Monday, July 28, 2014

Being Bored

Whenever you have a plan in your head of how things should go or how you would like them to go, there is always a 99.9% chance that everything will be completely different.
Before I got here, I had the idea that I would have massages and have wellness mornings, where afterwards,  I would be completely relaxed, pick up my 'happy and excited' kid because of the day she had.
And then reality kicked in and I woke up from my dream.
Going to kur (cure leave) is not relaxing with kids; it's nonstop work and to be honest, I don't feel much different than I do when I'm home, except here I see a bunch of other mothers who look just as tired as I do.
Mia got sick here and I couldn't go anywhere with her. She isn't allowed in the water because of her ear so the ocean and pool are off limits; there have been storms here for the last couple of days so there are jellyfish everywhere and Enya is afraid to get in the water.
At home, I always find something to do and I always have the feeling that I'm not doing enough or should be doing something else.
This week I was actually bored a few times and it drove me nuts.
This coming week I added several things to my therapy plan like, oil baths, milk baths and, yesterday I started riding the stationary bike to at least have something to do and because I need to move my body more. I had been hoping to do yoga here but it's not offered and the extra classes are all in the evening like TaeBo -- I can't take Mia.
This next week things will be different; I will try to be okay with being bored.
We did take some fun pictures at the beach one day.








 

 
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Things I Learned

So this week has been a week of firsts and of course, things I've learned.

1) If your toenail is only staying on because you put a bandaid on it, then you probably shouldn't rip it off. If you go to the nurse to get a new bandaid, then just save your time; it's gonna fall off.

2) It doesn't matter where you go, if you are a person who gets bitten by skeeters then they will find you even here. And, they will feast themselves on your flesh and you will look like you have the chickenpox by the time they are done.

3) If you have a child who likes to run away every chance she gets, then the chances that she will take off in the elevator and get lost and cry like a crazy woman are pretty high.

4) I can get used to not having to cook but I do miss salt in my food.

5) I really miss wifi in the evenings so I can blog, get on pinterest, read my books on cloud, skype or play games on facebook.

6) I have always had the dream of having a house by the ocean but in this dream I never really considered the sand that gets everywhere, even in my damn bed.

7) I didn't know the sun could shine as long and as bright as it does here. It doesn't get dark until after ten and it doesn't quiet down till then, either.

8) I like the mochachinos out of the machine. They are probably slowly killing me but it's my highlight every night, to sit outside with one and try to find an internet connection.

9) My family misses me but for some odd reason, my in-laws and mother are cooking for the men in the family almost every night, like the men are a bunch of invalids. How come I don't get that?

10) Every person has their story. Some are sad and some are positive; some are dealing really well and some are hogging all the therapist's time.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's Rough

I survived the weekend with endless sunshine but it was tough let me tell you.  Sunday, Enya and I walked to the grocery store, which was about 4 km away, so we felt good for getting our exercise in; we ended up going swimming, too that day before dinner. Sunday night most of the kids went to the movies so I only had Mia to deal with, but that was enough because she ran away from me again and I had to chase her. I talked to a therapist and she told me that from now on, I have to stop treating Mia like a baby who can do no wrong and start treating her like a toddler that is acting like an asshole. This means I have to punish her instead of losing it like a banshee and running after her while pee is running down my leg and Mia is laughing the whole time.......I swear that kid is part Kenyan.
Today I had my first massage, and while it was good, it was also only 20 minutes so way too short to be effective; plus, it left me wanting more.








I am never coming home.....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Island Life

I have been here 3 days including arrival day; i have gotten my therapy plan and even had two appointments.
The first one was walking, which meant about 20 woman laughing and walking for 30 minutes. It is really interesting what the difference here in women is. The ages range from 30-45, so you have young moms with little kids and older moms with teenagers. 99% of the people that I talk to are here to get away from their husband.
Obviously, what the hell else could drive you to drink?
The other appointment that I had was a big ole pile of stinky dirt piled on my back for 20 minutes. I was really bored but I know it's good for my back so I endured it.
On the weekends you get to do what you want so I chose the beach and even went so far as to buy a tent so I could have some shade; I never thought I would be one of those moms to have a tent, but I am.
Starting monday, Enya and I have appointments back to back till lunch and some even later.  One of the fun things I get to do is swimming with Mia; I can't wait for that.
Today I managed to fall down in the ocean and cut open my leg, foot and hand and look like a total idiot; while at it, I also managed to dunk Mia even though she could stand.
  
Both girls are having so much fun here and Mia just loves running around naked and getting sand in every orfice she can thimk of.

 

Tomorrow is one more day of doing nothing much except going to the beach. This will be a nice break before my week of morning appointments, but I am looking forward to them. I also look forward to eating by myself since normally,  Mia runs away every time we eat; it's really starting to get to me, not being able to eat in peace without getting up 5 times. 

Till then

Friday, July 18, 2014

Island Poel


Yesterday we left on our trip for our 3 week retreat.  Hopefully, we'll have sunshine (the forecast says the next week is going to beautiful) so we can spend a lot of time at the beach.
It took us 8 hours on the train but both kids were so good that the trip was actually enjoyable; we weren't totally stressed when we got here.

We went to bed early and aside from getting up to kill some bugs that were eating me alive, I slept pretty well and both girls slept like dead people.


This morning I had my doctor appointment where they determine what I have to do while I'm on this retreat;  I ended up with walking and having some kind of goop smeared on my back and then comes the weekend!!!
Mia was in daycare for the first time and she did great; she didn't cry once!

Pros and cons:
Pro
The weather is great.
The food is ok; I think it shouldn't be too hard to lose weight.
Everyone is very nice here, and I have already met some nice women.

Con
There is sand everywhere!
The bugs that bit me left huge welts that hurt really bad.
The first night Mia ran away during dinner. I got really pissed because, by the time we found her, she was on the second floor.

I will keep you updated.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Donut Pillow

I found this really cool pillow on A Beautiful Mess and I knew that my Daughter would love it, so today I decided to sew it.
I used an Ikea mirror to make my template and freehanded the frosting part, but the next time I make one I will make it a little skinnier so it doesn't cover up the donut part too much. Being this is my first donut pillow,  I love it!
I used the fleece for most of it, including the sprinkles.
I think I am going to make a cream-filled donut next and maybe a cupcake; who knows. They were fun to make and the kids love them.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Things I learned

This week has been pretty quiet around here, but of course, I didn't use that time to get stuff done; I used it to get nothing done and instead layed around and played games, wrote my blog and did laundry.
So this week I learned a couple of things as always:

1)  I am deathly afraid of anything that is an insect; I was driving home from the toy store yesterday when I saw something fly through the car and I thought it was Mia's toy that broke. I thought a piece of the toy hit me but when I looked down at my leg I saw, instead, that  it was a huge-ass bumblebee.
I know that they don't sting but to me, if it flies, it has to die and if it lands on me then all hell will break loose.  Unfortunately I was in the car driving about 80kph so there was nothing I could do, except start crying and hyperventilating. Mia looked at me like I was losing it (which I was) while I was telling her everything is ok and that we will be home soon. Meanwhile, I am looking down at that fuzzy demon from hell, inching its way up my leg.
I drove home in orderly fashion, jumped out of the car and started jumping up and down so it would fall off but it didn't! So now I am screaming and leaning against the car yelling, "It won't come off"!!!! The neighbors probably thought I was nuts, but I didn't care at this point; they are used to me, anyway. I finally went back to the car, where Mia is ignoring me, and I grabbed her little pony package and scraped the bee off me. I am a total dork and I am aware that I should probably have myself checked out after this episode.

2)
I bought myself a treat the other day and yesterday after I took my nap and woke up in need of a sugar rush I opened it and stuck a piece in my mouth.
I didn't like it at all, even though I love sweet and salty but this was just blah; if anybody wants it come over, it's still in the fridge minus 2 pieces I had to really make sure I didn't like it.

3) I went to the grocery store really early this week because I have to share a car right now, seeing as the Dinosaur is broke down. As I was sitting in an empty parking lot waiting for the doors to open, I watched the people that came after me and I guess couldn't wait for the store to open because they grabbed a cart and stood in front of the door like a bunch of weirdos.
These are the same people who run to the front of the bus while it's still moving, get up and start pulling out their carry on while the plane is still rolling, and hit you in the back of the legs with their shopping cart while you are in line.
People, you need to calm your tits because everybody else hates you!
 
One of these people ran and grabbed 4 boxes of wine so I can understand that person -- she probably has kids -- but the rest of these clowns need pills. 

4) I learned that 150 euros are 115 Pounds. I had to get money for Joshua's school trip next Saturday at 3am to London. Yes, you read that correctly; they are leaving at 3am to fly out of Stuttgart at around 7am. Those poor teachers are going to be drinking by noon -- I know I would be. 


5) My child has now entered the stage of saying "NO" to every damn thing you say, do, or insinuate and it is almost as annoying as the people who stand in front of the store with their carts. I'm kidding it's way worse
It's so funny how that works: when you have bigger kids and then a little one comes along years later and you kind of forgot all the annoying shit that kids do, you forget about their unrolling half a toilet paper roll in the bathroom or washing their hands and leaving the water on forever. Or, my favorite one is peeing somewhere while potty training and then you have to go searching for where they did it. 

6) I learned that if you take a kiddie pool and cover up your grill with it for 6 months and then clean it off and fill it, your kid will have fun all day and make you get in it with all your clothes on.

7) I learned that my brother looks like an ugly Olivia Newton John in a headband and that he wants me to call him "Oh knowledgeable One". 
I think he will have to wait a while for that and I sure as hell am not going to come if he calls me Grasshopper. 

8) If I let Mia sit in the front of the car she wants to hold my hand while I'm driving; I really love that.

9) I like sleeping on the couch right now because I can blast the fan on myself and sleep with a blanket, which Christopher can't handle.
Mia likes it, too.
Yes I am reading Twilight again; I felt like reading a book in paper and not on my ipad -- don't judge.

10) I am getting ready to go on my retreat in 11 days, and I am starting to get anxious about packing and forgetting something. One of the things that I found out is that there is no Internet where I am going. That is going to kill me for 3 weeks; what am I going to do at night when the kids are in bed?

Sayonara People

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Chanel Lipstick

I went on a trip to Barcelona and my favorite purchase was a Chanel lipstick. I have always wanted a bright red lipstick from Chanel but I was never confident to wear it till now.
Before I left for my trip, I looked at the colors on the Internet and planned out which one I was going to buy so when I walked into Sephora, I walked right up to the Chanel display and put on the one I thought I wanted. But, when I looked at myself I didn't like it; that just shows you that the Internet can't replace seeing the color on you in person.
I ended up loving the next color that I got -- #99 called pirate.
One of the first things I checked was if it made my teeth look yellow (and it didn't) but I did need to get a lip liner to go with it in case it bleeds.  I didn't get one from Chanel; I bought a different brand from Sephora that wasn't as expensive. 
While I was in Barcelona, I noticed that my lipstick stayed on forever and always felt creamy without being sticky and leaving lipstick prints on everything, but once I got back to Germany I realized that it must have been the climate there because here it doesn't stay on quite as long and I do have to reapply more often. 

Very often when I buy lipgloss or lipstick, I have the problem that the glycerin in it makes my lips dry and I end up having chapped lips. With this lipstick I don't have that problem at all and it just goes to show you, "You get what you pay for".
No matter what you are wearing or if you don't have much makeup on, as soon as you have pretty lips you look put together, unless of course you have a rats nest on your head -- then you will look like a slob with lipstick on. 
My friend, Nicole, is wearing "wonderland" lipgloss by Dior.
I suggest that if you want to buy one then definitely go try them first to see how it will look with your skin, because the Internet just doesn't do the pigmentation justice of a Chanel lipstick. Besides, you might pick up something else you like while you are at it because you can never have too much stuff to make you feel pretty. Am I right?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Day 6 and going home

On the last day we were told that we had to be out of the apartment by 11am.  We could leave our bags with our landlord till we were picked up for the airport, so that is what we did.
We all got ready and went to breakfast at Jamaica for the last time, then we dropped off the bags so we could sightsee a little more before we had to leave.
This was in the window of the swarowski store that we weren't allowed to take a picture of.
We ended up getting the rest of the souvenirs that we needed and just walking around, but it was really hot on the last day so it wasn't as nice as it had been.
We went out to lunch for the last time, to get Arabian food which is not my favorite, but the place we went to was beautiful. That made up for the fact that I ate an appetizer because that is all I could find that I would like. I'm weird like that I know.





After we picked up our bags we waited for the cab to pick us up and take us to the airport; it ended up being only 10 euros per person so that was worth it to us.
When we got to the airport and got on the plane and even had our snack food picked out, we were told that we had to get back off the plane because it was broke. Nice -- when I told my kids to let Christopher know, Enya just left him a note telling him that my plane was broke and Mom doesn't know when she will get back.
 
After we got on the next plane after a two hour delay, we were starving again....

 
We got home around midnight, which made it a long day, but it was totally worth it. 

What I learned from this trip:
I really liked all the architecture in Barcelona and there were several things that I did not get to see while there, so I will definitely go back.  I think the next time I will have a place maybe in Sitges or not so close to downtown, because I did not sleep well at all and that is just a no go for me.
I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable everything was from food to taxi; everything was a lot less than in Germany.
It was a wonderful trip, where I had a lot of fun. As friends we became closer -- you can't share one bathroom for 5 days without knowing everything about the other person, even some things you didn't need to know.
I can't wait till next year for our next girl trip.
Bye bye Barcelona






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