finding balance in the merry-making

I love Christmas, always have. Not so much because of the presents – though there was certainly a time I was all about the presents – but because of the decoration, the music, the smells of holiday cooking, and the reassuring repetition of certain holiday rituals. As an adult no longer living in my parents’…

when mom gets sick

I should be sleeping. I’m lying in bed, as I have these past three days (sitting still isn’t really an option), I’m tired, I slept badly last night. My husband brought me breakfast this morning, I took my penicillin, and since then, I’ve tried three or four times to drift off. But there are these…

basement woes

We’re a little tired over here. A pipe burst in our basement, and we (well, Toffi, actually) had to go down and sort through everything and figure out what had gotten wet and what hadn’t. And, have you seen our basement? No? Well rest assured, it’s full of crap. A LOTof crap. So after the…

her daily docket is my lifesaver

I just want to take this moment to say how awesome Tsh – aka Simple Mom – is for creating and sharing her Daily Docket. It is like a to-do list for a given day, but it is so much more than that. It helps you prioritize your tasks and keep all the essential information…

spring cleaning this autumn

Remember, oh, 4 months ago, when I said I’d be joining Simple Mom’s Spring Cleaning Party? Well, I finally got started. I guess in our household, it’s going to be more of an autumn cleaning party. Frankly, I think autumn’s a better time anyway. There’s a crispness in the air that gives me far more…

nesting, revisited

Yikes. October’s close to being over, and I haven’t posted since September! I’ll spare you the detailed list of excuses for my silence and just give you the essential bullet points: • we visited my in-laws for a week; • after getting back to Berlin, Marie developed a kidney infection; • Toffi was in Vienna…

our work in progress

So even though we’re STILL not done with the place, here are some photos of the apartment. First of all, here’s the hallway as seen from the door: And now the kitchen: The bathroom: Bedroom: The DJ with his music: