Time to cool down

The temperatures are rising higher every day. The best way to ease the troubles of the heatwave is to escape from the city to the more rural areas close to the mountains. A combination of higher altitude, more vegetation and some water is perfect to cool and the nice view is just a bonus. I’ve been to two different parts of the Alps, both pretty and cool. Luckily, I live close enough to enjoy this day trips (less then 90 min drice).

Learning photography

Everynow and the I stumble upon photography tips and tricks, and how to improve photography skills. Since I’m mostly using auto and program mode on my old Cannon, I decided to play around with aperture settings. I visited the local botanical gardens and took several photos with different settings. I’m happy with the results and encouraged to try more.

Dragonfly closeup

6This morning I was out pretty early, and my car was still in the shades and pretty cool to the touch. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see a dragonfly resting on the side and considering she was very still while I was trying to take a photo, she must have been enjoying the cold surface of my silver car. I googled it afterwards and identified the species as the female blue hawker (Aeshna Cyanea), a species commonly found in Europe.

The Broken Window

The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver was the last book I read. Considering the page count and my ever-busy daily schedule it took me a while to make it to the end. 

Nevertheless, although fiction it gave me a log to think about. It’s side story is about all the data created digitally and stored in a secret (and supposedly safe) place. When you think about it, there really is a lot of data generated digitally, from one’s credit card payments, GPS trackings of outdoor workouts, web accounts of e-stores etc. 

The story, on the other hand, is a complex page turner, and a great way to pass that extra time in the afternoons. I loved those extra quiet moments I had and spent most of them out on the small balcony, catching warm spring sun and simply relaxing.

I haven’t started a new book since then. I need to finish a work-related project and am focusing on literature from my proffesion. It’s amazing how quickly my brain lost (or displaced) knowledge I don’t use during my daily routine of baby feeding and changing dirty dipers. And I am being optimistic, my current reading list involves a lot of material on statistics and radiobiology.

Mid-day time off

The first time in almost two months, the girls in our family enjoyed a lunch outdoors. One had a bottle of milk, the other one just a salad. After a short shopping spree getting some essentials for home and a new shade for the stroller, we hit the road to my favourite place, local botanical garden Arboretum Volcji potok. It’s been a while since I visited it during the day on a working day, and I had the pleasure to enjoy the peace and quiet and cool and fresh air. Even the bench by the fountain was unoccopied. When I returned to the gardens later in the afternoon, the noise from the children’s playground was filling the air.

Planning ahead

I never was much of a planner. I made plans, lots of them. Probably too much of them as I wasn’t always able to stick by them. Things were done eventually, but not on by the proposed timeline. Proffesionally, I find it easier to follow the plans since the deadlines are more strict. Personally when trying to arrange my time between all the house work, home improvement, naps and relaxation, sticking to the plan is more challenging. 

Keeping all the appointments and plans in my head became more challenging, so I decided to try using a planner. I bought this tiny notebook and now I’m trying to take notes of all the important things. Tonight I felt optimistic and made some extra plans for the week just to see if I can keep it up.