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Farewell, Level 17
Wednesday, October 19, 2011      17 comments

I need fewer than 200 Spark points to get to the next level, so I should get my new trophy tomorrow if I work at it. So if you see me posting everywhere and anywhere, you'll know why! Bye, Bye, Level 17! ... Read more
Snowy peaks
Sunday, October 16, 2011      15 comments

I got back Friday from a 4-day retreat for missionaries in the Swiss Alps. This has become an annual thing, but the American couple who organize it are getting up there in years. That means that each year's event is made even more special beca... Read more
Things That Are Red
Saturday, October 08, 2011      15 comments

Hearts! emoticon I went back for my physical follow-up and got my blood test results. I'm not real happy about ... Read more
What's up, Doc?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011      15 comments

Had a day off today from my part-time-that-sometimes-seems
-like-full-time English teaching job. No sleeping in though, as I had set up a doctor appointment for my "regular" check-up. I hadn't had the whole run-through since 2009 so it was ti... Read more
Drum roll...
Friday, September 23, 2011      10 comments

...for the Fall 5% Challenge! This is the time of year when it starts to get colder and I feel like eating carbs all day and hibernating. So it's a very good thing that this challenge is starting up tomorrow. I'm facing the first Saturday w... Read more
Signs of Fall
Friday, September 09, 2011      8 comments

It was just a couple of weeks ago that I posted an "I Love Summer" blog and now it looks like fall is on the way: Chestnuts are just about to burst out of their spiky... Read more
10 Years Ago
Thursday, September 08, 2011      12 comments

I was on a bus just a few blocks from home here in this small town in Germany. I was on my way to teach an English lesson at a company in the next town. I don't usually travel by bus, but I had totaled my car two weeks earlier and didn't have a ... Read more
English Hat
Wednesday, September 07, 2011      13 comments

I have a very lively group of 5 kids for English camp this week. Our rule of thumb is that we conduct the class as much as possible in the goal language, even though the kids are only 4th and 5th graders. Two of the boys are best friends so... Read more
Number crunching
Tuesday, September 06, 2011      7 comments

A quick blog post to share my Summer 5% Challenge stats: Starting Weight - 07/16/11: 65 Kilo, or 143 pounds 07/23/11: 63.5 Kilo (ca. 139.7 pounds) - down 3 07/30/11: 63 Kilo (ca. 138.6 pounds) - down 1 08/06/11 62.5 (ca. 137.5) - d... Read more
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Monday, September 05, 2011      9 comments

Kids English Camp got off to a good start today with a rousing chorus of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" - a personal favorite of mine for reviewing body parts vocabulary and also for sneaking in a little extra cardio! We have fun with it by ... Read more
Zella has a scanner
Sunday, September 04, 2011      7 comments

News flash to self - you now have a scanner! My old printer died and I replaced it a couple of weeks ago but haven't really used all the new functions yet. After I posted ye... Read more
Chain Gang
Saturday, September 03, 2011      10 comments

Two things have changed on the wall above my desk. First of all, yesterday's paper clip is GONE! I made my Summer Challenge goal! Now there's a chain of 7 more - 7 more ... Read more
Paper Clip
Friday, September 02, 2011      16 comments

This lonely paper clip, hanging on the wall above my desk, represents the last pound that I need to lose to successfully complete the Summer 5% Weight Loss Challenge. It used... Read more
Flat Cats
Saturday, August 27, 2011      19 comments

When the weather's nice, the neighbor kids like to do chalk drawings. I loved these and thought I'd share. Not quite flat as the drawing goes up the stairs. ... Read more
I love summer
Wednesday, August 24, 2011      12 comments

Taken the other day at the market in downtown Stuttgart. Many have an array of berries, but I like how this particular fruit-seller gets creative. Bought some raspberries - ... Read more

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