Big Wednesday

So I’m actually writing this post Tuesday night.  I know, surprise!  I can write a post early, rather than late!   But I just won’t have time tomorrow.  I hate to make anyone jealous  *maybe I bask in the thought*  but I will be making a road trip with a dear friend of mine from A Tangled Yarn to Wollmeise for their second annual not so perfect sale!  I may splurge a little bit while there, but I have set myself a budget and I have sworn that this is my last yarn purchase for pretty much the remainder of 2011.

My WIP Wednesday post consists of a big announcement, and my big WIP……my jellybean.  The little baby in my tummy!  I wasn’t able to post last week because of the ultrasound, but now I can share!!

We saw just about everything there is to see on baby!  Everything…..but the gender!  We want a surprise at birth.  We saw the baby’s stomach, the 4 chambers of the heart, the aortic artery, the sinuses, the ribs, spine, leg, foot, hand, and even the two hemispheres of the brain.  I cannot express how lucky I am to be spending part of my pregnancy here  in Germany and get to experience the joy the technology of an ultrasound provides every single month.    That leads me to another announcement.

We’re moving!!!!  Yes, we are finally leaving Germany.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it here….but I’ll save the sentimental post for right before I leave.  The paperwork took about a month, month and a half to process, but finally everything was approved!  We will be leaving by Nov. 9th but possibly sometime in October for a little R&R between here and the new post.  We are of course still waiting on the orders to be cut, assigning my husband to a unit and giving us a report date.  We are….moving to Fort Riley, Kansas.  Kansas.  Yes, it is a bit in the middle of nowhere. But once you live here there is such a difference between really being in the middle of nowhere and being far away from family but still having restaurants, grocery stores, and places to shop or socialize (American things that I miss!) right around.  So I will be happy.  Very, very happy to live in the states again.  And to deliver my little bean in an American hospital.  It’s a relief, really a big relief.

 

Out of the Loop

Oh my how I have been out of the loop.  For several reasons.  Between the pregnancy (and symptoms that come along) and traveling not only haven’t I been blogging, but I haven’t even been reading my fellow bloggers posts!  I opened my Blog Reader today and have 221 unread posts!  I can’t believe it.  I’m so behind!!  But I guess I have good reasons.  And I must admit, the traveling I’ve done the past month has been amazing.  I’ve already shared some pictures from New Mexico.  Had a great time in New York also.  But I’m going to admit that being pregnant and traveling across the ocean doesn’t always mix.  I had the worst morning sickness upon return, due to the jet-lag.  There’s also something to be said about the stress behind trying to see friends and family.  Not that I didn’t enjoy it of course, but there is stress.

That’s why last weekend’s trip was so welcomed.  And really what my body, mind and spirit needed.  It was my anniversary gift from the hubs, so naturally that means just the two of us!  We have lived in Germany for a few years now and there was no excuse for not traveling more so finally we did!  We went to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany.  Two words.  The Alps.  I can’t even describe it, but I can try.  Amazing.  Breathtaking.  Serene.  Spiritual.  I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

They really do speak for themselves, huh?  I have other good news!  I got my knitting mojo back!  Well…..kind of.  I haven’t become as obsessed about knitting time as a I used to, but I am a quarter of the way through the chart for the Hemlock Ring Blanket.  And you guessed it.  It’s going to be a baby blanket.  I think between the traveling, and new (amazing) yarn the bug bit me in the ass.  I finally cast on for the baby!!!  I apologize for the lack of pictures today, but will share soon!  I haven’t taken any yet.  But I do know where you can see other WIP pictures!  Head over to Tami’s Amis and Other Creations for more WIPW posts!  Glad to be back!

MIA

I swear, I’m still alive.  It has however been quite a while since I posted!  I usually try to post at least three times a week but this week has just plain gotten in the way.  We’ve had a quite eventful and busy week so I’m behind.  Fear not however, I’ll catch you all up on WIP and FO’s on Wednesday and Friday.  This past Friday was my first military ball.  As I understand it, they will be much more formal in the states.  It was very German, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great ole’ time!  I witnessed a tradition known at the Grog Bowl Ceremony, where each company present contributes some type of liquor or alchohol and has a significant meaning they associate with it.  Some of these are very thoughtful, creative, and just plain hilarious!  Then we had some amazing food.  Fried fish fillets, turkey cordon bleu, noodles, roast beef in herb sauce,  baked potatoes, vegetables, and there was apple strudel with Bavarian cream and vanilla sauce for dessert.  Needless to say the buffet was excellent and I sure stuffed myself.  We also walked away with some prints of the Hohenfels Castle that I can’t wait to frame and put up.

Walhalla

Walhalla was built by King Ludwig.  It is one of the many famous pieces of architecture funded by him, as a hall of fame so to speak.  It’s right outside of Regensburg and has been something my husband and I have wanted to see for quite a while.  We finally made it, and with friends!  We also went to the famous Wurstkuchl, also known as the historic bratwurst kitchen.  They are pretty much famous for their amazing sauerkraut and wurst.  Then we got some ice cream!  Who doesn’t love German Ice Cream?

Field Trip!

So recently I joined a knitting group on our military post.  It was actually a “Learn how to Knit” class that continued on as a little group of friends.  This group is where I learned how to knit continentally. Since the first class some people have joined and some have left.  As far as I’m considered we not have “official” members, but we of course welcome anyone in the community to join us (with or without knitting knowledge!).   Well, 2 of the members have birthdays around now.  One just had one…..and one has one coming up.  So my friend (of A Tangled Yarn) and I decided we would take these two girls on a field trip to Rohrspatz and Wollmeise.  We explained what Wollmeise yarn was to the girls, said you HAD to go while we are in Germany and off we went!

Now this was my second time going, but first time NOT during their sale.  Which means I had never seen the store so open, and comfy!  It was very nice.  I really, really enjoyed being there once again.  I had a goal of only one skein of Lace-Garn but that didn’t work out well.  I ended up with 3 skeins of Lace-Garn, the colors Mitternacht, Magnolie, and Die Auster, and one skein of Sockwolle in Pitahaya (which I just adore!!).  The other girls were also in heaven!  They walked away with a few skeins of Sockwolle each!

Above is a picture one of the girls took at lunch.  We then walked around the cute town of Pfaffenhof for a bit.  There were alot of cute shops, clothing stores and little restaurants.  We sat down to lunch outside, al fresco style, and a cute little German restaurant.  Then we got some German ice-cream, which is pretty much amazing, before we left.  All in all it was pretty darn close to a perfect day.  If I could erase any part of it, it would definitely be the part where the waitress spilled two beers all over me, but every day can’t always be perfect can it?

I Need A Caption

This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create. There are no rules of a topic to blog about (though some suggestions are given below) but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog. This can take one of many forms, but here a few suggestions:

  • Wordless, photographic post
  • Video blog post
  • Podcast
  • Cartoon/sketch of an idea
  • Write about a subject from a different perspective (for example, you could write about a day in the life of a knitted sock from the point of view of the sock).
  • Interpretive modern dance (why does someone always suggest this?
  • A poem or piece of rhyming verse
  • Stop motion animation

 


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