Friday, June 15, 2018

Take 299

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
I sat with Rowan at dinner this week. She was eating a chicken leg...

"What's in here?!"
Chicken.
"But what's inside?!"
--- 2 ---
This package hilariously warned me, "HANDLE WITH CARE" while precariously perched out the top of our mailbox... I mean, it's in English... and this is German... Lol.
"FRAGILE! IT'S ITALIAN!"
--- 3 ---
I left the United States with a bottle of allergy medicine... daily 10 mg of claritin. It's been almost a year since we arrived (!), and you know how it goes with daily medications... some days I forgot, some days I cut it in half and took it when I remembered at 4 pm, some days I dropped my small pill case and lost a few under my desk in the process...

Well, I'm here to report that I took my last claritin the day before my parents arrived... with a new bottle of claritin. Isn't that crazy?! Statistically impossible. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
--- 4 ---
Am I the only person who is terrified that some day I won't exit the parking lot gate exit fast enough and the mechanical gate arm will kill my car... and me? That's just me? Oh. Ok.
#FirstGearLikeIMeanIt
--- 5 ---
I'm not quite sure if this link will work for you, but please enjoy the first "Moth" story from episode "The Moth Radio Hour: GrandSLAMS: Life and Death" from June 5, 2018. Seriously, though. I about died. In a great way. Missing NYC...
--- 6 ---
I'm so glad my parents came so I could think of fun meals like black bean tacos... only to forget to make them... and then have black bean tacos to remember them by a week later... Miss you, Mom and Dad! :) 
--- 7 ---
Happy Friday! I don't know what kind of week you had... but Monday was a day of no hope--too many things and too long a list and no hope that any of it would happen... Cheers to a Friday with ORDER. We made progress and I felt good going home today. Success! Thank the good Lord.

Happy Weekend!

PS- What happens when next week is take THREE HUNDRED?! What should I do? What do the people want?! :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

May Captures

Oh the joys of the changing of seasons! May *you* enjoy what you see in it, too! All is well here, we had a fabulous visit with my parents and are settling back into normal life. Get excited for June Captures, because we did a lot of sightseeing with my parents and we had a 2 to 1 ratio on kids... which means I got to take lots of pictures! Hooray! 

Find a way to enjoy the seasons! This week I even ran through the sprinkler. You can ask Brian! (I promise Rowan was also joining in!) So yes, I support finding a way to enjoy the new season!







Happy Wednesday!

Friday, June 08, 2018

Take 298

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
I started this blog post on Wednesday night... because I thought it was Thursday night. And you know what? I was wrong. I had a whole additional night. But you know what? I've saved ZERO ideas for this week's 7 Quick Takes and got a little nervous. So here I am. Wednesday night. Vacation can be so disorienting!
--- 2 ---
I took 4 days off this week and enjoyed time with my parents! [Yes, this leads to day-of-the-week-confusion. Of course.] We had a wonderful time visiting Hamburg, L√ľneburg, Schwerin Schloss, and each other. It's been almost a year since we've seen my parents, and it was a huge treat!
--- 3 ---
I walked upstairs on the second or third morning of my parents visit, and found my daughter, with her mouth wide open, sleeping soundly on my pillow. This would be totally normal... except that we gave my parents our bed... ! 

At around 3 am, Rowan quietly climbed in and slept with my parents. Thankfully, they were charmed... And honestly, so was I. :) Thank God for FaceTime being a legitimate way to build friendship with far-away-family. 
--- 4 ---
My parents and I went on a walk this week and saw a guy fishing... About a minute into observing him we realized he had some crazy crazy bait...

MOUSE.
--- 5 ---
How do you recover from that? What are you picturing? Do you need a minute? Feel queasy? Sorry. I couldn't NOT tell you! Thankfully, though, YOU haven't seen it all, yet... but WE HAVE. And yeah. I regret it. And yes, I took a photo. And no. I won't subject you to it. You're welcome. 

Recovered, yet? Moving on...
--- 6 ---
We ended our time together with a lovely night out without the kids and we tried a vegan/vegetarian restaurant (Tassajara). This was SO GOOD. It was called Ginger Passion. I was passionate. It was right.
--- 7 ---
Last but not least, we didn't buy this... but I had to share. Gummibär pizza!

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 01, 2018

Take 297

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
I know that anyone who is actually in the know about such things would probably laugh at me... but I'm addicted to making homemade Asian food. Like, give me all the rice, ginger, oyster sauce, soy sauce, garlic, oh good Lord I hope it has broccoli, too. Anyways, I've made a lot of different recipes... and this Chicken & Broccoli is my new favorite. I just wish I had made double of everything... because... we ate it all.

(Oh, and I replaced corn starch with flour. Because we never feel good after corn starch.)
--- 2 ---
We've had a serious spell of weather here. For a couple of weeks now it's been over 80 degrees every day. Air conditioning isn't really a thing here... Shockingly, the Malls aren't even air conditioned. My kids have played with a bucket of water every day for the past at least 5 days... And everyone has been both hot and happy. These summer days make me a little irresponsible about getting everyone to bed on time, acting like it's a school night, etc. etc. etc. 

But it feels. so. good.
--- 3 ---
We went to a beautiful park (Planten un Blomen) last weekend with Colleen and even though it felt like summer, we saw spring-y cute bombs:
(Oh and yes, I want to see their summer water, music & lights show!)
--- 4 ---
So, I have searching my own blog to find my favorite coffee shop when we're ready for a refill on beans for our espresso machine... (Their relationship with Google Maps is apparently not a very strong one...) And I finally got around to saving it as a favorite on Google Maps... Which happens to be the first time I've ever done that.

Now when I zoom out and look at the city of Hamburg, my coffee shop has a heart symbol over it. To remind me... of my cappuccino addiction. hah.
--- 5 ---
Dear Stranger who spent $1,562 of our money on basketball tickets:

I don't think so.
We notice that sort of thing.
Thank you God for good fraudulent expense policies.
--- 6 ---
If I had a dollar for every email that referred to an unattached attachment...

I'd be rich.
So embarrassing. (But I still wouldn't spend those riches on basketball tickets. lol.)
--- 7 ---
My parents are coming! It's taken me six years of marriage to have life put together enough to have my Mom's favorite wine in the fridge when she comes... Really, I always forget! But, now?! We're ready! 

Mom and Dad, come on down! We can't wait to see you!!

Happy Friday!