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Little Moments #4

Week #4: It was a busy week in which I mostly worked and hardly got outside of the house (note to self: go out more, even if it’s a busy week!). Luckily there were still a lot of in between breaks with coffee, good food, books and late night serie watching in bed.

Little Moments #3

Week #3: Blue Monday was not so blue for us as we spent our day wandering around in sunny Cologne where we spotted lots of vintage Volkswagen busses and colourful houses. As I’ve mentioned earlier I’m in love with 3191 Miles Apart and their newest book (A Year Between Friends) is a masterpiece to me. Especially loved to read the letters they have send to each other every month. On Sunday we slept in, had a slow breakfast and baked a mini apple pie in this cute ceramic skillet pan my sister gave me for my birthday.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Happy Friday! Netflix released yet another new show this week called ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ based on the books by Lemony Snicket (if you haven’t read them, you should!). You might have seen the movie with Jim Carrey from 2004 but I always felt that the movie was absolutely shitty compared to the books. The order of the things that happened in the movie didn’t match with the books, something I always really dislike.

This new series made by Netflix, starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, however is really good. I especially like the humor but also the visual style is amazing. It reminds me a bit of Wes Anderson and Tim Burton, although this has it’s own specific visual style. So if you are looking for a new series to binge watch this weekend, I would definitely recommend this one! (you can watch the trailer below).

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Little Moments #2

Week #2: Some small moments that I really enjoyed this week include getting a lovely postcard in the mail from Marlou (+ confetti!), white flowers and a record collection in our Airbnb apartment in Cologne and looking up while we were standing in a hidden courtyard (can you spot the cacti collection in one of the windowsills?).

 

Bad Luck Versus Good Luck

Today is Friday the thirteenth and although I’m anything but superstitious, I must admit that some bad luck hit us this morning. We woke up early and as always I made my way to the kitchen to brew some coffee. While I was grinding the beans Rene walked into the kitchen with a sad and painful face. He told me he had a very painful kink in the neck and the pain was quite bad. I tried to massage his muscles around the neck and shoulders in the hope it would be a relief but it didn’t do much. After a hot shower it felt a little better but his muscles were aching from his neck to his shoulders. He decided to stay home today and give it some rest. I’m really happy to say that he’s feeling much better right now and the rest today really helped, which is a relief as we leave tomorrow morning to go to Cologne for the weekend. Tomorrow we are together for five years! Can’t believe how fast the time flies by. We will stay in Cologne until Monday evening and I’m really looking forward to spend some time away together.

It wasn’t all bad luck though today as we also received this beautiful coffee pot from House Doctor in the mail. A couple of weeks ago House Doctor had a survey running and was giving out this coffee pot to 20 lucky people who had filled it in. Rene and me both filled it in and a couple of days later Rene received an e-mail that he had won one of the coffee pots (made me a very happy girlfriend).

♥ I hope your Friday was much better than ours – happy weekend you guys! ♥

Little Moments #1

For the past few months I’ve been playing around with the idea of keeping a visual diary. Inspired by the beautiful photos on blogs like 3191 miles apart and Babes In Boyland, which capture simple moments in the most perfect way, I decided to start off the new year by keeping a visual diary. I’m giving myself the challenge to take three pictures (with a decent camera, no iPhone cheating) every week of moments that describe the past week and also have a similar theme.

Week #1: There have been a lot of dark and gloomy days around here for the last couple of weeks but this week the sun came back, casting beautiful shadows around the house.

Christmas Snippets

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I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Eve. As Christmas is also my birthday we’ve celebrated both together with my family. This was the third time we prepared a nice 3-course dinner which is really becoming my favourite tradition. Between Christmas en New Year’s Eve Rene and I both took a week off. It was a week for sleeping in, reading books, going for walks together and playing games. We talked a lot and made plans together for the new year. We hardly traveled in 2016 (just one ski trip in february and a weekend trip to Antwerp) and we’re both hungry for new adventures. Earlier in 2016 we booked a flight to Toronto for June 2017. Rene’s brother and wife are living in Toronto so we’ll be finally paying them a visit and go on a roadtrip to the East Coast of America after that. We’ll be away for almost 4 weeks and I can’t tell you how excited I am for the trip! We want to end our roadtrip in New York to celebrate Independence Day, which is also Rene’s birthday. Hopefully we’ll be able to go on a little trip before that as well, maybe a short city trip or a little roadtrip because it’s been too long!

Personally, 2016 wasn’t the best year for me so I’m ready for 2017. But first I wanted to share some moments that I captured on Christmas Day.owl-in-the-christmas-treeWe’ve added a few new ornaments to the tree this year like this little white owl that reminds my of Hedwig from Harry Potter.december-still-lifeThis is where I spent most of my days leading up to Christmas whenever I needed a break from all the planning/groceries etc. I love to cozy up in this chair with a cup of tea, a book and that woollen blanket. birthday-cake29th-birthdayI can’t believe that I turned 29 already! Just one year left before I turn 30. Remember those moments when you were a teenager and thought that you would have figured out life whenever you turned 30? Makes me laugh every time I think about that.

For my birthday we made my favourite cake: carrot cake.cutting-the-birthday-cakechristmas-daychristmas-table-2We’ve made the Christmas menu weeks before so that we had enough time to try some of dishes to see if they were actually good. This was what we had: for starters we’ve had red lentil soup with bread. Then as the main course we had ham marinated in a honey mustard sauce with hasselback potatoes, pom’ duchesse, pears cooked in red wine with cinnamon and string beans with smoked bacon pieces. For dessert we had tiramisu with dark and white chocolate as a topping. If only I could eat this every single day!christmas-table-3

To me Christmas is always special, not only because it’s my birthday, but also because it’s the day when we always come together as a family. As we all live not very close to another it’s extra special.
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