Today was another great sunny Sunday. I didn’t have much time off because of all the daily hastle and bustle of a busy 4-member family (yes, there’s 4 of us now!), but I did get some moments off to relax in the balcony with a cup of tea and a new book to read.
My third book (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot) this year has been on my reading wish list for a long time. I wasn’t sure on buying it, so I had to wait my turn to borrow it at the library.
So, after a couple of weeks reading this biographical novel on the origin of HeLa cells, made me look and think differently about cell culture. If you’re a biologist or not, doing cancer research or not, this is a novel that gives you a whole new perspective on the development of medicine in the 20th century. What’s more, it’s written in a popular language easily understandanle also to people outside cell culture labs. Definitely something I’d recommend to put on your wish list.
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.