Welcome to Advent weekend number 2. A double post as I missed yesterday, what with sleeping at night and all. I’ve been having serious problems with sleeping the last few weeks including crazy worry about races that are 7 months away, odd dreams (about my mother and swords, I don’t know either), and just general inability to actually fall asleep, so the fact that I was in bed by midnight and actually asleep by 1:30 was something of a miracle. Anyway, excuse time is over, on to the interesting part of the post.
First up, Advent chocolates from yesterday and today, which came with directions about maintaining an appropriate work/life balance (the two cornerstones of happiness are love and work). As you know, the Wife and I have got the love part figure out these days (marry someone who doesn’t object to your bicycle habit and likes to run, then actually manage to live on the same continent and in the same apartment after a couple of years of long distance relationship.) Thankfully, I have triathlon to take the place of work for the moment, that and German classes (and something else that I’ll tell you about in a few months if it all works out – keep your fingers crossed for me. It’s something that I really want to be able to do, but I’ve shot myself in the proverbial foot over this before, so I don’t want to jinx it.). AC/DC disappoints once again with repeats of the AC/DC logo (which looks a bit more like BC/DC on this one) yesterday and the lightning bolt today.
Today’s music doesn’t have any AC/DC in it, sorry. We were at the pool today and after swimming a couple of kilometers and then walking home in the cold, my ears just weren’t up for it. Hopefully, today’s selection will not disappoint.
Happy Hanukkah! (I know it started yesterday, but as mentioned above, in the sleep vs. blogging war, sleep won). If I were Jewish, I would have only had to blog for 8 days this month instead of 24. It’s a bit odd living in Germany at this time of year, there are almost no Jewish people at all here, so no one to feed me latkes and no menorahs in windows like there are at home. I was going to post the traditional Adam Sandler song, but this one found through a friend on Facebook is much better.
Check out this group of student musicians in Paraguay. Their instruments are recycled from trash.
No AC/DC, but Ozzy (with Jessica Simpson) singing Winter Wonderland. Possibly the very worst version of this that I have ever heard. I cannot fathom what they did to Ozzy’s voice.
And the antidote to that one, Michael Buble singing the same song.
You may wonder why I am posting winter wonderland songs. I will tell you why (did you really expect anything else?). It’s been snowing here most of the weekend, accumulation of at least 5 inches in places and it utterly curtailed today’s run. There were heartier souls than us both running and biking. I counted 2 bike riders and no less than 6 runners on our 5 mile walk. Yes, a 5 mile walk in the snow replaced our 9 mile run today. I brought the camera and actually used it for once.
We managed the 5 mile walk today and 2300 meters swimming at the local pool. Thank goodness for indoor training options. Yesterday was another 3 hours of aikido and an hour on the bike trainer.
Ok, so we’ve covered the training, the music, the incoherent rambling, and the cats. It’s getting late, this is getting much too long, I’ll post a few recipes tomorrow. We had turkey with homemade cranberry sauce for dinner today and the wonderful Wife also made banana-bread cupcakes, one of which I am eating at this very moment.
Happy Hanukkah! Happy Advent! Happy Snowday!