so there’s only a picture of two nicely decorated paper cups to enjoy.
The end of the year is always a great time to travel, either to snow covered lands or Christmas decorated cities. I had a chance for both, but my train conection didn’t allow much time off, so I didn’t get to see much of the Christmas decorations of the Austrian cities Salzburg and Innsbruck. Nevertheless, a short stay in south Tyrol mountains was very pleasant.
As I’m getting ready for my next business trip, I realized I haven’t finished my post on the last trip. I spent 5 days in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in early September. I didn’t have much time for sightseeing, but since this was my second time there, I simply enjoyed the scenery and warm weather. I discovered some interesting bookshops, and brought home lots of new books to read in the near future.
Since I can remember my going-to-bed habbit was reading a book. Lately I’ve been either too busy or too tired to even open a book, so the feeling of holding a book in my hands after approximately 2 months was great. Even more so, as I finished the book in three evenings. James Patterson’s NYPD Red might have around 350 pages, but being a true page-turner it’s a perfect book to take your mind off your busy everyday. Not to mention the cup of tea and home-made chocolate cookies with the book.