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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
My mom and dad had come to visit with us for Christmas, though Dad had to work on the Friday after the holiday.
I remember that on Christmas day all I hoped for was not to go into labor, because we had just finished Christmas dinner. Our traditional Christmas dinner is baked ham, scalloped potatoes and whatever else we felt like making. Ham and the scalloped potatoes for dinner is a tradition we still continue. It is also my favorite meal.
I was two weeks overdue and the doctors said that if I didn't have the baby during the weekend I would be induced on Monday. I was huge and extremely uncomfortable, really ready to have the baby. I also really really didn't want to be induced for the labor. My Mom had two of her three labors induced and she had said it was very uncomfortable.
Like labor needs to be any more uncomfortable??
Well here we were finishing up a really good dinner and I was happy in my tummy 'cause of the dinner. I just was scared I would start labor on a full stomach. Then, when I walked outside and saw that it was a full moon, I just knew that I would have the baby the next day.
I woke up Friday morning and knew that the labor had started. Dad was up already getting ready to go to work. I told him that he would be a grandfather that day. I got Spousal Unit up and asked him to take a shower. We couldn't go to the hospital with out a shower.
He just looked at me like I am crazy. At times I am a little crazy, with some of my requests. But he showers and we go to the hospital.
Two hours later, the baby is born.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
- I haven't bought one Christmas gift this year. Yet. I am normally done the day after Thanksgiving.
- I am starting to get really excited that the boys are coming on Monday.
- I am dreading the drive up to go get the boys. Mondays on the Autobahn to Frankfurt are killers. Last time a normal 1 hour drive turned into a three hour drive.
- I am looking forward to going to the basket factory this afternoon. I want to buy two baskets so that I can fill them with American treats for the two neighbors' children.
- I have started to teach myself how to crochet again. I haven't crocheted in 30 years and felt the need to do something constructive with my time. Other than sitting at the computer for much of the day.
- The dinner dishes are still in the sink from last night. I guess Suzy left the building.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
1/2 cup cinnamon
Well, I didn't follow the instruction correctly. First set of ornaments, the "dough" was too stiff so the ornaments cracked. Second set of ornaments the "dough" was rolled too thinly. I didn't realize any of this until I took the ornaments out of the oven.
Well, they all curled up.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Small salary (extremely small salary)
Meeting new people
Extremely small salary
Dealing with the drunks
Picking up a trashy bus, after dealing with drunks
Dealing with people that possibly can't be pleased in any way
Traveling without Spousal Unit
Not being able to enjoy the travel because I would be working
Being away from Spousal Unit for possible lengths of time
Not being able to choose the trips to take
Drum roll please
And the biggest reason of all:
If I ever have to take another Rhine River cruise again, I'd pull all my hair out.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This is another market and the music here was also very good. Lots of wind instruments. And of course more Gluhwein.
Sons #1 & 2 will arrive in a couple of days to spend the holidays. I anticipate that we will spend more time investigating lots of markets and of course, Gluhwein.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Its a Creepy Crawler factory. Kinda like an Easy Bake Oven for the for the non Suzy Homemaker set.
We had one of these when we were kids. You would squirt the liquid provided into the forms and then "bake it" to make all sorts of bugs and assorted insects in various colors. I loved playing with this toy and creating new creepy crawlers.
As I recall the liquid was called Goop, or Super Goop. For some reason, lost in a dead brain cell, I started calling my youngest sister, Goop or Goopie. The name stuck in our family. I still call her Goop.
She even named her blog The Super Goop.
Talk about flashbacks.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
- They wanted to know if I would be comfortable going to a place that I hadn't been before. Yes.
- Do I realize that I can't make a living at this type of work. Yes.
- If there was any time that I would not be available, as in Spring Break for my children. No.
They then invited me to go to a couple of Christmas markets to get the feel of what it is like to be a tour guide. So this Saturday I'm going to Nuremberg and Rothenburg odt.
Nuremberg. The Hauptmarkt, which provides a picturesque setting and famous market for gingerbread. Nuremberg's star attraction is the Gothic Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) which was erected around 1385 but subsequently replaced with a replica (the original fountain is kept in the German National Museum. The unchanged Renaissance bridge Fleischbrucke crosses the Pegnitz nearby. *
Rothenburg odt. The building on the town square is the Ratstrinkstube and contains a clock which re-enacts the historic meistertrunk daily. According to legend, the meistertrunk commemorates the event in 1631 when the walled town was under siege by the Imperial forces of Count Tilly. On a lark, Count Tilly told the city that he would spare them if anyone could drink a tankard containing about one gallon of wine in one draught. Mayor Nusch took the challenge and was successful, and the city was saved. The clock re-enacts the event hourly from 11:00 to 15:00 and 8:00 to 22:00. Rothenburg celebrates this rescue each year on Whitsun with a festival performance, a grand army march, and a field camp.*
And next Sunday its off to Cologne.
Cologne. The Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom) is the city's famous landmark and unofficial symbol. It is a Gothic church, started in 1248, and completed in 1880. In 1996, it was designated a World Heritage site; it houses the Shrine of the Three Holy Kings that supposedly contains the relics of the Three Magi . It is interesting to note that the residents of Cologne call the cathedral "the eternal construction site" (Dauerbaustelle). They predict that, by the time the renovation of the building has finished, the end of the world will be upon us!*
*The town information is provided by Wikipedia.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Butter. Ready for Lobster dipping, maybe, but not for cookies. Melted thoroughly. The wrappers were empty. Not having more butter to thaw, I measured it out.
And refroze it outside.
The cookies took forever...... I am still figuring out the oven. 9 minutes, 11 minutes, they just aren't quite what I am used to making. They were flat.
Maybe I should just make fudge.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Main Entry: Suzy Homemaker
Part of Speech: n
Definition: a housewife who manages a household, esp. with enthusiasm; also, the sterotype of any woman who chooses a traditional female role
Etymology: from a doll of the 1960s
Friday, December 5, 2008
I was cruising the net a couple of days ago and came across a travel site that was looking for travel guides. I emailed for further information and gave short synopsis of my capabilities:
I read on the web page that Your Travel Company is looking for tour guides. I am newly in country and looking for a part time position. This is my fourth tour in Germany and while I am reacquainting myself with the European lifestyle I find I have not forgotten much of the country.
I am very people oriented and an expert in customer service. I recently left a position, held for nine years, that required me to interact with all levels of military members. One of my many responsibilities was booking travel arrangements for a training team that traveled world-wide to all military bases.
When I was an active duty spouse, I put together shopping tours for squadron spouses through out Germany. These tours included researching areas for factory outlet shopping, booking hotels, arranging transportation and finding good restaurants.
If I sound like the type of person you might consider for a tour guide, please forward further information.
Dear She Who,
Thanks you for your kind letter. We would really be interested in seeing you as a free-lance tour guide.
Have a look at the bus tours Your Travel Company Travel offers their customers. You can find our tours online here: Link deleted for all sorts of reasons.
If you have been on group tours before, please let us know which ones and what your experiences have been.
Do you have an outgoing personality? Do you love to do new things?
Please let us know if you feel you meet the following qualifications:
1. You like to travel with groups of people and share your knowledge about history, culture and destinations.
2. You can speak enough German to converse with German bus drivers, Polizei and some vendors on location. (Or you will learn the language quickly as you go along!)
3. You are available weekdays and weekends for Your Travel Company tours that you will be scheduled for.
4. You realize that you can’t “make a living” being a tour guide, but have fun and make a little money on the side.
5. You are willing to have a German small business ID and a German business registration number to work as a “free lance” tour guide for Your Travel Company .
6. You will provide your own medical/liability insurance to cover your work as a “free lance” tour guide. (Your Travel Company can give you information on this.)
If you are willing to do tours for us under these conditions, and learn the Your Travel Company Tours with us, please contact us for more information on becoming part of our team!
Maybe My New Boss
Ms. Maybe My New Boss,
I read the information in your email and feel that I meet the requirements for a free lance position. I speak some German, though not at a conversational level at the moment. I have not conversed in German for 16 years, so it is a little rusty.
I enjoy people and interact well in groups. I studied European history in college and was privileged to be able to visit many of the locations I studied.
I am in Germany for this fourth tour because I urged my husband to apply for his position because I was ready for more adventures. I am available for days and weekends.
I am interested in meeting at your convenience, to further discuss this exciting possibility for freelancing.
Dear Mrs. She Who,
Thanks for your fast response! We’d love to meet with you and see what your impressions are. Can you come in to Your Travel Company Travel on Tuesday, 9 December at 10:30?
My colleague, Roxanne, and I would like to sit down and answer any questions you may have at that time.
Please let us know.
Maybe I will soon have a job, travel, and have some adventures. I'll keep you posted.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
My handsome, long suffering husband, Spousal Unit. He, being always the gentleman waits patiently for the possibility of a sliver of pie.
Friday, November 28, 2008
The Munchkins. I asked them to give me their best silly faces. They complied and then said to stop taking pictures 'cause they were hungry. Something about getting back into the kitchen and finishing the cooking.
Ah... here we have very happy Munchkins. FOOD. The German fest table is just the right size for the Munchkins. Normally the fest tables hold very large mugs of beer. I am really glad the Munchkins didn't ask for the usual.
Oh and lest we forget. The boys must have their toys. I guess the Thanksgiving day game isn't on yet.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I am thankful that I am finally here with Spousal Unit.
I am thankful that I have new found friends with whom we will spend the holiday.
I am thankful that I have old friends who invited my boys to spend the day with them.
I am thankful that even though I no longer have a job, we are not suffering.
I am thankful that I have wood for my stove.
I am thankful that if I can't get the stove lit I can to turn up the electricity if desired.
I am thankful to be given the opportunity to have new adventures in my life.
I am thankful that Spousal Unit, after almost 30 years still want to be a part of those adventures.
I am thankful.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here in Germany, on the bases, grabbing a parking spot is a learned talent. On most days it pays to get to where ever you are going as soon as the store opens, or even prior to the opening, just to get a parking spot.
If the possibility of an early arrival is not feasible, you learn to lurk and hover. You drive slowly around the lot and wait for a shopper to come out of the store. Follow the shopper to the parked car, put on the turn signal and wait till all the purchases are loaded and the shopper pulls out. Quickly pull into the newly vacated spot before someone steals the spot and proceed on about your business.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, every spouse in this corner of the world was there. Hence the crammed lot.
I just needed to pick up a few things. I really should know by now not to go to the grocery store when I am hungry. I just needed some Fritos scoops and a couple cans of chili (chili cheese dip) for a dish that I am making for the potluck luncheon tomorrow.
Well, once there I picked up the finishing touches for the day after Thanksgiving dinner I am making Spousal Unit. We are invited to spend the actual holiday with new found friends. But I want leftovers. So I am going to cook a full dinner on Friday.
I am making my famous coconut cream pie for taking to the Thanksgiving dinner, but felt that wasn't enough, so I bought some more eggs to make deviled eggs to take also.
Then I got a craving for my chili cheese casserole (totally different dish than the dip) for dinner tonight. Which meant that I needed to buy cheese and get some salsa fixings. You can't have chili cheese casserole without homemade salsa. I also needed to get sour cream for the tacos to go with the casserole.
You get the point. Everything kinda snowballed and we now have a very well stocked pantry and fridge.
Watch out waist I'm cooking again.
Monday, November 24, 2008
For the main course we both chose souvlaki. A shish kabob, grilled to perfection. The meat is pork and so tender and succulent that it had to have been brined. I need to ask next time we go there.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I meet with the new gal pals, usually once a week for coffee. I am unofficially the newest, favoritest, most wonderful Aunt "She Who" to their munchkins.
I am looking forward to visiting with new friends, good times, and of course...