4.30.2015

Bob or Pixie?

It's funny and weird, but also weird an funny. Every 2 years after a long period of growing my hair out, I feel this desperate urge to chop off my locks. Last time I did it was in April 2013. I was at the exact same point I am at right now. After a long and gruesome period of growing out my pixie cut from back then, I now can't seem to get my mind off of chopping it all off again.

Bob or Pixie?


I find myself browsing the internet for haircut inspiration. I go through @nothingbutpixies IG feed and I just can't help myself from wanting short hair again. But, then again, when I look into the mirror and remember the long process of getting to where I am running my fingers through my to me long locks, I kind of know that I would probably regret it to a certain point, if only just a little bit.

The advantages of short just can't be denied though. It takes so little time to get ready. No long hair drying sessions required which sounds like bliss thinking of the warmer temps during summer and the lack of air-conditioning in German homes. And when I look into our future and think of our summer vacation by the Baltic Sea it would so much less of a hassle to just let my hair air dry after a long day by the beach and it would still look good. My now inverted bob in lieu thereof would require much more styling attention.

So, the question is: what the hell should I do?

Hugs xxx

4.28.2015

Do people know that you blog?

Do you blog publicly?
Do they? Do you tell people close to you, your family, friends, co-workers etc. that you blog? And if so, do they know your blog's name - do they read it?

My family knows. I have shown them, I tell them about it. About how it allows me to connect to like-minded people from all over the world. I enthuse about the friends I have been able to make. They are amazed about the mail I get from any corner of the globe. They admire what I do, and yet, I think they don't really know what it is I do. How much work and effort are put into an online space like this in order to keep it "up and running".

I guess they don't understand why someone would put so much work and time into something you can't really grasp. The hours spent in front of the computer screen, editing photos, learning new skills, reading about SEO and google analytics. They don't get it. And that's absolutely ok. I get it. That's more than I can ask for.

My friends and co-workers don't know. People here are very rural. We live in the country. I don't think they even get the internet properly let alone a blog. It's like in this one German TV commercial where an old lady tells her grandson "I think I just accidentally deleted the internet…". Of course the younger generation is well aware of the Internet. WhatsApp, snapchat, emails etc. but the older ones aren't. They don't need it, never have, never will and that's that.

Besides, I would probably feel a bit awkward if certain people in my life read my blog. I don't want to offend anyone and, you wouldn't believe this coming from a blogger, I am a rather "private" person. Certain things aren't meant for everyone. Know what I mean? 

Well, anyway, I am curious, do you spread the word about your online life? 

Happy Tuesday
Hugs xxx

4.27.2015

MacroMonday // A Dandelion



Today I am linking up with Steffi's last MacroMonday - coming next week it will air on Britta's blog - another fellow German blogger. Come on over and join in on the fun.

P.S. I heard there's a great giveaway going on over there as well!

Happy Monday xxx

Project 52 // Week 15, 16 + 17

Project 52 // Week 15
I've really been slacking with my Project 52 posts. What can I say - life is happening all around me making my online time rarer than ever. But I guess better late than never, right? So here are week 15, 16 and 17. Putting these collages together I noticed how much green there has been in my photo stream in the past few weeks. Spring seems to have really gotten to me. Enjoy. Here's week 16 -

And here goes week 17 -


What's been going on in your neck of the woods these days? Hope your weekend was splendid!

Hugs xxx

4.25.2015

Missing you, Chicago.


Heart thoughts are profound, 
hindsight aches and hope is obscure. 
I'm craving a great adventure - 
one that leads me back HOME.

Donna Lynn Hope

4.24.2015

Happy Friday V15.5

Happy V15.5
10 Things I am Happy about this Week

1. Signs of Spring

2. Long walks with the pup

3. W E E K E N D

4. Date night

5. Let it Go - James Bay

6. Hamburgers from the grill

7. popcorn at the movies

8. finishing up my summer shawl

9. kitty nose kisses

10. fresh mulch

So, what's it that's making you happy this week? What's been going on? How are you? 

Hugs xxx

4.22.2015

How I feel in 5 Words

Feelings

1. stressed

2. happy

3. exhausted

4. accomplished

5. appreciated

It's already been one hell of a week. Work is consuming all of me, making me forgo on some other aspects of life. We'll see where this is headed. Longer working hours mean more work at home not getting done during the week, which in return means more work on the weekends. It's kind of a wicked cycle. I'm sure I will figure this out and see where it goes.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!
Hugs xxx

4.20.2015

MacroMonday // Gardening is hard Labor

Macro Photography
Today I am linking up with Steffi for her MacroMonday again. I have seen these photos with these little guys all over the place and just couldn't resist, getting some of my own.

Happy Monday xxx

4.17.2015

Happy Friday V15.4

Happy Friday V15.4
10 Things I am Happy about this Week

1. an email from a dear friend from far away

2. a hug from my dear co-worker/ friend

3. a helping hand at work

4. my husband - I couldn't do it without him

5. my fur babies - they are the world

6. a kiss goodbye from my girl before school

7. frappuccino

8. girls' night out tonight - woohoo

9. a raise - double woohoo

10. freebies at the grocery store

It's been another hell of a week . It's been fun. It's been crazy. It's been stressful. And crazy stressful. But somehow I managed and reached my goal - the WEEKEND! Yay - so happy for 2 days of bliss spent with my loved ones. I see girls' night out at an Italian restaurant tonight. I see shopping for clothes and sushi in my future tomorrow. We might even do that trip to Heidelberg we had planned for last week, if the weather allows. Whatever will happen, it will be good. For that I am sure.

Happy weekend, guys!
Hugs xxx

4.14.2015

How I feel in 5 Words

How are You?
1. tired

2. anxious

3. loved

4. misunderstood

5. strong

Sometimes we feel it all at the same time, right? Especially us women. Today I feel tired because I haven't been sleeping well in the past few weeks. Too much on my mind. I feel anxious because a friend of mine is about to have a baby. I feel loved, because my family gives me all the strength I need. They keep my going. I feel misunderstood from certain people that just don't get me. And I feel strong that I can endure so many things without falling apart. "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger" - right?

How are you today? 

Hugs xxx

4.13.2015

Hey there, Monday

Hey there, Monday
I took the weekend off from blogging - sometimes real life requires all of our attention - and sometimes it helps put things back into perspective.

We didn't go on that trip to Heidelberg, the rain and chilly temps didn't really feel like the right weather for such a trip. So we decided to postpone it to next weekend, hoping the weather will be better than.

We did take a trip to the German version of Home Depot, OBI, to stock up on some scrubs, bushes and garden attire such as soil, mulch etc. Which means part of the weekend was spent working in the garden. 

We also went to see Mall Cop 2 which was pretty hilarious. It was kind of our way to say farewell to Spring break and we topped it off with burgers, fries and milkshakes (no sushi, go figure, haha). On Sunday we went to see a game and cheer on the Wolfpack, our local football team.

All in all it was a laid back and low key weekend, sleeping in, relaxing, some fun activities and most of all family quality time.

Hope your weekend was wonderful as well!
Happy Monday.
Hugs xxx

4.10.2015

Happy Friday V15.3

Happy Friday V15.3
10 Things I am Happy about this Week

1. the weekend

2. a trip to Heidelberg tomorrow, just because 

3. spring walks with my girl

4. Chinese take out for dinner

5. SomeKindaWOnderful

6. Kelly Clarkson's response to fat shaming

7. this picture is perfection

8. a belated Easter bunny from a dear co-worker

9. people who stand up for others

10. a smile from a stranger because I let him go first

Even though it's been a short week due to having Easter Monday off, it felt like it lasted forever. I am really happy about the fact that the weekend is finally here and I hope it won't ever stop.

Happy Friday, friends.
Hugs xxx

4.08.2015

Currently...

Taking Stock
loving: all the signs of Spring surrounding me on our daily walks
knitting: another shawl with my yummy yarn
cooking: couscous with tons of vegetables
drinking: cappuccino
reading: knitting pattern books from the library 
wanting: a long vacation
playing: wii with my girl 
wasting: too much time thinking about others
enjoying: sunshine on the patio
listening: to James Bay "Chaos and the Calm"
wondering: why some people are so weird
hoping: for the temps to go up a bit 
needing: more me-time
smelling: fresh spring air
wearing: my Birkenstocks
noticing: that my online time is diminishing
knowing: that my summer will be spent at the seaside
thinking: about wardrobe changes for warmer weather
giggling: while watching season 9 of HIMYM
watching: Bates Motel, Blacklist and Dracula on Netflix
booking: our summer vacation at the Baltic Sea

So, what's been going on in your neck of the woods lately?

Hugs xxx

4.06.2015

Project 52 // Week 14

Project 52 // Week 14
sushi lunch date // driving through the city // home sweet home
spring // knitting // dressing room waiting
evening walk // Würzburg Castle // playing with macro shots

It's been a fun week - I only had to work on Monday and Tuesday and took the rest of the week off - so we had a wonderful long weekend. We went to the movies, we strolled through downtown Würzburg and did some clothes shopping. Of course we went on a sushi lunch date and I made some great progress on my knitted shawl. 

Easter weekend was spent with family coming over for good food, good drinks and good talks. We laughed so hard that I started crying…the ugly kind…haha and it felt so good to just let go. I neglected my online friends a bit, but I bet you all totally understand and probably did the same thing.

Hoping you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
Hugs xxx

4.05.2015

Happy Easter // Frohe Ostern

Happy Easter
Wishing you all a Happy Easter - Frohe Ostern (as we say here in Germany). Hope you get to spend some time with your loved ones and are able to enjoy some quality time with them.

We had my family over today, enjoyed some good food, had some delicious cake and shared some great laughs and good conversations. Sometimes it feels so good to just be. To forget about the worries that are normally on our minds for just a few hours. Reminding us of the important things - the ones that really count.

I am glad I got to spend some quality time with my girl these past few days. I try to take all I can get with her - one day she will no longer want to spend as much time with me. She will want to hang out with her friends more than with me, her mom. So, I try and spend as much time doing things with her as I possibly can. 

We have been watching The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the past few days. We started with The Hobbit - one of her friends is a huge fan, so one day she came home requesting to watch it. She loved it. Afterward I told her about The Lord of the Rings and she wanted to see them all. We did and she loved them as well. We've been talking a lot about those movies ever since - I love how she tries to understand the bigger meaning behind the story. She is so grown up. I really enjoyed re-watching them once again.

So, what have you been up to these past few days? Hope your Easter weekend is wonderful!

Hugs xxx

4.04.2015

A Blog Award


The lovely Sue from No Fixed Abode 4 Sue nominated me for the LIEBSTER AWARD. This award is for others to get to know new blogs and help spread the word for "smaller" blogs introducing them to others. I recently already received one, but a blogger can never have too many awards, right, and this award varied a bit from the other one. And even though I have over 200 followers - I've been around for a couple of years (this blog here is just a little shy over a year old though), I gladly and humbly accept this wonderful award - thank you very much, dear Sue

There are 6 rules for this award

1. Link back and thank the person that nominated you.
2. List 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate 11 blogs/ bloggers who have 200 followers or less.
5. Give those nominees 11 questions to answer.
6. Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so they know what to do.

11 Facts about Myself

1. I am not a morning person.
2. I love diet Dr. Pepper.
3. I loathe wearing socks.
4. My favorite food is sushi.
5. Going to the movies is one of my fave pastimes.
6. I am addicted to knitting.
7. I speak 3 languages fluently: German, English, French.
8. I want to take up horseback-riding again.
9. Super happy about Netflix.
10. A life without pets is unimaginable to me.
11. I love laughing and I love a good cry.


My Answers to Sue's Questions

1. Where is your favorite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere by the sea, no matter which sea, as long as the ocean is near and I can walk along a beach I am absolutely happy.

2. What do you hope to achieve by blogging?

My main goal being a blogger has always been to connect with others from across the world. Since starting my first blog "Whimsical Poppysmic" back in 2010 I have been able to make so many connections with such amazing people from all around the globe. Some great friendships have developed and I wouldn't want to miss any of it!

3. Have you ever considered living in another country for a few years, if so, where?

Yes, we have and we in fact moved to the suburbs of Chicago back in 2008 to live there for 3 years. Life hasn't been the same ever since coming back and our biggest dream is being able to return to the States for good one day. 

4. What are you currently reading?

I picked up a book with tons of knitting patterns and I haven't been able to put it down ever since already planning my next projects even though my current knitting project isn't even off my needles yet.

5. How do you generate ideas for your blog?

Some posts just "come" to me intuitively. Things that happen in my life that I feel like writing about. Sometimes I stick to a schedule, like MacroMonday or Happy Friday, but they are not a must if there is something else I want to write about that day. Sometimes I schedule posts in advance, sometimes I write a post that same day. I don't put much pressure on myself anymore, like I did in the beginning. I don't feel like I have to write something every single day anymore. Sometimes I skip days to spend more time in real life.

6. What would be your ideal meal?

Well, I'd probably say sushi, but you can't have it every day and this is certainly nothing I make at home. We either go out for sushi or have take out. I love cooking from scratch, maybe that's a European thing, I was raised in a home where home-cooked meals were a must. I learned a lot from my mom and grandma and I enjoy spending time in my kitchen whipping up a healthy meal for my family. We always have at least one side of veggies and there is always salad on the table. Meat isn't something we have every day. 

7. What 6 people would you like to invite to dinner at your house (dead or alive)?

This is a tough one, I don't really have idols anymore (I used to when I was a teenager, but don't we all). I would love to have Oprah, Obama with his wife, The Queen, Katy Perry and Karl Lagerfeld.

8. What new skill would you like to learn this year?

I am a sucker for learning new things. A new skill I have been dying to try is pottery - I really want to take a pottery class. 

9. If you were Prime Minister/ President of your country, what would be the firs thing you changed?

Equal rights and health care for all and more help for the ones in need!

10. What is the best gift you have ever received?

This may sound corny, but I would have to say that my daughter, Leonie, is the best thing that ever happened to me! Hope this counts!

11. What is your favorite social media to use and why?

Apart from my blog that would be Instagram, because it's the easiest and fastest way to connect with others without needing a lot of words.

Phew, such wonderful questions, Sue! I had a lot of fun answering them!

Here are my 11 Questions for my Nominees

1. When did you start blogging and what sparked the idea?
2. What is the hardest part about building a constant readership in your eyes?
3. Where are you from and would you rather live somewhere else?
4. Are you a crafty person? If so, what is your craft of choice?
5. What are your favorite posts to read on other blogs?
6. Do you have a favorite quote?
7. If you were granted 3 wishes - what would they be?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Who is currently your favorite music artist?
10. Sandals or heels?
11. Where would you rather travel - to the beach or the mountains?

And finally, my 11 nominees
(not sure how many followers you have, I just like you -> nomination)


Have fun, dear Nominees!
Hugs xxx

4.03.2015

Brain Calisthenics // Training my Gray Matter


I love doing things to challenge myself - my mind - my gray matter. Sudoku for instance, I love it. Crosswords, love them. Search words or numbers or anything like that - I love it. It's fun, it's a great pastime and it trains my gray matter.

Normally I am really good at memorizing things. I will always find my way back to a place I have been before without navigation systems or maps. If I've been to a place before, I will always find the way there again. 

Or a certain text, if I read something that touches or moves me, I will always remember the exact wording to write it down or tell someone about it later. For example a quote that hit home for me or a phrase from a movie, I will certainly not forget it.

I am really good at sudoku and cross words. I got that from my dad. When I was a kid there wasn't a Sunday where you wouldn't find him with a big book of cross words. It was and still is his favorite pastime. That kind of rubbed off on me. Just like reading books. Gosh, I guess my dad read hundreds of them over the years. You will never, ever find him without a stack of books somewhere close.

I'm good with numbers. Give me a riddle, something math related or a quiz, it might take a while but I will figure it out at some point. In fact, I enjoy the ones that take longer. They challenge my gray matter and I like that. 

But - when it comes to names - boy, am I bad at remembering names. Introduce someone to me and I will most likely not remember that person's name the next time I see him. As a matter of fact, I might have probably forgotten it while I am still talking to that person. What can I say, I don't know what it is - I just can't memorize most people's names right away. Of course, once I have been told the name a couple times, I am perfectly able to remember it, but not right away. 

Did you know that chewing bubble gum helps train your gray matter? The movement of the muscles in your jawbone whilst chewing increases the blood supply to your brain which ultimately leads to more oxygen for your brain.

I read that if you make up short stories connected to a name you are more likely to memorize it. Like for "Ms. Toemack" you could think of her tip-toeing into the kitchen at night to make mac'n'cheese. I've tried this before and it really helped me remember a name.

How about you? Do you have trouble memorizing certain things?

Happy Good Friday xxx

4.02.2015

How I feel in 5 Words

How are you?

1. lighthearted

2. gleeful

3. hopeful

4. pleased

5. content

My everyday is always filled with all the feels there are. I can go from laughing out loud to holding back the tears in seconds. I suppose that's just how we women roll, right? My days always subconsciously contain a slight feeling of homesickness. It's there, always, and I guess it will always be. My heart belongs to Chicago, what can I say, it has been one hell of a time and it will always hold a spot in my body, mind and soul.

How are you today? Please do share, I love reading about your emotions!

Wishing you all a fabulous day.
Hugs xxx

4.01.2015

April Fools' Day

Welcome April.
April Fools' Day - I got my girl good this morning. I just couldn't resist. We faked a call from school telling us Leonie had to come in and catch up on some school work she had missed when she had the flu. It's spring break here in Germany right now, so this would have meant extra hours while others are on vacation. She totally believed it and complained, but she was going to go. Until we said it "April Fools' Day" "April, April" (that's what we say in Germany) and she laughed hard. We all did. She might have even screamed a bit, just a little bit, because we faked it so good. HA - it was hilarious.

I took her to the movies to see "Home" and we went on a sushi lunch date to make up for it. So, I guess it was a win win situation for all of us. We loved watching Home, such a cute and funny movie. A few sad parts involved as well - this poor little girl cried hard when we all thought the main character "Oh" got smashed by the enemy's spaceship. Luckily he survived and all were well at the end. Great movie to watch with your kiddos.

So glad to have the rest of the week off - I absolutely enjoyed sleeping in this morning. Such bliss! The mister took off for the rest of the week as well - which means we are finally able to spend some much needed family quality time together.

What are you up to this week? What have you been watching at the movies lately?

Hugs xxx

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