Friday, June 21, 2019

Take 347

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Today was a day off. And I did just that: I took a day off. I drove downtown to the Isemarkt and walked through 750 m of market... fresh fish, fresh meat, fresh produce, and of course an accordion player. 
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What's the first thing I did when I got home? I poured all of these strawberries into a colander and ate as many as I wanted. I'm not sure I've ever done that as an adult. Didn't count. Didn't restrict myself. Just enjoyed.
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Happy first day of Summer! Hamburg's daylight hours today are a whopping 17 hours and 2 minutes. Don't worry... we'll crawl all the way back to 7 hours and 27 minutes for the first day of Winter... ouch.
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I had a great laugh this week when I delivered my kids to school and found the usual "birthday poster" location replaced with a welcome sign...

for the newest school chicken. LOL. A little history, the revelation of the chicken's age, etc etc etc. I kid you not--3 or 4 paragraphs!
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I have not made a lot of progress on the whole soccer mom thing. A few more practices here and there... but it occurred to me during one of them: I can relax a whole lot more on the side of a soccer field than I can in my own home. I'm going to perfect this if I can... Because killing this 1.5 hours of relaxation 2x per week could be a real win. 
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Sometimes the internet is funny. Today I saw a "recipe" for corn on the cob:

Combine water, corn on the cob, a stick of butter and a cup of milk... 
"It'll be the best corn on the cob you've ever tasted!"
It better be--with a whole stick of butter and a cup of milk! LOL.

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The weather here is oscilating between 60s and 80s. True to Marie Kondo's recommendation: there's hardly any storing away of any season's clothing. I'm currently wearing a sweater and on Tuesday was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Thankfully, though, that means we get to see some amazing thunderstorms in the process--and that! That is one of my favorite things about summer since I was little.

Happy Friday! Happy Summer!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Take 346

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Whew! We had Monday off this week, but I also ended up working today, which is *not* my normal... Fridays at work are for real... Even after a 4-day work week. We barely made it through make-your-own pizza night, but we pushed through and the pesto mushroom chicken pizza was a success. Bring on the weekend!
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How are your balancing skills going? You know the: I love movies, but also read books balance? Or the I usually run for exercise, but occasionally do a sit-up or 5 balance? Or the extreme love of the sunny day, but the adoration of a perfect thunderstorm balance? Or...

Champagne and Kale on a lovely Saturday balance:
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Have you read Becoming by Michelle Obama? This week I finished it and immediately felt sad. It was so fun reading her story. So fun, in fact, that I dreamt this week that I met both Michelle and Barack and you know what? They really were the nicest people.

LOL. I crack myself up.
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I bought a new hand soap for our main floor bathroom and it's the perfect pump amount. One pump is the perfect amount of soap. And the kids? They don't over soap with hand washing. Now I know I'm old. Because that was exciting.
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We got an awesome game of Checkers from Marmie & Pops that is a Cubbies version. As I sat and played my first game of Checkers as a Mama, I realized: I have to get better at voluntarily losing
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When you finally grow out your hair to the longest it's ever been, when do you stop? Every day is like setting a personal record and when does one stop competing with oneself?

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This week I committed (and succeeded!) in moving my 23 minute PT routine to the morning. Pre-shower. And I realized just how freeing it was to live each day knowing my responsibilities weren't being saved for after dinner: my tiredest time of day. I've been living under a "PT is coming and I'm tired" cloud for months. And you know what? I'm converted. Sure, it's an early wake-up... but it's done!

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 07, 2019

Take 345

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Yay! Patrick and Emma are engaged!!! So so so so happy for you two! Wish we could raise a glass with you in the US--but I'm guessing we'll get a chance sometime!! Yay!
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The middle of the traffic circle in a small town on our way to school has what I would categorize as "Wild Flowers"... that are unbelievably cute:
I want them. Everywhere. It's like tiny confetti. So great.
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I went to the Levi jean store today. I was fully prepared to pay full price for a good pair of jeans... You know why? I wear the heck out of them. And the non-name-brand version I bought ripped... In a not-so-confidence-boosting-location. But the Levi pair I bought on the same day? Totally fine. In any case. Levi had Skinny High-Rise or Super Skinny. I tried both on and HOLY HIGH RISE is so uncomfortable!! LOL.

No. Normal height skinny jeans is not an option. #StillShopping
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This week I rolled up to a soccer game for the first time as the soccer mom. By the end of this 2 hours adventure of arrival to the wrong location, entertaining the other child (right through the witching hour), what to pack and what's too much, I realized one major thing:

The soccer mom learning curve is real. And I'm ready to learn. And I'm pretty sure the answer is to put everything but the kitchen sink in the trunk of my car. Just in case.
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23 minutes. 23 minutes a day of Physical Therapy. And I'll admit it: for about a month I've been indulging in Gilmore Girls while I stretch. I'm not sure you can fully imagine the shock and surprise as Jack Pearson (from This is Us) walked onto the screen for the first time as the nephew of Luke. 

Go ahead, take a look at him on the show. I actually thought to myself, "Is that his son!?" LOL. I'm old. 
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I'm making progress at eating tofu. I no longer have a mental mind-block. We sauté it until it's toasty on the outsides and then mix it up with stir fry. And you know what? I like it. 

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Got a little extra time this weekend? Enjoy this article about millennials moving in with nuns. Pretty interesting! (And yes, the article admits that "Nun" is the wrong title because nuns refer specifically to cloistered sisters. I loved that they included that tidbit... even if they didn't refer to them correctly.)

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

May Captures

Summer isn't here quite yet, but that hasn't stopped Hamburg from being 85 degrees with unbelievable humidity. We've pulled the sprinkler out twice, now, and I'm currently praying that my cilantro and kale won't just simply quit because of the heat. 
But in other news, the world here is still blooming and beautiful. 
I love when the earth wakes up.







Hoping you're having a great week!