Friday, July 12, 2019

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7 Quick Takes Friday
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You guys. Family vacation is the best.
We signed up for the same vacation spot in Denmark that we went to last year and had no regrets. It's true that the weather last year knocked it out of the park and this year... not so much... but it was still perfect. Just a few days to unwind, enjoy good food and have no agenda. Perfect.
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I took my usual mid-trip run to the grocery store (despite all efforts to bring absolutely everything we needed... #HelloNotEnoughTPinourAirbnb). But at least I was afforded this awesome view:

Candy in Denmark:
Keep in mind: this tiny grocery store/gas station has equal space dedicated to candy as it has all dairy and produce combined.
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I watched Bridge of Spies on vacation. I know that I'm unabashedly in love with almost all Tom Hanks movies... and this one was no exception. I loved it.
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Ok ok--last thing about Denmark. Check out their Royals for their deck of cards. Amazing, no?
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Want a good listen? Thirdstory.
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I'm getting older. And my movie trivia shows it. I used to know names of movie stars and (shocking!) even remember the titles of movies after I've seen them. I'm no longer capable of this. But movies are such an important part of my growing up experience and enjoyment in life... this is all a set up for the fact that I will always have the IMDB app on my phone. And Brian found out this small fact and had a good laugh. I was just perplexed--doesn't everyone have this app? What's so funny? How else will I watch a movie in peace while trying to place "Suzie's" real name and the other movies that she's performed in??? This is real need, people.
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I exercised amazing self control yesterday and froze 100% of our first batch of summer pesto from the garden. This reminded me of something I've been meaning to tell you. I finally got around to reading the label of German pesto here and realized--they've been slipping ARUGULA into the pesto. EW. No wonder I never liked it very much. I get small amounts of fresh arugula on a pizza or something--but all it does to pesto is make it bitter. GROSS. Homemade forever!!

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

June Captures

Good morning! June had some unbelievable days of warmth and sun... It was a dream. I spent a little more time in downtown Hamburg for the sheer enjoyment of the weather. Our summer days have so far have been more like early spring days, so looking back makes me a little jealous of our past weather... Hoping your summers are off to a warm and sunshiney start!






Friday, July 05, 2019

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7 Quick Takes Friday
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Happy Summer! Work is over, folks. (I don't wanna work! I wanna bang on the drums all day!) 3.5 full weeks of no agenda. We're riding the every-day wave. No kita. All fun. Naps. Movies. All of it.
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Of course, this is a little intimidating for this working Mama. If you have a favorite summer activities, please send them my way. My current list includes:

  • Get library cards for the kids. (Intimidating: Read: German paperwork)
  • Park Trips with packed lunches
  • Baking (Cookies, soft pretzels, braided bread, etc.)
  • Elbe beach
  • Organize our shed and put up patio Christmas lights for fun
If you have favorite activities that will fill a morning or afternoon--I'm all ears. I've got lots of empty mornings and afternoons.
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Yesterday at about 5 pm, I was thinking to myself, "Gosh darn I feel good and relaxed... why is that?!" Oh. A 70 minute morning nap, a 45 minute afternoon nap and Brian was cooking dinner. #NotRocketScience #ThanksLove #Vacation101
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I've been reading Charlotte's Web with the kids at night before bed and we just made it to the second-to-last chapter last night where Charlotte breathed her last breath and I couldn't even hold it together. Charlotte! Wilbur! Friendship! Self-Sacrificing love! Baby spiders! LOL. Ok, so forget that last one. (EEEWWW)
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We've caught some of the Red Sox & Yankees series in London on TV and I saw the most amazing thing--a fan wearing a two-sided, double-billed baseball cap... Yankees on one side and Red Sox on the other. Sure, he probably has some things to deal with if he's sporting both sides--but the cap? Hilarious. Genius. 
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Just discovered an App called, "Be My Eyes". You can hear testimonials on this page. Essentially, it connects blind and visually impaired people with volunteers who can help them with tasks--like picking out a product at a grocery store or finding the correct platform at a new train station. The world is full of good people. Let's be reminded.

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Hope you had a lovely 4th of July! We grilled out here in Europe, just like we would've if we weren't living ex-pat life... but I will admit that I do ache a little for fireworks, sparklers, Old Navy apparel on toddlers, and berry desserts. But mostly? For you. For the family party. For the pool filled with young parents and babies and Grandmas singing with our kids around a group of happy people enjoying a cold beer and a burger. 

Anywho. I digress. Sending Love!

Happy Friday! 

Friday, June 28, 2019

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7 Quick Takes Friday
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School's Out for the Summer!! I mean, my break comes in the middle of next week, but the kids are set free and the offices at work will be a lot quieter... And that's always a nice change of pace. 
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Deb. Girl. This strawberry shortcake was the first time I ever added hard boiled egg yolk to a baked good. #NoRegrets
(Yes, those are last week's strawberries.)
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Speaking of this... I have some intense memories of the Strawberry Shortcake doll. My friend Linda had one on the top shelf of a bedroom closet, and I remember going to get the special box out and the smell of the doll still permeates in my mind. 

...And googling that revealed there was even a TV show... Who knew.
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Well, June is pretty over. I had only one resolution for this month: Finish my book. Becoming by Michelle Obama has been on my side table since January and it's done. So, it was a small resolution, but I did it. :) 

Now I just need to solve my library problems. I'm curious how many German libraries have English books... and what types. #SummerGoals 
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I used to listen to audio books... about 1 per month when I lived in Boston. But my OverDrive account with the Boston Public Library is now dead and gone. I'd prefer not to pay for all my audio books... Do you use some sort of service? Do you have a recommendation for me? 
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Need a fun pasta recipe? I spent yesterday evening making this Epicurious pasta dish. Guys. It was sooo good. And? The pasta was partially cooked in the chicken broth... It was an interesting process for a pasta recipe--and it was a success.

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Hey Grandma Ginger! You're amazing! Tomorrow you'll be 92! Happy Birthday! So many great memories of swimming in pools with you, cheese & cracker trays in the TV room, drinks on the screened-in porch, days at the model airplane field, car trips with Grandpa through Pennsylvania, touring Theodore Roosevelt's home on Long Island and so much more. We've been so blessed by your love and I'm SOOO grateful that my children know and love their "Gigi" so much. Thanks for giving us an extra home for our year in Boston. You're the hostess with the mostest! Love you!

Happy Friday!