Monday list

What are you looking forward to this week?

I am looking forward to tomorrow morning already (Tuesday) when I will have a long morning for myself. The plans are to get up at a reasonable time, have breakfast while studying and then go for a run before my two afternoon classes. Apart from that I am looking forward to Wednesday evening when Emma will come here and cook again, and then Thursday when we are off school (yey). In the evening I will go to Emily's to celebrate Thanksgiving with her and her American friends. So much fun! I am also looking forward to Friday when I'm trying a new club with Jenny. Too long ago since I saw her.

Which is the latest blog you have started reading?

Honestly I am not the biggest blog reader. I have a few that I have been following for as long as I can remember which are: Blondinbella, Kenza, Andrea Hedenstedt and Fitspooration. These four are my favorites. Apart from them I follow Sofis Foodstories, Sandra Beijer, my sister, Janni Deler, Victoria Tornegren and Alexandra Bring. 

Are you cooking any good food this week?

Maybe not I am, but on Wednesday Emma is going to prepare chantarelle toast for us mmmmhmmmm. And on Thursday when it's Thanksgiving I'm gonna bring something yummy vegan. These past three weekds I have realised that my body is very sensitive to "bad" foods since I almost never eat them. Candy is an example. Today I had some and felt sick for a couple of hours afterwards, like my stomach was not in balance. Same with cookies and chocolate. 

Mention something you reallly want to do this week that you will put time aside to do.

I am getting into a really good workout flow. Since I've been back in Paris for almost three months I have worked out a little bit, but more because I feel like I have had to than for enjoying it. Now, however, I actually get this good feeling that people talk about that they get when/after they have worked out and it is so rewarding. It has also  come to my mind that I am very (and then I mean VERY) stiff so stretching is essential for me and I am starting to really enjoy it. 

What word do you want to set the spirit for this week?

Hmmm. Tough one. Since I am a fan of words there are several ones I could include here. I would actually, to gather them all in one, say mindfulness. I want to feel good and happy and in peace with myself as I have been doing the past few days. No stress about long to do lists, I just take my time and do everything that has to be done and then I can enjoy my free time. 

What did you do last night?

Last night... Oh yes, I had dinner with Emma and Jeremy, the most delicious tomato/kidney bean/pasta/gnocci with roasted cashews and pistahios and other goodies. I am usually not the biggest fan of pasta but with this sauce it was amazing. Thanks Emma! Afterwards we worked until 4 in the morning in a club, gotta pay rent! 

A pic that symbolizes this day:

Okay so here I should put a not very flattering photo of my tired self today that slept four hours tonight. I even slept two hours after school (who am I?), buuuuut I don't have that (a shame) so here is instead a much more beautiful one of my simple dinner tonight. Spinach, sweet potatoes in small cubes, roasted chick peas and some corn with a crisp bread with tomato. Yes, I love this kind of food if you haven't noticed. Enjoyed this in front of a movie with Jeremy.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Last year I was so bad at breakfast. I stayed in bed every morning until 15 minutes before I had to be out the door. Now I have new routines that I enjoy way more, which includes eating breakfast. I usually go for a bowl of musli or my favorite at the moment; crisp bread with tomato slices and salt and peppar. My stomach can barely stand coffee anymore so I usually drink tea or a glass of orange juice. This morning, though, I was in such a rush since I barely slept tonight after the club so I just had an apple on the tramway on my way to school. 

What time in the morning do you wake up?

As I mentioned recently, I am NOT a morning person. I wish I was, but I am not. I have late night habits which contribute to my moody morning mode, you could say. I usually get up about one hour before I have to leave to school which can be everything between 7 and 9. In the weekends it depends, but when I don't go out I try to get up around ten. I am really against wasting half of the day in bed so I always try to drag my lazy ass out of bed even if I'm a bit tired. 

How do you usually look every day?

In the week I normally don't put any make up. Recently I've worn my black "suit" pants quite a lot since I think they are chicer than normal skinny black jeans. I also like to wear simple dresses and skirts, it can really brighten up a grey day in my opinion. The jewelry is my Tara necklace since more than 5 (?) years and hoops (not too big though, don't wanna look like P. Diddy's girlfriend <- that one only Emma will understand sorry about that). When I go to school I am really lazy with my looks so my hair is usually just hanging freely if it's clean or in a pony tail if it's not super fresh or if it annoys me.

The weekend in pics

This Friday I started with a pancake breakfast with Grégoire before he had to take the train back home to Lyon. They may not look very appetizing but trust me, they are. I use the easiest recipe for mine that I came up with myself: banana (one per person), some chia seeds and almond milk (or other plant based milk). If they don't get thick enough you can also add some oats just so they will stick together. 
In the afternoon I taught English for two hours for a new student which was so much fun. She seemed happy too which is the most important for me. 
 
In the evening I headed in to Paris to see my friend Eva. We met at Invalides and walked along the Seine, across Pont de la Concorde, across Place de la Concorde to...
 
... Buddha Bar! Wow, what a place! I felt as if I had stepped right into a scene in Gossip Girl with cool, beautiful people and an interior design to die for. Of course, pricy drinks came with this but it was totally worth it for the experience. 
 
Afterwards we went to dinner at Le Montaigne, right off Champs Élysées and were positively surprised. I had a delicious (not vegan) pizza but afterwards I had horrible cramps in my stomach. First I couldn't understand it but then I came to the conclusion that I hadn't had diary in over two weeks. This was my bodies way to show that and from now on I'm gonna listen to that. 
I was home before midnight and fell asleep watching Suits. 
 
On Saturday I woke up at a reasonable time and forced my lazy ass out in our "garden"/back yard to workout. I did a high intense program that my sister made for me and it really paid off, the next day I had pain in several parts of the body which means it was a good workout. Afterwards the clock was passed noon so I made a veggie lunch to Nico and myself as seen above. Wow it was so good! My advice for kidney beans are to fry them with some taco spice mix, very delicious. 
 
In the afternoon I headed to the 17th arrondissement for a baptism. Yes, you got it right, to church. It was the baptism of the baby that Emma looks after and we were invited. I had never been to a catholic baptism so that was very interesting actually!
 
It might not look very cold as the sun came out taking these pictures, but it was. It is! Well, I put style over comfort most of the time these days, haha. After church we went home to the family (beautiful apartment, wow!) where Emma and I had the mission to watch the kids. Aparently adults drink champagne to celebrate baptisms here, or maybe just this family. Although, French people in general do celebrate more than we do at home. It's an interesting cultural difference and I like the French mentality about celebrating, mostly, however I'm not sure I feel comfortable with adults drinking so much alcohol around kids.
After "work" we went home to Emma's for a pasta dinner before we headed to Le Perchoir. What a cozy place! We met some friends there and had wine and then I actually ended up going home, falling asleep in front of Suits, again. I haven't really been in the nightclub spirit this weekend. 
 
And on to Sunday! I woke up late and went almost straight to church for choir practice. Then back home where I had a late soup lunch and then went for a run. I was NOT motivated before but ended up running without taking a break for more than 40 minutes. That might not sound very impressive to you however to me it is. Wow! I was stunned how easily it went and how nicely I felt so I just kept on going. 6.5 kilometers in the end, in a comfortable pace. When I came home I forced Jeremy to stretch with me while we talked through the weekend. Also did a face mask and took a looong warm shower. As I am writing this post I just finished studying and am listening to Emma rumbling around in the kitchen. She doesn't have one in her small apartment so we have a deal that she comes here once a week and cooks. Great! 
 
Hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend too, now I have five more weeks in school until Christmas so the countdown has officially begun. Hugs! xx

Recap

 
Good morning lovers! Hope you all are doing well. I've been a little bit absent latey so I thought I'd tell you what's going on. Last Friday I started teaching English as a private tutor. It was really fun, I enjoyed it a lot. Afterwards I met Jenny for a little after work since I was in her neighborhood. In the evening I went out with Brooke and the rest is history.
The rest of the weekend was quite calm, on Saturday we threw a housewarming party with about 40 people in our apartment. So much fun! Wow. I'm so thankful for the friends I've gotten here these past two years. Sunday was a cultural day with a visit to the YSL museum (which I highly recommend) and fiva hours spent in the Swedish church. Wait what?! Haha yes so Emma and I joined the Christmas carol choir and we enjoy it so much. I love singing in a choir and I love Christmas carols! I'm not very religious but I like tradition and it feels a bit like "home". This week I've just been struggling with the cold that has hit Paris, and also school work. I can't wait for the holidays! 
Last night Grégoire came to Paris, it was about seven months since I saw him so that was really great. We headed to the same restaurant as where he works in Lyon, to Mama Shelter. Wow! I was so impressed with everything from the interior decor to the service and the food, of course! Cocktails and wine were amazing as well so I highly recommend this place. 
At the moment I'm in class, had a hard time getting up this morning... I really need to become a morning person, I just don't know how. I suspect it has something to do with the time you go to bed the night before and that is my big problem. Oh well. This weekend I haven't got a lot planned, several English classes to give on Friday and a baptism on Saturday. 
Love xx