Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Today I finished my Mad Men Season 2 though I wasn't happy with the ending, I think I wasn't happy with it because it ended. And it means no more Don Draper....but I did enjoy many episodes today. I finished my book The Alchemist and I really enjoyed it and it left me pondering many deep thoughts and my head spinning! I had my second German lesson today and I still can't order bread or say the alphabet or count but I know how to say Richard's friend Paul is a lazy student. And that the teacher is on vacation, all very useful German I imagine! We were given a TV from a very nice co worker of my husband that may or may not work, but still very generous of him. But the highlight of all and I will always get such humor from hearing he could not stay for a drink after delivering the TV tonight because he was off to be "SPORTY" ! He said AH! yes I am a very SPORTY GUY! JA! It would have been rude of me to start laughing, but it's the little things............I just bit my tongue instead! And wished the SPORTY GUY a good night!
Friday, January 23, 2009
On the Seine River in Paris
A rare Bremen Germany sunny day
Children in Germany start school at the age of 6, and from grades 1 through 4 attend elementary school (Grundschule), where the subjects taught are the same for all. Then, after the 4th grade, they are separated according to their academic ability and the wishes of their families, and attend one of three different kinds of schools: Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium. So basically at the age of 10 you are tested and that determines your future. Age 10 can you even imagine at the age 10 having your future decided and laid out for you, according to your abilities.
The Hauptschule (grades 5-9 in most German states) teaches the same subjects as the Realschule and Gymnasium, but at a slower pace and with some vocational-oriented courses. It leads to part-time enrollment in a vocational school combined with apprenticeship training until the age of 18.
The Realschule (grades 5-10 in most states) leads to part-time vocational schools and higher vocational schools. It is now possible for students with high academic achievement at the Realschule to switch to a Gymnasium on graduation.
The Gymnasium (grades 5-13 in most states) leads to a degree called the Abitur and prepares students for university study or for a dual academic and vocational credential. The most common education tracks offered by the standard Gymnasium are classical language, modern language, and mathematics-natural science.
Grundschule teachers recommend their students to a particular school based on such things as academic achievement, self confidence and ability to work independently.
The Gesamtschule, or comprehensive school, is a more recent development and is only found in some of the states. It takes the place of both the Hauptschule and Realschule and arose out of the egalitarian movements in the 1960s. It enrolls students of all ability levels in the 5th through the 10th grades. Students who satisfactorily complete the Gesamtschule through the 9th grade receive the Hauptschule certificate, while those who satisfactorily complete schooling through the 10th grade receive the Realschule certificate.
No matter what kind of school a student attends, he/she must complete at least nine years of education. A student dropping out of a Gymnasium, for example, must enroll in a Realschule or Hauptschule until nine years have been complete.
German children only attend school in the morning. There is no provision for serving lunch.
A free higher education could lie beyond a German Abitur. No tuition is charged at Germany's hundred or so institutes of higher learning, but students must prove through examinations that they are qualified.
There are several varieties of university-level schools. The classical universities, in the tradition of Alexander von Humboldt, provide a broad general education and students usually attend them for six and one-half years. The Technical Universities (Technische Hochschulen) are more aimed at training students for specific careers and are usually attended for four and one-half years. There are also Hochschulen for art and music.
In my daughters International School they have many German children that after finishing their Grundschule switch to International School for learning English and not test for placement that decides their fate for the future at such a young age.
So in her ninth grade alone you would typically have 14-15 year old and she has some Germans that are 16-17 years old which means a typical German will be 20 years old by the time they reach the University Level.
It’s all so different but could you imagine a free college to all as long as you pass the entrence test. I like the idea of that. Makes me wonder how good the colleges are?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Now I'm starting The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho it was recommend by some Joe at Barnes and Noble. Has anyone read it and was it good?
But the problem is she spent an hour and half teaching me the map of Europe in German. Okay not only did I have to learn German she expects me to know what countries are where in what parts of Europe and America. i.e. Brazil is in South American okay that was easy but I have to say Geography is not my strong point kinda like running...I'm just not good at it. Here is another question in German, Morocco is in what country? No idea it was in Africa let alone North Africa. It was so hard and confirmation the I'm an idiot American that thinks nothing else exist except United States of America!
I kinda thought we would start with the alphabet then move on to numbers and top the lesson off with a few colors....not confirming that I'm Geographically challenged. So next week we do map again Ja! Ja! but it's not gonna help me when I go to the dry cleaners and I can't tell them to lighten up on the starch!
We made our reservations for Katelyn's February school break! Yeah! My husband the love of my life has always wanted to ski the Swiss Alps, well Katelyn still needs to go to college. That is out of the question, it cost an arm and a leg and a kidney too. Our friends are going to Austria to ski so we basically invited ourselves along....they are the same Alps but not in Switzerland and only cost an arm! I'm so excited, first that my husband gets to ski the Alps and second that its really a resort that is geared towards my level and our friends are also my level . So basically I won't be left behind by Craig and Katelyn. I hotel is so quaint and the whole little village (it's probably a town but village sounds cuter ) is right out of Sound of Music.
Quaint or what?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
P.S. Also a good day here in Germany I finally start my German lessons on Thursday! A new year and change all around!
Sophie and Craig practicing on the country road!
Monday, January 19, 2009
My Pathetic Washer located in my KITCHEN!
My equally pathetic Dryer located in the storage room. Dryers here do not vent outside the water catches in the thing showing on top and I dump the water out mid load into a bucket!
Yes a bucket and the year is 2009!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
German Blueberries with a touch of flour
Ready for the oven, three plain ones are for Katelyn (she does'nt like blueberries)
Hubby giving it a taste......yum!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Somer is an amazing person in love with her Pugs and has an incredible zest for life.
Go to your 4th album where you store your photos post your 4th photo in that album. No exceptions!!!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
To me a really great day changes with each day so I said probably 250 out 365 days in a year. Some days it is like Christmas full of gifts and happy memories, some days if it's sunny out and I finish my to do list. Or spending the day with a friend, shopping and having coffee and good conversation. Really my "really great day" is probably different than and next and per our conversation it was.
But today on a fellow blogger site she had a great post that makes me rethink my answer to 360 days and hopeful for more. Her message and favorite quote is Life is now, Live each moment! http://lovetobreathe.blogspot.com/2009/01/celebrate-every-day.html
So I'm thinking why can't each day be a "really great day". How many "really" great days a year do you have?
Monday, January 12, 2009
Here's the Friend Bloggy Award Scoop:These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.
Here are my eight blog choices:
1. Katelyn-http://klw1994.blogspot.com/Because she is my baby and I love that we both blog
2.Lecia-http://www.leciawphinney.com/ Because I love her recipes and awesome pictures
3.http://nycmomandmore.blogspot.com/Because she cracks me up and I'd loved it, if she was my neighbor!
4.http://caffeinecourt.blogspot.com/Because she as great stories and love her attitude
5.Brooke-http://brookeandfreeland.blogspot.com/She is new in her area also, fun spirited gal.
6.hthttp://happymealsandhappyhour.blogspot.com She is famous blogger that wont even know she won an award by little ol me but worth the read, so funny!
7.Patty-http://preppyplayer.blogspot.com/my sister that hates awards! But her blog is awesome and informative,worth a follow.
8.Somer-http://lovetobreathe.blogspot.com/She is the cutest gal and her blog is so important about getting the word out about CF ,plus her babies are so darling!
Thanks ladies for making my days so enjoyable and thanks Tami for thinking of me!
So I decide to take it slow due to the fact sport and me have not been best friends lately, I started with the treadmill, pretty safe. The thing about working out in a foreign country is you not only have a language barrier, that's one and then you have to do math right out of he gate, that's because everything is in metric, that's two! I never really grasped the whole metric conversion, so on the treadmill its asking me for info in German, things probably like age, height , weight personal stuff, why can't I just hit quick start and walk.
Finally figure it out and I'm walking and walking, I then notice its awfully quiet in here, you could hear a pin drop odd a gym without music. No techno like at grand opening, No cheesy 80's music nothing ! Okay I'm fine, lost in my thoughts, people watching, walking and now I'm sweating it is really hot in here like sauna hot. I'm not sweating because of the workout no I won't lie I was walking not even a slight jog just walking. Apparently according to my husband the gym he went to was the same way and if you open a window they freak out Germans do not like drafts!
So I did the treadmill and bike and my circuit and I was dripping wet with sweat, to look at me with my skin glistening and my hair all frizzy from the humidity one would think wow that girl was sure sporty. I had a good workout and it felt good moving but the sweat was definitely more from the lack of ventilation then too many reps.
After finding my way back to locker room, I quickly changed and tried to salvage my hair when out of the corner of my eye, do I see a naked man. I know Americans are uptight with nudity and I'm guilty of that, but never did I expect a naked man to take a wrong turn and end up in the Women's locker room. All I will say is it was not pretty and I hope I don't have nightmares about my day of sport.
I left with a big to go cup of "Weight Loss Water" and chuckled the whole way to my tram stop!
Lateness due to bad weather
Now winter has set in we are understanding of traffic delays and the like, due to inclement weather. However, think ahead and leave a little earlier so that your child arrives on time. School starts at 8:00 am. This means children are seated in the classroom – not walking through the main door. Punctuality and good time keeping are historically a trait of “North Germany” but also a necessary aspect of everyday life.
So am I wrong to think this only applies to the "Germans" in her International School and the rest of us are exempt or are "North Germans" the only ones that historically have this trait of caring about being on time and keeping good time.I personally think its the rule through out the world school starts at such and such time and you are to be there and seated as so. But one thing I have learned is "Germans" do not like to be told what to do so this is a kinder more gentle way of saying "get your damn kids to school on time, who do you think you are!"
Sunday, January 11, 2009
wir vermissen Dich! Komm doch mal wieder zum Training!
Dein Fitness Park Team
we miss you! Come have a look back at training!
Your team Fitnesspark
Seriously do they really miss me?
When I show up will they clap?
God I hope not, and here I thought Germans were not friendly....!
Here is their second email attempt to entice me to return, now if they said all the "weight loss water" you can drink, cold and all I'd be there today!
Damit Du in Zukunft noch erfolgreicher bei Deinem Training bist, möchten wir Dich zu unserem Trainingssteuerungsseminar einladen.In diesem Theoriekurs geht es in erster Linie um Deinen Trainingsplan, Ausdauertraining,Muskelaufbautraining und die richtige Ernährung.Das Fitness Seminar findet jetzt auch immer mittwochs um 18 Uhr im Fitness Park Horn statt.Bitte vorher telefonisch einen Platz reservieren.Fitness Park Horn 0421/2760001Dein Fitness Park Team
So you in the future even more successful in your training are, we want to You about our training management seminar invite. In theory, this course is primarily concerned with your training, endurance, Muscle training and proper nutrition. The fitness seminar will take place now every Wednesday at 18 clock in the Horn Fitnesspark instead. Please call in advance to reserve a place. Fitnesspark Horn 0421/2760001 Your team Fitnesspark
Alright, alright I'll be there first thing Monday but no balloons or confetti please!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Reservations or Not... we found a restaurant in Oberneuland that we really like, we have frequented several times since moving to Germany. Every time we have gone it's not full and we have never had a reservation yet they always ask if we do. We are talking ten tables or more open but they seem to be put out that we didn't call ahead...a little confused by this! So tonight the manager/ bartender aka best English speaker in place said " it would be BEST if next time you make reservation" okay again empty restaurant, plenty of servers, not necessary but "it would be best". Okay so next time we will follow the rules and make a reservation because " it's best if you do"! Best is Better!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
4. Brown Velvet Pageboy Hat
5. Brown Quilted Bucket Hat
7. Black and Gray Boiled Wool Bucket Hat
8. Black Herringbone Ball Cap
Monday, January 5, 2009
This award goes to the following Blogs
Rules: pick 5 blogs that you love or enjoy the most and pass along the award!
It's that simple!
ps. make sure you post the award on your blog!!
Thanks Tami @ttmillerandboys.blogspot.com for the award!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Katelyn Christmas morning
Mom and Dad
Spending time with F's
The C's and Us
Me and my GF's
Craig and Kate skiing with L's
New Years Eve Partayers!