Thursday, November 24, 2005


Hope everyone is having a super awesome thanksgiving. I was suppose to have a mini thanksgiving dinner with an American friend but his wife is in Germany for the entire week and they asked if we could postpone it till next week. Bummer, huh. I was really looking forward to it. BUT even though they don't celebrate thanksgiving here, I put these pictures up to show that here too they kick the Christmas season off early. These we have a little tree hanging from our window!! And they're all over the city. They have lights strung up in the center aswell but I haven't seen them lit up yet. So here's to thanksgiving--the official day where you can break out your Christmas albums and get into the Christmas spirit.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

It warms my heart

Our boiler has been broken for about 3 weeks now. It leaks everytime we use hot water. For this reason we haven't turned on our heat fearing that there might be a massive explosion of burst pipes our a small river through our house or even the complete breakdown of our boiler therefore not even having the opportunity to get warm by taking hot baths and showers.
WE CAN SEE OUR BREATH. Now, coming from a home where it was forbidden to touch the thermostat, and being constantly cold, my dad used to say "can you see your breath?" "no.." "then its not cold enough to turn it up" ok, fine. Add a few more layers. But what happens when you CAN see your breath and we cant turn on the heat?????? I learned you light as many candles as you can, wear a hat, 4 layers, 3 pairs of socks and slippers and still walk around like you're on an expedition in the arctic tundra.

well the repair man finally came today. Its still broken but we learned it only leaks when you turn the water on, its not the heating part. So he turned on our heat for us, cranked open all the radiators and turned on the thermostat and oh boy....OH BOY...The lovely intoxicating smell of the radiators burning the settled dust. Its heaven. The temperature is still pretty cold in here. 16°c, but it has been between 12-13°c sI'llll take 16 anydayButut now, wheI'm'm coldI i can just hug that radiator for dear life and let it pas its warmth into meLikekI'veve already done twice since the guy left a half hour ago.
life is good again.

Friday, November 18, 2005


today I'm wearing a pair of pants I haven't been able to fit into since before summer. I thought I'd try them on today to see if I've lost any weight. (that's my new way of measuring since I don't own a scale) any old pants that I've had before I moved I see how they fit differently than before, and since I gave away most of my old pants since most of them didn't fit me already before I moved, there's not much to go by. The pants that I wear regularly seemed to be a bit looser than normal so I wanted to see if I could fit into anything smaller and I CAN!! This has motivated me to work out more because they are a little tighter than what I would normally wear so now I have a goal. Maybe I'll be stunning for Christmas and then blow it all away with all the great, delicious, American holiday food.

three cheers for lost weight!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


"which one is Simon and which one is Garfunkel?"

"Garfunkel is the one with the great, big, giant afro."

"Does that make Simon the one with the mustache?"

"I don't know if he has a mustache or not, but he's the less crazier looking of the two."

"So do you think Garfunkel is the rock?"

"Well, if he is I guess that would make Simon the island."

"an island kind of is a rock.."

"it depends on where it is, I guess. Not all rocks are islands. Plymouth rock isn't an island."

"it was until the boat hit it."