Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Blog Feature- Donnerstag in Deutschland

This is a weekly email that I send to T's parents about our slightly mundane and uninteresting lives. (Some weeks are more interesting than others.) It started out slightly as an inside joke in the family and now we've all taken it a bit seriously. I thought it might be fun to post these on the blog as well. Enjoy. (I most of y'all are not in Deutschland, but feel free to post about your weeks and your Donnerstags, Thursdays.)
Currently as I write this, I am sitting on our patio drinking a fruit beer from Belgium and eating a banana ice cream treat that has an edible peel. A. May. Zing. G-d bless German engineering. Overall it's been a pretty quiet week over here. Tuesday, Terry's squadron had a Commander's Call and since I'm Key Spouse I got to go. It was pretty boring especially since I speak Civilian and not acronym. He was nominated for NCO of the Month but didn't win sadly. (I was totally ready to take 101 celebratory pictures with my iPhone.) Wednesday, my boss was out sick and since I've worked there the longest pretty much, I got to be in charge. It was fun letting my bossy side out. We booked our train tickets to Paris but still have to figure out how we are getting back. By taking the train from a border town in France instead of Kaiserslautern, we save about 70-75€. Also Vera Bradley had a 59% sale yesterday so I was able to buy the travel bag I've been wanting for my trip in October for super cheap. Score. Today Terry took leave which means he gets to enjoy a 5 day weekend. There was a Stolpersteine laying today in front of 8 homes in Kaiserslautern so we went to that along with our Rabbi. It was very nice and touching but we missed most of it since it was mostly in German and we could only make out key words such as Nazi, Gestapo, Auschwitz, etc. For two of the homes, the children survived and their children came from France and the U.S. to witness it. Very moving. In total, we walked about 6 miles (and got a 15€ parking ticket in the process. Oops.). Afterwards, we got lunch and iced tea downtown and went to the grocery store. (The place we ate lunch in had a Hello Kitty gelato flavor and I asked for a taste. Hello Kitty apparently tastes like yogurt with a strawberry ribbon and white chocolate shavings. Wonder how they came to that conclusion.) Dinner tonight was salmon filets in a garlic sauce on the grill and rosemary-garlic potatoes on the grill. Terry is going to lose to me in a round of Jeopardy while we finish our beers then we will most likely head back inside to watch Royal Pains.

x's and o's,

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Loving Lately

Here are a few things I'm currently loving.

Mezzo Mix Lip Smacker-
Mezzo Mix is this amazing tasting German soda that is a mix of Cola and Orange soda. When a friend posted this on her facebook, I knew I had to have it. I bought this for 2€ at our grocery store and I can't get enough of it! I may have to buy a whole case of these before we leave Germany.

J. Crew Factory Warmspun Intarsia Hen Sweater-
How cute is this?

Vera Bradley Grand Traveler-
I am finally heading back to the States in October (can.not.wait) and since I am flying solo this time and don't have a husband to schlep all of my things for me, I have been looking at getting a spinner suitcase and a travel bag that functions as a large carry-on that has a trolley sleeve. I am borrowing a suitcase from a friend and will be purchasing a Vera Bradley Grand Traveler for myself before my trip.

Lego Salt and Pepper Shakers-
Our first winter in Germany, Terry and I spotted these in the Lego store in Frankfurt. I love cute, quirky, fun salt and pepper shakers and fell in love with these. I mean, you can stack these two! And they were only 5€! My husband being the party pooper said no and that maybe he'd get them for me for Hanukkah. By the time Hanukkah rolled around, they were sold out in every single freaking Lego store in the whole entire world. Way to drop the ball on that one. He frantically tried scouring eBay but they were going for obscene amounts on there. I can not justify paying $25-30 for something that originally cost $5/5€. I randomly decided to go on the Lego website recently and I discovered that they are back baby!!! Can't wait until they get here.

this adorable Ibis commercial-

Ibis, a European budget hotel chain, put out this commercial recently. They put 30 bunnies in a room on the top floor of their London hotel and filmed them just being cute and doing bun-ish things on top of a fluffy bed. I dare you to watch this without saying "awwwwwwwwwwwww." It really does make me want to stay in an Ibis now.

New York State Necklace from Prep Obsessed-
When I first saw that Prep Obsessed started carrying state necklaces, I knew I had to have one. In case the Lilly Pulitzer New York city Murfee scarf and bangle and New York Yankees baseball cap didn't make it blatantly obvious where I'm from, I had to get this as well. Can't wait to get mine. (If you would like to get one of your own or anything else from Prep Obsessed, you can use coupon code PGMW for 10% off your order.)

Monogram Salt & Pepper Shaker set from C. Wonder
I'm pretty sure this was designed specifically with me in mind.

What are you loving lately?