Friday, September 20, 2019

Take 260

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Last Friday we did a professional development day and got to spend an afternoon trying our hand at graffiti... It was fun! (and also hard!)
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Football season is back in full swing and I'm already learning new rules. This week I learned that if the ball goes out-of-bounds on a kick off, the ball automatically goes to the 35 yard line. 7.5 years of marriage with football and I've never come across that one.
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Speaking of football, I seriously can't believe that the players are calling their coaches upstairs on the same telephone we all had in 1985. Curly cord and all. It's really quite funny.
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I get the privilege this pregnancy of trying out compression stockings... #ohjoy! So I have all the pregnancy joys and I have trouble getting these on and she lady says, "JEDEN-TAG" which means "EVERYDAY!" ... meaning I have now the task of doing a load of laundry daily just to wash my compression stockings... But at least I can basically cross "Laundry" off my weekend To Do List... because it's been happening all week.

And yes. I hate to admit it: but they super help.
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Remember that scene from What Women Want when Mel Gibson tries to put on nylons? Yeah, man. I challenge you to compression stockings. (Google at your own hilarious risk.)
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I passed a language school this week called "Speak Easy". I liked that.
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We started reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this week and I have definitely never read it before! 3 chapters in and I'm really looking forward to reading the original version of a movie I've loved forever. #NotJohnnyDepp 


Happy Friday! 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Take 259

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Hi! It's Saturday. I'd apologize, but I'm working on not apologizing for ridiculous things... like making a so-so dinner or not having the laundry up to speed. I will not apologize. I will just acknowledge it as "Yeah. Bummer." LOL.
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As a child, we lived in Michigan for 8 years of my life. We often traveled from there to New York by car to visit family. Each trip, when we crossed the border into Ohio, my Dad would "car yell" 

OH HOW I HATE!

and we would always respond, 

O-HI-O STATE!

I think I was in my early twenties before I realized this had anything to do with football.
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I've been enjoying reading on my Kindle again, but I noticed that if you read on the Kindle App on your iPhone, it shows you what most people have highlighted in the text as important. It's akin to reading a forward... don't tell me what to think-LOL. I can figure out what I think is important without your cues. #Ihope
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I saw a shoe advertisement this week for a ballerina flat that has a "button on" bow on the toe... so that you can change out the "design" and "color" of the shoe with different pop-on bows and things. I'll admit that if I found a super comfortable ballerina flat, I'd want it to be interchangeable to go with all of my outfits.
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It's funny to me that some words get taken over and I forget that they also have "regular" definitions... like hallmark and minions. Both of which I heard and read this week and giggled as I imaged greeting cards and little yellow people in completely the wrong context. 
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I grew up calling all striped, stinging, flying things bees. I also grew up calling all black, stinging, flying things wasps. It took me moving to Germany and having a 5 year old to highlight this major piece of misinformation in my brain. Wasps are also striped. I'm feeling confident that there are at least 1,000 more pieces of information that I look forward to either learning or re-learning that qualify as elementary school curriculum.
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I hope you had a great Friday! I enjoyed the start of my weekend with a lovely mother-daughter trip to our favorite coffee shop in Hamburg... always a nice excuse when we need to buy a new bag of espresso for home to enjoy a nice morning at our favorite coffee shop. 


Happy Saturday! 

Friday, September 06, 2019

Take 258

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I want to start this Friday by saying something: Life is normal. Sure, it's also magical and miraculous... but it's also normal. This week, I didn't come up with 7 things... because you know what? I go to work, I feed my kids, and then I generally want to put my tired pregnant self to bed ASAP. But you know what? That's OK. I'm OK with normal. In fact, it's kind of a treat after spending a week in bed with a bad toe in August. 
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I attempted yet another pork chop recipe... and yet again, dry. Is there any way to cook pork so it's not dry without it being a pork shoulder in a crockpot? Any pork cooked in 30 minutes should be drowning in BBQ sauce... in my experience. Teach me your ways.
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Have you read Stuart Little with your kids recently? Brian confirmed that some people of the internet love the ending because it's real life--not everything is "tied up and tidy" at the end. People. The second to last chapter is Stuart totally face planting on a date. And then? He never finds the bird. OH MY GOSH. Sorry for ruining it for you. But really?? Give me all the fake stories with tidy endings. (Totally loved this book as a child. How?!)
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Have you heard Say You Won't Let Go by James Arthur? Isn't this phrase totally ruined by Titanic for everyone else, too?! "Don't ever let go, Jack!" Yeah. He did. He let go. And died.

Also, love stories that start with the girl puking? LOL. sigh.
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This image was shared about apples this week. Interesting enough, I have never identified my favorite apple... though I do know that I don't prefer tart. 
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I purchased peperoncino this week and the jar came with a piece of plastic to help you drain out the juice. Say what?!
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Not quite sure what you're up to this weekend, but I'm happy to share mine:



Happy relaxing weekend!

Happy Friday! 

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

August Captures

Hello! Every photography fun photo I took in August was in the first 5 days of August... LOL. So! Pickings were slim, but I'm still calling it a win. Thanks to Patrick and Emma's visit, we went to Schwerin, which is always showing off when it comes to beauty...

Couldn't resist a photo of this straight-up Vodka 
in a glass with a sweet pear slice at the fair in Hamburg
 Schwerin!
 Two perspectives... but both worth sharing, in my humble opinion...



Cheers to the last weeks of summer! Soak it up, take some photos... and I'll see you in Autumn with more photos! :)