It´s been a bit silent around here due to a rather strange and busy week. I don´t feel right either - maybe it´s still that stomach bug or just this very long winter taking its toll. Whatever it is, I´m so tired. So, so tired. I feel I could sleep all day long but there´s so much to do, even and especially on the weekends, and I just never seem to get it all done. On top of all this - or maybe as a result of all this - I look just awful. And you can never be happy if you feel ugly, can you? Gah.

However, enough whining on the internets. It´s Easter, my favorite holiday, and I plan to have fun. FUN. I dyed some Easter eggs today (all with natural colors, more on this later) and let´s just say my kitchen got its fair share of color, too. But the eggs turned out just fine (except, green tea does NOT make green eggs, trust me) and this is a good start, right? Tomorrow will be a busy day preparing but we´ll have friends over on Sunday for a big easter brunch. And Monday, well on Monday you can find me sleeping on my sofa.

I´ll be back with the egg story soon and next week I hope things will be in full swing again. Happy Easter!

PS: Thank you for all your recommendations on Paris. We found a lovely apartment and I can´t wait to go!


Highs and Lows.

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was great. Mine actually was. We had an anniversary to celebrate on Saturday, M. and I are seven years together now. Seven years, can you believe? Time is flying. We had a fancy dinner on Friday night already as we had other plans for Saturday and it was lovely. So here´s to another 7 years with my big love!

As a surprise gift M. gave me plane tickets to Paris. Yay! I´m so so excited! I haven´t been to Paris for about 10 years and it´s time to go back. I´m on the hunt for a nice apartment or hotel which is reasonably priced. And ideas?

On another note, I have been struggling hard with this decision lately. I guess you could also say I´m in full blown panic mode. I know it´s the right decision to leave this particular job, it´s just that I´m so unsure of what comes after. Plus, all of my friends seem to leave Vienna all of a sudden and I´m a bit overwhelmed. We were supposed to be in San Francisco by now, you know? And now we´re kind of stuck here without a clue what to do next.

But there will be better days, right? Like the holiday in Paris I´m sure. We´re going in early September for three days. Please share any recommendations you have, will you?


Five Senses. 

Seeing: Some "hip" people around the city. Since when is Vienna hip?

Hearing: Traffic noise in the office all day as the windows are open again.

Tasting: Yoghurt and mashed fruit mostly due to a stomach flu.

Touching: The grass patch in front of my office - the only green in miles.

Smelling: Yummy food which I couldn´t eat. Bummer!

Happy Friday, Internets! I´m so glad this week is over.

PS: I clearly need a yellow piano.


(Picture by Ms Cupcake on Flickr.)


The Honeymoon Diaries, Part 2. 

On our second day in San Francisco, we had a big American breakfast in a rather greasy restaurant (it was still quite good, loved the pancakes) and then went shopping as it was still grey and foggy (we were told it´s a SF thing - foggy until noon). I got to see my first Anthropologie store which was amazing. I have to tell you though that I didn´t find anything there for me, except for a hat. A cute hat I might add (and more or less the only thing in there that was affordable, ahem).

However, as promised around noon the skies cleared up and we traveled down to Fishermans Wharf where we rented bikes and cruised along the seaside in the direction of the famous bridge. If you are in San Francisco for the first time, I totally recommend this. It´s a lovely ride and quite magical to see the bridge coming closer and closer. We crossed the bridge snapping pictures like mad (above is one of the results) and I was so happy. There´s something about this bridge, I tell you.

We explored the Exploratorium a bit on our way back to the city and then returned our bikes. After that we did some food shopping at Trader Joe´s (another "landmark" for me, and everything I expected!) and had a picnic in our hotel room. It was the perfect way to spend a day in San Francisco and sadly, it was our last one there since the next day, we went to Seattle - coming up in the third installment!

Honeymoon Diaries, Part 1.


Cupcake Kits. 


I adore these cupcake kits by Meri Meri. If it wasn´t completely ridiculous to send a cupcake kit on a travel around the world, I would totally order one or two. So cute.

(Pictures by Meri Meri).