Friday, January 28, 2011

Alles gut zum Geborstag!

Happy (slightly early) Birthday to Me and to You! This year, I will be a quarter of a century old.. and Alex will be, well, old. Unfortunately, we will also be unable to spend birthdays together (yes, I thought holidays apart were enough, but they took away the birthdays too). I will be celebrating on a cruise ship with my friends in the Keys and the Bahamas, wishing my husband was with us, while he celebrates with a typical Afghan-day (work, gym, dining hall food, and a book).

My 20th - Farmhouse in C-Burg

My 21st in Switzerland - Bar in Lugano

A's Quarter of a Century - Benson, NC

Alex turns 26! But we told everyone he was 30 :) Sharkey's in Bburg

My 22nd! Sharkey's in Bburg

A is 26

Can't find 23 in Biloxi :( But I know that we ate Nathan's hotdogs for Alex's 27th and went fishing all day for my 23rd

My 24th! In Germany - a concert on base and dinner in Kyllburg

A turns 28 - Bowling party :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

football or basketball?




kid vids

Monday, January 17, 2011

wild and wonderful

...west virginia that is!

what a great MLK weekend with friends


Friday, January 14, 2011


even though A wanted it to be called "keeping up with the bitches!"

skype date with the pups too :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

hokie house

the perfect gift for hokies everywhere :) it's a brick! how cute!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

interesting read

Sunday, January 9, 2011

thesis day #1

And my most profound thought: Do not sit next to someone eating with headphones in, for they do not hear themselves chewing like cows.

customer interaction #2

Binging Betty (a new nickname), previously known as (one of) the dreaded salad people (her + her husband): Enters Mill Mountain. Takes her usual table with her husband. He sits down and begins to read the paper, obviously and easily ignoring his wife. Binging Betty sticks both of her hands/arms (literally up to her elbows) in the trashcan, digs, pulls something out, wraps it in a napkin, and darts off to the bathroom.

Me, the Barista: Hm. That was weird. Maybe she had something on the counter behind the trashcan and it just looked like she took something out of the trashcan. She wouldn't take something out of the trashcan. That would be gross. And she's a health nut. She eats a salad without dressing and croutons every day. No way. She didn't just do that. Ok right. I just imagined that.

Binging Betty: Exit bathroom chewing.


Me: (being a good barista, stocking muffins, which are under the counter which houses the dirty dish bin and trashcan. One lone muffin has been sitting under the counter for at least a few days seeing as it is as hard as a rock. I throw it in the trashcan above the counter).

Binging Betty: "What's wrong with that muffin? Why are you throwing it away?"

Me: "Oh, it was left unwrapped. Not too yummy... or sanitary."

Binging Betty: (awkwardly trying to engage me in conversation.. I know not why at the time.. but I play along) Why are you back? Where is your husband? Yada yada yada.

Me: Blah blah blah, same story, yada yada yada. (I turn around to make my way back to help a customer).

Binging Betty: (quickly stuffs her hands into the trash can, takes the muffin out, and old-lady speed walks into the bathroom. comes out 2 minutes later, empty-handed).

Me: Curious. Check the trashcan for the rock.. I mean muffin, I just threw away. It has disappeared. Check the bathroom trashcan for the muffin, come to find out, it is holding only a muffin wrapper.

Thank you, Binging Betty, for giving me yet another crazy character to the memoir.

customer interaction #1

NOT a Regular: Mill Mountain coffee for here please

Me, the Barista: Anything else?

Customer: No, that's all.

Me: $1.55 please.

Customer: Why are you wearing that ring on your wedding finger?

Me: Um, because it's a wedding ring.

Customer: Oh. You're too young to be married.. but I guess if you know...?

Me: Do you know how old I am?

Customer: No.

Me: That's what I thought.

Customer walks off, sits at a table alone, parusing the internet on - ha!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Alles gut zum Geborstag !

Happy 2nd Birthday, Rivalicious Rapalje!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Germany, sweet Germany

I've been in America since October. I've found I miss the vineyards, my neighbors, German beer, German riesling, the bakery down the street, the fresh market, not being able to ease drop/understand other conversations, gelato, everything being closed on Sundays, my German class, traveling over the weekends, planning my future travels, cooking dinner with my hubby every night, Cosa Nova, driving with no speed limit, my house, my town, public transportation, sitting on the courtyard or on the deck, biking everywhere, everyone else biking everywhere, recycling, windmills, the lack of trash, the lack of the obese, everyone being environmentally friendly, Froop, German chocolate, amazing cheese especially Dutch kase, Trier, being within short driving distance of Luxemburg and Belgium and the Netherlands and Paris, dogs being anywhere and everywhere, Axel in his speedo (oh wait.. not at all), kiddos running around everywhere after 1, my iPhone being in German, castles everywhere, Bernkasel, history everywhere, taking pictures of beautiful Europe, chocolate croissants, and (of course) mein Mann.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

rapalje recently

Hubster in Afghan-land

New Years in Kandahar! How EXCITING!

Family Pics... or pulling teeth

Snow on Christmas

Lots and lots and loads and loads of fabulous Skype Dates

New Year Kiss.. or Attempt


New Years Dinner Party w/bff + High-School friends