Sneak peek of my week

Last week I celebrated my birthday. Twice!

This cute card I received for my birthday contained an instant party, consisting of 5 actual party balloons 😀

To get into the party mood I baked a carrot cake. It wasn’t as perfect as the last one. Maybe I used fresh ginger last time, but I can’t really remember. Anyway, it worked out pretty well once covered with icing. Yummy!

And I’ll be baking some more soon, to give these princess like backing goods a try. I’m especially curious to try out the Fuchsia Macarons baking mix and the nifty nozzle for creating buttercream flowers.

Also, I’ve got some great excuses for holing up in my beanbag, because I got a lot of presents that were on my book wishlist.

♥ The life-changing magic of not giving a f**k – by Sarah Knight
I heard a lot of good things about this book, and I definitely think I could profit from adapting (a bit) of this way of thinking. I’m looking forward to reading more about this.

♥ Hygge – The Danish way to live well – by Meik Wiking
The cover alone just makes me want to adopt the Danish lifestyle right away. I’ve just read the first chapter and I can’t wait to read the rest of the book. I feel that the theories in this book match the ones in Gretchen Rubins The happiness project and Tim Crabbes Dutch book Nooit meer te druk, but with a cozy covering of candlelight and blankets. Oh, and hot chocolate with marshmallows. Definitely a book meant for me.

♥ The city of dreaming books – by Walter Moers
Years ago I read the magnificent The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear by the same author. This book is another story set in the same world, and I can’t wait to find out what Walter Moers has come up with this time.

♥ How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you – by The Oatmeal
Need I say more? 😀

You won’t believe it, we got snow AGAIN! A thick layer for our Dutch climate and it didn’t even melt right away. This made for a few nice walks an a lot of beautiful views.

My normal workday routine was interrupted by a visit to one of our clients, where we had a meeting on their estate. The experience was made even more special by the layer of snow still covering the ground.

Later the same week, we received a sure case of spring weather, matching the beautiful flower bulb arrangement my grandma got me for my birthday.

I’ve been also gathering ways to spend my “television free” hour before bedtime. I’ve been reading magazines, playing Patience with an actual deck of cards, and I’ve made my first Zentangle.

What was your week like?

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