Saturday, November 30, 2013


Thanksgiving was a very laid back, lazy holiday for me and that's probably because I didn't do anything except make the gravy, which took a total of 5 minutes. My sister cooked everything by herself and I just watched. I have serious jet lag which makes me a little sluggish if I don't get out of the house so if I lay around I feel totally worthless. The morning started out with our doing our nails with 10 pounds of glitter that came off all day long.

We watched T.V and snacked all day till it was time to eat dinner and then pigged out again. I was so stuffed I wanted to explode, but it was so good. 

After the kitchen was clean we got dressed and went to see the movie "Catching Fire".
I loved it but I didn't love that the people decided to go to the movies at 8:00pm with their small children even infants. It was loud and violent and these dumbass people have babies there.
We decided to head to Kohls, but after we saw the line that went through the whole store, we just decided to scratch that whole idea.
All in all, it was a great Thanksgiving with good food and great company.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Day before the Hunger Games

Since I haven't had a Thanksgiving in 10 years or longer, I forgot how busy and hectic it can be and how nuts everyone gets when they think they might not have everything they need.. How can you sell out of pie pumpkins? Who the hell takes the time to cut that fat-ass thing up? 
After running for my life across the parking lot, I felt right at home with the other crazies who were pushing carts full of food, flowers, and beer.
We started out our day going to breakfast in this little hole-in-the-wall with great breakfast food. We don't have anything like this in Germany so I have to take advantage when I get the chance.
Later on that day after looking at 5000 Christmas ornaments, we went to watch Jolie ride her favorite horse Charlie. Charliehorse!!! Get it?
That kids legs are as long as Charlie's and just as skinny.

In the evening we watched mean tweets and hashtag videos on youtube and baked cookies, which was interesting, because Dan ate our hazelnuts and we didn't have enough for the cookies so they looked like little piles of poop. It is called improvised baking and we were masters last night.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving so we will be as busy as a one-armed paper hanger.
Talk to you tomorry . . .

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In the Land of Round Doorknobs

My flight to the states was very uneventful which is always a good thing because the alternative is usually enough to push me over the edge and ain't nobody got time for that. I watched a ton of movies and listened to music until the weird dinner came and then just thought about what I would do once I got to the states.  
Arriving in Dallas was as chaotic as I remember it being and surprisingly, crappy weather-wise with very cloudy skies; what I didn't know was that Dallas had cancelled loads of flights because of bad weather but as you can see there was no snow anywhere.
I had my times all mixed up so instead of a an additional 2 hour flight it was only a 1 hour flight to NM filled with the pilot's fun facts about Thanksgiving, including that the Israelis eat the most turkey. Everyone is a comedian but Captain Willy was kind of funny so I was entertained.
The next morning we started out with pedicures, which was hilarious because every time I go somewhere with my sister it ends up being a total adventure.
Not only did I get fabulous nails but I also ripped out the coat rack and flipped my styrofoam flips flops over and almost fell in the store. I didn't realize that I would have to wear these ridiculous shoes because the nice little Asian lady didn't want me to put on my socks. Of course that went well. Have I mentioned that I already fell out of the truck getting in? I am a danger to myself and if you are too close to me also to others.

 I went outside like this. If the Germans could see me now they would have a kannipschen.
After shopping, shopping and eating we had to take Winnie the Diva Dog to the vet to have her ears checked ,which she did not take kindly to.
After the kids came home from school we hung around the house a little bit and then went to have hamburgers at a place called Fve Guys. At first I was confused because I don't usually like places where I have to get my own food (shut up I am spoiled!) but these burgers and fries were really good.

These kids are killing me......they are just like their Auntie. I laugh just watching them being silly and looking at Jolie is like looking in a mirror.

This poor kid had to look at nail polish with me but he did it and was very helpful; I have never seen him in a bad mood.
Joshua made me promise him that I would go to Walmart so I made Sam take a picture of us there, which is funny because the only thing that you can see is the Walmart logo.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Going to America

In a couple of days I am leaving for "Merica" to visit my sister and I am not ready! I have a really long list of stuff to do so the first thing I did was nothing. I did absolutely nothing that I needed to do except  laundry and now I have to do everything tomorrow. I like to feel the slight tickle of panic when it is of my own doing, and not because the consulate waited to send my passport and it didn't get here till today. That was not fun, but the self inflicted stuff is fun. This is the first time that I am visiting my sister since Joshua was 3 years old because whenever I did get a chance to go to the states, I would always visit my dad.

I am looking forward to the flight where I can hopefully catch up on my movies and magazines and buy touristy stuff at the airport, even though it is a long-ass flight.  I am looking forward to being alone among 300 strangers; at least they don't want to go pee with me.

I don't want to complain about my kids because I do love them like crazy, but this week I had to wash peed on bedclothes 3 times and I am over that shit let me tell you.  Mia figured out how to take off all her clothes, including her diaper.

I am looking forward to not having the discussions everyday about whether or not Enya cleaned out her bookbag and got the food out of it, or whether or not she wrote down her homework and plans on doing it without me sitting next to her for 2 hours, which, FYI, she doesn't.
I guess the newness of being in middle school wore off and she thinks "*uck it", and I was hoping she would turn it all around but then again this comes from the kid who replies to an "I love you" with "thank you".

If this sounds like I am happy to leave my mom duties behind me for the first time in two years, then you would be right? I am!
I think everyone around here is ready for Mom to get away for a week, even if they don't realize it quite yet.  They will happy when they see me in a better mood after a kids-free week.
I will start writing about my trip on Tuesday because Monday will be spent traveling and I won't have wifi so I have to wait till I am in New Mexico.
Catch ya later,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ask me if I care?

Yesterday, I started bawling like an idiot when I heard Tennessee Waltz on the radio because it reminded me of the first song I learned on the keyboard when I lived with my dad. Ask me if I care that my husband didn't know what hit him when, one minute I was laughing and the next I was crying in the dish towel.

Today, I went to the store and after I had my cart full and was checking out, I realized I had forgotten my debit card at home and was short by 3 Euros. I told the lady to take it back till I reached 20 euros. Ask me if I care that the checkout lady was embarrassed for me when I wasn't.  Two months ago I would have been mortified but today I think to myself, "It could be worse."

I haven't blogged in two weeks; instead, I did other stuff:  "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

I am flying to the states to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and to shop and bake with my niece.  Ask me if I give a damn that I will be jet lagged from flying for 16 hours and having a time difference of 8 hours.  Hell No!!! It's totally worth it.

I already baked my Christmas cookies and I can't stop eating them. Ask me if I care that I have no self control.  I do, actually, but oh well.

I am working out again and instead of feeling great, I got a tension headache that lasted two days. Ask me if I care!

I got this new outfit from the Fairy Godmother of cute clothes, aka Oma Beloli.
Ask me if I care that the festering cold sore on my lip matched my shirt.

I had a whole post done with pictures and I forgot to save it so its a goner. I just said screw it.
There you have it; sometimes, don't sweat the small stuff.


Friday, November 1, 2013

End of days

The last couple of days have been busy, but I totally forgot to take pictures so you will just have to take my word for it.
Monday we went to a birthday party and it was nice to be around grown ups and get dressed up.  Even if I didn't stay very long, it was still nice.
Tuesday we carved out pumpkins and I took Mia to the playground 

Wednesday I had my ladies night, which is always fun; this week was a little too much fun thanks to cheap cocktails.

Thursday we had a bunch of kids over to trick or treat which is getting more and more popular over here.  I did my best scaring the crap out of the neighborhood kids. 
Mia had a blast running up to the door, saying "Hi" to everybody and looking at the costumes.
This challenge has been interesting but I am glad that it is over.  I don't know if I learned from it and I don't know if it's changed me or made me want to go outside more, but it did make me realize how it affects Mia. When I take her out in the morning she gets good and tired and is ready for her nap but if I stay out too long or go to a lot of different places she is really nervous and doesn't settle down at bed time at all. 
I am glad to get back to posting regular stuff again and with Christmas coming there will be plenty of stuff to write about.