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 trees...it'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
Dear readers ,

click the button on top of this post to find more "Dear so and so"!

instant 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"???

ashamed, instant student


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.

instant student

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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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