This and that

13 07 2012

Boy, I tell ya – life sure is BUSY right now! Apart from the basics like eating, sleeping and working, basically every free moment is spent wedding planning. At this point in the planning process, it somehow feels weird saying “wedding planning” because most of the big things have already been planned. It’s just all the smaller details that we just have to get DONE. You know? Checking all that stuff off the list.

…although there are a few bigger things that are still not figured out…like who will be doing my hair/makeup for the big day. Oy.

So you can understand why things have been slow over here on the blog! But I’d like to say a big thank you to my Friday class for canceling, because that means I could sleep in and now have some time to write some posts! And having a long weekend is really great, since there is so much stuff to do.

First up on catching up: I bought some mini beach shovels and a bucket for my niece Abby for their visit here, and I couldn’t help but laugh at how very European the cartoon on the tag was.

See it? You would NOT see that kind of bathing suit in the US! Hah!


The Supremes

3 07 2012

With the recent Supreme Court decision about the new healthcare system, it’s obviously been in the news a lot since last week’s decision.

I’m sure I’m not the only one…but every time I read “the Supremes”, instead of thinking of the United States Supreme Court Justices in solemn, black robes, I think of three fabulously gorgeous and talented Motown singers.

(picture source)

Anyone else had the same idea?

Not even yolking

9 03 2012

Today at 2 different times I ended up with eggs that both had DOUBLE yolks! Twice in one day!

The first one was pretty obvious that might be the case, as it was the size of my palm. Lest you think I have tiny hands, I took the picture with another normal-sized egg so you could see just how big of a monster this thing was.

I told that to my mom and she said, “Wow. Hopefully it was also a big chicken…otherwise…OW!”

Yeah. Ow.


Holy Moly – it’s Friday!

10 02 2012

While watching the 1000th episode of Wer Wird Millionaire before we left on vacation, we were stumped by one of the questions. It involved a certain animal who had a sickle-shaped “sixth finger”:

A. Orangutan
B. Koala
C. Gecko
D. Mole

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Happy weekend, folks!

21 01 2012

It’s a snowy, sleety day out there this weekend. I’m leaving in a few hours to head out to Lüneburg to meet my friend Jessica for a late lunch. I have a feeling it’s going to be a pretty busy weekend!

So enjoy your weekend, everyone! And if you’re looking for a laugh, here are my two favorite videos I saw online this week:

One Happy Dog
(click to see movie – there was no embedding option)


a pretty great movie with a chameleon:



16 01 2012

Today I actually got to use French for my job, as I had to go to a company to give a placement test for some prospective French students. As a teacher at a school that has only English in the title, I never expected to be asked someday to teach in another language.

As nervous as I was, I am now also a little excited, which I realized I haven’t felt that way about French in a long time! My French is certainly good enough, and I do have a degree in it after all. So it’s pretty exciting to be able to use my degree, and a challenge to teach French in German to a group of beginners.

And while we’re on the subject of speaking and communication, here is a video I found on Swiss-Miss (great design blog, by the way!) entitled “Every Presentation Ever: Communication FAIL”.  Pure genius. Seriously!

Ever been to (or given?!?) a presentation like that? Brings back memories of college…


Wedding Dress Hall of Shame

9 01 2012

I am happy to say that I have ordered my wedding dresses!

Wait, what?

YES! I have ordered two, count’em TWO wedding dresses! And, to go along with the theme, there are two main reasons for this choice. First, I had two favorites, and I had a hard time choosing between them. Second, they were cheap – both under $150 (with shipping included!).

I hope I haven’t made a mistake by buying online, without having had a chance to try them on for sure, but I’m positive it will work out for the best. I really loved both styles, and they were definitely what I was looking for!

At first I thought I would have to choose my favorite and then just try to sell the one I won’t end up using. But then Tobias informed me that it would be ghetto to wear the same dress to the courthouse wedding and to the church wedding since these events aren’t happening on the same day. (We’re planning Friday at the courthouse and Saturday at the church.)

So here’s to hoping that everything works out and fits, and that I really love the dresses!

The Saja dress pictured above (Style #DU6556) was my absolute favorite and just what I had pictured. But at $790, I thought I could probably find something in a similar style for a little cheaper. So I used this as a reference point and found my two great options that I ordered.

Needle in a haystack

Finding dresses I liked was almost like finding a needle in a haystack, though. Everything was far too cupcake-y for my taste. But I soon learned that chiffon and sheath were the key words to look for, so that narrowed things down a bit. And that’s how I found the ones.

But I did come across quite a few very badly designed dresses, as well as some pretty awful photoshop jobs! My sincerest apologies if any of these are your dresses, dear readers, as everyone has different tastes of course. But here are the ones who made the Wedding Dress Hall of Shame. Enjoy!

Best Worst Photoshop Job Award

Not only was the model’s face chopped off, but the fake background and the pasted on feet make her seem to be floating. And check out her elongated arm!

Tallest Bride Ever Award

Either this bride is 7 feet tall, or she’s standing on a stool or a chair or something.

Backward Legs Award

Maybe I’m wrong, but to me it looks as if it’s someone walking into the water, not standing facing the camera. Anyone else?

Pink Meringue Award

Remember that scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral where they compare the bride’s dress to a meringue? This pink one would be even more ridiculous!

Renaissance Dress Award

For the die-hard Renaissance Fair fans.

Marie Antoinette Award

I just found this a little too over-the-top. Especially with the gloves.

Split Personality Dress Award

For the brides who can’t choose between a short or a long dress.
The blue collar necklace is a little bit strange, isn’t it?

Strangest Short Dress Award

I have no words. The bodice. The flowers. The shrug. So very strange!

No Legs At All Photoshop Award

Photoshopped feet and a fake background?
Otherwise, this bride has extremely short legs!

Best Worst Background

This is so obviously fake.

Under The Sea Award

This is one of my favorite bad dresses. Looks like a jellyfish!  I guess depending on which theme you go with…it could work…but those tentacles would probably tickle your legs!


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