If we were having coffee, I would ask you if you’d like a latte or a cappuccino, as my coffee capsule machine has a device to make hot (or cold) frothed milk. Of course, if you insisted on an espresso, you’d get it. We’d sit down in the kitchen and share what happened during the past week.
I was happy to arrive at work on Friday as there was a surprise waiting in my office for my birthday! I love pink roses. And I don’t mind a glass of Cava either. My colleagues know me too well.
Then, at home, I had a package waiting for me all the way from San Francisco. Angela knows me well too – a scarf and tea! Sakurambo tea is my favourite tea ever. I cannot wait to test the Lychee one.
Now that it’s Spring, everyone with a boat has woken up from their hibernation and the harbours are busy with people getting their boats ready for the season. Most of the boats are still on the hard, so this is the best time to practice for us. On Saturday and Sunday hubby and I got some experience on manoeuvring the boat. On Saturday, the former owner of the boat gave us tips on how to dock and his son was hoisted up the mast to fix something – don’t ask me what! I think one of these days it’s going to be me up there but thankfully not this time.
On Sunday, we just did a small round as we wanted to practice docking and mooring. For me, docking is one of the most stressful parts of boating especially now that our boat is so much bigger than our beloved Flipper. We only did both twice but I was so exhausted after. I have discovered a problem with our boat and it’s that I’m too short to comfortably reach the dock when coming in. In Finland boats are docked bow first. I do not want to jump because knowing me, I will end up between the dock and the boat.
Boating is taken very seriously in Finland and people have many opinions on how everything should be done. On Friday we will get first-hand practice at sailing, as a sailing instructor will come to give us a private lesson. Actually, we will be getting together with him for a total of three times. Here’s hoping I learn a lot.
My 40th birthday was on Saturday, but the whole weekend was mostly about our boat. We did manage to go for brunch on Sunday to the Klaus K hotel. I have heard many good things about the brunch and have to say that in terms of food, all were true. It’s very high quality and delicious. What’s best, the dessert table has many yummy things you will want to taste. The only minus about the place is the lack of windows. It would be the perfect brunch if it was held in the hotel’s Toscanini restaurant, which is beautiful.
Now I really have to stop with all these brunches – even though it’s fun to sample new things – I always end up eating too much from the dessert table.
On Tuesday I met with my daughter after work for some sushi which we both adore. We went to Zen Sushi at the Kämp Gallery. I still think the Zen Sushi on Liisankatu is best.
On Wednesday I had my second to last Chi ball class. I absolutely love Chi ball. It’s kind of like Pilates but you use a scented ball to enhance the movements. When I first heard about it, I wasn’t so sure if it would be something for me but I have found that I really feel very relaxed afterwards. We have a great teacher but this time she was away so we had a substitute. I also enjoyed her way of teaching – a mix of Yoga and Pilates. I just had to ask her where she teaches and it’s actually at a yoga school near where I live, so I have to look into that. I used to be really into hectic classes like Zumba but these days I’d rather go for classes where you can stretch your body and relax your mind.
I just noticed that I’ve only read 6 books out of my goal of 40 books so far for my Goodreads reading challenge. Hopefully I will have more time for reading this summer. These days keeping up with the blogs I follow takes a lot time but I really enjoy a good book too. Are you participating in any reading challenges?
Let me know the highlights of your week in the comments below!