Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The one with the black cats and the baby bats. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

hope you are all doing great! You can link up with my friend Alyssa here

1. Did you know that every year humans kill approximately 100 million (!) sharks and 5-7 people on average die from shark attacks? (Humane Society International). So who is the predator?

2. Did you celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day on Sunday? I surely celebrate it every single day because my black cat rules. 

3. Martha and I love bats. You can see more pictures and watch a video on Cute Overload, which is one of my favorite sites on the whole internet. 

4. I am in love.

5.  I am officially a fan of scones now. I made some last weekend and liked them. I got a new recipe from Martha and  I cannot wait to bake those because they sound even more delicious than the ones I made. I am also craving pancakes. 

6. I am currently craving pickles and camomile tea. 

7. Some of the exercises in the Jillian Michaels workout are pure evil. They do seem to work because some muscles that I did not even know they existed hurt like crazy. I am sticking to it. 

8. A quote. 

9. I am officially addicted to "Chicago Fire" because I do not feel like watching anything else right now.

10. Me.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a fantastic rest of the week!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A lazy squirrel, some weekend thoughts and a quote.

Hallo meine Lieben,

I have to apologize for not posting that much. I am really sorry but I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and doing fine. I need to make some more time for blogging. 

I squeezed in some time today to bake my first scones ever - vegan apricot scones to be precise. And they actually did not turn out horrible. They are probably not the prettiest scones the world has ever seen but they taste so good that I am planning to experiment some more and perfect my scone baking skills. How many scones can you eat before you start to feel sick? I think I will find out tonight.

What's your favorite comedy of all time? I feel like watching a movie which will make me laugh a lot. But I cannot find one which I want to watch and haven't already seen 5 times. 
I am sticking to my workout routine. I skipped Friday but I worked out every other day of the week so far. Which helps not making me feel so bad about eating too many scones. 

I hate folding laundry. But that's another thing I have to do this weekend. What I hate even more is ironing. 

Here is something cute for you. Trust me, I could spend hours looking at pictures and videos on Cute Overload. Best site ever. 

I am planning to be back with some more posts next week but for now I just want to share a quote with you which really touched my heart.

What are you up to this weekend? Have a wonderful time and talk more soon!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The one with the pangolins, scones and murder mysteries. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

you can link up with my friend Alyssa here.

1. I went to the bookstore today and found a gazillion more books to add to my reading list. There are just way too many books I am interested in and not enough time to read them all. Sad.

2. Have you read the crime novels by Stuart MacBride? If so, do you like them? I discovered that series in the store today and have no idea why I never checked it out before. 

3. I am dying because of all the cuteness.

4. I had a seitan roast on Sunday and it was delicious. I also spilled a whole glass of red wine over a brand new table cloth. 

5. Today is World Elephant Day. Elephants are faced by several threats and they need our help and protection. 

6. When I go to the bookstore I take pictures of all the covers of the books I want to read so that I can remember to get those books at some point. Am I the only one or is that a normal thing to do? I never see other people doing it. 

7. I had peanut and truffle ice cream today and it was delicious. Even the ice cream cone was vegan so you cannot really ask for more. 

8. I realized that I never had scones in my entire life so I will bake some vegan apricot ones soon. I have no idea what to expect. I would like to know: what is your favorite pastry/cake/cookie/pie etc.?

9. After finishing the 30 Day Shred I still feel like working out. Not necessarily every day single day of the week but at least a couple of times. I hope this feeling won't stop anytime soon.

10. I confess that I have an unhealthy addiction to the TV show Chicago Fire. 

Have a fantastic rest of the week!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The defeat of the mean workout witch.

Hallo meine Lieben,

last Monday I finished Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and I have to say that I am glad it is over. You can read about the first 15 days of the workout here.

I have to admit that I did not exactly what Jillian Michaels told me. You are supposed to do each of the 3 levels for ten days but I got annoyed with level 1 after a while and only did it for 6 days and then level 2 and 3 for 12 days each. 

So all in all, this workout was really exhausting and it makes you sweat a lot. I still don't want Jillian Michaels to be my best friend but she definitely knows what she does. The exercises work. That is for sure. I feel so much better. I feel energized, my body feels more toned and I have muscles that I did not have before. And I feel so much fitter than before. 

Of course I wasn't always in the mood for the workout, I mean, you have to do it 30 days straight. But I stuck to it and I am really glad I did. For me, it was easier to do the workout without having to hear Jillian Michaels talk. So I only listened to her instructions the first day of each level and then muted the workout video and played some of my music instead. She does not explain much anyway so that works fine for me. 

I like about the workout that you only need a mat and some weights. There is only one thing I did not really like very much: doing the same workout over and over. I mean, I did the level 3 workout 12 times in a row and that got a bit annoying after a while. But yeah, it is definitely worth to stick to it. 

So what now? I definitely want to keep working out. The thing is that I will probably start to go running again (if I can motivate myself. I have to say that being able to work out inside is kind of nice.). But otherwise I want to check out some other Jillian Michaels workouts and see what I like. There is a yoga workout which I definitely want to check out and I already did a workout from another dvd. I think it is supposed to be a 90 day workout but I am planning to do her workouts maybe 3 times a week (depends on how I like it). I am pretty sure that I will add the yoga workout to my schedule. And ignore her diet plan. So we will see how that goes, I definitely liked the first workout which made my arms hurt a lot.

Do you have any workouts you can recommend? 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Unicorns make your coffee taste better. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

you can link up with my friend Alyssa for Ten On Tuesday here.

1. Yesterday I finished the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I am glad it is over but I will definitely keep working out. I will tell you more about my experience soon!

2. I am often disgusted by the way human beings treat animals. So when I read about a guy who forces a fish to inhale the smoke of a cigarette and laughs about it then I just want to force that assh*$% to eat all his stupid cigarettes. Read here.

3. I feel the urgent need to drink my coffee out of a unicorn mug.

4. Speaking of unicorns.....

5. Here is a map that shows you where the last 3200 remaining tigers in the wild live. It's a pretty sad map.

6. Barknado! (The only way to stop it, is to adopt it.) PS: Dogs are such wonderful creatures. See here.

7. Is it weird that I already feel like shopping for fall clothes? And shoes. Like these.

8. I think I have an almost unhealthy obsession with the show "Chicago Fire". I cannot help myself but I just want to keep watching. And I don't feel like watching anything else right now. 

9. I think I have to re-read the Harry Potter series. I usually do that once a year. 

10. I made ice cream for the first time ever last week. To be precise: coconut milk peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream. It was delicious and now I want to have ice cream for breakfast every day. 

Have a fantastic rest of the week!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The rescue of Sheldon, the chickadee. or: how to go on your vet's nerves.

Hallo meine Lieben,

hope you are all doing fine. As I mentioned on Tuesday, I rescued a little orphaned baby bird on Sunday. I named him Sheldon. Isn't he adorable?

It all started when I went for a walk on Sunday evening. I walked by a bus stop when I realized that there was something weird looking on the sidewalk. And when I came closer I saw that it was a little bird. I expected the bird to fly away but he didn't which worried me of course. So I sat down next to the bird and started talking to him which might be kind of weird but I felt like I had to introduce myself first. I did not know if he was hurt so I tried to inspect him as much as possible but could not see anything weird going on. He just did not move but he opened his eyes and he was chirping and I thought that was a good sign. But I was not sure what to do because I didn't just want to take him away in case the mother is around. I know that baby babies are starting to fly at this time of the year so I thought he tried and something went wrong but maybe the mom would come and help him.  I did not want  to do anything wrong so I called the vet. My normal vet wasn't there plus it was Sunday night so I had to call the emergency vet (luckily I had my phone with me and could look it up online). I talked to the vet's assistant and she said that the mom would probably come to help and that I should put him to a safe place (he was on the sidewalk at a bus stop so not very safe) and then leave him alone for a while but go back and check on him. So I had him next to a bush where it was safe (I did not want a cat to see him) and then went away. 

I was worried and went back after ten minutes but he was still there. So I thought I should give the mother some more time so I went back home to get some water for him. He was clearly exhausted so I thought I drink should help. I gave him drops of water which he seemed to like and then I left him again to give his mom a chance to come to help. I got really really nervous and went back at some point and he was still there. He seemed weaker than before, to weak to eat and he had his eyes closed most of the time. A lot of time had already passed so I decided that mama bird probably would not come and that I needed to do something. So I called the vet again and this time I spoke to the vet himself. I explained my situation and he said that I could either leave him there because it's a wild animal (no way), take him home with me and try to feed him again and see what happens or bring him to the veterinary clinic and get him some help there. The clinic was 45 minutes away (there are not that many options on a Sunday night) but I wanted to vet to have a look at Sheldon because I still wasn't sure if he was hurt and it that case I would not have been of any help. The vet did not sound so happy about my decision because that meant work for him on a Sunday night and he told me again that it would be a long drive for me over there but I was sure. And when I want something then I do it. I told me that I need to hurry and come immediately (don't know why because he was on call the whole night but okay). So I packed Sheldon into a cozy box with 2 fuzzy blankets which I already prepared for him and took him with me. 

I had the box on my lap while I drove to the veterinary clinic which really was at the end of the world (thanks GPS) and I was relieved when I finally got there. I was worried the whole way and might have driven a bit too fast. And of course I talked to my lap the whole time. The assistant opened and told me to fill out a form before even looking at Sheldon. So I did that and provided all information needed. Then she looked at Sheldon and said "tiny" and I was like "yeah, obviously. He is a baby." And then she said to me "Thank you, that's it. We will take care of him". And I thought that this lady clearly does not know me at all and that I would not just go and leave without knowing what was wrong with him. So I asked her if the vet would have a look at Sheldon immediately and she looked really annoyed and called for the doctor. I told her that I want to know if he is okay and asked if I could be there when the doctor treats him. She had an even more annoyed look on her face but agreed and let me enter their holy halls of veterinary care. The doctor was called "Dr. Wolf" which I think is a pretty awesome name for a vet. He treated Sheldon, looked if his wings are fine, if he has any injuries etc. Sheldon seemed to be fine except of that he was exhausted, motherless and in need of food. I felt satisfied because I got what I wanted and the doctor took care of Sheldon. They brought him back to a place where they already had a little sparrow with the same fate and told me that they would let him rest a bit now and then treat him and feed him. And that he would be fine. I asked what would happen to Sheldon afterwards because obviously I was willing to take care of him. The doctor told me that his friend runs a bird sanctuary and that they could nurse him back to health together with the other little bird and so I decided that this would probably be the best option for Sheldon since I am not a professional bird-back-to-health-nurse and that Sheldon would probably prefer to be with other birds instead of two weird cats. So I agreed on that and said Sheldon goodbye. 

Of course I asked the vet if I could call the next morning and ask about Sheldon. The assistant clearly thought that I am stupid and annoying but I did not care. The vet laughed and said that is absolutely fine. But it was obvious that he thought that I am crazy and should leave them alone. I did not care. So I called Monday morning and was relieved to hear that Sheldon had a good night and was already more energized, that he ate and that the bird sanctuary guy just picked him up to take care of him. Maybe I can go and visit him? I am really happy that I was able to provide some help for Sheldon...and of course I will call the bird sanctuary to ask how Sheldon is doing. He has a special place in my heart now. 

Thank you for reading!
Have a good week!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Comics, baby armadillos and Sheldon, the bird. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

hope you are all enjoying your week. You can link up with my friend Alyssa here

1. On Sunday I rescued an orphaned baby bird. It was quite an adventure. I will tell you more about this in another post. I named him Sheldon.

That's me, giving him some water. 

2. I finally got an ice cream maker today! Can't wait for my first homemade coconut milk ice cream! Have you ever made your own ice cream?

3. I will learn how to sew now. I wanted to do this forever and now it has to happen. 

4. A baby armadillo. I am seriously in love. This video is one of the cutest things I have ever seen. 

5. I am also in love with goats. I seriously need to be able to run my own farm sanctuary. If you need to be cheered up then watch this video, especially see what happens after 50 seconds. 

6. I love to get book recommendations and I seriously have the best friends! Thank you guys for always thinking of me. That means so much! You rule!

7. I like these comics. They are called Bizarro comics and the artist is called Dan Piraro.  And here are 23 comics that every vegan can relate to

8. I don't know how you feel, but I am kind of ready for fall. It's my favorite season after all.

9. I started to watch "Chicago Fire" and got totally obsessed despite the fact that I am terribly scared of all kinds of fires that are bigger than a candle light or a bonfire. 

10. Only 6 more days left of my Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I am glad when that's over. Believe me. 

Hope you are having a fabulous week!