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simply everyday stuff

Sunset Run

Yesterday evening’s run awarded me with an amazing sunset (unfortunately my doodling skills don’t even start to match the real beauty of it).

Backwards

Sometimes I’m a little turned around. I reckon it happens to everyone. But once in a img_5773while I take it overboard… like the other day when I walked around half the village only realizing when I got back home that I had put on my sweatpants backwards!! How did that happen??!? I honestly have no idea. All I know that I put them on backwards again last night but at least noticed right away.

Ah well, what can I say? I’m just a real Johnny Head-in-the-Air… does anyone know the female version of this expression? Is it simply “Jane Head-in-the-Air” or does it not exist at all?

Take care and make sure your clothing sits right 😉

Love,

s@m

Kitchen Accident

Sometimes things go wrong. And they make a huge mess out of everything. Last night I had one of these moments when an olive oil bottle decided to slip outta my hand. And left olive oil stains all over the kitchen floor tiles, cupboards and oven front.

Being in the middle of cooking and as hungry as a bear after hibernation didn’t exactly help the situation.

But alas, I got the mess cleaned up and used the rage to complete a kickass benchmark run – successfully channeling energy. And to end the day my cats eased my strained nerves with lots of cuddles and a load of loud purring 🙂

Q: How do you channel your rage?

Hope you’re having an accident-free day no matter where you are or what you’re doing!

Love, S@m

Learnings of the Day

LEHREN DES TAGES

As I always say: Any day I learn something is a good day. And with this view my Tuesday already got off to a great start – early in the morning I re-learned two terms (yes, as a lady who is coming of age… uhm… for the second time… I’m allowed to be happy about re-learning stuff : -)):

Ich sage ja immer, ein Tag an dem ich etwas gelernt habe, ist ein guter Tag. Und mit dieser Sicht ist mein heutiger Dienstag schon super gestartet – gleich frühmorgens habe ich zwei Begriffe wieder-gelernt (ja, als langsam ins Alter kommende Dame darf ich mich auch über wieder-gelerntes freuen :-)).

Initialling: This is an activity I am often confronted with in my job. But the term in German is constantly eluding me. Now it has finally sunk in again – pure bliss!

Paraphieren: Eine Tätigkeit, mit der ich in meinem Job sehr oft konfrontiert bin. Doch ständig entfällt mir der Begriff. Jetzt endlich hat er mich wiedergefunden – Freude herrscht!
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraphierung

Gordian knot: All I remembered was that Alexander the Great had something to do with it. But the meaning had slipped my mind, though I was able to put it together again on the basis of the context. A little like the Egg of Columbus.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordian_Knot

Gordischer Knoten: Da wusste ich lediglich noch, dass Alexander der Grosse was damit zu tun hatte. Die Bedeutung aber war mir entfallen, konnte ich mir dann aber anhand des Kontextes wieder zusammenreimen. Ein bisschen wie das Ei des Kolumbus.
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordischer_Knoten

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Picture courtesy to Wikimedia Commons

And thus another good day in the bag. That’s how it works.

Und somit ein weiterer guter Tag im Sack. So geht das.

Have you’ll (re-)learned any words lately?

Habt ihr in letzter Zeit Wörter (wieder-)gelernt?

Stay eager to learn and teach, my dear ones!

Bleibt lern- und lehrfreudig, meine Lieben!

S@m

Monday Hike

MONTAGSWANDERUNG

Whenever I got an extra day off – which is basically every week as I’m a part-time worker – and the weather is fine I love to visit the great outdoors and treat myself to a hike. And that’s exactly what I did a week ago.
Wann immer ich einen zusätzlichen Frei-Tag habe – was praktisch jede Woche der Fall ist, weil ich Teilzeit arbeite – und das Wetter gut ist, liebe ich es, in die freie Natur heraus zu stürmen und mich mit einer Wanderung zu verwöhnen. Und genau das habe ich vor einer Woche getan.

I started out at Schönalp-Hüttli which is located a bit above Unterägeri, a town located a 30 min. drive from where I live. My route took me via In den Gräben to Geissfaren and up to Halsegg and then the rest up to Wildspitz.
Gestartet bin ich vom Schönalp-Hüttli, das ein wenig oberhalb von Unterägeri liegt, eine Ortschaft ca. 30 Minuten per Auto von mir zuhause entfernt. Meine Route führte mich via In den Gräben zum Geissfaren und hoch über die Halsegg zum Wildspitz.

Only a few minutes into the hike I started to wonder what all the buzz was about and that’s what presented itself to me:
Nur ein paar Minuten nachdem ich gestartet war, wunderte ich mich über das aufgeregte Gesurre und im nächsten Moment stand ich vor diesen Gebilden:
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These little boxes are all beehives! / Bei sämtlichen dieser kleinen Boxen handelt es sich um Bienenstöcke!

Just a little further up I was rewarded with a perfect look over all the greenery:
Nur ein klein wenig weiter den Berg rauf wurde ich mit diesem perfekten Blick über das Grün der Wälder belohnt:
Monday-Hike_02-Greenery

A couple of steps further up I decided to snap a picture which didn’t look like much…
Einige Schritte weiter entschied ich mich, folgendes Foto zu schiessen, das zunächst nicht nach viel aussah…
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…but just then I realized that I’d caught a deer in the picture:
…doch bei näherem Hingucken bemerkte ich, dass ich ein Reh mitfotografiert hatte:
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Onwards I went under the sceptic yet cheering eyes of my very personal fan crew:
Weiter gings unter den skeptischen, aber anfeuernden Blicken meiner persönlichen Fangemeinde:
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They’re just too cute!! / Die sind einfach zu süss!!

Shortly after that motivational spur I reached my goal – Wildspitz:
Kurz nach dieser Motivationsspritze erreichte ich mein Ziel – den Wildspitz:
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Only a few more steps, you can do it! You can do it! / Nur noch ein paar Schritte, du schaffst das! Du schaffst das!

And when I arrived up top I knew why I’d come in the first place – this breathtaking view was my reward:
Und als ich ob auf der Spitze ankam, wusste ich, warum ich eigentlich gekommen war – diese atemberaubende Aussicht war meine Belohnung:
Monday-Hike_07-View

My way back down took me over to the Gnipen which is the spot where in 1806 a massive rockslide broke loose and in its wake devastated four villages and causing a 20m high tsunami in the nearby lake Lauerz. This is the spot where the rock broke:
Mein Weg zurück ins Tal führte mich über den Gnipen, wo 1806 der massive Bergsturz von Goldau losgebrochen war und in dessen Folge vier Dörfer zerstört wurden und der eine 20m hohe Flutwelle im nahegelegenen Lauerzersee auslöste. Dies ist die Abbruchstelle:
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The magnitude of the event boggled my mind and I took a moment to sit down under a giant cross and watch the scenery.
Das Ausmass dieses Ereignisses übersteigt ein ums andere Mal mein Vorstellungsvermögen und so setzte ich mich für einen Moment unter das riesige Kreuz, um die Szenerie aufzunehmen.
Monday-Hike_09-Cross

These are the moments when I’m in awe of nature’s power, when I find back to my core and it’s the reason I go hiking – the sheer might and staggering beauty of nature manage to set me straight again, put a new perspective on my thoughts and feelings and help me see everything clearer. Mother nature is my personal therapist.
Dies sind die Momente, in denen ich sprachlos über die Macht der Natur bin, wo ich zurück zu meinem Innersten finde und das ist der Grund, warum ich überhaupt wandern gehe – die pure Gewalt und atemberaubende Schönheit der Natur bringen es fertig, mir den Kopf wieder zurecht zu rücken, meine Gedanken und Gefühle in Perspektive zu bringen und alles klarer zu sehen. Mutter Natur ist meine persönliche Therapeutin.

From Gnipen I hiked on by Alpli, Urzlen and back towards my starting point. The last treat before I plunged myself back into the valley was this fairy-tale like glimpse:
Vom Gnipen bin ich dann via Alpli und Urzlen zurück zu meinem Ausgangspunkt gewandert. Der letzte Leckerbissen, bevor ich mich zurück ins Tal stürzte, war diese märchenhafte Aussicht:
Monday-Hike_10-Fairytaleview

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Cabin in the Woods

Despite the incessant rain today I went for a brief hike and got to enjoy landscape as green as any Irish cloverleaf. It was amazing.

The many cabins scattered throughout the woods always catch my attention. They remind me of bygone parties, animated talks and the odd spirit too many drunk in the past.

Today I crossed this beauty’s path:

Photo May 01, 4 17 43 PMIt comes without saying that at least a couple of antlers have to adorn a real forest cabin.

Photo May 01, 4 17 15 PMThe water fountain is covered under the awning of the porch while there’s also an “open air” fireplace and sitting area (and yep, that’s a patch of snow there… last Friday I woke up to a solid 20-30cm of heavy snow…).

Photo May 01, 4 16 53 PMThe whole scene seen from the other side.

Photo May 01, 4 17 29 PMWhat especially charmed me was the outhouse right behind a patch of wild garlic 🙂 and next to a neatly stacked pile of fire wood.

Are you up of partying or simply enjoying an evening among friends in such a location? Do you have places like these nearby?

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My Week in Pictures – CW12/2017

Photo Mar 25, 9 20 04 PMSaturday, March 19th, 2017 – Ever since I moved into my apartment there’s been one thing that’s been bothering me: The incredibly low pressure at which the water trickled out the kitchen faucet. So a couple of weekends back I decided to fix it: So I descaled the faucet, took it apart and built it together again the way it was supposed to fit together and – voilà: Ever since it’s been working like a charm. And to this day that makes me very happy. Small pleasures sweeten my life 🙂Photo Mar 25, 9 20 18 PM

 

Sunday, March 20th, 2017 – The week before last I fell sick. I’d caught the crud. My throat felt thick with a cold and over the weekend I got a very sore throat. It later turned into a bad cold with fever, coughing and sneezing galore.
So I put on my beanie and surrounded myself with my favorite stuffed animals… okay, my one favorite stuffed animal: Hedwig, the snow owl.

 

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Monday, March 21st, 2017 – Later in the week I started to feel way worse and when the voice at the end of a 10 min. meditation session I tried to follow asked me how I was feeling now the first answer that shot through my head was “Like someone had stuffed my lungs through a meat grinder!”Photo Mar 25, 9 20 46 PM

 

 

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 – It has become customary for me to celebrate my second Birthday on March 22nd every year. It was that day in 1994 when I was rushed to the hospital with a thunderous headache (seriously, it felt as if that monster from the “Alien” movie tried to escape from my skull instead of my gut :-p) and a boiling fever, a stiff neck and arched spine. Turned out I had a bacterial meningitis and after a spinal punctuation to confirm the bacterial part they flushed me with antibiotics immediately. I was lucky the first antibiotics the pumped into my system worked and thus I am who I am today: A lucky one who has gotten through some rough patches.

 

 

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 – That’s the face you make when your doc tells you that you’re not sufferPhoto Mar 25, 9 20 57 PMing from the flu but “just from a common cold”. The addition that it was a severe cold and undoubtedly serious doesn’t really help to pick up your ego after such a blow.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 24th, 2017 – I dared to go for a walk as the weather forecast promised a lot of sun, thanks to the southern wind coming over the alps and usPhoto Mar 25, 9 21 04 PMually bringing splendid weather with it. Unfortunately, the “Föhn” – or “chinook wind” as it is sometimes called by English speakers – was quite frosty and fierce this time and almost blew my hair off my head… as you notice my beanie’s already gone. Luckily, I took it off myself. And just in time – a ferocious gust of wind managed to blow a fellow walker’s cap off so he had to chase after it – and in my imagination he’s running after it to this very day.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday,Photo Mar 25, 12 54 00 PM March 25th, 2017 – I have to admit: I’ve never been the biggest fan of curtains. Mostly because however thing they are they steal my daylight. So I try to avoid them wherever I can. Since I do have a pair of windows that is facing directly my neighbors windows/balcony door I decided I needed a little privacy, so I designed my own visual cover. I am pretty pleased with the result. And I dare say my neighbor doesn’t have much to complain about either.

What did you do last week? Did you manage to get healthy through this winter?

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Haywire Crazy

SPINNEREI

Uuugh…

It seems unbelievable, but during the three years I lived in Texas I didn’t encounter one truly fat spider – mind me, I’m certainly not complaining! But as soon as I’m back on home turf, my spider phobia catches up with me once again: Over the weekend a wiry, for Swiss relations humongous spider awaited me in my parents’ apartment. All I managed was snapping a quick shot of the Arachne and off she was again – all I did was turn around and put away my phone but by the time I turned back the many-legged animal was gone. Sly little creatures, those spiders.
Da lebe ich für drei Jahre in Texas und nicht eine fette Spinne hat meinen Weg gekreuzt – versteht mich nicht falsch, ich beklage mich überhaupt nicht! Doch kaum bin ich wieder auf einheimischem Grund und Boden holt mich meine Spinnenphobie wieder ein: Am Wochenende erwartete mich eine drahtige, und für durchschnittsschweizerische Verhältnisse riesige Spinne in der Wohnung meiner Eltern. Ich schaffte es gerade mal, ein schüchternes Foto der Arachne zu schiessen und schon war sie wieder verschwunden – ich legte nur mal kurz mein Handy weg und als ich mich wieder umdrehte, war das vielbeinige Tier schon irgendwo im nirgendwo verschwunden. Listige kleine Geschöpfe, diese Spinnen.

Eeeeeek!!
Eeeeeek!!
When I told my mum about the incident, she told me that spiders find their way out of apartments very quickly when they sense an open window. Sweet mama, she obviously tried to calm my nerves. And it worked – I didn’t waist one more thought on the eight-legged creature.
Als ich den Vorfall am Sonntag meiner Mum erzählte, beruhigte sie mich mit der Aussage, dass Spinnen bei gekippten Fenstern ihren Weg sehr schnell wieder aus der Wohnung finden. Sweet mama – sie wollte mich bestimmt einfach beruhigen. Was auch tatsächlich gewirkt hat – ich habe umgehend keinen Gedanken mehr an den Achtbeiner verschwendet.

Last night then, my mum told me how in the morning before leaving the apartment she quickly threw on her jacket… only to find a handfull of straw or something in her sleeve. She held the little straw puff between her fingers but when that didn’t really work she released the grip – only to witness how the straw puff unfolded lightening quick and disappeared on eight swift legs… exactly, it was the monstrous house-spider that made itself a cozy nest in mamma’s jacket sleeve.
Gestern dann erzählte mir meine Ma, wie sie sich morgens vor dem Verlassen der Wohnung rasch ihre Jacke überstreifte… nur um eine Handvoll Stroh oder etwas dergleichen in ihrem Ärmel vorzufinden. Sie hielt das kleine Strohbüschel zwischen ihren Fingern um einen besseren Blick darauf werfen zu können und als dies nicht wirklich gelang, öffnete sie die Finger – nur um mitzuverfolgen, wie sich das Strohbüschel blitzschnell entfaltete und auf acht flinken Beinen im Schlafzimmer verschwand… genau, es war unsere Monster-Hausspinne, die es sich in Mamma’s Jackenärmel gemütlich gemacht hatte.

Though I do regret that my mum got a scare, I have to admit that I’m happy the spider found a home in her sleeve instead of mine. I would either have collapsed – screaming – or gotten an adrenalin rush that would have lasted for three days – not the most relaxing thought either.
Auch wenn ich bedaure, dass meine Mum einen Schreck kriegte, so bin ich doch froh, hat sich die Spinne in ihrem, anstatt meinem Ärmel gemütlich eingerichtet hat. Ich wäre entweder schreiend zusammengebrochen oder hätte einen Adrenalinschub für drei Tage gekriegt – auch keine sehr entspannende Vorstellung.

Unfortunately, I’m not able to confirm that no animals have been harmed in the incident… who- or whatever gives my mum a scare should be aware of the possible consequences. Which makes me wonder how my dad – who loves to sneak into the apartment, only to let out an ear-bursting yodel that causes any sensible person a bone-breaking scare – still manages to wander the earth unscathed…
Leider kann ich nicht bestätigen, dass beim ganzen Vorfall keine Tiere zu Schaden gekommen sind… wer meiner Ma einen Schrecken einjagt, sollte sich der möglichen Konsequenzen bewusst sein. Was mich wundern lässt, wie mein Dad, der gerne klammheimlich in die Wohnung schleicht um dann lauthals zu juchzen – und damit jedem vernünftigen Menschen einen Knochen berstenden Schrecken einjagt – noch immer unbeschadet umherläuft…