I did only a little bit of work during my time off - work that I have wanted to do for a while, but keep putting off because the idea of starting it, amidst all my usual work, was too daunting. Thus, the holidays were a good time to get a start on turning my thesis into a book with no other work distractions, and now that I have a good start I think I will have the motivation to keep working on it.
What made up the bulk of my vacation?
I did manage to blog a lot more regularly. I won't promise to keep it up throughout the teaching semester, but I'll try. I updated and added to the pages across the top, too.
We took Tika for plenty of swims.
I read a lot of books. I went to the library maybe 6 or 7 times during my 4 weeks at home, to pick up books I had reserved.
We painted the toilet and the hallway.
|This line between living room and hall is gone. I call the colour "soy chai latte".|
I did some bigger cleaning projects that I don't do normally, like dusting off the blinds (a big job, since we always have our windows open) and moving furniture to vacuum under it.
|My dislike of these blinds is now more than aesthetic.|
We harvested many huge piles of basil and filled up the freezer with pesto.
|Gnocchi with pesto, spinach and broccoli.|
(Seriously, our freezer is so full right now, between pesto and mango and reduced-to-clear tofu and veggie burgers.)
I took many, many naps.
|Like this, but on the couch.|
We watched series one of The Killing, a Danish crime drama. It was really good - a little bit like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but less polished. I am looking forward to watching series two!
I made a pretty good dent on organising my craft room.
And used it for the first time, to sew a Go board.
I rediscovered my love of cooking and had time for more complicated recipes, like Mochi, Bacon Cheeseburgers, or steamed buns filled with Lamyong beef, cabbage and 5-spice BBQ sauce.
We made mango chutney and jam, and did a few more things that will get their own posts in the coming weeks.
|Mango pancakes with mango jam.|
But sadly, the holiday fun times are over. I didn't tick off everything I wanted to get done - cleaning behind the oven was never really a priority, I guess - but it was so great to have a few weeks off to play, to relax, to tinker.