Hello from the Katowice Airport in Poland! Today as part of the European Leadership Forum, Daniel and I drove/rode to the airport and are greeting several attendees and speakers. Daniel is doing great at navigating the country (I just hold my breath nervously and try to give good directions). Remember those things we used to use called maps? Well yes that’s all we have, and I am not the best map reader, but Daniel and I made it with only one turn around!
We just finished up cups of coffee over discussion with Martin Robinson. I knew nothing about Martin and his wife Lynda. So since I love to talk I got right to it…after not much time we were discussing laughter as medicine to cure depression and other ailments. He briefly mentioned he wrote a book, then moved on….come to find out, his book is entitled The 8 Secrets of Happiness. How much more in line with my attitude and perspective could this man be? I couldn’t stop smiling, God brings people, even complete strangers into our lives forever. This couple made my day and I have already ordered his book.
Ok, no pictures as we’ve had literally no time really to think about getting our camera out, I’m SQUEEZING this blog in QUICKLY and will end it here, our next group is arriving! I’ll keep everyone posted!
We are here – Poland we are here! It was a journey. We started out Tuesday morning from Indy and flew first to Washington D.C. Then from DC we were to fly into VIenna, but the door on our plan wouldn’t shut correctly, so after an hour of sitting on the run way we finally flew off for our 8 hour flight. Needless to say we missed our connection from Vienna to Poland but only by mere minutes. (We are grateful as many in our group lost their luggage in all the switching flight confusion but we have ours!)
Ever wanted to feel like you were on Home Alone and run through the airport? I did just that yesterday…maybe I just wanted to get my heart rate up after sitting so long, but I was DETERMINED we would make that plane. So Dan and I ran through the Vienna airport and missed our flight by 10 minutes at the most. I can’t say that I like the Austrian airport…it is the BIGGEST maze you’ll ever go on, so grateful for the Indianapolis Airport (we have it good in Indy!). We were rebooked for a later flight to Berlin, then Berlin to Krakow.
Without complaining too much more about lack of sleep, hunger *thank God for Quest bars and Shakeology!*, and jet lag I will say we are here and loving it already. Yes, all we’ve done is get a few hours sleep and take a shower, but it is beautiful and we are ready to get to work. I’ll keep you all posted.
One last post before we leave for Poland…but first
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN! We had an amazing dinner at St. Elmo’s to celebrate his big 3-0..and his recent promotion.
We are more than excited for our trip. But travelling always poses a bit of anxiety for me, though after my recent breakdown, I’ve honestly focused so much on improving and I’m ready for this challenge. Now if you know me, you probably know I track what I eat on most days via My FIt Pal..I’ve toyed with abandoning this practice. I have the basics down – I know what’s healthy and how much I need to fuel my body, but for various reasons (see a future blog post I’m betting on this)…I’ve decided it isn’t too controlling for me at this point, so I’ll keep doing it…but GUESS WHAT? I won’t have time or access to log anything I eat for the next 2 weeks, and I’m pumped…nope not anxious PUMPED!!
I see this mission trip as a personal mission for myself while also a mission for God and the European world. I want to show myself that I can not worry so much about EVERY morsel I put in my body and every calorie I burn. I want to trust in God and trust in listening to my body. I vow to myself to enjoy every moment as much as I can and still stay as healthy as possible during the trip…but I will not sacrifice the memories and one time moments to save a calorie while on this trip.
Will I blog – hopefully! Will I update you on my personal mission and God’s mission work – hopefully! Will I fill you in when I return if not – DEFINITELY! I hope to blog whenever possible, thanks to my awesome Chrome Book (thanks to the hubby!)…but I can’t guarantee when/how often. I ask for your prayers for safe travels, fun times, and lives changed.
Choose your personal mission this week – how will you challenge yourself to change and become a better person?
Weekend started for me Friday night with our local town’s Market Eve, it brings together local breweries, restaurants, and music! It was a BLAST and they had this awesome ice cream truck. LOVED the sign! And they had all organic popsicles, I tried Strawberry Basil…AMAZING!!!
Saturday I woke up and got a LONG dog walk in and we went on an old path. I don’t take it often but not sure why…look at this view we pass?
then we cleaned up around the house, tried to start packing – yeah you see no pics of that because well we still haven’t started packing And we helped move some things into our soon to be sister in law’s apartment for her.
After our long day (oh yes we snuck in a bike ride too!) we relaxed by the fire with some amazing grilled dinner!
1. I am going to get only my second ever pedicure this Sunday – yay!! Warning to the salon gal – these feet are the feet of a runner – don’t be disgusted
2. I NEED TO PACK – yes we leave soon for 2 weeks and I have nothing packed other than some workout clothes – oops!
3. Super excited for the Zionsville Market Eve and Brick Street Market - I love living in a town with local vendors, food and love when they all come together with music! Dan and I are volunteering tonight, if you live close come out!
4. View Sport – which I featured once here – just launched their new website. So go check it out – they have awesome shirts that really make you want to sweat (so you can see the magic words appear )…I wouldn’t doubt if they throw out some good deals too!
5. I discovered Skinny Pop popcorn at Costco and I might be in love! Snacking on some now
6. I have almost finished the book Obsessed by Mika Brzezinski, love it – highly recommend it. She does a great job shedding light on overall disordered eating. Hope to post a review soon when we get back!
What are you doing this weekend?
Dan’s birthday (might be a big one ) is on Monday. I knew we’d be busy and a bit frazzled getting all ready for our trip so I asked him a couple of weeks ago what kind of cake/special food he wanted. He wasted no time in requesting an ice cream cake. I know he thought I’d buy one, but that isn’t my style!
I don’t even know that this is a true recipe because it is so easy – but it has ingredients and directions so we’ll say that qualifies it as a recipe. As we enjoy the mid 80s here in Indianapolis, I think you might enjoy this one! Try it out!
•1 box of ice cream sandwiches (12 pack) *I used two 6 packs of Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches
•1 container of Cool Whip
•2 -3 Heath candy bars, crushed * I used the Heath Bits found on the candy aisle
In an 8×8 pan ( I used 13X9 pan this recipe is so easy it is really just the method ), lay down one layer of ice cream sandwiches. (You will have to cut a few to fit the space.) Layer half the cool whip on top. Add a second layer of ice cream sandwiches (you’ll likely use 11 of the 12 sandwiches in the box.) Spread the remaining cool whip on top. Sprinkle with crushed Heath. Pop in freezer to set up a bit more, then serve away!
I topped each piece off with some caramel and chocolate sauce for Dan along with extra Heath bits!! It is almost gone!
Last week Dan had just finished mowing our grass, when he came in and said, ‘Holy cow! that rhubarb has taken over the garden.’ I didn’t think much of it, I knew it had grown a lot but didn’t go look at it…well last night, I went to check it out. RHUBARB EXPLOSION! The plant was triple the size from when I saw it and had started to ‘go to seed’ (getting flowers at the top of the stalks). So I knew just what I had to do, start cutting!
I ran inside to get a knife then cut back almost all of the rhubarb. I don’t have time this week to do much with it. So I chopped it into small pieces to put in our freezer. Make sure you remove the leaves – they are poisonous! I then rinse very well, even though we don’t use ANY chemicals I still want to clean it very well. Another key is to make sure the rhubarb is dry before freezing, if you forget – your recipe will turn out runny I may have learned the hard way!
The recipes I frequently use (watch for recipe recap in the future) call for 2 cups of rhubarb. My mom taught me to go ahead and bag a generous two cups in freezer bags. Then you can make delicious rhubarb crisps and pies all year round!
I love rhubarb just plain roasted with some stevia and cinnamon on top of it or with a spoonful of applesauce and granola over the roasted rhubarb. I really enjoyed this post yesterday about rhubarb (might have been what spurred me to go check our plant out!) from Snack Girl. http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/baked-rhubarb-recipe/?e=5nJ7olvm I hope to try out her specific recommendation soon. I also love roasting a bit of rhubarb and adding to my morning oatmeal
I love this time of year when my garden comes alive! I check on my seeds and plants almost every day…amazing how much can change in one day!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy rhubarb? Any recipes you want me to feature? I plan to share a family tradition recipe soon (when we get back from Poland!)