WO: Weekly Obsessions

I can hardly believe it’s been a week in Germany so far — so much has happened and yet there’s still time left to get into trouble (and out of it, naturally).

From Munich’s massive Oktoberfest celebration to the tiny Bavarian town of Mittenwald, a day trip to Innsbruck in Austria and now a local stay in Berlin, we’ve covered a ton of ground.

There have been some mishaps, as my traveling companion and I seem to be a magnet for issues; but we’ve managed to keep smiling and laughing our way through the frustrations.

To say I’m obsessed with Berlin, especially, would be an understatement. Here’s to the next few days of discovery and debauchery!

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WO: Weekly Obsessions

Guten tag! My German is limited but I’m about to get a crash course, as I just landed in Munich for a whirlwind trip.

British Airways had a steal of a deal, so I joined some friends and their friends for a full itinerary of Oktoberfest, sightseeing, day trips, Berlin, and (of course) all the beer and pretzels I can handle.

My body may not be ready but my dirndl sure is! Look out, Gracie Lou Freebush. I’m gonna play the shit out of those water glasses.

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m coming off 15 hours of travel so I’m going to take that as my excuse to get some beauty rest before the real fun begins 🍻🇧🇪🥨

WO: Weekly Obsessions

It’s been far too long since I did a full-blown WO so I’m back with a vengeance. Not really, but it has been one of the most challenging weeks in recent memory and I’m doing my damndest to work through it without imploding.

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  1. Vacation in Sight: That’s right, the countdown is on for a little getaway to Deutschland AKA Germany. My body is ready for all of the beer, bread, pretzels, and other stereotypical fare we can expect at none other than OKTOBERFEST. Am I excited? You betcha.
  2. A Dirndl: Basically the only thing that turned my mood around today (pre-vacation stress, you know) was receiving my Oktoberfest outfit. My inspiration may or may not have been Gracie Lou Freebush, and I just have a few finishing touches to make it perfekt.
  3. Alligator’s Birthday: My eldest niece turns SIX tomorrow. Where does the time go? She is smart, sassy, and all the things I wish I was at her age. As the leader of now two other little sisters, she’s got some big shoes to fill. Luckily, big feet run in our family. Happy almost birthday, Alligator! Ah-nt Ah-mahn-dah loves you!
  4. “Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish: I’ve somehow managed to miss covering this megahit teen sensation who is all the things I could never be at her age. The video is hauntingly fascinating, from skinned knees to dance moves, and the tune cannot stay out of my head for more than 2 hours at a time. I’d say “you go girl” but then I think her fans would find me and beat me up.

Images courtesy of: USA Today, Pinterest, x2, Billboard

WO: Weekly Obsessions

I have no excuse for my lateness except that it’s been an exceptionally insane week of work and personal commitments. I hate to leave you hanging, and even though it’s Thursday on the east coast, it’s still Wednesday where I sit.

I’m weirdly obsessed with the two youngin’s so in love known as Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes. Even if they’re known on another level worldwide than the couples on Bachelor in Paradise, I still “ship” them as the kids say and cannot stop watching their videos.


Señorita has just enough whine to make me cringe at how much I enjoy it


Take the title of my fave ’90s horror flick and I’m sold

I don’t know what the future holds for these two lovebirds but I’ll be weirdly watching and hoping they don’t do any more makeout sessions for the cameras.

WO: Weekly Obsessions

My mom is visiting this week so it’s only fitting I share a few things I’m already obsessed with during her trip so far. Forgive the lack of visuals, I’m on a deadline and would rather be with Magz than my phone.

  1. The nice weather: Leave it to San Francisco to show up with sunny skies and breezy days upon Magz’s arrival. If it were like this every day, I’d stay forever. Oh wait…
  2. My new niece (still): Yes yes yes I cannot get enough. All the photos and videos and FaceTimes in the world still aren’t enough for me tbh.
  3. Take Your Parent to Work Day: my company’s annual event is tomorrow and I couldn’t be more pumped to show my mom around campus (really!) and see what I even do around here. #Lumbergh
  4. A Raiders Win: The last MNF game at O.Co was a solid W, especially for beating “the donkeys” as my oldest niece calls them. Baby K is also celebrating with a sliiiight middle finger in the air.

WO: Weekly Obsessions

If you’ve been around here a while, you may recall how September holds a smorgasbord of birthdays in my family. Well, add one more to the list because on Monday (the 2nd), my third niece was born!

She is absolutely perfect and healthy and squishy and snuggly and all the things I’ve ever hoped for these girls. Sister-in-Law is doing well, as are Brother and their older daughters.

It’s been an emotional week as we watched Hurricane Dorian decimate the Bahamas and prayed for relief of its residents (not to mention, a slowdown and fade-out before causing any more damage). Little Niec3’s arrival added more tears — albeit happy ones — and the remaining September babies have lots to celebrate as well.

High fives all around, yeah?

toddler and adult doing hand gestures

Stock photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com because Niec3y isn’t ready for Internet fame. 

WO: Weekly Obsessions

I was watching a Bachelor in Paradise wedding and thinking to myself: “What in the actual f—?”

Not because the two villains from their seasons found love with each other.

Not because the reality of reality TV is these people DM each other away from cameras (and Stagecoach was apparently LIT).

And certainly not because I spent last night speed dating (for the story, duh) and walked away with new female friends but no romantic prospects.

I thought WTF because a year ago, the two newlyweds had just met and that means that truly anything can happen in just 365 days.

It’s weirdly beautiful how much can change in a year’s time.

Chris Harrison or not, life has its fair share of drama, its ups and downs. Where you are today isn’t permanent — even if you want it to be. We are constantly changing (for better or worse) and even the most deeply rooted habits or feelings can dissolve or evolve over time.

The important thing, I think, is to do your best with each day you have. Notice the impermanence without judgment. If you feel stuck, remember the only constant is change.

All this philosophizing is brought to you partly by Paradise and partly by the hurricane headed toward my home state. Talk about finding love in a hopeless place, amirite?