Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Checking In

I'm not sure if anyone is even checking my blog since it has been forever since I wrote anything. My apologies. Life in the US is much busier than life in Themiddleofnowhere, Germany. I know, I know...but it's true.

I've been so busy hanging out with family, helping out at my aunt's monogram shop, and SHOPPING that I've hardly turned on my computer. I have done some major shopping. TOIAW has hardly acknowledged this. Life is good!

So, just wanted you know I'm alive and well. Very well. Being with family can be a bit stressful but they are my family so it's generally good stress. I'm very blessed. That reminds me of a quote I heard yesterday, "I'm too blessed to be stressed." Truer words are rarely heard.

I want to take time to wish everyone the merriest of Christmases! If you are one of my dear friends whose husbands are away, please know that I love you. I've been there and I know how much it hurts and just generally stinks. My family and I set aside special time on Christmas Eve to pray for military families who are separated but this year we will pray specifically for families that TOIAW know. I'm making a list (and checking it twice) so no one is left out and every time I add a name I think of the family and get teary. I admire you so much; you are my heroes.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Ahhhh, Target...

I made it to good ol' US of A safe and sound! Just in time it sounds like, because weather is wrecking havoc in the upper Midwest and East coast. No snow here...it's supposed to be in the high 60s today.

I'm still suffering from a bit of jet lag. I was awake for more than 24 hours Saturday with only a few hours of sleep then I went to bed early last night only to awaken at 3:30...and I'm still awake. I've already worked-out and showered. I plan on helping out at my aunt's monogram shop today and here and there while I'm here. When I'm not working there, I'm going to be hanging out there working on a couple of quilts for gifts. It's a great place to craft and create.

I went to Target yesterday!!! Oh, how I love Target! I spent $165 and could have spent a lot more...and probably will before I leave. I was a little disappointed with their athletic clothing selection but otherwise found plenty of goodies.

In addition to not eating meat more than a few times a week, I also prefer to eat organic when possible. It's not too difficult to do that in Germany but not as easy as it is in the US. It's not so much the availability as much as the selection that is available. Oh well, I'll enjoy it while I can. I'm also trying to exercise and lose some of this fertility medication weight I've gained in the past few months. This could prove to be difficult since TOIAW and I usually gain weight while we're visiting. It's not hard to see why there is such an obesity problem in the US.

Well, I hope everyone has a fabulous day! I am going to enjoy the sunshine and try not to seem like a freak and remark about how the sun is shining in December because, apparently, that's not unusual for some places...who knew?