Monthly Archives: June 2013

Versatile Vegas Frau Part Zwei

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I know there are some writers in this blogging community that may feel as though these awards are similar to those chain letters you receive in emails where you MUST FORWARD NOW OR HAVE BAD LUCK FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS! I, however, do not and I both welcome them and appreciate them. I am definitely not judging those who think they are silly, just making the statement that I love to be loved. :) That being said, I must thank the very humorous writer from Germerican Denglish for this award that I have now received for a second time and dedicate the choppy English-German title to him! Definitely check out his blog here.

So for every award comes a set of rules to follow as shown here and as follows:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award.
  •  Include a link to their blog.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

And the nominations are……….

Swoon

Babes in Deutschland

Winenoodle

Prego and the Loon

Best and Worst of Germany

Becky, Chris & Killian’s Excellent Adventure

A Picture A Day

Belly Up to My Blog

The Married Travellers

Becoming Aussie

Mellie Lang

Once Upon a Stroll

Homesick and Heatstruck

Gesundheit Suze!

I used to be indecisive

Congratulations to all those above! I have recently started following many of those and some are fairly new so please go check them out and see what you think. And for the last little bit, 7 random things about myself:

1. The longest I have lived in the same house is about 4 years.

2. A good friend once told me if I was ever stranded on a desert island, hair products would be the one things I couldn’t live without.

3. I may have mentioned it before, but I am addicted to movies and music. I own at least 300 DVD’s.

4. I can’t roll my “R” to save my life.

5. I could eat spaghetti every day.

6. I have had brain surgery, but have never broken a bone.

7. I am a medical social worker turned stay at home mom.

Thanks again to Germerican Denglish and I look forward to reading everyone’s responses!

We Have A Kitchen And It Even Works!

After several days of blood, sweat and tears (literally), we finally have a fully functional kitchen! Let’s start with the “before” pictures, although to be technical, these are “during” since before would have just been an empty room. The pictures are taken from the left of the room to the right, if that helps you to follow it better.

Before/During #1 with the appliances on the floor

Before/During #1 with the appliances on the floor

Before/During #2 Don't you love the peach and red paint combo?

Before/During #2 Don’t you love the peach and red paint combo?

Before/During #3  Please excuse the "food and beverage counter"

Before/During #3 Please excuse the “food and beverage counter”

So, how about that red paint? WOW. I’m all for a nice red kitchen, but that color was painful. As you look at these take a moment to remember I have a very curious one year old who loved all the appliances, wires and other life threatening things that we had on the floor for the past week.  Continuing on with this drama, we live on the third floor so needless to say it was not a simple task for my husband and a friend to carry all of this to our apartment in the first place.  The next step was to paint, which also required moving things around and getting into unique positions to reach all of the places. Finally, my husband and this same friend put the kitchen up and we ended up with one extra cabinet that we couldn’t find a place for; however, we still weren’t done. Upon connecting the water, M discovered a leak which is minor and still needs to be fixed. We also had to wait for an electrician to come connect the stove….but it’s good to know people as M’s brother just happened to have a friend who is a master electrician. Finally, everything is done. We still have some touch up painting to do and we actually need a new oven. We discovered that this oven is very old and even the outside gets super hot when being used, so this would not be a good idea with a toddler. Granted, we could keep him out of the kitchen, but I don’t see that as being very realistic.

So without further delay, here are the “after” pictures!

After #1

After #1

After #2

After #2

After #3

After #3

Now all we need is a freezer…..and our household goods shipment…..and a table….AND ON, AND ON, AND ON! :-) But until then, here’s to having a sink outside of the bathroom, a refrigerator and an oven!

It’s Not All Butterflies and Rainbows But I Can Still See the Pot of Gold

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It’s not that we don’t all know this or expect this, but for the record, chasing your dreams is hard work. We knew this going in, and I am still the positive, happy girl that has been writing to you all along, but today I thought I would not only update you with our status, but throw out of some of the harsh realities. So far since landing in Frankfurt………….

*We had to share a room with our 1 year old, which didn’t sound like a problem until we learned that he would only sleep with us, not in his pack-n-play, and mostly kicked me in the face….A LOT.

*We bought a kitchen prior to our move and had M’s mom handle getting it from the person (it was used) and paying for it, etc. Upon going to pick it up, M called me to say it was so dirty and damaged it wasn’t even worth moving it. There went 250 euro that we didn’t have to waste considering we are both unemployed.

*As far as the few things we did ship over as household goods, the moving company decided to royally screw us over costing us an additional $2,000-$3,000 that we weren’t expecting and had no choice but to pay. They justified this stating that we asked for expedited shipping, which we did not, and that we would have our stuff in 4-6 weeks door-to-door. Monday is 6 weeks people and we don’t even have delivery scheduled. Our goods are here in Germany supposedly sitting at customs.

*Although I hate to admit this, it must be obvious that for the time being we are surviving off government assistance. However, the government has approved so little and denied me any money for the first 3 months since I am American, that they think after bills are paid, 3 people can survive for about 175 euro for a whole month of food and gas. Granted, we still plan on applying for a different kind of assistance for me and M can do side work for his uncle for some money, but the stress is still abundant in this household until M is employed.

So, all that being said, we have been living in an apartment for a week now, with no kitchen, no Internet, a small computer monitor we are using for TV and the bare minimum of anything you can expect. Luckily, we live next door to M’s mom so we can go there to eat and do laundry and I use the bathroom sink to wash any dishes we use to eat non-perishable items we keep here.

THE BRIGHT SIDE:

We did get a kitchen last night and although it is still in pieces until this weekend, we at least have a refrigerator. You never know how much you need one of those until you don’t have one! We also got a washing machine machine and M’s mom gave us her dryer. We do have a very nice bedroom with furniture (that also needs painting) and we should have Internet tomorrow. We were able to buy a car and it is registered and insured. And aside, from needing a little paint, TLC and more furniture/belongings, I adore our apartment. Our village is very friendly and everyone has been very warm in welcoming me to the community, despite my poor German skills. Our landlord is very attentive and nice and while sometimes it is a little overwhelming, it is nice to have someone who cares about their tenants and making sure they have a nice place to live. M has worked for his uncle every day this week and we are starting to see some of our assistance in our bank account. We also signed the boy up for kindergarten next year which is basically FREE and I can walk him there. Anyone from the states knows what a luxury this is!

So friends, my point in all this is that, we took a huge risk chasing this dream and I haven’t regretted one moment of it. Taking control of your life and making it what you want is hard, but if it were easy, than maybe you wouldn’t appreciate it as much. I’ve learned more than once in my life that the hardest decisions are almost always the right ones and nothing worth having comes easy.