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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
Papers and Pounds
Sunday, August 07, 2011      14 comments

I'm finishing up the second of three term papers to send off this evening. The other is due next Saturday, but since it's a rework of the present one, I don't expect it to be so time-consuming. After the coursework is turned in, I need to get m... Read more
Don't get too excited...
Sunday, July 24, 2011      10 comments

...but I lost three pounds this past week. That means I have just 5 more pound to lose in the remaining 7 weeks of the 5% summer challenge. How did I do it, you may ask? Tracking, exercising, accountability...you know, the "usual" Spark p... Read more
I'm a Firecracker
Wednesday, July 13, 2011      14 comments

...in the Summer 5% Challenge that starts this weekend. It's a challenge where several teams compete each other. Our united goal is to lose 5% of our weight over 8 weeks. Wow, are the Firecrackers a lively bunch! You can really feel the mot... Read more
Sunday, July 10, 2011      16 comments

I just finished course #2. Yes, I decided to take it and it was definitely the right decision. Thank you for the prayer support. I know God is always speaking to us - but we need help with the hearing sometimes! It was a course on the Pri... Read more

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