Calm Food Shopping

During my run today, I nearly got attacked by a German Shepard whose owner clearly had no control over him or the situation. I had to go into a freakin‘ mud pit to get out of reach of the dog as it lunged and snarled on its leash, its owner struggling to hold on.

That dog had no interest in obeying her. And then after she was able to put some distance between us, her dog went after another runner and HER dog, resulting in another intense standoff until the idiot dog owner could pull away and leave the trail entirely.

Lovely.

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Gin and Jazz

It’s an evening of gin, jazz, and my girl Jenn in downtown Stuttgart at the annual Gin & Tonic festival. I’m finding that I prefer dry gin now, less fruity, but the night is still young. Tasted a lot of gin this evening, mostly from the UK and Germany, some from Spain. Pink gin was tasty, but a little too sweet for me. I definitely prefer dry and bitter. Cheers!

Frosty

It‘s that time of year when Jack Frost wants to disrupt my morning routine, but then THIS guy shows up with piping hot coffee and forces me into the car with the seat warmer kicked on so he can scrape the windows quickly and get me on my way. I kept motioning for him to take his shirt off, too, but obviously, he ignored me. Maybe next time! A great way to start the day … fingers crossed this continues when it REALLY starts to snow!

Thanksgiving 2018

Thank goodness for Amazon Prime next-day delivery, and collapsible tables and benches. And cousins who live a few hours away, who will bring a variety of Thanksgiving decorations on short notice. And German, American, and Syrian friends who feel like family.

And carbs and wine and Cincinnati chili dip. And pie.

And for an American holiday that embraces food, friendship, and FUN. Thank goodness for that. 

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Best Day Ever – 10

2:21 a.m. – This would be a lot more fun if we had some Helium, but all she‘s got are two lightheaded parents with great lung capacity determined to fill her bedroom before she wakes up.

2:43 a.m. – Exactly 10 years ago, I was wide awake and restless, too excited to sleep, knowing my baby girl was just hours away from being born. Now, I‘m too restless and excited (and still jet-lagged, TBH) to sleep, knowing tomorrow is going to be full of her most favorite things. She knows, but she doesn’t, and it‘s going to be awesome.

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Midnight Train

About 24 hours ago, I was lunching with my girlfriends in Northern Virginia. Now I’m in this first class cabin all by myself on a cross-country train in Germany. I’m taking an important exam for my studies, and it’s only offered in a few cities over here … none of them local. And the best time I could take it was immediately upon my return home from the States.

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Oversized

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.”
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Morning Below the Fog

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.

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