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19 Apr Posted by in Family Life | Comments

When do Stay-At-Home Moms get a sick day?

When do Stay-At-Home Moms get a sick day?

Have you ever read a self-help article expecting to get something out of it only to find that it simply regurgitates everything you’ve already known or read before? The one’s that get me are the dieting articles and about 98% of workout articles. The only reason I bother is if I am looking for a ...

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18 Apr Posted by in Culture, Family Life | Comments

Have you gotten your dose of Deutsch-placement in your Primetime TV lately?

Have you gotten your dose of Deutsch-placement in your Primetime TV lately?

How come I never realized how many references to Germany exist in primetime television? Once I moved here, I suddenly noticed… with a little help from my husband who gets overly excited any time he hears or sees a reference. As such, here are my favorite and most memorable references within the last 2 years. ...

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17 Apr Posted by in Family Life | 1 comment

It must be true… because my husband says so – Episode 1 (Not counting the Valentine’s Day incident, of course.)

It must be true… because my husband says so – Episode 1 (Not counting the Valentine’s Day incident, of course.)

This conversation took place last night in reference to last night’s Blog post, which also included a small bit about the possibility of Veteran’s Day in Germany and receiving chocolate chips as a gift. Me: Can you read tonight’s post and let me know what you think? I still have to take the chocolate chip ...

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11 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Sports | Comments

A Fußball match in our household – This is how we watch (Spoiler Alert! Dortmund:FC Bayern match)

A Fußball match in our household – This is how we watch (Spoiler Alert! Dortmund:FC Bayern match)

This afternoon a neighbor asked me if Kay was planning to watch the Dortmund:FC Bayern (Münich) match tonight. I said that I thought so. The way I understood the conversation was that the neighbor was asking if Kay wanted to watch with him, so one would imagine that he was inviting Kay over to his ...

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10 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Technology | 6 comments

Up in Smoke – Be kind to your Electrical Devices

Up in Smoke – Be kind to your Electrical Devices

Today’s post is written so that this doesn’t happen to you. With every electronic device I have brought from the US to Germany, I have been very careful to use with caution. The Computer, that’s an easy one. Cords can typically be swapped out and you may have a tab behind the computer that needs ...

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07 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Holidays | 5 comments

Yeah for Chocolate, Alcohol and other Sinful Sweets… You can return now, Lent is over

Yeah for Chocolate, Alcohol and other Sinful Sweets… You can return now, Lent is over

Tonight is Easter Eve and also the last night for observing Lent, depending on the timeline used. Like many Lents past, I gave up sweets, cookies, and cakes. I was going to wait until tomorrow morning to start eating sweets again, but I lasted only as long as 6 p.m. tonight because this is when ...

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02 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Technology | 6 comments

Laundry is a Battlefield – An All-Spun-Out American using German Technology

Laundry is a Battlefield – An All-Spun-Out American using German Technology

Every country seems to have its own technology for washers and dryers. Most washers in the US seem to be top-load, although front load is becoming more prevalent. And dryers in the US all have an external exhaust system. So what happens when one country tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible when it ...

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01 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Sports | 1 comment

From Four Wheels to Two – Biking in Germany

From Four Wheels to Two – Biking in Germany

When I lived in Washington State, one of my favorite outdoorsy things to do was go quading. Whether riding in the dunes in Washington or Oregon with a group of friends, or throwing dirt on the trails, motorized 4-wheelin’ was a hobby and a sport. This may be boring for some, but this is a ...

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30 Mar Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 4 comments

Fighting for Stay-At-Home Dad’s in Germany – Questioning Parental Leave Options

Fighting for Stay-At-Home Dad’s in Germany – Questioning Parental Leave Options

I read an article today in The Local (A German online news source translated to English) about a group of women questioning a politician, Social Democrat leader, Sigmar Gabriel regarding whether or not he was taking paternity leave and/or how he planned to work after having a newborn baby. A quick background on German laws, there ...

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28 Mar Posted by in Family Life | Comments

Following Simple Advice

Following Simple Advice

Tonight I am going to follow advice from a Yogi tea bag… “Always be pure, simple and honest.” (As if I weren’t always. And no tea bagging jokes out there please. I’m almost out of my stash from the US, btw.) Honest? Yes. Pure and Simple? Uhm, no. Tonight Mommy is sick with a slight ...

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