House Renovation: Emptying and Cleaning Out

A little over two years ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to not only buy one house in the south of France, but two. Yes, I know, this sounds very romantic and all, but… The two houses needed a lot of attention. I say that in the past tense, because the first house was finished last summer thanks to my oh-we-love-renovating-old-houses parents. It’s beautiful, it’s yellow and you can have a look at a whole lot of photos from the renovations here.

Now on to the second house. I guess you can still call it a house. It has walls and floors (on most levels) and someone did live in it. Mind you, when we got the assessment, it was rated as non-habitable. To this day, I don’t understand how someone could have lived in such conditions at all. There was an old man living there before with dogs and chicken (possibly rats and mice and other things). Continue reading “House Renovation: Emptying and Cleaning Out”

Having a Cortisol Profile Test

Today, I had a cortisol profile test, which is used to assess the cortisol hormone levels throughout the morning and to ensure that the current dosage of hydrocortisone is the correct one for me.

The cortisol hormone is controlled by the pituitary gland that sits right at the base of the brain and has been compared to the size of a little pea. It is basically the master of all glands controlling all the vital hormones in your body. My meningioma sat right next to this little pea and touched on it a little. It is very sensitive and the slightest touch or disturbance could cause some disruption in hormone productions. There are naturally various different hormones controlled by the pituitary gland, and the one that didn’t quite work for me after the surgery was the cortisol hormone. Now, that is not to say that it may never recover, but, you know, brain surgery takes a while to recover from and I’m roughly 6 months in.

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The Lipstick – A 10 Second Story

A couple of weeks ago I posted a story about going to the beach, which I had written as part of a writing course.

This week I am sharing another writing piece of mine. The challenge was to describe a 10 second event, only actions, in the first or third person, such as a kiss, hitting a deer with a car or going downhill on a roller coaster. I didn’t want to portray any of the immediate clich├ęs that come to mind, so here is a story of someone applying lipstick. When writing this, my lips were never so moisturised, as, in true writer’s fashion, I applied lipstick and lip balm a bazillion times for research, obviously.

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What’s been going on in my life?

This has been a difficult post in the making and at the time of writing I am still not sure whether I will publish this.

Some of you reading my blog know that I left my job last July to take some time out to basically figure out my next steps not just in my career but also life, get some stuff sorted that’s been lying around for ages (hello tidying and clearing out!) and simply take some well-deserved time to myself to do the things I’ve been putting off for years. I imagined this break to be anything from 2 to 4 months, ready to start working again towards the end of last year. As life has it, I am still on that break, or rather the continuation of that break after another, different kind of break.

I mentioned in my first blog post that life has thrown me a major curveball. That curveball presented itself in form of a benign brain tumour, also known as a meningioma.

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Going to the Beach

End of summer last year, I decided to get my creative juices flowing again, after being rather stale for years, and took some online classes at Coursera. One was a series of Fundamentals of Graphic Design to get some more basics, especially, since I want to take my card creations a little further. The other was a selection of writing classes.

The creative writing classes all had different themes to it, I started with the Craft of Style and then took Craft of Setting and Description. The first class was a superb kickstarter to get back into writing and find my groove again. Each week, there would be assignments and exercises through which I believe I found my way back to my own style. Continue reading “Going to the Beach”

Tidying Up Marie Kondo Style

Or rather, more like my style, since it took me a lot longer than Marie Kondo would have probably liked.

It all started with me jumping on the bandwagon of the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever a year ago. I just looked at my order history, and I purchased it on 1 January 2016. I suppose, new year, new me, new clean and tidy flat here we come!

It took me another month before I read the book. It is an easy read, nothing super intellectual and makes you feel right at home, or shall I say, it made me feel at home. It may have something to do with how I was raised, my cultural background, but something just clicked. Continue reading “Tidying Up Marie Kondo Style”

Me at 30

Last year I turned 30, took the afternoon off of work to celebrate only to find myself with my camera taking photos to capture this oh-so-great-once-in-a-lifetime moment. Almost a year on from that, I found the folder of photos during a winter-clean-up session and thought it would be fun to do a little time lapse video. Forward a few hours, a flight and an afternoon spent selecting the perfect music for this at a pub, here is the result.

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Four Years Ago Today

Time flies, they say and they are right! It’s been four years I’ve been married to this guy and it genuinely feels like it’s been a lot longer than that.

I guess what makes it feel like well more than it should (only joking) are the many adventures we found ourselves on over the past years. I’ve had to backtrack where we’ve been and what we’ve seen and here are a few highlights. I’m trying not to get too sappy, but there is certainly an “aww” photo at the end of the post, if you feel like skipping all the other carefully curated ones.

So here we go!

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