FEELING | a little bummed that we won’t have any “grand summer plans” this year, no visitors this summer. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since my family was here and we went on our road trip (which I still have to partially recap) but I am still looking forward to the summer, morning runs, hanging out (and bbq-ing) in our backyard, and maybe a couple of day/weekend trips.
EATING | Bratkartoffeln (like it’s my job).
BAKING | a new bread recipe with ‘Linus’, my sourdough starter (which I’ve kept alive for 3+ years). I always thought keeping a sourdough starter was so hard, but honestly, if you have a somewhat regular baking routine, it’s really not hard at all.
LOOKING FORWARD TO | visiting the Farmers Market more often again this summer. We live so close to the abundance of vegetables and fruits that are grown in the Central Valley that we really have access to the best produce year-round.
ON THE HUNT | for white asparagus. It’s (white) asparagus season in Germany. Everyone is having asparagus in May/June. I am hoping to find some here.
WORKING ON | a new triangle scarf with gradient yarn that I picked out from my late aunt’s stash when I was back home. We used to love talking about yarn, colorways, and knitting patterns.
STOKED | to be riding my outdoor bike more often. I am trying to find more ‘opportunities’ beyond my commute to the office once a week. I rode my bike to the Farmers Market this month and I know, I could just go for a bike ride, but Jon doesn’t have a bike (yet?) and it’d be more fun to do it together.
EXCITED | about getting my outdoor patio set up for summer and planting my (container) garden. I also added a bird feeder to our yard for the pair of finches nesting under our roof eave.
READING | in bed on weekend mornings. It has become a bit of a treat these last couple of weeks to read a chapter when I wake up with the window open. Remember how I said recently that I don’t make time for reading right now? Well, I am trying to fit it in again where I can.
CELEBRATING | our 17th anniversary with frozen yogurt and mini M&M sprinkles :) It’s a party over here! Jon and I sometimes go out to dinner but are usually low-key about anniversaries. We’re just happy to spend time together – even if it’s at home.
HOPING | to do some “late spring cleaning” in June. I’ve done a little bit, but there’s more to do. I want to sell/donate some stuff and just declutter a few places (e.g. my closet, the shelf next to my work desk).
AMUSED | (and equally annoyed, tbh) by our “kitchen tile saga”. Nicole so eloquently commented the other day “they seem to be doing a lot of work not to do any work”. Yup!
On one hand, it’s kind of ridiculous that we’re doing what we would call an “Eiertanz (egg dance)” in German with our landlords. It’s used as a figure of speech to indicate how someone might “waffle around” or “beat around the bush” as a stalling and/or avoidance tactic in unpleasant situations. On the other hand, it would be nice if we could just get something done. It seems to me that we’ve entered a situation where it’s their responsibility to fix the issue in a timely manner. A cracked tile is not a trip hazard, a moving and uneven floor probably is.
How was your May? What’s currently going on with you?