Friday, May 15, 2020

Take 340

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I've been slowly deep cleaning my kitchen since April... one job here and there... and I decided to start at the top. The top of the cabinets, to be exact. And yes, it's been 2.5 years and the amount of dust settled on grime was... unspeakable. I battled and scrubbed and had mild success... UNTIL! 
Baking soda. Folks. That abrasive is real. And it works. So happy about it! (Note that the "before" side in this photo is *after* I scrubbed with another cleaner and scratch pad.)
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We're still at home. All the shops are open here, but nothing practical has really changed here... except for my ever-increasing desire for a haircut. We have, however, reached the Christmas movie season of the pandemic. I caved and said yes to The Grinch this week because... WHY NOT. and WHO CARES. and would you like a candy cane with it? (Sorry, I don't have any.)
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I got around to trying this cauliflower recipe... which was essentially cauliflower dressed up as mac'n'cheese. It was awesome.
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The never-ending drama of the Reminders app update: the "Egg Heads" (not my words!) in California are aware of the iCloud syncing issue... and there's nothing more I can really do except delete all of my completed reminders... Guys. I had 9,821 completed reminders bogging up my system... the first one was completed on August 30, 2012. If the Reminders were spread evenly (which they weren't), that's 1,227 per year, 102 per month, and roughly 3.4 reminders per day. LOL. Those stats aren't as crazy as I thought, given that I had 17 daily reminders in the system when it finally blew up and broke.
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In the meantime, I've decided enough is enough. I'm trying to stop stressing. (Which is my natural state of rest.) And this is the year, if there ever was one, to stop stressing. Because everything is on hold. I have no job. If it's not done today, it can happen tomorrow. We'll be here. 

So, I started using paper. And it transformed my stress levels. When I sit down to nurse the baby, my phone isn't dinging or showing me all my uncompleted tasks from the past 3 days when I try to connect with my baby. My paper is on the table. And when I get a chance to look at it and pick something to do, I'll see it then. 

And after 2 weeks of this I'm happy to report: nothing exploded. All the important things happened. And I didn't do it all. And frankly, that's just fine. 

*CRAZY* 
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Check out this cool Terraplanter. I'm not one to invest in start-ups... but that is super cool. 
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Have any of you discovered Make Me a Cocktail .com? You can enter in your whole liquor cabinet and see all the cocktails you can make! So cool. Tonight, we tried a new cocktail: Queen Elizabeth. And it was delicious! 

Happy Quarantine! LOL.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Take 389

7 Quick Takes Friday
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This week Brian had a birthday! Happy Birthday, Brian! Thank you for taking me on our first date for your birthday as boyfriend and girlfriend 9 years ago! Chicago, church at Holy Name, a Cubs game, and Ruth's Chris steakhouse made for an amazing day together and I was so excited for what I hoped was to come... little did I know it would lead us to Germany with three beautiful children! I love life with you!




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Last week we attended church in Glasgow online... and yes. It was hard to understand the priest... HOWEVER! I think we should all say "Holy Spirit" like we're from Scotland. Seriously. It's amazing.
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I didn't know it, but check out this bush that looks like an orange spirea:
White spirea is my favorite bush... but I have never seen it in orange! Anybody know what kind of bush this *actually* is???
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Grocery shopping goals of quarantine: Find any food that's not the same as what we all feel like we've been eating for 8 weeks. Does anyone else feel like this?? I bought some weird peanut flavored puff snack for the kids because who even wants to see any more bland pretzels? Not us.
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We bought a Sam the Sheep clock for our kids. And suddenly, no one is asking me when it's morning time, meanwhile waking the baby... and it's amazing. 
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Have you sung, "You are my sunshine" to your child recently? Have you looked up the lyrics? Goodness gracious it's almost as bad as the baby rockabye-ing and then falling out of the treetops... why? Why do we sing these things to our babies??
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I'm almost 3 months post partum. I'm doing fine. But my carpal tunnel is out of control, I have this weird recurring side stitch in my ribs, and my neck is tighter than tight... and this is all while doing ab workouts and my physical therapy almost daily. So, I stopped. I stopped everything I was doing and I'm going to spend all of May doing yoga. Instead of trying to fix "problems" like my belly and carpal tunnel, I'm going for a goal of whole body health. Start my planks, downward facing dogs, and all of it to get my core and spine back in check and see if I can't jump start feeling a bit better. Wish me luck!

Happy Friday! 
(I did it! It's Friday! Lol.)

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Take 388

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Last weekend we drove to downtown Hamburg. Nothing major as far as family activities go... we just loaded up, drove, enjoyed the beautiful weather... and were even able to take a 10 minute/4 block walk. It was so unbelievably life-giving. 
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I think we've all noticed (thanks, quarantine) how beautifully spring is budding. I will admit that while it's fun to see it up-close and personal with family walks, I got really hit with it's beauty while driving. To see the trees filling up with light green leaves is just intoxicating.
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Have any of you seen this concept of a rocking garlic press? I totally want one.
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Speaking of kitchen tools... I took my knife set kitchen shears out of the kitchen to cut something in the yard. Like usual, I heard my overly protective self saying: You shouldn't take it outside. It belongs in the kitchen.

Sure enough... that's the last time I saw those kitchen shears. It's been an incident that I just can't shake. I feel so annoyed and guilty about it... I even dreamt I found them! LOL. In the process of writing this post, I looked up our set. It's this one--minus the shears--and God bless whoever bought those for us for our wedding! #amazinggenerosity
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We enjoyed a good laugh this week as we sized our kids on the regular dining chairs (they currently sit in Tripp Trapp chairs) and said to ourselves... we can transition soon, but we might need a phone book. *Insert cackle here* Then one of us laughed even harder when the question "What's a phonebook?" was explained with the opening question, "Well, you know the Bible?" LOL. I really did only mean to relate the two because of the thinness of pages! But you know... All the 1980s feels. Hooray.
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We watched Pinocchio with the kids this week... Pardon my French, because I'll be using it in the literal sense... but have you stopped to think about the fact that Pinocchio becomes a cigar-smoking jackass in that movie? LOL. Yes, he literally does.
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5 Stars for Flickr: I got locked out of my account a long time ago, but just started receiving a lot of spam contacts/messages and wanted to get in to shut it down because I don't use it anymore... Not only did their support team contact me in good timing, they were clear with the solution, I proved I was me, they deleted the proof from their server, and I've gained access. Dear Gmail, go to the school of Flickr. I have been unsuccessful in gaining access to my maiden name email account for years... with never a response. 

...Now all I need to do is confirm I have all the photos from Flickr in my external hard drive... and then figure out how to delete everything and deactivate the account... My digital life can be so annoying to maintain. Hopefully I'm not the only one!

Happy Sunday! *eyeroll* LOL.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Take 387

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I just finished the first of the Maisie Dobbs series as an audio book and then dove into the second audio book... except the reader was different. There was something sweet and charming about the reader's interpretation of Book 1... And the reader from Book 2 is just as much something... except this time it's tone, sass, and a verbal side eye. It's so strikingly different!
--- 2 ---
I watched this video of Jimmy Kimmel cooking for his kids. Two things blew my mind: 

1. He tilts the pan on it's side to "roast" his garlic cloves in oil over heat.
2. He puts a food processor wand inside of a can... because it fits! This is mind blowing.
--- 3 ---
More news from Disney+: The mother from Tangled is way too much like Cher. Am I wrong?!
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Also, the premise of this movie is all about a girl who's quarantined... whose mother tells her not to ever leave her tower... She finally leaves, and ends up running down a ravine with the broken dam full of water rushing at her... until she gets trapped inside of a small cave and it looks like she's going to drown... My child's eyes get big and says, "SEE! This is why you STAY HOME!" 

LOL. #QuarantineLife
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We got a new stroller! It's a fascinating thing to decide what to buy with your third child... but we've never owned a quality umbrella stroller, and since we've only got one kid in the stroller these days, it's been on my wish list to buy a MacLaren. We found an older model on eBay and it's perfect... at least for my height. It's light, turns quickly, and reclines. The city stroller we always wanted and never really had. And now that walking is our only escape from home... it's worth its weight in gold!
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Do you know what peppercorn plants look like? This. SO COOL! I had no idea.
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We've experienced new levels of freedom and ease in our yard because Papa and the kids took this mess:
created new shelves out of discarded supplies, and organized our shed... SO much happiness!

Happy Saturday!