Tuesday, September 2, 2014

things I never regreted buying.

It´s not that I´m a hoarder. But I have a lot of things. I´m not a minimalist when it comes to decoration and interior. I collect things, I buy things just for having them and it is simply really easy to trick me into buying the small, pretty stuff. Decoration, kitsch, apparel. I have most likely already bought smth before you could even name it. I like to have. I also have a hard time to let go. I keep magazines I got years ago and never ever look at.

It came to mind that I really have a lot I don´t actually use or really need, when I asked myself the question, which of my belongings I never have never regereted buying. The list is almost shockingly short, at least to me, when I compare it to the total number of things I own.

To give an example, we could look at my nail polish. I have lot´s of bottles and everytime a new person comes into my room they comment on that. I know that it´s a lot. I like to use nail polish once in a while and a new shade is always tempting. But I have bottles which were never opened. Most of them were used once. And that´s the point. How many polishes would I need if I wanted to paint my nails? One. 
Now I have all of these and I do sometimes regret that I invested money into them.

I questioned my own consumer behaviour and came to the result that I have to stop getting more and more. Recently did the back of my clost come off, because I have too many clothes in there and I had a hard time to push it back in. It was a sign. If I want to live a more evironment friendly, and cheaper, live do I have to stop. I don´t want to take part in the wasting of basic materials which I dislike so much when others do it. Therefore did I install a voice in my head which helps me to reconsider before I pay.

Now, what are the things I never regreted buying? These are the only things which spontaneously came to my mind:

1. My tablet computer. I got it last year and use it daily now. It helps to save livetime of my laptop, which runs a lot, and is easier to take on trips.

2. My wrist watch. I bought the watch back in 2008, when I was an Au Pair and had to be on time. I feel naked without it and buy new wrist bands when the old one comes off or is generally too old. It is the only wrist watch I have right now.

3. My water bottle. I got this after starting in the master program and stopped buying bottled water. One of the items I use the most.

4. My shorts. I can only use these during summer, still I never regreted buying them. Because when it is warm do I either wear these or dresses. All summer long.

5. My good knife. This is a very good kitchen knife, no one else but me is allowed to use it or to clean it. It was the most expensive one I could afford back then, it´s not a high class one though.

6. My coffee maker. Do I even have to explain why I never regreted buying that one? I´m very happy about it every morning.

7. My tools. I have used all these tools so often now. I don´t need help when it comes to fixing small things, building furnitures or installing a washing machine and I´m proud of that.

So, seven things. I didn´t consider items I got as a gift or didn´t pay for myself.

Have you really regreted to have bought every single other item, you might ask. No. Definitely not the food. Not the trips I made. But every time when it comes to my mind that I never use a certain item, do I know that I shouldn´t have bought it in the first place. It´s even worse when I discover that I have smth and totally forgot I have that.

What am I going to do now, with the plenty I got? For now, I´ll keep it. And start to get rid of it little by little. And not replace it, of course.

Which are the things you never regreted buying?

women´s tales #8.

Miranda July for Miu Miu


Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014



- puff pastry, store bought, two sheets
 - apples, two
- cranberries, a few >originally with raisins
- orange juice, about 1/2 cup >originally with water or apple juice
- cinnamon, up to you 
- water, a little bit
- sugar, up to you

Unfreeze the puff pastry, at least if you, like me, use the frozen version.
Peel the apples, cut them into small pieces and cook them soft in the orange juice, add cinnamon.
Add the cranberries to the apples.

Roll out both puff pastry sheets, they should both have the same size.
Fold one sheet in half and make cuts into the closed end. Open it again.

Put the apples, with as little juice as possible, on the sheet without cuts. Maybe drain them a little.
Put over the sheet with cuts as a cover.
Press all the way round with a fork, to seal.

Spread water over the upper side and sprinkle some sugar over.

Bake for about 20 min/180°C, until the puff pastry has a nice golden brown color.

This really is an easy peasy version of apple strudel, with a few changes from my side. I find it sooo hard to make puff pastry myself and always buy some.  You can stretch the recipe and make a bigger strudel, by simply using more sheets of puff pastry and more apples and attaching the sheets to eachother. I would say two apples per two sheets.

Tastes best warm with vanilla sauce.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

who you choose.

At one point did I stop to chase what society and magazines were, and are still, preaching: be perfect, be skinny, don´t fall out of your roll. I discovered that chasing that ideal never gave me anything but the feeling not to be good enough. I´m more the Bridget Jones type, you know. ;) So, basically I gave up on my old roll models, the girls I wanted to be like so badly. And it felt good, to my surprise.

After a while did I discover that I wasn´t the only one, that there are more women who are politic nerds and interested in feminism, longboarding and not fitting in - but wearing pretty dresses at the same time. Who don´t have the desire to make others guilty over their food choices. Unfortunately did I first meet some of them in person, and could hang with them, when I was in university. Before that was the internet one huge source of inspiration. I simply made my choice and skipped all the content that would pull me down.

I know some of my role models in person, others I don´t. Doesn´t matter. Their existence makes me feel better and less reserved when it comes to celebrate the fabulous myself. A celebration I first dared to make, after I skipped all the pressure.

calender week 34 - when I got hiking boots and chased the sun.

Master thesis had to be worked on.

Typical weather in August.



Not really the right pony for me.

I went back home in the afternoon.

This is a Mini Zimtwuppi and it´s delicious. I always get a Zimtwuppi when I come by that bakery.

I thought, only few people would be in the trains. I was wrong.


Corner of my mind.

Home group. Sometimes also a culinary experience.

My flatmate´s birthday.


Lot´s of her relatives came over in the afternoon and we had a good time.


 One of a kind tomato.

Another birthday, another birthday child.

Mario was there too.

Saturday morning scene.

Coffee? Please. Thanks. My friend Vanessa and I went shopping together.

I know I said there is shopstop for me during all August. But I´m going to hike in the north of Spain in September and needed good shoes. You have start early enough with breaking them in, so I got them now. And also found pants on sale, didn´t want to let that opportunity go.

We had lunch and I orderd a starter. It was so much, I never would have managed to eat a main course afterwards. Vanessa had a salad and we shared.

Almost ready.

This might the pony for me. They have weels under their feet and you can really ride them. I saw them in the basement floor of a shopping mall and lot´s of little girls rode the small ones. One mother rode a big one.

Surching the sun.

There it is.


#latergram. Finally it´s fall and I like it.

Yeah. I walked home from church and suddenly the sole of my right shoe came off.  Without warning. I carried both shoes for the rest of the way, with the shoes on it would have taken ages. It was warm enough. People gave me awkward stares. Of course.

Strudeldidudeldidudeldidu. I made apple strudel.

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