Monday, September 29, 2003

Oh No!!!!

Well, I don't like Tequila anyway.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003


Ok, I found two very explicit stories on Ananova, that I would like to share with you.

The first is of a scientific photo contest:

The second story is about a Russian ad campaign:

Judge for yourself.....

I'm back!!

Well, I finally made it back to work today.
We got lucky considering the damage in our neighborhood. Our power was back by Friday but we didn't have any cable TV for a while!!!!
So I had two free days off, but had to take two additional days because my husband thought it'll be funny to get some kind of infection and being totally sick for now....
I guess he got it from standing in the rain helping neighbors with sandbags.
Now though, the kids are back in school (FINALLY!!!). Our oldest goes to school in Hampton and so he wasn't picked up until yesterday.
Now I only have to get my husband back to normal and then we're good.

Other than that, I don't have anything to say.
I've been reading other blogs to catch up and will continue to do that for today.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003


Well, Isabel seems to be really coming over here.
I will leave work early tomorrow,which I wanted to do anyways, since I was planning on getting everything set for the mortgage, but I guess I reschedule that.
After that, I don't really know what to expect...I have enough water and food and batteries etc. I just have to get gas on my way home tonight.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Es wird ernst

Hurrikan Isabel kommt. Donnerstag Nachmittag/Nacht soll er hier sein. Mal sehen, was dann noch so uebrig ist. Unser Sohn, der im Sueden Virginias (Hampton) zur Schule geht wird schon am Mittwoch, anstelle von Freitag nach Hause gebracht. Oder wir muessen ihn heute schon abholen, wenn sie dort unten evakuiert werden.
Gestern wurde in Virginia der Notstand ausgerufen.
Heute werden Batterien, Taschenlampen, Wasser, und Doesenfutter gekauft.
Naja. Augen zu und durch.

Monday, September 15, 2003


Well, I posted it already earlier in German, but since I don't have anything else to do now, I figured I might as well post it in English too.

Yesterday we finally bought a house! This is my first house ever, but my husband used to have one before we met. It is not going to be ready until March, so I'll have to sit on the edge of my seat and wait. And, while I'm doing that I get to pick out the color of the carpet etc. How fun.
I was a nervous wreck the last couple of days and still don't know how to feel exactly. I guess they call it "Buyer's Remorse".... But, I'm happy and can't wait.
It is just the house we wanted. We didn't want any of the colonial style houses, that you see everywhere in this area. Those are different and cool. Much better.

Erdbeben in Tokio?

Laut Spiegel, behauptet ein Wissenschaftler Erdbeben vorrausagen zu koennen. Er meint, dass Tokio amd Dienstag oder Mittowch betroffen ist.
Naja, es waere schoen, wenn man sowas vorraussagen koennte, denn das wuerde viele Menschenleben retten. In diesem Fall leider nicht, wenn es so eintrifft, denn die Buerger Tokios sind einfach nur beaengstigt.
Naja, wir werden es ja sehen, wer Recht hat.

Bilingual conversations has a very interesting post about codeswitching,meaning conversations where people switch between languages. The comments are very interesting.

via PapaScott

Bad Weather


Well, it looks like we'll be getting wet......

Here is the weather advisory.

Oh Rocky!!!!

Ok, der neue Mr. Germany erinnert mich irgendwie an Rocky von der Rocky Horror Picture Show......Schoenling



Wir haben es geschafft. Seit gestern haben wir uns ueber beide Ohren verschuldet und sind somit Hausbesitzer!!!!! Naja, das Haus wird erst gebaut und der Kredit-vertrag, oder wie auch immer sich das nennt, ist auch noch nicht unterschrieben aber das kommt diese Woche noch.
Jetzt geht es daran, saemtliche Bodenbelaege auszusuchen, und Wasserhaenhe und Kuechenschraenke, und einen Kuechengeraete, und......ALLES.
Dann wollen wir nur mal hoffen, dass der markt so bleibt und wir und ca. 5 Jahren etwas Geld bei dem Verkauf des Hauses verdienen.

Friday, September 12, 2003

Friday Five

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
No, my last name changed wne I got married.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
I wouldn't change it.

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
My dad named me. he always wanted a girl and then I came along. I don't think that he had any specific reason for giving me the name I have. I should ask him.

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
I really love the names of my children-to-be....but since I don't have any kids and don't even know if I ever have any I don't really get too excited about them :-(

5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn't it?
Your first name of Corinna has made you a sociable person who appreciates the beauties of nature and the refinements of life, and is moved by music and the arts. You are very idealistic and romantic within yourself and may have tried to express your beautiful thoughts through poetry or writing. Crudeness and vulgarity are very repulsive to you and you are very particular about little things. You suffer greatly with lack of confidence and self-consciousness. You crave affection and understanding, yet because you can be so easily and deeply hurt, you have learned to keep your true nature hidden; therefore people do not really know you. You always wonder if you are doing the right thing, desiring to express yourself but afraid to. People may consider you haughty and aloof because of your sensitivity and reserved ways. You may find some expression abut it would usually be light conversation, rarely daring to reveal your deeper thoughts or take others into your confidence for fear of criticism or ridicule. You have a very kind and gentle nature, and although you may be in a position in contact with the public, you will still be a lonely and reserved person. Thus, you live much within your own thoughts, often finding your escape in reading, which you love to do.

OK, I am not really sociable. I am not a tree hugger, but I like being outside. I am not creative at all and don't write poetry or anything, except for this. I amparticualr about little things, but I am married to a sailor and I can course like one. I don't think I have a lack of confidence. I really do need attention, but more like touching me or holding me. But people know me, especially the ones close to me. I am not too sensitive. I hate being criticized but I tell you what I feel, just don't respond. I really do care about other people. specially our neighboors and we try to hepl them out as much as we can. I also love getting presents for other people. I read a lot, but that's because I sit on the Metro for an hour twice a day.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Swedish Foreign Minister stabbed to death

Yesterday, the Swedish Foreign Minister was stabbed in a department store.She died this morning after undergoing surgery for 10 hours.
Here is the story on CNN.
Steffanie has a list of Swedish bloggers that posted in English about this tragedy.

via PapaScott

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Great News for Howard

Just read on the Buzzmachine that Howard Stern can, in fact, interview Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jeff Jarvis links to this article in the Washington Post.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Na, dann bin ich ja beruhigt

Laut Spiegel, sterben doch nicht 40% der Leute, die Ecstasy nehmen. Na, wer haette das gedacht? Ich sowieso nicht, weil sonst um die 40 % meiner Freunde bzw. meiner ehemaligen Mitschueler schon tot waeren.


Dadurch, dass ich nicht in Deutschland lebe, bin ich ja nicht immer auf dem neusten Stand dr Dinge. Ich habe zwar von dem ganzen Ostalgie-kram gehoert, aber mich nicht allzu sehr dafuer interessiert. Ich habe "Good bye Lenin" nicht gesehen, aber hoffe, dass es bald hier, in den Staaten gezeigt wird, damit ich endlich sehe, wovon alle reden.

Es scheint, aber mittlerweile eine richtige Ostwelle zu geben. Und ich weiss wirklichnicht, was ich davon denken soll.
Der Spiegel hat ein wirklich interessantes Stueck, was diese ganze Welle relativ gut analysiert.

6,5 Millionen Zuschauer. Jeder vierte deutsche Fernsehzuschauer glaubt jetzt, dass sich DDR-Bürger mit Cocktails aus Milch, Eiern, Rotwein und Bier betranken und lustige Tänze aufführten. Sechseinhalb Millionen Deutsche amüsieren sich an diesem Abend über einen Staat, den die Leute im Westen verfluchten und aus dem die Leute im Osten flüchteten. Was ist los mit dieser DDR, dass sie plötzlich so niedlich wird, was ist los mit den Deutschen, dass sie über den Arbeiter-und-Bauernstaat lachen wollen?

Ich habe am Anfang auch gedacht, wie komisch es ist, sich an all diese Kleinigkeiten wieder zu errinern. Ich bin in Ost-Berlin gross geworden und bin im Sommer 1989, kurz vor dem Mauerfall, mit meiner Familie nach Hamburg gezogen (nicht gefluechtet).
Aber ich frage mich mittlwerweile, warum all nur die "lustigen" Erineungen wiederbeleben. Ist nicht erst vor kurzem eine Studie oder aehnliches veroeffentlich worden, die die Nummer an Maueropfern erhoehte? Natuerlich gab es lustige Momente. Ich habe viele Erinnerungen, aber keiner will die negative Seite des Ostens ins Fernsehen bringen.

Ich weiss nicht, was ich denken soll. Vielleicht ist es ja gar nicht so sclimm, wie ich es mir vorstelle?

Monday, September 08, 2003


Dieses Wochenende haben wir damit verbracht saemtliche Haeuser aufzusuchen, die uns eventuell zusagen wuerden. Das Problem ist nur die Location, wie es der Makler zu sagen pflegt. Nicht, dass die Gegend bloed ist, sondern einfach nur teuer.
Uebrigens, dass mit dem weit-wegziehen, hat sich wohl, aufgrund der Entfernung erledigt.
Also, das Problem ist, dass alle Haeuser gleich aussehen und dass, sogar die aelteren "gebrauchten" Haeuser total viel kosten, was bedeutet, dass wir was niegel-nagel-neues wollen.
Und dann haben wir auch gleich was gefunden. Es sieht NICHT so aus, wie alles andere und es ist toll und gross und ich mag es und ich will es. Jetzt duerfen wir nur warten, dass irgendso'n Futzi uns sagt, dass er uns supergerne Geld leihen wuerde......
Morgen will der Bauherr bescheid wissen, ob wir das tolle Haus bezahlen koennen. Na, dann wollen wir mal hoffen, dass alles gut laeuft....

Friday, September 05, 2003 - Asteroid update: End of world on hold


Ananova - Jackass warning after horrific firecracker accident

Some people are just way too stupid.

the friday five

1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?
I don't really like cleaning the bathroom, but windows are the worst.

2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing?
I like doing the laundry, but not folding. I also don't mind doing the dishes.

3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed?
Well, I have a routine with the laundry. I start Friday night and by Saturday the clothes are done. Sunday is for Sheets, towels, and uniforms.

4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?
NOBODY is allowed to touch my washer or dryer!

5. What was the last thing you cleaned?
I did some dishes this morning.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Abibuch 1996 Eimsbütteler Modell

Ich habe gerade die geilste Entdeckung gemacht!
Da hat jemand das ganze Abi-Jahrbuch des Jahrgangs '96 ins Internet gepackt (tolle Wortwahl).
Leider ist es nicht mein Jahrgang, aber immerhin. Am besten sind die Lehrerzitate, vor allem die des Herrn Bloess's, dessen Lehrkunst ich auch im Geschichts-GK geniessen durfte:

- "Ich denke immer, sie halten mich für irgendeinen Opa,
der vor sich hinbrabbelt, weil er auf der Parkbank
keinen anderen Gesprächspartner gefunden hat!"

Es waere ja wirklich mal nett, zu versuchen, unser Jahrbuch virtuell zu veroeffentlichen, aber ich hab echt keine Lust das zu machen, vor allem weil ich keine Ahnung habe, wie ich das anstelle.

Naja, ich werde heute abend mal mein jahrbuch vorkramen und ein bisschen von den "good-old times" schwaermen...

Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - Giant asteroid could hit Earth in 2014

Well, I am not really into science but I am fascinated by space and, of course, headlines such as these.
The funny thing is, that just after it says that a GIANT asteroid could hit earth it says:
But for those fearing Armageddon, don't be alarmed -- the chances of a catastrophic collision are just one in 909,000.
Then why write a headline like that? - Agent: Police did their best for man wearing bomb

I have been meaning to post on this story ever since I heard about it last night (I haven't watched TV all weekend long!!!).
That is the strangest thing I have ever heard and I can't imagine having anything like that happening to me.
Who would do anything like that? And believe they could get away with that?
I hope they solve this because it is somewhat irritating that, whoever did this, is still out there and could possibly do this to somebody else.