31 August 2012

Deployment Diary: Week 10

LIFE LATELY... So things have been feeling a little monotonous around here. I guess this is actually a good thing; If you want to look at the glass half full! I've gotten in a nice routine between work and Crossfit classes. On days where I have both --I'm only working part time-- the time flies by! On days I have off I spend time on Pinterest. So THIS is my life lately... doing what I think most military wives who move every couple years do- dream of their dream home.

For me right now it's not even dreaming of my dream home.
It's dreaming of not having the restrictions of living overseas in Europe.

CASE IN POINT: Repurposed furniture. I love it! I'd rather have a house full of garage sale/thrift store/Craigslist finds than brand new furniture from IKEA. But I've had a really hard time finding thrift stores/etc. around here. Not to mention that we live in stairwell apartments which make it difficult to navigate any piece of furniture up to our second floor. Oh yah, and the fact that I am husbandless.

23 August 2012

Deployment Diary: Week 9

I've been really slacking on these weekly updates, but here we are at week 9! We have made it two months which makes us about a 1/4 of the way through this deployment! I don't have many pictures or updates from this week so I thought I'd leave you with some Instagram pictures from Luxembourg...

20 August 2012

Girls Weekend in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a tiny little country sandwiched between Belgium, France, and Germany. Their people are called Luxembourgers and they even made up their own language "Luxembourgish", a mix of French and German. Due to its geography and large number of immigrants, Luxembourg is a very culturally diverse nation. I heard it's common for its citizens to know up to 4 languages. Crazy! Lucky for us, English was sort of a common ground for language and widely understood/spoken.

The food was very similar to German so I kind of steered away from the traditional dishes. The city was much more modern than I was expecting. I think this was due to the large banking sector and heavy EU influence. I went into this trip having very little knowledge of the county and didn't research at all- which was new and kind of fun for me. The girls and I did the touristy things like a sightseeing bus, but also made sure to shop and wine & dine. Overall, I enjoyed our girls weekend, but Luxembourg probably won't place very high on my list. 

The most interesting part of the trip was definitely the casemates. For only 3 Euro were able to walk through about 1 km of the underground tunnels. The casemates were built as underground defenses connecting numerous fortresses. Construction started in the 17th century by the French, but was completed by the Austrians. Since then the casemates have been occupied by numerous nations (Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Prussia...) and were makeshift bomb shelters during WWII. The casemates spanned 23 km, but only about 14 km remain today. It was definitely a neat experience getting to walk through these tunnels!

1. German translation for the picture below: "don't forget the sand". Since the casemates were bomb shelters during WWII and became home to the thousands of individuals, makeshift toilets had to be made and they used sand to mask the odor. How neat that the writing is still on the wall. 
2. Not all of the casemates are connected. At the end of the Bock casemates we exited into a park and across the river was an iron door for another casemate. I was hoping we'd get to go into the next one, but this casemate was not open to the public because it was used as a vault for one of the banks. How cool is that!? 

13 August 2012

Live with Intention

Even when I'm in a strange place. Even when family is far away.
Even when friends seem even further. Even when my husband is deployed.
Even when my job isn't ideal. Even when I feel like my life is on hold.
I must remember...

11 August 2012

Deployment Diary: Week 7

This week was definitely out of the norm. I spent the entire week in Wiesbaden/Mainz for work training. No Crossfit, absolutely no gym time, but lots of shopping & wining and dining!  I was lucky to have some amazing girls in our class and we spent pretty much ever waking minute together. We were a nice mesh of Army and Air Force  and we even had some lovely girls from the UK. I learned that my English accent was actually pretty good and thanks to them I'm going to start trying to integrate the words "wag" and "posh" into my vocabulary. :)

03 August 2012

Friday's Letters

DEAR CHICK-FIL-A HATERS & SUPPORTS, to each his own. You're entitled to free speech, I get it. But please stop blowing up my news feed with pictures of Chick-fil-a. This girl can't have Chick-fil-A until DECEMBER and you're just making me crave it even more- and that I do not appreciate. DEAR NBC, we are not friends right now. Your whole "delayed taping so you can show events during primetime & get major ratings" is really screwing me over. There is a ONE HOUR time difference between Germany and London. I shouldn't have to wait until 3 am to watch something that occurred at 3 pm. DEAR RANT, the END. DEAR BLOCK LEAVE, I can't wait until you get here! But in the mean time I'm having fun trying to find the best way to travel between Scotland, Ireland, and England. If anyone has any MUST SEE places in those countries let me know! DEAR HUSBAND, I am so glad you finally decided to be on board with having a Golden Retriever. (Yes, I know it's hard to even believe that he was actually opposed to the idea.) DEAR BRANDON & LEAH, I could listen to "LIFE HAPPENS" on repeat for days on days. Thanks Keeping Up with Kardashians for giving them some air time. Watch their super cute video >>>> HERE <<<<.
DEAR CHRISTMAS, December cannot come quick enough! I recently booked my flight home for TWO WEEKS and I am ecstatic! I get to see my family, meet my new nephew, and spend one more Christmas morning at Grandma & Pop's house. :) DEAR POLAND, girls weekend, shopping, pottery, good food & wine... BRING IT ON!
DEAR HUSBAND, 6 weeks down! Thanks for always putting a smile on my face even from 6,000 miles away.