bloggers must borrow

There is nothing quite as cute as a German blog. I've rediscovered a few of them this week (favorites here and here), and it's reminded me of the rampant use of past participles to sum up a week (see below). It's such a great way to keep people updated in a few bites and be held accountable to your blog space. So I've decided to adopt it. If all goes as planned, you can count on weekly Sunday updates.

But. I'm going to keep the labels in German. And here's why. Most past participles in German begin with "ge". This gives the exercise a cute sort of rhythm. Try reading them all out loud. I bet you'll ge-giggle. It's hard not to. So the English translations are there, but I think you'll want to adopt the German too. Let me know what you think!


[gesehen] (watched) A cute kitten falling asleep.
[gehört] (listened to) Home
[gelesen] (read) Why School? by Mike Rose. Methinks a published review will be printed in September. Updates to come.
[getan] (done) Barbeque with old teacher friends in Providence.
[gegessen] (eaten) Vegan pizza. The verdict? Good, but it tries too hard. And it's better cold.
[getrunken] (drunk) Beer! Three beers in one week is more than I've had in awhile.
[gefreut] (made happy by) Crocheting in the sun, and having a stranger quote, "And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days."
[geärgert] (irritated by) Rain rain rain.
[gelacht] (laughed) While holding a friend's baby. How could you not?!
[geplant] (planned) My trip home for the July Fourth weekend!
[gekauft] (bought) A new clothing rack. It's a bit necessary when your old one collapses.
[geklickt] (clicked) Lytro's picture gallery; this will be the coolest camera ever.


One more good update on this Sunday-Funday. Inspired by these beautiful vegan breakfast parfaits, I have been wanting to try overnight oats for forever. I finally bought some chia seeds, and had this for breakfast yesterday:

Sugar-Free Overnight Oats (adapted from here)

1/4 cup oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
7/8 cup almond milk
8 drops vanilla creme liquid stevia

Combine all ingredients and stir together well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir well the next morning and mix in any other desired ingredients. Enjoy cold.

I added cocoa powder, peanut butter, and a bit more stevia to mine. Then, I layered it with Ezekiel 4:9 cereal and fresh banana slices. Un-be-lievable.


  1. First of all, I love the German past participles! Love love love.
    I also love love love Edward Sharpe. Did you know that?
    And that parfait looks yummy! What are chia seeds?

  2. I did know that! You introduced me during our thrift store outing...

    Chia seeds are exactly what you put on a chia pet. Except for eating, you soak them in a liquid, and then they get all gooey and delicious, like tapioca.


Thanks for making me smile. =)