This week’s Things I Love Thursday post is not in the regular point-form format. This blog has been incredibly quiet recently, and that’s because I have been devoting all of my energy to a million and one new things in my life – including some blogging for another blog. My traineeship at the European Commission is going very well – I’ve met a lot of wonderful people and have been learning and struggling with something new every single day. It’s been quite a challenge to juggle the traineeship (i.e. translation work for 40 hours every week), my participation in two subcommittees (the charity subcommittee and the communication subcommittee), occasional trips (e.g. I went to Durbuy, Belgium a couple of Sundays ago with two friends – the photo above was taken there), time with my boyfriend, occasional French lessons, lots and lots (and lots) of my own freelance work, and a lot of other things. Life is beautiful and I’m very happy overall, but the stage is almost halfway over and everything is happening so quickly.
I spent most of March (and the first part of April) feeling very ill – it must have been the combination of stress and spending a lot of time with a lot of different people (germs, ahoy!). However, now I’m feeling fine and it feels SO GOOD to just feel normal and healthy. I’m very grateful to be able to appreciate this feeling of feeling OK and not queasy/exhausted/dizzy/congested. The sun has finally made its presence felt in Luxembourg these past couple of weeks – which is seriously giving me life.
For the first time in a long time (even during my thesis-writing days), I’ve been super behind on reading – usually, I’m always halfway through one book or other, but this year, I’ve only read a couple of books, and it’s making me panic a little. However, I have high hopes for the rest of the year (once I relax a bit on the proofreading side of things…), and I’m aiming to read a lot of short books to bump up my book count for the year.
After getting hit with a bad stomach bug around New Year’s which hung around for what felt like weeks (this year has not been great for my health…), I hadn’t been too much in the mood for good food or for visiting a nice restaurant (both of which are usually at the top of my To-Do Often list). Let’s just say that the first couple of months of the year were a bit gloomy. BUT. Then I felt much better towards the end of March, and things started to look up again. Then, the weather in Luxembourg refused to fuse into spring until a few days ago, so I was dragging myself around in a big winter coat in the rain for ages… but a quick weekend trip to Malta in the middle of April made everything much better. And now I’ve moved on to enjoying the sunshine and worrying about other things, as I do.
Today marks 6 and a half years with my boyfriend, David. I barely thought I’d ever live abroad when I met him (at 20), and we’ve been on so many adventures together over the past 6 years and 6 months. Maybe one day we’ll get a kitten and our lives will be truly complete. (I’m kidding.)
(I’m not kidding.)