Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is 10 facts about you – and since I’m great at talking about myself, I decided to join in the fun! This post turned out to be pretty long, so I’ll keep this intro short and will get right to it…
A few weeks ago, my three month summer vacation started and since then I’ve been doing very little of anything. I caught up on some TV shows and hung out with my friends, but I haven’t really done many of the things I planned on doing this summer. Three months is long, and I just figure “ah, I can do that later”, but it’s turning into a bit of a thing in my mind. I’m starting to resent the doing nothing, which has somehow led to doing even less. I haven’t posted a blogpost in over a week, for instance. What’s that about?
I know, I know, first world problems. You’re all probably resenting me for complaining about a three month vacation, and to be fair, you should. This post is pretty whiny so far.
So let’s change that!
Instead of whining, I’m going to make a list of things I want to do in these coming two months so that I can refer back to it and actually start doing things instead of thinking about doing things and watching YouTube videos in the meantime. Time to get off my ass and start being productive (while also having fun), yay!
A while back I did a “what I’ve been up to” post, and I really enjoyed it, so I’ve decided to make it a thing!
I got back from my little vacation in France on Saturday to amazing weather in the Netherlands. Apparently, we’ve had the nicest weather in all of Europe for the last two days, which is nuts, since that includes places like Greece and Spain. Either way, I’m loving it. Today is my mother’s birthday and we spent the entire afternoon in the garden, which hasn’t happened in years; and yesterday I spent a lot of time outside as well, eating pie and ice cream, and burnt my nose and forehead. Good times, good times!
It’s been rather quiet around here lately. Yes, I’ve done a few posts, but not a whole lot of them and I’ve hardly been commenting on other blogs. Mostly, though, I just feel like I’m kind of out of it. So, am I in another blogging slump? I’m not sure, actually, because it’s not like I don’t want to blog. I’ve just been having a hard time trying to find the time and energy to write and come up with posts. So, in order to ease back in and let you guys know about what’s been going on in my life, I figured I’d just do a personal post and ramble for a while. It might even become a series – who knows!
Exciting, I know.
To be honest, I’m never really sure if anyone wants to read about my not very thrilling life, but I always really enjoy personal posts by other people so apparently us humans simply like taking a peek into other people’s lives. I guess that’s why reality shows are so popular (although I despise those).
Anyway, let’s get back on track, if we ever were to begin with (this post is a mess already).
I wasn’t planning on writing a “Happy New Year” post, but it felt a bit strange to just get on with my usual schedule without paying any attention to the fact that 2015 is over. Although, I have to say, I’m not as excited about the new year as I have been in the past. 2015 was a good year for me, so I simply want to keep doing what I’m doing.
However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t like to look back on everything I did in 2015! A year ago today I wrote a post in which I mostly looked forward on what was to come, and also included a few goals. I also wrote a post with some blogging resolutions at the end of December, so let’s take a look at the goals in both of those posts and see how I did…
Books Baking and Blogging is 2 years old!
Today, the 28th of October 2015, marks the second anniversary of Books Baking and Blogging! I’ve had an absolute blast over the last two years, and honestly, it feels as if I’ve been doing this for much longer than that. It’s become such a big part of my life that I can’t even really imagine not doing this anymore.
I know quite a few bloggers host some sort of give-away for their blogiversaries, but I have neither the money nor an adequate ability to plan ahead, so that’s not happening. Instead, I thought I’d create an extra blog post this week with a list of my favourite posts from the past two years! It’s always fun looking back, and there are quite a few posts I’d like to put in the spotlight for a little bit. So, here we go…
Last year around this time, I wrote a post about how much I loved autumn and I added some pictures I took of the autumnal colours while walking around my neighbourhood. So when my father asked me this morning if I felt like going with him to a wood in the area for a nice walk, I immediately thought “ooh, that might make for a nice blogpost.” Yep, I’m that person these days (and proud).
We drove out to the Noordlaarderbos and just started walking, stopping here and there to take pictures. There were mushrooms everywhere, in different stages of decomposition, and they were of course hugely photogenic.
It’d been ages since I had actually been in a wood, but it just reminded me of how much I love it. It has quite a relaxing effect on me and I also started to feel sort of inspired. It’s similar to how I feel when I’m at the beach.
My father and I had a great afternoon and I ended up with some lovely autumnal shots. I took almost a hundred photos, but these fourteen are my favourites. Let me know what you think of them in the comments!
As some of you may know (especially if you follow me on Instagram) I recently got back from a holiday in Malta. I spent two amazing(ly hot) weeks with four of my best friends on Gozo, the second island of Malta, in a beautiful village called Xlendì. We’d rented an apartment there, which turned out to be much bigger than we expected, and we had a wonderful time there.
Those of you who’ve been around for a while might remember my ginormous post on the four days I spent in Barcelona last summer. Don’t worry, this post isn’t going to be nearly as long! I just figured I’d give you a little taste of what our two weeks there were like with a couple of pictures and some text.
(edit: this post turned out longer than expected anyway – I really can’t help it!)
Sooo…. How to start this post. I’ve only been gone for a little over two weeks, but it kind of feels like an eternity to me! This was the longest time I haven’t written a blogpost since I started this blog, and I felt really uncomfortable with it, but I just didn’t have the time.
As those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram might know, I’ve been working on my bachelor thesis pretty much non stop since I got back from London (which was AWESOME by the way). Whenever I called it quits for the day, I was just too exhausted to even think straight, let alone write a (somewhat) coherent blogpost.
But… I handed in my first draft yesterday, so while I’m waiting for feedback I’ve got all the time in the world to blog my little heart out! And I’ve missed it, you guys. It felt SO strange not to put up a post at least twice a week, and not to read and comment on other blogs. I’m so ready to get back into the swing of things, so when you look at it that way this break has actually been a pretty good thing, since it’s gotten me all enthusiastic again!
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about books! I went to London and accidentally came home with eleven books. Oops…
When I was little there was this period when I used to write in my diary every single day. Just a couple of sentences usually, sometimes only one. “Today we did arts and crafts and we made seals out of paper” comes to mind as an example. Just one little line, but apparently it was the highlight of my day. I filled up an entire notebook, which I’d gotten as a gift from my aunt, with entries like that.
I never was that consistent again when it came to writing in my diary. I used to get all motivated and buy myself a pretty new notebook, usually after watching Bridget Jones’ Diary. But after a few days I got tired of writing daily, so it became once a week, then once a month, once every couple of months… And then when that familiar surge of motivation reared its head again, I wanted to buy a new notebook to start over. You know, fresh start and all that. As a result, I have tons of only halfway filled notebooks at my parents’ house.
It always made me feel a little guilty, whenever I abandoned another diary, because it is so much fun to read through old diaries, see what I was up to back then, remember how I felt.
Then, back when I wasn’t doing all too well in 2013, I started to write more frequently and realised it was quite comforting to write about everything that bothered me. So I made a plan. In 2014, I was going to write in my diary every single day. This time, I was actually going to do it because this time, it was different (which was what I told myself everytime, but let’s forget about that for a second).
And guess what? I did it!