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February, 2012  // Posts published in February, 2012

29 Feb Posted by in Family Life, Language | 2 comments

Do I worry too much? – It’s supposed to be Play Time

Do I worry too much? – It’s supposed to be Play Time

If I have to ask the question, the answer is most probably yes. On Wednesday mornings I take my son to Spielgruppe, a local play group in my neighborhood. Last year, I tried going and became frustrated not knowing what was going on all the time with everything in German and just didn’t feel comfortable. ...

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28 Feb Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 5 comments

Livin‘ in the “Donks” – NY ain’t got nothin‘ on us

Livin‘ in the “Donks” – NY ain’t got nothin‘ on us

I can remember the first time I rode the subway alone in New York. The whole time I made sure to, “Be aware of my surroundings,” as my mother would always say. I can remember strange people on the train, singing panhandlers, strong body odor smells, and a lot of shifty eyes (perhaps I was ...

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27 Feb Posted by in Family Life, Language | Comments Off

I AM the StepMonster – How to communicate when we don’t speak the same language

I AM the StepMonster – How to communicate when we don’t speak the same language

Normally I try to keep my posts on the light side with a bit of humor, but today I want to delve into some of my experiences as being a Stepmom. Hey, don’t click away yet. I have included numbered bullet points below if you’re already bored. Being a step-parent in and of itself is always a bit ...

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25 Feb Posted by in Food & Drinks | 2 comments

The Beer Debate Continues – Two Beer Nerds and an Expat (Part II)

The Beer Debate Continues – Two Beer Nerds and an Expat (Part II)

Yesterday, we covered a little bit about German beer. Hope it wasn’t too boring only talking about four ingredients. I am, however, amazed at how many different kinds of brews the Germans can make with only four ingredients. They do get some creativity points for trying to build a rocket having only been given tape, rubber bands, glue, ...

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24 Feb Posted by in Food & Drinks | 3 comments

The Beer Debate Begins – Two Beer Nerds and an Expat (Part I)

The Beer Debate Begins – Two Beer Nerds and an Expat (Part I)

A couple months ago, two of my closest friends visited from the US, both of which are beer fans and one of which is a complete beer nerd (I can call her that because she is a self-proclaimed beer nerd). Hm? Now that I think about it, my second friend might be offended if I don’t refer to them ...

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23 Feb Posted by in Food & Drinks | 2 comments

Coca-Cola and other Fanta-tastic Drinks in Germany

Coca-Cola and other Fanta-tastic Drinks in Germany

The original intent for today’s blog was something more along the lines of… “Coca-Cola, Homeopathic or Hoax?”or “Homeopathy Part Zwei‏.” But after telling my husband about my idea, either he wasn’t listening or all he heard was, “Coca-Cola…blah…blah…blah,” and was looking for an excuse to go shopping. So when he returned from the store with an ...

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22 Feb Posted by in Culture | Comments

Homeopathic Medicine and Suppositories

Homeopathic Medicine and Suppositories

This past Tuesday was spent listening to my baby cry for most of the day. The intolerable bawling started after his first nap. It was one of those times that I tried everything, but he just kept laying his head on the ground screaming while tears ran down his cheeks and snot ran out of ...

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21 Feb Posted by in Holidays | Comments

Motorboating Political Carnival Float

Motorboating Political Carnival Float

While watching the Düsseldorf Carnival parade on TV, at first glance, I recognized the lady’s face on the float and then immediately busted up when it looked like a little Napoleon Motorboating the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. I saw the “Merkozy” tattoo painted on her arm and knew the man wasn’t Napoleon, but wasn’t ...

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20 Feb Posted by in Holidays | Comments

The Case of the Missing Blue Face Crayon – Blau means Blue…and Drunk in German

The Case of the Missing Blue Face Crayon – Blau means Blue…and Drunk in German

As we were all getting ready for Saturday’s Carnival costume party, it was a quick and hectic scramble dressing with two kids, one toddler, and a baby in the house. The baby was finally in bed, the two kids were staying awake for some time, and the toddler was slowly falling asleep with a little ...

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19 Feb Posted by in Culture, Holidays | Comments

Carnival Celebrations Continue and the American Politically Correctness is out the Window

Carnival Celebrations Continue and the American Politically Correctness is out the Window

Saturday afternoon our out-of-town guests arrived from Bremen and Heidelberg for our 2nd annual Carnival celebration. This year’s theme, “Cowboys and Indians.” When we first posted the invite online, my husband and I had a short debate about how we should title the event. Here is how it went…much like many other language perplexities and ...

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