Saturday, January 30, 2010

Falling Snow

Lots of snow as of late...the canals and lakes are all frozen over, inviting us to partake in some ice lake walking. Here are some recent pics.......








clearing the ice for some skating


We did go bowling one day..it was just like being in the US (actually the place is called US Play!)....lanes, hot dogs, everything looked exactly like home. 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I Am the Egg Man



A man wants to buy a couple eggs for his breakfast. He walks to the Lebensmittel for 2 eggs. They have beautiful eggs there. The egg lady at the store asks him if he wants to pay now, or pay later, since he is a regular, and they know him. The man has no cash on him, so he will pay later. "Please send the bill to my home on Ludwigstrasse", says the man, joyfully. "Ok, no problem, have a nice day!" says the egg lady. The man enjoys a plentiful egg breakfast. Three weeks later, a bill arrives to the mans house on Ludwigstrasse. The bill states that the man owes the Lebensmittel for 200 eggs. "Oh dear", says the man. "I must go back to the egg lady and clarify this mistake." So, the man walks back to the store and approaches the egg lady. "Hi!It says here that I had ordered from you 200 eggs, three weeks ago", the man says with a chuckle. The egg lady answers sternly, "yes, that is right." The man says, astonished, but in a friendly tone, "No, that is not right, I ordered and received TWO eggs from you, not TWO HUNDRED!" The egg lady again looks at the paper, with mild annoyance as a line of customers is building up behind the man. "No, it says right here that you ordered 200 eggs, that is how much you owe us for." The man is getting more annoyed now. "But how can one person eat 200 eggs in one day?" The egg lady looks at the paper, not at the mans face. "I dont know. It says here that you had 200 eggs, so that is that." The man..."but dont you think you would remember me coming in here and ordering 200 eggs? That is a huge order!" The egg lady is very calm, staring at the paper "I dont know, sir, it says that you ate 200 eggs, the paper says so, right here. So that is all I know of the matter." The man storms off in disgust.

Such is business in Germany, where the paper is mightier than common sense.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Snow Daze



It has basically snowed everyday since the new year. And damn cold, too. Today we got another couple centimeters. Its fun to see kids on their sleds being pulled by the parents on the way to school, and the cars slipping around. We haven't dared take out or bald tire car. A guy at work told me that not having winter tires over here is illegal and if you get in an accident, even if it wasn't your fault, you could be held liable. So we better wait until it melts. I haven't seen chains out here, only winter tires and lots of salt and grit on the streets.


So, we have retreated indoors basically. Bike riding is a no-no in the ice and Mayzie does not last long walking out there. Oskar pees within inches of the door and hastily retreats inside. Today we went to the nearby indoor playground, and we have been to the pool a few times. We found a most excellent pool that has an amazing kids area sculpted out of concrete to look like a jungle. Waterfall, dinosaurs, some nice slides, a cave with rain coming down from the ceiling and lots of nooks and cranny's. Mayzie loves that one. Other than that, Mayzie is addicted to the card game UNO, so we play that every night. Its fun being able to play her in a game and not have to let her win, or hold back because I don't want to beat her so bad haha. She really knows how to play.


Not too much else going on...hope the start of everyones new year is going well. We booked our flights home--April 30. Another transition, but the right one for us as of now.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010!

Happy New Year to all from Germany. The fireworks displayed around our apartment were a sight to behold... seemed like everyone around us had personal arsenals of very large, illegal-in-the US, bombs, bottle rockets, fountains, and very loud swirly things. It felt like the London Blitz here and we even had some close calls...one joker let off a bottle rocket sideways and it hit the bottom of our window...directly under where I was standing and watching the spectacle. It was crazy loud and it felt lawless..I think the the only time in Germany I have ever felt that way.

So we brought in 2010 in front of our TV and our heads out the window, just me and Jenna... Mayzie was passed out. Looking forward to a great year, and we are looking forward to seeing many of you guys. It will be a year to concentrate on friends and family and relationships and body, working through all the (my) cobwebs and demons! Thanks again for reading!

Peace


Nick and Jenna and Mayzie and silly ol Osky back there in the back