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09 Dec Posted by in Family Life | Comments

If there’s something strange, and you’ve ‘lost’ your phone. Who ya gonna call? Wait. What?!

If there’s something strange, and you’ve ‘lost’ your phone. Who ya gonna call? Wait. What?!

When we came home after a family shopping trip and I saw Kay frantically tossing things around, I immediately knew he had misplaced something more important than the cable remote. Me: What are you doing? Kay: I can’t find my phone! (His new iPhone… for work.) Me: Call it. Kay: With what?! (Yeah, he makes ...

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05 Dec Posted by in Family Life | Comments

When Large Marge is Found… Torture Ensues

When Large Marge is Found… Torture Ensues

I hate running. But what I hate even more than running is running in the cold. I am a big baby. So if I have to choose between the two, I will choose just running. In fact, what I do can’t even be classified as running so we’ll just agree to call it jogging, which ...

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09 Oct Posted by in Culture, Family Life, Reviews | Comments

Irrland – The Farm-Adventure Oasis

Irrland – The Farm-Adventure Oasis

If you haven’t learned by now, Germans are known for their environmentally friendly ways… So when I jokingly referred to Irrland as “green,” I was surprised that my partner disagreed. Last Thursday was a holiday here in Germany. Late in the afternoon, we took a drive to Irrland, “The Farm-Adventure Oasis.” Irrland can best be ...

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02 Oct Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 1 comment

Cutting Out A Wedding Heart –
Hochzeitsherz Ausschneiden

Cutting Out A Wedding Heart – <br />Hochzeitsherz Ausschneiden

Monday was our second wedding anniversary, which means a little trip down memory lane (should you choose to walk with me). One of my favorite parts of our wedding day was the Hochzeitsherz ausschneiden… which translates to, “cutting out the wedding heart.” I call it, “Hey, let’s torture the American girl by not telling her ...

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26 Sep Posted by in Culture, Driving, Family Life | Comments

When Germans Visit America

When Germans Visit America

I married a smart man… a very smart man (after all, he did choose to marry me, right?). Unfortunately he is not modest about his intelligence. And as such, I have no reservations holding back the chance to make fun of him when he makes a culturally stupid mistake. Thankfully he is a good sport ...

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12 Sep Posted by in Culture, Family Life | Comments

How to Toilet Train in Germany

How to Toilet Train in Germany

In just 13 easy steps or less, you too can be the proud parent of a potty trained toddler. (Steps have not been tested on a female specimen.) 1)      Buy some form of a potty chair (or Töpfchen in German). We went with a Bobby Car model since Fynn was obsessed with Autos.   2)      ...

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04 Sep Posted by in Family Life | 1 comment

Someone has a case of the Mondays

Someone has a case of the Mondays

Events leading up to this past Monday… Fynn started kindergarten three weeks ago and the change in his behavior has been weighing heavy on my heart and clouding my head. I’ve been consumed with this topic to the point that it is affecting my German language skills; an ultimate indicator that I am stressed. This ...

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29 Apr Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 1 comment

Schlechter Geschmack?

Schlechter Geschmack?

After hanging up the phone Friday morning, Kay asked if I had a “bad taste top” his brother could borrow. This statement left me with more questions than I had answers. Me: What are you talking about? What do you mean by “bad taste?” Kay: Kind of like… (as his voice trailed off, I noticed ...

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20 Apr Posted by in Driving, Family Life, Sports | 1 comment

Go-Karting in Germany… Sebastian Vettel, HELP!

Go-Karting in Germany… Sebastian Vettel, HELP!

Last weekend we had a neighborhood outing. The guys scheduled a private session at a nearby go-kart track (Kart Arena Moenchengladbach). When Kay told me about it, my initial response was, “What makes you think you’ll be able to attend?… Why not me?” With a new baby and toddler at home, I don’t get out ...

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26 Mar Posted by in Family Life | 3 comments

Emergency Situation in Germany

Emergency Situation in Germany

I wrote once about Germany having two emergency phone numbers: 112 and 110 (We Don’t Dial 9-1-1 in Germany). I complained about trying to remember which number to dial in an emergency situation and, well, I was totally right. The Monday before last started almost normally; Fynn stayed home sick, I was nursing the baby ...

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