Use Your Words - Crazy Shakes

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once, and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now. My words are:

Afloat ~ bubble ~ domino ~ frighten ~ nod 

They were submitted by: Wandering Web Designer  - Thank you, Rena!

Our summer break is over. As every year, with only four weeks off, our area has the shortest school break in Switzerland, and actually in the world, along with South Korea. On the plus side South Korea's students apparently produce excellent academic results when it comes to PISA rankings. This is attributed to the fact that kids are able to memorize their math during their break. This seems to be a major problem in countries that let their kids be off school for six to eight or even more weeks at a time like the U.S. or France. 

Everything in life has two sides, though. Looks like too much studying doesn't make the kids happy, go figure.

Colin spent one out of his four weeks at hockey camp. 

When he came back, it was mostly raining. In the mornings we had thick fog, and I was secretly rejoicing about the early start of fall.

More downpour caused bad damages in some areas. Wooden roofs were hit by hail so hard that they collapsed! There was precipitation to the point that water of lakes overflowed their banks and made their way down the streets, carrying along whatever was in the way: deck chairs, plastic containers, even cars.

Luckily around here, we managed to stay afloat. 

I usually feel that I live in an area that is free of natural disasters. This development, however, makes me really frightened

We put on our big kids' pants, warm sweaters and waterproof shoes, got out and did some stuff. Like having lunch at Black Tap. Yes, one of the two Swiss locations is in Zurich, and Colin likes their Impossible Burger patty. So we go to a burger restaurant to order the vegan option, haha.

"Room for dessert?" the friendly waiter asked. 

I wanted to nod enthusiastically. What's on the menu?

"Crazy Shakes"

I admit, they look super pretty, and they contain any candy your heart may desire and more. But hey, I just had a burger. With fries. I don't think I can handle 1,600 more calories. Cause that's how much one of this sweet treats contains. The equivalent of eleven cans of coke. Or 13 oz of brownies. Or 18 Reese's PB Cups. 

Am I getting old, or are food trends getting weirder?

Buttered saltine crackers, Bubble Tea, Kombucha and Seltzer. 

It's not just individual foods or beverages though. 

Since the pandemic, entire trendy "categories" have been developing, such as pantry meals,  anything sourdough, or mental health cooking. Don't have this confused with comfort food though. Mental health food does not include Domino's Pizza and brownies. Quite the opposite: 

  • Plants, whole grains (for some delightful reasons corn tortillas seem to qualify!), 
  • Cold-water fish, such as salmon (which intake I have to increase anyway - who knew I had a Vitamin D deficiency?)
  • Berries, I do love fresh berries, if only they weren't so perishable.
  • Nuts, especially walnut (so maybe if you make it walnut brownies? I think I could get behind this) 

Enough of the food. Want to know what's ironic? 

Back to school was on Monday. On this exact day, summer returned. Or should I say, summer started. Blue sky, sunshine, temps in the low 90s. That's in Switzerland. Poor Italians are getting up to 118°F. 

You've got to be kidding me.

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  1. I have a sweet tooth, always have, but those shakes are too much, even for me.
    Hope Colin has a great school year.

  2. Yikes! Those shakes are just diabetes in a cup! Now I want one! Fads are just SO interesting, aren't they?
    I wish we could have just a little bit of your rain. Just a little bit...
    Have a great school year, Colin!

  3. I perfer to make my own shakes so not packed with sugar

  4. Can't imagine consuming that many calories in one shake! Buttered crackers aren't new , but they say everything old becomes new again, sometime. Weather has been extreme pretty much everywhere this year. Glad you didn't suffer any damage!

  5. I was thinking of you and your family during the flooding we've been seeing on TV. I said a prayer to keep you safe. We've had the same thing here while the west is on fire as usual! Climate change is definitely real! Colin has gotten so big!


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