The day after 35

May 25, 2009

A hot lazy weekend was my 35th birthday.  Hung with some friends on Friday afternoon and evening, then spent the whole day on Saturday with Franziska.  We hiked to the top of the local mountain which kicked our ass and then we got back and she cooked an amazing dinner of asparagus and schnitzel, then she baked me a cheesecake for my birthday which was perfect!

Sunday we slept until 11am and then after a nice breakfast, met some friends for a late lunch early dinner at a restaurant outside of town.  Simple food, cheap drinks and warm weather was a nice capper to the birthday.  We got home around 8pm and spent the rest of the evening just being together and having a great time.  We woke up around 9-9:30am today and both were grateful we didn’t have to work today.  I got a haircut, did some lesson plans and now am trying not to melt before I do some typing.  I have about 75 pages typed so far and I’m quite happy about that.  I plan to do some writing this weekend so that when I come back from Israel I can just write about Israel and it will be fresh and real in my mind.

How are you?

What does 35 mean?  It seems to have meant more to others than to me but I am quite happy with my life.  I would like to change a few things, namely healthier eating and living, being more productive and less lazy.  However, I like who I am, I love my life, I love the woman I am with. It’s important to find the happy medium between satisfied with life and striving for more.  I am somewhere between those.


birthday week

May 22, 2009

I gotta tell you, this week has been great.  I went jogging in the humid morning still tired, then couldn’t take a shower because we aren’t getting hot water, yesterday I hung out at Franziska’s the whole day and it was fantastic, just chilling out, watching a movie, some tv, reading, relaxing, making a kick ass dinner of  lemon and garlic roasted potatoes and broccoli, yum!

Tonight there is a plan but no definitives if it is happening or not.  A band from Green Bay is playing in Swamp tonight and they play like 60s surf rock or something.  That is the plan but I’m not too sure about it.  Right now I am tired and dirty in my place, thinking of taking a nap.

Tomorrow Franziska and I are going to give hiking another chance, the weather should be cooperating.  Saturday night we are going to either cook something amazing or we are going to go out to eat.

Sunday is my 35th birthday.  The only plan is to go to outdoor restaurant in the black forest for an early dinner or something like that.  A movie might also be good this weekend, who knows?

I’m getting more and more excited about Israel.  I started doing some packing today, it will be the first time with my new backpack, which is a bit smaller and more compact than the one I have been using the past 8 years.  Can you believe that? I’ve been using the same travel backpack since my first trip to Europe in June of 2001.  The only reason I have a new backpack is because the daypack I had needed repairs but Eagle Creek said that I was eligible for a whole new bag because they didn’t make that pack anymore.  So I chose one, then returned it and ended up getting exactly what I got Franziska for Xmas and I really like it.  It’s got some different features that I will have to get used to but I’m getting excited about taking it on the road.  I could still very well use my old bag because it is in perfectly fine shape.  That bag has been to about 40 countries.  It has seen some life.