Between the General Election, a whole lot of work stress, and a few things happening in my family life, it’s been a stressful couple of weeks, and I’ve definitely found myself feeling overwhelmed. I keep telling myself it will calm down soon, but in reality that’s not due to happen until late July! It’ll be here before I know it, right?
But in the meantime, as always I’ve found it helpful to think about the positive things happening in my life right now.
- Permanent residency
I’m sure I mentioned how nervous I was about applying for permanent residency here in the UK. Though I’m American, I also have a German passport which has allowed me to live and work here for the past 8/9 years. A couple of weeks ago, I received my permanent residency card in the post! It was such a relief with all the uncertainty here at the moment. I do have plans to write a post about the process, so stay tuned if you’re interested in that kind of thing.
- Organ donation
I also got my provisional licence last week. I’m not classing that as a happy thing just yet as my first lesson didn’t go particularly well. But what is a happy thing is that I also got my organ donation card along with it! It’s such an important thing to do, and I honestly struggle to understand why anyone wouldn’t sign up to do it. At least two people I know directly have benefitted from organ donation – my nearly-stepmother, who’s had a pancreas transplant and is hoping for a kidney transplant, and the little girl I used to look after as an au pair, who needed a liver transplant last year at 14. Now I just need to get over my weird relationship with blood so I can donate that regularly…I do tend to pass out when I have blood taken, so I don’t donate although I feel terribly guilty for not doing it!
It’s strawberry season, yay! Seasonal eating is a wonderful thing for many reasons. Of course there are environmental benefits, but I admit my interest in seasonal eating is pure gluttony – everything just tastes so much better when it’s in season. There are a few strawberries at the allotment, but British strawberries are also plentiful in shops at the moment.
- R’s willingness to pick up my slack in the house
Confession: I am awful at housework. I hate it. I will put it off as long as possible. This is especially true for laundry and dishes. I am so glad R does this kind of stuff for us without ever complaining about it. I dread to think what our house would look like…
I don’t always watch Springwatch, but I have been this year, and absolutely loving it! All those cute animals! I particularly loved the pine martens this week. I keep squeeing and sighing. It’s also extra nice this year, because it’s being filmed about 30 miles from where I live.
What are the good things happening in your life at the moment?