Monday July 6th was pretty uneventful. Birgit had to work in the morning and I finished reading the second Harry Potter in German and started the third. In conversation class we got our credit certificates. I got a low B, but its not bad considering how much I disliked the class. I read in the newspaper here that the crown of the Statue of Liberty is open for visitors again. The only other news about the US was that a 25 year old Californian guy broke the world record for hotdog eating by devouring 68 hotdogs in 10 minutes. I would be sick after 4.
Tuesday I had kind of a rough morning. I went to make my usual hot chocolate and when I poured in the milk it was chunky. Eeww. The milk isnt supposed to be kept above 8 Celsius and it had been in the 20s the last few days. After that I put in a piece of bread to make toast, and when I went to eat it there was a mold spot in the middle. Not my morning. I basically read that morning and then I ended up making lunch as well. Chicken noodle soup. In business class we looked at our tests (I missed two, but there was a two point curve) and then our credit papers. She let us go after we filled out evaluations, but since I had another class afterwards I had to stay. I went outside and sat on the lawn for a bit. In writing we wrote and acrostic poem with the german word for writing class and that was how we formatted our evaluations. It was kind of hard
I watched Marley and Me in the evening for the second time and bawled just as much as the first.
Wednesday I started packing my second suitcase. I ended up sending a box with my sweaters and winter coat cause space was looking tight. In the intensive class we talked about writing resumes.
Thursday morning I finished up the lace project I was working on with Brigit. I also made the spaghetti for lunch and then headed off to class. We talked about Leipzig in the East Germany days. She even told us some pretty funny jokes. The second half of the class was a little field trip into the city center so she could show us some important places, but because I had Phonetics afterwards, I was planning on staying so I wouldnt be late. I went down to wait for an hour and a half in front of my phonetics room, but the teacher was actually there, so she showed me my final and gave me my credit paper right then. On the way out of the building I bumped into the field trip people, so I ended up going along after all. I got to see the inside of the St. Nicholas church for the first time.
Friday morning Maria was supposed to come over for a brunch around 10. She showed up about a half hour late, but she explained to me that she had driving class beforehand and that it went really badly (the instructor was even getting frustrated with her). She said she had to go home and compose herself a little first. Aww
Anyway, she brought fresh rolls and lots of goodies and then we started watching a movie she brought. The English name is the Magical Legend of the Leprechauns and thankfully even though it was a German DVD it still had the original English soundtrack. It was kind of strange at first, but I started getting into it. Its kind of like a Romeo and Juliet story between a leprechaun and a fairy. Unfortunately I didnt get to see the end since I had a meeting to go to, but Ill have to find it when I get home. I was sad to say goodbye to Maria. Hopefully she comes to Ohio sometime.
Todays gone pretty well so far. I did a little cross stitch in the morning and then around 10 we went to Siglindas garden (please check out the new pics!). We helped pick sour cherries and I did a little weeding and then we had a quick lunch before heading back. She even gave me a few little gifts to take home. How sweet! Phillip is currently over, so I think well be having a good dinner tonight.
I am so excited to be going home soon! I will try to update my blog shortly after I get home to let everyone know how Im settling in. Hopefully you enjoyed hearing about my adventures and thanks for reading!
Saturday the 27th was pretty normal. I read a few chapters of the German translation of The Wizard of Oz. Thank goodness for the illustrations! After showering I started studying for my Business final. After that I helped Felix make lunch (Spinach and cheese lasagna), ate, and went over to Anitas. She was home as she was feeling under the weather. I took her all the books that I didnt have room to take home. I think she was excited to get something new. In the afternoon I watched a movie called New in Town. It was really cute; sort of like Fargo without all the murders and with tapioca pudding and scrapbooking. Felix was gone most of the day and we had more lasagna for dinner. I caught a little of the dubbed version of the new Stepford Wives so I watched that for a bit. I still think I like the old one better. Birgit gave me a copy of the summer devotional for the youth group. Apparently the district hands one out every year to bridge the time when the youth group doesnt meet. I think Ive been doing well considering. I still wish my German bible would have come in though.
June 28th I did not go to church. Thomas was away at a kids camp, and Birgit warned me the fill in guy was kind of old school and his sermons were hard for her to understand. I figured it was better if I stayed home. I studied, read, did a little cross stitch, and watched Meet Joe Black again. I went over to Anitas again, and she was still feeling sick, but much better than the day before. She was sleeping when I left. Felix didnt get up till like 3 in the afternoon. He must have been out late the night before.
Monday the 29th I finished reading the Wizard of Oz and started reading the first Harry Potter book. It always helps to be familiar with the story first. Felix and I made pizza for lunch. My conversation class was torture as usual. When I came back Birgit was finally home. We ate more pizza for dinner and Konrad came home shortly after from France. Birgit mentioned Maria had called me and left a message asking me to call back. I called her up and she reminded me she had invited me to her Birthday Party and asked me why wasnt there. I thought she said July 29th, not June (the words are really close in German). Anyway, Birgit drove me over to her Grandparents garden (sort of like Siglindas setup) where the party was being held. The party was mostly for her family and boyfriend. She was having a party later for her friends, but I will be gone already. Her actual birthday was that day though, so it was nice. I brought her some Harry and Davids chocolate and some Smuckers Jam. It was a really good time. I got to meet her dad for the first time. Basti was kind enough to drive me home, so I got to ride in his Trabant. It was soooo teeny! But very cute.
Tuesday morning I studied a little more and Anita came over around 9. We made an apple pie and I gave her some measuring cups and spoons along with the recipe so she can make it too. We also gave her the quilt and she was so excited about it! She said it was going right home on her couch. I also got a box from home. It had cards for Konrad and Felix and a movie (Gran Torino) and camo soap. Awesome! We had roulade and the usual potato dumplings and red cabbage for lunch. After that I went to school for my final. I think I did well enough, but not exceptionally well. Well see next week. Birgit and I watched Gran Torino in the evening. It was very predictable, but good.
Wednesday was pretty uneventful. I basically studied all day. I wanted to take a walk, but it was super hot (like upper 80s) and I figured it was better to stay in. Birgit started me on another lace project in the morning, but I wasnt in a patient mood, so it wasnt going well. I made the spaghetti for lunch and I finished reading the first Harry Potter in the afternoon.
Thursday went well. I mostly studied again in the morning and read a bit. We had Milk Rice for lunch and then headed over to Siglindas. It was extremely hot again (summers here) and we picked cherries. I also picked some black currants. As soon as we were done a huge thunderstorm came and it was absolutely pouring. I was glad the little house was there. We went in and had cake and tea. Around 4 we had to leave so I could get to my final on time. I think the Phonetics one went really well. I finished super early and she smiled after my reading, so I think thats a good sign. I know its better than at the beginning anyway. Birgit and I split the left over potato dumplings and pasta for dinner. Charlotte came over and brought her dog Betty, a Maltese. Im not fond of yip-yip dogs, but it was nice to have some kind of dog around.
Friday morning we switched my lace project back to the German round pillow. I like it much better than the flat one since you hold the bobbins instead of laying them on the pillow. Its a lot faster and I think its tighter and looks nicer too. I was still getting frustrated because we had to knot on more thread and the knots werent holding. Birgit uses this weird slip knot thing. Give me a good old square knot any day. It doesnt look quite so nice, but it holds 10 times better. I worked for about an hour and then read for a bit. We had fish sticks and potatoes for lunch.
I had to go to my intensive class for the first time in like a week and a half. The heat wave is still on, so instead of meeting in the 3rd floor in our usual room we went down to the basement. It was much better there. We did a little grammar and talked about the stylistic differences between personal and business letters and heard a bit of an audio book from a Russian immigrant who learned German well enough to be able to write. He talked about his struggles with learning German and also how hard it is to raise bilingual children. It was really funny! He has a bit of an accent, but all the Germans love that and its not that hard to understand.
Yesterday I did basically nothing. Seriously. I went to Anitas to call home, read, did cross stitch, and played solitaire.
Today we went to church in the morning. The sermon was given by a Theology student and I understood him really well. We had roulade and red cabbage and potato dumplings for lunch. I went to Anitas afterwards to call home. Her company wasnt there yet. After I was done they were all there and she invited me to have ice cream with them (walnut, yum!). Since shes leaving Tuesday this is the last time I will see her, so we took a picture together. I am really going to miss her. She gave me two of her very valuable English dessert spoons, so Ill always have something to remember her by. How sweet! I hope she calls a lot and comes to visit me some day.
In the afternoon I went on a bike ride with Birgit and Thomas. I used Birgits old bike since the bike lock for mine is so rusted I couldnt get it open. DW-40 anyone? It was really long and hot, but the short bit through the forest was nice. It was shady and smelled like wild garlic. I will miss that. The beach was super crowded, so Im glad I didnt want to swim. Thomas actually wanted to bike around the lake (hes nuts) but I was completely spent, so thank goodness Birgit didnt want to go either. We sat at a table and waited for Thomas to come back. I am soooo sore. I hope I dont have to bike again before I leave. Is it possible to get saddle sores from a bike? Anyway, thats about it so far. I think Ill just chill around the house for the rest of the evening.