Gratitude #14

Gratitude #14

I’ve been MIA this season but I have very good excuses. We had our late summer break in September. I also caught a nasty cold in between our vacation, team building events and a carpet beetle infestation. Then October started off on the right foot until my grandma was hospitalized and passed away. I worked remotely from home and France most of the month. However, in the midst of sad moments we can always find something positive to appreciate and celebrate. And lately, I am grateful for:

September

1 > The prettiest blush shoes

 Credits: Sezane

Credits: Sezane

I rarely wear heels but these are feminine and extremely comfortable.

2 > Holidays with friends and family

 Beautiful sunset in Emmerich (Germany)

Beautiful sunset in Emmerich (Germany)

 Scheveningen Pier

Scheveningen Pier

 With B in Hanover

With B in Hanover

During our vacation, we hosted our friends Mariela, Thomas and Elena. Together, we drove to Germany to celebrate B and Thomas’ 10th exchange program anniversary in Bielefeld. We had a really good time with them although I was sick during the second half of the week.

We also spent a long weekend in the woods with B’s “second family”. It rained a lot, therefore we stayed in cozy with food and games. The internet connection was poor, I had a social-media free weekend, which is therapeutic.

4 > Fun team building events

During back-to-school season, we usually have many corporate events at the office. We spent a sportive day at the Ouddorp beach. I tried wind kart and bubble football for the first time and loved it!

5 > Reunion with old friends

I met a childhood friend from primary school. It was our first reunion in 22 years, such a joy! Later in September, we also visited my grad school friends in Belgium whom I haven’t seen in a couple of years. Life sometimes gets in-between but we never forget about each other and we always pick up where we left off.

2 > Pasta 101

 Credit: Michelle S.

Credit: Michelle S.

I learned how to make pasta from scratch. It is easier than expected, you only need eggs, flour, water and patience. Most importantly, it tastes much better than industrial pasta.

6 > Sunday with Maria

We spent a an afternoon with my sister-in-law at the orchard to pick some pears. Later, we went the cinema and enjoyed a slow evening at home eating raclette and playing board games. I love quality time with family.

7 > Solo chick flicks

At the end of the summer, Pathé played Dirty Dancing in theaters. I watched this movie many times but never on the big screen.

B went away for two weekends, I had the TV to myself and binged on many romantic movies on Netflix: To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, The Kissing Booth, Ibiza (avoid it, it’s really bad) and The Best of Me. No shame!

October

1 > Gathering with loved ones

 Paris

Paris

My entire family was reunited in France for my grandmother. Occasions to see them all are pretty rare with the distance, I am grateful for such moments although it was a tragic event. My parents drove home with us to the Netherlands and stayed for a few days. We had lovely homemade meals and dinner conversations.

2 > French food

 Suprême de poulet à l'estragon

Suprême de poulet à l'estragon

 Profiteroles

Profiteroles

 Ispahan

Ispahan

The best thing about France is the food. It is rich in texture and taste, incomparable to Dutch cuisine. I ate many crêpes and pastries. My favorite, as always, is Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan. There is nothing more indulging than this raspberry and litchi macaron.

3 > Spontaneous dinner

Lauraine invited me over for a last minute dinner after a photo shoot. I love spontaneous moments.

4 > Indian summer

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This fall blessed us mild temperatures and beautiful foliage.

5 > Nesting

We turned the heating on. I am so grateful to have a warm, toasty and cozy place. It feels good to be home.

Hope you had a lovely month, until next time!

Ps: You can find the previous installment here.

Movies

Movies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies