Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
I’ve decided to give the 6th Annual Secret Santa (Mug) Swap a go. Come back tomorrow to get the details and sign up, if you’d like to participate in some holiday fun this year! Spoiler alert: I am opening it up to participants in Germany and Canada if at least two people per country sign up! So, spread the word!
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This was great news this week: CDC recommends Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. I know many parents have eagerly waited for this.
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Confession: I did not watch ‘Hocus Pocus’ this year for Halloween and I feel strangely bummed about it. I’ve seen it a gazillion times and I just said in my earlier post that I am not that big of a fan of Halloween to begin with, so what’s the big deal? I think I just enjoy – and look forward to – the ritual of doing certain things for specific times of the year. Oh well, maybe I’ll make up for it by watching a ton of Christmas movies (early! Ha!) and I am definitely looking forward to the Hocus Pocus sequel that is supposed to be released next year. Are you excited?
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I made German Goulash this week, which is very different from American Goulash (which I think is most commonly made with ground beef), and it was so, so good. German Goulash is more like a beef stew that uses stew meat (or chuck roast) that is slow-simmered in broth with onions, carrots, celery, tomato paste, and paprika for a couple of hours, so that the meat is buttery-soft at the end and the broth is made into a rich gravy. It’s usually served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut or noodles (Spätzle or egg noodles). Have you had it?
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Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday in the US. I am always on “alert” for that because Germany usually changes clocks one or two weeks earlier than we do (which temporarily “throws off” the
phone FaceTime schedule I have with my family). We’ll gain an hour by setting our clocks back in the early morning hours of Sunday night. Hope that will help a little bit with getting up in the mornings, but I get up so early during the week, I doubt it’ll make a difference. Dark is dark at 6 am.