Thinking out loud #11

With a writing assignment due by the end of the week at latest I’m thankful Amanda gives all of us a great excuse to forego a lengthy introduction on Thurdays. Let’s get Thinking out loud!


1. Returning to your apartment when you’ve been away for several months means many things. The most significant in terms of food, though: a serious lack of produce. And for whichever reason I had the hardest time deciding what to buy. The latter resulted in a serious strenght workout: carrying home several pounds of vegetables is just that. Simultaneously the up- and downside to living in a city and without a car: stores within [relative] walking distance.

… though I guess I actually looked more like him. Can anybody relate?

2. Cue ‘panic’ when I noticed all stores where either out of bananas [not a single one left!] or had only green ones. Obviously a #firstworldproblem but I know I’m not the only one who isn’t fond of running out of staples. Because I didn’t have any oatmeal in my pantry anymore, either …

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3. If I said anything about January flying by at lighting speed: February is in no way inferior to it. Are you sure it’s the 20th already?? Oh, first random thought: when talking about what time of a month it is do you group by 1st to 1oth = beginning, until 20th: middle and the remainder being the end, too? It’s probably weird I’m even thinking about this but according to my logic we’ve almost reached the end of the month already 😯 !? And it does not feel like that yet. Can we rewind back to the start, please?

4. In case you remember the gym story I mentioned in my last Thinking out loud post: there was a detail I forgot to mention but was reminded of when Megan suggested changing the elliptical. Definitely a good idea in theory but the gym only has a total of four ellipticals and all of the others were occupied, too. If that’s not enough to make you laugh: have a guess at how many treadmills there are. No guesses? One. And I was never aware treadmills could have an incline setting until I noticed other bloggers posting workouts mentioning it. Needless to say ours didn’t have one ;).

5. Apparently I have oddly sized feet: they’re somewhere between two sizes. For most shoes that means I need to wear not only tights but an extra pair of socks. Luckily they’re invisible – until I take my shoes off …


6. One thing I didn’t mention in my post on Friday:  my choice of dessert there. Frequent readers will know my inability to decide or pick favourites of any kind. So when it came to choosing a treat to submit Davida had to endure my pondering back and forth never actually sharing the plethora of ideas flying through my head. Oooh my.  Long story short: don’t be surprised if you see more single-serving desserts appearing on the blog – or in the case of failures hear me ramble about my oven or whom- or whatever else I can blame 😉 .

7. This article lists even more reasons to make a trip to IKEA again and made me smile because I actually got my first orchid there. Which now has a sibling because my mum was sweet enough to give me one of hers as a moving-back gift.

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8. One of the reasons I didn’t have a lot of [food or else] pictures to share yesterday was my apparent lack of coordination when packing. Just in time for my move my camera’s battery had died and I couldn’t find the recharger right after arriving. But …

last piece of the Disney puzzle

The very last piece.

9. … the last pictures I took before leaving my parents’ house, however, were announcing a triumph.The most exciting news to mention: I finished the puzzle! Granted, at the beginning I had my doubts of ever working it all out but once I’d gotten more into it the progress became more noticable. If it hadn’t been for those almost alike-looking pieces in the end again, though. Now to start a new one or not?

10. All is said and done for now except: Happy Thursday!

Happiness inducing today: Calling my mum. I miss her already.

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Running errands: the next workout trend 😉 ?

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Starting a new puzzle: yes or no?

Thinking out loud #7

What a difference a label makes … Not in terms of diets in case that’s what you were thinking. But if you’ve been reading my blog for a while already you might remember I used to do these ‘random thought’ style posts for a while already. But while they were fun to write I can’t remember I ever got as excited about them as I do now for Thinking out loud. So thank you for the music label, Amanda!


1. Speaking of labels and now in terms of food after all: Why is it that children [or grown-ups, too, if we’re being honest] enjoy eating one and the same dish or food even more when it comes with a cute label? Going through some of my stuff still stored in my old room at my parents’ I happened upon this gem of a book called “Party recipes for Children”. [Note that even if you don’t speak/read German the Amazon preview has some hilariously old-fashioned pictures to look at.]. Who wouldn’t want to eat Anti-Vampire Soup, Pizza faces or Little Red Riding Hood Salad?! I know you’re curious about the recipes now ;).

2. Why not start a random post with a random picture I took in Berlin? This was too cute to pass.

Street art_Berlin

3. Not looking my age can be a real annoyance when working as a journalist[-to-be]. Sounding young on the telephone doesn’t make things any easier, either. Case in point was one member of a network I was supposed to write an article about deeming it necessary to spell ‘coordinator’ to me. Eh … thank you very much for nothing. And no, I’m not the newspaper’s school intern.


4. Granted, judging from my current [work] notebook you might doubt my age. In my defense, though, I didn’t buy and choose it myself but just asked my mum if she had a spare one lying around.  Very grown up, no?! It happens to actually be one I got years back, though, and had never used so it went directly into my mum’s stash.

5. When I returned home on Sunday one of the first things my dad asked about my meet-up with Lucie was if she was vegan. Picture his delighted grin when I told him she wasn’t. “So not everyone’s vegan then, huh?” Trust me, I never said anything like that. Oh, sure, just so you know: all bloggers are obviously vegan – even if you didn’t know yet you’d better start chugging soy milk and dousing every meal in nutritional yeast right now to fit the stereotype.

6 . Judging from that graphic I’ve failed at fitting the blogger stereotype all the way. Or wait, let’s see …  Does Journalism count as a form of art? Check. Loves: photography, blogging, family, fashion, obscure [is vegan and organic obscure?] restaurant, … Wow, I’m apparently more stereotypical than I thought. Should I be proud or ashamed?

7. Apparently it has become some kind of trend among the visitors of Berlin’s Museum of Communication to adorn the traffic light in front of the entrance with their bright visitor’s badges.  Note that mine isn’t in the picture …

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  … because I kept sporting it on my cardigan all day long and didn’t notice until back at home. Woops. Lucie, did you notice? No need to shell out money for brooches or buttons when you can get a bright spark on your clothes for free ;).


8. Sorry I’m not sorry for the constant Disney appearances on the blog. But after Caitlin tweeted her result of this test yesterday I just had to try it and share with you, too. Don’t forget to tell me your result because you know I’m curious!

9. No mention of the puzzle [or better yet its progress] in today’s Thinking out loud. [Note that this doesn’t count.]

10. It’s less than one week until my birthday and I have yet to decide on a cake. It’s about time to make a decision, I guess. If only it wasn’t that hard! [Read on before you judge the childish picture – it all makes sense.]


Happiness inducing today: A kind* stranger at the gym telling me to enjoy my workout and sounding like she meant it. Not something you – or at least I – hear often because far too many people don’t even greet others.

* that’s why I thought the ‘random act of kindness’ graphic was the best fit for the birthday week picture.

What makes you the stereotypical blogger [according to others]?

Do you jaywalk often or are you a goodie-goodie using the cross-walk?

Thinking out loud #5

Coming from me as a confessed planner you won’t be surprised when I say I enjoy having a clear blogging structure: Mondays are marvelous, Wednesdays aren’t meant to be tackled on an empty stomach and Thursdays are great for thinking out loud. It’s nice to know what to expect. That being said you can still never know what exactly has been on everybody else’s minds [or plates] so there’s that element of surprise. All well rounded out in the end again, I’d say? Thanks to Amanda for her help in sorting out my Thursday blogging schedule – and some inspiration you’ll find further below …


5. Not only am I a moon watcher but pretty fond of the sun, too. Don’t you agree Winter sun has a very special light?

Winter sun

2. An embarrassing confession: I can’t read temperatures. Okay, that’s not actually true. But when first reading the current temperatures on some of my US blogging friends I only had a very rough idea of the actual cold you were going through. Imagine my gasp of shock when I heard the ‘translated’ numbers [read: in degree Celsius] on the radio. Any of you poor guys are invited to come over and hibernate in the almost spring-like weather around here.

3. While we’re at it I can just as easily admit I’ll never figure out the time difference in between countries. I’ve gotten used to most comments happening at a time when I’m fast asleep but never ask me what exaxt time it’d translate to. Add in that the US itself is split up in different time zones again and I’m completely puzzled. Luckily, Arman figured out what time each us of in our very country had to post Amanda’s birthday surprise so they’d appear at the same time. Merci, mon ami.

4. Talking about that post: yes, I had every intention of including some spoons in it. However, it’s not the most ingenious idea if you don’t think about taking a picture until the very last minute before posting when the light situtation is far from ideal. Some of my unsuccessful [and impatient] tries:


5. This happened. Sue me – but how could I say no to that offer?  Actually, you might want to be proud of me for buying just one clamshell of blueberries leaving the remaining one and a half dozen at the store.


6. Has work picked up its usual pace for all of you right away? It’s been incredibly slow and uneventful for me these past days. The bane of a newspaper office waiting for the year to get started and offer up new topics. I still really like the job but I get bored pretty easily when there’s hardly anything to do. Something please happen in my neck of the woods!?

7. I did end up finding productive use for those hours of sitting around, though. In case you’re wondering: lots of free time means lots of blogging time. Ssssh, don’t tell. While I can’t access the internet from my laptop I’ve had a good time drafting some posts for the week [like this one] because the office atmosphere is close to perfect for this. Close to meaning: there’s hardly any distraction and I don’t have a few dozen other tabs opened at the same time.

8. If you read yesterday’s post chances are you noticed me mentioned I’d treated myself to something I’d been eyeing for a long time already. Here’s what I was talking about:


I had meant to get a puzzle for ages already – inspired by Amanda’s showing pictures of hers months ago – but it wasn’t until I saw this motive that I splurged. Which is pretty unusual for me as I’m not an impulse buyer. But I figure when it comes to treating ourselves it’s okay to change habits and splurge a little at times?!

9. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a puzzle. Apparently so long my parents were really puzzled [no pun initially intended] and asked if I actually enjoyed them. We’ll see but how could I not with that picture?!

10. After typing #7 I ‘confessed’ to the co-worker sitting opposite of me what I was doing when typing on my laptop. Can you tell I felt guilty for blogging at work?! Luckily, he agreed with me thinking it was just another way of improving my writing skills. And there we have reason #1384590 why blogging is awesome :).

Happy Thursday!

Happiness inducing today: Starting to work on a new article on a topic

When was the last time you treated yourself and what did you do/get?

Are you a fan of puzzles? Do you do them regularly?

10 Things I Love About Spoons

Let’s talk about a very special lady today that I’m sure all of you have heard of [and love] by now. Tomorrow marks the 29th birthday of Amanda. She’s the sweet blogger behind Running with Spoons sharing wisdom, delicious recipes and sometimes just wonderful randomness. Her blog is one of those I can visit anytime – no matter which mood I’m in – knowing a great post will wait for me. She’s also one of the bloggers I’ve been following for ages already since her first steps into blogging then still via seek myself. Can we talk about a major blogger girl crush here :)?!

10 Things

If somebody just asked “what do you like about Spoons?” I’d give the inquirer a skeptical look and think “what’s not to like about Spoon?!”. Luckily, the idea for this birthday surprise post was a little more precise hence keeping me from just saying that Amanda and her blog are simply awesome.

1. She’s an inspiration. By far not only in terms of recovery but so much more. Keeping up a happy mood even if life decides to throw you a curveball. Letting us know we’re not alone with our insecurities and worries. And yes, encouraging those of us in recovery from an ED to fight, face our fears and step out of our comfort zone. I’m not exaggerating when I say that there where many steps in my own journey back to a ‘normal’ life I wouldn’t have taken without her constant reminders, kind and supportive mails.

2. Read any of her posts and you’ll agree Amanda truly has an authentic and awesome blogging voice. Not only is her content great but she has a beautiful way of wording her posts – a born writer.

3. We share an obsession with almond butter. Whether as an oatmeal topping, mixed into baked goods, savoury dishes or – obviously the best – eaten by the spoonful. Preferably not while running, though …

Almond butter

4. Even if it means going against the common belief Amanda doesn’t shy away from speaking her mind. Usually hitting the spot and saying out loud what many others actually thought, too, or at least offering thought-provoking content.

5. Her honesty. Amanda doesn’t pretend to live a perfect life. She’s down-to-earth, real, honest and relatable when admitting that she gets irritated if life doesn’t go as planned, she has rough days and – you know I’m a fan of this – still keeps seeing the upsides.

6. Actually, that deserves an extra point. After reading Running with Spoons I always feel a little more okay with just being me. Nothing will ever take away all worries and insecurities I have – but simply getting this [almost] daily reminder of not needing to change to fit in is awesome. Giving just one of many examples: For me as someone who still feels guilty for taking rest days at times it’s nice to see Amanda make it a point that exercise should be enjoyable and not something to stress over. And that nothing bad will happen if you stop exercising.

6. She has a great taste in books. Okay, she might have passed on the Harry Potter series 😯 but aside from that I got some awesome recommendations from her and I like people who appreciate a good read.

7. Disney movies! It’s no secret that Amanda is a huge Disney fan and makes anybody who has long left his childhood in behind feel better about still watching them, too. I secretly hope we’ll be able to have a Disney movie night complete with fuzzy socks, scented candles and one of her tasty creations one day :). Wishful thinking?!

8. From healthy breakfast [the Cinnamon Raisin Bran Muffins are delicious!] to quick and healthy lunch ideas and intruiging desserts [trust me when I say those Rice Krispie Energy Bites are addictive]: Amanda’s quite the creative chef in the kitchen.

9.  Don’t judge a book by its over? But it has to be said: she’s adorable :).

10. Like already hinted at in #1 Amanda – while one of the ‘big’ bloggers already – is still approachable and offering support to anybody who gets in touch with her.

If I haven’t been able to convince you that Amanda’s blog should be a daily or at least weekly read for you, find out what others love about her and Running with Spoons:

And if you read this, Amanda: Thank you so much for everything! I hope you’ll stick around the blogosphere for a lot longer still. Happy [early] Birthday!

Happiness inducing today: Having found Amanda’s blog years ago and getting to read her wonderful posts.

No real questions today: Just let me know what you like about Amanda and Running with Spoons!