Friday, May 13, 2016

Five on Friday #86


Not 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.


I 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.


I 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.


Our parents were laughing with us when we watched cartoons... but for completely different reasons.


10 things that made me happy this week:

  2. Soft carpet
  3. A shower big enough for 2 people
  4. 48% fluent!
  5. All the visitors we have had/will have in May.
  6. Clean laundry smell.
  7. Phil and Meri adjusting easily to going business (pooping and peeing) on a leash.
  8. All the space in my laundry room.  ALL THE SPACE.. well compared to Shitty House.
  9. Not telling Mr. Scrooge that I moved (I had to interact with him this week for reasons).
  10. 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

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.
Linking up with these ladies since it's FFFFRRRRRRIIIIIIDDDDAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!


  1. You're going to do great on the family test! Being there for 3 weeks listening/speaking German will definitely help. I'm jealous that you're going! I want/need to leave the country again. My brother is in Japan right now just because he wanted to go for a week for his birthday & I'm over here all "I'm gonna drive from TX to MN in June..."

  2. I hope you have fun in Germany and that it goes well!! I am sure they will all love you!!

  3. I cant even imagine how hard it is to learn a new language this late in life and I think that his family will appreciate that you are trying. I am sure you will have tons of fun over there!!! Yay for the new house but booooo for all the mess and things that need fixed!

  4. Totalky get the house stress! For what it's worth, when we got our house we painted the main living areas first (so we didn't have as much to work around). Then we did a room at a time...I mean it's been almost 3 years now but we are finally almost done, haha, and I truly love it. Just give yourself a break- this is YOUR HOUSE! You have all the time to make it just what you want, don't feel like you need to rush.

  5. You are being WAY too hard on yourself about how much you know/don't know of German. I am certain his loved ones will appreciate the effort you've put into it.

    One of my very best girlfriends was temporarily located in Milan with her job. While there, her company paid for Italian language classes. But, she knew NO Italian before going. Long story.... She met a hot Italian and stayed. His English was "survivor" level (that's what his English language classes called it). They worked it out. His friends/family worked with her. And, when he came to visit America, we all worked with him. We had this funny English, Italian, Spanish coversations going. Because if he didn't understand an English word, and Shawna didn't know the Italian word, sometimes I'd know the Spanish word ... and Spanish is close enough to Italian that he'd figure it out. You'll do great!

  6. German is a hard language to learn girl, go easy on yoursef. I'm sure your time away will surprise you how much you understand and know. Three weeks in Germany sounds pretty amazing!! :-) Have you got friends looking after the furkids??

    I'm SO excited you're in your new home now!! :)

    I hope you're having an awesome weekend girl! Xo

  7. hahahahaha unfuck you.
    seriously though if so many people are saying your german is impressive, you need to stop being so hard on yourself! it is insanely hard to learn a new language as an adult, and one like german? i don't know anything about it, but i can guess that there aren't a lot of similarities between it and english, right? i mean i did french in school and attempted to re-learn it before our trip (as well as a bit of italian) and a lot of the french was easy because some english words come from french words (according to the guy on the cd anyway lol). but seriously. don't be so hard on yourself, i am sure you are doing amazing!
    don't worry about the wrinkly outfit. surely where you are going will have a dryer or iron? if not, buy some of that downy wrinkle release stuff. rolling it *should* help but i think it really depends on the fabric.


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