June 2024


And the allergies are off to the races!

It the time of year that I suffer mightily from allergies – I have no idea which plant it is, but the plant took full advantage of the rains late last week to come out and bloom over the weekend.

Saturday I ended up taking anti-allergy drugs. One of the side effects of my anti-allergy […]

18:00 CET: Waking from a nap.

Thanks to the aforementioned late arrival of my flight from Newark to Berlin, I didn’t get enough sleep yesterday during the day, so despite sleeping a solid 8 hours last night, this afternoon I realized I was fading.

So I took a nap.

I actually set my alarm for just before 6 so that I […]

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 […]

He’s keeping me warm at night!

I bought this little fellow sometime last winter and he goes to bed with me when it’s cold out – he keeps me warm.

Basically I toss him in the microwave for about 5 minutes and he stays warm for a couple hours, under the covers, with me. When fresh out of […]

I’m my own worst enemy, when it comes to scheduling myself.

Half of the challenge the last couple of months has been the fact that whenever I have free time—that is to say, evenings and weekends, I have foolishly overbooked myself.

Honestly, I like coming home at the end of the day, cooking dinner, eating dinner, and then relaxing for an hour or two before crawling […]

My Apartment: Schlafzimmer

Avoiding Clichés

It’s all too easy, when visiting Bloomington, to resort to that old Indiana chestnut, “Back Home Again.”

It’s not that I’m back home, but I am some place comfortable – I have a hotel from where I can walk pretty much everywhere worth going. I can walk to restaurants, campus, meetings, the library, and to, […]

Caffeine & Me

This one's decaf!

I’ve known for a long time that I have issues with caffeine.

Sometimes I’ve forgotten the consequences with awful consequences—like the time I couldn’t sit still for five hours after having had two cups of regular coffee in less than an hour. Or the occasions when I’ve had cups of coffee […]

Wheel Relaxation

One thing that I oft overlook in my day-to-day life is the happy rhythm of the wheel going round and round.

It is, indeed, a great pleasure to take the short 10 minute walk from my office over to the Jena West train station, wait a few minutes for a train (depending upon my timing […]

Been Lethargic

I’m not really sure what to say, but after getting back from Canada, I basically crashed and slept from Wednesday until Monday, save for the time I went to the office, the Zoo, take baths, eat, and do a load of laundry.

I have no clue what happened to me, but I was exhausted—and no […]