I have to admit, I am a bit ashamed of myself. I cannot believe that it has been 4 months since I have posted something on my blog…. Apart from the one insomnia-induced writing session two months ago, I had not felt the urge to write again. But nevertheless I missed my writing routine, in a way without it I felt incomplete. So that is why tonight, on this beautiful summer’s day, 11 months after my cancer diagnosis, I am sitting on my balcony, writing again as I need to get some random ideas on paper, or excuse me, on screen I guess is the more accurate word.
Random Idea No. 1 –I will dedicate this week to ice-cream. The weather last week was really cold and rainy, so I thought, this is it, summer is over, autumn is coming, and I might as well consider putting my summer clothes away. But oh no! Summer came back with beautiful sunshine and blue sky yesterday. There were around 25 degrees today, and it is meant to go up to about 30 by the end of the week. Great, this means that my skirts and dresses can have a quick comeback (good thing summer decided to reappear at a time when my ironing basket is overflowing with jeans – I guess I can put that chore off for another few days J). So this might well be the last proper week of summer, so which better way to celebrate than with ice-cream? Right? That is why I have decided that rather than going with my usual ice-cream choices, I should try at least one new flavour every work day this week! As soon as that resolution was made, I decided to put it into practice straight away. On today’s menu: apricot and yoghurt-peach, what a yummy delicious combo.
I have to admit though I preferred the yoghurt ice-cream with the swirl of peach sauce over the apricot, maybe I am just no longer fond of sorbets that much, even though the fruitiness of the apricot was quite refreshing…. I cannot wait for tomorrow’s scoop! Plus the trip to my favourite ice-cream parlour (on foot) and back to work nearly takes me an hour (with a quick stop at the library to pick up a book in between), so I am literally burning off the calories with my walking and I get the benefit of soaking up some sunshine. I have to admit, I am genius for having had this idea.
Random Idea No. 2 – It occurred to me that it would be an absolute fabulous thing to have a reunion at my alma mater, the University of East Anglia in Norwich, so I went on my favourite social media site and contacted a dozen or so people from the class of 2007 (yep we graduated 6 years ago, and we started studying 9 years ago, does that make me old now? Naaaah…), to see if anyone was up for catching up over a pint at the uni pub (or any other pub in the fine city of Norwich). And guess what – there is genuine interest. A date has been suggested, and at first I thought, I cannot do that weekend, as I will arrive back in Brussels from Liberia (ooooh another piece of news, I am off to Liberia for a bit less than a week to visit some of our projects out there) that same Saturday, but now I am like, hold on, I can actually get a train from Brussels to London and then another one from London to Norwich, I do not need to fly…. And trains are more flexible than planes, and I get more time to read! So…. Ok, right I have not been that crazy that I have booked anything, but a trip to my beloved “home away from home” is shaping in my head. Excitement is in the air!
Random Idea No.3 – So I got myself library card – which is in no way a breach of my Book Rule No.1, which states that I shall not buy any new books until I have read all the remaining ones I have at home unless a) it is from one of my favourite authors and b) it is for book club (yes, I have joined a book and wine club last month, hence why the Book Rule No. 1 had to be amended slightly, but the amendment passed unanimously in the House of the Warrior of the Pen). Because you know, with a library card, I can actually decide to pick up something new to read, if I need a break from the reading material at home, without actually having to buy the book. This is also a) better for my bank account and b) makes me happy. Moreover, and this is where we are actually coming random idea no.3, this week’s daily trip to the ice-cream parlour will have also help me to keep my Book Resolution No. 1 with which I have set myself the target to beat my 2010-Book-Reading Record, which stands at 43 books. To keep track of this I have compiled My 2013 Book List (well more accurately it should be named My Christmas 2012 until Christmas 2013 Book List), which so far features 24 books. This means that I have to read at least another 20 books in just 16 weeks, a daunting task, which is pushing the limits a bit, but I think that I should be able to manage. I have been making good progress on book No. 25 – The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, which I am reading for this month’s book club. It is fantastic, and I really have to work hard at not giggling aloud on the bus (my daily reading time).
Right, it is becoming chilly out here on the balcony, and my bottle of chardonnay should be chilled by now as well. So if you will excuse me, I have some more reading to do while sipping on some wine (so no free hands to type!)….