Does anyone else ever have the urge to pick up a book you LOVED as a child and just read it again? Two books that I will always love: 1) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and 2) Guess How Much I Love You. Then when I was a little bit older I read Every. Single. One. of the Baby-Sitters Little Sister books. Aka the “Karen Books” as I liked to call them. I wanted to be Karen. I already had the blond/red hair, so I asked for some red-rimmed glasses (I don’t even wear glasses or contacts) for my birthday and wore my ponytail to the side for a long, long time. As you can imagine, it was a pretty influential phase in my life.
Do you have any favorite childhood books?
My breakfast yesterday was absolutely the best.
Overnight oats topped with half of a banana, some raspberries, and trios of bluebs, plus a kiwi, and a peach. I cannot get through the day if I don’t have fruit for breakfast. This was cutting it. At home I’m spoiled because my mom always makes me a whole bowl of fruit, all cut up and ready for me to devour! But at least this way I still have room for overnight oats! I like to mix my oats with just a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and then of course milk, greek yogurt, cinnamon and some almond butter.
Warning: This is NO NORMAL ALMOND BUTTER. It is the best stuff I have EVER eaten. If you ever see it, don’t buy it. Not only is it technically not affordable, but it is so delicious that it will last you, oh, I don’t know, two days a week? It is organic White Almond Butter. It is a little bit less bitter because it doesn’t include the brown skin of the almond, and is perfect to drizzle on my over night oats. But definitely lethal…
Just looking at that pic makes me crave some. I seriously can never have normal almond butter again!
I had a very successful morning drawing in my notes during class, but at least I culturally expanded my horizons by biking to the Pergamonmuseum (8.4 miles approx) and looking at art and sculptures from ancient Greece and Roam and the Ancient Near East. Lot’s of things I learned about in art history! That always makes it more exciting! For those who are planning a visit to the Pergamonmuseum, don’t miss specifically the Ishtar Gate and the Pergamonaltar, but of course there are also many other other great artifacts and statues! And even the small Islamic Art museum is worth a visit. I was very impressed! (My camera battery died, so I had to take cellphone pics… sorry for the bad quality!)
Ishtar Gate! This blue glaze color looks so beautiful when it’s not taken by a cellie camera!
From the Islamic museum: they often use this beautiful blue color in their art that I really like!
This guy had my favorite caption: Bearded Man. I guess I can let it pass since he is from 440 BC…
I was very excited because on my way home from class earlier that morning I spotted a market with freshly picked strawberries!
And a good sign of perfectly ripe strawberries is when the little stem comes out of the middle!
So, with my newly acquired loot, I spent my late afternoon catching up with a friend and drinking a refreshing Fruehlings Bowle (not so accurate translation: Spring Punch)—White wine with strawberries! Very tasty! I use my favorite white wine: a dry wine from Portugal called Vinho Verde. Love it. It has a little bit of a sparkle to it, which adds to its refreshing taste.
Do you have a fav summertime drink?
Before dinner I had a wonderful video chatting date with one of my best friends from home! It’s always lovely to see a friendly face! We have known each other since pre-kindergarten days and have lived on the same street since first grade! For dinner I had a repeat of last nights curry chicken with a few spoons of my fave almond butter for desert. I need to stop buying it! Tonight USA plays Algeria and Germany plays Ghana. Crucial game for Germany! If we win, there will be a grand celebration!