Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I'm Here!

Next time I take a break from blogging, I promise I will give y'all more of a warning.  I have spent the last couple weeks making my way back to Georgia and spending some much needed time with my family!

I got to make a trip to Athens and get my hair done at my favorite place.  I got to go to the movies with my folks.  I got to go to Youth Assembly and hang out with some of my Y-Club favorites.  I got to see my absolute favorites because they are awesome and came to Atlanta to meet me.  I got to see all my aunts and family.  I got to give all my Christmas presents (and get a bunch!).  I got to hike.

It was awesome!

On Monday, we packed up all of my stuff and Dooley and I got on the plane.  We got here early Tuesday morning sleep deprived and cold, but other than that things went very smoothly.  The Little Man loves adores Dooley though I do still have to hold Dooley when she is around him because she is nuts a little excited.  Dooley is adjusting.  I think she is still trying to figure out where she is and why Mama and Daddy aren't here.  She gets really excited when she sees Stefan, Mareike, or Little Man, so for the most part I'm just keeping her in my room.  The road we live on dead ends into a field but there is a little dirt road that continues for a good long ways, so we have been taking walks down it.  
Our yard is also fenced in so she can be out there without the leash and get to run which is exciting for her.  

Yesterday we registered me with the village and today I had a meeting with the folks about my work visa--so I'm legal.  =D  I also have my phone all set up!  My number is 01145 176 9984 7580.  It is free for me if you call me, but I have no idea how much it will cost for you.. sorry!

In terms of the house, it is really nice.  Very modern and sleek.  My room is on the floor with the rest of the family's bedrooms, but my bathroom is down one level.  I have a HUGE bath tub which is SO exciting because I didn't think that I was going to have one at all!  All of our furniture is still making its way over, so we are all sleeping on air mattresses and sitting and eating on furniture that Stefan's family brought over for us!  I got all my stuff unpacked today and we found a shelving unit down in the basement that I put together (all by myself!!) so I have everything organized on that for the time being.  Thankfully all the stuff I sent with the air freight made it safe and sound so I have all my jackets and sweaters which I need because its HELLA COLD!  Its not below freezing yet, but its getting there.  

We won't have internet until next Monday at the soonest, so my blogging is going to be limited to our trips to McDonalds (barf).  I promise I will be back on track with my blogging once we actually have internet!  


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Why Wednesday Didn't Happen + TILT

I'm obviously just pretending yesterday didn't exist so that I don't have to post about German.  I have actually fired up Rosetta Stone this past week, but I am completely, totally overwhelmed with it right now.. So I really just don't want to talk about it.  There for.. Wednesday just didn't happen.  On to happier things...

This video... Made. My. Day.

As did this one...

I just finished this book.  AMAZING.  Head over to her website to learn more!

I'm currently obsessing over these doggy products.  This and that.

Hulu is so bad for me.  I don't need a new show or two...

That's all for this week.. As usual, I'm linking up with Kelly over at You, Me, and the Deep Blue Sea

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Weekend Update

Oh the joys of moving. Just a warning, this one will be a rambling mess..

All last week, I worked on organizing all my stuff and dividing it up into the going home group and the going to Germany group.  The military will pay for Mareike and Stefan to have 500lbs of air freight, which will arrive in like 2-3 weeks, and then they can also ship stuff, which will arrive in about 6 weeks.   Thankfully they offered for me to put my stuff in with theirs to get it over there—though I have no idea how it will be making it back.  I also had to inventory everything that was going and assign values to it.  Not going to lie... my OCD kind of loved it and the whole process was actually pretty fun. 

Saturday morning Mareike and Stefan were having a yard sale to sell the stuff that they didn’t want to take with them and the electrical appliances that wouldn’t work over there.  Even though all their signs said that the sale started at 8am, that didn’t stop someone from showing up at 6:30 and waking up Little Man… uh uh not cool.  The yard sale went pretty well and pretty much everything sold!  After that Mareike headed to the hair salon and Stefan and Bennet went to his friend’s garage to work on the chump car so that means that I had the house to myself to watch Dawgs kill the Gators!

There is little in the world that is better than beating Florida.  I was a little nervous early in the game and extremely frustrated with Blair Walsh, but we pulled it out!!  Thankfully Florida was as penalty happy as we usually are. 

photo via Megan Wright
That night Mareike and Stefan had their Farewell Dinner with the German community, so I was watching Little Man.  After dinner and getting ready for bed, he and I curled up on the couch with some apple juice and cider, respectively, and watched a little bit of Hocus Pocus.  That is why people have kids I’m pretty sure—the cuddle time. 

Sunday we packed up the cars and moved our stuff into our temporary on-base housing.  It feels like we are at camp.  The bathrooms make you want to wear shower shoes, and the house smells like damp.  BUT there is a bed, kitchen, TV, and we now have internet, so I’m not complaining!