Friday, July 21, 2017

Take 255

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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In Germany, a light switch is on when it's in the down position. Yup. 
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We trekked across the north side of town to check out an English church service. I laughed a little when the opening song was "Days of Elijah". With so much "foreign" everything in our lives, that kind of made me giggle. 
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Did you know that in Spain (and in Germany!) you can buy salami in the shape of french fries?! It was amazing.
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I know it sounds funny, but 12 hours after owning my new dryer, I found out it was a ventless dryer. (Sometimes I'm too overwhelmed to have all the information I need. Oh well.) Ventless dryers are crazy. And take longer. And everyone here complains about the cost of utilities. I've got my head in my hands... Again. Sigh. hah. (If you don't feel like reading the link... the long story short is: I can't own a vent dryer because houses in Germany/Europe don't have exterior wall vent holes.)
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Did you know that when we went to Guadalupe, Spain, there was a priest hearing confession for the first half of Mass? It was intriguing to me especially since I've carried a toddler into confession with me before... and got a welcome, but not a completely warm welcome... Knock it out during Mass? Tempting. :)
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We took five flights in four weeks with two toddlers this summer. WHEW. Want to know what we learned? You can never have enough water. I was always begging flight attendants for more water... and they gave me one tiny glass at a time. Eyeroll. Please just fill my water bottle!! Not allowed? Argh.
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Our redheaded family finally found a sunscreen that doesn't make us adults smell like... bare bottomed babies in the sand. However, it's the first time I've ever had the skin around my face burn and tingle when applying sunscreen... so maybe I should discontinue use?? Allergic? 
Neutrogena sunscreen, I love you... But I need to find your replacement. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Take 254

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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We made it to Germany! And life is so... whatever it is... that I forgot it was Friday. Happy Friday! (This is really just fine because it's only an hour past midnight on Friday in the US... so I'm still good.)
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Somehow my internet knows I'm in Germany and keeps changing my websites into German. Welcome to this week's "Neuer Post". When I'm done composing I will "Veroffentlichen".  Next thing to learn? How to add the umlaut over the "o" in words.
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We bought this cappuccino machine. It was a dream to make lattes at home and now I can. SO exciting. Favorite feature so far? You can detach the milk container and keep it in the fridge until your next coffee need.
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People. We have keys to our new home. We were giddy walking through it. It's beautiful. And the movers come on Tuesday! This timing wasn't a sure thing and I'm SO grateful to be settling in. It's been a good month, but we're ready. Stay posted at Couch von Rot for more details of life in Germany! :)
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As George said after "composing",  
We're all happy to be here.
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I had unbelievable amounts of fun seeing Wicked on Broadway (like I mentioned last week). I loved the signs over the doors when we left:
(I promise that "Reality" was spelled correctly--I'm still working on my Pano skills.)
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Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! Thank you for your devotion to each other and your marriage. There is so much to learn from you all. People! FOURTY FIVE YEARS!!!! Y'all rock.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Take 253

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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I made a note to tell you after our move last month that when we were all done for the day, we walked to a nearby family friendly restaurant and walked--in the pouring rain--without umbrellas. It felt like bootcamp to get there and bootcamp to get home. We had packed up our stroller to go to Germany and both our children and we were exhausted. We sat down in this restaurant at 5 pm (the perfect toddler dinner reservation hour) and I ordered a latte. I cannot tell you how fabulous that latte was. It was the perfect end to a crazy day. If I had had a beer, I would've been drooling on the table. Thanks to that latte, we could walk home without collapsing. Hah. I still feel love for that latte, and so I wanted to tell you about it. :)
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We were in NY this weekend for my Grandma Ginger's 90th birthday and my Aunt Laurie's wedding - it was a very fun weekend! I got to see lots of family we don't usually see--a big treat! Here's my Grandma with all of her children! 
And Aunt Laurie, on her fun day :)
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We stayed in a hotel as a family, which was a lot of fun! Of course, when you're in a Central Islip hotel and they have historic photos... you take a look! And, of course, my great grandfather Poppy Dick Clarke makes an appearance! Pretty amazing.
The gal in the background looks a lot like my Grandma, too... None of us would be surprised if it was her!
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I got to go to NYC with a few gals from my family--and enjoyed more of the city with Melanie and Isa! One huge treat? Letting Melanie carry the big girl camera and going into the city with only a clutch! You know what was even more clutch? Buying a Gap dress at 5 pm to change into before seeing Wicked on Broadway! Taking off all of the sweaty clothes from 10 miles of walking and enjoying a linen dress for the evening! Clutch.
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The Long Island Railroad employee when asked how he was said, "Can't complain. Nobody would listen." Hah!
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Do you have trouble following Google Maps because your arrow is facing down? Hate converting the directions of left and right in your brain because you're traveling "down" on the Google maps screen? Hit the red and white diamond on the upper right of the screen and you're now traveling up/forward!! Oh happy day!
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Thank you, Uncle Tom and Aunt Lois for the lovely 4th of July celebration on the lake! We've had a lovely stay!! 

Happy Friday! Up next? Spain! And then? Germany! Want to see our new home? Click here!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Take 252

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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I have not figured out how to share these photos (Boomerang maybe??), but I promise you that if you have a toddler, please please please take advantage of iPhone's Live photos--You. Will. Love. It. Every 1 second face that happens in the midst of a photo of a toddler will be captured. There are about 20 faces on average... and they're hilarious.
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George went to his first Cubbies game! He was ecstatic. And I was so happy for him! He's a full-blown member of the family, now!
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I've done not a whole lot of preparing to move to Germany on the culture, politics and language side... But I have been listening to some audio German lessons and I finally finished reading this article on Angela Merkel. Wow. Please enjoy it. It's long... but fascinating!
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In Florida, we have been to a fair number of restaurants, and zero have offered us water. We've had to ask for water every single time. How is everyone here not dehydrating all the time?!
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In other Florida news, apparently rental cars come with a rosary:
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I have discovered that carpal tunnel and chopsticks is a burden. About 1/4 of the way through the meal, I start dropping things. I have found asking for a fork at a sushi restaurant to be so unfathomable that I mastered chopsticks... only years later to discover that I now need them. Sigh.
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In Miami I saw the craziest ducks I ever saw: the Muscovy Duck. 
There were about 6 of them and one of them was the biggest duck I've ever laid eyes on.