Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
1) Family visits. I am super excited today because my mom and dad are flying in from Houston for a weekend visit! And if that weren't exciting enough, my sister and her boyfriend are driving up from Birmingham tomorrow. I am so, so, so thankful for both my parents and my sister and the relationship we have. The older I have gotten, the more I have realized that what my family shares is truly special. Can't wait to see you guys!
2) Modern Family. This show is hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. If you have not seen it, you are missing out. I come to realize that most of my "thankful thursday's" include either TV sitcoms or favorite foods... I promise that I do more than just eat and watch TV... swear.
3) My Family Tree. One of the things listed on my 30 by 30 list is to "learn about my 'family tree' and history." And while, I still have lots to learn... one thing I do know is that my family tree has deep roots... on both sides. Both sets of my grandparents deeply value the meaning of family... and it is for this reason that I was able to write the things I did in #1 about my own parents and sister.
(Noticing a trend this week??)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
5) Laughing Imposters: (noun) someone who forces a loud, false chuckle or cackle. This is often done solely to fool the people around them into thinking they are having a good time.
Monday, April 26, 2010
My inspiration for this project comes from the ever-famous Ali Edwards. She is genius. The goal is to organize my insane amount of photos in chronological order in my new American Craft 12x12 scrapbooks. Who knows, I may even throw in a few creative scrapbook pages. But for the most part I will just be slipping photos in clear sleeves, occassionally jotting down some names, events, and dates (assuming I remember everyones's names).
I have a feeling this project will take some time, so I will keep you posted on my progress. I would love to hear any brilliant ideas you may have on organizing photos...
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
I travelled two times to the US – twice for business trips and both to Duluth/Atlanta (so maybe my observations are influenced by the lifestyle of Georgia?) Don´t know?Americans drive very huge cars. Automatic ones. There is always a speed limit on the highways. The interstates are really large (Interstate 85 has 7 tracks in every direction – 14 in total –that's crazy!) They are allowed to overtake the cars on the right and on the left side! Every exit on the Interstate has an exit number. Their drivers license has an expiration date. The gas for the cars is very cheap. They have a big choice of fast food restaurants. They have free refill of soft drinks and water. In nearly every restaurant you have to wait on the entrance until the waiter will allocate you to a free table. In the US you have always to give a lot of tip (in restaurants, hotel, taxi). In restaurants at least 15 percent! In supermarkets they have huge packages for food (2 liter packages for milk, juice and so on). They often have nice offers in the supermarkets: take 2 piece pay 1. The staff in the supermarkets pack the shopping goods for the customers and bring them to their cars. The Americans don't do any waste separation. They have an air conditioner in almost every flat, house or building. The Americans do make huge and brilliant fireworks especially on their Independence day. Americans are really patriotic and proud of their country – they have national flags in the garden or on the cars. Americans are outspoken and very enthusiastic. Their lifestyle seems to be more easygoing.We Germans have smaller cars… we drive mostly cars with stick shifting. We can drive as fast as we like on our highways – there are only a few parts with speed limits. Our Interstates don't have that much tracks in each direction. We are only allowed to overtake only on the left side. The exits on the Interstates don't have numbers… they are generally called “Ausfahrt.” Our drivers licenses don't have an expiration date! The gas for the cars is very expensive here! We only have McDonalds, Burger King and in some big cities KFC – no Wendys! We have to pay for refills – (only McDonalds offers free refills – but this started recently in 2006). In Germany you can choose your table in restaurants by yourself – only in very classy restaurants will they serve you a table. In Germany the waiter and waitresses are always paid by the restaurant owner – so they have always a based salary. We tip not much and only when we want to give them an extra because of the good service. We do not tip in hotels and only a small amount to taxi drivers. We don't have that huge packages for food. Milk and juices in 1 liter bottles or smaller. We have to pack our shopping goods by oneself and no one from the staff will take it for us to the car. We have to separate our waste. We have laws for that. We have to separate paper, glasses, plastics and so on. We have 3 different cans for that. In private flats and houses we hardly ever have an air conditioner. In some offices we have one. On special occasions we have fireworks but not that brilliant ones. Germans are not that patriotic (maybe because of our history). We don't have our national flags on our cars or in our gardens (only when our soccer national team plays in world-championships). Germans are more reserved. Our work and lifestyle seems to be more strict.These are my observations . In my view, life in the US is a lot different to life in Germany.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
And we are still planning on opening the garage door Friday evening around 6ish for friends & family. Start getting excited.
Monday, April 12, 2010
I found this one when I was getting ready for bed.
Then this little guy when I was feeding the cats in the morning.
And this one in the fridge by the trusty Vanilla Coke Zeros.
Then, just when I thought I had discovered all my little love notes, I found one more in the silverware drawer. I love my husband... and all the thoughtful little things he does for me. So sweet, that guy.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I Am- ready for adventure.
I Have- too many shoes.
I Wish- I were at the beach.
I Want- to grow in my relationship with God.
I Fear- the unknown. I am working on this.
I Hear- the hum of my dryer hard at work on today's laundry.
I Search- for good photo opportunities.
I Wonder- what kind of mother I will be.
I Regret- that I didn't start blogging sooner.
I Love- my husband. He is my best friend.
I Always- drink tomato juice on airplane flights.
I Usually- go to bed too late.
I Am Not- very good at directions.
I Sing- in the car. Like a rock star. I am always good in the car.
I Never- cook. Well, hardly ever.
I Cry- when I'm overwhelmed.
I Am Not Always- perfect. And I am okay with this.
I Need- a nap... or a Dr. Pepper.
I would love to see what some of you are up to "right now."
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
- I would actually finish one of the many books I am currently reading.