Spring To-Do List

2017 is really flying by, am I right? I can’t believe it. And the weather this week has been absolutely wonderful and is making me so happy for spring. It is incredible how much the weather can impact my mood and now that spring has officially sprung in Germany, I thought I’d share my spring to-do list.

I love to-do lists or goals because it gives me something to strive for and work towards. We are only living in Germany for two more years and there is so much to do and see. I don’t want to miss a thing!

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Go to the top of the Stuttgart TV Tower. This tv tower is to Stuttgart what Big Ben is to London. I would love to go to the top of it and get a great view of our city.

Visit the Ludwigsburg Palace. Spring is in bloom here and the Ludwigsburg Palace goes all out with flowers and decorating. Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. (If you get this movie reference, we are true friends.) If spring is anything like the pumpkin festival, we will be in for a treat.

Go to the Beauty and the Beast fountain. Easter weekend we are traveling to the Alsace, France region where the little city that is the inspiration for the movie’s town. And the only thing I want to do is go sit on a fountain, pretend to read a book and get a picture. It will be fabulous.

Make some new dinners. I’ve been in a cooking rut for the past few weeks and I can’t to get out of it! I’m going to scour my cookbooks and find some cooking inspiration. Time to get back to the kitchen.

Read some more books. I love reading and it’s part of my spring to-do’s to keep reading and to keep sharing what I’m reading.

Spend lots of time outside. Great weather is fleeting and I want to spend as much time outside as possible. Daily walks with Copley are a must and hopefully we can use our walks to explore some new cities.

Celebrate my best friend. My best friend’s wedding is the first week of May and I cannot wait to celebrate the most important day of her life. It’s the biggest to-do this season.

What are your to-do’s this spring?

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La La Land Review

Last night I went with a group of women to dinner and a movie. We saw La La Land, the frontrunner to win Best Picture at the Oscars and the reason I watched All About Eve last week.

It was so nice to be with a group of women, who come from different backgrounds, but have all settled in the same place. We talked about life in Germany, what we miss of home and then walked to the local theater that shows movies in the original versions, AKA the American movie theater.

I had high expectations for this movie. It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, so how could it possibly be bad. And while I wouldn’t say this movie isn’t worth the hype, I will say it was not what I thought. Here’s my La La Land movie review.

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The movie opens on a Los Angeles highway with cars backed up for miles in the stereotypical LA traffic. And then…drivers start singing. I was not expecting music, singing and dancing. But, this was just the beginning. The dancers and singers are wearing modern versions of 60’s clothes and jumping on cars and opening truck backs to reveal a band. It was very West Side Story. Not the best singing in the world, nor the best dancing, by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s entertaining.

The movie follows wannabe actress, Mia, played by Emma Stone, go on auditions and a jazz pianist, Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, recover from losing his job and his favorite jazz club turning into a weird tapas restaurant. There are glimpses of humor and lessons on life. Like when Mia wants to give up on going to auditions, Sebastian convinces her that she should follow her passion and write her own play.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling aren’t the greatest singers in the world, more like I was watching them sing in the shower or at karaoke on a drunken Saturday night. But I think that’s the point. It’s supposed to not be perfect. The movie is supposed to show how decisions in life can lead you down one path. As for the dancing scene where it appears the couple is dancing through the sky, I actually found that to be quite nice. It’s clear this movie wants to portray realness about finding yourself, struggling in your early career and following your dreams, while also being somewhat whimsical and satirical. And what is more artsy than dancing on the sky?

There were moments when I loved the movie and moments when I wanted to walk out. The ending threw me for a loop. It flashes forward five years and you see where both characters end up. Or do you? I walked away feeling that this was a good movie, but not one I could watch again. Is it worth the Oscar? Can’t say for certain. The score the script and the cinematography are incredible and should probably win those. I’d give the movie a B-.

Have you seen the movie? What do you think?

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2016 Year in Review

Happy 2017, Everyone! We rang in the New Year with a delicious dinner with friend’s and then him for the incredible fireworks with the Copley Bean! All over social media there’s been postings about how awful 2016 has been and how ready everyone is for 2017. For us, 2016 is going to be a tough year to beat!

The biggest part of 2016 was absolutely the fact that we moved to another country. It will be really hard for anything to top that. 2016 definitely had it’s ups, downs and round abouts, but all in all, this past year was fantastic. We traveled all through Europe, celebrated the weddings of two of our best friends, started learning a totally new language, found an apartment, started new jobs and embarked on new adventures.

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For 2017, I hope to travel to as many places as possible, to celebrate the wedding of my best friend in the entire world, to exercise harder and smarter, to eat a little healthier, to be happy and healthy, to read more and to focus on the positive things in life.

All in all, life is really, really good and the best is yet to come. I wish you and your family a wonderful 2017 with good health and happiness.

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Photo Dump

Good Morning! How are you? It’s been a while since I posted something because I have been enjoying quality time with my parents. We have been going, going, going for the past 4 days and today is no exception. I have a little bit of time before we head to Heidelberg and thought I’d do a photo dump from our excursions recently. I’ve done photo dumps before, check them out here and here.

I’ll also be doing some posts next week with details of what we’ve been doing because we’ve been having so much fun! We’ve been to several Christmas markets, a chocolate fest (!) and shared way too many hot chocolates with Bailey’s.

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Friday Favs {April 29}

It’s Friday and this week went by insanely quickly. There wasn’t much of a routine and every day was different. I’m so excited for Monday that I hope this weekend goes quickly, too. Well, not too quickly, because it is still the weekend!!

For this quick week, here are my Friday Favs.

Tone It Up Bikini Series

 

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I’ve shared my love of Tone It Up before but there’s nothing better than their Bikini Series. It’s 8 weeks of workouts, nutrition tips and recipes. I love it and have done their workouts every day this week. I don’t believe I will look like either of them at the end of the 8 weeks, but maybe just a little closer. It’s fun and takes the guess work out of what work out to d on any given day.

Skinny Confidential’s Podcast

 

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The Skinny Confidential is a blog that focuses on health, wellness and lifestyle. I’ve read the blog on and off for a year (I actually found it when I googled Tone It Up) and when I saw that she had a podcast, I decided to give it a listen. She speaks with her fiancé, Michael, and their dynamic is great. They chat about her blog, business tips, social media and things happening in their lives. It is a nice combination of fun and practical chatting. Sometimes they interrupt each other too much for my liking and I don’t think I could listen to it every single day, but I enjoy it.

Honestly, this week, this is about it on the favs front. There’s not too much happening and I’ll probably take next week easy on the blogging front so I can spend time with my sister. The end.