Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
just thought you should know.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
(and no, I can't fly home for the wedding)
((and no, I don't want to talk about it)).
I love the Save the Date she chose for me me.
She and her fiancee searched high and low through various antique shops
so that they could send each guest a unique, vintage post card
with their date stamped on the back.
The special thing about mine is...
Kaitlyn and I have been here!
We went to Titisee in the Schwarzwald summer of 2008.
So many memories from that trip...
I carry this around with me in my planner.
''They are getting married on the 3rd day of the 18th month? What?''
Yeah... the European date format is different from the American one.
I forgot to mention that when I showed him.
Oh, cultural differences...
how much entertainment you bring to our lives.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
0: The number of winter days I have spent not wearing the above outfit
Okay, I guess that is a slight exaggeration and sometimes I do pull out the skinnies or those black high-waisted jeans I’ve been wearing on a weekly basis since 2006, but I’d say 5 days out of 7 it’s a high-waisted mini skirt+leggings/tights+legwarmers+boots along with the signature horizontal striped item on the upper half of my body and always, always a cardigan. (Not pictured: my token american apparel circle scarf in either blue, yellow or brown). Basically, someone could be me for Halloween and it wouldn't be that hard.
2: The number of days since Christmas I have spent not wearing my Steve Madden boots
This is actually not an exaggeration. One day I wore my Asic Tigers and one day I wore my Polish black boots (seen above)…the rest of the days have belonged to my brown Steve Maddens.
5: number of minutes it took me to get ready for work yesterday morning
I have to leave my house every morning at 7:20 if I want to get to school on time. I pressed snooze a few too many times, woke up at 7:15 and somehow managed to get dressed, brush my teeth, do my hair/makeup and put in my contacts in 5 minutes flat. I'm still wondering how this happened.
2: The number of women I’ve witnessed publicly putting on deodorant within the last 24 hours
I’m not talking about the gym locker room; I’m talking about train stations and school hallways. Excuse me? Is this normal and I just didn’t realize it?!?
90: The percentage of my students whose English abilities surpass my German abilities
Seriously, America. Germany’s school system is kind of a force to be reckoned with. You might want to think about this. (Although I still stand behind my convictions against the Gymnasium/Hauptschule/Realschule separations...if you're not familiar with German education, ignore this statement.)
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
piotr: how long did you cry for?
[the response i was expecting was, "what did it say?".....but i should know better by now.]
him: lucky you.
[it's okay, i don't get it either.]
me: sometimes i still can't believe that heath ledger died.
me: heath ledger.
him: oh yeah. he died, unfortunately.
me: ....i know. that's what i just said that.
him: yup. you were correct.
me: excuse me?
him: yeah, just like little jobs here and there.
me: cutting whose grass and chopping what wood?
him: just taking care of people's houses in the area.
me: okay.........um, well. i'm not sure if i can find grass-cutting and wood-chopping jobs for you. we'd be there for, like, 2 weeks, why would you want a job?
him: just to have some extra money. you know, for the bus and stuff.
me: do you think we ride buses in oklahoma?
him: why wouldn't you ride buses?
me: it's oklahoma. you can either drive a truck or a tractor. no bus.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My German students and my European friends are obsessed with HIMYM (along with Two and a Half Men - random, right?). Those two shows are all I hear about here. My friend gave me seasons 1-3 of HIMYM so I decided to watch an episode....../the entire first & second seasons.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
"Okay. We have a serious FITNESS attire emergency up in here. Girl wearing full-out makeup, a DRESS, tights and flats, catwalking around the gym....so disappointed in the human race right now."
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
I hate to keep playing the, ''This would never happen in America'' card, but let's be honest. You people confuse me sometimes. And I feel the need to address you. Because the things you do (or rather, the things you wear) are so baffling to me that I have to share them. I hope you don't mind. Also, I think it would be best if I address these ''issues'' individually.
So, to the girl working out in black skinny jeans, I want to ask you - Do you need money to buy proper work out clothes? If so, I probably won't give you any but I might give you a pair of my old sweatpants that have holes in them. If I can dig them out of the trash. Those would look better. Really, skin tight denim is not okay at the gym. It just isn't.
To the man working out in a polo shirt and khaki pants, I'd like to ask - Did you just come straight from work? Why are you wearing that? Why?
To the woman wearing jeans and keds on the treadmill - Are you aware that your feet are going to fall off soon? Running in Keds? No... just....no.
To the, um, plastic-looking (putting it kindly) woman on the bike machine - I see that you are wearing a bedazzled, studded belt cinched around your waist (which is so tight that I wonder how you can even breathe) as well as the ''diamond'' earrings so long they bounce off your shoulders as you pedal. Yes, I see you. We all see you. And no, we're not impressed. (At least I'm not, but considering the other people in this gym, who even knows what impresses them). Also, maybe 60-year-olds shouldn't dress like that? Just a thought.
To the young man chuggling a 1 liter Coca-Cola while on the Elliptical machine - You. are. stupid. When I drink my pure, ice cold, Alpine water after my work out, I will think of you and feel pity.
And lastly, to the guy running on the treadmill in cargo pants - you look uncomfortable. I think I know why.... it's because you are running in cargo pants.
Me (a confused American)
^^ and to think that I was concerned that this oversized, floral t-shirt would stand out at the gym.... when, in reality, i am the least of the fashion police's concerns.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I don't drink coffee or tea
and I'm not obsessed with cafes in general -
(I know, I know - so European of me)
so I don't love it...but Kayla does!
I do love the atmosphere, however,
and the fact it's on Getreidegasse doesn't hurt...
Anyway, it's no secret that I adore all things Salzburg.
And I like Cafe Mozart, I do.
But one thing I don't like about Salzburg/Cafe Mozart?
The Salzburger Nockerl.
This is the most famous dessert in Salzburg.
I mean, look at the name.....
Look at the ingredients, though:
egg yolk, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk.
You might be thinking this sounds like a great souffle
but I've tasted the Nockerl
and it's not great.
It's not even a little bit good.
Well, that's just my opinion...
but no, really - it's not good.
People always come to Salzburg so excited to try it out,
having heard a lot about it.
I know this because I was one of those people.
And, like everyone else I've talked to,
I did not enjoy the experience of eating it
(I think I took 2-3 bites and then called it a day).
But looking at it's kinda fun!
And do you want to know the history of it?
(Of course not but I'm telling it anyway):
Sometime during the 17th century,
the Nockerl was first concocted
by Salzburg's Prince Archbishop's concubine.
The shape of the dessert is meant to resemble
the mountains surrounding the city of Salzburg
(why yes, I do know the names -
the Gaisberg, Mönchsberg and Nonnberg).
The powdered sugar sprinkled on top of the dessert
is said to represent the snow!