TV: Grill den Profi


Ja, vornweg –  ich schaue gerne TV. Und auch Sender wie z.B. VOX sind da nicht vor mir sicher – weil: es gibt da durchaus coole Sendungen. Und wie ihr wisst, bin ich in den letzten Jahren doch durchaus zu einem Fan geworden wenn es ums Kochen geht. Diverse Sendungen waren da schon nicht vor mir sicher, und auch den Vorgänger zu “Grill den Profi” , also “Grill den Henssler” (zur Info: Henssler ist auch Koch) habe ich gerne geschaut.

Aber wenn ich mal so nachdenke – ich fand schon als Kind solche Shows cool, wo zwei Teams gegeneinander angetreten sind, beim Kochen. Damals war es das Kochduell, bei dem ich sogar einmal im Studio saß, als eine Folge aufgenommen wurde. Ich finde es einfach cool, wie man unter Zeitdruck die teilweise wahnwitzigsten Gerichte herstellen kann – und zwar dann auch noch so garniert, dass es nach etwas aussieht.

Hier finde ich es einfach cool, dass der Profi spontan sein muss – während die Promis (während der Begriff “Promi” da auch teilweise sehr vielfältig interpretierbar ist, zumindest für einen Nicht-Promi-Kenner wie mich) ihre Gerichte schon haben vorbereiten können und sich die Zutaten ausgesucht haben – zumindest beim Impro-Gang. Was da teilweise für seltsame Kombinationen auf den Tisch kommen, ist schon faszinierend – da würde ich gerne mal einiges von probieren, weil ich es so nicht ausprobieren wollen würde – auch wenn´s wirklich spannend klingt und sicherlich was für die Geschmacksnerven ist. Ja, ich mag es ausgefallen – und auch zum Nachkochen, solange ich dann nicht in der Molekularküche ende oder in den Spezial-Supermarkt rennen muss, wo ich dann die Zutaten noch bestellen müsste.

Und ich muss zugeben, hier und da habe ich mir schon einige Ideen geholt, besonders wenn es darum geht, welche Zutaten ich mal ausprobieren will –  weil ich die teils noch nicht ausprobiert habe, oder zumindest nicht so. Aber die anderen Gerichte, die nach dem Impro-Gang kommen, sind dann doch meist mehr meins. Auch wenn sie zumindest teilweise echt nichts Besonderes sind, was ich wirklich schade finde – hier und da ein bisschen mehr Kreativität würde da nicht schaden, besonders weil die Promis ja genug Zeit haben, sich auf ihre Gänge jeweils vorzubereiten. Aber was willst du machen, nicht jeder steht auf kreativ und traut sich zu, dass dann unter Zeitdruck zu kochen.

Apropos Zeitdruck – das ist vielleicht so die einzige Komponente, wo ich echt sagen muss: sorry, nichts für mich. Zum Zuschauen total amüsant wie sie alle panisch herumtitschen und herumrennen, Dinge nicht finden, Dinge runterfallen oder runtergeworfen werden in der Hektik…Ich hab´s da lieber gemütlich in meiner eigenen Küche, weil ich das Kochen doch einen Ticken mehr zelebriere – ich mag es, ich genieße es, und will nicht da so durchrennen. Aber so wäre es ja langweilig als TV-Format.

Die Spielchen die in der Sendung immer zwischen die Gänge gepackt werden sind unterhaltsam und halt klassisch Entertainment, made for TV – ja, lustig irgendwie schon, für mich könnte man es aber sein lassen, mich interessiert das Kochen per se dann doch mehr. Aber da tickt jeder anders, und TV ist TV und braucht halt den Lustig-Faktor.

Apropos Lustig-Faktor – oder halt wenig lustig, finde ich teilweise die Jury. Ich frage mich immer noch, was Rainer Callmund in der Jury einer Kochshow sucht. Nein, ich kann es nicht verstehen, und will es auch irgendwie nicht nachvollziehen. Vielleicht will man da ein Klischee erfüllen, aber ich weiß es nicht. Davon abgesehen – gefühlt findet er halt auch irgendwie fast alles gut, ist immer so der “ist doch gut, will da nicht fies sein und kritisieren” – auch wenn es trotzdem hier und da in der Vergangenheit mal Kritik gab. Aber die anderen beiden in der Jury können wenigstens mit mehr Fachwissen glänzen, auch wenn sie mit weniger Humor daherkommen. Gleicht sich ganz gut aus, das passt. Für mich meistens. genauso wie das Zusammenspiel von Moderation und allen anderen Beteiligten echt amüsant ist, und sicherlich jede Show etwas zum Lachen bereithält.

Also…ja, ich find´s cool, ich schau es gerne – schaut mal rein, gibt´s auch in der Mediathek zum später schauen. 🙂

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Life changes, so does this blog

It´s been easily visible for you, that this blog has moved away from every day rantings, from every day descriptions what I did and did not do and moved to sports, my training for the half marathon, my mud runs, food and everything around this.

It´s not like I have changed. Wait, wait a second. Yes, I have changed. A lot. I have changed a lot during the past half a year, and it´s needless to say that my first mud runs have changed my mind when it comes to running.

Something happened what I have never believed – I started to like running. There was something about it and I saw how much I was able to improve, and it somewhat got me addicted. It got me hooked and gave me hope. Hope that I might not be too crazy when signing up for a half marathon and it makes me get up my ass.

With all of this, I started to focus more on my eating, my health, supplements and all of this…this surely is not targeting everyone of you, who was used to my daily life, a lot of photos from walks, and everything. And I will surely post a lot about the above mentioned topics, but also about daily ramblings, critics about whatever crosses my path and of course about my other love: music and concerts.

But what I wonder:

What would you like to read about? Any suggestions, wishes, ideas? If so – leave a comment 🙂

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Half Marathon – Training Week 5 (06.11.207 – 12.11.2017)

Well, you know, running on this polar programme from my running watch, I was kinda told that the first month sucked – out of 12 possible stars I got 3…what a fail, and pretty much upset me because I thought I was on a good way. Anyways, it set me back a bit and also adjusted my running training programme again, so now I know I need to be more strict with myself when it comes to my heart frequency and staying in the requested brackets…


Tuesday

Warm-Up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Task 40min (HF zone 3)
Cool-down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

I felt like a reindeer running due to the blinking stuff on my legs – I looked and felt hilarious. But at least dogs and people saw me – not entirely positive, because dogs felt the urge to attack my legs and ran behind me but…no can do 😉 Besides this, it´s been the first time in a while that I really enjoyed running again – turned off the mind and was just running…wish it was always like it.

Thursday

Warm-Up 16min (HF zone 1-3)
Task 25min (HF zone 3)
Task 6min (HF zone 4-5)
Task 2min (HF zone 3)
Task 6min (HF zone 4-5)
Task 2min (HF zone 3)
Task 6min (HF zone 4-5)
Task 2min (HF zone 3)

Cool-down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

I was having a massive headache, and as sports usually helped me in the past to get away from headache and not let it turn into a migraine, I went running. And I felt amazing during running, it went well, not mentioning I here and there missed the road I wanted to take because I was having so much speed at imes that I didn´t see the path in the dark. But it felt good, until I stopped running and the headache returned and turned into migraine. Well, goal missed.

Saturday

Warm-Up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Task 1:10h (HF zone 2)
Task 15min (HF zone 3)
Cool-down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

You gotta use the rare and few hours in between the masisve rain that we were having – and I was even seeing some sunshine – and during the cooldown I rally was cooled down. From above. By rain. So that really was no fun, but the run itself was nice – I had taken on my cross shoes because I knew after all the rain that the path I wanted to run was gonna be muddy – and it was even partially flooded. But I didn´t care, I just kept running and got even more excited – I love that mud feeling. My heartfrequency didn´t like the excitement, but it coped xD So overall it felt good but I was really done afterwards…and still I like the interval training more 😉

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Goodbye Master´s programme

When I started my programme at the end of August, it still was feeling like a dream – finally studying again, finally progressing, finally developing myself again. I had waited for it for so long, and was so happy and all smiley about it.

But soon reality hit – Getting up at 7, being at work at 8.30 until 17:00, being home at around 18:15. Then some relaxing, some food and then…yes, then would be the time for my studies, time for sitting down and opening the tasks and reading materials and dig deep. It´d be 20:00 or later by now.

So I do this, but all I can do is skim through the pages, with the only focus on “how can I get through quickly and answer all of the questions” – just to not remember anything of what I read before.

Is that the way I want to learn, I started asking myself. I am passionate about learning. But I am not passionate about faking the “learning”. I hate the feeling of finishing a course without having really learnt something.

I told myself that I would simply do things better in the spring semester…just to notice that some important courses are in the middle of the week, and I cannot fly out to Finland for that, because it would be three days of vacation for ONE day of lecture…three weeks in a row. Have I mentioned I just have 25 days of vacation per year? So yeah, not doable. Also not money wise.

That kinda added up onto the masses of problems and strengthened the wish to end this all before having invested already too much time, effort and money before noticing that it won´t lead me anywhere but into frustration.

So yes, the decision is final – I am quitting my studies. For good. It´s over, over and out.
And though many might think it´s a sign of weekness, that I am giving up on something – for me it is a sign of strength, because it´s not always easy to notice when to let go of something and drop it.

But I made it. And there is other ways for studying. Maybe less fancy and not in Finland, instead expensive with monthly payment in Germany…but surely without contact lessons. Let´s see when I will be ready to give this a try.

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1st month training for the half marathon

Bringing some light into the dark 😉

– alternatively you can all this blog entry “things that these first 4 weeks have taught me”. Simply because I learned a lot. Sometimes the hard way, sometimes the learning was not that bad, but let´s have a look!

Ditch the training plan for the sake of regeneration
Why? Because it makes no sense otherwise. I tried to desperately stick to the training plan no matter what, but my body has a different sense of when it needs more regeneration and when less. It´s a nice guide, but in the end the body decides.

The body decides – so listen to it
…and I have never been good at it. But I learnt that there is a fine line between muscles being done after a workout, and muscles needing some extra pampering. And yes, I´ve taken care of my body more than I have ever done in my whole life I guess. And that feels like an additional fulltime job. And it feels like understanding Chinese language – Google has become my best friend.

Never change a running system, ehrm, route? Nope!
I was surprised how quick I have pretty much gotten fed up with my favorite routes that used to enjoy so much – now I try to run differently every time, which doesn´t always work, but at least the long runs I try to vary a lot.

Too cold? Too warm? Too wet?
Too wet – yep, clearly. If it is pouring rain, there is no freaking way to get me out of my apartment for running. And I don´t try to get me out anymore. But I also have a problem with dressing properly – freezing, sweating like an idiot, that in change, all of a sudden it is warmer outside than expected…I need to take care of this more often, I underestimated the effects of it…

Too dark?
Doesn´t exist – there is lights you can carry on your body, reflection bands to be seen and everything. Annoying to wear and except for my beani with a lamp I hate wearing it because I look retarded. So yes, at times I am a girl…and wonderingif I am looking good after all.

Other sports…noooo. yes?
During this month I hardly did any side exercising because I was just mostly tired when not running – I need to change this. Once a week, it has to be gym time, I need to do more with my blackroll and everything. I kinda underestimated how important it will be…

These are pretty much my biggest learnings until now – and I still have around 8 months of learning ahead, so let´s see how the list will grow and things will change 😉

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Cooking: Italian burrata on rucola salad with pesto rosso, garlic crostini and pine nuts

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time:  25min
Actual time:  15min

Difficulty: 1/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~3€

I wanted to have something not too heavy, yet filling for dinner and as I always enjoy some salad and cheese, it was the time to try this recipe – and that though I am usually not a big fan of rucola and try to avoid it.

But I was really surprised how amazing the salad tasted, also with the vinaigrette that I did, and it matched perfectly well with the creamy cheese, the crostini with garlic and of course the pest rosso – and this recipe I will be doing far more often, that´s for sure, really.

It´s simple, quick and a meal that you can eat all year round!

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Half Marathon – Training Week 4 (30.10.207 – 05.11.2017)

Tuesday

Warm-Up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Task 25min (HF zone 3)
Cool-down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

Finally the first full day back in Hamburg, and time for a run – with a new runnng route, as I was really getting sick of my standard ways. My mind needs some freshness, even though my mind was busy with worrying and doubting with every step I made. I am wondering if this training programme makes sense. If I will make it in the end at all or if it will be all wasted.

 

Friday

Warm-Up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Task 25min (HF zone 3)
Cool-down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

4h of sleep, 4h trainride and 8h of office work – and then it was a surprise I even made it to put on my shoes and have some power for a run. And considering all of this, it was pretty good I think. I simply needed this run even though it was dark – and not really my fave weather in general but no can do. Not a new best time but I didn´t expect that ^^

 

Sunday

Warm-Up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Task 55min (HF zone 2)
Cool-down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

I enjoy long runs, no doubts there – yet the low heart frequency zone is making it a bit of a game changer, because it´s still rather tough for me to stay in the right and low zones when running. So I ended up with really quick walking for a lot of times, especially since my running route was not really a smart choice being all muddy and slippery…plus: that damned pre-workout drink made me feel dizzy instead of energetic. What a fail xD


I again skipped a training session and I feel bad about it, but my body simply said no. And one thing I really need to learn is to listen to my body when it comes to regeneration and all of this to not kill my body…

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1. FC Köln vs Bate Borisov (02.11.2017)

25 Jahre…ja, ich fange WIEDER damit an. 25 Jahre gewartet, quasi mein ganzes Leben, dass MEIN Verein endlich international spielt.

Die ganze Ticketlotterie, all das Chaos, der Stress – und der Stress hat nicht dort geendet. Ich war früh aufgestanden, zur Arbeit, dann Mittags zum Bahnhof gehetzt um nur gerade so meinen Zug nach Köln zu bekommen. Dann in Hannover umsteigen, bzw. “umrennen” – 2 Minuten für 8 Gleise weiter. Und dann saß ich wieder im Zug und habe mich gefragt, wieso ich das eigentlich mache. Mit dem Blick auf die vergangenen Spiele, und dem Fakt, dass ich gerade erst wieder zurück in Hamburg war, da war mein Enthusiasmus nicht wirklich groß.

Um ehrlich zu sein – ich hatte keine Lust, alles nervte. Meine Laune am Limit, nach unten. Und es wurde auch nicht viel besser, als ich dann in Köln ankam und wenigstens ein bisschen Zeit hatte zu entspannen. Ein wenig zurücklehnen, rasch duschen, und mich dann Stadion-fest anzuziehen. Thermoleggings unter Leggings, mein so wundervoller und passender lila Wintermantel…Nein, FC-Style schaut anders aus. Besonders toll die Kombination mit dem roten FC Schal – der muss. Das ist das Mindeste.

Dann wurde ich abgeholt und irgendwie…die Lust auf´s Spiel fehlte immer noch -besonders weil es noch anfing zu nieseln, und wenn ich etwas nicht mag, ist es Nieselregen. Ja ich weiß, mimimimi. Aber manchmal…nervt einfach jede Kleinigkeit. Erst als man dann aufs Stadion zuging, kam so langsam die Vorfreude. Dieses Kribbeln. Diese leise Hoffnung. Dieses “wie wäre es wenn wir gewinnen würden…international…”.

Aber solche Gedanken verscheut man dann ganz schnell – keine Hoffnung, nicht zu viel

Hoffnung…aber der Funke Hoffnung…Rein ins Stadion, eine “alte Bekannte” in Form einer Ordnerin gesehen (man man man , sie macht das seit… x Jahren…), dann hoch auf Süd.

Block 12, Reihe 3, Platz 2. Aber davor: mal eben auf eine Wurst eingeladen werden. Das hat irgendwie dieses Fußball-Gefühl rausgegraben, auch wenn ich das früher so gut wie nie gemacht habe. Der Moment wenn das Spiel zum Event wird 😉 Dann auf den Platz und positiv überrascht – im Vergleich zum Bremen Spiel saß ich zwischen Leuten, die Fans sind und nicht ganz unfähig sind was Fußballwissen angeht.

Das Aufwärmen, dann die Hymne. Und jedes Mal fühlt es sich an wie früher, die Emotionen. Die Hoffnung. Anpfiff.

Los gings, und es war auch schon mal schlechter – und dann. 1:0 für den FC. Freudentaumel, dann der Gedanke “das verspielen die eh wieder”. Und so kam es dann auch, in kürzester Zeit dann die 2 Gegentore (absolut schöne Dinger, keine Frage). 1:2 zur Halbzeit. Ernüchterung, und ich war wieder genervt. So viel Geld und Zeit und Nerven investiert um da zu sein. Und dann wieder so eine, pardon, Scheiße. Abreagieren, auf´s Klo, Platzwechsel.

 

 

Am neuen Platz wurde ich mit “Ach bist du unsere Glücksfee” begrüßt, ich verneinte, ich glaube nicht an Wunder. Und dann die zweite Hälfte – Tore. Tore. Tore. Jubel. Taumel. Wunder. Es war surreal. Bei jedem Mal war ich erschüttert. Ich hatte es gesehen, der Counter ging hoch.

Beim richtigen Verein. Nicht beim Gegner. Aber so wirklich angekommen war es nicht. Und immer der Gedanke “jetzt werden sie nachlassen, schlampig werden, und dann hagelt es Gegentore”. Aber nichts da. Mut war da, oft fühlte es sich an als wäre der Knoten geplatzt, als würde sich das Team endlich mal trauen einfach auf´s Tor zu schießen. Zu probieren. Einfach so.

Und dann…Abpfiff. Moment, wie steht es nochmal? 5:2 für den FC. 5 Tore für den FC. 2 Tore für Bate Borisov. Moment. Haben wir da gerade gewonnen? INTERNATIONAL GEWONNEN? Und ich war dabei. Sekunden vergehen. Sprachlos, vor Freude. Und ja ich gebe es zu – ich musste da ein paar Tränchen verdrücken. Ich werde da einfach emotional. Ein Traum war wahr geworden – international gespielt, gewonnen, zuhause und ich war dabei.

Freudentaumel auch auf dem Platz, auch aus der Ferne – man konnte sehen, wie erleichtert alle waren im Team. Die Welle. Man, wie wenig hatte ich erwartet, dass es das geben würde. Und dann war das Spiel vorbei, das Stadion leerte sich.

Wir blieben noch ein wenig, alle zogen rasch von dannen – es war spät geworden, ein 21:00 Uhr Spiel lädt nicht gerade zum verweilen ein. Auch ich ertappte mich dabei, wie ich daran dachte, um 5 Uhr aufstehen zu müssen um wieder nach Hamburg zurückzufahren.

Und das tat ich dann am nächsten morgen auch nach 4 Stunden Schlaf – todmüde,  aber glücklich. International. Gewonnen. Wie wäre es denn, wenn wir nochmal gewinnen und vielleicht…der Blick auf die Tabelle im Europapokal lädt zum Rechnen ein. Aber nein, husch, weg mit dir Hoffnung!

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Half Marathon – Training Week 3 (23.10.207 – 29.10.2017)

Let´s write a few words before talking about the training itself…

The first two weeks really went well, I saw improvement wherever I looked and I was confident, and with this attitude I wanted to start into week 3 – a complicated week, living in the hotel room due to a business trip. Means: different food, different habits, different feel overall.

Monday

Warm-Up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Task 35min (HF zone 3)
Cool-down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

I decided to go out to run and enjoy the scenery – because: what´s more beautiful than running on the other side of the Rhein and enjoy th view on bridges and the lights from the center? I started off well, and then did the mistake to run on the field instead of running on the street, and my legs disliked it to an extend, that I regretted it really quickly. I tripped, stumbled and everything and my time sucked, but I didn´t think it was telling me anything…

Thursday

Warm-up 14min (HF zone 1-3)
Task 1 – 5min (HF zone 4-5)
Task 2 – 2min (HF zone 3)
Task 3 – 5min (HF zone 4-5)
Task 4 – 2min (HF zone 3)
Task 5 – 5min (HF zone 4-5)
Task 6 – 2min (HF zone 3)
Cool-down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

Actually I had really felt like I was getting into it again, I felt good. But my body thought differently, and that reflected in my times – I´ve probably been the worst I have been during the past year, and that really got me upste, frustrated, angry, and just everything. Guess it´s been time for a time-out and for some more regeneration but…I´ve had so much rest so that it shouldn´t even make a problem but obviously something is making this problem. And that really brings me into a thoughtful state of mind. A negatively thoughtful state of mind.

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Anyways, I dropped the other two scheduled runs of the week, and replaced the long run by a little 1h slow walk instead because I felt like my body needed some moving but couldn´t handle anything faster. I have no idea how to commence, or what I have done wrong or what to improve but…let´s see what will happen.

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Half Marathon – Training Week 2 (16.10.207 – 22.10.2017)

Tuesday

Warm up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Running 45min (HF zone 3)
Cool down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

Somehow…it´s been a run to forget, it was an on and off, it was a waiting for the railway tracks to be opened for crossing again, waiting for the traffic lights turn green…it was about freezing and sweating, opening the jacket, closing it again…and being totally slow as my heart freuency thought it would be fun to be playing ping pong…I really hope I will get faster and not even slower…

Thursday

Warm up 16min (HP zone 1-3)
Task 1 – 6 min (HP zone 4-5)
Task 2 – 2 min (HP zone 3)
Task 3 – 6 min (HP zone 4-5)
Task 4 – 2 min (HP zone 3)
Task 5 – 6 min (HP zone 4-5)
Task 6 – 2 min (HP zone 3)
Cool down 5min (HP zone 1-2)

I really struggled to get my ass up and get going because my dentist´s visit in the morning had worn me out mentally and physically and the pain in my cheek felt like killing me. But I am no pussy, so I kicked my ass and went running and whilst all the stress made it hard for me to stick to the lower heart rate zones, the high and fast parts went really smooth and I felt how all the stress was falling off my shoulders…and after the run I felt SO good – not only because I added 300m to the distance compared to last week!

Sunday

Warm up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Task 1 – 70min (HF zone 2)
Task 2 – 20min (HF zone 3)
Cool down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

After having been to a soccer match and being cold and tired, I still laced my shoes and despite the – at the start – drizzling rain, rocked down the kilometres even though it was mostly really fast walking as it felt – on and off, starting to job, stopping and and and…but it felt actually pretty good to be fully honest to go out there and turn off the mind and only focus on myself, my breathing and how I was feeling…never guessed I would somewhen really fancy this…

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Versengold – Große Freiheit – Hamburg – 20.10.2017

I cannot believe that it´s only been last Friday that I´ve seen Versengold live in Hamburg. But the timing of this show has been great as I really needed the concert – due to personal reasons I had taken two days off so I was able to start queuing rather early though I really didn´t feel like it. I´ve turned into a person who rather doesn´t want to queue, but no can do. And the cool thing is that I met new people whilst waiting for the girls from my WhatsApp group who then arrived later on.

Anyways, the waiting and then especially doors open felt weird…I´ve been enjoying the band´s music for years without really bothering about front row – I mean sure, if it was possible I had taken it at the medieval markets, but not at a club show…and it felt wrong because I am far from being crazy about the musicians, I love their music and that´s what counts most for me. But being small and needing to stand for quite a while, front row is the coziest sport I thought and hurried to the barricades in front of stage.  Didn´t end up quite where I wanted but loved the spot nevertheless. The people around me were also really cool, and the excitement grew – finally. I really didn´t feel like getting into the right mood for all the days in advance of the show, but then I felt this happiness lurking around the corner and slowly coming over me xD

But before Versengold were on stage, it was time for their supportband dArtagnan and well…I wasn´t and still am not too fond of them though it´s quite some eye candy. But I rather have semi-great looking guys but amazing music instead of the other way around. One or two of their songs I enjoyed, especially when Versengold´s violinist joined them for one song. Anyways, to make it short: I wasn´t too sad when their slot had ended. Maybe I am just too harsh because I am generally not too much into support bands when attending a concert.

And then…well, though it´s now some days ago, I am still lacking words. It felt like the curtain dropped and all worries and sorrow vanished from my mind. It was just the start into a hot and blood sweaty evening of 2h of dancing, clapping, jumping and nearly passing out…I loved the setlist and miracles do happen – their song “Herz durch die Wand” off their latest record had been one of those songs I didn´t really get – until the show. Until this moment where it just struck me. It struck me because I noticed how much this song describes my life, the madness I am doing and cannot stop, the fact I cannot stop, that I am closing my eyes from maybe getting my ass up and changing things. That there is so many things that keep me chained.

I´ve been happy to see all those songs live, the new ones, the old ones, the very few ballads, the many songs to sing and shout along, the songs to dance to, all the songs with nyckelharpa (I love the sound, I love this instrument…and who knows what 2018 will bring me in regards of this instrument…), all the sweat pouring down the bod as if you were taking a shower, the refreshing sip of a shared water bottle keeping us from passing out in the crowd, all the laughs, all the emotions, this feeling of…freedom. I think I haven´t felt like this for so long, at least it felt like it. It was as if I was breaking the chains that kept me bound.

And don´t get me wrong, please – it´s not like Apocalyptica were just pushed off the throne of being my fave band – I just now have a second band that is extremely close to my heart, but in a totally different way. It´s give me a totally different feeling compared to what I know from other shows, and I still struggle to really find the words for it. And I cannot wait for the more calm and seated shows in spring where they will be most likely playing “Tjark Evers” which is actually just a cover from another band, but they made it special by adding an authentic northern german accent – it wouldn´t match with the current set up, so I didn´t expect to hear it but such aspects make me excited for the next time 😉

How I know, well…I will be honest. I had actually the plan to go to the shows, rock out, go to the bar downstairs with the girls and that´s it. But somehow…I ended up taking pictures with the guys though it partially somehow felt odd…here and there a chat, depending on if there was enough subjects to cover 😉 I enjoy it when bands don´t feel too great to come out pretty much right after the shows and take their time to hang out with the fans rather than just quickly try to get through it all with signing and taking photos. Such things still impress me, and I appreciate such things greatly asa I know it´s becoming less and less common for bands unfortunately.

OOoh and – there was such glowing sticks. Many. Like, 1600 – as substitutes as you arent allowed to use eg sparklers…and I so so soooo LOVED that idea…because I love glowsticks hahahaha

Sooo anyways…I ended up buying another ticket to this Funkenflug tour for Wilhelmshaven in spring, and then look forward two two shows in Bremen and Leipzig for the seated shows aaaand the two 15 years shows in next year´s October…and before you ask: yes, I am hooked. Music is my drug, you all know that, don´t you ^^

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Half Marathon – Training Week 1 (09.10.207 – 15.10.2017)

Monday

Warm up 15min (HF zone 1-2)
Running 45min (HF zone 3)
Cool down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

I thought this was going to be easy because I was used to going for runs – well, let´s face it: with an eye on the heartrate, it´s been an odd and exhausting mix of walking quickly and running slowly and feeling like the most retarded person ever.
To be honest, fun feels different, but I kept going and was really done afterwards – not sure why though. Either I am totally out of shape or those roughly 6,5km were more exhausting than usual because of this extra focus I had to put in place.

Thursday

Warm up 16min (HP zone 1-3)
Task 1 – 6 min (HP zone 4-5)
Task 2 – 2 min (HP zone 3)
Task 3 – 6 min (HP zone 4-5)
Task 4 – 2 min (HP zone 3)
Cool down 5min (HP zone 1-2)

To be honest, I was surprised when I figured the programme was on my watch and that I only needed to start it to properly check my status hahaha I really have no idea about all the functions yet, but that really made it easier to run and not watch my wrist as the sounds clearly told me what was happening 😉

In general: shit that was exhausting. Really exhausting. Especially since I always needed ages to have my heartfrequency calm down and thus fit into the workout brackets…but the high frequency parts of the run felt good and I was surprised how much it partially needed to not drop back into a lower bracket…

Oh and in the dark and fell over some branch…piece of shit…

Anyways, I felt good but totally done after it, nicely sweated and ready to fall into bed. I suppose that´s something positive, or?

Sunday

Warm up 10min (HF zone 1-2)
Task 1 – 70min (HF zone 2)
Task 2 – 15min (HF zone 3)
Cool down 5min (HF zone 1-2)

To be honest, it felt more like quick walking most of the time, interrupted by short distances of running because the heart frequency brackets were just not made for me to really start and keep running for longer distances.
But the overall distance is what made it pretty exhausting, even though the weather was nearly inviting me to keep on going – what more do you need than sunshine, 20°C and just a nice little bit of comfy wind…

Now my feet hurt, and I am done. That´s what my legs say as well – they cannot wait for a warm bath and then later on some cooling stuff…let´s see 😉

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Cooking: Zucchini burger with goat cheese, beetroot chips and veggie sticks

Cooking book: Lust auf Kochen: Kreative Rezepte für jeden Tag
Publisher: Kochhaus

Estimated time:  40min
Actual time:  55min

Difficulty: 2/10
Amount: For 1 person (initially two but easy to split up)
Price per person: ~3-4€


When I saw this, the reason why I initially wanted to try it was, that they used that certain kind of breadroll and the goat cheese – I was especially skeptical about the beetroot chips. I couldn´t imagine that this could be tasty, but boy it was. It was a bit of a hassle to cut it thin enough and then put it into the pan with loads of oil, but it was worth the hassle.

The rest was pretty easy, and nothing really extraordinary when it comes to the making process. But the whole mix of the cheese and the veggies and especially the beet root chips…what a dream!

And it´s so easy and quick to make once you get the hang of it – clearly one of my fave ne recipes that I found thanks to the cooking book!

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