For the first time since 2014, we went trick-or-treating with my family in the United States! My sister Jill brought over my nieces, and all four of mine went out with Grandpa.Continue reading
I locked myself in my Dad’s office, and completed most of my university assignments for the semester today. I only came out to take a 90-minute run in the late afternoon thru Middle America suburbia. Lots of families were setting up their Halloween decorations. Lots of basketball hoops over garages. Church, school, or political signs in the lawns.
This morning’s through my parents’ town earned us a stop at Starbucks for some hot drinks not made in Germany. I stuck with some chai tea drink I can’t pronounce while she got the caramel apple spice. We had a two-mile run back … here’s to not puking on the way home!
7:24 a.m. (Germany time): It is o’dark thirty, and I’m operating on about 90 minutes of sleep. But all our bags are packed, and we are at the airport on time, just waiting for the baggage drop to open. And THEN we are on our way to America for the first time (as a family) in nearly four years.
How many late nights have I paced the room with a baby on my shoulder? This one — my last one — is getting heavier and heavier. I’m going to miss this when I can no longer pick him up.
This is how I manage to have a full-time job with a big family, and go to school, and carve out time to take care of myself. I have a lot of help.
Martin and I would not be able to do what we do without Amanda. Miss C and the Middles also step up a lot to help.
It was so lovely having Tante Mali visit with us this weekend! Also? This photo REALLY makes it obvious that three out of the four are definitely MINE. And then there’s Miss C.
This morning’s run was super dreamy. For the most part, visibility was very poor, so I veered off to another trail where vehicles aren’t permitted, and was rewarded with this view as the fog lifted from the valley. Today is going to be super busy for me, but I’m ready for it.
Today’s song: “Mad World” by Michael Andrews from “Donnie Darko.”
I ran in the clouds today! There’s been a lot of fog lately, so I got up just before sunrise to run through it. I love when the fog is just above my head, as if someone sliced off the bottom half of a cloud just enough to let me run underneath. It’s magical. I often wonder, how many mornings have I slept thru that?
Also, I passed another orchard where the fallen apples are beginning to rot, so the air smells like cider.
Today’s song on my playlist: Paradise Circus by Massive Attack.
Just as I was heading out the door for my run this evening, Amanda told me I looked just like Louise Belcher.
It wasn’t until AFTER my run that I was able to Google that. Thanks, Amanda. I just have the uncanny ability to look like other people/characters. Continue reading