Category Archives: Music

Music Mondays: but there was nothing to save

We’ve certainly had a successful few days of Easter holidays in Luxembourg. Today (a public holiday here in Luxembourg, unlike Good Friday), the weather has been absolutely awful, but we still managed to head out to a village called Nospelt, where they have a little Easter Monday market and where they sell these adorable little clay bird whistles. We also visited Dunkin Donuts for the first time (ridiculous, I know) and were pleasantly surprised by the delicious doughnut array.

Yesterday, however, was a true success story. We headed over to Esch-sur-Sûre (armed with DSLRs and two packets of Twistees), and hiked for around 9km around the area. It was glorious, and we only got rained on for about two minutes. The hike was a little tough at times for a novice like me, but we had a lot of fun, and the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful. The village itself is also very pretty, and I’d love to go back and visit the castle and the church properly.

Tomorrow, it’s back to work, and I’m also going to have so much proofreading work to do over the next few months – I don’t know how I’m going to survive. At least there’s more light in the day now, so that’s encouraging.

I’d also like to mention that a little interview with me was featured on the Sunday Circle (a Maltese magazine) yesterday, so check it out if you haven’t yet, and hello to any new readers! :)

{ Houses // Big Light }

{ The playlist. }

Music Mondays: I start my traineeship tomorrow asjdkpaosdpkds

That title, my friends, conveys an ounce of the feelings that I’m experiencing today. After seven years of university, a job as a lawyer for six and a half months, and 14 months of working from home as a freelancer (in Luxembourg), I’m heading back to a “regular office job” for the next five months. It’s a traineeship at the European Commission as a trainee translator in the (obviously) Maltese department. I’m equal parts nervous and excited. I’m also relieved, because I’ve missed working in an office and feeling like I’m a part of something, and speaking to people/colleagues every day. Then again, the sheer thought of knowing that I’m going to have to fit into a structure (and by “structure” I mean waking up early every.single.day. and having to face people for several hours every day) is exhausting me already. My head is already whirring forward to the end of July, when the traineeship will end – what am I going to do afterwards? On one hand, there’s no possibility that I can just “stay on” at the job, but it might also be a real (and really important) stepping stone in my life/career. THE UNCERTAINTY IS KILLING ME.

And this song is perfect for calming me down. Hope you’re having a happy Monday.

{ Absolutely Free // Beneath the Air }

{ The Music Mondays playlist. }

Music Mondays: Welcome to the inner workings of my mind

Snowflakes are lightly falling outside right now, while my parents are telling me that they’ve been needing to switch on the air-conditioning in the car (it’s 23 degrees in Malta today). I’ve definitely become used to the grey weather here in Luxembourg, but it still sucks to think of sunshine and clear blue skies (even though 23-degree weather in February in Malta is still oh.so.wrong.).

My traineeship at the European Commission starts in two weeks. I’m suddenly a little overwhelmed yet excited. I get to put on smart clothes and make-up every day. My proofreading schedule for the next few months is already almost completely full (which is manic), and I’ve got a play to perform in, my parents are visiting in March, there’s the Luxembourg City Film festival next week, I’m going on a trip to Disneyland this Friday… it’s all looking very, very busy already. But I’m going to think that that’s a good thing. Last year, I kept keeping my schedule as free as possible, thinking that I was going to be starting a full-time job semi-soon. Then, that didn’t happen, and I took on more proofreading and translation jobs, but there were still a few weeks last year where things were very quiet, and I just wanted to be busy instead.

Today’s song is weird and great to listen to with your eyes closed, while pumping yourself up to work.

{ MS MR // Hurricane }

{ The playlist. }

Music Mondays: oh, I wish, for once, to stay gold

It’s been a busy, yet quite happy, week. The weather has been mostly dark, cloudy, and rainy. It’s not very cold anymore, though, so at least going outside doesn’t automatically lead to numb fingers and noses.

We visited a wine fair on Saturday, and tasted plenty of yummy French wine, and then played games and ate vegan food at a lovely party full of Latvian people. We watched The Garbage Helicopter last night (a very strange, very cool, black-and-white Swedish film) and I’ve also been having more rehearsals as performance month draws ever closer.

The feedback from last week’s post has been very touching, and several people (some of whom I haven’t spoken to in years!) have personally reached out to let me know that 1. I should ignore the negativity thrown at me, 2. they’d hate it if I were to stop blogging, 3. I should do whatever the hell I wanted. All very good advice, which I’m trying to take.

I’m trying to flex my creative-writing muscles a bit more (these writing prompts are helpful), reading Le Petit Prince (in French), and watching an anime series, on a friend’s recommendation. And quite a bit of work has come in these past few days, so that’s been keeping me busy too. AND I’ve been exercising a tiny bit each day (10-15 minutes of relatively intense exercise, and 10 minutes of yoga), which seems to be… good for me? I think?

Also: the song above takes me back to sunny summer days with the sun beating down on my cheeks and forearms. Mmm.

{ First Aid Kit // Stay Gold }

{ The playlist. }

Music Mondays: the Internet is dead, the Internet is gone

Getting back into blogging like I used to is a bit hard. Even though I still get a lot of wonderful, sweet comments and questions about my blog posts here, over the past few months I’ve heard several snippets of negativity about myself, my blog, my choice of blog post topics… and it’s definitely contributed to me drawing into myself and not really wanting to keep going. (This is not a call for sympathy, by the way! I’m just voicing a few thoughts I’ve been having.) Every time a Thursday came around, my head would flood with voices saying “ugh, Claire is so annoying, always chirpy and cheerful, it’s too much”. So I wouldn’t put anything up.

I don’t know where to go from here. After semi-forcing myself to put up a Life in Luxembourg update post earlier this week, I’m thinking of slowly easing myself back into regular blogging, with my usual music posts on Mondays, Things I Love Thursday posts on Thursdays, and the occasional round-up of photos on Sundays. However, at the same time, this doesn’t feel right. And it’s not just about the voices that criticise my tone of voice or my lighthearted content, it’s also me wanting a bit of a change after several years of blogging several times a week in the same “style”. I love the lists I create and the way I make some people feel with my blog posts, but I guess I don’t feel the same way I used to. I would love to write different things, for example, but if I can barely cope with feedback on lighthearted posts about things I’m grateful for, I doubt I’ll be comfortable with feedback on more hard-hitting topics. I constantly feel out of my comfort zone, and maybe that’s good, and I’m getting stronger because of that, but, I don’t know.

Maybe I should just write more about books, films, and food.

Today’s song is magical and smooth. Close your eyes and bob your head.

{ Lydia Ainsworth // Malachite }

{ The playlist }

Music Mondays: to pay off a debt brought back from the wars

The weather in Luxembourg is drearydrearydreary. UGH. But, at least, my bestie is visiting this weekend and today we’re off on yet another adventure.

This song is a beautiful tune to kick-off a slow Monday morning. Hope yours is productive and (somehow) fun.

{ The New Pornographers // Adventures in Solitude }

(The playlist.)

Music Mondays: it’s bigger than us

This week is a travelling week (I’m going to London again for a few days on Thursday), so I have to get everything done in the first half of the week (and pack). A lot of productivity needs to enter my life. As well as Christmas-card writing!

Biffy Clyro are one of my all-time favourite bands. This is one of their less “forceful” songs, but so beautiful. Really hoping to see them live again soon (maybe next year?). It’s been too long.

Hope everyone is having a very excellent Monday.

{ Biffy Clyro // As Dust Dances }

(The playlist.)

Music Mondays: I’ll love you long after you’re gone

The start of another week! I’m feeling quite good about this one. I have a few exciting plans, but some others are still up in the air (considering the lockdowns being put in place in our part of the world), and I have a lot of juicy work to get done.

This song is nice and uplifting for a Monday morning. My boyfriend also just gave me a belated anniversary present in the form of a beautiful, beautiful book. It’s so splendid.

Have a glass of juice, and let’s get this week GOING.

Happy Monday!

{ Phillip Phillips // Gone Gone Gone }

(The playlist.)

Music Mondays: I will love in this life until I finally have to go

My blog seems to be back! Perhaps! We’ll see!

What a horrid weekend that was. The terrorist attacks in Paris felt so close, and everything is very unsettled.

And after a few weeks in London and in Malta, my life back in Luxembourg definitely hasn’t settled yet. My luggage is still strewn about our apartment. Heaps of washing still needs to be done. My to-do list (the urgent one) is dangerously long.

But today is a new day and a new week. LET’S DO THIS.

{ Run River North // Growing Up }

(The playlist.)