Friday, June 14, 2019

Take 346

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Whew! We had Monday off this week, but I also ended up working today, which is *not* my normal... Fridays at work are for real... Even after a 4-day work week. We barely made it through make-your-own pizza night, but we pushed through and the pesto mushroom chicken pizza was a success. Bring on the weekend!
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How are your balancing skills going? You know the: I love movies, but also read books balance? Or the I usually run for exercise, but occasionally do a sit-up or 5 balance? Or the extreme love of the sunny day, but the adoration of a perfect thunderstorm balance? Or...

Champagne and Kale on a lovely Saturday balance:
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Have you read Becoming by Michelle Obama? This week I finished it and immediately felt sad. It was so fun reading her story. So fun, in fact, that I dreamt this week that I met both Michelle and Barack and you know what? They really were the nicest people.

LOL. I crack myself up.
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I bought a new hand soap for our main floor bathroom and it's the perfect pump amount. One pump is the perfect amount of soap. And the kids? They don't over soap with hand washing. Now I know I'm old. Because that was exciting.
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We got an awesome game of Checkers from Marmie & Pops that is a Cubbies version. As I sat and played my first game of Checkers as a Mama, I realized: I have to get better at voluntarily losing
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When you finally grow out your hair to the longest it's ever been, when do you stop? Every day is like setting a personal record and when does one stop competing with oneself?

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This week I committed (and succeeded!) in moving my 23 minute PT routine to the morning. Pre-shower. And I realized just how freeing it was to live each day knowing my responsibilities weren't being saved for after dinner: my tiredest time of day. I've been living under a "PT is coming and I'm tired" cloud for months. And you know what? I'm converted. Sure, it's an early wake-up... but it's done!

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 07, 2019

Take 345

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Yay! Patrick and Emma are engaged!!! So so so so happy for you two! Wish we could raise a glass with you in the US--but I'm guessing we'll get a chance sometime!! Yay!
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The middle of the traffic circle in a small town on our way to school has what I would categorize as "Wild Flowers"... that are unbelievably cute:
I want them. Everywhere. It's like tiny confetti. So great.
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I went to the Levi jean store today. I was fully prepared to pay full price for a good pair of jeans... You know why? I wear the heck out of them. And the non-name-brand version I bought ripped... In a not-so-confidence-boosting-location. But the Levi pair I bought on the same day? Totally fine. In any case. Levi had Skinny High-Rise or Super Skinny. I tried both on and HOLY HIGH RISE is so uncomfortable!! LOL.

No. Normal height skinny jeans is not an option. #StillShopping
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This week I rolled up to a soccer game for the first time as the soccer mom. By the end of this 2 hours adventure of arrival to the wrong location, entertaining the other child (right through the witching hour), what to pack and what's too much, I realized one major thing:

The soccer mom learning curve is real. And I'm ready to learn. And I'm pretty sure the answer is to put everything but the kitchen sink in the trunk of my car. Just in case.
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23 minutes. 23 minutes a day of Physical Therapy. And I'll admit it: for about a month I've been indulging in Gilmore Girls while I stretch. I'm not sure you can fully imagine the shock and surprise as Jack Pearson (from This is Us) walked onto the screen for the first time as the nephew of Luke. 

Go ahead, take a look at him on the show. I actually thought to myself, "Is that his son!?" LOL. I'm old. 
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I'm making progress at eating tofu. I no longer have a mental mind-block. We sauté it until it's toasty on the outsides and then mix it up with stir fry. And you know what? I like it. 

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Got a little extra time this weekend? Enjoy this article about millennials moving in with nuns. Pretty interesting! (And yes, the article admits that "Nun" is the wrong title because nuns refer specifically to cloistered sisters. I loved that they included that tidbit... even if they didn't refer to them correctly.)

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

May Captures

Summer isn't here quite yet, but that hasn't stopped Hamburg from being 85 degrees with unbelievable humidity. We've pulled the sprinkler out twice, now, and I'm currently praying that my cilantro and kale won't just simply quit because of the heat. 
But in other news, the world here is still blooming and beautiful. 
I love when the earth wakes up.







Hoping you're having a great week!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Take 344

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Happy Friday! Yesterday was Labor Day in Germany, so we had the day off. In addition to totally killing the family laundry game, we also had an invitation to our friends' home to eat authentic Indian Food... made by her Mama. YOU GUYS. Spicy peppers (for Brian), Coconut milk soup with veggies, AND NAAN FOR EVERYONE. 
Yes. I was teased for taking this photo. And no, I don't regret it... because now you can see it. It was amazing.
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I broke down this month and finally created another Chore Chart. I modeled it like our last one from South Bend. It's already working in that it helps motivate me. I mean, when the chore card says the last time something was done... it can get embarrassing! LOL.
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In other news, in the midst of laundry yesterday, I actually thought, "I should iron my kitchen towels." Somebody send help. I'm clearly losing my mind.
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Have you ever heard of the Gold Chain Tree? I noticed them for the first time this spring here in Hamburg and I find them simply stunning.
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Dear Duolingo, please don't pop-up some fake "please confirm" message about notifications when you're not actually giving me a chance to Opt-Out. That's simply ridiculous.
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Have you heard of Kevin Garrett? He's a musician and Spotify introduced me to him this week. This song stopped me in my tracks... even if the lyrics are a bit sad.

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So: Confession: Monthly Resolutions were a flop this month. I started the month with no plan. I felt like I had hit all the major "issues" in the first four months and just ran out of steam. I guess I better get my June resolution in order... LOL.

Happy Friday!