Friday, December 9, 2011

Dear so and so

Dear So and So...

Dear new glasses,

You and I will certainly need some time to get used to each other.

not sure if I like you
Dear The Body Shop,

putting samples of anti aging creme into my shopping bag did not make me a satisfied customer.

honestly, I did not know I look THAT old yet :/
Dear bouncer,

you totally made my night, when you asked for my ID.

underage at heart
Dear lab report,

get yourself done, pretty please?

tooo much on my plate
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

The days are dragging but the weeks are flying by...

That's how it feels these days.
Time runs by and somehow it is December now.
Christmas is fast approaching.
That's why I decided to give my blog a touch of Christmas.
This time I used another page for a premade layout.

Go check her out, if you don't already know her! :)

I am so busy, I can't remember on Friday what I did on Monday some weeks.
There are a lot of "last"s now.
Yesterday I had my last lecture on a Saturday!
(there is still the exam but I don't have to sit there from 9 am to 4 pm ever again )
We are having our last lab classes these weeks.
Tomorrow is the last practical for which we have to do a lab report... Kind of weird, I got so used to it over these past years. :)
But I am still really busy with presentations and stuff.
And I need to buy Christmas presents and attend lectures, then I have to take a 45 minutes train ride to see the doctor I went to before I moved and and and...

And as you can see, I lack in the blogging department as well but I do what I can.
Maybe I will be able to blog more often with the Saturdays off now.

I hope you all have a great week!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

pudding fail

One is never to old to learn something new.
This weekend I learned how important it is to always double check but yet trust your gut feeling sometimes.
I learned that the hard way.
I have to begin with the fact I am allergic to artificial sweeteners (aspartame for example). They work like a laxative for me. Normal sugar is OK but the artificial stuff not!
So I always read labels before I try something new.
Recently I discovered some kind of pudding.
I came across it at the store and recalled some friend singing the highest praises about it.
So I read the label, found no artificial sweeteners in it, bought it, took it home, tried it and was head over heels right away.
So so delicious.
Since I am always interested in saving money, I decided after buying the single cups several times that since I keep eating that stuff I could as well buy a bigger container, which is cheaper that buying the same amount of pudding as single servings.
When I put some of the pudding from the container in a bowl on Saturday, I discovered by accident that the pudding has artificial sweeteners in it.
How could I be eating that stuff and not feeling anything unusual?
I made the decision to eat some of the stuff and see what happens. Maybe I was unknowingly cured from my sensitivity towards artificial sweeteners?
I was not a 100% sure about that but I really wanted to eat some of the stuff, so I ate it.
Lesson learned, the hard way.
I learned that I should have listened to my gut that told me to stay on my route of steering clear of all artificial sweeteners.
And I learned that I am not cured.
Luckily my gut got the better of me and I just had some spoonful or this could have ended really nasty.
Today I feel much better already.
But this left me totally confused.
Why on earth was I able to eat that stuff without problems before?
Is this all just in my head?
So today after school  I went to the store to check the single serving cups.

Judge for yourself.

All three tubs say "Duo Vla pleasure"
The one in the middle says "Light pleasure" with the added stamp "Just 0,9% fat".
I assumed that the "light" stemmed from the fact that it is low fat.
I never had problems with low fat products so I did not think about it at all.
"Light" because of the less fat. Totally makes sense .
There are other products with less fat and I still can have them.
Milk for example. Or some cheeses.
But I guess from now on I have to double check.
The "just 0,9% fat" sign fooled me.
This will not happen again.
And my appetite may never again overrule my instinct.

Lesson learned!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

how to spend your Sunday...

if you have to do homework, you can at least have some delicious homemade fancy-shmancy coffee and a to-die-for spiced cake muffin (homemade as well) with it, right?
I tried a new recipe and in between I was not sure about the outcome but after the first bite I was head over heels.

I have a feeling that this will not be the last time I made those.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

unsolicited advice

I love the internet for all the great things you can find there, instructions for nearly anything. Especially for cooking related things I heavily rely on the internet. For example the other night:
I wanted to cook a broccoli. Don't judge me, one is never too old to learn.
In fact I cooked a broccoli before but it did not turn out the way I wanted, so I figured I would go online and learn how to do it right.
I could have called my Mom too, sure, but sometimes it's just easier to look it up online.
So I went and googled and found various pages with tips how to do it right.
I picked an easy one, after all I did not want some fancy shmancy  broccoli, just a plain one with some salt, just not too mushy.
One person wrote something which was pretty reasonable.
The comments were not that reasonable though.
It went from how he did it the wrong way, ten minutes would be way too long, blabla to how it would be better anyway to eat it raw.
I understand it's the internet and everybody is entitled to his or her opinion but if somebody posts how to cook a broccoli and one finds this by googling chances are pretty high that he does not want to eat it raw.
But the same thing happened to me in real life as well.
I was chatting with some friends.
It was summer and pretty warm and I told them how I bought a honeydew melon and cut it up and put it in the fridge and how I enjoyed it as a really refreshing snack.
One friend chimed in and told me how dumb I was to use a honeydew melon and that water melon is THE thing, how perfectly refreshing it is in the summer and blabla.
I guess if I wanted to eat watermelon I had gotten some, don't you think?

Have you gotten some unsolicited advice recently?

The instructions of the first person were just fine by the way, I did it his way and my broccoli turned out great.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Dear so and so...

Dear So and So...

Dear fellow student in my project group,

seriously?  Googling whatever I say just to realize that I indeed know what I am talking about?
The fact that you are the only one with a Y-chromosome in our group does not mean that you are superior to the rest of us.
May I remind you, that my program required certain grades to get in while the only requirement for your program was to have permission to study at a university?

sincerely, blonde but not dumb!


Dear project,

after the first meeting I thought this could be fun.
It is still nice but not going the way I would like it to go.
At least I get blog fodder there.

hoping it all works out in the end
Dear Body Shop,

thank you for giving me "Spiced Pumpkin" shower gel.
Can't wait til tomorrow morning.

missing the shower gels from the US

Dear public transportation,
really, no train home before 9:30 am on Sunday morning?
This is just not right...

might have to stay home Saturday night...
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

1. How do you take your coffee?
With milk. Grande.
2. Do you prefer soft or crispy chocolate chip cookies?
The soft one please. :)
3. Do you wear a belt everyday?
In jeans yes.
4. What is your favorite color combination?
I don't know. Orange is neat and greenish. But not for clothes.
5. Do you like sour candy?
Yes, I do. I think I prefer that over sweet candy.

6. How often do you do laundry?
Once a week.
7. Did you ever wear braces?
Nope. I wish I had gotten some when I was younger and it was free.
8. Are you good at Roman Numerals?
I can decipher them.
9. What is your favorite form of social media?
Facebook and blogs of course. I have a twitter account but I don't tweet much, I am more of a subscriber.
10. How do you feel about chin dimples?

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Dear so and so...

Dear So and So...

Dear Single Lady ,

here is to you and your recently earned degree!
I am SO SO happy for you! (and proud of you)
I still remember the time when you graduated school and decided what to study and where to move and so on.
And I remember the day, when you moved to your university town and we met and watched a hockey game.
Good times! :)
It seems like it was yesterday and yet we both have come such a long way since then.
Congrats again!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Dear so and so...

Dear So and So...

Dear former landlady,

calling me and demanding(!) me to hand over the key because the place "is rented out again and there needs stuff to be done", even though I  paid for the place til next Friday was so bold, I didn't realize how bold it was until I got off the phone.

Dear former landlady,

today when you involuntarily admitted that the mold problem stems from wet walls and not from how often I let fresh air in, I felt satisfaction and anger at the same time.
And some sadness because you will most likely get away with that...

sick of this crap
Dear employee at the local department store,

the store is open til 8 pm.
When I get there at 7:50 pm, I would like to be treated as a valued customer.
You walking away every time I approach you to inquire where a certain item could be found is not suggesting that my business is appreciated.
Trust me, I'd take it elsewhere if there was another store of your kind in my town...Luckily your coworker was more keen to do her job.

dissatisfied customer
Dear new place,


still happy!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Dear so and so...

Dear So and So...

Dear Mom, dear brother and dear friend,

thank you all SO much for helping me with my move.
Thanks to the three of you everything went smooth and we were done in a reasonable time.

REALLY grateful!
Dear friend,

sorry for making you drive me all the way to my old place to get an empty box.

I felt really stupid...

Dear former neighbors,

it's been a week and guess what:
I am NOT missing you at all.

good riddance
Dear new neighbors,

so far y'all seem nice.

Dear laundromat,

see you never again!

living in a house with a washing machine now
Dear new place,

I LOVE you!
I love that there is no carpet in here, the walls are dry, I love the workspace in my kitchen, my very own bathroom ( no more shared toilets *yuck*) and I love the huuuuge balcony!

totally happy!
Dear exams,

can you be over yet?

not looking forward to three exams within the next two weeks
Dear grocery store right across the street at my old place,

you are the only thing I really miss.

having to walk further now...
Dear empty boxes,

can you move into the storage room by yourself please?
I don't feel like carrying you down one flight of stairs, across the courtyard, and down another flight of stairs..

already exhausted
Dear single lady

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Dear asthma,

now that I live in a better place with dry walls and without mold you can leave me alone, right?

done with you!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

1. eat chocolate covered grasshoppers or this freaky squid thing?
The chocolate covered grasshoppers. While I really like seafood I think it is cruel to eat living animals.
I am not sure if it's dead or not. If it was definitely dead I think I would eat it.
2. never see another movie or never watch TV again?
Never watch TV again. I don't watch that much TV anyway.
3. be a superhero with a lame power or a supervillain with an awesome power?
A superhero with a lame power. That would still be "better" than the average people...
4. eat only salty snacks for the rest of you life, or only sweet snacks?
Only salty I think. There is one point when I had too much sugar, and then I can't stand it anymore for quite a while. Does not happen with salty snacks though.
5. never read another book or never hear another song?
Really tough because I love books. But there is so much other stuff to read but nothing to substitute music. So I guess it would be the book which had to go..
6. be a whale carcass remover or a sewer inspector?
The whale thing. Rotting meat does not sound as disgusting as wading through other people's sh*t...
7. have no electricity or no running water?
The water. There are so many things that run on electricity that I don't want to miss.
8. be a dog or a cat?
I think I would prefer the cat. Don;t know why, just a feeling.
Maybe because they are really independent, while the dog always wants to please his master.
9. always be hot or always be cold?
Cold. Because I can always put on more clothes but at some point I stripped down to my skin and then I can't get any relieve anymore.
10. be forced to watch all 3 High School Musicals on an endless loop, or the Twilight movies?
That's really tough.
I thing I'd prefer Twilight because they are so complex and there are more than the HSM movies which will make it a tad less boring I think..

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//edit: I just realized the wrong title...seems like I am a bit stressed...

It's done

My move is done.
I still have to unpack several boxes but everything went pretty smooth thanks to an awesome friend and my family.
I will write a longer post about the whole move and all that happened (because of course there HAD something to go wrong) later.
I am really happy with my new place and it is a real improvement compared to where I lived before.
And I am online again, I was reconnected with the world not even 48 hours after the move. Impressive!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011


Packing up your household all by yourself and preparing for a move while studying for exams is REALLY exhausting.
The past days it seems like I am running nonstop.
For example, last night I studied til 1:30 am, then I went to bed. I got up around 7 am, went to school, met a friend there and studied for 6 hours straight. Then I went back home where I am packing boxes since I got here with just one break in which I went to the grocery store where I got a frozen dinner, which is in the oven right now.
Then I went to the hardware store to get more boxes.
I've been there that often the past weeks, I don't even have to pay attention on the way anymore, I kind of walk on autopilot.
I have finish packing tonight, and do some reading before I am allowed to sleep.
I need to get the packing done tonight because I go to school to study tomorrow and then I finally get to pick up my keys around 6.
By the time I get home I don't want to have to pack more boxes that's why I need to get done with most boxes tonight.

I have to say I am not impressed with the fact that I get the keys not even 24 hours before I move in, but there is nothing I can do about it...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ten on Tuesday


1. What is your favorite brand of shoes?
I used to wear Converse all the time.
Now I am trying to get away from that and I did not buy one single pair of Converse since I came back to Germany in 2008.
But the other shoes do not show a trend regarding brand and so I am saying: Converse! They still hold the majority in my closet.
I just took this pictures a few hours ago, when I was packing up my shoes, so I figured I have to share it here. As you can see there are Converse in all shapes and colors and various states of wear and tear.

2. How old were you when you learned to tie your shoes?
I think am pretty sure I was 4 years old.
3. How do you feel about freckles?
I never put that thought in them. I think they are cute but I don't wish I had any or something. :)
4. I can count to ten in ___ languages.
I used to be able to do so in 6 languages. Right now, without looking them up I can only do three (German, English, French) but I used to be able to count to 10 in Finnish, Norwegian and Spanish as well.
5. What is your favorite store-bought ice cream flavor?
Rocky Road (which is not available in Germany. :( )

6. Were you in ballet or gymnastics as a little girl?
7. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?
8. What’s your bedtime?
It depends on what I am up to the next day.
Normally it is around midnight.
9. Do you have any jewelry that you wear every single day?
Unless you count my watch and glasses, no.
10. Who is the bug killer in your household?
I am. Since I live on my own, I have to take care of them. But I prefer to set them free instead of killing them. :)
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pumpkin Love

I LOVE fall!
The nature changing, all the golden leafs on the's getting colder, time to light candles again...
Well, this year it is a TAD early but well...
At least they have pumpkins yet.
I LOVE pumkins.
They are delicious and I am sad they they are only in season during fall, but that's one more thing that makes fall so special.
I know it's almost another month until it's officially fall but it certainly feels like fall already.
(Plus, summer kind of started in March too, so everything is messed up anyway)
I love all the things I can do with pumpkin.
On my to-do-list in the right sidebar it says that I want to try new recipes and I am proud to say that I cooked almost everything fresh last week (means no instant food or whatsoever).
One exception is the frozen fish thingies I had Wednesday but oh well, I am not Martha Stewart.
I was planning on sharing now, how I cook pumpkin stew but then I realized, I already put that recipe on here.
(edit: Ijust realized, I am using more water now, so this is more like a soup now, even better :) )
So, if you are interested in trying, just click the link and let me know later how you liked it.
But that stew is not the only thing I cooked in the past days, and I am going to share more recipes within the next days (or weeks).
It actually is so much fun to cook real food and not just open a bag and pour it's content into boiling water and then 12 minutes later dinner is ready.
I am SO looking forward to my new kitchen, where I will have plenty of workspace to chop up, mix and roll out stuff.

I hope everybody has a great weekend!
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Dear So and So....

Dear So and So...

Dear owner of my laundromat,

you raised the prices and claimed it was due to the fact that you had the same prices since 2006 and everything is getting more and more expensive.
Yeah right..The 20 new washers you put in this place do look nice though...

looking forward to the laundry room at my new place
Dear elderly lady at the laundromat,

I don't mind helping you operate the new machines, not at all.
But pleas do  not touch my face, knee and hand again, while thanking me over and over and giving me blessings.
It was just 30 seconds of my life, no big deal here.

sincerely, freaked out a little..
Dear pumpkin,

I love you! On my plate!

Dear cafeteria lady,

it's a really neat idea to put a little bell out front, so we can make ourselves heard when you are working in the back.
It is tempting though..

Dear Mom's at the bus stop.

you got two really cute kids there.
But you should work WITH each other, not against each other.
You should communicate about which snacks you offer at which time.
If I was offered chocolate and bread I would pick the chocolate, no-brainer...

former AuPair

P.S.Smoking while pregnant is a no go!

Dear weather,

get your act together!
Bright sunshine and thunderstorm within 2 hours is not acceptable

soaking student
Dear Starbucks,

why again is there no Pumpkin Spice Latte in Germany?

knowing the answer but not liking it...
Dear bed,

see you soon,

tired student
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Mom can fix it all!

Remember what I wrote about the kitchen sink yesterday?

Well, my Mom went to IKEA to pick up some stuff like a shelf which I need for my new place but couldn't transport myself without a car.
She will bring the stuff, when she comes to help me move.
She came across a pretty affordable kitchen sink and called me to tell me about it.
And guess what!
It was MY sink, the sink I wanted to have and which they don't have online anymore.
There it was in the store and she got me one.
I don't know why they don't have it online anymore and if that is the only store that has some left..
Now I will get the kitchen I wanted.
I am SO happy!!

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

everything but the kitchen sink

There is so much stuff I could (and want to) blog about.
But each of these deserve an own post I think.
And I don't seem to get around to write these posts.
Between studying and preparing for the move I barely find time for anything else.
I can't remember having so much to to the last times I moved.
Wait, that's not true.
Let me put it this way: I can't remember being that busy the last times I moved my own household.
I do however remember packing up my room at my host families house.
My friend came over and helped me and because we were such great AuPairs, we took care of the playroom too.
Of course my move here  kind of renders my "to-do" list in the right side bar useless, because there is no need to reorganize my kitchen if I will have to box it up pretty soon anyways.
But speaking of the kitchen, the kitchen sink annoys the hell out of me.
Everything but the kitchen sink is planned and organized.
Here in Germany you normally don't leave your kitchen behind when you move.
However if you bought cabinets and appliances fitted right into this special kitchen you can make a deal with the person that rents the place after you and they give you some money and you leave the kitchen for them.

In my new place, there is such a kitchen. However it is broken, and therefore the previous tenant will just throw it out.
This leaves me with the task of getting a new kitchen.
Since the kitchen I have now just consists of a sink, a fridge and two stove tops (this all will stay here though, I rented it with this place) I ended up buying a microwave and a small oven myself.
So I already have those.
The previous tenant will sell me her fridge, so I have a fridge too.
In addition I will get a two  stove tops thing like this . So I just need a kitchen sink.
And this is the problem.
I was in the apartment once and measured it.
The connection for the water supply is in a niche.
I found a sink at IKEA which would have perfectly fit in there, to the centimeter.
I put it on my shopping list which I made there for all the stuff I need for the new place.
When I checked back a few days later, it was gone. The sink was not on the list anymore.
Because they don't carry it anymore.
I was SO disappointed.
I had it all figured out and was really excited about my new kitchen.
I checked online and put in all IKEA stores where somebody could have picked it up for me but nothing.
I even went and checked ebay but to no avail. The ones that are on there are already assembled and would have to be picked up.
Plus they were not close by or anything.

So I have to bite the bullet and pick another sink.
There are some nice ones out there, that's for sure but none that are as perfect as the one I picked in the first place.
Plus, they are all shorter so there will be a gap between the sink and the wall of the niche and I yet have to figure out, what to put in there.
I am still looking forward to my new place though, even with an imperfect kitchen. But everything is better than what I have now. :)
In one of my next posts I will write about the move, why I want to move and how I found this place.
But for now I wish everybody a great week.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ten on Tuesday - job edition

1. What do you do for a living?
I am a full time student of the sciences, that's what I do.

2. What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I love most of my subjects, it's fun. And I get to meet so many new people. And I look forward to working in the lab and analyze stuff one day and get paid for it.

3. What’s your least favorite thing about your job?

The bickering and backstabbing,. Kind of like in high school.And that we have like 5 exams within two weeks sometimes.

4. If you weren’t a ____________, what would you be?

I think if I had not gotten a spot in this program I would still sit in my cubicle at the call center and deal with the daily craziness, while studying business law online.
I kind of miss it. The call center. Not the business law! :)

5. What is something that you would love to get paid for that you think no one would ever pay you for?

Travel the world. :)

6. If you could have any job for exactly one day, what would it be?

A rock star. Just to see how the crowd looks from the other side.

7. If you had to do manual labor, what would you do?

I would call in sick. Seriously, I have a bad back and I think standing in an assembly line all day or lifting heavy stuff all day would ruin me.
If you consider child care provider as manual labor then I'd probably do that.

8. What is something you were forced to learn in high school that was supposed to be super important, but you never actually use?

History I guess. I don't actively use it but I think it is important to know about our past!

9. Who was your favorite boss?  Why?

I am not sure. Back in the call center I had no real boss, we were a team and some people were leaders, and my money came from some other department.
I did enjoy that job though.
I think it would either of my two host families even though they were rather employers than bosses.
I enjoyed my time with both of them and we got along great.

10. Where would you rather work: Dunder Mifflin Paper Company (The Office), Wernham Hogg Paper Company (The Office, UK), or Initech (Office Space)?

I assume they are all TV shows I did not hear of?
I am not sure, I just now I'd rather work in a lab instead some kind of office. :)

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

1. Mac or Windows? (Or Linux for you super geeks!)
2. What drew you to that operating system?

kind of habit and the price
3. Mice – Wireless or Wired? Mouse pad or none?

I don't use a mouse at home. At school they are wired with no mousepad.
4. Other than the Internet – What do you use your computer most for?

picture storage, iTunes, writing lab reports, doing excel stuff, some html and so on
5. What’s one computer-related thing you wish you were best at? (CSS, Photoshop, Excel, etc.)

Would love to be able to do more programming. And excel at Excel. :)
6. Describe the first time you ever used a computer.

Back in the 80ies my Dad called us in his office to show us his first computer. And we got to play a game at which elephants (made of characters) had to be led into a fenced area
7. How often do you upgrade to a new operating system?
I don't upgrade. I use my computer til it dies and then I get a new one. This one here is actually only my second own computer ever. The first one I got when I graduated high school, when I moved out and needed one for myself. And it is still running at my Mom's house. :)
8. Are you a short-cutter (CTRL+C) or a right-clicker?

Short cutter.
9. Is computer-use a constant thing in your life (such as using it both at work and home) or do you get a break (because you don’t use them at work)?

My computer is my BFF. Just kidding of course but he has a huuge role in my life, I work on it, I spend my spare time on it...
10. Where do you think the world would be if personal computers did not exist?

I can't even begin to imagine.
People would spend so much more personal time I guess, meeting in person to talk instead of chatting.
More handwritten letters would be sent...
On one hand a nice thought, on the other hand a tad scary too...

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Dear So and So....

Dear So and So... 

Dear blog,

wow, has it really almost been three months since the last "Dear So and So"???

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Dear Mom,

thanks for having me at your house for two weeks.
I really enjoyed spending time with you!

missing you already, your daughter  (I will call you tomorrow)

Dear best friend,

thanks for having me those four days.
I had an awesome time catching up on everything, playing with your adorable kids and hanging out with all these great people.

your best friend for over 20 years. (wow we are getting old)
Dear fall,

well hello, nice to see you! I did not expect you to be here that early though...

wait, where did summer go?
Dear boxes,

pack yourself, will ya?

exited to move but already tired of packing

Dear all,

I if you click the button on top, you will be directed to the page that normally hosts "Dear So and So".
It was not put up yet though.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ten on Tuesday - Laundry edition

1. Do you do laundry all at the same time or a load here and there?
I do it all at the same time. It mostly is even the same time every week. I don't own a washer so I have to do trips to the laundromat and I try to limit those trips as much as possible.
2. What kind of detergent do you use?
Some liquid detergent called Weisser Riese, which I believe is Mr White or White Gianrt in other countries...
3. Do you use fabric softener?
4. Do you use dryer sheets?
5. Do you iron your own clothes or take them to a cleaner to get pressed?
I don't have any clothes that require ironing I think.
6. Do you like heavy starch or light starch?
No starch.
7. Do you wash all your laundry at once or separate it?
I normally wash it all at once, in one load. I only separate if I do my sheets  or lab coats which are washed on a much higher temperature.
8. How do you separate it? By people or by colors?
Normal clothes, sheets, lab coats.
9. What clothes get hung up and what goes in drawers?
Almost everything goes in drawers except coats and some blouses.
10. Do you use plastic, wire, or wooden hangers? Do they all match?
All of the above.
I actually don't care what they are as long as they do the trick. I just use what I get my hands on.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

1. What colour are your toenails painted?
They are not painted.
2. What colour are your fingernails painted?
They are not painted either..
3. What is your favourite brand of nail polish?
I don't have one.
4. As the norm, do you DIY your nails or get mani/pedis?
It's DIY now. Back  in the States I got them done thought.
5. Have you ever had a gel mani? Do you recommend it?
Nope. I considered trying one though but only because I don't have nice nails. Some of them are really weak and break pretty often. If I got one I would just let them look natural though,  no art class on my nails..
6. What is the last movie you watched on television? (TV, Netflix, Redbox, etc.)
Well, that's a good question. I actually don't remember when I watched TV the last time. It might have been "He just is not into you" or whatever it's called but I did not watch the whole thing.
7. What is the last movie you watched in the cinema?
Pirates of the Caribbean IV in 3 D and original voice. 

8. Is there a movie that everyone talks about as if it is a classic but you haven’t seen?
9. What is your favourite movie soundtrack?
I don't now, I loved the Lion King one. I have to check that I guess.
10. Have you ever seen a movie and thought it was better than the book it was based on?

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Monday, July 18, 2011

It's so nice being home

Even though I had a hard time falling asleep because it is so quiet out here and I need the wailing of ambulances racing by to fall asleep I enjoy this quietness right now.
I just took a shower with hot water for the whole time.
Now I am sitting here, dog by my feet, coffee next to me and wait for my Mom to come back so we can have a nice (late) breakfast together.
Life is good. :)
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Study hard, party harder...

...or so they say.
I have to admit, now that I got my life back after the exams I really live life to the fullest and am totally enjoying my life right now.
Last week I went to three farewell-parties.
This Thursday I went to the museum with a friend.
At first I was hesitant and just went because apparently I once agreed to go there with her.
And I am so glad I went.
We had a great time there. So much fun.
Afterwards we went to have lunch at a Japanese place where I went once before and always wanted to go back there because the food was so delicious.
But for some reason it never happened and so I suggested it, when she said she felt like fried noodles.
And we both liked the food there.
My highlight of the summer so far was the Papa Roach concert in Saarbr├╝cken, hands down.
I asked a friend to come but ended up going alone and still had a great time.
I made it to the first row and had an awesome view.
Papa Roach was great as usual and so were the support acts.
Yashin was one of them, if you want to look them up. :)
The only thing I did not like was that Papa Roach just played 1:15 h.
I booked the first train in the morning for the trip home instead of the last train of the evening because I was scared I would miss the end of the show if I had to catch the train.
Turns out there would have been plenty of time to catch that train.
Since I bought a special offer I was bound to the certain train at 3:48 am. I could have changed the ticket but that would have cost me at least 20 Euros.
So I sucked it up and spent 5 hours at the station. First I was at Burger King. They have two levels there and I sat upstairs, had a very late dinner and read my book. When I came back down they had already locked the doors. *oops*
But they were really nice and I was able to leave. :)
Then I went to the waiting hall in the station and sat there.
After an hour or so, the federal police showed up and asked me where I was going,
After I told them they said it was OK if I wanted to stay here but the station would be locked up for some hours and I would not be able to leave.
That was fine with me, since I had no intentions to go anywhere. :)
So I kind of slept there for some hours, then got on the train, dozed there, changed trains, dozed some more and was home by 8:30 am. :)
I went to bed and slept some more hours.
Really exhausting but totally worth it.
Yesterday I went to a barbecue.
It was really fun and turned into a night long pub crawl.
I left the house around 4:30 pm and figured I would be home by midnight, but then it was 6 am by the time got home.
Those spontaneous outings sometimes are the best.
Fun times with great people.

But I think I did enough partying for now.
I need a break.
Tomorrow I am going home to my Mom's house for two weeks and will relax there.
A much needed break before I come back to study more for the exams in September.
Planned are some outings with my Mom, maybe a trip to the beach, barbecues with the family... Can't wait.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


...yesterday we had the last class in this semester.
It was on a Wednesday since today is a holiday in my part of Germany and nobody wants to go to school on Friday.
I spent this nice holiday studying.
Well, most of the time.
We have exams coming up, the first one on Monday.
Obviously I am pretty busy.
So I just made a list of stuff which I will do after the exam, to look forward to.
You can find it in the right sidebar.
This list might be extended during the next days though.

Do you have any suggestions what I really HAVE to do after the exams? ;)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ten on Tuesday


1. How do you pronounce the word aunt? Does your pronunciation rhyme with ‘haunt’ or ‘can’t'?
2. Do most of the people in your life know you blog? Or are you partially or totally anonymous?
No, there are not many real life friends that know about this blog.
Hi to those that do. :)
None of my family members knows about this blog.
They are just not into blogging and somehow I doubt they would understand the purpose of a blog.
I did share the address of this blog with some friends that I met online but did not meet in person (yet).
So they are online friends but I did not meet them through my blog.
3. When you grocery shop, do you prefer to bag your own groceries or do you like it when the store bags them for you? Paper, plastic, or reusable bags?
Since I live in Germany getting my stuff bagged is not an option here.
I did enjoy the baggers in the US though.
Normally I bring my own basket to the store or a reusable bag.
Bags are not free here in Germany ans I don't see the point of forking over 0,10 Euro each time I buy groceries and then I would have to get rid of the bag too.
4. Do you have a green thumb?
I found one sort of plant that does not die under my watch.
They live a long happy life on my window sill. And they even are still alive when I get back from 2 week vacations. :)
5. If you watch the Food Network, which chef/show host is your favorite?
I am not watching it.
6. Do you like to take baths? Do you take them very often?
I love to take baths, I don't have a bathtub though. Only one of those little shower tub things. So I have to reduce bath time to when I go to my Mom's house.

There I take at least one nice long bath per stay, with a good book and a cup of coffee.
7. What color are the walls in your kitchen?
Some ugly wood color, I don't have a real kitchen, I just have a pantry that hides in an ugly closet in my living room. 
The living room has white walls though.
8. Do you prefer to dine outdoors or indoors?
I love eating outdoors on a balcony or terrace. Since I don't have either at my place , eating outdoors is limited to stays at my Moms house or a friends house or school where we have a really nice sitting area with a lake.
9. Describe your ideal weather.
Actually I like all seasons, so there is not "THE" ideal weather for me.
10. If you could learn any foreign language, which would you choose to learn?
I would like to learn Spanish, that could come in handy in some parts of the US.
I also would like to brush up my skills in Norwegian (took one class but remember much) and Finnish (same like Norwegian).

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ten on Tuesday - phone edition


1. What type of phone do you have? Do you like it?
I am assuming we're talking cell phone here...
I have a Samsung flip phone. Nothing fancy, I can talk and text and it can even take blurry pictures. It's kind of outdated but since I am just a poor student it does the trick. I would LOVE to upgrade though.
2. How old were you when you got your first cell phone?
I got my first cell phone when I was 18 and got my license. I think I was the last person in class to get one. :)
3. How many cell phones have you owned since your first?
5 I guess but only two of them were brand new when I got them. My first one and the one I have now. The other ones in between were old phones from my parents which they gave to me when they got new ones due to their contracts.
4. How much is your average monthly phone bill?
I do the prepaid thing and every once in a while I put 15 Euros on my card.
5. When you were a kid/teenager, were you allowed to have a phone in your room?
No, we had one phone and that was it.
We even went without a phone at home for like a year when I was 9 or so and I had to walk down to the public phone to call my best friend who lived 3 hours away.
And no, I did not grow up in the 50ies, I am not even 30 yet, we just moved into the
German Democratic Republic right after the wall came down and well, it was a tad different there.
6. Do you like talking on the phone or do you despise it? Or somewhere in-between?
It depends on to who I am talking.
7. Do you text a lot? Is texting/talking while driving illegal where you live? Are you guilty of it anyway?
I prefer texting because it is cheaper and texting while driving is illegal here. I am not doing it and I don't answer calls while driving if my headset is not plugged in.

8. What sort of texting keyboard does your phone have? Touch screen, slide out, or something different? Do you care?
Just plain buttons after it's flipped open. And I am ok with that. I can text blind with my phone in my pocket.
9. Look at the last call in your call log – who is it? What were they calling about? Who calls you the most?
It was my Mom who wanted to know why I am not answering my land line. (I was at the store at that point)
And I think Mom also get's the price for calling the most. :)
10. What is the longest phone call you can recall having?
I think it was a 6 hour phone call with a friend back in the day.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

1. From your childhood, what do you miss most about summer vacation?
being so carefree and just reading stack over stack of books
2. Are you going anywhere on vacation this summer?
Not really. I will spend two weeks at my Mom's house and visit with some friends, but any bigger trips are not planned.
3. What foods do you like to barbecue?
I have to admit, I prefer veggies over meat: avocado, eggplant, corn (!!),  stuffed mushrooms
4. How do you celebrate the fourth of July?
Since I am German, it is no big deal here.
I think I have an exam that day.
I might have a drink or two in the evening while thinking about my time in the US.
5. What’s your favorite beverage to drink in the summertime?
water and cocktails (and coffee of course!!)
6. What movie are you looking forward to seeing this summer?
Hangover II even though it is already out I might have to wait til summer to watch it. And Harry Potter VII-2
7. In the car: windows down or AC?
windows down
8. Have you ever had a summer fling?
9. Do you wear sunscreen?
Of course!! I burn pretty easy.
10. Do you have any favorite summertime activities?
laying in the sun reading a good book, spending time at the beach, sitting outside late and chat with good friends..

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