EINSNot that House is any where close to done, but now it's time to focus on heading to Germany. I keep telling myself I'm not stressed about it, but I am. It would be different if I was going as a tourist to do touristy things, but lets be honest, this is a meeting of the family and friends. AKA, A TEST.
Many of Teh German's family and friends speak some English, so that will be helpful. My German is still pretty rough. I know that Teh German says I am/have done well with learning it, but it doesn't feel that way when you can barely speak it. I have to think about what I want to say and translate it in my head. Although maybe by the time we've been there for almost 3 weeks, communicating will come easier, buttttt right now, that isn't comforting. Also, it means that I'll lose all that progress when we get back. 1 step forward, 2 steps back.
Sometimes I do surprise myself with some of the stuff I know. I was able to communicate some with German Girl's parents, and even translate some things, when they were here and they agreed with Teh German that my German was impressive. But still... It doesn't feel that way right now. As of this morning, Duolingo says I'm 48% fluent in German.. All the liiiiiieeeeessssss.. It helps that the translations are right there for me. It is really a shame that I can't remember what most of the verbs are.
Also, to pack, I need to do laundry. Know what I haven't done in 2 weeks? Laundry. I'm a little bit sorry about it, but mostly sorry for myself because that means I have to do it eventually. At least I will get to do laundry in my laundry room. :D
My other conundrum is.. WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!?! What is the climate? Will it be Charleston hot? How many hoodies should I bring? We have a wedding to attend, what will I wear (ok, I've already figured this out, but still packing it to not wrinkle.. ugh)? How am I going to stay under the suitcase weight limit? I hope Teh German has extra space in his suitcase for my crap.
I know we'll be near Munich for a bit and we're going to Bavaria for a bit as well. I'm still hoping for a France or Italy visit, but our free time is running low. I thought about scheduling a run, but crawling through the German sites was trying on my nerves (obviously whatever I ran would require that I get a medal). I'm sure we'll have fun no matter what.
ZWEII knew it would happen, but I feel like there's a never ending list of things to do with House. Right now, it's mostly repairs that need to be made/stuff to be cleaned from being built. Apparently painters give zero fucks about anything else in your house. That shit is everywhere. I need to vacuum my bedroom till the end of time to begin to get all the dry wall dust out of the carpet. I also found caulk in my carpet. Teh German keeps finding things wrong as well. We have a clipboard to write them down on (as we were told we'd have). Now it's just a matter of getting all the things righted around. My builder did say that anything major (electric, pluming, etc) would warrant a call/text to him right away. I was thrilled with this when Teh German informed me that he thinks the master bedroom ceiling fan wiring isn't correct.
In addition to all the repairs, things need to be unpacked, and we'd like to eventually paint and decorate. It's just so overwhelming. I will admit that Teh German and I were so overwhelmed at packing up Shitty House that we put it off until the night before closing. Even then, we puttered around and couldn't figure out where to start. It was when I realized what was happened and told him that he agreed with me and we just started picking stuff up to bring out to the vehicles. Seriously, #bestteam4ever.
I'm trying not to even think about decorating (or having to buy more furniture) until everything is unpacked. But the problem is that the rooms are so cavernous downstairs that everything echos. Also, we received 2 chaises and the couch instead of 1 chaise and 1 loveseat and the couch.. We will be waiting until the 20th to finally get that issue solved when they deliver the loveseat.
So much cleaning needs to be done from where the contractors made such a mess. There is paint to get off of everything it feels like and just the idea of doing it overwhelms me to the point of needing a nap. Other things that make me need a nap: Cleaning the floors downstairs, unpacking the rest of the office with no actual desk or anything to make it something other than an empty room we refer to as "office", getting the TV mounted upstairs, getting the subwoofer and receiver set up downstairs (and trying to get the legs back on them after we fit them into the entertainment console we bought), figuring out the rug situation, dealing with walking the dogs for business while we are fence-less for the next 2 weeks... pretty much everything makes me need a nap.
We decided last night we needed to make a list to prioritize.. and by we I mean, Teh German said we should make a priorities list. I told him to jump on it.
DREII have been eating like shit and not working out and it's showing and I don't know when I became so self aware of my physical self, but I miss when I didn't care at all. Also, it's getting hot outside and nothing about that is inviting me to go run. Except for the part where we're running 19.3 miles in September at Disneyland. Definitely that part. And the fact that Teh MD-AR can't run means maybe I should get in some miles for both of us..
And stop eating everything ever.
VIEROur parents were laughing with us when we watched cartoons... but for completely different reasons.
FÜNF10 things that made me happy this week:
- HOUSE. NEW FREAKIN HOUSE.
- Soft carpet
- A shower big enough for 2 people
- 48% fluent!
- All the visitors we have had/will have in May.
- Clean laundry smell.
- Phil and Meri adjusting easily to going business (pooping and peeing) on a leash.
- All the space in my laundry room. ALL THE SPACE.. well compared to Shitty House.
- Not telling Mr. Scrooge that I moved (I had to interact with him this week for reasons).
- Selling our tickets for tonight's hockey game because I'd rather watch Space Jam downtown with Teh Sister. Yes, like Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. #judgeme #idgaf #LemonyFresh