TBT: Christmas in Germany

Today’s #TBT photo is from Christmas Eve 1999, the first holiday I spent with Martin and his family in Erlangen, Germany. I have no idea what Martin’s doing with that pillow, but I do remember there was glühwein that evening, and gifts, and real candles in the Christmas tree. The next day, we drove to Paris for the New Year’s celebration into 2000, and then a few days after that, I returned to the United States for Air Force basic training, and you know the rest of the story.

Christmas Cookies

I am the worst at math. I mixed all the ingredients for 4 dozen peanut butter blossom cookies, but after taste-testing with Martin, there’s only enough batter remaining for 4 cookies.

Martin had a spoonful, then I had a spoonful, and then he had another two, and then I took two … it spiraled out of control.

Okay, okay…I managed to get two batches of peanut butter blossoms into the oven! We’ve got cookies now.

 

Nerding Out

Our little village held a Christmas market this evening. Glühwein, goulash, carolers, and crafts. We nerded out in the middle of it when the International Space Station floated over our village. It was so bright and easy to spot!

Paint Work on Christmas Eve

The man is a machine. German-engineering at its finest.

We got the estimate two days ago for how much it will cost to have folks come in and paint our house. Though feverish and helpless in our hotel room, Martin took one look, raised his fists, and defiantly yelled, “NOOOOOOOO! We will paint the house OURSELVES!!” Continue reading

Moving So Fast

Nov 30, 2015: There I was, minding my own business, making labels for our move when a second head popped out of my shoulder! At least it’s a cute one who offers to help with the packing … even if it is WAY past her bedtime.

 

I got a label maker a few weeks ago. I was out shopping for something, saw that it was on sale, and picked it up without consulting Martin, which is saying a lot. I normally do give him a call before such a purchase … not because I need his approval (as if), but because he is usually able to look up and provide a coupon code for further savings over the phone. He’s a lot more efficient and personalized than any coupon or finance app out there, and there’s that German accent, too.

Don’t judge. Continue reading