Friday, September 22, 2017

Take 264

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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Remember about the VPN being helpful for ND Football? It's also useful for making phone calls (Google Voice) to the US! I have called so many Customer Service departments this week... all things that are hard to check off the list by email/snail mail... But so fast to check off the list with a phone call! #killinit
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Go check out Hungry Harvest. When we lived in South Bend, I shopped at a co-op completely filled with day-old (to be thrown away) produce from local organic stores. Oh, how I miss that produce. I should see what the market here is like... It's close, I just haven't made it there quite yet.
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I heard this week, "Sitting is the new smoking." (Well, in Germany... smoking is still smoking. And there's way more of it here.) However, I still love this phrase. Sitting is  problematic. And my back totally agrees.
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We watched a coupe of ah-mazing Jimmy Kimmel lip-sync battles. It occurred to me that I totally want to have a lip-syncing battle party. Then Brian reminded me that that's what karaoke bars are for. Hah! Oh right. But singing in key doesn't matter! And the acting game must be much stronger! Even better. Want to come over?!
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This past Saturday, our whole family went out in our backyard and played Kubb. I was shocked that we were at the phase where both kids participated and we all had a fun time--and even finished the game! It was great fun. 
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I made mocha syrup this week and forget the mochas--it's divine on vanilla ice cream!  
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Just in case you're interested, I blogged about the kids' school this week... And I was dying to include the fact that the "Motor room" (motorik zentrum) always has fun music on... and I nearly died of laughter as the kids played to the tune of "What I got" by Sublime. It turns out that music isn't really censored here... even in the Kita. hah. (Kind of reminds me why I love dance music in other languages... what do I know of what they're saying?! Nothing. I just get to dance!)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Take 263

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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I hate to make this blog something akin to a "Weather Channel" for the "Health Status" of the family... But I feel justified in sharing that we haven't had all of us well at once in five weeks. Sigh. The good news is that I've conquered my "Doctors in Germany" fear and now George gets to conquer his eye drop fear. (Thanks, conjunctivitis.) The kids are taking today off and I am praying (and praying and praying) that three days in a row at home will push us all toward the healthy side... and out of the rattling chest cough side... Sigh.
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I'm also here to report that curry paste in Germany is of a much spicier variety than what I bought in the US. I basically made a meal inedible by me and the kids this week... Super disappointing. I'm starting to admit that every recipe card I have needs a new German version based on what's available here... 
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I have a recipe in my box that I always cut the sauce amounts in half... I realized that this was bad practice and that I should just re-write the recipe... So, 5 years later, I finally got around to it. Hah. Also, I never have chili peppers on hand... Cayenne powder it is.
Disclaimer: I don't remember where I got this recipe, so this photo doesn't have my name on it for a reason... whoever created this recipe, I thank you. My family has loved it for one 5 years.
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Ready for a language laugh? In Germany, there is no direct translation for "Happy Monday". I inquired about that this week and was informed, "...We don't really say anything like that." #Allthelaughter #GutenTag
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I don't know how you tend to "deal" with all life throws at you... but one of my coping mechanisms is cleaning... My second floor got a scrub down this week. And it felt good.
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It's a little unfair to share this article because I haven't read it all... BUT, it was certainly click-bait for this devoted New York Pizza eater... So, maybe I'll simply call this take "Saving it for later" so that I'll get around to reading it.
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We had a good laugh this week when a new co-worker visited school and witnessed Brian and me talking... without knowing that we were married. He had all sorts of confusion written on his face and we had a good laugh. I'd like to say that it might have been one of the first times that someone has interacted with both of us without knowing we were together... and it was funny!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Take 262

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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We did it! We found a way to watch ND football in Germany. However, a 3:30 game starts live at 9:30 p.m. here... Noooot exactly my best time of day.
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A lot of kids learn "NO!" first when it comes to learning language... and Rowan definitely had, "NEIN!!" at the top of her German language list. She's a pro at saying No.
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I have to admit that while this video is cool, it pales in comparison to the childhood memories I have of Mr. Rogers taking me to the Crayola factory... and yes. He took me. Personally. Because he was that good.
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In Germany, there are never police on the side of the road monitoring speeding. They have both temporary and permanent cameras installed roadside... and those cameras work. And they take photos at 1 km/hr over the limit. It's actually quite effective. They're not paying for a person to give out tickets--and everyone gets tickets... and I think it really does help drivers stay at or below the limit. Fascinating.
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Aren't my riders just the cutest!?
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I'm sorry--I gave you false information. I said a few weeks back that Germany pays us to drink sparkling water... and it's not true. We pay a deposit... and get it back. It costs 17 cents to drink it. However, something else about this bottle world cracks me up--you pay a deposit and get it back for beer bottles. Not wine. Not jelly jars. Not gin bottles. Just beer. Funny? Happy Oktoberfest! Hah.
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We've finished our first week of school and I've been sick for more than one week. Medicine starts today. Prayers oh-so-lutely-welcome. And the insurance phone rep told me to, "Get restful." So today? I'm gettin' my restful on. 

Friday, September 01, 2017

Take 261

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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We went on a tour of Hamburg last week and there was a car show... we kept "oohing and ahhing" over cool cars...
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I walked in on this scene in the playroom last week... And I have a sneaking suspicion that I need to require my kids to help set the table more often...
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In Germany, if you "Mail" something, you email it. If you "Post" something, it goes out as a letter with a stamp. People keep telling me at work that they'll be mailing me something and I keep thinking, "Why?! That's so inefficient?!" Oh right. Nevermind. You don't mean "Post". Between that and light switches being off in the up position, I'm a little confused over here. 
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I've been using Mint for over 5 years. I went to add my German bank... aaaaand.... NOPE. It's only for US Banks. I'm in serious mourning over having to change how I watch and manage our family finances. Boo to the serious hoo.
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I have a new phone number. An international one. I suspect I'll never be able to memorize it... Because darn it all. I can't. remember. it.
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Tonight, I'm grateful for Brian who made the homemade pizza happen. I fully intended to be the pizza-magician... Until we got home and I melted into a laryngitis and cold puddle. Three cheers for the cooking boys in my family! #pestopizzawithchickenandpeppers
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We've been working for a month and on Monday next week, the kids will be here! Hooray! Happy almost first day of school!