a spring catch up

 

Hello everyone!

Time has gone by so quickly, I can’t even quite comprehend. It’s already April! Spring is catching up to us and the anticipation is huge. It’s the best feeling to realize and truly enjoy the growing amount of daylight that we have at the moment. To have moments in the evening when you’re looking outside on a sunny day and it’s still so damn bright at eight o’clock that it almost feels like summer.

 

So there’s some catching up to do, as in a little life update.

I can’t even remember how many times I’ve gone to a doctor in the past two months. Not to mention the hours I’ve spent in the hospital. About three weeks ago, I had a surgery on my ovaries. It went well and I’m all fine now. But it still was a surgery and the recovery, alongside with about ten things, are something I’ve never experienced before. It’s been a rollercoaster, to say the least.

After being on a sick leave for five weeks in December-January, because of a broken wrist, I thought, taking a break from work and having some time to reflect on your life, is kind of a good thing. Even though the time didn’t come from the best of circumstances. At least it ended up having a great timing, so that I had the possibility to start a new year with a renewed view of strength I had on myself.

This time around thought, I’ve had this time off with a mixture of feelings. I was at work only for a month and a half between these sick leaves and it didn’t really feel like I needed any time to take away from the life I was living. But on the other hand, this has been such a different time compared to the broken wrist situation, because it’s been a slow process (even though it’s gone much quicker than I had thought it would) to be able to move and do normal every day things again. I guess it’s a bit different having one hand off the game than recovering from having your stomach cut open.. I have to say I’ve never quite enjoyed walking outside and watching the nature changing as much I do right now.


I wanted to share some things I’ve enjoyed lately. Being home all the time and not having any kind of schedule to work around, can get tiring quite quickly. To the point where going to a little walk outside is the highlight of your day and gives you so much energy, that you wonder why you left the going out to the afternoon or evening. And still you go through that same process every single day. Sigh.

First of, a tip to anyone who has to go through days of just being home. Go take a shower and/or change clothes. There’s nothing worse than letting yourself stay in your pyjamas the whole day. It’s guaranteed you’ll feel tired, probably won’t get anything of substance done and still you won’t be able to go to sleep at a proper time (even though you might feel tired) because you haven’t burned enough energy.

A little trick I did with myself was to wear something I might not wear that often. It doesn’t have to be anything new, but take a look at your closet and find something different to your everyday look. Just to have something that makes changing clothes a little more exciting.

I found this scarf I haven’t worn in ages and became quite obsessed with it. (Extra points for it being a nice way to tie my hair up and prolong the days of not washing my hair. Always fighting against washing my hair too often!)

 

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When I was at the hospital, a post package had arrived that I was so excited to go and get, because I knew it was a hoodie I had ordered in February. I’d been keeping an eye out for it maybe for a year already and now I decided to purchase it. It’s from an amazing small company in the US, Kate Fruit Flowers ,if you’d like to take a look at their site for yourself. This hoodie is the softest and nicest to wear. Perfect home wear or to wear under a jean jacket when the weather warms up a little bit more. (Honestly can’t wait for that!)

 

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Taking care of our skin and hair is important the whole year around, but we like to make it a more prominent point in our lives every once in a while. Well, this is one of those times. Winter is finally coming to an end and the skin has had a rough time with the cold and dry winter air. And even though it’s been important to keep it as moisturized as possible in the past months, now it feels like a must to transition our bodies through spring to summer. Scrub up those dry patches of skin and put hair masks on.

I’m not particularly proud of myself for buying these products, because plastic plastic plastic… But I was so excited when I came across these new 100% vegan beauty products, that I just had to purchase them. And you know, sometimes you just have to pamper yourself up a little bit and not feel bad about it. I was quite surprised when I smelled these and found myself liking the banana scent in them. It’s such a summer-y scent that you can’t but smile when using them. It feels like spreading sunshine on your body. Can it get any better than that?

 

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Banana Body Yogurt and Banana Hair Mask from The Body Shop, 100% vegan

 

Things I’ve done to pass time in the past couple of weeks: watching tv series on my laptop, such as The Vampire Diaries, New Girl. I even started to watch Sex and the City for the first time in my life, but it just wasn’t meant for me, so I left it at somewhere in the second or third season.

Music. I love these ‘the season is about to change’ times of the year. So nice to start building a playlist for the coming summer. Here’s some albums I’m listening to right now:

A Still Heart by The Naked and Famous, A Mind Like the Tide, Pt.2 by Prides, Cheers To the Fall by Andra Day (from 2015), Pine Trails (Acoustic) by Satellite Stories.

 

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What is a catch up on my life without a food section? Yeah, not happening. The first week after the surgery, my eating was quite minimal. A massive thank you goes to my mother for cooking food for me and serving it to bed on days when I could barely stand up.

I’ve been working on eating intuitively. Which I think is really important and part of a healthy relationship with food. Instead of thinking of food as a must and cooking as a chore, eating can be something positive. You can make it be part of your creativity. You can think of it as something you’re building yourself with and to feel connected to the earth in a more natural every day way.

 

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I’ve been eating lots of apples, vegetable curries, pickled cucumber, garlic, beetroot and the latest craving was nachos. I don’t really see a problem with giving your body what it wants and craves. I truly believe that our bodies have the power of telling us what it needs to keep us going and healthy.  Of course if what you crave is processed sugar (candy, chocolate, lemonade etc.) or snacks with lots of fats and salt, then of course you need to have a conversation with yourself and think about how you want to treat your own body. (Because that stuff is so damn addictive.) But I would advise you to listen to your own body and make decisions with your best knowledge.

 

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Last week I had this Nacho Weekend and went ALL OUT! Curry seasoned green vegetables, home-made salsa, tofu, guacamole, cheese sauce, lettuce, pickled cucumbers and sourcream&onion cashew dip with those nacho chips. A winner!! I made this vegan cheese sauce for the first time and I can’t but be amazed that you can get that out of only potatoes and carrots + seasoning. I love having these moments of surprise. Let’s keep loving the Earth and what it provides for us.

Also, I need to share this Sourcream&Onion Cashew dip recipe with you. It’s pure heaven! I got this book Vegemania by Manuela Bosco (Finnish) as a Christmas present last December and there’s so many good recipes in it. But this has been the absolute winner so far. (Also, I made a double portion of this because, why not?)

 

Sourcream & Onion – dip 

2dl cashew nuts (soaked), 2 stems of spring onion, 1 fresh date, a bundle of chives, 1 dl water, 1 tsp white wine vinegar, 1 lemon, a pinch of salt.

Blend all together (preferably in a high-speed blender) to a consistency of your liking.

 

So, this has about been my life for the last couple of weeks. Patiently waiting and enjoying every day of this coming spring. I’ve been thinking about budgeting some shopping money for myself to buy a few new clothes. I’m seriously in quite a desperate need of some new trousers. How are they all breaking apart at the same time? But I’ve made a deal with myself that no new clothes comes to this home before I’ve taken old ones, that I don’t use anymore, to a recycling center. We’ll see when that happens..

 

I’ll be back soon with new blog posts.

 

Wishing all the best to you,

Nora

 

 

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