Recommitting to Myself in 2014

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recommitting

While I’m not sure I believe in having my own bucket lists or setting New Year’s resolution for myself I realized recently that I have been falling off. I have been neglecting certain things that are important to me and it is time to recommit. Believe me, I’m the least likely person to go looking for personal inspiration. But it’s so easy to fall into a lull or think my actions aren’t making a difference. So recharge, reinvest and recommit!
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2013 Reading List

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2013 Reading List
Quite frankly I’m horrified by my reading list for 2013. I only read two books this year?! That’s just embarrassing. Part of the reason is I took German lessons again. Part of the reason is a bit of reading burn out. Part was being busy starting up a new business. Part of the reason is just plain laziness. Part of the reason is that Sieben Jahre in Tibet has just been a slow read for me.

While I don’t generally believe in New Year’s Resolutions, I think reading more is definitely my 2014 resolution. And it only takes a quick look at the unread books on the shelf to know I have some good reads ahead!
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Sleep Like a European with Double Duvets

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Sleep like a European with double duvets on a single bed!

Let’s be honest. You’re either a blanket-hogger or you sleep with a blanket-hogger. Or, maybe you fall into both categories. Either way, it can be kind of a pain. Plus if it is winter, it can be awful cold in addition to being annoying. Some European cultures seem to have this problem figured out. They put two twin-sized duvets on a bed, one for each person. For the record, I fall into the previous category. …most of the time. (At least that is my story and I am sticking to it!)

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Post by . Originally published July 11, 2013. Last updated February 24, 2019.

Admiring German Beer Artwork

Food, Home & Garden, Learn German

German Beer bottle caps

My husband who doesn’t drink has been drinking a beer a day for the last month or so. He swears the health benefits of the brewed beverage. He’s been sticking near exclusively with German beer — more specifically Bavarian beers — so I certainly can’t complain…but it doesn’t mean I’ll be joining him anytime soon. I’d rather eat my bread than drink it.

But I have really been enjoying examining the bottles. It is a disappointment that the labels have little to no German on them as they’re bottled exclusively for international export. But the labels still have some nice packaging, colorful artwork and sometimes a special design on the bottle cap. ¬†One variety even came with a small plastic trinket hanging around the neck of the bottle from a red string. Yes, I have to admit, I’ve been enjoying — in a somewhat guilty fashion — the German beer bottles.
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Post by . Originally published July 2, 2013. Last updated July 2, 2013.