Here I talk about cheese and spitting. Try to contain your excitement.

I saw my NP about a week and a half ago and I have a couple of updates:

I was pleased to learn that my diet and the Morinda Supreme capsules have helped my body start to heal internally, and I am trying my best to keep up with the food changes.  I don’t quite know what to call my diet.  Probably the “Can’t Eat That” diet sums it up best. This is difficult to do some days when I am just exhausted have nothing handy in the refrigerator to throw together and I know it would be so easy to call the pizza guy. 

Some days I stumble. My vices:  Red vines.  Margaritas.  Cheese.

 Oh, I miss cheese.

Especially when I am tired, or amped up with anxiety or knocked out by the summer heat on my drive home in my cranky car with the lukewarm AC.  And I slip knowing that I will very quickly start to feel even worse. 

I like to think it would be so much easier if I didn’t have an office to go to 40 hours a week, which is true, but it really boils down to being intentional with my time and planning ahead for days like that.  It may sound like an excuse, but maybe one of you reading will understand when I say that it’s hard to muster up extra energy to pre-cook freezer meals.  Of course, that’s if I remember in the first place.

I’m working on that.

This week I took a Saliva test to check for Adrenal Fatigue.  I actually have my wonderful husband to thank for advocating for me when he had an opportunity to speak with my NP.  He was able to share what he sees regarding my struggles and she listened to him! 

I love how he loves me.

I was already aware of this, but when I met with her in my appointment she explained that many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue are the same and if there is adrenal fatigue there may also be underlying thyroid issues.  She said that a saliva test is the most accurate way to test hormone levels.  You can read more about why here.

She ordered a saliva test for me to complete and send to the lab.  It was very strange; I had to (literally) spit into 4 vials 4 times during the day: morning, noon, afternoon and midnight and then send it directly to the lab the next morning.  I am hoping these results won’t take as long as my blood tests.

 I have updated my Treatment page as well.  I have decreased my iodine and I am taking Vitamin C and Zinc. 

I take a freakish amount of supplements.


I saw this cute picture over at Food, Wine and Modpodge and I loved it!

Happiness is a choice sometimes, isn’t it?



Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

— Max Ehrmann, 1927

This post is not about deli counters, sorry.

I am often amused at the search engine phrases people use to find this blog.  Today when I logged on, someone found this site using the phrase “deli counters.”  Hmmmm…not sure I’ve ever talked about that before, but I hope they found what they were looking for!

Usually, people find this site because they are researching something about Germany. Most of my posts from 2006-early 2008 are from the time I lived in Germany.  

I think that this post: Where the heck is Ausfahrt, Germany?  has the most reader traffic.  Just about every day someone is searching for the words “Where is Ausfahrt, Germany?” It makes me chuckle to think that so many people can relate to my experience.


By now you may have noticed that our life in Germany is normal for the most part. Sure, we live a days drive to the several of the western worlds cultural centers of art, history and fashion and we enjoy the unique opportunities we have to visit these places. For the most part, though, we lead a very normal, unexciting life. Weekends are spent doing the usual things: laundry, grocery shopping, dinner with friends, sweeping the sidewalks outside every Saturday. “What’s that?” you ask “sweeping the sidewalks on Saturday?”

Ah yes, let me share with you one of the many interesting traditions you adapt to while living in another country. It is called Kehrwoche, and basically means “sidewalk duties.” If you were to drive through our village on a Saturday afternoon you would likely see the streets lined with people, brooms and dustbins in hand sweeping the sidewalks and gutters in front of their homes. Driver’s have to maneuver the streets carefully, because there are people in the streets literally sweeping the gutters.

This isn’t just expected of the young, you will see men and women that look like they stood up from their wheel chairs just to fulfill the Kehrwoche!

I used to have a cynical attitude towards it, sort of like “oh please, I have better things to do with my weekend.” Over the last year however my perceptions of this have changed. What I see today is a tradition that fosters pride in ones home and provides an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other ( I think this is a lost set of values in the states). No, I am not always very faithful to my sidewalk duties.   I’ll forget about it until Sunday night- which is too late because to sweep the sidewalk on a Sunday is a big No No (another value Americans have left by the wayside…not working on Sundays).  It becomes a social event usually, and I can say that I do know who my neighbor’s are.