Decluttering and reuniting

Thank God for the free day, I thought. I am going to be so well rested, I thought. I am going to check off ALL the items of my to do list, I thought. I am going to write those cards and letters, I thought.

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My awesome auntie Karin came by yesterday and had BUILT a balcony bench for me!

In reality, this is the situation:

I probably only survived this week at work because of today’s free day (it is Ascension Day today. One of the very few holidays in Hamburg. Germany is a federal state in case you did not know and we love doing things differently. Bavaria has some 15 holidays while Hamburg has, what, four? School vacations differ tremendously as well, as well as laws. It’s ridicilous.).

I checked off three items of my list and one of them was showering so I guess that does not even count.

In order to be able to write any card or letter, I finally unpacked all the boxes labeled “desk” and in the process I found 5 fountains pens (I had told my parents I wanted someone to buy me a fountain pen three months again, luckily they did not buy one!), an awful lot of Christsmas decorations, approximately 250 blank envelopes and all my diaries. That’s 28 books. (I’m 26.)

I threw away an immense amount of stuff, again, like the five different used wrapping papers. I really wonder what past Helen thought future Helen was going to do with used wrapping paper that was not even pretty. I am a mystery even to myself. Throwing away stuff is exhausting and takes a lot of time so now at 9 pm, I have to eat, pack for the weekend (going to my parents’ house!) and basically sleep again.

My friend Renate and I went to primary school together. As she visited Hamburg with her girlfriends, we met up for fika where I was updated on that people from our class are actually in relationships with each other now and have children (still can't get over it).

My friend Renate and I went to primary school together. As she visited Hamburg with her girlfriends, we met up for fika where I was updated on that people from our class are actually in relationships with each other now and have children (still can’t get over it).

I am lucky to live close to the water where we planned for a primary class reunion. Renate poses with a Hamburg beer, integrating very well.

I am lucky to live close to the water where we planned for a primary class reunion. Renate poses with a Hamburg beer, integrating very well.

The problem with that? No, not the 21 items left on the to do list, but the fact that Queen Silvia is on German TV at 11 pm. I found a CD with the music of Crown Princess’ Victoria’s wedding service (I really do not know who gave that to me but it’s lovely music for sure.) (I also found a CD player if you wondered.) and feel a royal spark re-ignited, so I should really watch Silvia saying the same things she always says. But I do not have a TV. Or time.

But that’s okay because I got to hang out with Renate and I actually have a desk you can use now!

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Yesterday night, fireworks suddently popped up right behind my balcony. Ingrid and I thought the view was quite nice. (Even if it does not show on the photo)

The best part of decluttering might be putting good stuff that I want to give away into my "premium box". When friends come over, they go through it and choose what they want as a gift.

The best part of decluttering might be putting good stuff that I want to give away into my “premium box”. When friends come over, they go through it and choose what they want as a gift.

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