He Lives On In The Music

The music reaches me in the next room, and I step away from my desk. Quietly, I creep down the hall in my bare feet and poke my head around the corner. Unseen, I watch my five year old daughter as she strums and plucks a too-large guitar. Draped across her lap, she curls her body around it,...

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May 2022 Books in Review

May 2022 Books in Review

May! What a month. We moved in May and were without internet at the new place for a few days. I knew that was going to happen and planned ahead with several ARC books to read. Including one that had me weeping at 1am. Oof. Maybe I'll let you guess from the reviews which one it was. I read so many...

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Little Miss Independent – The Kita Fieldtrip

Little Miss Independent – The Kita Fieldtrip

Due to the pandemic measures that hung over our first year in Germany, we're strangely experiencing a lot of "firsts" in our second year here. Today, N's Kita (Kindergarten, but here it's preschool) had their end of year field trip for her group. There was an email last week to tell us when the...

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April 2022 Books in Review

April 2022 Books in Review

April was a low book month for me - just six books - because we were traveling a lot, and I didn't add any ARC kids books to my list, and I finished up one ARC adult book at the beginning of the month. May has been a lot book heavier so far! I also read a Sarah J Maas book. Those, like Diana...

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May 2022 Books in Review

March 2022 Books in Review

Now that I'm staring staring down the middle of May, I've finally caught up on all my March book reviews (and even managed to start on my April ones). Okay, I read a lot in March, which was great! Except that I slacked off on reviewing books and then had to catch up. Let's not let me do that...

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February Books in Review

February Books in Review

February, the shortest month of the year! At the end of January, we all went into isolation after positive tests. Thankfully, our cases were mild and my biggest symptom was a headache that wouldn't quit. But by the time February rolled around, we were still in isolation and I was ready to devour...

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January Books in Review

January Books in Review

One of the things I'm endeavoring to do this year is be better about reviewing the books I read. For the past seven years, I've tracked the books I've read each year, but I haven't reviewed them in any regular fashion. It's gotten to the point where I've often forgotten to give them star ratings,...

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Year End Review: 2021 Shopping Diary

Year End Review: 2021 Shopping Diary

Last spring, I wrote about how the pandemic and an international move had affected my wardrobe, and how I am working on slowly rebuilding my closet. My goal was to purchase less than 20 items this year, and for half of those items to be from small and/or ethical shops, or be used. So, how am I...

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Time in a Finite Resource

Time in a Finite Resource

Time is finite. You always think there will be more of it. That you'll have one more chance to visit your favorite restaurant. To wear that dress you love (before it doesn't fit again). That you'll watch another sunset or sunrise or ride on a plane and stand in front of something that a group of...

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Another Spin Around the Sun

Another Spin Around the Sun

It was my birthday in August, and with it, I am squarely in my mid-30s now. In some ways, I feel very old (hello, TikTok stars, how are you all such babies?!) and in other ways, I feel like just gotten to a point in my life where I feel aware of who I am. I am more confident in making decisions...

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ABOUT EMILY

Servus! I’m Emily and you’ve found my little corner of the internet, where I write about travel, intentionally living with less stuff, and living as a German-American family in Munich, Germany.  Want to know more?

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