I have been totally MIA and it’s not because I’m ignoring you guys…I’m truly not. In fact I have over 50 blog posts in my drafts folder ready to go!Gotta get with it! I figured I’d catch you up to date on what’s been going on in my life lately and then we can go from there!
Where to begin…ahhh yes….Sweet sweet summertime. No, actually not sweet. I am MISERABLE in the summer. Give me a gloomy fall day and a snow storm ANY DAY of the year. I am not a summer person. This of course all happened once I moved to Germany. Where as you know Air Conditioning does not exist and strange large flesh eating bugs attack me when its the most humid out, constantly. Today it’s rainy and its a balmy 46 degrees. I have found my happy place!
I’ve mentioned this before but in Germany, several companies have a mandatory 2-3 week summer vacation. They shut down the company and everyone goes to Turkey…sometimes Greece or Croatia. Air tickets spike and Germans are EVERYWHERE. This summer Toblerone and I decided to keep it simple. After all, we do have a wedding to pay for in a year! We went to our favorite hotel in the alps, I turned another year older, and got quite a few things done around the house. I got some really lovely gifts from the husband and in-laws 🙂 And in true German fashion very practical gifts! More on this later!
Now I’m in the midst of throwing myself into little projects. I decided not to continue teaching English lessons through the school and instead will keep my private lessons and search for a more permanent job. Of course these little projects consist of changing my name finally on my social security card, my passport, and filing for the Toblerone to get a green card. Thankfully, the US Embassy here in Germany can help me with the majority of that. And the greatest part about dealing with the embassy…is I call…and its ALL in English. THANK YOU BABY JESUS! Its nice to talk to Americans once in a while!
Other projects are of course…PARTIES!!!!! A dear friend of mine is preggers and although she is due any day now, I’ve decided to throw her a baby shower! Germans don’t have baby showers. It’s quite the opposite due to superstitions. Friends and family bring you gifts well after the baby has arrived. But if it was me I’d want to be showered for a day! So, that’s happening this weekend. Then of course, the 3rd Annual Halloween Party is almost here! We’ve invited even more people than last year, I’m prepping for this and it just so happens to be on our 1 year wedding anniversary too! We have a fun costume that I can’t wait to show you guys!
In other giant news…we decided to completely start from scratch with our wedding. In fact, We changed the venue, cut the guest list down by 75%, we changed the style, and…changed the state! Things back in NY just started to feel complicated for us for some reason. Maybe was it too many people? Was it because everything is just way too expensive? Maybe…but I really think that we just felt like we were settling for something that isn’t 100% us. SO, going back to the old plans…we’re planning a very small and intimate wedding in Cape Cod, Mass. As you all know…we love us some Cape! That’s where we are doing it and already, it’s a thousand times easier. A HUGE weight has been lifted off my shoulders. We realize most people won’t be able to join us…even most family won’t but I had to start thinking about what we wanted. Just us. And the answer was really simple.
And last but not least…Oktoberfest!!! Off to Stuttgart to celebrate and looking forward to it! This year is special, I’ll be meeting a new American friend who is in the same situation as me. You know the story…fell in love with a Germ and moved here to be with him. Yeah..so the story goes! Anyways, that will be fun. I’ve decided this year I really need to put some more effort into making friends here that get me. Looking forward to that! 🙂
Still collecting ideas for 30 things before I’m 30. German recipes is at the moment the one in my head but give me some ideas!!!
More to come about all the fun! Thanks for sticking it out with me while I took a little break from the world! The truth is, I hit a little downward spiral of homesickness and just generally hating people so I figured it was best to keep my negativity off the blog space for a bit. That’s never good for business!!
Until next time, Readers!!! xoxoxoxo
8 thoughts on “My Life Lately”
I know what you mean about a downward spiral of homesickness. I’ve had that a bit since I got back from my visit to the States a few weeks ago. But getting together with people who understand definitely helps!
Are you planning on staying here in Germany, or going back to the US at some point, hence the green card?
It’s not a fun feeling huh? Sorry you’re going through it too!
The plan would be eventually to live in the US, permanently. But, I dont know when that would be. Could be years from now.
I love the Cape – any wedding there is beautiful by default. =)
I’ll be interested to know how your SSN and passport changes go from abroad. I had limited patience for the bureaucratic mess that the process was back in the states when I made those changes, so going about it through the embassy will be interesting. Though I suppose the chance to deal with it in English instead of German might make up for the process!
I agree! The Cape has my heart! 🙂
I will keep you posted! So far it’s been ok except the embassy told me I wasn’t allowed to apply for a green card for my husband until we were actually physically living in the states. And then I said…well wait…it can take a long time. Then he would be an illegal immigrant and he could be shipped back for good! So, I then called the US and they promptly told me that was a mistake and I can go ahead and apply! Phew!! 🙂
Hang in there. Honey. We are just a Skpe away!
Thanks Momma!! I know you are!!
Hey there, just recently found your blog! Are you guys planning on moving to the US? Or what is the purpose of your husband getting a green card? I am just curious because we will soon be starting that process and would love to hear how yours is going!
Hi! Thanks for stopping by!! The reason for the green card is so that we can move back eventually to the US. We currently live in Germany and kind of did a “5 year plan” that we will move permanently back to the US within those 5 years. We agreed that we both are better people in the US…Germany makes us…well…cranky and German lol.
Anywho, the process isn’t easy from being out of the country but I started by calling the US embassy here in Munich and discussed with them my situation and what I needed. Then I called the USCIS (http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis) and they were very helpful. Answered all my questions and told me the right steps. First and foremost, I need to get my last name changed so that it’s a bit more cohesive. Then, I’ll send in the application for the Green Card. Wish you the best of luck!!!!!