With almost nothing to say in the past month or so, I find that there’s so much being said (or not being said) out there in the virtual world that I haven’t wanted to add to the incessant chatter. But sometimes that’s ok, talking out loud can be exhausting. Adding my two cents to everything else that’s taking up space (ahem red cups) just adds to the noise. So I’ve been quietly living inside my own brain for the past month or so trying to take it all in and not necessarily push anything out.
It has been a wild October. I think that ever since I had the boys back in October of 2010 it has been the most insane month of the year for my family. We tend to realize this as Halloween (should) roll around that woah! where has the time gone? Suddenly my favorite month is over and all I can do is sit back and tell myself- I should really write this down for us to reread someday and remember how crazy life used to be. Because I know it won’t always be like this.
Occasionally I find stuff that is cool enough for me to think other people might like it too. In that case, I feel the need to share the wealth so we can all be happy together. As of late, these are some of my finds:
Ridiculously cute city maps made strictly for kids from The New Voyager. Each guided map is illustrated by a local artist. So far there’s Los Angeles and Paris- but plans are in the works for London and more. My hope is to see Rome, Amsterdam and Prague! At only €10 a map/card, these are super affordable. Free shipping in Europe, standard rates apply to the rest of the globe. [click to continue…]
Well, at least if you’re one of my almost 40-something fellow Gen X-ers. Remember this?
I realize it’s a bit hokey and all, but last night I caught a documentary on Bruce Springsteen and there was a clip of USA For Africa’s We are the World. Kind of fit with the timing that Oisterwijk’s first refugees arrived on Friday night, and are currently being housed at a school a few blocks away from us.
Additionally I noticed a shopping cart at one of the grocery stores collecting goods. How easy is that??? Even the laziest of the lazy (ahem, myself) can follow a list with stuff like ‘shower gel, deodorant, socks…’. So there you go.
Kind of an appropriate song to share in light of what’s all going on at the moment. I have a post here with lots of links with info and how to help.
As per the usual, I am in denial as to how soon a big trip is approaching. In just a couple of weeks I’ll be flying to the US for the third time since moving here in 2012. And, the funny thing is that those three trips add up to a total of 13 days in the US. I’m not too focused on the going back to the US part, even though in my opinion much of the country is going batshit crazy supporting Trump and freaking out about kids who make clocks. But, I digress…
What a moment in Austria, this pic I snapped is how I feel every day.
What I can’t wait to see are a couple of very special people. Two people in particular are why I am making this trip- friends of mine that knew me way back before I could see outside of my own self-absorbed bubble. First, there’s Justin- it’s his wedding and I wouldn’t miss it for a U2 concert in my backyard. Second, Kelly will be there. I can’t wait to see her and high-five her for kicking the crap out of cancer since the last time I saw her. Because yeah, my best friend went home from her visit here to learn she had to fight the ugly beast that is the big C. [click to continue…]
It seems like there is a ton of activity right now. Last weekend we had the Monument Day/Old Timers Weekend (I think the word the Dutch use for ‘old fashioned’) and this weekend is this huge celebration (ha) with giant puppets: the Reuzen Festival or, giants festival. I am still not exactly sure what that’s all about, but judging from the very fancy color catalogue they handed out to everyone in town- it looks like a big deal.
The ‘giant’ catalogue.
This video below is from 2010- showing some of the ‘puppets’ we are to expect. The weather doesn’t look nearly as nice this time around- as it’s predicted rain and 66 degrees, but that doesn’t stop the Dutch! You can’t resist seeing these in person. [click to continue…]
I mentioned the other day on my FB page how our Outfittery box finally arrived! I’m not going to lie- I have been looking forward to what a stylist stranger would pick out for my husband as soon as I heard about this service. And nope- I’m not working for Outfittery, a link affiliate, being compensated, etc. This is just because it’s fun and pretty nice to see my husband so spiffed up in these stylish clothes. Plus he’s a really good sport to model for me.
Ok, so here’s what was in the box:
Shoes: Bugatti €70, Coat: Esprit €80, Blue shirt: Homme Isco €50, Belt: Jack & Jones €25, Jeans: Lee €90, Grey sweater: Esprit €30, White shirt: Homme Two Henry Nesta €50, Red sweater: Jack & Jones €35, Chinos: Tom Tailor €70. [click to continue…]
I read a post the other day by one of my favorite blogging friends, Kristin of That Unique Weblog. She was just given an awesome award and in her post talking about the honor, she admitted something that I have been trying to not admit for a while now.
And I haven’t been writing much. And I don’t feel like writing much. I’m distracted and unfocused and kind of done with sharing.
That kind of hit me on the head. In Kristin’s case, she goes on to say silly nonsense like her award might not be deserved because the post that won was older and yadda yadda (crazy talk) but that sentence- that one right up there- really got to me. And it bothers me because I feel like that but I don’t want to feel that way.
You’ve heard by now what’s going on with Europe’s refugee crisis, so I’m not going to blather on when time, knowledge, and assistance are the most important things. I’ve asked for people to send me information so that I can compile it and make it easy to find. I hope you can find this useful, and encourage you to share with those you feel can help.
*This post has been updated as of Wednesday, September 16th*
Are you going to the Lake Como vicinity in the near future? Ok, stop reading now. Email these wonderful people and make your reservation for dinner before you do anything else (and I’m not kidding). Ok, so now that that’s out of the way I can relax a bit and tell you more about the dinner and place that will most likely go down in my memory bank as one of the top 5 of my life: AZIENDA AGRICOLA SORSASSO.
My husband (as usual) found Sorsasso. He said to me one evening while we were in Italy, “Hey there’s a winery just up the hill that’s also a restaurant. Do you want to make a reservation? They have a five course dinner and all their own wines.”