Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fourth of July Germany-style

Happy fourth of July weekend! I hope everyone enjoyed their day off and the fireworks in their area.

Megan and I had a girls night Thursday and made white trash margaritas (ala Begley!) and watched old Sex in the City episodes and Bridget Jones’ Diary. When I said girls night – I meant girls night!

I spent Friday running errands. I went to the Familia Center, which is like a strip mall, but inside. They have an awesome bakery, which I had to stop at, and a big grocery store, which was my original destination.

I probably spent an hour wandering around the store looking at the different German products. Did you know their condiments come in a tube? You can buy mustard in what looks like a toothpaste tube. It’s strange at first, but I guess you get used to it.

I played it safe and bought things like yogurt, bread and chocolate. I probably could’ve gotten these things down where I live, but walking around the Familia center is just fun. They also have a huge wine section and sell wine in juice box-type packages. Too weird. Although, they’re probably perfect for picnicking.

Friday night, I went over to Danelli’s for a fourth of July BBQ. SoBryce was also in attendance. I made white trash margaritas (anyone else noticing a theme?) and they made baked beans, potato casserole, wursts and squash/zucchini. It was a tasty BBQ! Granted, you usually eat burgers and hot dogs on the fourth, but when in Germany…

Eventually we wandered down to the town square in Schwetzingen because SoBryce had seen an ad for fireworks. We walked around for about an hour, but we never saw any fireworks. There was a big hoopla at one of the installations, but no one was in any state to drive. Plus, I still don’t have my driver’s license. We won’t get into that…

When we got back to Danelli's, we created my very own Wii character. Of course, they made me take the Wii age test right off the bat. I'm 37 in Wii years, but considering I've only played once or twice, that's not too shabby.

I also beat everyone during our first game of bowling :) Now if only I could take those bowling skills and use them in real life. Maybe then I could bowl at the bowling alley without people staring.

I ended up spending the night in “my” room and came home the next day around noon. I spent Saturday running around with Amy.

There was an African market near our places so we walked down to watch the dancers and buy shell bracelets. They also had some Ethiopian food, but I had already eaten. Bummer. Oh well, I’m sure there will be another random fest in the near future. Today, I heard a do wop group busting out some tunes down below my apartment. You never know what’s going to happen downtown.

Anyway, back to yesterday. So, I tried Indian food for the first time last night. I’m not sure if I liked it or not. I had chicken with this really sweet orange sauce. It was just ok. The bread, called nan, was really good but I think that’s because it was basically a flour tortilla.

I brought the rest of my food home, but I have a feeling I won’t eat it.

I finally got some rest last night and slept for about 10 hours. Today has been all about getting laundry done (since it takes 2 hours per wash cycle!), getting some work done and relaxing.

I’ve also spent a considerable amount of time with my new love, eBay. Danelli told me about this fantastic art site where you can buy paintings for $1 and then pay to have they stretched. I bought two, but am having trouble buying the stretching service. They should have more detailed instructions!

I’ve also started searching for my favorite stores like The Limited, because they don’t sell their clothes online. You’d be surprised how many clothes are on eBay that are still new with tags. Although, if you really think about it, it shouldn’t be that surprising.

I can think of loads of clothes in my closet (er…on the boat that contains my closet) that still have tags on them and have never been worn.

I’d sell them on eBay, but that’s too much work. I’d much rather just buy things.

PS – After I took a shower this morning, I put my pj’s back on and haven’t changed since. Yay!