My Picks Of The Week #49

The days are nice and long and warm down here at this time of the year. Summer for us has officially arrived and that means the end of yet another year is just around the corner. With the change of the year comes an important decision along as well: Considering changes for a better self for the next year in our life. I’m a bit torn when it comes to this. I believe that you don’t have to wait for a new year to change something for the good as every new day offers you that chance. But I know that many  of us will sit down and consider changes, make plans and hopefully follow through.

Anyway, we still have time and right now we only face the end of yet another week. I hope you will enjoy the couple of posts I’m going to share with you here. Have a happy weekend you all🙂

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Blast From The Past – Today I forgot My Phone

I was out on a hike again today. Seems like Friday is turning into the hike day… While we were out there in this beautiful forest which is a mix between a typical Australian forest and a typical European one, we talked about how fun it would be to take visitors from back home up there. In a way I figured that it might not be special to them. At least not as special as it is for us. Honestly, I think it’s fantastic to see all the kind of flowers we had back in Switzerland, the trees I grew up around while the normal flora here is so very different. But would it be so special to people who have it all the time back where they live? Maybe it would, given the combination of the gum and birch trees, the what seem to me so very typical European flowers and the one so common to Australia.

While out there I only use my phone to take pictures (as once again, I had left my camera at home…). It feels good to be “disconnected”. There were many things that made me think of a post I’ve written about a year ago. The fact that I feel unplugged while out there, which in itself is a great feeling but it was also the conversation about what guests would enjoy. It reminded me of being a tourist. It reminded me of what you go see when you travel and it reminded me of what Australian’s and many Americans in fact tell me about Switzerland and the places they visit(ed). Usually it’s always about the same places but more in my Blast From The Past.

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What We’d Do with a Day at Home, in 6 Words

What would you do with an entire day at home, just by yourself? Eli asked the question and we answered. In only 6 words. Can you do it too?

6-words-lede photo credit: Reiterlied Dewback Kiss via photopin(license)

I was thisclose.

6 words graphicI had it all mapped out for today. Ferris Bueller-esque. Minus the crumpled sports car and parade-float karaoke. Today, Nov. 30, is Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. Disc golf and a library trip would’ve filled mine. So, too, frozen pizza and Elizabeth Banks.

Elizabeth Banks movies, anyway.

Then I got the email notification, at 8:10 p.m.: A 10:30 a.m. work meeting. Required. Holy hell. Oh well. I can still get in a round of disc golf,  toss a Totino’s pizza in the oven, and Liz will wait for me. Right?

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Skin Cells – Did You Know…

… That every day, the human body loses about one million skin cells — that amounts to 2 kilos every year. Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight. The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin (roughly 2 square meters), which weighs 9 lbs (about 4 kilos) and contains more than 11 miles (about 18 km) of blood vessels. The average person has about 300 million skin cells. A single square inch (about 6.5 cm2) of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands.

Also every inch of skin has an exact stretch-iness and strength for it’s location. As we all know the skin on our knuckles is very different to the skin on our belly or the back of our knees. Our skin has its own bacteria microbiome of over 1000 species.

Talking about how amazing our body is…

Just Learn It Finally

There are many things kids need to learn. Have to learn. As parents we need to support our children in that process and help them wherever we can. Sometimes we need to be strict, sometimes we can be a bit slack. What it needs though is a clear line, even if we make exceptions from time to time.

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