Thursday, April 19, 2018

Take 292

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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This week totally slipped away from me. Probably because we were on vacation Monday and Tuesday... and it's a 3 day work week for me. Honestly... I can't complain... Because Italy
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Yesterday I got to go to downtown Hamburg on a work day (playing photographer for a couple of hours) and it was 75 degrees and sunny. Goodness gracious it was divine...
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I don't know if you use a "Scourer" in your home, but I just bought some that are rust free and are made of spirals--meaning it's like working with stainless steel curly hair... Kind of. I'm totally a fan. AND, I love not having to throw them away after 4 uses due to the rust left on the sink. Awesome. 
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We bought a neck hammock. I'm looking forward to seeing if it makes a difference after several regular uses on neck tightness. I'd report back on my first 10 minutes of hammocking my neck, but I fell asleep. So, at least it's helping with my total restful hours. I'll take it.
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The kids and I pulled out our morning eggs... and Voila! Proof that food is real. We giggled and decide to text it to Papa. (Which of course I forgot to do. Here you go, Papa!) 
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As I was contemplating the work of being a Mama this week, I was reflecting and praying about the difference between leaning in and checking out. Tonight, the long book was chosen. This is a prime example... lean in or check out? Lean in. Read it. Discuss it. Ask them questions. They always love it. I want to lean in more. (And trust me--the lines get blurred. I totally "Check out" while doing dishes, which could be considered "Leaning in"... it's all about discerning what's important at the time. hah. Complicated much, Mary?)

Side note: George requested to go to bed 2/3 of the way through this long book last night... So win win for leaning in!
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We've been absolutely spoiled this week with weather in the 70s, abundant sunshine and dirty kids. I've given more than my fair share of baths this week and the kids have rewarded tortured me with late fall asleep times thanks to the shifting in sunlight. Next week is low 50s and rain all week, so maybe I'll bottle this week and sell it... In photo form?... Something. Grateful for what we've had this week! Happy kids with water guns in the backyard is always a good thing.

Happy Friday!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Take 291

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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It's probably a fluke, but I started taking vitamin C daily... and we haven't been sick in so long... yes, Spring arrived and I'm sure other things are affecting it... But goodness gracious I love when our family is healthy!!
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In the US we have "Joe Smith" for our "example name." In Germany, we have "Max Mustermann." Love it.
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When I went to enjoy artwork on a day off last month, I was particularly stunned by this one:

Wait for it... A different angle now...
"Man reading a book"
And I'm super embarrassed... because I don't have the name of the artist and I can't find it. Anyone know it?
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I had the opportunity to play the piano this week... And I'm amazed at the human brain. No, I didn't sound all that beautiful... But a lot of it is still in there, and I found it very enjoyable. Cheers to exercising different parts of our brains!
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Did you know Beverly Cleary turned 102 this week? I cannot tell you how much I loved Ramona Quimby growing up. I can't wait to introduce my own children to her. 
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Do you have tricks for making life at work... work? I did not invent this one... so three cheers for Christin who taught me this trick: I set up a rule on my Outlook that moves a copy of any sent email where I blind copy myself to a folder called "Waiting for Response". Every Thursday, a reminder goes off to check the folder. This leaves Friday to follow up on any items that might need to still be tied up. Seriously, people. This has saved me so many times at work. 
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As I leave you for the weekend, here's an article that's worth reading. Worth a bit of reflection and maybe some prayer, especially if you're a church-going American. 

Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

March Captures

Well, I'm posting this one week into April... and I'm tempted to flood this post with all the green buds that appeared in the past 7 days... but I'll refrain! April Captures is coming! But, for now: March Captures. I was yearning for color, and that's reflected in what I found to photograph this month. 




 




Happy Easter Season! Happy Color!

Friday, April 06, 2018

Take 290

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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I got to meet a photographer a few weeks ago through work... And I'm always amazed by people's lives. Check out her video here. That's right. Some people get to photograph and film triathlons. In beautiful places. Amazing the lives that people get to live. I was glad just to get to meet her!
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The other night I was relaying a story to my husband about yelling my son's name in a grocery store because he was not where he was supposed to be (next to me). I told the story in the kitchen, mimicking my grocery store tone, "George! George!" Until a feeble, but obedient, "What??" from the stairs came floating down... That's right. George was up. Sitting on the stairs. Listening to us chat. And I had unknowingly called him out. Hah! Mom win. 
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"Hey Rowan! Go stand in front of that car and I'll take your picture!"
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We moved to a salt grinder at our dinner table, as opposed to a shaker. Well, my post-Easter report is that it's hard to hold a hard boiled egg and grind salt onto it. #ClassyProblems
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I ran across a diagram of what's legally required for your bicycle in Germany. I don't know how up-to-date this one is, but I'll tell you one thing: Germans are serious about bicycles. Everyone has them. Everyone uses them. And apparently, they're serious about how to stay safe on them. #GetReflective
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Check this out! It's a way to "Find a Friend" who knows the language you want to learn and who wants to learn your language. You can contact them directly and it's called being a "Tandem Partner". You help each other by speaking both languages. If I put my post code, there are about 30 people--including one couple who posted together. The internet is amazing.
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We are staring directly at a weekend with temperatures in the high 50s, low 60s and sunshine. I'm giddy. I hope I spend hours in the sun. One cool thing about our house is that our bedroom faces South, so in the afternoon on a Saturday, when it's sunny, the wall of glass doors allows the sun to shine directly on my napping spot. It's... indulgent. :)

Happy Friday!