Five Things Friday Vol. 90

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 had my first mentorship meeting earlier this week and I am so thrilled with the person I got matched with. He seems like a very nice guy and we have a lot in common (professionally). I was worried that it would be awkward to talk on a video call and make this initial connection, but I feel like we hit it off pretty well. We talked for 90 minutes straight, without really having to consult the “icebreaker questions” that were provided in a worksheet, and I feel like there is a lot more to say. I am looking forward to working with him over the next year. On me.  I am the “project”. What a concept. Haha. 

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You guys, I bought an electric bread slicer (which seems to be marketed solely as meat slicers in the US, because apparently, people slice more meat at home than bread or other things). I am beyond thrilled. My parents have always had a bread-slicing machine at home, so I’ve always known about the benefits of having one, even though for the last 4 years I’ve been slicing my rye sourdough bread by hand. It’s possible but the machine does a much better job.

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I wanted to report back on the use of the AirTag for my checked luggage when I traveled overseas. I know it’s a little nerdy but it made me so giddy to know where my luggage was at all times. I mean, I could technically predict when it would appear at the baggage claim by looking at my phone. How very cool. I am also happy to say, it did not get lost and made it to the destination and back without a hitch. Highly recommend it. (Let’s see how well it works again this weekend.)

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Confession: I haven’t run much in the last few weeks. It’s been nice to take a break. Thankfully, I have never had runner’s burnout and I am not keen on experiencing that, so I do take running breaks when the opportunity presents itself. However, I am definitely looking forward to restarting a more rigorous running schedule when I get back. Get back from what, you are probably wondering. Well. 

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I am not sure if I mentioned it but I am traveling home once more for a short visit to celebrate my parents’ 50th anniversary. They’re planning a small celebration (just with family) and my Mom was originally hesitant to ask if it was even a possibility for me to come, so soon after my last visit, but I am so glad she did. Because you know what? They only celebrate their 50th anniversary once and I have enough leave and supervisory approval, so off I go. I’ll be back in about a week.

What are you up to this week? Any confessions?


  1. 50th anniversary? This japes amazing, gratuliere to your parents!
    You’re right to go. As a fellow expat I know how precious these shared moments are… I try not to fly randomly but attending our loved ones’ milestones and celebrations is just so important!

    1. This IS amazing, damn autocorrect…

  2. Happy anniversary to your parents! And, that bread slicer looks so cool – I feel like I ruin my loaves, sometimes, just by slicing them. This upcoming week is slower at work (thankfully), but will be wild at the end as my girl’s dance season heats up. Safe travels, San!

  3. Congratulations to your parents and it is so good that you can go back to celebrate with them. I’m glad your meeting with the mentor worked out, hopefully you can achieve your goals over the next year.

  4. Happy anniversary to your parents. What a milestone. So glad you have the option to attend. I missed my grandparents ones when I was in the US and always felt sad about it.

    Also how fun to have a mentor. Please share more about the experience as I always wondered what that is a bout and if I want/could get one myself.

  5. Happy 50th to your parents! That is great that you can go back for the celebration. We just did an immediate family celebration, too. We all stayed in a huge house at a resort in Minnesota in early January 2020. Little did we know what was to come just months later! Of course immediate family is still a lot of people. There were 20 of us because the 8 grandkids and all the spouses. It was a great way to celebrate my parents landmark anniversary!!

  6. 50 is such an incredible milestone. My parents reached that a few years ago and it was so special.
    We’re about to hit Year 15 so have…a long way to go!

    Safe travels! We’re big fans of AirTags. We have them on our keys and my husband has a special wallet that has a holder for an AirTag. We have had to use them before…and they are like magic! We never check bags but if we need so sometime, I will definitely put in an AirTag. That’s brilliant.

  7. Oh yay! I am so glad you get to celebrate such a wonderful occasion with your parents! What a fun reason to go back. Air tags sound really useful. I should probably invest in a few as well. I like the idea of knowing where my luggage is at all times.

  8. 50th wedding anniversary – how amazing! I remember celebrating my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary when I was a kid. It’s crazy to think about how much they’ve been through together! I’m really glad you’re able to go back home to celebrate them. <3

    I'm not checking a bag during my next few trips but I think the next time I *am* going to check a bag, I'll invest in an AirTag! Sounds wonderful!

  9. Oh, wow!! 50! That’s such a lovely milestone to celebrate and I’m happy you’re able to go celebrate with them!

  10. I am so glad that you managed to return to Germany for the 50th wedding anniversary. So awesome. The comfort you take in the use of air tags is totally understandable. While travelling to Curly’s out of state b-ball tournie recently, a woman in our group explained that she couldn’t find her air tags while she was packing. Her daughter finally asked her why she didn’t just use the mechanism to help her find them in her home. She was like DUH. So funny.

  11. Oh, how lovely, San. I saw the pictures on IG (I think?), but wasn’t sure if you were present or just reposting. )

  12. So glad you are able to make it home for such an important milestone!! So happy for you & congrats to your parents!

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