07.02.2023

„What a week, hu?“ – „Lemon, it’s wednesday“. Well, actually it is tuesday but still I feel like Liz Lemon. (Netflix, please buy 30 Rock, I want to see that show again.)


The day started with the usual. Breakfast, oats with nuts and fruits, a cup of earl grey, an episode of DC Titans and my first round of checking and writing emails for work. At 8am Panka has had enough of sleep and was ready for her walkies. On weekdays, Franco skips the morning walks and stays in bed. Lucky for him that we have a small lawn where he can quickly do his business.

I checked the weather app and was horrified that it was again so cold, -1°C. Whyyyy. Anyway, we did our walk, Panka enjoying herself and I’m enjoying my audiobook Shards of Earth. It’s sometimes hard to follow because of the many names, nevertheless I am intrigued by the story. It reminds me of The Expanse because there were also mysterious huge aliens that destroyed so much and left artifacts. And then these aliens disappered. Exactly my kind of scifi story!

After the walk I did some housework and then jumped into 2,5h of a zoom session. Our network of office administrators meet. We had two new members joining us. I think they enjoyed that they finally had some fellows who listened and understood their struggles. Usually we office administrators have not very much contact to each other because we only work with „our“ research and teaching staff. But the network is supposed to overcome this solitude. We talked about many topics, had a lot of ideas for our future work and even didn’t get through our whole agenda. It was exhausting but also mentally invigorating. I love these meetings, they are all such nice people.

After the meeting it was again time for walkies, with both dogs. It was still cold be we finally had a blue sky and sun again. Such a nice change to the all-gloomy days of the past.

After I made dinner, a simple veggie soup. And then again off to some housework and work-work. Oh and I bought two Törtchen (tartlet) as dessert from my local dealer „TörtchenTörtchen“.

Finished the evening with ordering new boardgames and watching another episode of DC Titans. Why do so many characters die or leave? This is weird. I don’t like this.



06.02.2023

Welcome to my blog! I decided to switch to English spontaneously since I am only sharing these posts on Mastodon where I am mostly speaking English anyway. Just realized that I finished uni almost 10 years ago with a Master of Arts in English, so might be a good time to revive my written English which once was excellent and now is…. not so excellent anymore. Please be kind, I write these posts in the evening where I am already very tired and don’t have that much energy to review my writing. Anyway, back to business.

Monday started as usual. We brought the dogs to their HuTa (short for „Hundetagesstätte“, doggy day care), then off to our work places which are only 300m apart. I ate my overnight oats at the office, did some work stuff and then went to the gym which is very close. And now even closer because I tried the shorter way and used The Door that I have been eyeing since the beginning of my gym membership, wondering if I was allowed to use it. Yes, it is an ordinary entrance. Well, it only took 5 weeks to gain the courage to use this door. I say this unironically, because there have been similar situations where I never gained the courage.

Workout was good. I managed 10min on the stairmaster and then went on to the weight machines. I could increase the weights on the chest press, shoulder press and ab machine, so yay me. Finished with 15min/2km on the crosstrainer. Then back to the office, some workstuff, and then went home at noon. (I have flexible work hours, a home office and often a lot of downtime when I have to wait for replys in order to proceed with my work.)

During my workout (and then later at home when doing housework) I listenend to the first two episodes of Sara Gibbs Podcast Aut-Hour where she interviews other autistic authors. Well, now my reading list got a bit longer.

A some point the dogs and my partner came home. We humans ate chips and onion rings from the airfryer, with some vegan veggiballs for me. Well, I forgot that I don’t like the veggiballs from Vivera that much. Aber sie waren beim Aldi im Angebot! (How to translate it, Aldi had them as a special offer? And I like buying Aldi offers.)

I finished the second season of DC Titans on Netflix. I love Jorah Mormont…erm Ian Glen as Bruce Wayne. But I am not happy that they send one of my fav characteres off. I hope they will return at some point to the show…

I’ll dive now into Octopath Traveler and then finish the day with some reading. Yesterday, I started Der Mensch im Tier by Norbert Sachser. He is a behavioral biologist and Professor at the university of Münster and mostly known for his studies of guinea pigs. The university also has (or had) a group of wild guinea pigs. Look at them, how cute! I had guinea pigs for decades. Norbert Sachser and his colleagues‘ studies had a huge impact in German speaking countries on how we should keep guinea pigs as pets. Unfortunately, they are still not kept species-appropriate (groups of at least 4 and at least 2 square meters of space, better more) in most countries. I hope that his book will have some guinea pig stories!

05.02.2023

Ich hätte gerne nochmal zwei Tage Wochenende, so wirklich genug war das nicht. Aber ich sollte nicht vergessen, dass mein letzter entspannter Urlaub auch schon einige Zeit her ist, nämlich nur ein paar Tage vor den Feiertagen, den restlichen Urlaub hatte ich ja wegen Handwerkerarbeiten abgebrochen.
Nunja, aber ich habe meinen Flug nach London für März gebucht, der nächste Urlaub ist in Sicht.
Heute war ein üblicher Sonntag, nur dass er leider mit Regen startete. Franco verweigerte natürlich in den Park zu gehen, also haben wir eine kleine Runde im Viertel gedreht und ich bin dann noch mit Panka in den Park und Brötchen holen. Zur Mittagsrunde hatte es zum Glück nicht mehr sonderlich geregnet, sodass auch Franco sich mal gut auslüften konnte. Ansonsten haben wir etwas aufgeräumt und ein Bild eingerahmt, ich habe zwei Folgen DC Titans geguckt und ein Buch zu Ende gelesen. Außerdem gab es die Kastanien-Pasta vom Sardischen Laden. Ich fand sie nicht so berauschend, sie rochen etwas nach Schuh. Etwas Sport habe ich auch gemacht, 20min Upper Body Workout, bei dem mein Puls diesmal kaum über die 100 ging. Ok.
Gleich kommt noch eine Freundin und ich baue vorher Everdell zum Spielen auf. Ich bin gespannt, wie es mit mehreren Spieler*innen ist, sicher noch besser als allein.