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Friday, November 19, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In 22



Yikes, I think I was off on my number of Friday Fill-Ins. We're at 22! Life is a bit slow at the moment, but we have tons of things planned in the next few month. Stay tuned!


1. If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs – such as food and water – were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
A laptop and reliable internet. But if it was deserted, there's be no internet... so... one of those Kindle book readers with unlimited books and something that plays music. I need music in the background to get anything done!

2. If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
The kind you get at German restaurants. I can't seem to find the recipe or the bottled version in the store, but it's so good!

3. If you had to live on a ranch, what kind of animals would you raise/own?
If I "had" to? More like if I "could" live on a ranch..... Already have this planned out. I'm going to try my hand at either milking goats or sheep. I like sheep cheese a little better, and the industry is really taking off. Also, I'd have a horse or too (well, if money was not an issue). A beefer or two for meat, and then some 4-H livestock projects for the kids- probably pigs, maybe market sheep. Craig likes lamb, so we'd raise a few for meat too. A milk cow for fresh raw milk..... I grew up on that stuff and miss it! And fainting goats, because they're funny.

4. If your life was was portrayed as a movie, who would you choose to play you and your significant other?
Husband would be played by Jason Bateman, and I'd probably be Tina Fey. I'm kind of a goof-ball like that.

I asked Craig this, and he said someone told him once he looked like Matt Damon... and then confessed it was his grandmother who said that, so it doesn't count, haha. For me, he said Winona Ryder... wth?!

5. What was the last thing you put a stamp on (envelope, duh, but what was in the envelope)?
My stamp of approval on the breakfast Craig made this morning, haha. But really, it was a letter to cancel my dental insurance... because I have perfect teeth, well, and I'm cheap.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Fill-in 18

1. Were you named after anyone?
Yup. My dad's name is Lance, and I'm Laurie. Sometimes at Christmas, I'd just see the "La..." and end up opening my dad's presents... which are usually socks or long underwear.

Lynn is a pretty popular name in my family (but I guess isn't it with everybody's?) and it just kinda rolls off the tongue: Laurie Lynn.

2. What color, if any, are your toenails usually painted?
Right now they're not painted, but I usually try to pick a bright color I typically wouldn't use on my fingernails.

3. How do you flush a public toilet? Hands? Feet? Something else?
Whaaa? With my hands... what's up with people being germophobes? I like to keep my immune system in top notch condition.

4. When you were a little kid, which TV character did you have a crush on?
So I can't think of anyone from TV, but I remember liking Devon Sawa (from "The Little Giants" and "Now and Then"), oh and David Bowie in the movie "Labyrinth." Might have been because of that bulge in his tight spandex pants.... I know I know, I was a perverted child.

I asked my husband this question- he said Clarissa from "Clarissa Explains It all", and Christine Taylor from "Hey Dude," who's now married to Ben Stiller. Wow, his were much more innocent!

5.Let’s say you had to lose one of your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell). Which one would you choose? Why?
Smell... I lose it every winter with my perpetual seasonal cold anyway, so I could deal with that. And it seems like it would be the easiest one to adapt to.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Blog Feature and a Thank You

Wow, I'm really excited that my blog was featured on Verseo's 100 Warm Feet Sweepstakes Military Blog Video! Mine is featured at 1:27. Nothing major, but still cool!



I actually didn't know about it until they wrote a comment on the last post. I'm pretty pumped they liked my amateur design skills... enough so that I don't care they did it without prior permission. But when you put yourself out on the internet, that's bound to happen. Most of the blogs features came from Household 6 Diva's milspouse blog roll.

However, I have to admit I don't feel quite right about it. My blog has been less about military life, and more about our German adventures. Honestly, Craig's military life is pretty boring- but trust me, I like it boring! Sure I could complain about his crappy work schedule, him having to work on days he's supposed to have off.... but when I think about the sacrifices of other milspouses, I feel I have no right to complain.

I was pretty humbled looking at the other blogs in the video- people dealing with deployments, children dealing with separation and moving, and even those spouses willing to share their experiences with losing their loved one.

And here I am blogging about our amazing trips.

So I'm not sure if I should change the title and go a different direction? I don't think I will- I love the milspouse community and feel the love, so I think I'll stick around :-) So I would like to say thank you to all the military spouses bloggers for sharing your experiences. You've kept me sane and keep everything in perspective!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hochheimer Markt


We almost thought this day was going to be a complete bust. After waiting for the shuttle for a long time, we decided to head into town towards the Hochheimer Markt. We ended up finding a free parking spot two blocks from the festival!

According to Buzz of Base, Hochheimer Markt is best described as part market, part carnival, and part Oktoberfest with a hint of Christmas in the air. I'd also like to throw in county fair in the mix too with the livestock show. It has also been held annually for over 500 years! There was also a medieval market- our favorite part was the pig roast.

I loved the somewhat random booths at the festival. The most random one was the dental and medical tools booth. Pictured here is a display case full of tulip bulbs.

Not gunna lie- the reason I wanted to attend this festival was for the cattle show. I made poor Craig fast-walk past all the fun food and beer stands looking for the animal barns. But alas- the animals only arrive for the show and leave shortly after, which was the day after we were there. Darn!

And as always, you can see all the pictures I took.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In 20



Well, I'm super early today! And yes, in Germany, it's Friday! It's 2:30 AM, just got done playing HOURS of Guitar Hero...

1. A different twist on last week's question. This week, the first question is: what’s the nicest thing a MILSPOUSE has ever done for you?
I'm still new to the MilSpouse scene, however, so far, having Danielle as a friend made living in Augusta tolerable, and it was great having someone to drink wine and watch Sex and the City with. So I guess just being my friend.

2. How often do you drive faster than the speed limit?
What speed limit? lol... ok ok, the Autobahn actually does have speed limits. I speed when I'm on the highways, but I stick to the posted limit when I'm in town.

3. Did you have a nickname in school? If so, what was it?
In college, my friends sometimes called me Volks (because of my last name), and Laur. But really, that only person who called me Laur was my good friend Laurie. Also, the name Salty comes to mind... after I told my friends that when I little, my sister and I used to lick the salt blocks at the feed mill.

4. If your life was a book, what would the title be and how would it end?
Um, I'd die in the end?....

5. Look back (in your planner if you have one) to September 14th... what did you do that day?
Even this unemployed gal keeps a planner! So a random Tuesday, eh.... well it looks like Craig had just came back from a week of training, we had just gotten our loaner furniture, and we still didn't have my car. So I'm imagining he escorted me around (in the stick shift I refuse to drive) to the library, post office, commissary, or PX, in attempts to make living without our stuff tolerable.