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About Tatiana Richards Hanebutte

I'm a writer from Alabama, living out the latest chapter of my life as an expat in Germany.

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This selfie is from about a month ago. Due to my nesting instincts, my selfie spot is currently too chaotic to take pictures in.

Guten Tag, y'all!

Sorry this is a day late, but y'all--yesterday, I had nothing. I have a couple of things in the pipeline, but they're not ready yet, and I don't want to post something just to post something. But as of yesterday, I couldn't think of a single thing to write.

The reason? I'm pregnant! Seriously, that's my default excuse for everything lately, and with good reason. I'm bigger, slower and hungrier. I'm more forgetful than usual. Sometimes I want to eat a spoonful of salt. Why? Preggo.

I'm also in full nesting mode, which is so at odds with my desire to sleep fifty-leven hours a day. So that means I've been torn between rearranging the whole house and crashing on the couch. Although The Man has been doing the (literal) heavy lifting, I've been serving as the creative director of our apartment makeover, so I haven't had much time to work on my posts.

But never fear! I have a REALLY fun Dispatch post coming for you guys next week. In the meantime, I'm just going to sit around and wallow bask in my pregnancy.

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Photo by Kathryn Wirsing for Elle magazine
Photo by Kathryn Wirsing for Elle magazine

Happy Friday, y'all! I hope you've had a great week. Mine has been spent being productive--cleaning, painting and rearranging (yes, nesting is in full effect). I'll probably be doing more of the same this weekend, but if you're looking for something interesting to do, I have a few recommendations for ya.

READ IT

Everybody and her mama is talking about how good Sophia Amoruso's #GIRLBOSS is, and with good reason. I finished it on Wednesday, and it's definitely a book that I'm gonna be recommending to everyone. And can I make a little confession? I started reading Lean In, but I found it a little...pedantic. Too corporate. I'm going to finish it one day, but I definitely advise you to check out #GIRLBOSS if Lean In wasn't your flavor.

GO SEE IT

A few months ago I came across this stunning Elle photoshoot featuring dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Toward the end of the article one of the dancers mentioned they'd be touring Germany this summer. Hold up! Wait a minute! I've always wanted to see them perform, so how cool is it that they're in Germany at the moment? Now to figure out if I'm too pregnant to go see them...

July 15-July 27, 2014
Cologne, Germany
Kölner Philharmonie
Programming & Tickets

July 29-August 10, 2014
Munich, Germany
Deutsches Theater
Programming & Tickets

IF YOU'RE IN WOLFSBURG

The Allerpark and the Wolfsburg Allgemeine Zeitung (newspaper) have apparently partnered up for a series of family fun Sundays at the Allersee. The fourth of five takes place this Sunday, July 20 from 12:00 to 18:00, and looks like it'll involve a bouncy castle, football and more; details here.

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Hey y'all!

As you guys know, a few weeks ago we took a much needed family vacation to the German* Spanish island of Mallorca. While Germany got drenched in wind and rain, we enjoyed ten sunny days on the beaches of Alcudia. We explored Alcudia's gorgeous old town and spent a day in Palma, the island's capital. The World Cup was in full swing, so we watched a LOT of soccer (but if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already know this). I'll give you my thoughts on our hotel in another post, but overall, we had a wonderful time. Check out some of our pictures! ...continue reading

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alcudia-alley1 It's easy to accept that our 20s are years that ask. But what happens when you hit 30 and have more questions than answers?

 

Note: When I started TatianaInFlux.com, I had a feature called Dispatch From Abroad. It was basically a weekly column--sometimes silly, sometimes serious, sometimes downright philosophical. I tweaked the blog a lot this year and for some reason, decided to stop writing my dispatches. Well today, I'm bringing em' back. And on that note--Guten Tag, y'all!

"There are years that ask, and years that answer."

I love this quote by Zora Neale Hurston; don't you? Let's talk about it. So. It's clear that your twenties are years that ask, but as you approach your thirties, you expect the years that answer to come flooding in. It's a surprise that it just doesn't happen that way.

Maybe this is because as women, we usually--and at some point very early on--decide on a template that our life is going to follow. Finish school, start a career, fall in love, have a child, live happily ever after.

Y'all are smart, so I don't have to tell you that it's not that simple.

So many of my friends are entering their thirties, and instead of having all the proverbial answers, we find ourselves full of questions: Is this what I want? Is this where I should be? What I'm doing--is it working? Will I have children? Do I even want children? How do I find my place in a new city/state/country?

As I approach the three-year anniversary of my move to Germany, I find myself asking a big question: How exactly am I going to make my life here meaningful? Through a career? Through building community? I don't have answers yet, but I'm confident I'll figure it out. Here are some ways I've learned to deal with the years that ask. ...continue reading

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Hey y'all!

These are just a few pictures from our first official day of spring in Germany this year. Even though it's summertime here, there's no guarantee that the weather will act accordingly. Maybe that's why I'm posting these today, since it's so chilly. At any rate, later this week we'll be headed to a VERY warm place to relax. So I'll just reminisce until then...

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Guten Tag, y'all!

Unless you've been living under a rock (even if that rock is in the United States), then you probably know that the World Cup is in full swing. Since my son wasn't even one yet, and I lived in a state that was crazy about a different kind of football*, it's almost like this is the first World Cup for both of us. ...continue reading

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Hey y'all!

Here are a few pictures from a little daytrip we took in April. I'd had Sealife Hannover on my to-visit list for quite a while, and one Sunday afternoon, we finally made our way over there. I can't say that it was the most impressive aquarium I've ever visited (I think I'll save that designation for the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans), but it was a nice place to spend an afternoon. ...continue reading

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Hey y'all! Remember me? :)

I've been slacking terribly with the blogging this year. Chilllld, I been tired. Carrying a baby and learning German at the same time is exhausting, let me tell you. Anywho, my favorite way to ease back into blogging after a bout of laziness an extended break is to write a currently post. So, without further ado... ...continue reading