It is half time for me - two weeks since I have been back from my May holiday at O.K.'s, and another two weeks to work before the first eye OP on June 15 (the second is four weeks later, on July 13).
As always, easing back into the daily routine of getting up early and spending the day at my desk with a more or less tight schedule of virtual meetings to work through, with tasks to work on before and after each meeting, was a mix of "it feels as if I've never been away" and "I want to keep the relaxed mindset from my holidays a while longer" - I am sure you all know that to some extent.
Right on my first day back at work (Monday, May 17), I was scheduled for an appointment with my eye doctor, which meant taking time out of work to get to Stuttgart and back on top of it all - not exactly convenient, but necessary. There is one more appointment waiting before my operation: meeting the anaesthesist. That is going to happen the week after next, a few days before the OP.
I wish I could report that I have also an appointment for my first Covid jab, but the situation here is unchanged; far too little vaccine for far too many who want to be vaccinated. I keep trying, but there are others who really need it much more than I do, and I am not in a panic to get that jab at all cost.
During that first week back, I had something lined up after work three evenings in a row and was glad when Friday came round and I had the evening to myself. O.K. had a very busy week, too, and worked long on Friday so that he decided to come to my place on Saturday. That weekend was very pleasant with more sun than what we'd seen all week, several walks and a family meal at my parents' on Sunday evening.
Thursday (May 20), a quick and drizzly after-work walk with my sister Saturday (May 22), on the fields just after 5:00 pm Monday (May 24), at the former royal horse stables Wednesday (May 26), Azalea spotted during an after-work walk
|Thursday (May 27), just before sunset|
|Saturday (May 29), Castle Hohenasperg|
|Same time, same place, the view across Asperg towards Ludwigsburg|
|A few hours later, resting on the grass|
|Yesterday (May 30), a few minutes to sunset|
The following week (we're talking about last week now) saw me visiting my biggest client at their office for the first time this year. I spent several hours there, some of the time on my own at "my" office, but the largest part of the afternoon with two others dotted around a very big meeting room and two more joining us online. While it was actually good to be at the office for a change, the train trips to and from work were as chaotic as ever. This made me once more glad that I can work from home most of the time!
We had a sunny weekend at my place with good long walks both Satuday and Sunday. It is finally warmer, and of course everybody was out and about; too many cyclists fighting for space (and usually winning against pedestrians) on the paths around my town, but I understand their desire to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. After all, that is exactly what we wanted, too, only that I would avoid certain paths by bike on a sunny Sunday afternoon; it is not much fun riding your bike when you have to swerve around groups of people all the time. And with a bit of consideration from both sides, it should be possible for all to have a good time.