Along with gray skies and rain, June brought plenty of stress to our tiny house life, so much so that my respiratory problem flared up and I was chugging medications again. I swear, stress will be the death of me.
This is why I put all my effort in designing a life that I love. Then again, we can only control ourselves and never others – there are always ways for us to be dragged in messes we did not create. Fortunately, things seemed to have calmed down and while I remain tired, I am now focused on recovering.
Have you learned anything during the pandemic and especially the lockdowns that has changed your outlook on you, your life and or your personality that is truly significant?
This is the longest I have stayed home. I never thought I could last a month without traveling but it has been almost two years! It was nice to see home in a new perspective and to actually create a home.
In your ideal world or lifestyle, how much sleep do you think you really need to function at your most optimum level and more importantly – do you get your desired amount daily?
I am a big believer in sleep and quickly turn into a zombie when I am constantly sleep deprived. I like sleeping for 10 hours. This is good.
Are you a thinker, a deep thinker or an active overthinker and if so what do you think about the most and for how long do you need to ‘think’ on a problem before you reach a satisfactory resolve or what steps do you undertake to not think as much?
In this family, over thinking is Markus’ job. I like to keep things simple and practical. This does not mean it is without elegance or creativity. I just prefer to be an essentialist in thought and action. Mind you, I do not always succeed but I try.
What are you most terrified of today?
I do not want to get COVID-19 because my lungs are compromised. Even if it does not kill me, there is a good chance I will be a long-hauler and that thought does not excite me at all.
What do you do for fun or excitement to fill your day/days or week?
What is one of the most important features people should know about you?
If you keep it honest, simple, and straightforward, all will be well between us.
Whilst in recent times much of life has appeared gloomy and doomed – in the last 15 months or so, what have been 3 really good things to happen in your life?
How often do you watch old television series and if you do, what makes for a good viewing on older content in your eyes and do you find that time relaxing?
I do not watch TV but I like cooking shows. I think they are calming. My favorite one is The Delicious Miss Dahl since it fits my thoughts on home cooking and the sprinkling of classics and poetry appeal to me very much. I have made the food from the show, too!
How often do you use herbs in your cooking and which ones are your most favourites and why?
Every day! I love them all. The most accessible one to me now is basil because we grow lots of them. I would love to resume traveling again so I can learn more about food and spices from faraway lands like Turkey, Mexico, and the Middle East.
How confident are you about taking a vacation/holiday to another destination that would involve air travel?
I am not confident at all since I have yet to be vaccinated!
Are you a tidy or a messy or somewhere inbetween type of person?
What is the most useless product you have ever bought unwittingly or accidentally thinking it was more practical than it actually was?
I cannot think of anything now. My purchases are minimal and I only buy things that I need. If I realize I got something that is not that useful for me, for example, a couple of really nice linen blouses I got last month were two sizes bigger, I pass it on to someone who I know will be able to get the most out of it, which in the case of the linen tops is my physician sister. I am not the type to keep things actually. Are you?