Reading in public and other HSP problems

One quality of being an HSP that I really appreciate most of the time, but that can also be quite stressful is that of immersion/empathy/vivid imagination. In Norwegian we have a word that  embodies this better: innlevelse. It literally means your ability to put yourself (live in) a new/imagined/foreign situation. So yes, empathy, but somehow…

My life – as an HSP (part 2 – being social)

Being around people, particularly in crowds and/or in the middle of the city is always a challenge. The past week presented quite a few such challenges for me. I try to balance having a social life and going to work with needing down time and quiet as well as I can. For a while that…

Low carb high protein salmon and poached egg breakfast

I have a day off today after a busy weekend. So I slept in a little, did 45 minutes of cardio and strength training, and then decided today was going to be the day I learned how to poach eggs, because I had a real hankering. Poaching eggs is one of those notoriously tricky things…

A HSC (highly sensitive cat) and the power of purrs

MissChief  (Missy for short) is our big orange floof. She’s a special cat. She’s pretty much scared of anyone who isn’t me or Boyfriend, and we’ll startle her too if we make loud noises, sudden movements or wear shoes indoors (I swear this is the main reason she resents M-I-L, who is our cat sitter…

Black bean and sweet potato tacos

I love making a nice weekend breakfast. I usually work out in the morning, so on Saturday or Sunday I’ll come home from a run, or I’ll do a gym workout, have a shower and I’ll be starving. I’ll whip up a nice breakfast, brew a pot of coffee and we’ll have a long leisurely…

Cat café Kopjes in Amsterdam

I can’t believe I’ve made a whole 7 blog posts already, and none of them were about cats! I need to amend this grievous error immediately. Fortunately, it just so happens that I went to visit Amsterdam’s one and only (to my knowledge) cat café: Kopjes, this past weekend. It’s a bit out of the…

Book review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

4/5 stars. Interesting theory, with a lot of good points, and a fun read. I’m just not sure it’s something that works for me. From reading all examples throughout the book I should come to the conclusion that I already give very few fucks, as I generally don’t have much of a social life (by…

Feta veggie bake

Firstly let me apologise for my lack of food photography skills. I’ve not the patience, talent, nor the camera to try and make my pictures look like the really amazing ones you find on most blogs. I am however a pretty good cook. And I’m trying to go vegetarian. Actually pescatarian, because I’m frankly not…

Book review: A Dance with Hummingbirds

3/5 stars. I “picked this up” (on my Kindle) because the cover and the title were intriguing. It continued to be intriguing but it was a bit of a mixed bag. I felt it fell somewhat short of what it promised, as it tried to accomplish too much on the just above 200 pages. A…

Book review: A man called Ove

5/5 stars This was just a funny, sad, emotional and clever feel-good story through and through, about an unlikely and unlikeable (on the surface) old man who doesn’t have a place in the world anymore after losing his wife – the only person he ever loved. We go with him on his daily inspection rounds,…

2016 dr0ve me dotty

I know, awful pun – though it’s sort of true, which I plan to get back to at some point – but nice nails, right? And they kind of matched my NYE dress (pic on the right). For anyone interested in colours, the base is India by Zoya (which I’m kind of madly in love…

Planning my passion(s)

I am a big fan of the passion planner, and I believe that if you just manage to stick to what you set out to do, it works. I had my first one last year, and I started off really well, but then it fizzled out somehow. This year I vow to do better. The…