Sunday, January 29, 2017

Small Things

Good: Took a weekend trip to the Black Forrest, didn't see any fairies, unfortunately

Bad: I received my first speeding ticket

UGH: Turns out the dishwasher soap I have been using for the past month is actually clothes detergent

New: Took both dogs to dinner....

Yummy: Hirschgulasch (deer stew) + Spaetzle

Nice: Longer days


Wednesday, January 11, 2017


We are out to a nice rainy start to the year here in Germany. To me, this means coffee shop and mocha time! This presents a problem for me, since Germany fills the function of the "coffee shop" with their bakeries. Don't get me wrong, the more often I can stuff my face with bread the better, but sometimes on a cold and rainy day, all I want is a cozy coffee shop in which to enjoy my overly sweet chocolate and coffee mix.

While on the subject of food (tummy rumble), I recently went shopping with my dear friend, who lives on an army base. Yes, my friends, this means I was able to spend way too much money on things I NEEDED, you know, like Kraft mac and cheese, and saltines and peanut butter. It is a little slice of heaven when I walk into my kitchen and smear some peanut butter on a cracker. Seriously, if you only knew the magic of this: somedays when I am in a bad mood and another German Frau is giving me a lecture on how I am wearing the wrong shoes for the weather (true story) I just picture myself, at home, peanut butter laden cracker in hand.

With the rain and snow comes muddy, muddy dogs. I will not bore you with details about my cleaning regimen, just know that I may set some sort of world record for the number of times I need to wipe mud off the walls.




Monday, January 2, 2017

Well, another year gone. Hard to believe, really. We had a lovely Christmas vacation which consisted mainly of delicious food and Netflix, but we were also able to see great friends, go for long walks, and most importantly, just be together.

The fireworks at New Years were an intense experience, especially for our dogs who shook like dry autumn leaves throughout the ordeal.

I started oil painting again

We woke up to snow this morning, the first since we have lived here.

It is always a good sign when you wake up and wander into the kitchen to find your husband weighing butter. I was treated to some delicious baking courtesy of Zach this break.

Why is it so satisfying taking down Christmas decorations? I love the feeling of a clean slate at the beginning of the new year.

We are counting down the days until we go home to celebrate my brother's wedding

Happy New Year Friends.