Nothing. Big fat fail recently, when it comes to reading. I did start a new book in May, but I didn’t get very far at all. Other things were more important, I guess.
I had a lot of amazing German food, mostly home-cooked by my Mom. I have, of course, tried to cook some of her recipes, but they never turn out as well as the original. I think my versions are missing some ‘motherly’ love. ;)
“Der Vorname“(The first name) (★★★★★)
I watched this (German) movie on the plane ride back from Germany. I was still in that headspace where I wanted to keep hearing German… I hadn’t heard of this movie, but it had one of my favorite German comedians in it and I am so glad I gave it a go. Worthwhile! (Check out the link, it’s in English.)
“Saving Mr. Banks” (★★★★★)
This movie was so lovely. I always forget what a great actress Emma Thompson is. I also never knew the whole story behind Mary Poppins and what a fascinating story it is!
I listened to some music and the radio. That was pretty much it. No podcasts this month.
I bought a couple of things while I was in Germany (as sweater, a new pair of Birkenstocks!) and of course brought back some food items to the US.
We also spent money on concert tickets and some flowers for our backyard.
I (only) 18 ran miles this month, which is quite low, but I took some long walks with my Mom while I was in Germany. I rode my bike to work a few times and then I also threw in a couple of cycling classes at the gym.
+ As you can see from the pictures, May was “people-heavy”, which means I got to spend a lot of time with wonderful people, including my niece and nephew. I am so proud of what great kids they are and that they always feel so comfortable around me, even if we can’t see each other that often.
+ The first half of May, I was still in Germany soaking up all the time with family and friends that I could get. I had a really fantastic time (and I know, I still have to tell you more about it).
+ One of my best friends got married. The wedding was technically at the end of April, but since I didn’t write an April recap, I am including it here… because it was one of the highlights of my trip to be able to be there for her.
+ We celebrated my nephew’s first communion and it was a lovely day full of great people, great food, good conversations, and some late night dancing.
+ I got to see a bunch of girlfriends that I hadn’t seen in years and it was just so precious and wonderful to reconnect. Once again it was proven to me that time and distance mean nothing and that with some people you can pick up right where you left off (even if that was years ago!).
+ I got to spend some time in my beloved Cologne. ’nuff said. Heart = happy.
+ All the German food. Do I need to say anymore?
+ We met up with Susi and her family at the zoo last week and I finally got to see my giraffe friends again. I miss running by them every weekend!
+ As mentioned above, we spent some money on flowers to get our backyard summer-ready. We have a couple of window boxes and planters that were in need of some love. I am still hoping to also plant some (container) vegetables and I need to get on that in June.
+ J and I celebrated our 13th (gasp!) wedding anniversary over Memorial Day weekend. I can’t believe it’s been that long since our beautiful wedding in Germany. Where did the time go?
+ We finished the month on a high note by going to the NKOTB Mixtape Tour. I mean, if they play practically down the street from my house, I HAVE TO go. Obviously. J agreed to go with me this time (and it didn’t take much convincing on my part, mind you!) and we had a blast (recap to come!).
Phew, my May was jam-packed! How was yours?