Sonntag, 29. März 2015

Make do and mend

Today I'm finally sorting out the mending pile. 

The favourite shirt with the shredded ribbon that I couldn't bear to throw away.

The new party top with a neckline I thought I could get away with in the changing room and didn't dare to wear in real life. Simply fixed with a piece of lace.

The bargain t-shirt with potential if only one was a proper seamstress. Well, maybe some other time... Rome wasn't built in one day after all.

Sonntag, 22. März 2015

All work and no play...

... make Wonky Heidi a very dull blogger! 

The past four weeks at the office have been manic and most weekends were spent in a total uncreative way on the sofa. 

Today was different as I finally managed to install my new toilet seat, paid a flying visit to cuddle my niece and started filling in my tax forms.

But in two weeks time I'll have ten glorious days off. My to-do list so far:

paint wall
take laptop for an upgrade
take sewing machine for an overhaul
sort out balcony
pay Ikea a long-due visit
read, read, read
relax, relax, relax
go to the gym (oh no pollen alert)

Sonntag, 8. März 2015

Winter fun

Last Friday 16 of my amazing colleagues and I left the office early to travel to the Bavarian Forest. It is an area close to the Czech border and a popular holiday spot for families.
After the arrival in Bodenmais we started our hike to the Chamer Hütte, a mountain hut, managed by the local ski club.
It was a very steep climb and although I had left the kitchen sink at home I had problems lugging my day tour rucksack up the mountain. My boss, who you might remember from handing over his dessert at the xmas party,   came up trumps again and took it off me. Otherwise I wouldn't have managed the ascent.
The scenery was breathtaking, even though it was foggy and the forest dark and mysterious.

After about two hours we arrived exhausted and happy and sorted out the quarters. 

And then came refreshments...

Roast pork and dumplings

We had the most amazing evening in the cosy restaurant area of the hut. Eating, drinking, chatting and even singing. There were instruments available at the hut and one of my colleagues entertained us with one popular song after the other. And yes, due to the readily available hard liquor, I did have a go at yodelling! I'm very afraid of compromising videos being safed on the departments server!

After a restless night we woke up to a clear and sunny morning. We had a basic but filling breakfast,  kitted up and went outside.

And now came the biggest surprise of the trip, we were to take wooden sledges to get down into the valley! As I had seen the steep piste on the way up I was a bit afraid and decided to go last, where I could take my time.
The moment my bum touched the seat however, all of this was forgotten, I transformed into a right terror of the slopes and shot of at high speed, shreeking with delight, forcing my colleagues to dive for safety. Luckily no one was hurt as we raced through the white landscape, the sun glittering on the snow like diamonds.
It was over far to quickly! On the way out of town we stocked up on the local schnapps and headed back towards Munich, chatting happily.


Montag, 2. März 2015


The spring cleaning continues. 

On Saturday a friend and I loaded up her car with junk and drove to the recycling center. I was amazed at how much broken rubbish two households can collect in the 3,5 years since I moved into my appartment. I counted 3 DVD-Players, several electric toothbrushes, countless cables and other bits and bobs. After following the clerks instructions about what to put in which industrial sized containers we drove off happily... to the mall to replace the broken goods!
It certainly felt very liberating to rid my place of all this junk that was cluttering up my basement and even the balcony.
The next project is going to clear-out my book shelves again. I did this before the move but feel the urge to do it again. Even if I don't chuck any of the books out I might re-discover some old favourites and re-read them.
The hardest clear-out for me is my wardrobe. I can hardly bring myself to throw clothes out, even if I don't fit into them anymore as I'm eternally hopeful that one day I will again.

Oops, I might have forgotten something.