Thursday, May 28, 2015

  1. I drift away while listening to the recording. I feel more relaxed afterwards and able to go back to the office.
  2. They tease each other and laugh a whole lot, so happy to be together. My girls.
  3. The last bowl of radishes from our garden. It has been a good harvest.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

  1. My colleague who lives in the same area is kind to give me a lift home. There is lots of heavy traffic and a 20 km drive takes 45 minutes, but neither of us complain about it.
  2. Jay gets to leave her music theory early and runs off to the library section with her friend Liza. So much joy, so much energy!
  3. My friend Mojca texts me about her vision and it is a lovely one.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jay’s three good things today:
  1. Participating at the Carinthian piano competition.
  2. Having me take a photo of her and her piano teacher together.
  3. Winning a Golden Award for coming second best in her category.
My good things today:
  1. Jay’s piano playing at the competition moves me so much that my eyes fill with tears.
  2. A young stag in the meadow behind our house. Jay spots him first from her room, and calls me to share the beauty of it.
  3. Meeting my relatives outside the block of flats which made the reunion much easier.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

  1. Sore back from yesterday’s long yoga class. Muscles’ awakening.
  2. I spot the house instantly. Its condition is as bad as I expected, but I have seen it now and it’s no longer on my list.
  3. Elisabeth and Mr. Darcy make a good end of my day.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

  1. A walk in the rain at lunchtime. Thanks to Mojca. We only had one umbrella.
  2. Cabbage soup, yesterday’s left-over, hot and yummy.
  3. My late evening wellness: watching Eurovision contest with Em, stationary bike workout, tucking in Jay, manicure, reading. A good end of a very hard day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  1. The parking lot is full. I manage to find some space by the side of the road. Feeling lucky.
  2. I manage to get by without having to talk to anybody at the scene. My discomfort for being in their territory vanishes as soon as I leave the place.
  3. The man is kind to clean my car back seats after closing time.

Monday, May 18, 2015

  1. I spend seven hours in retail, replenishing the fridges with dairy products, coating pizza doughs with tomato sauce, grated cheese and olives, and feeling great for being away from the office computers.
  2. I buy cakes, but then as I drive through her neighborhood I instantly decide to stop by to say hello and give the cakes to her. It is a good thing.
  3. There is a cool evening air coming down from the woods. Tall grasses in the meadow. Moist soil that had only been fertilized once in 11 years since we’ve lived here. Will I be still living here when the tomatoes are ripe, the tomatoes that I haven’t even planted yet. I don’t know. I remove another snail from the lettuce. I’ve dug almost a quarter of the vegetable garden and tomorrow there will be tomatoes growing there. Everything’s fine. The girls are inside and I can hear Jay’s piano playing. Everything’s fine.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

  1. My hands smell of lavender.
  2. I get a most lovely birthday card from Jay. And my first lip gloss. (The one that I get to keep. Because the one I bought just last week got confiscated and made it all the way to Paris and back and is now in Em's make-up bag.)
  3. Em returns safely and is very happy with everything she has seen and experienced during her school trip.

Monday, May 11, 2015

  1. My new shoes: mary janes with embroidery.
  2. Talking to Em. She loved the view from the Eiffel Tower.
  3. Sitting outside on the porch of a lovely small house. So relaxing and light. As if one who lived here could actually cope with all the work inside and outside and one’s own life in general. Which would be such a welcome change for me.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

  1. I prepare all the extras to go with an amazing ease.
  2. I love the area with the river and the mountains high up, and Jay is smitten by all the rocks, minerals and crystals at the exhibition. A great day.
  3. A wonderful reunion with people I haven’t seen in more than 10 years. We laugh a lot.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

  1. I bike down to the bakery and back first thing in the morning.
  2. We stand by the side of the road, near the bus and look up at where Em is sitting with her friend, all set to go. Paris, here she comes…!
  3. Meeting up for coffee and cakes. The first time I sense that she actually understands my distress.

Friday, May 8, 2015

  1. The nurse is kind enough to reschedule my appointment to Monday so I can go back to the office.
  2. As much as she likes to object my suggestions and opinions, Em does like to hear them. Even at the hairdressers’. But then she does it her way. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.
  3. While waiting in the car outside the music school I spot two birds in the tree, sitting on the same branch, closest to me, twittering as if talking to one another.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

  1. I have colleagues that can give me a lift to work and back. I am so lucky.
  2. When I see little Naja in my cousin’s arms in her pajamas I remember holding my own girls at this age, so warm, so sweet, and deep inside I long so much for those short years. So tonight I have this wonderful chance to have a toddler sit in my lap and for once again I’ve fooled my heart so it doesn’t overflow.
  3. I sneak up on Em's balcony in the dark and look down at the lights and the hilly horizon. Warm summer air and the sound of crickets chirping. So beautiful. I think to myself how I never really took the time to enjoy this place and all it has to offer and how grateful I am now for these moments.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

  1. I spend the entire train ride talking on the phone to my friend Barbara. About nothing and about everything.
  2. I have a to-do list and I managed to tick off two tasks, one of them being “make copies of Em’s personal documents” (before her school trip to Paris…!).
  3. Blow-drying their hair before bedtime is the best part of my day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

  1. I lie, saying that “yes, I was at the pharmacy”. It’s a good lie because I don’t want her to worry.
  2. As Jay and I return from church we go up to Em’s room and Jay stays with her big sister. Later I find them lying on Em’s bed, laughing and embracing one another. Love.
  3. I clean up my bag of all the receipts and other unnecessary papers. I even find an umbrella buried somewhere beneath all that clutter. My bag is so much lighter now. I am lighter.

Monday, May 4, 2015

  1. I collect Em from school and she has so much to share about her day. Our drive home is so different and so wonderful.
  2. I walk into the room and say what I have hesitated for such a long time. The good thing about it is that I have gathered the strength and done it. It sounded surreal, but it is the only way.
  3. A late night meditation.

Monday, April 20, 2015

  1. My colleague Manja from work is so kind to stop in the middle of the street and give me a lift to the office in the cold early morning.
  2. I take a long lunch break. I walk the streets of the downtown, indulge in a decaf and cookies and stop at the bookstore.
  3. The smell in the hall is exactly the same as it had been when I was a student at this school.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

  1. A workout for a good start of the day.
  2. I was lucky to spot a documentary about Marie Curie at Sorbonne last night which should help Em with her school project, and today we watch it together right after lunch.
  3. As Jay and I walk down the road three goats come right towards us, two of them being the sweetest little creatures I have seen in a long time.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

  1. Bathing in the sun at lunchtime.
  2. A sudden breeze from the woods cools the air just as I am done putting seeds of carrots, lettuce and radishes into the ground. I drape the fabric right over to keep them warm.
  3. At midnight I feel like I am capable of doing crazy things. But I talk myself into letting go and sleeping, just sleeping.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  1. I like her hair-cut and wish I had the same.
  2. Jay never fails to amaze me with her cheerfulness. Even after almost two hours of math exercises.
  3. I laugh really hard. Stories from our everyday life that we share over the phone are just so crazy yet we endure all the lows and do little to change them. Bursting into laughter at the end of the day is so relaxing.