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Concert Review: Snow Patrol in Austin, Texas

I have been lucky once more. I got to see Snow Patrol one more time this year. They were performing at the Austin Music Hall this week as one of their very last tour dates of their Fallen Empire Tour. I love their music, their sound and their lyrics. Though this was the third time I saw a performance of the Fallen Empire Tour, it was as great as the previous two I saw earlier this year in London and Cologne. I love the smaller venue and the Austin gig has probably been my favorite just because of this.

In the end, In the end
There’s nothing more to life than love is there?

[In the End]

Just take the hand that’s offered
And hold on tight
This isn’t everything you are

There’s joy not far from here, right
I know there is
This isn’t everything you are

[This isn’t everything you are]

These accidents of faith and nature
They tend to stick in the spokes of you
But every now and then the trend bucks
And you’re repaired by more than glue

[Lightening Strikes II]

Snow Patrol was supported by Jake Bugg and the concert was co-headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. I missed Jake Bugg, but saw Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. I actually and somewhat surprisingly quite liked him and his band. Their songs were pretty Oasis-esque, but that’s not a bad thing at all.



On being kreativ…

The other day I was nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Thank you, Terri Lee, for nominating me.

I wanted to give this nomination the time it deserved, so it has taken me a little longer than I thought it would. All right, and then there was work to do, runs to run, concerts to sing along to…

I did a little research on blogging and found that there are 6.7 million bloggers in this world who post on blogging sites (not including social networking sites). I found some stats at NielsenWire that I wanted to share with you:

  • Women make up the majority of bloggers, and half of bloggers are aged 18-34
  • Bloggers are well-educated: 7 out of 10 bloggers have gone to college, a majority of whom are graduates
  • About 1 in 3 bloggers are Moms, and 52 percent of bloggers are parents with kids under 18 years-old in their household
  • Bloggers are active across social media: they’re twice as likely to post/comment on consumer-generated video sites like YouTube, and nearly three times more likely to post in Message Boards/Forums within the last month

Now you may think, why do I bore you all with this?

I thought there were some interesting gems hidden in the data. The data suggest (not confirmed though) that the majority of bloggers are busy people: young professionals (assuming from the age range), probably have a busy career (assuming from education),  parents with young kids. But all of us find time to blog!

Does this mark a new development in our life priorities? Do we all want to express ourselves more, be creative along the way and make new connections, find time to find ourselves even?

Our age of technology has been condemned by so many as the age where people stop talking to friends, stop being creative, stop doing exercise, but rather spend a lot of time in front of a computer in isolation, not moving, not talking.

I don’t see this here. I see the opposite:

  • people expressing themselves
  • people sharing ideas and thoughts with many more people than ever before
  • people taking time to be creative and learn new skills (yes, setting up a blog and even writing are all skills)
  • people building a real community and meeting each other face to face (I have read a number of stories where fellow bloggers met up at a race. I hope to meet some of you too at a race some day)
  • people encouraging each other to get off the couch, to live healthy, helping each other through a sad phase in their lives…

Therefore, I think all us bloggers out here who are sharing real life stories deserve to be awarded for making a difference in our communities, in our lives.

Now back to the Kreativ Blogger Award and endless thanks to Terri Lee for nominating me and giving me a pause to reflect on what we are all doing. If you are not yet reading Terri Lee’s blog Run.Dog.Cat.Me, now is a good time to start. Her stories about well, running, her dog, her cat are hilarious and every so often she throws in an illustration (where do you get the time to be this creative?). 🙂

There are seven rules to accepting the Kreativ Blogger Award:

  1. You must thank the person who has given you the award. (check) Kreativ Blogger Award
  2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog. (check)
  3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award. (check)
  4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting. (done)
  5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers. (done)
  6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate. (done)
  7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated. (working on it)

(now you know why it took me a couple of days….)

7 things about myself people may (or may not) find interesting:

  1. I don’t like fish or seafood. The only “fish” I eat is fish fingers (or fish sticks) and I find them delicious. Why don’t they count towards my healthy seafood intake?
  2. When I was a teenager I used to run track. I wasn’t any good, but I enjoyed it. I hated long distance running then and every run longer than 400 meters was considered long distance… Who would have thought I would ever run 26.2 miles?
  3. I love reading. I love the smell of books. One day when I build my own house it will have a library. I have been reading for as long as I can remember… I am currently reading The 100-mile Diet.
  4. My first language is German. I was born in Germany and grew up there. My family still lives in Germany. I have moved around though, many years in England and in the US.
  5. I love all kinds of music. Music cheers me up. I think my favorite bands are alternative rock bands, among them The Fray, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Plain White T’s, Augustana. If I have a chance to go to a concert I will go…
  6. I have been thinking about how to make healthy eating a lifestyle. Occasionally it becomes really difficult. When I visit my family I WANT to eat my mom’s cooking. She is a great cook. Whenever I head out to Austin, TX ,I WANT my TexMex and my BBQ fix. I love chocolate. Now I am prioritizing. I eat healthy when at home and stop fretting when I go off the healthy eating plan for a few days. I hope I can maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  7. I want to write a novel one day. And that’s why I started this blog. Not that I want to write a novel about running and eating healthy. But I kept talking to my friends about wanting to write and they just didn’t want to hear it anymore. So I stopped talking and thinking and actually DID! One day, I’ll even make a start on my novel.

7 Kreativ Bloggers – In no particular order. And as I said above, we all deserve an award for building this blogger community!

MedalSlut – she made me embrace the shorter runs again

Right on Hereford, left on Boylston – I am living the Boston Marathon vicariously through her blog

Hungry Healthy Happy – because that’s how I mostly always feel: hungry, happy and healthy

Whittle my Middle – she comes up with the most kreativ recipes

Finding my happy pace – that’s what my winter headband says: “finding my happy pace”

Lill and Jill – they crack me up and now I am craving poutine again

Jog on Jules – even though she was making fun of my dear palm trees

Happy weekend! 🙂


The Madness of March

Somehow January and February went by really fast. Maybe I am spending too much time with my blog and having fun? Anyway, I am not a big fan of January and February (sorry, guys), but I love the promise that March brings.

Though this year I think it will bring more madness than usual.

Before we get into that, let me see if February was successful…

  • I ran 94 miles (just a little bit short of my 100 miles in January – but then the month was short 2 days…). Running was excellent this month. I discovered a few new routes. I ran with my running buddies.
  • I introduced weight and upper body training to my workout routine. It makes me feel much more balanced. Need to work on continuing with it. My legs, bums, tums instructor left, so not sure yet what the new instructor will bring…
  • I signed up for 2 more races in March and April.
  • I ate my 5 Foods for February! I was promised a flatter stomach by eating my 5 foods (flax seed, berries, yoghurt, whole grain, water). I am not sure if I continue to trust WebMD on claims like this… But without dieting I lost 7 lbs. Who am I to complain!
  • I cross-trained with Snow Patrol twice!

This list makes me feel good actually. February was a good month! 🙂

So, here is March. All hopes high!

  • I will have my first day of volunteer training for the London Ambassador program.
  • I will run a 10k.
  • I will volunteer at the Sport Relief Mile event and maybe rub shoulders with some celebs… Or just hand them their medal…
  • Half Marathon training is in full swing already. Only 6 weeks to go until the Edinburgh Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon.
  • A cross-training session with 3 Doors Down.
  • I hope to see a March Madness game, hopefully my team in the final…

My biggest challenge will continue to be eating healthily. I have done really well in February. Now I need to learn on maintaining my healthy eating. I have been experimenting with a number of recipes that you fellow bloggers posted and so far so good. Thank you all for sharing!

I still want to shed a few more pounds and lo and behold RW arrived at my door today. I subscribe to the US edition and it has a weight loss special. Guess what I will be doing this weekend?

Wow, now I feel so much more energized for March! Bring it on! Let’s make it another great month! 🙂

Finding happiness is like finding yourself. You don’t find happiness, you make happiness. You choose happiness. Self-actualization is a process of discovering who you are, who you want to be and paving the way to happiness by doing what brings YOU the most meaning and contentment to your life over the long run.
~ David Leonhardt


Cross-training with Snow Patrol – Part 2

This past weekend I took a break from running and healthy eating. Off I went to Germany to spend the weekend with my parents.

My mom is a great cook. Whenever I go home I do like to indulge in her home cooked meals and forget a little about low fat and low sugar. 🙂

I opted for an hour’s walk with my parents rather than a run and it was a refreshing break from my routine and great time spent chatting with my parents.

The actual cross-training happened Sunday night at the Snow Patrol concert (I kinda like their songs…). Some jumping, a little dancing, lots of singing along – and a weekend of cross-training was complete!

In the end, In the end
There’s nothing more to life than love is there?
In the end, In the end
It’s time for us to lose our weary minds.

~ Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol in Duesseldorf, Germany

Snow Patrol in Duesseldorf, Germany


There will be singing…

…not just in the gym.

I have been a little off topic this weekend.

This weekend turned out to be a full cross-training weekend. After the long hike on Saturday, we were off on Sunday to see Snow Patrol perform live at the O2 arena. There was dancing. There was singing. And without surprise, there was no voice today.

The run on the treadmill  – of course accompanied by Snow Patrol songs today – got glances from the runner on my left again. This time it wasn’t really my singing along as much as my crackling along with hardly any voice at all. But then he wasn’t there at the concert last night. So, I was the one throwing glances of forgiveness back…

We are listening
And we’re not blind
This is your life
This is your time

~ Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol in London at the O2 arena

Snow Patrol in London at the O2 arena