Back online!

Soooo! Yesterday was the day – I was finally online again, second try and this time we had access to the cellar and made this all work. Thank God. For even longer without real internet I wouldn´t have survived, the past 3 weeks have been tough.

Of course I had mobile internet but that´s not the same, and costs a shit ton whilst I paid for my normal inetrnet and phone flat without being able to really use it. It really pissed me off, and now I am really where I would´ve loved to be already weks ago. Being able to really do research on stuff in regards of the city, because doing all of this on a small phone is tiring and thus I didn´t do it. Shame on me, I know, but it´s just been too exhausting.

Being back online I had to catch up with series, do paper work and answer emails and write all the blog entries that I had hoped to be writing right after moving in. So much to tell, so many things to share, and just too little time.

But from now on I really hope to be writing at least twice or thrice a week, even though my focus clearly has shifted to my relationship and away from this blog. With my job, commuting, soon more workouts and my relationship there is so much happening in my life that writing about it is kinda difficult – time wise, too.

But as usual: I will try and give my best, but I cannot promise anything.

In case you got amazing tips for stuff in Wilhelmshaven though – hit me up, let me know, I am open for all kinds of good ideas and advice!

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Cooking: Pike-pearch on spiced risotto with buttered tomato and a butter sauce

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time: 35 min
Actual time: 45 min

Difficulty: 3/10
Amount: for 2 persons initially, but then it´s really small portions
Price per person: approx. 4€

Having moved to Wilhelmshaven and thus to the North Sea coast, I thought that the best thing to cook first from the book would be a recipe with fish. And I was surprised that supermarkets here are not exactly experts in having pike-pearch, but in the end I found some frozen one – wanted fresh one, but well. Probably looked the wrong places. Same goes for the spices / herbs you were supposed to buy using for the risotto, so I had to improvise there. NO harm done, but still…

The recipe was easy to follow as usual, but it was a lot about the right timing and a lot of struggle with my cooking place – you need a lot of different ingredients and then mix them up and so you have a lot of half dirty plates to take care of later on. That´s been pretty much the only downside of this whole meal.

Because: the outcome was so freaking delicious I even made it a second time (slightly changed) the day after! Never had made risotto on my own before, and it worked and tasted like a charm.

It´s clearly a meal for rather autumn or spring and not summer, but then it´s just perfect – am still loving it!

One week in!

So now I was unpacking and arranging stuff for a week. And I have no idea where the damned week went. I mean, I made a lot of progress, no doubt. But stuff still needs to be carried up to the attic (boxes with stuff I don’t need right now and emits boxes) and that’s a hassle- two floors up every time. It feels like it’s neverending. And that’s what’s really tiring right at the moment for me.

But I am getting really close to being all done – the just details, like setting up the computer for rather finalizing it and then setting up my sewing corner with all the damned shelf things that need to be assembled. And then still some final decoration stuff…but that’s not too bad.

But life keeps on throwing obstacles into my way – e.g. I had my used laundry dryer delivered yesterday, tested it and ask was fine. And today it’s acting up and no solution can be found so it has to be picked up and checked next week. It’s like always something comes up when I finally started to calm down. It’s such a rollercoaster ride.

But it also had its good times this week – I went to Nautimo to relax in the sauna. Because I really needed that timeout. It was mentally and physically so necessary because I was all stressed out and over my limits. And that time felt so good – sauna for me is an amazing way to turn off the mind from really everything , close the eyes and just be with myself. And afterwards I really felt re-energized, I felt like newborn.

Same does the walls next to the sea, listening its sound and just walk. Walk. Walk. And now with the weather (cold and windy) there isn’t many people around either.

But somehow it all still feels like I am.on prolonged vacations rather than living here. And I don’t know what I could do to really have it sink in and start this settling down. Because I really want to arrive. Probably I just have to give it more time, but I am never patient with myself, so that’s yet another challenge.

The move

Well, being the dumbass I am, I missed out on notifying my internet provider enough in advance – so now I am sitting in my new flat in Wilhelmshaven and won’t be having any internet until November 26th. Classic case of shit happens.

So now I am typing these lines on my phone and believe me, it’s bloody exhausting and difficult. But I am giving my best to keep updating the blog nevertheless.

So last Friday it was, after a full week of packing around 50 moving boxes, time for the move itself. And the day started with the company doing the move showed up an hour early than initially planned – at least they called me, but still it pissed me off. But on the end they worked really well, and I was surprised because sometimes you look at people and your first thought is “really, that person is supposed to be carrying my stuff and to dissemble my wardrobe?” – but I was proven wrong, my doubts were totally unnecessary to say the least.

Once they had all packed up and stuffed into their transport car, I started doing a little bit of cleaning and then started my own challenge of getting my cellos and my Nyckelharpa into my Cary along with some other things. Well, I had to leave behind one of my cellos because it simply didn’t fit into the car anymore. My car was full. But it didn’t hurt because I had to hand over my Hamburg apartment on Sunday anyways.

Then the 2.5h drive to Wilhelmshaven – always afraid something might happen and my cello and Nyckelharpa start flying around through my car. But I arrived save and sound in Wilhelmshaven where my dad already had been working in the apartment since the morning hours. And the moving company arrived not that much later. Happily my dad also took over showing where to put stuff because I , not having had breakfast and generally being fully exhausted, felt totally sick and weak and needed a time out. Desperately.

Everything again worked well, some signed papers at the end and then it was the time to put together furniture and everything for the rest of the day. And Saturday. On Saturday we also picked up my couch and it was a stupid idea to carry it upstairs with just y dad and me, it really did break my back and I had problems and pain thanks to that for like 2 days. Awful. I am not a crybaby when it comes to pain but backpain really kills me. We got a lot done, because we got up early, didn’t do breaks and worked onto the evening.

Just to get up early again on Sunday to finish off some things in my new apartment and then drive to Hamburg, clean the apartment and hand it over to my landlord. Al said and done, and I was so terribly tired all day long that I really took naps in the car on the way back and forth. In the evening we then still had some stuff to do and we got it all done.

so now it’s all up to me to unpack the moving boxes and sort everything and decorate it and…it’s just a “couple” of boxes. And I need to pretty much all set up my computer/sewing/music room. My kitchen and living room are mostly done, the guestroom is close to it, too. Then comes my bathroom and then my bedroom and last but not least the room where there is currently most of the boxes stored and everything is looking like a bloody mess. But I will manage. Somehow. Plan is to have it all set up by the end of the week. Let’s see how it’s gonna be working out in the end.

Because I feel every muscle in my body and am really deeply exhausted but still have this urge to just function and keep going. It’s terrible, I simply cannot relax until it’s all done and ready, I fear…