July 2022


My feet are up, and I wish you einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

It’s almost 9 pm and I think I am done with everything I needed to do today: work, two loads of laundry (one air drying, one machine dried), 71 minutes of spinning at the gym (gotta work off the Christmas chocolate that I bought at the supermarket, 50% off the original price), grocery shopping, and, […]

Happy to report that I survived!

Some how I survived the week that was – albeit, barely.

And, I must confess, that I missed the birthday party.

By Friday afternoon, I was plum exhausted and made my way to find the birthday colleague, to whom I simultaneously congratulated and gave my regrets.

Since Friday was a gym day, I force myself […]

My First World Problem: This week is too busy, socially speaking

My calendar this week:

Monday: I went to the movies with a colleague. This was planned about a month and a half ago – we went to see The Help.

Tuesday: Christmas party for my department.

Wednesday: Book club meeting (discussing The Help).

Thursday: Christmas party for the group where I am physically located, but […]

One year, 5 days ago…

Was my first meeting with my personal trainer at the gym.

Tonight I tried on a pair of blue jeans I haven’t been able to wear in years.

The jeans fit.

Having a guest is keeping me busy…

For the last two weeks (well, since returning from #WEBMU), I’ve been thrilled to host my friend Koko.

Unfortunately she’s returning to the States Sunday morning (departing on an ungodly early flight from Berlin), and I’ve been trying to make the most of my time with her, while keeping up with work and going to […]

On the gym life and doing more cardio.

Last Friday I met my personal trainer who decided that she wanted to change my routine by having me alternate between weights-and-cardio days with pure cardio days.

To make it interesting, my cardio only days feature 35 minutes of stationary bicycling (something new for me) and 35 minutes of the Vario machine that’s like an […]

It be VACATION season in Germany!

Funny enough, despite living in Germany for 8 summers, this summer is the first summer that I’ve really noticed tourist season.

You see, August is the month that Germans go on vacation.

Living in Weimar this was hard to observe for a couple of reasons: First, Weimar is a tourist trap – in particular a […]

I’m workin’ it! Progress with working out….

It has been awhile since I last blogged about going to the gym, so I thought it was high time for a quick update: progress is being made.

No, I’m not losing weight, yet – although I will say I think that in the past week there is movement in that direction.

I am, however, […]

Winter, Redux

If you follow the German based expat Tweeters you will have undoubtedly noticed some complaining about the weather.

The temperature in Berlin, right now, is 12C/53F.

It’s also raining—a steady drizzle that leaves you wondering if you need your umbrella or if you can risk taking a short walk without.

I’m taking the opportunity to […]

An Update on Getting Fit

My second great experiment with the gym began last November (for those of you unaware, I had a great experiment with the gym when I lived in Bloomington – and, in fact, when I moved here, I wasn’t slim, but I wasn’t fat – my German driving license shows a much slimmer (in the face) […]