Sunday, October 18, 2009

How to Stay Young


1. Throw out nonessential numbers.. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Worry about nothing, Pray about everything.

Monday, October 5, 2009

ABC's of Anna

ABC's of Anna....

OK... My friend Katie did this and I was bored so I thought... Why not?!?!?
A- Available/Married? Available
B - Best Friend? My Savior
C - Cake or Pie? Pie... Pie!
D - Drink of Choice? Water
E - Essential item you use everyday? Toothpaste
F - Favorite Color? Yellow
G - Gummy Bears or Worms? Gummy Bears covered in Chocolate
H - Hometown? Twin Falls Idaho and Salt Lake
I - Indulgence? Ice Cream
J - January or February? January
K - Kids and their names? None of my own yet, but I consider all of my dancers to be my kids and Michael and Sabrina
L- Life is incomplete without? My Savior
M - Marriage Date? wish I new
N- Number of Siblings? 2-Eric and Chad
O - Oranges or Apples? Apples
P - Phobia's/ Fears? dying alone
Q- Quote you love? Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments taht take away your breath away.
R - Reason to smile? Life
S - Season? SUMMER, the warmer the better.
T - Tag 3 People? Whoever reads this and wants to but let me know so I can read it!
U - Ultimate vacation? Europe, there is still so much to see
V - Vegetable you don't like? Brussel Sprouts
W - Worst habit? Putting myself down
X-rays you've had? Feet, ankles and wrist
Y - Your favorite food? SUSHI!!!
Z- Zodiac Sign? Pisces

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pictures from Mannheim & Wurstmarkt Germany September 11-12, 2009

Mannheim Germany September 11-12, 2009

So my last two days in Germany, we decided to stay close to home, just walking and shopping around Mannheim. I bought a lovely purple sweater,as we are going into winter. Purple is a very popular color in Europe. I would say probably the most popular color all of the stores have loads of it. I ate Gelato these last two days. It is so delicious. On Saturday we also headed to a Wurstmarkt or wine fest. This is where there are loads of booths with the new wines for the year. Chad and I headed over there and met his roommate, Chris and some fellow Servicemen that are stationed in Germany. What a crazy place to be. There were all sorts of games and rides and I had the best grape juice, fresh, I have ever had and the bratwursts... Yummy! It was packed, reminded me a bit of the Twin Falls County Fair when I was younger. We also visited the Jeusowitz church, which is gorgeous, almost to the extent of the Cathedrals.

I was sad to realize that I was almost on my way home. I could live and work in Germany. If I had to choose one of the cities to live in that I visited, I would say Mannheim. It felt like home, I loved walking everywhere and the views and the 5 H&M stores in the city. I can't wait to head back over the Europe and see even more!

Frankfurt Shopping! 9-10-2009

So more adventures in Germany! Thursday, September 10, 2009 Chad and I headed to the train station to head over to Frankfurt. It was fun to be ableto ride on one of the fast trains. I must admit, Europe has the mass transit figured out and the freeway system. It is often heard that there is no speed limit on the autoban, but that is false. There are portions of the autoban that do have speed limits, very similar to ours here in the US, however there are sections that are speed free, we went around 130 MPH at those points. The autoban is 2 lanes in each direction and you stay to the right, unless you are passing. The Europeans follow that and are very polite drivers. The use their signals, they let you merge... I did not see one accident on the autoban in the 12 days I was there, much different to the daily accidents I see here.

Anyway, Frankfurt to me looked and seemed like the typical larger city. I must admit that the cathedrals and the history is very impressive. My goal in Frankfurt was to locate a Birkenstock store! That mission was sucessful. I bought 2 pair of birkenstocks for a little more than I would have spent on one pair here. One of the pairs I bought were 30 Euros, which is about $42, that pair here in the US would have run me $100, talk about deal! I finally disgarded my pair of birkenstocks that I bought in when I was 12, 21 years ago. What a deal! Wahoo. Yes I will admit I love shoes and expecially Birkenstocks. They are so comfortable. After walking around Frankfurt, seeing the cathedrals and the opera house, it was back to Mannheim for Dinner at Vapianos... I was craving a salad, needing vegetables, so I ordered what I thought was a salad with Mozzerella and Tomatoes... come to find out, that is all it was... no lettuce or anything... I ended up munching on it and then eating a slice of my brothers pizza...which I must add was amazing and not full of oil and such. What a fun day, I am glad that I was able to visit Frankfurt, but it is definitely not the city I would choose to live in if I lived in Europe.

Picture from Frankfurt, Germany Thursday, September 10, 2009