Friday, October 30, 2009

40 again!

Today I turned 40 again! My husband and daughter are doing their best to make my Birthday special. It's my second one here in Germany and it's really different not being amongst family and friends. But enough boohoo I'm 40 !! WooHoo!

My husband and daughter surprised me with a gift I have been admiring since we moved here 15 months ago. I was so shocked and thrilled. I wanted to start collecting these on our different trips but they are not everywhere like I imagined. So this is the first of I hope many more to come. Certainly made my day really special.

It's a nesting doll with The Bremen Town Musicians hand painted, it's absolutely gorgeous! I love it! Thank you xo!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Vacation recap
Rome rocks!
Tours are the way to go, see so much, learn so much and you don't have to study ahead of time.
Buses and scrambled eggs, plus traffic makes Katelyn throw up.....
Newspaper works like a charm cleaning up throw up!
Bus drivers can be so rude!
Why is there a protest or demonstration every time we are on vacation?
I'm all about freedom of speech except when is messes with the Bus schedules!
Churches,Churches, Churches.. Rome has over 900!
I think we saw all of them....that counts....I get credit for missing mass right?
Marble Men, Fountains, Fresco's, Paintings and Popes Oh my!
Italian Men Food...Yummy!
Wine Best EVER!!!
Rain, freezing cold...wish had heavy coat and gloves...OMG it's so hot why didn't I pack shorts!
Walking,more walking...Spanish steps, steps to the Dome...walking
blisters, achy feet and some whining!

Florence has The DAVID
and more churches, statues, fountains and bridges!
Better Food....oh and the Gelato straight from heaven.
open air markets...leather goods and other crap you don't need!
 Free Internet and cheesy hotel, too tired from walking to use free Internet.

Leaning tower, pretty church, crappy lunch.....train ride away!

Loved Rome for its history and beauty
Loved Florence for its Food and Wine
and David too!

Great family time....Blackberry came too, for her GPS skills and bricker breaker for train rides! Oh! and Google knowledge of various facts. No work or emails drafted during this he says!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Back to reality.....and loads of this!

Home Sweet Home! 

Wonderful trip, amazing food and wine.
Great family time, unbelievable sites!
Missed my bed and my Sophie girl.....don't want pasta for a long time!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Pope, a Queen and lots of Statues

Rome was amazing....I'm pretty sure the Pope waved to me from the Library window. It's not my fault no one else witnessed or my camera was put away. We have walked miles ate the best Italian food, drink some of the best Red Wines and way too many statues and marble Penises for my fifteen year old. Was within spitting distance to the most beautiful Queen of Jordan and so far the Gypsies have been scarce. We are in Florence now and it is all about The David and his grandness!! More later ....Ciao Bella's!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thank you Beth

Yesterday my sister Beth from Utah sent me a package. I was so happy when the door  bell rang, mostly because I thought it was the plumber I've been waiting for since Monday. Even better it was my friendly DHL guy, he was my first friend here but that's another story! He always gets excited to talk English, he said I have a package from Salt Lake City Utah in AMERICA !! I of coarse was glad I put a bra on this morning, do to the fact I was jumping up and down like a five year old on Christmas morning.
My package was filled with lots of goodies and an early Birthday present. Thanks Beth I love everything.

Frosting, Cinnamon Crumb Cake, CANDY CORN, roll of Bottle Caps, Spree and Sweetarts, Thanksgiving Nut Cracker and a Circle Scarf.

Me heart my new scarf!!

Thanks Beth
Love and Miss you!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fit Flop Clogs

Not the prettiest clogs but when I wear them I hear my feet sigh....relief! I have Plantar Fasciitis and man does it ever hurt. These bad boys spell relief especially if I plan on walking or standing for long periods of time. When I went to Spain I wore my Fit Flop sandals and we walked 61 miles. My feet felt pretty good, some pain but we are talking 61 miles. So these guys are coming to Italy with me, it sucks when comfort over pretty is more important. If you have foot pain I totally recommend any of the Fit Flops they are a life saver.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This is my hubby! He loves his job, he is the happiest I have ever seen him. But we never see him, well we see him but there is a phone hooked to his ear and he is engrossed in a conference call. My husband works German hours then rides his bike home, showers, eats dinner, and into our home office, for meetings and updates in California timezone. He works most weekends and in the last eight months has taken a couple Fridays off. He is tired and  spent and really gray now! But it totally works for him in a good way. REALLY!

He was unable to join us on our summer holiday to the States. It was really hard to be on vacation without the person that needs one the most. Luckily our part of Germany is on holiday, school is out for 10 days!

So we leave Thursday for six days in Rome, five days in Florence, Italy. He is leaving his computer and blackberry at home, a true vacation and well needed break. We can't wait to see him and not be shhh! or waved away. Real conversations, meals without a time limit, his undivided attention.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sundays in my city- Bremen

Sundays in my city....I thought I'd tell you about a few of the curious customs/traditions we have come across.

 Often you will pass the Cathedral steps and find a young man wearing a top hat and sweeping the church steps. The steps are filled with hundreds of beer bottle caps and a party of friends and family cheering and drinking, sometimes singing all the while he sweeps and waits. He is there because he has turned 30 years old and is unmarried, this is his penance! He is waiting to be released of his sweeping duties by the kiss of an unknown young lady. For the ladies that are unmarried at thirty they polish the church door knobs until receiving a kiss from an unknown  young man.

On this day I came upon the sweeper it was really fun and exciting to see, it went on for some time and out of no where a young girl walked up the steps kissed his cheek and kept walking. A roar cheers and laughter and possible begging for her to come back. The birthday boy cracked open a beer and his friends finished cleaning up the Cathedral steps. I have never witnessed a girl celebrating her 30th, but have watched many 30 year old boys sweep the steps.

Time to celebrate!


Friends finishing the clean up!

This is not so much as a tradition or custom but something you always find going on in the city. Various artist and music performers entertaining the crowds for small change or more. I love this part of my city, it makes me feel like I'm on vacation.

This was a first for me, we came upon him when I was showing my sisters around the city. This is an unmarried man at 40! Wow he is dressed in a donkey suit following a carrot, pulling a cart of beer behind him, with family and friends partying around him. Lots of laughter and mocking...not sure what releases him of his penance.

Hope you enjoyed a few of the entertaining qualities of my city!

Do you know Unknown Mami? She's awesome and she created a fun Sunday theme inviting you to get out and take pictures of your city to share with the rest of us.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

On Top !

vielen dank! Joanna over at Fifty Factor sent this cool award to me. I was flattered and tried to rise to the one word challenge. Please go check out Joanna she is 50 but really rocks it some even say it's like she is 40! She does a great Sunday in my city. Please give her some blogging love. 
The idea of the Your Blog Is Over The Top Award is to answer a list of questions using only ONE word! Here's my best shot....

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Your hair? Gray

3. Your mother?
4. Your father? 
5. Your favorite food? 
6. Your dream last night? Hazy

7.Your favorite drink? 
Diet Coke
8. Your dream/goal? Dream: 
Peace - Goal: 15lbs
9. What room are you in? Office

10. Your hobby? 
11. Your fear? 
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? 
13. Where were you last night? Delanos

14. Something that you aren't? 
15. Muffins? 
16. Wish list item? 
17. Where did you grow up? 
18. Last thing you did? 
19. What are you wearing? Sweatshirt

20. Your TV? 
21. Your pet? 
22. Friends? 
23. Your life? 
24. Your mood? 
25. Missing someone?
26. Vehicle? 
Black (bike)
27. Something you're not wearing? 
28. Your favorite store? lots

29. Your favorite color? 
30. When was the last time you laughed? Recently

31. Last time you cried? 
32. Your best friend? 
33. One place that I go to over and over? Bed

34. One person who emails me regularly? 
35. Favorite place to eat? 

I'm to pass this award along to six Over The Top Blogs that I don't think have participated in this popular meme yet. If you'd like to play along too, feel free to join in. If not, NO pressure. Cut and paste these questions to your post. Please let me know if you play along.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


It's been two weeks since Sophie received a new series of antibiotics and a cortisone shot. I'm happy to report she is 100% better. Her skin is cleared up, no itching or nervousness about her. She is like her old self again, energetic and playful, really happy. I 'm hoping and praying it last.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

So Gaudi...

Everyone has used the line ....that's so gaudi! I never really thought or knew where that stemmed from. So Spain was not just about the Sangria I learned about culture and art too!
I actually like Antoni Gaudi works and stories about his master pieces. Some I felt like I was in a live game of Candyland....minus the candy canes and ginger bread men.

I believe my face says WTH is that?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Las Ramblas

We stayed on the Las of the city in an Apartment/Hotel

Which worked out well when you drink too many of these....

And do a gymnastic move, a talent unknown to you and others,
while stumbling I mean walking home.

Mornings on Las Ramblas, were exciting to watch....lots of tourist.

We were lucky to find a little of home for our nutritional breakfast and coffee needs.....

Entertainment !

Colorful treats!

Interesting food choices...if you click on picture you can see these poor pigs. The one on the end was smiling!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Laughing,Talking,German Beer,Walking and Sangria

Today my sister's returned to the states after a ten day visit. We had a great time here in Bremen and in Barcelona, Spain. It was nice to show them where I live and a glimpse into my new life here. We walked a ton, did a lot of site seeing, laughing, eating and too much drinking!

Germany fun! aka too much Beir!

Bremen Town Musicians for good luck!

The reason I'm detoxing!


Foot massage, Sangria and sitting on the beach with Sister's, can't be any better!

Park Guell....words can not describe....gorgeous place of my favorites.

On top of the Casa Mila, one of Gaudi masterpieces.

Girona, Spain view from on top of city wall.

Girona's river front