Wow, this past summer month was hectic on one side, but very slow on the other side.
Not much happened. I worked fulltime at a hospital lab, to earn money for my stay abroad. So there was not much time for days out or other stuff.
I visited my parents one weekend and also saw my sister and her husband again. And the other time was mostly filled with cooking, cleaning my room and I started packing the things that I wouldn’t need.
I also spent one week offline, as you may have read last week. That was a week with loads of reading. I think there were at least 15 magazines I still had lying around and that I have now finally read…
With all the working July went fast. But on the other hand it went so slow. I’m counting down every day until I’ll leave for Stockholm. On one side I’m so excited to go and can’t wait to find out what it’s like to kind of start my life from scratch. But every day that passed, is one day less to spend with and hug my sweet ferret. Each morning when we wake up we look at each other and sigh… Another day crossed away from our time together.
So, for this month there aren’t that many pictures. I promise you, next month there will be many many more!
Crafts: I worked a bit on the scalloped scarf and started a new scarf. This is the one above and is knitted with a nice summery airy pattern.
Books: I finished ‘Bagage’ by Emily Barr and now started in ‘Friday on my Mind’ by Nicci French.
Movies/series: I watched Mr. Selfridge, which was a really enjoyable one. And now I’m re-watching The Killing.
Favorite moment: I guess that will be my week offline. The silence and all the time of the world to read and such.
Suckiest moment: hmmm, probably when I had to go to work after a bad night of sleep…
June started on a high with the performance of the piece ‘Much ado ’bout nothing’ from Shakespeare by my student union. I was part of the decor-team. It was hard work, but it went soooo well and it gave a huge burst of adrenaline.
Right after that I spent the weekend with my biblestudy group from that same student union. We made a biketrip to a beautiful castle, where we had a tour and walked around a bit. The day after we had a creative afternoon: with the assistance of some nice, relaxed music we painted. It was really great and made a big mess with the paint all over my canvasses. But the result is pretty ok.
After all of this fun, there was still the thing called school. Right after the fun weekend my exam week started. 3 exams that I didn’t prepare that well. Luckily I passed all of them and the week after I also presented and finished a project very well.
And when all this learning and project stuff was done: summer vacation! Time to relax, enjoy the free time (no alarm waking me up!) and do anything I wanted. I had an indoor picnic with a friend, visited a silence festival in Breda and went geocaching with my sister. The weather wasn’t that great, but I really enjoyed almost 2 weeks of vacation at the end of June.
And now that it’s July, I started with a fulltime job during the summer at the laboratory of the hospital in Utrecht. Lovely job, but I’m curious to see how I will deal with working fulltime… More about that in the next diary. First: June and it’s delights.
Crafts: I made a knitted banner in baby pink and after that I picked up a crochet scalloped scarf I started somewhere end of 2014. It took some time to figure out the pattern again, but now I’m back on track.
Books: Still reading ‘Bagage’ by Emily Barr, haven’t made so much progress though. When you see the stuff below, you’ll understand why
Movies/series: When I finished Downton Abbey, I moved on to New girl and then The Returned, The Missing, House of Cards, 3rd season of Orange is the New Black and now I’m watching the Swedish series Arne Dahl. Now you understand why I haven’t made so much progress with reading books…
Favorite moment: passing all my exams and projects. I won’t make any more exams at my school, since after summer I’ll study in Sweden and after that I’ll do my final internship and my thesis. So with that, I’ve passed all my exams at my school in one time! Big celebration time!
Suckiest moment: I wasn’t selected for a room at one of the campusses of Stockholms Universitet. So that means I’ll have to find a room myself. Fingers crossed.
After that holiday May was mostly about school. Working hard on two projects, keeping up with the courses I’m taking. Not much fun.
What is much fun, is that this month I’ve also got a GO for studying in Stockholm! Not all courses I’d like to take are sure, because I’ll have to register at the end of August. But it’s not going to be any more sure than this for now. So I’ve started preparing: subscribing at the uni, investigating the city, trying to learn the language and booking a ticket. August 22nd I’m going to be very sick. Sick from nerves and excitement, cause that’s the day I’m leaving The Netherlands for a while! Almost can’t wait.
August was another month of holiday.
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as good as July. More rain, less sun.
But still I’ve done a lot of things. I’ve even made some bikerides, although I cancelled a 3 day biking trip because of the weather.
And one afternoon I visited the city of Nijmegen. Just walking around for a few hours, then sit down at a cafe besides the river and enjoy some lovely drinks & a bite. A lovely day.
I’ve also done a lot of crocheting and knitting, because in the end of August JCLN was at a festival market. It was so fun to make all the stuff and so fun to team up with Charlotte from DraadDesign. Unfortunately the weather was bad and we learned that Etsy sellers should only sell on creative markets… But we had a great day together. (more…)