Currently | September

LOVING | my new spin bike. I’ve had it for almost three weeks and have been on it almost every day (I only skipped a couple of days when I opted for outdoor runs). This will be great to have during the fall and winter months, I already know it!

LISTENING TO | the Peloton instructors’ playlists. Haha. Have any of you guys tried the German rides yet?

ASKING | for some good vibes for a dear friend.  

DEALING | with some heartburn issues again. Do you think this could be psychological with everything going on this year? Ha. I am pretty convinced it’s caused by low stomach acid in my case and it’s very annoying. I was good for a while and haven’t really changed my diet, so I have no idea where this is coming from again. So over it.

READING | Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump. Have you read – or are you planning to read – it?

EATING | pizza with tomatoes and arugula. So good, you should try that.

DRINKING | hot tea for the first time in a while. We had a couple of days of more moderate temperatures and if you know me,  I’ll take any excuse to make hot tea. However, it’s supposed to heat up again over the weekend. It’s not quite fall here yet.

WATCHING | the sunrise.  I was able to get out for a couple of early morning runs to the river again recently because air quality has finally improved. I hope we won’t get any more bad fires, in fact, we could use some rain soon.

FEELING | depressed about the death of RBG and what this means for the court and the country, and

MIND-BOGGLED | by the fact that so many Republicans, first and foremost Mitch McConnell, have no spine or moral compass. Shameful.

WORRIED ABOUT | what will happen in November. We cannot have a repeat of 2016, and I am just so worried that Trump won’t leave the White House if he loses.

AMAZED | that it’s almost been a year since Jon and I flew to Germany to surprise my parents for the big birthday party. I have no idea where this year went and I miss my family. That’s all. 

LOOKING FORWARD TO | fall. Are you?

WEARING | Jon’s Fitbit in addition to my Garmin, because I want to compare step and heart rate output. Because I am weird like that. 

What is currently going on with you?

  1. I hear you on the heartburn! I think it definitely must be anxiety and the overwhelm because I’ve got it too! Not as bad as when I was pregnant, but it’s there and comes at the most random times, so I don’t think it’s food related for me either. I haven’t figured out the trick yet to stopping it, just keeping my Tums handy!

    1. Oh, I am kinda relieved to hear that you also think the heartburn could be anxiety-induced… not that I am wishing that on anyone. Do the tums help? I am taking HCL to boost my stomach acid (because I am convinced it’s because I don’t have enough)… but I haven’t figured out any food triggers really.

  2. You are dealing with heartburn again???? I’m so sorry!
    Don’t get me started on my fear on what’s going to happen in November! We CAN’T have 2016 happen again!

    1. Yeah, bummer. I have no idea why it’s back… :(

  3. We’ve been thinking about getting a spin bike! I’d love to hear more about what you think of the one you chose. (Maybe you’ve already written about that?)

    1. I haven’t written a review about our spin bike, because I’ve only had it for a few weeks (but am planning to post a review later). So far, I am loving it though and I would totally recommend it.
      If you’re looking into getting a bike, it really comes down to what’s affordable on your budget…. this is a very basic, but solid bike and I can get stats through sensors and my Garmin watch).

  4. Can you imagine we’re literally even speaking sentences like ” I am just so worried that Trump won’t leave the White House if he loses”?!?! It is unfathomable – but feeling like a very, very real concern. And it is TERRIFYING.

    I haven’t tried any classes IN German, of course, as I do not speak German, but I have taken some of Irene’s English classes, & she’s great! I started Mary Trump’s book on audiobook but didn’t finish it by the time it was due back to the library, so I’m back on the waitlist…

    1. I’ve said so many things in the last 4 years that I hadn’t thought possible even to *think*…. but yeah, that’s where we’re at with this administration. It’s truly terrifying.

      That happened to me that I can’t finish books before they’re back due at the library. I hope you get to finish Mary Trump’s book – I’d be curious about your review!

  5. How is the mary trump book? I really want to read it. But I don’t. The man makes me so angry on a daily basis I’m not sure I can handle the book. The loss of RBG this week really hit me hard, too. Here’s a woman who did so much for EVERYONE and she was guided by her moral compass. And then we have spineless asshats in office and controlling the senate and ugh. What is happening!?

    I didn’t know you could ride in other languages, lol. Is that totally naive of me? I mean obviously but the thought never would have occurred to me and id love to do a german ride!

    Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

    1. I thought Mary Trump’s book was very interesting and gave a lot of insight to the family history and dynamics and explains why Donald is the way he is. It doesn’t excuse his behavior though.

  6. High five to tea season being here. Its just so nice to be back to all day tea drinking. I really do hope that November will be not the start of another nightmare. I haven’t even thought about he will not leave the White House but terrifyingly enough it’s not such an odd thought. Hoping for the best.

    1. People here definitely talk about the possibility that he won’t leave quietly… but nobody seems to have a clue on what to do about it. I am hoping for the best for November.

  7. I am so, so worried about what’s going to happen in November. I’m worried about what happens if he wins and what happens if he loses. There’s no way he’s going to accept the loss like a logical person – when has he EVER done that? It’s so scary. And it’s even scarier that I don’t trust the checks and balances that are supposed to prevent this. I don’t trust Republicans to do what’s right.

    What kind of spin bike did you get? I’d love to get a spin bike because that’s my favorite way to work out, and I’m definitely staying out of spin studios for a LONG time, haha.

    1. I got a very basic spin bike (Sunny SF-B1805) off of Amazon. It had very good reviews and popped up again and again during my research. It doesn’t come with any bells or whistles (it doesn’t even have a performance monitor) but I bought a cadence and speed sensor and can get almost all the stats I need through my Garmin watch.

  8. I am looking forward to fall too and love drinking tea! I love wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. So cozy.

    So is that a non-Peleton bike and you use the Peleton app? (no judgement, just learning!) Everyone I know who uses that app RAVES about it! What is the German track like? What is your favorite German band?

    I am so worried about November too. Is it bad I just want this year over with? I have things I am looking forward to, but feel a lot of dread, too. Sigh.

    Good vibes sent!

    1. Yes, I bought a basic spin bike and am using that with the Peloton app. I really could not justify the Peloton-cost and recurring membership fees.
      Peloton has two German instructors (who do classes in German and Englisch) and they’re fun. The German classes have a lot of German music, which I don’t get to listen to very often anymore.
      My favorite German band? Oh boy, I am not too familiar with more recent German bands (I’ve been away for too long), but I used to listen to “Die fantastischen Vier”, Herbert Grönemeyer, Die Ärzte, Sportfreunde Stiller…. etc. back in the day… are you familiar with German bands?

  9. I’m really sad about RBG as well. And as a Kentuckian, McConnell needs to go away, but I really don’t see his opponent winning. *fingers crossed* though. I can’t wait for the election to be over, but I’m hoping it’ll be with some good news. It’s a lot these days for sure. I am so happy it’s Fall and almost October though – my favorite time of the year!


    1. Ugh, McConnell is just as bad – or worse – than Trump! I am keeping my fingers crossed for a good outcome this election. I know there are some hard-contended states.

  10. I haven’t read that Trump book and don’t plan to. But I just can’t handle hearing anything more about that horrible man. My MIL did read it and it said it was a fast read. I just despise him so so so so so so so so much. I want to watch the debate tonight but I don’t know if I can as I might lose my freaking mind hearing him speak. :/

    I think GERD is definitely impacted by stress so it makes sense you are experiencing heartburn again w/ no change in diet. I went through that several years ago. It is very painful. Omeprazol (sp?) really helped me so if you are open to taking something, you could try that? It’s over the counter so doesn’t require an rx.

    All that is on my mind these days is pregnancy – and other world matters of course! But now that I’m following the gestational diabetes diet, I feel like it’s consuming a lot of my time and energy…

    1. Believe me, I feel you on this horrible man… the only reason I read the book and will (most likely) watch (at least part of) the debate is that I feel like I want to be in the KNOW about just HOW horrible he is (haha – if that makes any sense). We’re witnesses of our times, so I feel like I need to stay on top of what’s happening, but I hear you…. I get so, so, so angry when I hear him talk.

      Thanks for the suggestions re: GERD… I have been taking HCL (hydrochlorid acid) because I’ve done the baking soda test a gazillion times and I never burp, so I am pretty convinced my GERD is most likely caused by low stomach acid, but yeah, I’ve read that stress can exacerbate it.

      I hope you’re doing well with the GD diet. I know it can be time consuming to think about what you can and cannot eat all the time (my sister had GD too), but hopefully this is over before you know it.

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