Friday, May 17, 2013

Rockstars

When I was 8 years old my parents moved, and I had to change schools and learn a new language, which in kid terms means the end of the world had arrived.
 It was horrible! All the kids had known each other since kindergarden and didn't really need to make new friends and here I was, not understanding what the hell anyone was saying and completely lost. It sucked bad. Then something happened: I made a friend and after that everything wasn't so sucky and scary anymore; it was fun.  My friend translated everything people said by pointing to it and telling me what it meant in German and she never lost her patience with me. Our friendship lasted for about 20 years but then we went our different ways and that is ok.

I left Germany in 1994 and lived in Canton, Ohio for 6 years, where I met some of the funniest, nicest and down to earth people ever, and thanks to Facebook, we are still in touch (even if it's just to make fun of each other's comments and pictures.) I miss them everyday and often think about our time together. We spent half of the time pulling pranks and driving our boss to drink......the poor guy.

After I came back to Germany, I didn't really make new friends. I still had my oldie but goodie friends who, with the exception of Sharonda(fake name), were still as awesome as before.
When I meet someone I either think you will be my new BFF or I think you are stupid; there is nothing in between, unless you are just an aquaintance then we are good and we can small talk till the cows come home, but you will never be allowed into the inner sanctum of my awesomness. 

When I started fashion school, I met someone new who, very quickly, became a very important person to me, and not just because without her I would have never made it through school, but because she is the hardest working person I know and I learned so much from her it is unbelievable. She is the only person I know who has never thought she couldn't do something; she just does it and doesn't think twice.
 
A few things I have learned about friends is that you have to nurture your relationships, you have to take time for them even when you just met somebody and you really just want to hang out with him all the time.
It is easier to hang out with friends who have kids if you have kids yourself, because that way you can just take them with you and not feel bad; I am lucky that most of my friends have kids or that they like kids.

As I have gotten older my idea of what a friend should be has changed, and I myself have changed when it comes to how to treat my best buds.
We all have families and people who rely on us at home so if someone can't go out, we don't get mad -- we understand. If we have to get together at someone's house (so we can bring all the kids) to bake christmas cookies, then we do that. 
If someone gets drunk and acts a fool then, of course, that is something that we make fun of but we don't judge. 
My friends encourage me and tell me that I need time for myself; they tell me when I am being stupid or rude just as much as they tell me when I am funny or nice. 
They always take my side even if they secretly think I am being an idiot and, of course, I am always right no matter what.
 My friends make me a better person and I am grateful for them and everytime we get together we get so excited to see each other that we all talk at the same time. 
Friends are the best.
 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Luederitz Bucht

On Sunday, I went to a little place in Lampertheim known for it's steak and fish and I like me a good piece of meat so this got me excited. What I really like about this place is that it looks out over the water, which gives it almost a vacation feeling. You can see the boats driving by and feel a breeze coming off the water -- absolutely peaceful.






I started out with a salad, which was alright but not great; I could tell that the carrot salad was bought and not made and the same goes for the dressing.

The steak was really good and the potatoes were alright what I didn't care for were the tomatoes on top but those are easily taken off.
If you are looking for a good and reasonable place to take the family then this is a good choice. We paid 67,- euros for 4 people with food and drink.

Fisch- & Steak Restaurant Zur L├╝deritzbucht
Aida Gashi
An der Wormser Stra├če 41
68623 Lampertheim

Telefon: 06206 / 12913
 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sunday was not a fun day

Sunday is supposed to be family day, the day where you get to spend time together and do nice things that don't involve cleaning something or doing laundry. Christopher works 6 days a week so on Sunday he wants to go places and see something besides home, and even though I am a total hombeody, I go  and usually I have a nice time.... not this time. Mia has been going through a phase of whiny brat, that coupled with teeth coming in, turns her into the biggest pain in the ass this side of the Universe. I feel really bad for her and I try to make her feel as comfortable as I can, but after a while you start to laugh and make fun -- at least I do. It's that or jump out of the running vehicle. Christopher had the idea to go see if we could find an organic farmer and pick up fruit and vegetables which by the way he doesn't eat so I don't know what is up with that. We found this cute place in Dudenhofen that was packed with all kinds of goodness.









 
 I just had to take a picture of this plant and if you watch the Vamipre Diaries then you will understand why I did. In case you can't read German, it is "vervaine".

  

 
After we left and had the cranky pants finally in the car, she fell asleep for a blissful half an hour until we had to stop for gas. 


 
I even let her play in my hair so she would calm down, but even after she had me looking like a scare crow she was still a basketcase.

Teething+ cold+ growthspurt= Miss Cranky Pants

I forgot what this was like when you have to carry a baby that weighs 20 pounds around all day with snot running down her face.
Thank you, Motherhood, for once again adding to my growing supply of gray hair.

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