Popping candy… 10. January 2018

 Raspberry malt wheats cereal with milk.

 Yozora no Hoshi – Stars of the Night Sky candies. They were an adorable sweet and sugary treat to have with a cup of coffee.

 Apple jam-chocolate pastry.

 Baked potatoes, baked fish, salad and corn crackers with roast tomato hummus.

 Coffee and a popping candy covered doughnut.

Starting the year with work… 1. January 2018

 Cheesecake with strawberry jam and a chocolate cake we shared with my boyfriend. We actually got them for dessert for New Year’s Eve, but we were too full for dessert xD

 Kuma kombucha and some persimmon.

 Some chocolate my pen friend sent me and a cup of coffee.

 Leftover shrimp risotto.

I would say that 2017 was a pretty good year for me. It feels good to be able to say this after having quite a few crappy years before that. My mental health got better in 2017, I got to travel a bit, did many cool things like going to a muddy metal festival, spent time with my friends and loved ones, got a job and did good at it etc. I’d say it was good. I mean crap and hardship did happen, but I can mostly remember the good bits 🙂

My resolutions for last year were to attempt to produce less garbage and learn how to bake my own bread and make kimchi. I kind of failed at producing less garbage, because it’s really difficult to buy unpackaged things in Estonia unless you have whole days free to drive from store to store. However, I started recycling more, separating my garbage and dragging it to the appropriate collection sites. Not sure how much it realistically helps, but there is always hope that the trash there does in fact get recycled instead of going to some landfill.

I do try to use paper bags and reusable net bags for vegetables when possible and I try to carry my own reusable cloth bag with me when I go shopping, so I think I have managed to reduce the number of plastic bags I used.

I also switched tampons and other one time use feminine hygiene products for a menstrual cup and oh my gosh, best decision ever! Not only is it a money saver, because let’s face it, feminine hygiene products cost A LOT, but also reduced the amount of trash I sent to landfills with this small change in my life.

As for bread, I make a pretty decent yeasted white bread and my rye bread is quite decent already too. I failed at sourdough white bread several times as I couldn’t make a proper starter for it. My attempts at sourdough rye bread have been better, because Loviise gave me her starter xD Sadly the first batch she gave me went bad, as I was too busy with work and had no time to bake for a while, but now I got a new batch :p I dream of managing to keep a starter alive for years, that would be awesome.

Now kimchi… I made water kimchi once that turned out nicely, but that’s about it.

This year, my resolutions are:

    • Work on my art and handicraft business.
    • Try to accept and make peace with the person that I am, instead of unrealistically hoping to burst out of my skin as a completely new “better” person one day.

Sounds good, no?

Another year over… 31. December 2017

 Milk and chocolate Kinder Pingui.

 A cheese roll and a minced meat-rice pastry.

 A hearty serving of solyanka soup with sour cream.

 Take-out from Vapiano for dinner: boyfriend had a pasta with beef and rucola, I had a pasta with avocado and cherry tomatoes. We also got some risotto with shrimp and falafel with hummus, but most of these were left for the next day xD

 Knights Malvern Gold Cider. This was quite lovely.

I spent most of the day at work. Since I was super lazy, we got take-out instead of cooking a proper year end meal. And then I went to sleep, because I felt exhausted… I did wake up a bit after midnight when the fireworks ruckus started, but I didn’t care much for it and fell back asleep xD

If anything, I hope I can continue this – I don’t give a fuck – mood throughout 2018 xD