Friday, October 20, 2017

Take 268

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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This past weekend was certainly a pinch-yourself-you're-enjoying-happy-hour-on-a-canal-in-Europe kind of day...
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We are learning how to say things in Germany...
In Germany, you "Take Away" food to eat at home... As in, "Let's go get Take Away dinner." (Not Take Out.)
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And my children keep saying "OW-A!" instead of Ow. Apparently, this is the German way.
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Also, in Germany, when you order an espresso drink, the machines always pour milk first and espresso on top. It kind of bothers me. I always put espresso on the bottom and milk on top... I'm not quite sure which is "right".
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Brian and I went to a concert this week! Woohoo! We saw Marian Hill in concert--and we actually attended this concert in a now-retired WWII Bunker. Isn't that crazy?! For about two years, this building housed about 18,000 people during air raids. #PerspectiveonLife
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Speaking of perspective on life... Check this out:
I am moved by these people. I am moved by people who see an opportunity to make the world better and go for it. What do you want to do?!? GO FOR IT! Be the change you want to see in the world. (I'll admit to also wanting to know how they are funded.)
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This week and next week our school is on break! We're working, but the halls are quiet... which is kind of sad and kind of enjoyable all at the same time. :) Happy Break!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Take 267

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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You guys. I just watched my first ever "Scrum" in rugby. Have you ever seen a scrum? It's pretty unreal. It's the most primal event in a sport that I've ever seen. And why they roll the ball in? Who knows. But Brian had to scrape my jaw off the floor this week.
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I've been trying to reinvent our snacks. All of us eat school lunches, so there's a pretty important snack hour to care for after school... so I got all creative and planned to make our family friends' beloved secret chex mix recipe... only to discover that ALL the cereal here has sugar in it. NO. CHEX. NO. PLAIN. CHEX. 
Ok. Ok. There are plain corn flakes... but what are those good for? Not much.
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I would like to honor my awesome husband who went out and killed the great clothing purchase of Autumn 2017. Our goal: no absolutely necessary mid-week laundry run. And he killed it! So many small, absolutely cute clothes and it's paid off. I'm so grateful. We needed it. H&M, we're happy with you.
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As a side note, I bought George sweat pants from H&M about 3 weeks ago and I have been over-the-top jealous for weeks... and I finally bought myself a pair. And I'm so happy about it. I haven't owned an actual pair of sweatpants in years. Let's be honest--they went out of style... and now they're back. And I love them.
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Do you have a cool technology person in your life? Mine is my sister. She informed me of the Do Not Disturb setting... Every day from 10 pm until 7 am the next day, she receives everything on her phone but nothing rings, dings or vibrates. How come I never knew about this?! This is crucial for major time zone differences like ours... Almost all of my family texts come around 2 in the morning. Next to my bed.
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Thanks to my friend for posting about struggling with yelling too much in the midst of transition (moving). Honestly, parenting through an international move has been absolutely no joke. I feel like we've made major strides in the past month, but I wanted to share this article with you. I don't know if you're a yeller... but I am. And I'm working on it. Oy. There's always hope, right?! Right.
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In my work with German accountants, they keep referring to dunning. "The process of dunning." "And then you put it through dunning." I kept thinking they were simply using a word that was simply translated incorrectly. Then I finally googled the definition of dunning... and it means exactly what they're using it for. And no, I'd never heard of it before. Hah. Dunning: make persistent demands on (someone), especially for payment of a debt. (And yes, I work with family fees.)

Friday, October 06, 2017

Take 266

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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It's funny that this doesn't look nearly as pretty as I remember it looking, but I was proud of this meal. Sometimes, presenting dinner is important... and last Sunday, I went for it. Platter and all.

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Speaking of food... I have never met a tortellini from the grocery store that I like. NEVER. Are they all gross, or did I miss something? Seriously. Should I be making them from scratch or something??
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In church, we use bells during the important part of the service. In Germany, instead of a melodic sound, they're totally dissonant. Totally crazy.
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Did you know Haribo is from Germany? The gummy bear game here is STRONG and Haribo is everywhere. Every. Where.
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Our new car has a gas tank that only opens with the car key! Say what?! That's right. 
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In the US, we gave G-man 5 ml of allergy medicine every day. We move to Germany and they prescribe 2.5 ml two times per day... which basically means the poor kid gets half of his dose most days... because I can't really remember medicine two times per day... once per day is plenty for this Mama... Sorry kid.
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Just in case you think Rowan is left out, almost every day Rowan also requests medicine, so I pour 10 ml of water into a medicine cup and make sure to say (very seriously), "Drink the whole thing, now." And she takes me seriously every time and drinks her "medicine". 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Take 265

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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I shared about playing Kubb last week, and we've played more! I'm (way too) excited about having a family game that is enjoyed by both littles and adults!
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One of the crazy features of our car is that if you plug in the phone, the car sends a signal to your phone to play audio content. It's not picking or choosing and seems to have a rubric for which apps to auto start. After a month of owning the car, it started auto playing The Moth... and I couldn't be happier! I totally forgot about this podcast which I used to listen to on the daily during my Boston/Cambridge commute... It was like coming  home a little bit. Happy sigh.
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It turns out that when I'm learning a new language, I very often forget to say, "Please" (Bitte). I'm so worried about successfully communicating anything that the "icing on top" of being nice is just... well... forgotten.
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We get a very large pack of Circulars every week. They're in a plastic sleeve and are telling us of the latest and greatest deals at all the local grocery stories and home shops. I want off the list. So badly. That huge stack of papers goes directly into the trash. Nutso.
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I can't remember if I told you, but we have a neighborhood jack rabbit. This thing is HUGE. Forgive the poor quality of this photo... I just had to share and it's hard to get a "good" photo of the guy--he's jumpy! har. har. har. But actually, he's not. He just runs really fast.

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Check out this awesome "Living Wall" from a building in Schwerin, Germany:
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I'll leave you with a proverb I found and liked this week: "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today." -Chinese Proverb 
Let that help you plan your weekend! :)