Further (albeit random) updates***

Guten Morgen! Ich möchte sprechen Deutsch. Wir haben gelernt, ein wenig. Act like you’re not impressed. Kenny and I officially began our German lessons last week. Slowly, but surely we are learning the language… it really is exciting. We, including a few of Kenny’s American teammates (basically whoever shows up), meet every Tuesday at the office for lessons.

Also, today marks the start of my new job: Kenny’s chauffeur. For those of you that haven’t already heard Kenny got a speeding ticket the other day. Germans do NOT mess around with speeding. Not only did we have a very hefty fine, but also Kenny has to give up his license for a whole month! I mean c’mon Germany – no warnings or nothin’?? …Pretty unreasonable if you ask me. Anyway! If he gets caught driving without a license it is a whole month’s pay and possible jail time! Again, Germany… really?! Needless to say, we are not risking it. Thus, begrudgingly, I am his driver.

Despite my frustrations, I will say this on Germany’s behalf, though they are pretty ridiculous with some of their laws and customs (do not get me started on separating garbage); I have never seen a safer, cleaner, or more environmentally conscious place.

Anyway! That is all for tonight/today! I will leave you with a few pictures I took of the fields behind our village when I was on my run a couple of days ago:)

Plus, we have a horse in our back yard…

I named him Phillip.

Also, one last (and even more random) thing: I am proud to say, Kenny and I finished our Disney puzzle! Here is proof:

TA-DAA! Our next posting will be about our visit to the beautiful Schloss Lichtenstein! Cheers!

Just one more quick post before I take a break…

…Kidding! Hang onto your brains fellow babies because I’m back! I would like to informally apologize for my extended absence… I really don’t have an excuse aside from pure laziness. However, I love my grandma, and G-Money requested more entries so here we are! Clearly we need to play a little catch-up… so I am going to begin with our trip to the Italian/French festival in Tubingen a couple of weeks ago. This festival takes place twice a year over a sequence of four days; once in the fall and once in the spring. It was truly an awesome experience. Vendors filled the streets of Tubingen selling everything you can imagine. A few notables being: an exquisitely hand-carved wooden chess set (€200 BTW!), brightly colored yard ornaments reminiscent of our Family Farm Froggy at the lake, some lovely clay pottery – so lovely in fact, that we purchased two coffee mugs (except I broke mine and am still upset about it) and last but certainly not least, an array of French and Italian wines, all of which you could carry freely throughout the streets because Germans are cool. Here are a few visual aids to help you understand the enormity of this festival…

At every corner I was greeted with a different form of amusement. The entertainment was primarily musicians playing from their culture and background… However there was this guy…

Now, I can’t say for sure if he was supposed to be a mime or a robot, and although he was rather amusing, he failed either way. The rest of the corners were great, though! Very festive!

Kenny was at practice so I was exploring the festival for a couple of hours by myself and happened upon the best Gummy Bear store I ever did see. 

And… true to German fashion…

Lastly, possible cake for this August?

Just kidding, sorry Aunt Lorraine;))

Then finally my darling husband joined me in my explorations!! Look how cute he is:)!

We set out together window shopping and found this nice quirky fellow selling a various assortment of colorful clay creations. I – being a caffeine addict – really loved his coffee mugs. Kenny and I bought a sea-foam green one and a blue one! The sea-foam green mug became a favorite part of my morning routine! Until I broke it. I was so upset, you would have thought my puppy died; luckily, Kenny is used to my emotional overreactions.

Next we tried a bit of yummy gelato. Here is Kenny standing outside of the gelato stand while holding my empty glass of wine (that I forgot to mention) and looking miffed by my incessant picture taking…

We sat down on a bench and enjoyed our gelato while taking in some excellent people-watching. We were making our way for the car when I saw it…

Iced Coffee!!! Except not really…

But it was still really tasty:)

The festival was a really great time – we can’t wait until there is another one!

Before I sign off I wanted to post a picture of the festival at night! It was beautiful!

Cheers!

Hello world!

Greetings from across the pond! Welcome to my blog, where I will recount the joys and struggles of overseas living. I am not entirely sure if anyone will read these ramblings, aside from my mother and my mother-in-law, but that is fine because writing is fun and great and super. Now, this being my very first post (cue champagne and fireworks), I am commemorating it with a glass of red wine…Mom, I hope you have a VT in your hands! I will begin with detailing the fabulosity of yesterday with my darling husband in a short while… I simply wanted to get this first post over and done with! TA-DAAA (cue toasts and applause) Cheers!