Friday, October 11, 2019

Take 263

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I've been trying to find a rocking chair in our eBay market here in Hamburg for months... pretty much since I found out I was pregnant. Last weekend, I told Brian that I simply couldn't find what I was looking for... Yup. Took him 20 minutes. 1 day later I was sitting in my new leather glider with a foot rest... and 5 days later I took my first nap in it. 

#ThanksBrian
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Brian brought home a beautiful Chinese piece of artwork--filled with Chinese text--that he put up last week in our stairwell. It's really beautiful. I'm happy to report that Google translate has helped us once again:

In the case of your quasi-snow damage, Nolin Chunshou Color City + Hall Ruse
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"I'm not a doctor, but I did play one on TV." This is just another classic line from my life that I didn't really understand until I finally googled and read this. Clever. Really clever.
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I happened upon a Go Green and be eco-friendly link this week that talked about restaurants in Italy using pasta instead of straws. People. The restaurant Italian Oven was doing this in the mid-1990s in Steubenville, Ohio. Of course, I had to ask my family to remind me of the name because I was probably 10 years old at the time... they were going green a long time ago. :)
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Read a good book lately? Read a good book with your kids? This article was just a friendly reminder from Anna Keating... to keep on reading.
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Brian and I have been enjoying past seasons of The Office. And man. It's hilarious. 
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Motherhood is all sorts of all sorts. This week I read the helpful (and unattributed) quote, "Your kids don't need a perfect mom, they need a happy mom." Lots to chew on. Lots to think about. 


Happy Friday! 

Friday, October 04, 2019

Take 262

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Mae came to visit! It is true that living so far from home can be hard, but I will say that having visitors is so much more special! It was a treat to have you here, Mae. 
Sorry for my hair, Mae. 
*eyeroll*
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After two years of being shocked by "bank requirement" laws here in Germany, I discovered some paperless options! I'm eager to find out how many of our 6 mailings per month will count as "paperless" and if any will be left. Yay for less silly mail. Yay for the earth.
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I received an email from baby center this week with the subject line:

Is pregnancy brain real? 

Turns out I don't have to read an article on that. I say things like, "There's a lot of freezer in our meat!" on the regular since this baby came on board. #ITREAL
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Thanks to Zagorka, who commented on last week's blog, and informed me that I served my children inedible chestnuts last week. LOL. I got such a big laugh out of that! And sure enough, this week I saw actually edible chestnuts in Lidl... and yes. They looked different... Sorry kiddos.  
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For all those, who like me, enjoy a good workout article, I give you a scientific 7-minute workout. Extra points if you try it. So far, I've only shared it here. :) 
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Hats off to this genius Mom. Thanks for sharing this, Becca and Theresee. Got me a great laugh. 
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Last but not least, please plan your trip to Hamburg. Brian and I found the best hamburgers in Hamburg--and no. It's not just the pregnancy talking. 



So I know you're looking at the biggest burger on the menu, but really, the one I ate (in the background) was to die for--creme fraiche and the most beautiful sautéed onions ever. 


Happy Friday! 

Thursday, October 03, 2019

August Captures

Good morning! Happy Germany Unity day and happy birthday to my friend, Gina! I'm a big fan of bank holidays falling on a Thursday because I always have Fridays off... so happy 4 day weekend to me! I've got a couple of doctor's appointments and some last batches of pesto to make... but generally just excited to take it slow.

All my photos this month are from a mother-daughter trip downtown to buy our favorite espresso for our cappuccino machine at home... of course with a hot cocoa and treat to go with it! It was a lovely little 1 hour adventure and we walked and I took photos. I'll have to schedule another photography trip this month... on the one non-rainy day of the month... LOL. Happy Autumn!




 In other news... how do you get steeple photos that look straight?! Asking for a friend me.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Take 261

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I've been planning and getting excited in my mind for The Lumineers coming to Hamburg. Then I realized it was next month! So I mentioned it to Brian--still up for going to the Lumineers concert?! And he gave me the devastating news: standing room only. Remember how I mentioned the compression stockings last week? SOB. I'm totally not in a position to go to a standing room only concert. SOB. Brian lovingly reminded me that I have not yet AGED out of standing room only concerts--it's just during the pregnancy. WHEW.
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My niece and sister saw Joseph in concert last week. I haven't heard of them before, but fully enjoyed their Tiny Desk Series appearance from years ago. Those Tiny Desk Concerts are such a hidden gold mine.

Yes. They're also coming to Hamburg this year. Yes. Standing room only. *Eyeroll*
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Kastanien season is upon us! The beautiful season where my children collect chestnuts and bring them home in droves. So, this week we thought we'd roast chestnuts. And it was beyond an epic fail. LOL
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In the process, though, we enjoyed this tutorial video by someone in Pennsylvania and I got to expose my kids to a little bit of my past--living in Pittsburg for 4 years. It really did feel like I was back on Chestnut Ave. Hah! Yes, I lived on Chestnut Ave. 
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I have some tragic news, guys. I broke my Apple Watch this week. And it' 200  to fix it. Oh my gosh. (7 months after the warrantee expired.) I've spent all week deciding how much I'd spend to have it fixed because it turns out... I don't know how to have an iPhone without an Apple Watch anymore. If I can't find my phone, I can't Ping it. If someone calls me and my phone is on silent (which it always is), I have no idea you called. I never see texts without my Apple Watch. Pretty much I've separated from my phone and I've had such a hard time this week. So, my goal in having an Apple Watch was achieved: more phone independence... but now I'm really up a creek and very dependent on my Apple Watch. SAD.

So now I'm watching eBay for a good deal... Sigh.
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Why is it that as soon as you're pregnant it becomes socially acceptable to reintroduce bows to your clothing as a grown woman? It's so confusing. #PutaBowonit
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Reading any good books lately? I'm making my way through The Invention of Wings. I've enjoyed it! Though, I'll admit that it's not a page-turner... so maybe I'll finish it by Christmas. LOL.


Happy Weekend!