Welcome to the dark months. We switched to winter time on Sunday, so it’s now officially dark out at around 5 in the afternoon. I didn’t even notice the time change until late in the afternoon when I saw that my phone and Rok’s watch were showing different times. I love going back to winter time because for a few days it always feels like we can sleep for an extra hour. But, sadly, we got up really early on Sunday so an hour made no difference. The last time I got up before 6AM was when I went to San Francisco and had a super early flight, and prior to that it was only for school. So it’s been a while and I felt like a zombie walking around. Why did we wake so early? Well, I had to go to St. Veit in Austria, which is a good hour drive away, where I took part in a defensive / advanced driving course. I got my driver’s license almost two years ago on 12/12/12 (lovely date, huh?), but in order to get it renewed and changed from being a “new” driver to a regular one, I had to take that course. Rok and I decided to turn the day into a family event, so he went with me, which really helped me as well as I was less nervous with him by my side. But as scary as all the fake snow simulations and road obstacles look, they’re really not that difficult to handle and I actually had a great time.
Having a normal license that lasts till I’m 70 feels pretty darn good. As far as winter time goes, I am still adjusting to the fact that it gets dark so early now, at least in terms of blogging. My schedule is completely different than it was a few months ago. During the summer, doing anything in the kitchen before 5-6 in the afternoon is completely pointless, but now I have to be done by then (if I want to get a decent picture). But apart from that, no complaints so far, haha. Rok and I often go out for coffee or tea after he finishes work and we like to sit outside. It’s gotten down to 3 degrees C this week so by the time we’re done with coffee we’re both really cold and I love to just come home and wrap myself in a blanket. It reminds me of when I was little and we played out for hours, then I came home all freezing, took a hot shower and watched shows on the couch. And when I looked out the window, all I saw were yellow squares all over the neighborhood, the lights in the windows people had to turn on early. And you know what goes hand in hand with the charms of fall and winter? Comfort food, like this torn pancake I will never get tired off.