Song of the Week: Verschwende Deine Zeit by Gisbert zu Knyphausen!

“Verschwende deine Zeit
du wirst schon sehen, wohin das führt
dieser ganze Geiz ist sowieso nicht wirklich geil
das Leben ist ein Kopfschmerz
und es wird Zeit, dass du ihn spürst
hab keine Angst, er ist sehr schnell wieder vorbei”

During the last days, the song Verschwende Deine Zeit (translation: “Waste Your Time”) by German singer-songwriter Gisbert zu Knyphausen was on permanent repeat mode in my mind. It speaks out loud lots of truths, but in my opinion they all lead to the one thing everyone of us forgets during our every day routines: To enjoy the moment and that life is short. A simple truth, but an important one we should all be reminded of regularly. This is exactly what this beautiful song does.

Have fun listening!

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Those Days Between the Years… Quedlinburg/Harz!

A look onto Quedlinburg from the top of the Münzenberg. All pics by Franzi.

Wow, this was my first total blog-free week since five years. I have to admit that I missed it a bit, but then I also finished (two!) books. …Now let’s have a look back to my days between the years 2016 and 2017. Those I celebrated again with a bunch of great people (plus two little guys, who were born in 2016). We rented three apartments in a big, old timber frame building in Quedlinburg/Harz. It was a wonderful time, that was fun and also a bit emotional. A good start into a new year. Here are a few impressions.

P.S. There were three engagements during the last weeks and I am extremely happy about every single one of them: Congrats I & A, C & T and last but not least Little Bro & C!

Have a wonderful start into the fresh week :)! …Have an inspiring one!

Blue sky!

The market square!

I love those old timber frame buildings!

The castle!

Funny street names (Hölle = hell).

Cobblestones everywhere!

We all wrote a wish on a Flying Wish Paper and let it burn (& fly).

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A Fresh Start!

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a good start into 2017. I am still in Quedlinburg and will be back in Hamburg this afternoon.

My so-called Luck exists now for five years. I published one post five days a week since October 2011 (THIS was the first one). Today’s post is number 1,361! Now it’s time for some changes. Don’t worry, I will keep on writing on My so-called Luck. I only need a bit more time for a bunch of other projects that had to wait in the past.

So, I would like to try out another schedule for posting. There won’t be one post from Monday till Friday anymore, but at least one post per week. That’s a promise.

The last five years were fantastic and I am sure that this fresh start for My so-called Luck will also have lots of positive effects for the blog and its content. So, let’s try this experiment!

Looking forward to writing the next post in around seven days.

Have a wonderful start into the fresh week :)! …And again: Happy New Year!

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New Year’s Resolution V: Visit more Museums!

Pic by Franzi. Instagram @luckmysocalled.

My fifth resolution: Visit more museums (and exhibitions)! I realized that this important part of my life didn’t play the same role last year as in the past.

I maybe was only five times in a museum during the last twelve months. Last week I visited THIS fantastic exhibition and learned a lot about my own country. So, next year I resolve to spent more time with cultural events, museums and exhibitions.

Have a beautiful day :)!

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New Year’s Resolution IV: Cook Foreign Dishes!

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My fourth resolution for 2017 is an easy one: Cook more foreign (gluten-free) dishes.

I already promised my special someone, that we will cook every month another dish from his new The Nordic Cookbook (my X-Mas gift for him).

Moreover, I read some exotic books lately, describing mouth-watering dishes from Mexico and Japan, that are still on my to-do list. So, more foreign cooking next year!

Have a delicious Tuesday :)!

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New Year’s Resolution III: Learn to Sew!

Pic by Franzi. Instagram @luckmysocalled.

My third resolution: Learn to sew! A few month ago, I got my first sewing machine and since X-Mas I also own some sewing books. So, it’s time to start with some easy projects.

Maybe a scarf? Some baby trousers? A cosmetic bag? Oh, so many ideas! Do you have more? Let me know!

Have a creative day :)!

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New Year’s Resolution II: Listen More to My Body!

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To listen more to my body is also not a new resolution of mine. But 2016 was a year that showed me once more how important a good health really is. I would like to practice yoga more regularly, eat more consciously and also – that’s the crucial point – go to the regular check-ups at my dentist, my GP and my OB/Gyn.

The last one is hard for me – I literally hate go to doctors. But I see the necessity and resolve to make some appointments. The first one is already in my diary: The dentist.

Have a mindful day :)!

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New Year’s Resolution I: Relax More!

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It’s this week again… X-Mas is (nearly) over, the new year is already knocking on our doors and it’s time for my New Year’s resolutions 2017! Today the first one: Relax more. I know, I know: This one comes every year. And I am really bad in fulfilling it.

A good friend of mine wrote me yesterday that the series “Franzi on tour through Germany” must have more episodes than the famous German soap opera Lindenstraße. Maybe he exaggerated a bit and the reason I am traveling this much is simply because I am still flexible (<- no kids) and most of my closest friends are living elsewhere. So, I promise that I will not stop traveling, but I will give myself more pauses – for my hobbies, yoga and just some me time.

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a relaxed one :)!

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Happy Holiday!

No Arts and Books today, but a song: Happy Holiday by the fantastic She & Him (aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) from their latest album Christmas Party.

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Merry X-Mas :)!

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Nut Roast!

Pic by Franzi.

A vegetarian classic that works perfectly as Christmas dish!

Recipe: Serves 5-6.

Ingredients:

250 g mixed nuts, 100 g shallots (diced), 400 g minced tomatoes, 3 eggs, 150 g Gruyère cheese (grated), 1 TSp fresh thyme, 2 TSps fresh sage (minced), 1/2 TSp dried mint, 1 TSp yeast extract (dissolved in 1 TSp hot water), 1 TSp lemon juice, salt, pepper.

Preparation:

Roast the nuts without fat in a pan until they are golden brown. Mince the nuts in a kitchen machine (or like us in a smoothie maker). Prepare your baking tray with baking parchment and grease it with some butter.  In a big bowl, mix nuts, shallots, tomatoes, eggs, cheese, herbs, yeast extract and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the baking tray. Bake for app. 50 minutes at 180°C.

Serve with tomato sauce – or, like we, with mashed cauliflower and onion jam.

Enjoy!

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