This weekend marks two months that I’ve been waiting on my visa renewal for Luxembourg. It certainly is a tedious and painstakingly-slow process this time around. While I’ve been waiting, I’ve been focusing on a few new things in these early autumn days.
Looking for a captivating novel a few weeks back, I picked one up from an old favourite: Jodi Piccoult. I’ve read several of her books in the past, so this time I went for a new (to me) one, called Nineteen Minutes. I was hooked from the moment I picked it up – in fact, I believe I read for nearly 8 hours the first day, stayed up until 2am the second day, and finished it shortly thereafter. If you’re looking for an intense, somewhat controversial social topic, I highly recommend it.
After this, on the recommendation of mum, I decided to go for a more classic read, and began Memoirs of a Geisha. Wow! I haven’t yet finished it, but it’s such an intriguing story! I can’t believe I never thought to read it before now. I’m enjoying learning about the lives that Geisha led, the importance of their roles not only in their community but also the impact they had on the economic status of Japan. I’m a lover of historical fiction, so this biography has thoroughly captivated my attention.
I’m slightly ashamed to say that I’ve been binging on an old series the past few weeks: Gossip Girl. I know, I know, it doesn’t exactly scream maturity. You see, my excuse in the beginning was that it was a good brain break from work; but now, even after finishing my job, I’m still shamelessly addicted to it. Why?? I’ve no idea. I think it’s a good distraction from this waiting period I’m in. And also, because Serena! (Gotta love her sass)
I recently finished series 1 of Stranger Things, and I totally get why everyone is into it. My first task once moving is to buy my own Netflix account specifically to keep up on this show when series 2 makes its appearance. There’s nothing like a cheesy 80s thriller to get me hooked.
Two Saturday’s ago, I had the house to myself. Feeling very festive and cosily protected out of the rain, I turned up the Christmas tunes and tested some new blueberry and lemon scones. Yummy, but I don’t think I’m meant to bake with blueberries; they’re too mushy for my liking. The scones looked more like purple marbles than speckles of blue. Hey, at least I tried.
This morning, still feeling in the scone mood, I baked my favourite herb scone – a pleasant mix of basil and thyme, sprinkles of Parmesan and a hint of spicy cayenne. Melt a bit of Camembert on top and serve. Delish. (fyi this one is also a tasty alternative with Feta. Mmm.)
So I’ve only been to the schoubi twice this year, and haven’t even been on a ride. Honestly, it’s gotten so expensive that I can’t justify 6 bucks for a few minutes of extreme spinning (not to mention my poor tummy couldn’t handle it). It was nice to see how they changed things up a bit, though, rearranging the layout some and adding a few new rides, as well as improving their allergy advertisements. This makes it slightly easier for eating out with friends! Hopefully they continue to improve this in coming years.
Anyway, that’s my roundup of the last few weeks. I’ve been steadily improving my hand at knitting, thanks to these bouts of cooler weather, meeting old and new friends over coffee and yummy vegetarian burgers (thank you, Beet!), enjoying the last few weeks with my family, and getting to know our newest little puppy.
All in all, it’s been a pleasant transition into autumn, and I’m actually grateful for this waiting period. Yet on the other hand, I’m especially looking forward to my upcoming travels with my love this month. Did I mention he’s heading out here this week?! Six months is too long to be apart… Sigh.
And what about you? How have you been spending the last of these summer days? I don’t know about you, but autumn is the most beautiful time of year (second to Christmas, that is). 🙂
photo creds: Debbie Lloyd