Friday, December 30, 2005

Back

We’ve been back home since Wednesday but I’ve been busy doing laundry, sleeping and going to get the second part of my root canal done!!!
Florida was great. Nice weather, nicer family and a wonderful Christmas.

I took some cool pictures out of the car. I like to call it Car Art.

The first one is of a Diner, called Angel's, we went to in April with my parents. It is really good.


Then there is a nice one of one of the many road signs. I believe that was when we were close to Palatka, FL.


And the last “good” picture is from our trip out towards Daytona. My mother-in-law is in front of us and she led through some kind of short cut.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas

OK. I’m all done and out of here!

Have a Merry Christmas and if I’m not able to post next week Happy New Year!!

Ready

We’re all packed and ready to go.
I just have to finish up here at work and soon I’ll be on my way to sunny Florida!
I can’t wait. I am so glad I got everything done I wanted to yesterday. And to top it all off we had a nice relaxing evening in front of the fireplace with some Christmas Music playing in the background. Just perfect.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Almost there

Just a couple more days and then I'm a whole week off!!!
It’ll be a little stressy tonight. I have to do some laundry tonight and pack too. The just a half day of work tomorrow and off we go!!!!
I hope that traffic will be OK and we can make it halfway down to Florida in about 6 hours and stop somewhere in South Carolina for the night.
I can’t forget the camera either. So many things to remember and so little time….

Monday, December 19, 2005

Tired

It seems the closer we get to “The Holidays” the more tired I get. My body is just craving the time off and refuses to recharge.
I so can’t wait to have some time off and spend some time with my family. In-laws, that is but it’s family just the same.

So, my parents were going to send us a package. This is one of the highlights every year. It’s not only the presents, but also the homemade cookies and all the other yummy stuff from Germany. So, one little stupid present they ordered didn’t arrive yet. So I told them to just go ahead and send the package since the little stupid present will in an envelope and then they can just send that later. Yesterday they informed me that they wanted to wait, which means I won’t get the cookies until next year. How stupid. So I was mad and grumpy and this morning my dad e-mailed me and asked if I was OK yesterday because they thought I acted weird and my mom was worried. She gets very emotional and all, especially around this time of the year. I told them I was fine and just distracted. I’m such an asshole sometimes.

Early Christmas Present

Went out this weekend and got a new digital camera. My husband and I are not getting each other anything. At least that’s we said. So we got something together.
We got the Sony Cybershot DSC-H1.
I love it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sellout

That’s what the WaPo calls former chancellor Schröder.
Go over to David’s Medienkritik to read more about it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Done

All the present are bought and wrapped, except for one but that’s OK. Packages are sent and on their way to wherever they need to go and the Christmas cards are written and sent off as well.
It’s December 13th and I think that’s pretty good. Just one thing I HAVE to do is to find a hotel along I-95 so we can stay somewhere on our fun trip to Florida, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Hopefully.

OH, I should mention that my husband was the one visiting three post offices yesterday and not me. I guess a lot of people had the same idea.

Monday, December 12, 2005

I know

I have to post something. But I have absolutely no energy to come up with something witty and then there is that stupid time factor.
It’s a little hectic here lately but it’ll get better. Especially when I’m off for a week over Christmas. But then I won’t post anything either, because I will be in sunny and warm Florida while all you people up here in the North (or wherever you are) will freeze their “you-know-whats” off. I can’t wait.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Still Alive

Just incredibly busy with absolutely nothing. Does that make sense?
Anyway, life is good and there may be some Big changes in the future, so we’ll see.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Weekend

And finally we have Friday. I know I have been busy doping everything else but posting I thought, I at least have to give you some kind of nonsense blurb before I enjoy my weekend.
\So, here it is!

Nothing much going on here. Christmas Party tonight and Navy beating up Army tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Over already?

This weekend started out so nice and it ended kind of nice too. It just went way too fast. Just as those things always go.
I think I’m still a little too doped up to fully function, but at least I’m awake.
A couple more days and I’m done with the meds and hopefully back to normal. By then it is fortunately the weekend again.
This weekend’s plan?
Christmas party in DC on Friday (we booked a hotel room!!!).
Army-Navy game on Saturday!!!! We’re still trying to see where we’re actually going to watch it. Preferably with a couple more navy people around.
Go Navy!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Day after

I thought it would be way too boring spending my Black Friday getting stomped on and pepper-sprayed. So, I thought, how about some more excitement? And boy, did I have that.
Now I can truly say, I’d rather have a root canal than go shopping.
Funny thing though, my tooth has been hurting on and off for a while but I’m too cheap to spend money on that. So I let it go. Then, Thanksgiving night, I couldn’t go to sleep at all until I took a couple of Advils and so I went to get the root canal done. Thank God, somebody was working yesterday. But after all was done and I get all my prescriptions (antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and some nice pain killers), my tooth did not hurt anymore. Not all day yesterday and not today. I would have thought a root canal would ruin my whole weekend but I’m fine.
So, all you people out there that are too scared of a root canal. Don’t worry.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Home Sweet Home

Nothing like coming home and having friends over that are already enjoying a nice cold beer.
I love Thanksgiving!
Done with the wings and on to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Later

Must be a good day

So at first I thought nothing of the fact that so far the day seemed good. Surely something would come up that would ruin it and at least give me something to really rant about. But then I get the news that we all get to leave early and I’m starting to doubt my initial thoughts.
Maybe the good guy up there just wants to make sure I have something to be thankful for tomorrow. Not that I don’t have enough already.

Holiday Rant

Ok, I figured I go out with a big boom. Not really out, since I’ll be back, but who knows if I’ll be able to post something over the extended weekend.
So, to generate a little traffic, my husband suggested to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving (which I did below) and mention things like “penis enlargement” or “porn” or ”huge boobs” as often as I can, but I didn’t like the idea.

So, I thought a rant would be good. You know, just to pass the time and all. But then I didn’t know what to rant about. Today everybody seemed to be aware of me and the metro ride was OK.
Actually, so far, this day has been pretty good.

I finished reading "My War: Killing Time in Iraq" by Colby Buzzell. I really liked it.
You know, I was thinking, with all the books I read, I should write what I think about books and maybe give a little summary, but when I finish a book I feel like I don’t really have anything to say about it.
So, I’ll just go on to the next book, which will be “Do As I Say (Not As I Do)” by Peter Schweizer. I read good reviews and so I’m looking forward to reading it. Also, even though it is a hardcover, it still fits in my purse, which is a huge plus for me.

So, unless something happens, which will cause me to rant a little more, I think that’s it. At least for now.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Especially to all you travelers going through Washington, DC on I-95 this morning.
As always, I am glad I don’t drive on 95 and very glad I don’t live in Maryland today.

- via NBC4

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Anybody Home?

You know how those little thingies (*) are next to some links on the blogroll indicating that they just posted recently? Well, for the last couple of days there have hardly been anything going on. I think it works because some still update but most don’t. IS everybody taking the whole week off?

Poor me, I still have to work.

I’m invisible

I’m invisible

At least I think so. This morning I was walking to the elevator in my office building and it opened and this one cleaning lady came out with her big cart. Well that dumb bitch didn’t think it was necessary to move at all once out of the elevator so I couldn’t get in and the elevator took off. What a dumb bitch! (I know I said that already)
So, then, once I get settled in the office get ready to go to kitchen and get some coffee. I walk past the conference room and there is something going on and I’m at the kitchen door and this lady, that I don’t know and have never seen, stands right in front of the kitchen door and doesn’t move! I’m like WTF, bitch? (Not really, but at this point I was kind of upset. Also, I hadn’t had my coffee yet.)
And just now, I was outside and I’m walking to the store. And I know that there are lots of people in DC and all but unless you have a cane I assume you can see. So, this guy walks kind of next to me and then passes me and then (kind of) walks right into me. Like I wasn’t just next to him? Idiot. It’s somewhat hard to explain because some people around here are just plain stupid and you think that they should’ve been killed by a car by now, the way they’re getting around, but this was obvious.
So, this is how it’s been today.

Hungry

I don’t think I ever was this excited about Thanksgiving. I just can’t wait to eat. Not that I’m not eating right now. Believe me, that would be fatal. Not to me but to anyone around me. But I keep thinking about all the food and all the choices and all the people we’ll be spending that day with.
One theory I have about is that since I never celebrated Thanksgiving until I came to the US, I pretty much have 18 or 19 years to catch up. Or I just like the food.
So, forgive me if the next couple of days evolve around how many days are left (2) or how I can’t wait. Of course, it helps having a long weekend too.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Three Days

What a great week. Only three days of work and then four days of eating like crazy. I can’t wait. I’m already hungry and think about turkey and green beans and sweet potatoes and apple pie and all that good stuff. These three days better go by fast or I’m going to be grumpy by Thursday.

Carnival of the Recipes

Over at Teds.
Scroll down a little to the “Non-Holiday Goodies and Yummies” and you will find my submission!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Made It

Well, people it's Friday. A day, I thought would never get here.
Now I just have to get busy and hope this day goes by fast.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Ha, me too!

Married to a Sailor, that is.

Almost Forgot

With all the excitement lately I almost forgot to mention that maybe, just maybe, very very soon I will be finally an American citizen.
I got a letter this weekend asking e to appear for an ”initial interview” at the beginning of January. I have to bring all the documents and blah, blah, blah. But I also need to be prepared to take the English and Civics tests. Then they can decide right then and there if they grant me the citizenship and I can elect to take the oath that day. So, I need to study hard…well, I looked the questions over and they are not that hard. But over the next couple of months, if any of you have some questions about American History or something, I might be able to help.


Oh and BTW, this was post #800!!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Guinness Beef (or Deer) Stew

Just in time for Ted to host the Carnival of the Recipes I am posting the recipe for Saturday night’s Stew.
You have go to try this one. We substituted the beef for deer, but not everybody will have deer meat available so I am leaving the recipe the way it is.
Here it goes.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 large garlic cloves, minced
6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
I cup of Guinness beer
1 cup of fine red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2 While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes.

3 Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Salt and pepper to taste. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.) Transfer stew to serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Serves 4 to 6

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Yummy

Tonight’s menu will feature a Guinness Stew, substituting the beef for deer (yepp, we know hunters). For the health conscious there will be a spinach salad with bacon and honey-mustard vinaigrette.
And to keep things at a comfortable entertainment level we will offer various assortments of beer.
I also heard somebody is going to bring over apple pie (!!!).
Once everybody is ready to burst will exercise some, playing pool.
I can’t wait.

And, if I ever get to it, I will eventually post the recipe for the stew.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Slow

This must be the slowest day ever. I swear it feels like I’ve been here for days. Every time I look at the clock only seconds have passed. I’m afraid I’ll be spending the whole weekend here.
Help!

Friday…again

Now, I am finally almost done with the workweek. Too bad today is my long day but that’s OK. the weekend will be that much better.

Today is Veteran’s Day and I want to thank each current and former service member for all that they have done to make this country the Greatest there is.
Thank you.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

It’s Friday!!!

Not for me but for so many of the people out here. Well, to all of you…you suck.
Thank you. I just had to say it.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bullshit

I am so glad that they started the whole Minuteman movement up here in NoVa. I still can’t believe they approved that site there in Herndon.

One very funny quote from one of the people “helping” the illegals says.

"They aren't criminals. They are just people who want to work, and they have not come to destroy. They have come to build and help out the community."

Sure. The last time I checked being in the US illegal was a criminal act so you’re wrong.

I went through INS and am still dealing with them. Paying all the money when I didn’t have any and all that stuff. So I have no understanding for anybody coming here illegally. Tough Shit. I’m not going to give you one dime if I don’t have to.

- via the WaPo

Did it too

I felt so under pressure from everybody that I just had to do it.

One more here and more about it here.

Super Me!

Got up almost two hours late and was only thirty minutes late to work. And I slept well too.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Mondee

And the new workweek started again. Bummer.
Lucky for me (and my grandma), I will be staying here. She seems to recover OK. She is starting to move a little and opens her eyes and seems to recognize everybody, so we’re all happy for her. Let’s just hope that this kind of progress will continue.

Other than that, not much is going here in my world.
Friday seems to be a holiday…but not for me so all you people, who are off suck.

That’s it for now.

can you get arrested for threatening someone?

I think you can. I guess it depends who you threaten.

i am not happy porn

Sorry. Poor guy.
I am not happy porn either.
???

Friday, November 04, 2005

It couldn’t have been any sooner

Well, the weekend is oh so close. Finally.
Grandma is doing Ok I Guess but I’ll hear more this weekend once my parents get there. She is partially paralyzed and can’t talk. She opened her eyes today and seemed to try to communicate, but we’ll see. My grandpa mentioned that it’ll be hard and that he’ll have a lot of work with her once she comes home.
I am glad I don’t have to go there, although I would have loved to see them all.
Let’s hope she’ll get better.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

What a bitch

This is the very first time, that I hate living over here in the US. And that is only because it is so freaking far away from Germany.
Last Friday, my grandma fell and broker her wrist. On Tuesday she had surgery to re-brake the arm and put it back together. They didn’t give her full anesthesia because she is so old. Today my grandpa had to call the ambulance because she could hardly move anymore. They think she might have had a stroke and she is at the hospital right now to get checked out.
If I were to fly over to Germany tomorrow, it would cost me about $1600. Right. Next week would be more around $550. I hope I don’t have to go over there at all.
She’ll be 86 this weekend.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

nbc4.com - News - Flying Manhole Covers Close D.C. Street

A little late in the year, but I started thinking that something was wrong, because I only heard one story about that this year. But everything is fine. The manhole covers are flying again.....

Friday, October 28, 2005

Boo!

Is it that time of the year already? Since I don’t usually dress up..well, never actually have, I will help out in a not-so-scary way tonight at an Elementary School. I’ll help the little kiddos that are too scared get out of the haunted house so they don’t have nightmares. Compared to my hubby who will try and scare the shit out of them.

Word Verification

Maybe now, I won’t have all that comment spam anymore. Let’s see if it helps.

It’s coming!!!

It’s almost here. Just a little bit longer and the waiting is over.
What am I talking about?

(OK, now I wish I could hide the rest or else this wouldn’t make sense. Anybody know how?)

BTW. I was talking about the weekend…..

Back from the dead

Well, I finally made it back home yesterday and after a well-deserved goodnight sleep, I am back in the office.
I am so glad it’s Friday!
So, did I miss anything?

Monday, October 24, 2005

Light Blogging

Due to a severe case of an empty brain I have not been able to post anything at all today. My apologies to all who were expecting something.

I'll be GONE for a few days (back on Friday) for a very important business trip. Maybe I get bored over on the West Coast and actually post something interesting.

Later.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Strip Club Review

Well, I was going to do some “research” for that project tonight, but it all didn’t work out, but hopefully I get to go in the near future.
Instead I will be spending my evening at or in a friend’s hot tub….can’t wait!

If anyone is interested in sponsoring my research though; donations are welcome, preferably in one-dollar bills.

Thanks.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

I want to live there!

Just read that in a local (Florida) newspaper.
WE HAVE 2 OR 3 bedroom MH, clean, close to prison.

Sounds good, huh?

Hmm. They must’ve been delayed this morning

I know VRE sucks. That’s why I stopped riding it. Metro costs as much with parking and they run every 5-6 minutes and I am on time once again. Lucky me, I live close to the VRE and metro stops.
Now, I get to complain about idiots riding the metro again, but so far all the idiots were fat and that’s boring.

Pigs

I would estimate that about 70-80% of people that are finding their way over here are looking for porn.
Just because one single person somehow made it here looking for free Danish porn.
Maybe I should keep posting about this and hope that one day more than 100 people get here and celebrate.
Too sad that they don’t come here because of the excellent content….

Damn tree huggers

Someone in Oregon won the jackpot…idiot.
But that’s OK. The starting jackpot is still $15 Million.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Monday, October 17, 2005

Chicken

So, you think prices for chicken will go down? If so, that’s what I’m going to be eating. Just when the whole mad cow disease thing started in Europe and all in Germany. Beef was so cheap over there; we had steaks almost every other day. We’re all going to die anyway.
Plus with all the high gas prices you need to find cheap food.

Could be me

When I’m hungry, I need to eat right then and there. No waiting at the microwave for me baby.

Blog Advice

If you want to increase the amount of people going to your site have a little post about this.
Porn just attracts all kinds of people. Sorry though, since I don’t really have any of that stuff here.
I could write some local strip club reviews, but coming from a girl, all you’d get would be which outfits I like and what the max height of heels I could stand.
That reminds me, a couple of weeks ago I saw a pregnant stripper well….strip. That’s just wrong.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Conspiracy Theory

OK, I finally have my own now. Well, I’m sure others have said this before but this is all MINE.
His is how it all began.

I did have funny thought though this morning while I was riding the metro. When I went to college (George Mason University) and I took English 101 (that’s right, I took the class for native English speakers and not the foreigners’ class), our professor was really into writing articles and such. So he encouraged us to write about certain issues and submit them to the student newspaper, the Broadside. Well, I wrote a couple of those about topics that interested me and that I felt passionate about but I never got published. OK, there are many students that don’t get to have their stuff published, I thought, but today I was thinking that it might have had something to do with the content of the things I wrote about.

That could be. But that's just me.

Oh and BTW, I am currently reading How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) : The World According to Ann Coulter by Ann Coulter, after just finishing The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy by Mark W. Smith. Before that I read Let Freedom Ring : Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism by Sean Hannity and before that I read Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right by Ann Coulter.
Who would've thought?

free danish porn

I hope you found what you were looking for.
Or should I say:
Ich hoffe, Du hast gefunden, was Du gesucht hast.

(My German is getting a little rusty)

New Bond

Did anybody see him?

Who’s that supposed to be? That is not how James Bond looks like. Look at his ears! I want my Brosnan back.

PLEASE!

My chances just went up

I know, it’s getting kind of lame with me and the whole Powerball stuff, but I have nothing else to write about now, so just shut up and read!
This Saturday’s jackpot is $290 Million. And I have 100 tickets. Now, I didn’t turn all stupid and spend $100 on Powerball tickets. I only got 5, but my office decided it was time for a career changes and got 95 tickets as well. So, of course that won’t give me as much but still a pretty good amount to quit.

So, if you don’t hear from me after tomorrow, I might be a Millionaire (or I just don’t have anything to write about).

And Fridee it is!!

About time, if you ask me, but nobody every does.

I thought, I really need to write some profound, but as hard as I try, nothing comes to mind.
Well, maybe I have more later.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Not Again

Washington Monument Evacuated After Bomb Threat

POSTED: 2:34 pm EDT October 13, 2005
UPDATED: 2:47 pm EDT October 13, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Monument has been evacuated after a bomb threat was reported.

The threat was made by phone to D.C. Police.

Park Police are evacuating the grounds around the monument, but traffic routes in the area are open.

Security officers will search the grassy areas around the structure for anything suspicious.

The Washington Monument was evacuated Friday after a bomb threat. Nothing suspicious was found.


- via NBC4

UPDATE: False Alarm...well, they didn't find anything. Who would've thougt?

Hmmm…..

Now, I didn’t get any spam about this.

SPAM SPAM SPAM

OK, all you idiots out there.
I don’t need payday loans because I can (pretty much) manage my money. But if you have to plant some comment spam, don’t double post. IDIOT.

Damn

This whole lottery thing isn’t really working out.
Got to get more Powerball tickets.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

No Comment

I just had to post this picture.

Cow Towles?

People spend way too much time online sometimes.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Want to read

I really do want to read, but there is this huge stack of things that I need to file and the checkbook needs to be balanced and….
So, what am I doing instead? Spending hours on the computer doing really nothing.
Is it time for a drink yet?

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Trying it again

OK, after not winning the jackpot last night I am now trying for the $205 Million jackpot. I was close to buying scratchers, but I didn’t want to waste my money.

UPDATE: OK, I'll try again on Wednesday.

Spam me a Comment

Ok, this is getting really funny.
First the penis enlargement (no thank you, mine is long enough), then something about sex toys (no thanks again, I got enough), and now a “work from home” offer? Geesh people, can’t you do any better?

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

So?

It seems a lot of people are a little offended by a window display at the new part of Tyson’s Corner shopping mall.
The local TV station has a report (with pictures) and the WaPo has an article on it as well.
"Well," said Steina Rubin of Bethesda, "I find it just totally disgusting." And, no, she would not be shopping there. "I'm not entering a whorehouse," she said. "I come to the mall with my daughter. It's disgusting. And I'm from Europe !"
Disgusting? Whorehouse?

Personally I don’t see the problem, but I guess it’s because I grew up in a city that has a red light district and I knew what a prostitute was before I really understood what kind of services she is really offering. So, in my opinion, Victoria’s Secret sells not cotton panties but real nice lingerie and unless you have no windows people are going to see mannequins wear them. They’re not even real people. So, relax everybody, ok?

Oh and just in case you people want to complain about something else. Target will be selling vibrators soon.

I’m gonna be rich

That’s right because I have the winning ticket for the Powerball drawing tonight.
$180 Million, baby.

UPDATE 10/06/2005: Or not.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I know what's good for you

See, we always eat (at least) dinner together at home. And that is at the dinner table! I'm so proud of myself.
That reminds me...I'm getting hungry.

Here to Help

OK, I don’t know why somebody would ask Jeeves if their body cramps up often, but I sincerely hope you are doing better now.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Thank you




Today is Unification Day in Germany.

My dad pointed me to this Radio Station that plays songs by German artists only all day. And they do have a live stream.

One to go

Right now I only need one more visitor to reach the magic 5000 mark. I hope the lucky one will at least get here because of recent postings and not because of OLD pictures.

Made it

The weekend is over and I am still doing OK.
Besides going to the Oktoberfest, which was OK, this weekend was very special, because Saturday was the very first day my husband officially retired from the United States Navy!!!
He celebrated by going fishing and getting a real nice sunburn. His brother called from Kuwait (he is in the California National Guard), and wanted to tease him about being old and retired. But I reminded my brother in law that he is actually the older of the two.
Anyway, so now that we’re not active duty anymore things are going to change a little bit. Well, they have been different every since his last day in mid July.
One very important fact is a “civilian” job, which he has yet to find. But we’re still OK. I keep telling my parents that we are not YET having to move to Florida, because surely the money we’ll be making by selling our house here will buy us a nice little home down there (at least a double wide!!). Just kidding.
So, that was my weekend. Oh, and I had steak too!!!!

Friday, September 30, 2005

Hmmm….Pork

Most of you (hopefully) know about Glenn Reynolds' and The Truth Laid Bear’s efforts concerning the pork busting.
Well, I e-mailed my Representative Tom Davis and also the two Virginia Senators George Allen and John Warner. And finally Tom Davis responded. He doesn’t commit to anything, which, sadly, I did not expect, but I am going to post his response here anyway.
As you know, in response to the destruction brought to the Gulf Coast, Congress passed two emergency supplemental bills that provide $62.3 billion for emergency response and recovery needs. I appreciate the concerns many Americans have regarding the spending level to respond to such a disaster, and how to defray such costs. Currently, all possible options are being looked at including across the board agency cuts, reductions in previously appropriated funds, and scaling back planned tax cuts.

Some have recommended cutting transportation projects from the recently passed transportation bill. This is an idea that I do not support. The reality is that the earmarks that I helped secure for Northern Virginia in this bill simply specify how money given to Virginia should be spent. Otherwise, the funds would simply be given to VDOT and then distributed by Richmond to other parts of the state. As you know, Northern Virginians have long been concerned that their needs are not appreciated by other parts of the state.

Given Northern Virginia's extreme traffic problems and numerous transportation infrastructure needs, it is important that projects such as widening 66 inside the beltway, improving the Rt. 66 and Rt. 29 interchange in Gainesville, widening 29 between Eaton Place and 123 in Fairfax City, and widening I-95 from 123 to the Fairfax County Parkway get the necessary funds to address the congestion here in Northern Virginia.

This is not to say, however, that spending is not a concern. As Congress looks at all proposals to address the Katrina situation, please be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind. Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me, and please continue to keep me informed of issues of importance to you.


Sincerely,


Tom Davis
Member of Congress

Still Alive

I just don’t have any motivation and/or material (if you can call it that).
So I’m just going to force some kind of coherent post out of me to prove that I am still here (or there?).

This weekend is Oktoberfest on Ft. Belvoir, so go enjoy the beer. Most people like the food too, but I think it sucks. It doesn’t taste like it does in Germany at all. Plus I hate Sauerkraut and all that stuff anyway.

That’s all.
For now.

Friday, September 23, 2005

More Nuts in DC

The DC police just e-mailed an alert that some idiots are going to bicycle through DC starting at Dupont Circle right around rush hour traffic, so be prepared. I am still so happy I don’t drive down here.
I am not going to post a link but according to their site it is supposed to be at 6 PM. It looks like they do that often but I assume it will draw more of them because of this weekend’s events.

Cute

That is too cute.
So, I hardly get comments anyway. Well, almost never. But I get comment Spam? That is too cool.
Too bad I don’t need a larger penis though….

UPDATE: The guy with the large penis has this IP address: 24.249.157.229. It just traces back to Cox.

Really?

You’ve got to be kidding me.
This guy think the Japanese Mob cause Katrina. Can you believe that?
To the rest of the country, Scott Stevens is the Idaho weatherman who blames the Japanese Mafia for Hurricane Katrina. To folks in Pocatello, he's the face of the weather at KPVI News Channel 6.

What an idiot.

Everybody knows it was Bush who did it.

- via The Drudge Report

Help Victor

Victor over at Publius & Co needs to raise $500 so he can ride in the Tour of Hope. He has one week left, so hurry up!

Even though I’m not a big fan of Lancy, that doesn’t stop me from supporting his foundation.

Good luck Victor.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

****BREAKING NEWS*****

There is a new Asterix comic out today!!!!! You don’t know who that is????? What’s wrong with you??? I have ALL of them (bound in leather).
So, if you’re one of those sorry people who have no idea what I am talking about just go here and get to know the greatest Gallic warrior ever.
How exciting!!!!!!

Rita

Ok, so here we go again. Well, not “we” since I’m in DC and not in Texas, but I digress.

See, the thing is everything will start all over again. So I was happy that I just filled up my car with real cheap gas, because you know the price gauging will start again and then I have to top off every two miles or so, because that really helps. So, what does my husband do? He takes my car all the way into DC and back and who knows where else (he did get the oil changed though, so Thanks sweetie!!). And now I am close to half a tank again. Great.

Oops, I forgot to post this...silly me.

But I did find a much more intelligent post about the gas prices than mine over at Outside the Beltway.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

No news is good news

Or so they say.
Because of a lack of energy I decided to stay home yesterday and get some important things done…like going out to lunch and then to IKEA. Well, actually I did clean my bathroom.
Other than that, nothing seems to happen worth noting here. Expect maybe the German elections, or whatever you want to call it. I was so excited to vote and look where it got me.
David and Ray have excellent coverage over at David’s Medienkritik so go there and educate yourselves!

Oh and don’t let me forget that I got a comment!!! Ted was kind enough to ensure that I can be funny so, thanks again. And I did think about the importance of yesterday and actually got some “Arrrghs” out. Funny though, because we are a little Pirate connected, if you can say that. No only is my beloved hubby in the Navy (Beat Army!!!) but I am somewhat involved with pirates too.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Where is FEMA?

A state of emergency has been declared here in Virginia and not one FEMA rep has been here to see if we are OK. Unbelievable!! Why is Bush ignoring me?




That was funny…..No?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Damn it

My stupid zipper on my pants just broke and I can’t fix it. Perfect timing too. Luckily it’s on the side and not the front. Can you imagine that? I have a cardigan to wrap around but how stupid is that?
Now, I have to go home and change pants, but I was going to leave in an hour anyways, so what the hell?
So I talked to my hubby and he said “Lucky you’re not going commando today”. Yeah, right, I think I’d prefer people seeing my hips rather than my colorful panties. And no, I will not say what they look like.
What a great freaking day. It can only get better, I hope.

I get to vote!!!

Yesterday all my voting material arrived from Germany.
After finding out, through my helpful dad, that they never received my application, I was able to fax them everything last Friday and now I only have to hope that my letter will arrive safely and on time.
This may actually be the last time I get to vote in Germany.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Back to School….I mean work

And the long weekend is over already.
But it was fun. I got my last sunburn for the year (hopefully), thanks to King’s Dominion.
I think I drank about a case of beer over the weekend and I am still not sick of it…I really must be German then.
Other than that, everything is the same here.

Now I just need to find something to write about.

Friday, September 02, 2005

It's Official: Evacuees Will Come To D.C.

WASHINGTON -- D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams has confirmed that the D.C. National Guard Armory will be used to house people displaced by the hurricane.

In a statement put out by the mayor's office, as many as 400 of Katrina's victims could head to the nation's capital.

Buses will be sent to transport the victims to Washington so that authorities in New Orleans can concentrate on the cleanup and rebuilding.


Go to NBC4.com for more.

Unbelievable – Or is it?

I always listen to a local radio station in Hamburg, Germany via the Internet.
And they just some expert on catastrophes named Robert Schmidt on because of the hurricane.
As expected he critize a lot but what got me was that he clearly said that this could not ever happen in Germany, mainly because German people were more civilized. He really said that. Wow.

In other news, I found out today that my husband’s cousin was one of those people who decided to stay in New Orleans, where he is now. He said he was doing fine and that he had enough water and food left.

Also, like a lot of people in DC area, my husband went with about 12 people from his Chief Petty Officer Association (CPOA) to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northwest Washington to help the refugees from the Gulfport home move into their new homes (for now). He said it was really sad to see some of those people, but he thought the organizers did a great job trying to put everything together on such a short notice.

Ok, that’s it from me for now.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Blog for Relief Day

Please go here and select the charity of your choice.
Mine will be the American Red Cross.

Also, please see Glen’s post, which lists bloggers and their selections.

Speechless

Don’t think I am going away again, because I am not, but I just don’t have anything to say. Well, I do, but I can’t put it into words.
I am reading articles and reports all day long about the devastation and when I come home the TV is on.
For me to start writing about what is currently going on is useless, since it changes every hour and I don’t think that it’ll make a difference what I have to add. Others are doing a much better job at trying to keep people updated and so you might want to go there.
I also don’t think I want to write about anything else, for now anyway. It doesn’t matter how people on the metro piss me off or how my teeth don’t hurt. People lost everything down there and I am not going to complain about how I was 15 minutes late yesterday. Can you just imagine? I am watching all this yesterday. Babies being moved to other hospitals, people having no food. Idiots stealing TVs and all that and at 10 I get tired, turn the TV off and go to my nice bed and get up this morning to go to work, while all those people down there don’t even have a mattress.

So, what do you do?
Of course, you want to give and today is the day for bloggers to do just that.
My husband and I are going to wait. His sister lives in Biloxi and as of yesterday they were on their way back with a trailer full of water generators and whatever else you can think of. She might need some money, so we’ll give her some. They both worked at the casinos that are not really there anymore. Her husband was actually supposed to start working at the Hard Rock this weekend.

It’s just unimaginable when you see all that on TV and read about it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Ah Better

So I went to the dentist and got butchered. The sedation finally wore off and now, that I got some Advil in me, I feel much better.
So, what to do with the rest of the day?

Monday, August 29, 2005

Monday, Monday

And yet again, it is Monday.
Lucky me, I am off tomorrow, but I guess I’m not so lucky, since I will get my teeth drilled until I pass out but, hey, at least I don’t have to go to work, right?
Whatever.
So, the weekend went by fast. The pool party actually happened on Saturday, although I am sad to report, that nobody jumped in the pool. I guess there were occasions in the past but not this weekend.
Oh well, now the preparations for this coming weekend start. Fortunately this will be a long one, which we’ll need, since we will be spending our Saturday at the annual CPO day at King’s Dominion. This year we will actually stay overnight at the wonderful Best Western next door. Maybe we will actually get to go on some rides too.
If you want to know what the CPO day is all about dcmilitary.com has an article about this year’s event.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Latest Developments

OK, the afternoon fun with the kids has been cancelled. Let’s hope the adults don’t chicken out now. If they do, it’ll be some pool fun of another kind. I am talking about playing pool. That reminds me to make sure we have enough cold beer.

Happy Feet


Can you tell I am bored?

Rain, rain, rain

Pretty much everything we had planned for today is supposed to be outside.
One thing, I don’t mind if it gets rained out and that one would go very fast since kids are involved and parents tend to cancel easier when it rains.
Then there is this pool party tonight, but that involves NO kids and a lot of alcohol so people there are probably trying to keep this one going, no matter what.
So, we’ll see what the day will bring. I know I’m not carrying groceries in this weather.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Oh my god

Can this day be any slower? There is absolutely nothing going on here and I am just bored out of my mind. Usually on Friday afternoons there is the latest “get this done NOW” stress but not today. It’s just quite. Plus I am freezing to death in here, which doesn’t make it any easier being here.
What to do, what to do?

It’s Friday!!!

Finally it is almost the weekend and so far, we don’t have anything planned...I think.
Oh well. And then there’s just short weeks coming. Next Tuesday I am off!!!! Because I have another dentist appointment….I don’t get how something so small as a tooth can be so expensive to get fixed. I mean I can buy an old beat up car for what I am paying to get my teeth fixed.
Oh well, so I will finally get that stuff done and then we are ready to switch insurance companies…..I am wondering how that is going to go but I am a little anxious. Retiring from the military is way too stressy but so far it’s going good. Yes, my husband retired. Well, officially not until the end of September but all the ceremonies etc. are all over. So, either he finds a job real soon or we’re going to have to move Florida or somewhere where it’s cheap so we can afford a house. It’ll be OK…hopefully.

UPDATE: Search for Terror Suspect Ends in Hamburg

I guess they couldn't find anything or anybody.
BERLIN - Police in the northern German city of Hamburg said Friday they had called off a large-scale search for three men overheard talking in Arabic at a bus stop about becoming "heroes before Allah."

One of the men was alleged to have said, "We will stand tomorrow as heroes before Allah."

Police spokeswoman Ulrike Sweden said the search was abandoned during the night with no results but police would continue to work with tips from the public.

He said police would not have reacted the same way to similar information two years ago but that their approach has changed, particularly in light of July‘s London bombings.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Police hunt Arab trio after bus stop tip-off

Let's hope this is just a scare.
Police in Hamburg launched a massive search for three men overheard talking in Arabic at a bus stop about "heroism before Allah".
I know this is just a wittiness saying what he heard, but this is Hamburg and I am a little concerned as to what they find out.

Is it Monday?

OK, I really thought today was Thursday, and somewhere in the back of my mind I know that this is true. But everything that could make this day seem like a Monday so far happened.
First, I (re)experience the reason why I switched back to the metro; mainly because VRE sucks ass. They increase prices and start having more delays and what not. Can you believe I prefer the metro now and enjoy using it?
Then, after getting to work late, the server is down. But of course I am all frantic because I am late and have to send e-mails and go online and nothing works. Great. Switch to hotmail to let my folks in Germany know that hotmail will have to do for this morning’s e-mail session.
The worst part is that I only have half the day today top get things done so it is even more stressful…..I need a drink.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

No, not Killing....

...just kidnapping.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. evangelist Pat Robertson, who called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said on Wednesday he was misinterpreted and there were a number of ways to "take him out" including kidnapping.

Yeah, "take him out" can have all kinds of meanings.
I personally think he meant, take him out to dinner, but what do I know.

- via The Drudge Report

Great!

So, what am I supposed to do now?
All the Munuvians are out and now my blogroll is gone too. No links to go to, but they wouldn't work anyway.
Well, I know Pixy Misa will get everything fixed real soon so I finally have something to do again. If you have a withdrawal, like me, just go to the MuNu emergency blog.

Wait, I'm at work, I should have something to do...somewhere....

UPDATE: They're back. I have something to do again!!!!!

Get him!

PARIS (AP) - The director of the Tour de France claims Lance Armstrong has "fooled" the sports world and that the seven-time champion owes fans an explanation over new allegations he used a performance-boosting drug.

Can you tell, I don't like him?

- via The Drudge Report

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Excuse Me?

OK, so I can’t close a door here when I'm taking a break, but when I am sitting here with food in front of me, my mouth full, and trying to not pay attention as to what’s going on behind me, doesn’t that pretty much say “Fuck you, I am on my lunch break and when I don’t get to eat on time I go postal!”?
What’s wrong with people?
Every time. I can count on it, this one person, who is only here temporarily does that.
Food is very important to me, especially lunch. I wait to eat lunch an hour before it is actually time to eat lunch. That makes me so mad.

(Now, don’t think I am this fat, disgusting pig that stuffs food in her mouth, ‘cause I’m not. OK? Now, let me eat, damn it.)

Elections

My dad keeps scarring me that I didn’t do it right, when I applied to get all my voting material for the German elections. He said I had to go to the embassy or write to Berlin but I know I had to send it the city I was last registered in. So, I had to look it up again, just to be sure and of course, I WAS RIGHT. The good thing is too that it says that you have to mail it in before August 25th and I did that already weeks ago, so I should be fine…I get to vote!!!!!!

Not lonely anymore

I am finally complete again. My husband is back home and I don’t have to talk to myself anymore….
And, I get to eat real meals again….with other people sitting at the table. Because we always eat dinner together.
I’m as happy as can be….

I knew it

LONDON (Reuters) - Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs following a report in French newspaper L'Equipe that he had used the blood-boosting drug EPO in 1999.


Cheater.

Monday, August 22, 2005

AP Wire | 08/22/2005 | Mysterious 'Piano Man' returns to Germany

Of course it had to be a German faking it....Great.
Well, at least it was a Bavarian. They're weird anyway.

Finally

The day has come when I shall not be alone anymore. I will be happy again. Well, I was happy but at least I won’t be lonely anymore and get to eat some real food again. You know, meat and potatoes.
Oh, I did make the Chili this weekend and it was so good.
It’s really easy too, if you have all the right ingredients.

V’s Chili

Get Kidney Beans in a can (one can per person).
Cut up one onion per person and one to two gloves of garlic per person.
For the fat you will need smoked bacon. Just cut it up and heat up in a pan to cook all the fat out. Then you add the onion and fry them a little and then add the garlic. Just let that cook a little, but not too long!!!
The you need some tomato paste. Take about half a tablespoon and mix it with the onions. They need to look really red.
The you need some paprika paste. Just add a little, like a teaspoon. I use the sweet one because I only want the pepper taste but they have hot paste too, so you might like that. Then you add the beans and spice it. Some salt and pepper and if you like it hot add some Chili powder or something in that direction. Now that it’s all cooking nicely you turn the heat down to medium or so and let it cook. You are looking for a nice juicy thick sauce.
He best way to eat is with some nice white bread to dip it in the sauce. I usually like Ciabatta with it but just regular Italian bread will do fine.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Home sweet home

Finally home and it's the weekend!!!!
I wish the weather was better though. It's drizzly and nasty outside, but hopefully that's going to change.

So, what's for dinner?
I still don't feel like Chili. But I just (re)discovered something fishy, which again I will have on some rye bread.
If any of you ever feel like some German food and don't know where to get it. Go to germandeli.com. They have EVERYTHING. Of course, it's expensive but it is so worth it. If you get anything that needs to stay refrigerated, they'll ship it 2nd day and it gets to your house fine. I never had any problems with that. The shipping costs just suck then.

Just like DC

First I though, an explosion? Then I read the article and I think so what? Happens all the time around here. Well, actually it hasn't happened in a while, I think.

(KCBS) - An explosion shook office buildings near Post and Kearny streets in downtown San Francisco shortly before ten o'clock Friday morning.
San Francisco fire department captain Pete Howes told KCBS a man hole cover in front of the Ralph Lauren store at the corner of Post and Kearny appeared to have exploded, although the exact cause of the blast is under investigation.

Is there any significance that it happened in front of a Ralph Lauren store?

- via The Drudge Report

UPDATE:
Here is a link to Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection, which has some pictures up.
Thanks Davis for the link.

Drunken Vocabulary Test

Go over to SilverBlue’s and check this out.
Very funny.

Did I miss something?

OK, I was really surprised by how many people find their way over here. I mean, it’s not hundreds of people or even thousands, but more that ten!! A day!!
Anyway, I looked at the referrer stats and saw that pretty much everybody was looking, not for me, but for them and him.
Now, can somebody explain to me why?
I mean, is there something going on with Beckham and Zidane recently that I missed. And what about Mr. Germany? I mean, please. OK, I know I posted the pictures, but that was years ago.
Really weird.

Happy Friday!!

It's finally Friday.
Just got to make it through this day and then it's the weekend. I just love Friday's.
Plus I am so sick and tired of dealing with tourists this week, it's mot even funny.
I think they do it on purpose. You know slooooowly walking through the metro system in rows of 100 so NOBODY can pass them. "Hey, we're on vacation." Sometimes it just makes me want to punch them.
So, this afternoon, when I finally get to go home, I will take a deep breath before I leave and just walk past all of them idiots with a big fat smile on my face because I know it's the weekend.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Blogroll

I know, I need to update my blogroll. Some have moved and some are not even there anymore.
I just added Shank from Id's cage. Very funny, although the most recent entries seem to be little too concentrated on bladder functions.
I found his blog over at Jennifer's

Guess what's for dinner

I am having some delicious liverwurst, or Leberwurst as I would call it, on some nice rye bread. Yummy.
And, what do we have to drink today?



A little note here. When I was looking for a good picture and googled Liebfraumilch, I found an interesting piece of information on it.

THE STORY OF LIEBFRAUMILCH
One of Germany’s most famous wines is Liebfraumilch. However, its fame remains restricted to export markets and very few Germans would even consider buying bottle for even everyday consumption. This medium dry, fragrant, light, and quaffable wine is originally from the vineyards surrounding the Liebfrauenstift Church (Church of Our Lady) on the outskirts of the town of Worms on the Rhine River.


This is actually true. When I was still living in Germany I cannot recall ever drinking this wine and even though my mom knows it, she doesn't drink it either. I like it. It's nice to drink and, most importantly, CHEAP. You can buy a case without spending too much money and drink it as your regular "house wine".

Countdown

Just waiting to go home. For some reason there seems to be nothing to do today. It's really quite, which is odd and that makes it even worse just sitting here, waiting to go home.
I'm already thinking about what to eat tonight.... so if anybody has any ideas, just let me know. Don't want me to starve, do you now?
I did buy a couple of cans of Kidney beans.
A friend f mine, used to make the best Chili and I guess I was thinking about that when I bought them. But, I am missing the main spices. She is Hungarian and had this real spicy paste, or whatever you call it. Maybe I can put something together.
But first it's time to go home…once I’m done with my countdown.

Pope in Germany

As you all know the pope is in Germany for World Youth Day.
And as it seems, they really like him there.
He was even received by followers doing "the wave".
picture by Guido Karl/WJT gGmbH

It was also a little windy.

picture by AFP

picture by DDP

Patience

For some reason, this week does not want to go by. It seems to go on forever. And it’s not even that I have nothing to do, because I do. Oh well, at least tomorrow is finally Friday and then I get to clean again...wonderful.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Aaaahhhhhh

So, I finally got tired of eating Pizza and sandwiches and such so I went shopping today and got me a nice juicy Steak.....I love beef.
It goes good with beer too.

Prost!!

Oh No!

So it is really going to happen. Too bad. I really like Brosnan as James Bond, but I guess it is over for sure.
I wonder who the new 007 is going to be?
I love James Bond.

- via CNN

September 18th

It's time to vote in Germany.
I sent in my application to get an absentee ballot and it better get here before the elections.
This should be the least time I get to vote in Germany.

700

700 posts and no real content. Pretty good huh?
So, I am sitting here, trying to come up with something real witty to write but I just can’t do it.
Nothing really interesting is going on, except some broken bones and some worms creeping around.
Well, why should the 700thpost be any different from the others?

- Thanks Drudge for the links.

Made it

Well, I made it to work....good.
I almost didn't, because smart Me turned off the alarm clock and went back to sleep and with no hubby around that is very dangerous. But luckily, the German that I am, I planed those kinds of things into my morning routine and still had enough time to have coffee and a cigarette....

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Lonely

I don’t know how people do it, but I can’t stand being by myself. I get things done but at some point I want to relax and just sit down and watch TV and doing that alone sucks.
Also, eating is not very fun by yourself. Hell, I can’t even cook anything because everything is for at least two people and I don’t even eat what one single person would eat.
I can’t wait until Monday. I swear, I will cook up the best meal ever. Preferably something with beef….Oh, how I crave a nice, juicy Steak…Sorry to all Vegans and Vegetarians out there.
Oh well, at least I get to go back to work tomorrow. (That’s just a wrong thing to say)

Registered

Well, not really registered but kind of.
I had my INS appointment today to get fingerprinted...again. I had to do that for my work permit, but I guess you have to do this every time you apply for something new. At least this ought to be the last time. Now I just have to wait and go to all the other appointments until I get to take my oath and be JUST LIKE YOU, I mean an American!!!
So, because I did sooo much today with sleeping in and all I thought I deserve a little something.



Cheers!!

???

OK, so what do you do when you have a day off and there is nothing else to do?
You watch TV and because nothing is really on, you just go through all the channels until......you come across Jerry Springer.
I didn't know that show is still on. Who is still going on that show? I mean when you're midget girlfriend tells you "Hey, let's go on Jerry Springer", don't you know that she probably is a man and has been cheating on you with your cat????
But, it is entertaining......

Monday, August 15, 2005

My new baby

I have finally become un-wired and got a new laptop. Am so excited. Dude, I got a Dell.
I really like it.
Of course my favorite bay is my beloved husband but got a few other ones as well. One of them is my car, which we just paid off. Now I like it even more.

But, the very cutest baby in I have is my nephew. Although I still haven’t seen him in person, I know he is the cutest being on this planet.
He actually made it out of the hospital…on July 4th (perfect date, huh?)
He has 24 hour nurse service and so my brother and his girlfriend (actually fiancé but don’t say anything) had a full house.
I just sent another package with “aunty-loves-you-more-than-anybody” clothes; one of those HAD to have turtles on them. He wore that on my birthday. Anyway, he is doing great and that just makes me and everybody else happy as hell.
I can’t wait to see him, which is hopefully soon.

So, I think those are my babies…for now.

HA

I get to sleep in tomorrow, which means I can stay up as late as I want to. Too bad that there is absolutely NOTHING in TV. I already watched all the Law and Orders that are on right now and nothing else is interesting.
So, what to do, what to do?
Just me and my wine.

Another bug story

To show how cruel I can be, especially to animals, I have another story that goes along with this one.
Just a day after I sucked up that nasty wasp, I was vacuuming again and, who would’ve thought, a little creepy cricket came along and....I got that one too!
Maybe I can make a profession out of this.
Oh, and by the way, I have that vacuum that looks real good and was in a fashion magazine.

Not creative

I just realized that I used the same title for this and this post.
Well, I never said I was a creative person so I guess every post could have the same title if I wanted to.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Already??

And it is Sunday evening already. What a bummer.
This weekend went by way too fast.
It is funny that when you're really busy and meeting up with friends, the weekend seems to go on forever, but if nobody is around and all you do is getting your nails done and a get new haircut, just to go home and clean and hang out, all of a sudden it's Sunday.
Oh well, at least I am off on Tuesday, so the week will be shorter.
OK, I have to go....gotta do my hair....
I turned into such a girl...just awful.

Ha

Who would've thought. I especially like the headline.
Panthers Pummel Redskins 28-10


They should've never gotten rid of Spurrier.

- via WTOP Radio

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Disgusting

ROCHELLE, Ga. — A doctor is accused of assisting an unlicensed practitioner who allegedly treats cancer patients with a flesh-eating herbal paste that leaves them with horrible disfigurements, including mutilated breasts.


What the hell is wrong with people?

- via Fox News

The Terminator

I hate bugs.
All bugs. Even though the little ones don't really bother me I still hate them. I get so freaked out sometimes that I could cry. Sick, huh?
I am also a mosquito magnet and constantly get bitten.
So, today, when I finally settled down on the couch and got my book out, I heard this dreadful noise. Some kind of bug in the house. Now, normally I wouldn't get too excited, but not if it is a WASP!
Try to get one of those out from behind the curtains. I got a newspaper and all kinds of tools, just to be even more scared when that thing finally moved away from the window. So, I did what anybody would do. I grabbed the vacuum cleaner. I got the long extension and sucked that thing up. But it was still alive in the canister so I kept the cleaner running until the wasp seemed too exhausted. I thought I could kill it, but I guess they are very resistant. So I got on my "running shoes" and grabbed the canister, ran outside and dumped the contents (wasp included) far, far away in my yard and ran back.
That was about all the excitement I can handle on one weekend.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Almost forgot

I actually did finally apply for citizenship.
I know I have been talking about it for a while but try and write a check for $ 390 (!!!) for that.
So, now I just have to wait a decade or so and I get to vote and all kinds of other stuff...
This Tuesday I have to get my finger prints taken..again.

Bad.....ME

Ok, I know, I know.
I haven't posted in....a while and to be honest, for all of those times that I actually had something to post and I never did,I have nothing to write about now. But I actually feel bad enough already and since I am sitting here with nothing going on and nobody home I thought I'd better do something..
Oh yeah, I am alone...for a whole week!!!! (Actually like 10 days)
I was so excited to have some time by myself and not, barely 3 hours into being home alone...I AM SO BORED.
You know there are so many reruns of Law and Order you can watch.
It sucks and I have no idea what I am going to do.....I actually can't wait to get back to work...GREAT.
So, hopefully I'll stick around until after I have somebody to talk to again.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Tired

I am just tired and burned out.
After trying to finish this month's works in 2 weeks I got home just to clean the room, where my parents are going to be staying....
Now it's the bills that I have to pay and clean up my desk to where everything is done. I wish I was done so I can just watch some TV and go to bed, but no, I have yet to file all the paperwork from the last month.
I have no energy left, but knowing that tomorrow is going to be busy I will get everything done tonight.
Tomorrow I have to go shopping and get gas, and beer (really).
At around 4 PM I'll be waiting at Dulles to get my parents. MY dad confided in me today that he still is going to bring his Cuban cigars even though my mom told him not to. I can't wait to see her face once he lights up outside of the airport...
I am so looking forward to hang out with them, even though my planner is full, like it never is.
We'll have so much fun.
I also talked to my brother and everything is going good with my little baby. He's off the antibiotics (he had pneumonia), so now the seizures or cramps should be less since that is a side-effect. He is growing and is starting to look chubby, which I think is a good sign.

Anyways, I am gonna get back to my bills....

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Already!!!!

Ok, I know what date it is and all, but I just now really, realized (I mean REALLY), that I only have tomorrow left to work and then I get to entertain my parents for two weeks!!!!
Part of that time we'll be spending in Florida (to meet my mother-in-law), but mostly we'll be here at home. Luckily they were in DC before so we don't have to do the whole "look at the mall" thing again.
I kind of feel bad though, since my nephew is still in the hospital and they have been helping my brother out so much and now I take them away from him. But it was planned for a long time so nobody knew what was going to happen. I just hope we'll be able to keep in tough and know the latest updates.

Of course, just having one day left in the month to finish work makes it all the more pleasant to be here, but mostly I am trying to ignore it, which means I don't do anything.
I hope I get my energy back once I am home because there is still a lot of work to do. I better CLEAN everything or else my Mom will spend this weekend cleaning my house. She is nice about it though, not annoying. She really does like cleaning and wants to help.

I am sure it'll be fine. Now I just have to survive the rest of today and tomorrow and then I get to relax and enjoy myself.

Oh, I have t get more beer....

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Who could that be???

Paramedics rushed inside the White House and resuscitated a man whose heart had stopped.


I am sure I am not the only one thinking about who that might have been.....

Friday, April 01, 2005

Comments needed

Go to this site, and comment on Greg's post for today, April 1st. It's a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

- found via Rocket Jones

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Little Flikr Fun



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Hmmmm.....

So, for a while now, Bloggerhas comments and I have them enabled and get notfied when someone comments (which is not often) etc....so, Ted commented in this post and I replied which was about 10 days ago, and now I just received a message for my reply AGAIN??? and I have a second reply there. It's been sooooooooo slooooooooooooooow lately but I don'ty mind since I am too busy to blog much anyways, but this really pisses me off.
I don't really post that much, mainly becauseI feel I don't have much to say but still...

Oops

I forgot my 2 year Blogiversary!
It was on the 28th, so I am not that late, but still. I wouldn't want to miss my birthday either....
Anyways, Happy Blogiversary to me!!!

Monday, March 21, 2005

Wait

As I mentioned a while back, my nephew was born 6 1/2 weeks ago.
He was a little early and needed a little help. At first it was his legs that were bothering the doctors and also his jaw which made it hard for him to eat since it is a lttle recessed. He had cramps, wheer his body would just cramp up all of a sudden and so they decided to transfer him to another hospital about a week after he was born. Then he started to have seizures and after a bunch of tests and CT scans they determinedthat they were epileptic and staretd to give him medication for that. He then started to have trouble braething. He was able to breathe but he didn't get enough oxygen in his blood so he would have a little oxygen mask thingy close by just in case in addition to his feeding tube and the other monitors. All in all he was doing good though and grew etc. They were talks about him being able to finally go home along with all his hardware, but that wasn't such a big deal. His parents were tired of the hour plus drive each morning to the hospital and my brother had to go back to work too. So then, when they were only waiting to finally get all the monitor rentals approved by the insurance company my little nephew stopped breathing. And his little heart stopped too. Luckily a doctor and his mom were around and it only took seconds for him to be back or whatever you call it, but after that he obviously wasn't going to go home and they transferred him to intensive care, where he has been now for about a week. When I talked to my brother last week he said that he was getting a little bit more oxygen but he was breathing on his won. They didn't want to incubate him because then he wouldn't breathe by himself which is not good for newborns since they are still learning. On Friday though they did decide to go ahead and give him a Tracheostomy. He has a tube going through his throat in his lungs, but as far as I know he still breathes by himself.
The disturbing thing is that apparently my brother and his girlfriend told my parents that they would not want him to live on life support only, if that is what it will be for the rest of his life. Now, I know you discuss those things, especially in those situations, but all I keep thinking about is that I haven't even seen him yet.
I hate being so far away. Of course I hardly get to talk to my brother because they are constantly at the hospital so I get second-hand information from my parents and then it's delayed too. They talk at night, so during the day for me, but I have to wait until the next day.
It unsettling too, because the doctors can't make a diagnosis. They know he has something but all the tests they have done so far ad all indications don't lead to a standard disease. He has nothing genetically wrong with him, since they checked his genes and made sure there is no birth defect, but they just don't know, so they can only treat the seizures and help him breathe, but they can't treat whatever makes him sick. I would hate being a doctor then.
So all I can do is sit here and think and look at the few pictures I have and wait.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Weird

So, I just really realized it was St. Patrick's Day this morning at work. Not that I really care, except for the license to drink (but not drive!!). And then I thought about the whole wearing something that's green thing and all and, of course, I don't. I don't ever do that, but in Germany they don't celebrate or even talk about St. Patrick's Day (not that I know of at least), so I do have an excuse. Plus, why would they??
Anyway, so I was thinking of maybe something that could be green that I am wearing and thought about the stripes in the front of my socks that are green and then I had it (thought with the accent of the Dyson dude)!!! My underwear is green!!! Not that I would show them but still. But then the weird thing happened. I remembered that last year I wore the same pair of underwear. That's strange. And I am sure of that because I don't have a lot of green underwear…matter of fact I think that's the only pair…..
Must be something subconscious. Hey, maybe I am partly Irish??????

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Nothing like having a buzz going at 4 PM on a Saturday afternoon.
Just got back from the Chinese Restaurant and I just can't say "No" to those Mai Tais.
My husband went to take a nap and I figured I'd better use that time to get some "computer-stuff" done.....

Friday, March 11, 2005

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Panda Porn

Well, I guess it's time for those two to get it on!!!!!
Smithsonian National Zoological Park officials believe Mei Xiang may be ready to mate with Tian Tian, in the next few days.

To prepare for that eventuality, officials said they will close the panda exhibit for the next four to five days to give them a little privacy.

But, you can't go to the zoo and watch it???? Bummer.
Even better, just watch it via one of their live cams.
The Washington Post also has a story about it, but you have to be registered.

- via NBC4

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

I'm Ready

I can't wait to get home and go play with my new toys!!! (not the ones you think).
I finally got around to getting a IEEE cable to hook up my camera to my computer and start putting all the videos on DVD. Then I got one of them fancy DVD+R DLs (I don't know where to put that little "s" here…). I recorded the BEST RACE EVER and only the two qualifying rounds would fit onto a regular DVD so I am hoping the DL will work. Then I just have to manage and play it on the DVD player.
And to make it all perfect I bought some CD labels and CD case labels. I'm in business!!!
Watch me, because soon I'll be making my own documentaries…..

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Gotcha!!

Poor Baby ;(

Must have been a rough day for him if he's already drunk at 7:30 PM. I usually don't get there until after 9 PM...

What the...?

What's wrong with this weather?
Yesterday it was above 60 and the sun was out and everybody was happy. Now it's pouring outside at 40 or less degrees and it's going to get colder? And it's supposed to snow this afternoon!
I am so ready for the Spring. No more hats and gloves and scarves and boots and whatever else you need for this weather. I am done.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Happy Birthday

Yesterday was my nephew's birthday.
He is a whole month old now!!!!! He was a little early and has been worrying everybody here lately but each day brings better news. He is very tiny, being 3 weeks early, but the doctors also said he was already two weeks behind which totals it to 5 weeks early (???). He has a recessed chin which makes his little tiny mouth even tinier and so he has trouble eating (drinking?) and they have this feeding tube to give him the rest when he is done and falling asleep. Also, he has those cramps, where he just tightens up and about a week after he was born he started having seizures too so they did all kinds of tests to determine that he is epileptic but his brain doesn't have any problems, meaning the brain looks normal. But he does have some water pockets that are normal in newborns and also his brain ist a little underdeveloped. So they say he's normal but has seizures or something.....it's really complicating to me because I get my information through my parents and I hardly get to speak to my brother since they are always at the hospital. So everything is second-hand but I get the overall idea that everybody is happy. For a while they though he had some birth defect but they luckily ruled that out.
They are hoping he will be released soon...maybe next week. And of course, I as the cool aunt already sent a package and am already working on the next one. You can never have enough baby clothes...especially cute little boots and hats....

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Drained?

I think I'm drained.
The last two days just flew by. I got to work on Monday (complaining about not having a snow day) and had just a ton of work to do and was busy non-stop the whole day and yesterday up until this morning. So, I thought I could just get to the other things now but I can't. I start and can't concentrate but I want to get things done...it just doesn't work.
I need a beer or something, really.
The weather is too depressing too. Yesterday one of the many incompetent weather people here mentioned that last year at this time we were in the 60's. Like I needed to hear that. It doesn't help either that it's March, because it's still cold as shit. So, I guess I get drained and depressed and in need of beer...lots of beer.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

All up to date

FINALLY!!!!
We got a new computer.
I love it. We can actually use it now without it making weird noises or just shutting down when it wants to.
I just love Windows XP Media Edition. Watching TV while typing!!! Now I just have to get another cable to hook up my camera to the computer and transfer all my video from tape to DVD. I already started playing with the movie maker and made some slide shows.

So, with that my last excuse as to why I can't post anything anymore is gone as well and so I hope that I get to blog some more again. Now I just have to find something interesting.......

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Home Sweet Home

Well, I finally made it back to the US and to work.
What a wonderful visit it was. I wish I could have stayed longer (or forever). I finally got to meet my brother's girlfriend. Their little baby boy will be here soon. I hope it won't take years for me to finally get to see him.
I saw a bunch of old friends of mine and found out that another one is working where my dad works and they talked to each other before but never realized who they were actually talking to. So, I got in contact with her and will try to see her the next time I am over there.
Other than that I am just tired and hurting, but luckily the weekend isn't too far away. It is kind of nice getting back home and sleeping in your own bed again but it is such a pain to unpack everything and put everything away. I think I need a vacation.