Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blizzard Blog Hop- the real deal

Thanks to Miss Household6Diva for hosting!

I'm going all Euro with the scarf.

My name is Laurie, and I hail from the great state of Wisconsin, and may I remind you that the Badgers went to the Rose Bowl this year and the Packers are headed to the Super Bowl! When you've lived 30 min. from Green Bay most of your life and went to the University of Wisconsin, it's hard not to be a fan!

Like I said, I went to UW-Madison where I majored in Dairy Science and Agricultural Journalism. Yes, I always have to explain this one. At the Outback Bowl one year, a drunken Georgia fan yelled at us band members: "What do you major in Wisconsin- cows?!" I couldn't answer... haha. Oh yeah, and my husband and I are total band nerds. We marched next to each other an entire year before he asked me out on a date.

This was before my future husband had enough guts to ask me out. I think his spats are sexy.

If you couldn't tell, I grew up in a dairy farm and I love telling people about agriculture. I try not to be "crazy cow girl" though. I'm the oldest of six kids, and I love coming from a big family. We're a fun bunch of goof-balls.

The barn. 

Growing up, I had also been the stable, reasonable child, but the past two years I've given my parents quite a few grey hairs. At first, I announced I was quiting my career of three years and going to New Zealand to work. Then right before I left, my boyfriend of 3 years and I eloped.

With Craig being in the military and the uncertainty of deployments, I decided to return to the US to spend time as newlyweds. We had an affirmation ceremony and reception on May 29th, 2010 (wow, I originally wrote August, then July... obviously I'm not one of those wives that gets on their husband's case about remembering dates).

My husband Craig and I live in Germany and we love it here! I feel much more at home here than I did when we lived in Georgia for a year. I'm of German decent and love learning about my roots. I'm currently taking German classes four hours a day, five days a week (yikes!) and trying to be a good housewife. I'm a pretty decent cook, but my husband folds laundry better than me. Guess ya can't be good at everything.

Obviously we don't have kids yet (or I would have mentioned them paragraphs ago, haha).

My husband and I on a search for our next big adventure perhaps?

I guess non-vital statistic stuff- I like tooling around for hours on the internet, saving money (ie being stingy), being a homesteader (I knit, can food, grow a garden, and I make my own sauerkraut, broth, and granola bars among other little projects, listening to all sorts of music, both cooking and eating new foods, singing karaoke, and dancing (of the non-grinding/hoochie variety).

I blog mostly about our European adventures and keep my family up to date on what's going on in our lives.

Whoa... sorry that got so long. Thanks for putting up with me!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blizzard Blog Hop

Household6Diva is hosting a blog hop. Check out her site if you haven't yet- love her photos!  Hopefully I'll remember to do this on Thursday. (Which I realize is tomorrow, but what the heck, it's 12:13 am on Wednesday, give me a break!)

Blizzard  Bloghop 2010 hosted by Household 6 Diva

On Thursday January 27th, at 12pm (Noon) Eastern Standard Time, (that’s 6pm here in Germany folks!), I will be posting a Linky for you to linkup your Blizzard Bloghop post! From that point on and through the weekend, we can “Meet n Greet” our way through the list and discover some wonderful new bloggers!

And there you have it! 

All you need to do is start working on your Bloghop introduction post! Just remember to be respectful of your visitor’s time - you want to introduce yourself and your blog, but keep things brief, and leave them wanting to come back for another visit!

So spread the word! Blog it! Tweet it! Share it on Facebook! Write a pre-party post inviting your readers to join us! The more we share, the more fun we'll have together! I do ask that you grab a button for your sidebar and check back as some lovely giveaways are announced! (In order to be eligible for a giveaway you will need to have the button posted!)

Let's get Snowed in for a "Blizzard Bloghop" during Blissdom!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Catching Up

Yes yes, slacking on the blog, I know. German class is back in full swing again. I don't speak much, but I do well on the written part. On Tuesday, our teacher handed back our tests, and commented that everyone did horrible on one section that was worth a lot of points. If I remember correctly, she said "my God!" Anyway, I pretty much aced the exam, and had no trouble with the section she was disappointed with. Can't say a darn thing without the class laughing at me- maybe I should just write everything down! It's frustrating. I'm starting to think I need to drink a few beers and head to a German bar to get the language flowing :-)

There's one girl in our class from Romania that speaks very good German and English, but because of her accent and the fact she speaks quietly, I'm always saying, "what?" "repeat that." Needless to say she's given up speaking German to me, and has resorted to English. I'm not in the cool club anymore I guess.

Oh about the class laughing at me- I told the class that my classmate (from China) met my husband in Shanghai in 2009, instead of HER husband. 

Oh another note, I just started selling Pampered Chef, so I've been also keeping very busy with that getting my business set up and getting trained. A lot of the same principals apply to this as did my job I had in feed sales, so it's nice to be somewhat familiar with the process. I'm excited to get out and meet more people and see where the business takes me. I have to brush up on my demonstration skills, though. Certainly brings back memories of doing demonstration speeches on my high school Forensics team. 

Lastly, a couple weekends ago, Craig and a lovely army wife I met online, and I went to Luxembourg. Pictures as always! We met a very informative tour guide at the American cemetery that told us about the beginnings of the cemetery and how the soldiers were brought there. I can't imagine being one of those people who had to do this. Prior to the marble headstones (which are from Italy), there were wooden crosses with their dogtags draped over them for identification. 

I enjoyed going to the German cemetery just as much as the American one. It struck me as completely German- from the stone used, to the more natural elements, to the fonts used on the monuments. I'd like to head back to Luxembourg City in the summer to get a different perspective. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Fill-In

It's funny that I never make the time to update my blog, but I always make the time to do the Friday Milspouse Fill-ins.

1. What are you looking forward to most in 2011?

Traveling around Europe and this side of the world. We've finally gotten out of moving-in mode, now it's traveling mode.

2. What is something random you do on a boring night when your significant other is away?

Watch movies he hates like "The Notebook" and shows like "19 Kids and Counting," well actually anything on TLC.

3. What has been your greatest adventure as a MilSpouse?

Getting married two days after getting engaged, leaving New Zealand to be with my husband in Georgia, and moving to Germany.

4. What is the ugliest fashion trend you ever bought into (I’d like to make fun of you, so can you please provide a picture as well)?

My mom has these pictures tucked away, just waiting for the right time to show them, haha. Remember stirrup pants? I used to wear them with big Converse hightops, and then large sweaters. My mom made those iron-transfer shirts, and I remember always wearing this over-sized orange sweatshirt with a pumpkin and black cat on it, with the outline in glitter pant. I remember there always being a debate about whether your socks should go on the outside or inside of the stirrups.

5. What was the high point of last month?

In December, my husband and I went to Nuremberg. I guess just experiencing Christmas as a whole in an entirely different place was the high point.