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 fiancĂ© 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.