Friday, March 08, 2019

Take 334

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Well, Fat Tuesday has come and gone... Every year (I think) I've made cinnamon rolls.. this year? No way. I looked, defeatedly, at my kitchen. In the morning, I threw together scones. I'm telling you. Scones have saved many a tired-but-still-special-mornings for me. Need a baked good? Don't have time to soften the butter? Celebrating something special but not earth shattering? Want it to be fully baked in 14-16 minutes? Scones. You seriously won't regret it.
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But now it's Friday. In Lent. So, if you're looking for ideas for meatless meals, here's my post on our Pescatarian January. Might I suggest you try your first galette this Lent? It's seriously wonderful.
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We started out with some black bean tacos this week. I don't know if you need this in your family, but we always start taco night by setting expectations:

This taco? Yeah. It's going to break. It's going to fall all over the plate. 
You'll be just fine. It'll taste just as good. 
And no, it doesn't stop them from the immediate outcry of exasperation when it does break. 
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Somehow just checking "Bath Night" off my list doesn't seem a sufficient celebration for fully cleaning my children and clipping their fingernails. Where my confetti and balloons at?! 
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I was blow drying my hair this week and my Apple Watch buzzed and said, "Looks like you're doing your first swimming work out! Want to record it?" Umm, nope. Not swimming. 
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Did you see this post about the Swedish couple who built a house inside of a green house? Check it out! Crazy cool.
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Speaking of green houses, this is the first year we'll try our hand at starting our plants from seed in trays. Wish me luck! And send me your tips!

Happy Friday!

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Take 333

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Good morning! Ok ok -- it's the middle of the US's night, and Germany's morning... and it's not Friday in either location. But I'm not sorry... because I'm learning to give myself space to do what's needed.

But that's not my first quick take! February is over! I decided this year to tackle one-month resolutions (instead of a full year resolution)... and February was exercise month... oh, and daily flossing. Hah. (Don't tell my dentist that I haven't conquered that mountain...) 

I had high hopes of doing Jillian's 30 Day Shred every day. But I have to be honest with you: I didn't. I did 21 workouts over 28 days. But I also did my physical therapy exercises (a 23 minute commitment) for 26 of the 28 days. So, it wasn't a perfect resolution month. But I'm certainly stronger and hoping it geared me up to get back to 3-4x per week moving forward. 
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I went to Københaven last week and flew to get there. I kid you not I heard the most sarcastic and dramatic announcement, 

"Mr. Smith, please come to gate A48. You are holding up the entire flight." 

I was sitting in a silent waiting area and burst out laughing... But apparently the other German patrons didn't think it was funny. Lol.
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Also--in that silent waiting area? It's silent because the shopping/restaurant area is on one level of the Düsseldorf airport and the gates are either upstairs or downstairs from there... kind of genius. I got into the quiet area and sighed a sigh of relief... until the guy next to me settled in with his girlfriend and played a "shoot-em-up" movie on his iPad. 

Without headphones. Seriously, dude? (They weren't even watching together! She had headphones on and was doing her own thing! So weird.)
--- 4 ---
As I was saying goodnight to my kids this week... Rowan stroked my forehead and said, "Look at all those lines!" and then burst into uncontrollable giggles...

Thankfully she followed it up 30 seconds later with, "I like your face."
--- 5 ---
Speaking of forehead wrinkles, I got this photo inside of an art installation in Københaven:
This artist was on a sinking ship in the ocean. His experience of being waist-deep in ocean water in the pitch-black night was the inspiration for his piece. It was one of my favorite things I saw on my 36 hour trip to Denmark.
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Rowan received a new pair of sneakers this week: light-up ones. We've taken our relatively-slow-walker and placed blue lights behind her... So she now walks a little forward while trying to look at her heels. It's a hilarious sight to behold.

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In other news, we were eating clementines this week, so I began singing "Oh my darling, Clementine!" to my kids... looked up all the lyrics... and stopped singing.

Seriously, people!? How did I grow up with this song?? :)

Happy Friday!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Take 332

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Brian and I waited a full 18 months to go to a 3 star Michelin restaurant: The Table. I'd post my ridiculous iPhone photos... but go here. Really. Here. It was an amazing way to celebrate our anniversary... And the food really blew my mind. I mean, the chef walked up to us and said, "This is the best lamb in the world." And I literally had to close my eyes when I ate it. So. Unbelievably. Three. Stars.
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My more-than-wonderful coworkers gifted me a new scale for my birthday. It's way too cute and pink and I can't wait to bake my first one-bowl-cake with no measurements. I'll keep you posted... as I do. Always.
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I just recently was thinking through the fact that I opted to work 4 days per week, taking off Friday every week... Yes. Friday. The one day of the week that's Jeans Day. What was I thinking?! 
--- 4 ---
Nothing is funnier to George than my attempt at learning German pronunciation from him. He was full-on-hiccup-laughter-and-squinty-eyes. I love that boy.
--- 5 ---
Speaking of funny... Rowan runs downstairs, waits till I come down and yells, "CAN YOU SEE ME?!!?!??!?" 
Nope. :)
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We had a “Work Doctor” visit (as they’re called in Germany) last week and she came in and made some recommendations for my work station to be more ergonomic. The next morning I took out the screwdriver and removed the (not so adjustable) arm rests that were spaced far enough away from the seat for a 6 foot man... Immediate improvement. Oh, and now I don’t lean to one side on them either. Win win all around. Or I guess on both sides? Hah. 

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I'm in Copenhagen today! That's right! My cousin and uncle are enjoying one of my favorite cities and my amazing husband sent me up north to join them--and I'm so grateful!!! My little taste of New York... in København!

Happy Friday!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

January Captures

Here we are... Halfway through February and I'm just getting around to sharing my January captures. It was a good camera month for me. I made space for photography, and that always makes me happier. Things warmed up a bit this weekend and while many of these photos are icy, I'm currently basking in a sunny living room with lots of sunlight blinding my eyes. No complaints. Oh, and yes, I fully intend on some sunlit napping as soon as I press "Publish" on this puppy... So... Gute Nacht!