Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas

If everything goes right we’ll be on the road this afternoon and hopefully make it at least half way to Florida. Although this will be short trip it should be fun.
The whole back of the car is full of presents. The only thing left to pack are the clothes but that shouldn’t take too long.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too if I’m not back before then.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Setup?

Just came across this at Debbie Schlussel's site.

This is about U.S. Airways Flight 300 and the Imam's that were removed from the flight. This is an account of someone who was actually on the plane. Her name is Pauline Klemmer. Very Interesting.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Go Navy!

Don’t forget. Tomorrow at 2:30 PM EST on CBS.
Also, following that game is the SEC Championship game. Go Gators!!!

Update:
Navy won and so did the Gators. We’ll talk about the whole BCS Championship later…I hope :))

Friday, November 10, 2006

That long?

It’s been way too long since my last post. Only one after Columbus Day and now we have Veteran’s Day.
Although I do have to work again, I’m not complaining. The people honored today didn’t complain either, right?

Anyway, now I can be even more thankful for their service, since I am an American too!

Thank you.

Monday, October 30, 2006

What happened?

No posts for weeks! I am outraged. Well lucky you, I just got a free extra hour yesterday so maybe I’ll get to post more often now. Right.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy Columbus Day

While most of you will be enjoying a nice day off I will be working. Somebody’s got to earn the money.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Work Work Work

To expand on my previous post, I also bake cookies, which I will be doing this weekend to ensure the hubby has an adequate supply for the following week.
Sometimes I just can’t stand myself because I am so great.

Have a nice weekend!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Best Wife Ever.

Yes, that would be me. Just ask the husband.
I like to have a beer with him, or go to a bar, or even a strip club.
I not only like sports and also watch it with him, I also get him sports memorabilia, which is just what I did.
I am truly the greatest!

Again?

Victim in Murder-Suicide Sought Protective Order

What got me was this sentence:
The murder victim, Jackie M. Lewis, 57, had sought a temporary protective order against the suicide victim, her longtime boyfriend Arthur J. Comer, 57.

Suicide victim? How about murderer?

- via WTOP

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Oktoberfest

For those of you living in the Washington DC area, Ft. Belvoir is having their annual Oktoberfest this weekend. I know it pales in comparison to the real deal, but it’s actually not that bad. I personally don’t need the food but the beer is good and the people are a lot of fun.
For more info go to: http://www.belvoirmwr.com/special-events/oktoberfest2006/index.html

Friday, September 22, 2006

See Ya!

Summer is almost gone. You better enjoy this last day.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Scratchy Throat

More like a tickle but it’s still bothering me like crazy. Have you ever sat next to a person who constantly clears their throat? Well, don’t sit next to me.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thanks

Good timing Ted! I was debating what to write for my “I’m back”-post and then you comment. I almost gave up but who could resist?? Thanks:)

I don’t think I like Continental Airlines. The flight and all was good, but what bugged me was that on the way back I had to get my luggage and go through customs just to give it back so I can go on and catch my connecting flight to DC. Which of course did not work as planned since my one suitcase decided to take it slow. Lucky me I only had to wait two hours for the ext flight and I got to test the bar at the gate.

Other than that Germany was great. The weather sucked, but that was to be expected. Grandma is doing all right. She had a bad day when I saw her and kept closing her eyes. I am glad though that we took the time to travel one day just to see her. The wedding was good too. My dad made me dance the Twist and all I knew was the Waltz. Life just sucks, doesn’t it?

Anywho, I have tons of work to do which at least keeps me busy and I can’t even think about jetlag.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Alright

Before I go on my vacation, which is not a vacation since I am visiting family and have to attend a wedding-thing, I thought I better post one last time. I am slowly but surely drifting off into no-posts land again so I have yet another reason to refine my typing and writing technique, however useless that might be.
Anywho. Life is good and getting better. Very soon I’ll be on my way to good old Germany. Hopefully the weather will improve since I want to work on my tan. NOT. If all goes well, I will also get to see my one and only grandmother. I am thinking that it will probably be the last time so I’m gonna give her a big ole hug, no matter if she knows who I am or not.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Yeah!

I was going to post about how depressing it is getting older and all and then Castro actually made my day.
I can’t wait until he’s dead.
A dead Commie is a good Commie.

- via The Drudge Report

Monday, July 24, 2006

4 weeks, baby

Just four more weeks and I’ll be on my way to good old Germany, which means that in less than five weeks my brother is finally getting married. Since his wife-to-be is going to take over her father’s business one day, they have decided that my brother will take on their family name. Normally I would think that this is way too cheesy but in our family’s case you want to get rid of the family name. My dad is the main proponent if that.
The problem is, that my dad got his last name from the guy my biological grandmother happen to be married to at the time of his birth, which was less than nine months after they got married. That guy figured it out and left her. So she thought it would be cool to take the next best idiot and run off with him to West Germany, leaving my dad in an orphanage until his grandparents took him in a few years later. Bitch.
I might have mentioned that before. Anywho, my lovely c**t-grandmother never thought it would be nice to tell my dad who his real father is, but she’s probably not even sure. Whore. There is really only one other offspring of hers that is normal and he has come to the conclusion that his mother is a bitch too. He’s actually my favorite uncle and I only know him for half of my life; since I grew up in the East and he was living in the West.
The good part about this whole thing is though that I was always able to call my dad a son of a bitch without any problems.
That’s my family!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

NASCAR?

Ok I don’t follow NASCAR really. I know some drivers and all but it’s not anything interesting to me since I love Formula One racing which I think is much more challenging.

I just read a story about Juan Pablo Montoya, who just got let go by the McLaren Mercedes. I hate him with a passion because he’s an ass. Well, Mr. Montoya is apparently preparing for his next career in NASCAR. What a joke. Now I might actually have top watch it so I can see him crash though…

I am so turning into an American, it’s not even funny, y’all ;))

Update: Formula1.com has an article on this.

Sore Loser

I am one, but that’s OK. I currently hate Italy and everything Italian, which is very hard because I USED to like Pizza.

This shouldn’t last long though, especially since I kind of cheated this weekend with Italian wine.

We went to Charlottesville, VA, which was just beautiful. I like little mini-vacations and will definitely do those more often.

New Book

I finally finished the Chronicles of Narnia. I was on my way to work and HAD to get a new book, so I picked up “The Dante Club” by Mathew Pearl. It sounded interesting and so far it is. It started out a little boring but I am getting to an interesting and more exciting part now. We’ll see.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Weekend Wrap-Up

After Germany’s win over Argentina, Italy beat the Ukraine on Friday, which means Germany will have to beat Italy tomorrow, What luck that tomorrow is a Holiday. I know they secretly planned it that way. Anywho, I get to watch the game and be a happy camper.
Wednesday it’s back to work and hopefully Portugal will beast France, but we well see about that.

Friday, June 30, 2006

It’s Time Again…

OK, since today the World Cup continues with the quarterfinals I will have to list my Cuties of the day again.

Obviously Poldi (Lukas Podolski) is still THE best of them all.


The second game of the day is a little harder concerning cuties. I don’t want Italy to win, however I am not able to find anybody hot on the Ukrainian team. Go figure.

Update 2 PM: What a game! After penalty kicks Germany finally won. Let's see who they'll play July 4th.

54*74-1990=2006

Now who knows what that means?
See Germany won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990. So I guess it’s about time…..

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

No Games, No Cuties

They will come back on Friday.
In the meantime I will enjoy the weather!!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Definitely a Cutie

Jose Antonio Reyes is most definitely a Cutie.
Spain will face, and hopefully beat, France this afternoon. See I always liked Zidane but that was during the 1998 world cup when France was so good but they suck ass and I have to go with Spain.

So, here Jose.



And one more time...

First Match Toughie

In today’s first match Ghana is playing Brazil. See, I don’t want Ghana to win since they beat the US and that sucks. However I don’t like Brazil that much either, but they are the clear favorite. So this morning’s cutie will be Brazilian.
That was tough because I can’t find anybody really cute in there. Ronaldo is a fatty and the rest of the team is not much better. But, if I had to pick one I guess it’ll be Adriano.

Enjoy!!



Update: I guess Adriano is a happy camper since they just beat Ghana 3:0. Too bad Spain will beat them after they destroy France this afternoon.

Monday, June 26, 2006

My Swiss Pick

That would be Ricardo Cabanas. I know, sounds very Swiss, eh?



And another one.

Bummer Again

Italy beat Australia, which means Italy will have to wait until Friday to get their asses kicked by (hopefully) Switzerland. I hope the Swiss win over the Ukraine later on today. However it seems that the football gods don’t care what I hope for…idiots.

Australian Cutie

I am currently looking through the Australian football (soccer) team and I found some cuties but there is nobody really sticking out…. I’ll keep looking though.
So far, Craig Moore and Michael Beauchamp are among my picks for the boys from down under.

Update: Lucas Neill isn't too bad either. Too many choices.

Update 2: Lucas Neill won! Good luck Australia!!



Update 3: Apparently this cutie fouled some Italian dude, which caused the ref for whatever reason to give them a penalty kick instead of a card (??). In the last seconds Italy scored and went on to the next round.
I still think he's cute though.

Another Hottie



That would be Portugal’s Luis Figo. Kind of cute, isn’t he?

BTW, yesterday’s game was incredible. I though that you can’t have any more yellow and red cards in a game but apparently Russian Referees like colors a lot.

Help, I’m drowning

What’s going on???
It took me forever to get to the metro station because my usually route was flooded and then the metro was s-l-o-w because some station had to be closed because of flooding. Perfect Monday morning I say.

In other news I hope Italy gets their asses kicked by Australia, simply because they beat the US, literally.

Have a good one.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Love him



Lukas Podolski just scored two goals in the first half. On to the quarter finals!

Friday, June 23, 2006

All Alone

Again. After the hubby was away on business the first half of the week I sent him to Florida for an extended weekend. Monday night he’ll be back and I will have all this time to myself again. Maybe this time I actually get to finish something.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bummer

He US team didn’t make it to the next level in the Soccer World Cup. I can’t believe Ghana beat them.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Just Found

On the Drudge Report.


Rooney is a soccer player for the English team, who has made headlines in the past that have more to do with his non-soccer related behavior…

Monday, June 19, 2006

Should’ve

I was just thinking that I need to update the book I‘m reading up there in the right corner. Then I was thinking that I read so much that I probably skipped a good deal of books I read and that lead me to think I should’ve kept a list of the books I read last year and this year already…Maybe now is a good start.

I’m real good at keeping lists. Each computer I use is full of folders full of spreadsheets. It’s so much fun but it doesn’t really help when you have too many….

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Made It

As of this morning Germany made it to the next round. I followed yesterday’s game closely and almost lost it at the end. Once I got home I just had to watch the second half and it was exciting. I love soccer and I love the World Cup.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

VA Problems

Lately the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) has been in the news because of the stolen laptop containing data of veterans. Since the hubby just recently retired from the Navy it was of some concern to us, which is understandable. But overall we were OK. Since he also filed a claim with the VA there has been some paperwork coming from them over the last months. The other day we get two letter stating pretty much the same thing a previous letter already stated, which I thought was odd, but then considering it’s a government institution the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing. And who would have though that they attached somebody else’s claim information to his letter. With Social Security Number and all. Nice, huh? So does somebody have my husband’s now? I hope it’s not the guy whose info we have because we know why he was discharged…

Friday, June 02, 2006

One Week To Go

Next Friday is the start of the World Cup!!!
The US boys are already in Hamburg, one of my hometowns!!!
I am not going to get any work done for a whole month…

Friday, May 26, 2006

Friday, May 19, 2006

Ouch

found via The Drudge Report

Movie Night

Tonight is the night. The Da Vinci code comes out. Of course, I already know when and where I will be watching it tonight. I have been waiting for this ever since I heard about the movie being planned. I love the book as well as all the other books by Dan Brown.

And man, are some people upset about this. Did anybody every explain to them that it’s a movie? You know with actors and all? This concept is really great. It’s called fiction. Oh well. I guess there will always be people who feel the need to decide what I should be watching since I am too stupid to make my own decisions.

Carnival of the Recipes

Go over to PractiGal’s for some crockpot recipes tomorrow. I didn’t contribute but then again I don’t even have a crockpot. It’s on my list though.

Still Alive

I know I’m lazy ass but I can’t help it. Actually I’m a real busy ass lately but that’s another story.
I did order my new car…and then we cancelled the order…I guess they weren’t really concerned with a sale more or less.
But that’s OK because we bought a much better car. See, we thought it would be a lot smarter to have a fun car. We have a big family car that can haul things and stuff. Since I wanted a small car anyways it made sense to go with a two-seater. I love it. Now wait until I get a speeding ticket.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Send A Brick

Just came across this site and just had to post it here.
Go ahead and send a brick!

Friday, April 07, 2006

New Ride

So I am trying to buy a new car and in order to avoid any headaches I am doing everything online via e-mail. I thought it would be easy to just e-mail the dealership and say this is the car I want and nothing else. I made it clear that I only want this model with those colors and those options. I don’t care if I have to wait weeks for my car because I want it MY WAY and they have to order it. Well, think again. It has been over a week since I started this and just now I am staring to get good quotes. I am in contact with four dealerships since I want the best deal. I refuse to call Don or Tony or David or whatever their names are because I hate talking to car sales people. They’re evil.
Hah, speaking of the devil. One of them just outbid the others…..

Update: I guess we got it! We’ll go tomorrow and if everything goes well I’ll order my new car!!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Missed it

I missed my Blogiversary. It was March 28th. 3 Years! That’s a long time.
So, there you go.

Ouch

Guard Rail Impales Truck Driver

- via NBC 4

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I did it

I finally booked tickets to go to Germany late this summer AFTER the World Cup. I had no other choice since my brother refused to change his wedding date. I’ll be there for 2 weeks. The tickets are so damn expensive that I have to fly out on a Monday (and miss the whole weekend) and come back on a Monday. Oh well. This will be the first time I am flying Continental. We’ll see how that goes. They are the only airline that has a direct flight to Hamburg from Newark, which means I get to fly out of Reagan National, which is great.

Other than that life is good and busy.

As a George Mason University graduate I would have loved to see them beat the gators and UCLA of course, but it shouldn’t. They did great. It was funny at our house since we usually are huge Gator fans, but mostly concerning football. Obviously GMU was my favorite but I was happy that the Gators got the championship.

Anyways, I hope I’ll be able to post more soon. I hate not being able to vent, especially now that it’s getting warm out side and all the tourists are returning to the metro….

Later.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sweet…16

Go Patriots!
I am not into Basketball at all and never watched it, until now that is of course. Being a George Mason University Alumni makes me proud these days and I hope the Patriots go all the way!
And, I have found that watching Basketball is not that bad. They have enough breaks in there to where you don’t have to be glued to the TV non-stop.

In other news, I am off this week! To celebrate this event I continue to get up early and will move some furniture around today…wait, no that guys will do that. I think just me and the hubby can make s quick stop at a furniture store and walk out with a couch. It looks good though.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Finally

I finally got the OK to book my flight to Germany this summer for my brother’s wedding!!!! It’s about damn time.
They had to make sure that they were able to book everything and last night he let me know that it’s all set.
I am waiting for now though, to book anything because the tickets I find are over $ 1,000 and for some reason that kind of money is not what I anticipated to spend right now. Bummer.
But I am so excited. I get to see everybody again. I most likely will make a trip out to my grandmother’s. She’s at an assisted living facility now. She’s not walking but she talks every once in a while.
The wedding itself will be a two-day deal since they want to get married in a church too. See, in Germany getting married in a church alone is not official. You have to go to court too, so that’s what they’ll do on the Friday and on Saturday is the church wedding and the reception. Fun!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

(Almost) one week

I feel horrible. Not always, but right now, especially.
It has been almost a week since I smoked a cigarette and while I feel mostly OK, this time of the day is the worst. I usually hang out with friends or at home at this hour and now I still do that but I can’t go outside and just smoke a cigarette.
It’s hard at other times to me too. I am a bitch in the morning because I can’t have a cigarette with my coffee. I use the lozenges so I can’t eat or drink while I am chewing or whatever you’re supposed to do with them, so I have to wait until I am done drinking my coffee and brushing my teeth.

But I am getting there and now I am at the point where I really want to smoke but I don’t want to fail. I hate losing. I already told some people that I am trying to quit and I can’t stand in front of them and admit that I failed so I am sticking it out.

It’s OK and it’s only going to get better. And to where nobody feels left out, the hubby is close to three weeks without smoking… I love you!!!

Done!!

Just got done with all the income taxes (state and federal). FINALLY. And I am pretty happy. Maybe that new car will be here sooner than thought. I just have to make a choice on what I want….
What a great week. Really. The hubby gets a job, and one that pays more than we needed. I get a pay raise (more than they Feds paid this year!!) AND a very unexpected bonus. And now come the taxes and I almost feel like I don’t need those $365 Million at all. But I did buy my lottery ticket anyway. (I just can’t get enough)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Cha-Cha-Change

And changes they are…
First of all, the hubby hasn’t been smoking for about two weeks now and I have completed almost the first 24 hours, but that’s not all.
We are finally a two-income family again. On Friday we got the good news that the hubby got a JOB!!!! We think he’ll start probably on March 1st.
The waiting is over and we get to stay right where we’re at. No moving to Floriduh or, as the last idea was, selling the house and buying an RV to travel the US for a year, which does sound nice, but having jobs and a house sounds nice…at least more secure.

Oh, and I got my passport on Friday as well!!!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

What’s the problem?

Actually there is none, besides the fact that I have absolutely no idea what to write, rant or link about.
Life as an American is really boring, so far anyways….
Oh well, it can get only better from here.
It’s finally February people, which means next month is spring!! I am trying to get spring to come sooner by doing my spring-cleaning early, but so far it hasn’t helped much. I’ll keep you updated on that.

Well, wasn’t that a worthy post?

Monday, January 23, 2006

Thank You!

I know I am late as hell, however I was busy trying to figure out how to be an American…well, not really.
So, first of all, thank you to everybody that left comments and congratulated me. That made me feel really special and now I’m acting like a stuck-up bitch all the time. So, thanks a lot!

Anyways, life is good. I applied for my passport last week and am waiting very patiently to get it ASAP. Other than that, life has not changed much…YET. Other than constantly reminding people that I am now an American I still feel the same…kind of.

Friday, January 13, 2006

What a day

Ok, I finally have some time to write a little more about yesterday.
I had the appointment for the interview at 8:20 AM. We got there at about 7:50 and by 8:30 I was called up. I guess the USCIS officer understood that my English is pretty good so I didn’t take any kind of English test. She asked me a couple of questions and gave me a sheet of paper with ten questions on it. I wrote down my answers and she checked them and said I passed. That was it. She handed me another piece of paper stating that at 3:30 PM the oath ceremony would be held and we left.
That gave us time to go eat a little something and get my step daughter’s birthday cake since she turned 18 yesterday. We went home waited for her to come home from school and went back to USCIS. I was already seated with the 58 other people who were going to become a citizen that day when a friend of ours showed up. He was trying to make it but we thought he wasn’t going to get in anymore.

Once everybody was there and all last formalities were cleared up the ceremony started.
They played the Star Spangled Banner and we all sang. Then, we all took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance and then we said the pledge of Allegiance. I thought it was the coolest thing. Then it got “better”. They showed a video with President Bush telling us how much he welcomed us etc. And then came a sort of collage of pictures, but playing in the background was “God bless the USA”. Now I love this song and always have. I lost it and started crying. Great, huh? Just now I went to Google it and I found wav. file and started crying again.
After that each person was called to the front and we received our Certificates of Naturalization. We took pictures and hugged.
They had some people there who let us fill out forms to get registered to vote. I thought that was really neat since me and my step daughter did it together.

Then, to celebrate this special day for all of us we went out to dinner. We decided on traditional American cuisine and went to Don Pablo’s. Well, my step daughter picked it and I had steak so we were all happy!

Tomorrow we have a little party with some friends. Since it’s a big football day we kind of combined the two and the party starts at 4:30. But that’s very American.

All right, I better go check on the cup cakes I just made. The have stars and stripes sprinkles!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Almost Done

OK, I passed the test!!! It went really fast and I was out of there before nine. At 3:30 PM I have to be back to take the oath and that should be it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Nervous as Shit

No, really. I am nervous. Can’t eat anything but at least I can still drink. Oh well, I’ll make. I always get like that. And I know that out of the ten questions I get to have three wrong. That’s do-able. So, now I really do have to go through all of my documents and find the ones I need for tomorrow. I hope it doesn’t take that long.

Comments

Ted mentioned yesterday that my comments didn’t work.
I did activate word verification and also the moderation feature a while back and I think that might have been too much. So, I just turned the moderation feature off but the word verification is still on. Let me know if there are any problems.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Joschka Goes Yankee?

I was surprised at first, but then again…I am not.

- via DW-World.de

UPDATE: Of course, David and Ray are right on it too. I am sure there will be more of a discussion there.

Crunch Time

Just two more days and I have my INS or USCIS appointment.
I am done with studying. Well, I am still looking everything over but that’s it. Tonight I’ll get all the “supporting documentation” out in case they need to see it again. I hope I find everything. If I need copies I can do that tomorrow at work and then on Thursday is the BIG DAY.
The only thing I am not looking forward to is waiting…and waiting…and waiting.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Clarification needed

OK, this is for people in Virginia and Fairfax County.
One question on the U.S. citizenship test is, “Who is the head of your local government?” Since previously it asks for the names of the Governor and the two Senators, I assume it must be the Chairman of the Board of Fairfax County. Or could it also be my District Supervisor? I guess, since the test is not multiple choice but oral, I can just name both, but I thought, a little input from others wouldn’t hurt.
Thanks.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Ask Me

I am studying for my Citizenship test next week, so if any of you have any quick questions about American history, I might be able to help.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Stuffy

Feeling just a little stuffy today.
Must be some bug going around because I hear a lot of people complaining about being sick. They better be staying away from me.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Not Fair

Well, I guess maybe a little bit, but I feel like I am the only person in this country working today. At least I was off all last week, but it feels strange to drive to the metro station and hardly any cars are on the streets. The metro was empty and is on a weekend schedule, of course. Once I was in DC I thought it was the middle of the night. The streets are strangely empty and once I got to my building it was locked.
Now I have an entry card but do you think I could find the swipy-thingie on the outside of the building? No sir! So I walked around since we have a door out back and I know how to get in there since that is the smoking area. I am tempted though to get back outside and try to find the swipy-thingie at the front door. I know I used it before. Stupid, I tell ya.

Oh, I almost forgot.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!