Summer Bucket List – Enjoying Summer 2020

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Remember that I believe summer starts with June 1st? With that logic we are already a few days into the season. Nevertheless I decided to make yet another list. A list to help enjoy summer 2020 to the fullest. Because let’s face it: there won’t be any long distance vacation coming up anytime soon. We are definitely not planning on traveling anywhere this year. So sad but even more important to seek out some fun in the home town:

  1. ✔ Bake a sugar free cake.
    Apparently this didn’t happen in spring so let’s do it now.
  2. ✔ See the water front.
    Spend as many moments as possible with some water close by.
  3. Finish #the100dayproject
    I have taken a break as life and the worlds happenings have clearly overwhelmed me lately. I am hoping to picking up the habit again and crossing off a few more of my projects on the list.
  4. Read one book with more that 700 pages.
    There is a challenge (#dickebüchercamp) I might join. I have a couple contenders.
  5. Take a boat trip.
    Since there won’t be a vacay I am thinking about renting a boat (maybe with friends) and spent a day on the river.
  6. Enjoy my dads garden party.
    If the pandemic allows my dad is throwing a big party celebrating his lifes pivot point of living longer in a united Germany than in the former GDR.
  7. ✔ Meeting some friends again.
    I have been putting off meeting friends. I miss my dear friend A. lots as we haven’t seen each other since February. I have had a couple dinner requests but was reluctant.
  8. Have a movie night at home.
    We watch a lot of movies. Basically every time we have breakfast and dinner on weekends. However I want to have a more planned one. With a cool meal, popcorn in buckets (a birthday present) and a pre-picked movie.
  9. Enjoy my balcony daily.
    It’s the time for morning coffees outside and an outdoor office until the sun hits the screen.
  10. ✔ Make ice cream.
    I think I haven’t used my ice cream maker last year. This year I try one or two new recipes.
  11. Celebrate 15 years with Mr. ♡
    Yep, this July we have been dating for 15 years. Crazy how time flies.
  12. Going swimming.
    It’s been on my list last year. And I already had the itching to jump in a lake and take a swim. I am not the girl who needs a swim to feel a live and I don’t consider myself a good swimmer but something is calling me.
  13. Visit the Drive-in Cinema
    I want to do this for so so long but I can’t quite convince the husband to join. And the movies selection hasn’t been that great… But maybe this year.

And this is how I plan on enjoying summer 2020. Don’t always need to travel far to have some fun. What are your plans? Travel or #stayathome? Now let me know what’s on your list because I am sure my days are not completely filled yet.

Happy summer time

Tobia

P.S. if you need inspiration for your own summer list check out my archive 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

SPRING BUCKET LIST 2020

In times like these it is especially important to have something to look forward to and plan a few fun moments. Even though we are not being able to roam outside, enjoy all the spring air and go on adventures I will not shy away from making yet another spring bucket list.

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But as always we quickly check the winter list to see how things went:

  1. 𝗫 Take a walk in the snowfall. – no snowfall until March 30th 2020 this season.
  2. ✔ Go to a Christmas concert. – Did go, liked it a lot.
  3. ✔𝗫 Get into Holiday spirit. – not quite sure if I can cross this one off. Yes and No.
  4. ✔ Celebrate our 6. Wedding Anniversary – We went to Oslo for a long weekend. Who would have thought this is going to be the last trip for a long time.
  5. ✔ Visit Roncalli Christmas Circus – we did, was fun to be in a circus again.
  6. 𝗫 Plan vacations for 2020 – good thing I didn’t make much progress here…
  7. ✔ Unravel 2019 and find a word for 2020 – yep! always do.
  8. 𝗫 Go ice skating – did we even have temperatures below zero this year?!
  9. 𝗫 Try to catch a snowflake on camera. – see 1
  10. ✔ Spend some cozy days with Mr. ♡. – definitely
  11. ✔𝗫 Be kind – mhm, tough one. I guess there is always room for improvement.

Ok, who is ready for some spring vibes?

Spring Bucket List 2020

  1. Starting the 100 Day project.
    I am a bit torn if I want to do it. Well I know I want to but for some reason I don’t have a clear idea yet on what to do. The project starts Tuesday, April 7th. What ever I decide follow along on Instagram.
  2. Write letters or cards to every birthday person.
    Just a quick and easy way to let people know theyr birthday is still important even though know one is showing up.
  3. Buy flowers every week.
    If I can’t enjoy the spring outside, get it inside.
  4. Family Reunion first weekend of May.
    if this will not happen as it looks like maybe when can at least meet one evening for zoom call with everyone.
  5. Take a walks in the park as often as possible.
    If running errands outside take the long walk through the park to see the world and get some exercise.
  6. Cook three new dishes.
    With all those dinners to cook maybe try out a few new recipes.
  7. Sew a garland for the next big party.
    I will not tell you how long I have that planned or even cut ready to sew together…
  8. Do some SEO optimizing for the blog.
    I recently learnt that I have quite a few things to optimize. Let’s do that.
  9. Clean and pretty up the balcony.
    This will get a lot of use again this year so better get it ready. Some cleaning and then a few more plants. Some survived from last year. *happy dance right now and some shoulder padding*
  10. Read a lot.
    There is a (German) kindle unlimited offer (sign up until April 30th ) and get one month for free. Of course I snatched that up. My reading list still has quiee a few books to cross off.
  11. Have a first Easter only us two and make it good.
    All my life I have celebrated Easter with family. Even the year in the US I spent it with a Christian family (as the Morman family I was staying in did not celebrate). This year will be the first just Mr. ♡ and I.
  12. Bake a sugar free cake.
    I am still on my lent thing (no sugar/cake/candy and no phone in the bedroom) and I decided to keep the sugar thing going to cross off #74 on my “101 things in 100day list”.

So this is my spring bucket list for the pandemic season. Do you want to write your own. You should. And share here so I can add a few more things. If you need a bit of inspiration check out my previous list (spring bucket list 2019 and spring list 2016).

Happy Sunday

Tobia

25 Ideas when Staying Home is inevitable

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The whole world is going crazy because of the virus and the restrictions being put out to keep the pandemic as small as possible. Honestly not much is changing for me. I work from home, I might need to reduce my lunch walks but usually they are made at the cemetery (not many people there). My weekends are spent at home most times. So I think I can adjust much easier than other people. If you are one of those who need to get out, meet people and have activities lined up I got you covered. Here are 25 ideas when staying home.

  1. Reading a book – self explanatory. Have a look at my recommendations if you haven’t picked one up in a while.
  2. Crafting for Easter – we probably need to stay home until the holidays. Time to craft something you never find time for. I will definitely make some more Sorbian Easter eggs.
  3. Writing letters – when was the last time friends and family got a handwritten letter? Now is the time to pick up that habit again. While running errands today I picked up some stamps. Let me know if we should start a pen-pal-friendship offline.
  4. Learning a language – now is the time to freshen up your language skills so next time we are able to visit countries again we are all ready to go. I will work on my Spanish skills.
  5. Baking & Cooking – how many recipe books do you own? And how many recipe have you actually done? Could be a fun way to work through books and discover new favorite meals. Or maybe you find a recipe on this blog and give it a try.
  6. Making a photo book – are you taking images and never really look at them once saved on your phone? Or do you still have printed copies in a shoe box. Make a photo album.
  7. Dreaming up a bucket list – don’t have a bucket list? Time to start dreaming about all the things you’d like to do.
  8. Learning photography – when confined to one space, learning photography poses new challenges and option. Looking at the same things over and over again sparks creativity.
  9. Watching a tutorial – watch a tutorial on something you always wanted to learn.
  10. Growing an herb garden – watch something grow when not being able to spend time in nature. Maybe you want to cultivate an herb garden, or maybe you’d like flowers on your balcony this summer? Start now.
  11. Repairing your clothes – favorite pant has a hole? The blouse misses a button? Small fixes passes time.
  12. Meditating – too hectic around you? Try meditation.
  13. Sorting your purse – it’s never a bad idea to look through the purse. Hidden gems can be found.
  14. Commenting – now is the time to finally leave a comment at your favorite blogs and instagram accounts you always read.
  15. Cleaning the windows – it’s amazing how uplifting clean windows can be.
  16. Reducing your watch list – of course now is the time to watch all those movies and shows on your watchlist.
  17. Playing a board game – if you are not stuck at home alone consider playing a board game. But even through FaceTime some games can be played.
  18. Making a scrub – how about taking some time and do a body scrub. Check out my coffee cinnamon scrub or maybe you prefer an avocado sugar scrub.
  19. Painting – the walls or just a piece of paper
  20. Dancing – by yourself. Or maybe learning those salsa steps finally.
  21. Selling things – are there some items you always wanted to get rid of? Lets put them up on craigslist or Ebay and get them out the house.
  22. Painting – no matter if some small doodles or the big canvas. Art is always a good idea.
  23. Challenging someone – now that we don’t get much radius for activity it would be fun to start some challenges to increase steps and activities.
  24. Thanking – people who keep this countries going, who work to their bones, who have lots of responsibility and don’t think about them selves.
  25. Journaling – maybe a practice to pick up know to let people in a couple of years know what this crazy time was like.

These are my 25 ideas when staying home. Let me know which ones you’d like to add. And what are your plans for the next days/weeks/months?

Happy social distancing

Tobia

READING GOALS FOR 2020

I recently learnt that a person reads about 2.000 books in a lifetime. My first initial thought was that’s not much. Than I thought I’d like to think I read more. I told my husband and he started immediately calculating. Well… you need to read 50 books for 40 years straight to manage 2.000 book. This might be tough. No, screw that it makes me anxious. Now I start second guessing if it’s really smart to pick up the cheesy romance and third class crime novels if I can only manage so many books in a lifetime.

To make the most of it here are my reading goals for 2020:

Catching up on classics and world literature

There are so many books that won prizes, from renowned authors everyone talks about, classics of world literature I never looked at. Time to cross a few more off of that list and see what it is all about.

  • Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wild – this will be my first book of this author.
  • Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – time to close a gap in literary blindness. ✔️ March 2020
  • Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann – I tried Mann many many years ago and always fell asleep after a couple pages. Last chance dear friend.
  • Amerika by Franz Kafka – I guess it can not hurt to have read one Kafka.
  • Deutschstunde by Siegfried Lenz – I’ve stumble across this one since I can read. Time to pick it up.

Tackling my physical TBR list

I currently own close to 50 unread books. I am sure I forgot to count a couple. Time to read a few of them in 2020.

  • The Rabbi by Noah Gordon – I have read a few of his books and was never disappointed. So I look forward to this one. ✔️ April 2020
  • Small Great Things by Jody Picoult – lets’s see what all the fuzz is about. The story does sound interesting too.
  • Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger – a book I received through a book swap and it seems a bit out of my usual reading genre but I feel like it’s time to read a story like that. ✔️ January 2020
  • Wir sind eure Töchter nicht eure Ehre by Seraph Çilili – I have no idea how this book came to be on my shelf or if I actually already read it. However it sounds interesting so I want to know more. ✔️ March 2020
  • In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts by Eugen Ruge – this was my book for Christmas and it’s won many book prizes. And it’s been hyped as the modern Buddenbrook so it would be good to read them both in one year.

Pleasure reads, fantasy, favorites

  • Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor – After last years good experience with this author I really look forward to reading those books. ✔️ Book I, II & III – January 2020
  • A Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab – I’ve come across this trilogy quite a bit recently and I am rather curious to read it now.
  • The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gardner – a re-read of one of my most favorite books by one of my favorite authors ever. Do you know it?
  • A book by Madeline Miller – I hear great things and I would like to read either Circe or The Song of Achilles.
  • Die ferne Hoffnung by Ellin Carsta – I love a good historic novel and this one sounds like a good journey. ✔️ January 2020
  • A Christmas Book – not sure which one, recommendations welcome

Challenging books, non-fiction & guidance

Besides lovely stories, epic fantasy worlds and romance novels I like to keep my mind fresh by throwing in a few books that are a bit harder and challenging to read for me. Those usually take a lot of time, I can not read them in a short span of time and I often really have to work through them. Those books are also the ones I prefer to hold in my hand, to leave through, go back and maybe even scribble in the margin.

  • The Creative Habit: Learn stand use it for Life, Twyla Tharp – I have not been able to finish as planned in 2019. I will tackle this longtime reading project in 2020.
  • A Brief History of Time, Stephan Hawkins – I am interested in this topic but at the same time a bit scared it might be too intellectual for me. But I will only know if I read it. That is why it is on the reading list for the second year in the row.
  • Big Dreams, Daily Joy by Elise Blaha Cripe – I love her vibe and her everything so I bought the book just to support. I am curious how much I can still pick up after following for so long. ✔️ January 2020
  • Quran – after reading the Bible in 2019 I move on and will be diving into Islam and it’s culture.
  • The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama – you can never not learn about happiness.

Overall I am aiming to read 53 books throughout the year. This is my highest goal I’ve set yet. However I have read 62 in 2019 so I know it’s possible. This reading list only includes 25 books. That leaves room to wiggle and be spontaneous. However my plan is to read lots of books I already own and swap many of those I won’t want to read again.

If you also like to keep track of your reading and love a good recommendation come join me on Goodreads. But be warned as you might find more books than you will ever be able to look at in a lifetime.

Happy reading friends

Tobia

2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Tobia has read 7 books toward her goal of 53 books.
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Hello winter – bucket list for my favorite season

Winter is here. At least for me. As you may know winter starts December 1 or with the first snow fall. It least in my house. The snowfall usually comes later. This year however I am somewhat caught off guard. I just haven’t gotten all the things done I felt I needed to do. I have still too much work stuff to cross off the list to enjoy the season. I can’t craft as much as I’d like to due to my arm injury and in general life just flies by. To make the most of my favorite season I wrote yet another bucket list. But let’s do a quick check-in of the fall list first:

1. ✔𝗫 Finishing #the100daysofcraftaliciousimages project. Crossed off a few days.
2. ✔𝗫 Participating in #inktober – painted twice… better than nothing
3. ✔𝗫 Participating in #NaBloPoMO again – I made it on half the days.
4. 𝗫 Sew a pencil skirt
5. ✔ Baking pumpkin muffins – so yummy
6. ✔ Take walks and enjoy the changing season. 
7. ✔ Sell stuff on eBay 
8. ✔ Read Dracula 
9. ✔ Spending a weekend in Venice
10. ✔ Getting cozy
11. ✔ Getting started on xmas presents

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Here is my winter bucket list to celebrate my favorite season.

1. Take a walk in the snowfall.
Nothing better than watch the dancing snowflakes and feeling the cold air on your cheeks.

2. ✔ Go to a Christmas concert.
As every year I am invited to a classical concert my godfathers wife is organizing. It will be my own personal Christmas party since I don’t work in an office anymore.

3. Get into Holiday spirit.
As I said I was caught by surprise this year. So I will try to find the spirit in all the odd places.

4. ✔ Celebrate our 6. Wedding Anniversary
I can not believe it’s been that long but it’s true. I feel like treating ourselves to a little anniversary trip. Maybe after seeing Helsinki for the 4th we go see Oslo now…

5. ✔ Visit Roncalli Christmas Circus
My littlest sister asked to spend an afternoon together eating cookies and visiting the circus since she won’t be home for Christmas this time around.

6. Plan vacations for 2020
It’s never too early thinking about a vacation. Usually we are always too late, everything is booked and we end up doing compromises. Maybe if you start spitballing ideas now, we might go on a bigger trip coming year.

7. ✔ Unravel 2019 and find a word for 2020
I am so looking forward to Susannah Conways workbook. I think it will be year 5 I am doing it. It’s the best during the years to reflect and get focus.

8. Go ice skating
I know this one makes the list every year. Hopefully it will be cold enough so the lakes are frozen and this will happen.

9. Try to catch a snowflake on camera.
I always wanted to do that but never did. Hope to find the the time.

10. Spend some cozy days with Mr. ♡.
He plans on a three week vacation over the holidays so I foresee lots of relaxing and movies.

11. Be kind
In times where everyone runs around hectic and stressed I want to make a conscious effort to be nice. This pdf should be a good reminder.

Did you make a list for the season? I’d love to have a peek. If you need inspiration you might find it here, here and here.

Happy December

Tobia