ooooh i’ll make my own version of this
this is useful when printing out my research journal articles
I am a fan of Avocado toast, these are some great ideas!
My first Saturday shift at the new job. This is the easiest admin job I have had so far. The store is never busy, and I am amazed at how laid back all of our customers are! I dont have much negative to say about this gig, but sadly all of the other girls hate it here and are quitting. Which kind of scares me…is there something they aren’t telling me?
But Ive decided not to judge this position by other co-workers experiences. Yes, the boss and his son (the owners) fuss and fight like cats and dogs every single day, which makes it sort of awkward to sit here in this small building and pretend I am not listening to them screaming at one another. But honestly, other than that, and the long hours and some weekend work I dont really mind this job too much.
I am bummed that the other girls are leaving, because they are so awesome and I dont want to be the only girl here… but I am also happy for them because now they have more time to be with their husbands and travel, etc.
I just hope I get the chance to travel with my husband too….
k. e. (via thewildestwallflower )
this! beautiful thought.
Hailey has her USAEUR license!
Picked up my temporary today, then went to get a German Bank account so that I can get direct deposit for work.
Everything is falling into place! The movers came back today to pick up some of the military loaned furniture, so now our house is completely clutter free.
All we need now are some rugs, a vaccum, and hang strips to hang up pictures and wall art.
Back to work tomorrow- I think this will be my first paid week of work, so I will hopefully get paid on the First of May? Who knows, maybe on the first of April just with a check or something. Fingers Crossed, I cannot wait to get some $$$$$ of my own lol
Since the last update on our new lives in Germany:
1. We got housing! Apparently the housing office tends to work with families who are patient in getting their housing assignment. Since we were getting paid each day we were in the hotel, we definitely didn’t mind waiting! At first they were going to give us 2 bedroom stairwell housing (which is awful from what I have seen,) but they proposed that if we waited 10 more days and let a family take our housing offer (the family needed housing immediately) that they would assign us to one of the brand new 3 bedroom townhomes! Of course we said yes! We accepted the offer and were moved in 2 weeks later. We absolutely love living here! Kyle and I have never lived in something so nice: heated floors, two stories, a fenced in back yard AND garage with an attic! There is even a cupboard under the stairs (no way that’s a coincidence- HP is everything) Kyle now has one of the extra rooms set up as his “Man Cave” so he’s loving that.
2. Nuremberg! Kyle and I took the train to Nuremberg and met up with some friends. We visited Nuremberg castle, two beautiful Churches and many many bars. This place was beautiful and the weather that day was warm and sunny: we take advantage of any beautiful day like that since the sun is often hiding behind the clouds all week long. I took a few photos, I’ll upload them soon.
3. I got a job! Yes! I did. I was advised not to expect to find work for the first 7 months or so, but the first week we were in the hotel, I interviewed at a BMW dealership and was hired! So to anyone who tells you something cannot be done, DO IT and show them it can! I was skeptical of working right away because I do want to have time to travel, relax, etc. But I was also anxious to get back into working again so that we would be able to afford to do nice things when we travel.
Ive only been at this dealership for a week, training…for free. No pay apparently until my first official day, this Tuesday. This shop is very small, very slow, not what I am used to at a car dealership. But I am SO thankful to finally have a slower paced work environment, and my bosses and co-workers seem pretty cool so far. We will see how that goes :) Regardless, I am thankful to be back at work and making some money for us. I hated relying on just Kyle’s income for that short amount of time, and I can’t wait to get into the groove of things at this new dealership.
4. Munich- we visited Munich with some friends for Jerry’s birthday. Our day began cold and windy, with rain of course, and our first stop was the Hofbräuhaus in the heart of Munich. The food was amazing- I had the Bratwurst plate and a Radler- beer mixed with lemonade. After lunch we went to the Centerplatz and toured the Residenz Munchen- absolutely beautiful! Sadly however, towards the end of the night we began to notice how we were being treated as those “silly Americans.” We were turned away at three bars, they told us to go elsewhere because they were too busy and we had no reservation. I understand the reservation part, as I have been told that many restaurants in Germany prefer you to make a reservation if you don’t want to wait. But there were silly reasons we were turned away too: there were 5 of us in the group and we walked into the bar with 4 open bar stools. With everyone of the guys being gentlemen, they didn’t want to be the first to sit and end up leaving one person out- so we stood there for a few seconds to adjust and see if we could find another stool. Then, the bartender walks up to us and says she is sorry but she cannot serve us if we are standing, we must be sitting. Mind you, this was seconds after we walked in the door and were directed to sit here by the hostess! When she saw that we were attempting to figure out seating arrangements and even letting one of our 5 people to sit somewhere else at the other end- she said “try somewhere else, maybe hard rock cafe?” I was a little buzzed but started realizing what had been going on. My husband blatantly told the bartender, “This IS the third place we have tried, but we will just go somewhere else, I can tell we aren’t welcome here.” She said nothing! Nothing. Which is fine. But I just know if there were a German person or someone from ANY foreign country to visit an establishment in America, we would not treat them that way! I would be honored to have a guest in the states! We would welcome them with open arms, not turn them away just because they are “foreigners.”
After that experience, we decided that maybe the Irish pub down the street would be more accepting to us. We walked in and noticed many English speaking people there. We ordered 5 shots and one margarita, and thought all was well. They gave us a Margarita pizza. When we tried to explain to the bartender that this is not what we ordered, he said “you said Margarita pizza, and if you didn’t well I guess you’ve got a pizza now.” and walked back behind the bar.
We were done with everyone in Munich at this point, and decided to get ready to leave. We stopped at an espresso Shop so that our DD could get some coffee before the long drive back. This was the best thing we had done all night- who knew espresso shops stayed open late and served alcohol! The gentleman behind the bar served us shots (except to the DD of course) and bar food! We left on a happy note and decided to take the not-so-great experience with a grain of salt. I just know now how important it will be for me to learn Deutch if I don’t want to be treated so strangely.
——–That may be all for now, I will update more with photos and whatnot soon!
A few weekends ago at Bishop Castle, Colorado!
We miss CO already, but definitely enjoying the SC weather for a few weeks!
I’ve been brainstorming on what sort of platform I want this blog to be. Ive decided, The biggest thing in my life right now is our big move to Germany. We are only a month away! Kyle, my hubby, and I are beyond excited for this new adventure. We will miss Colorado, I have only been here for a year, and we are stationed in Germany for 3 and a half years! (Guess I better start learning Deutch!) This transition will be huge, a sort of culture shock. But I have researched housing, German life, and the new post, and it seems as though we will most likely be living on post. At his new duty station, even with his rank he is considered Junior Enlisted over there, whereas in the states he is considered Senior Enlisted. Plus, we have no children yet, just a husky (Nani, our fur baby) so we will not be assigned a bigger house on post. Most likely a 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom if we get very lucky (fingers crossed!)
I want to make the most of this new journey. I hope and pray that Kyle is not deployed, but I know it will be likely because he has not had a single deployment yet during his time of service..so I know its coming. Also, because Kyle informed me that Soldiers in Europe are more likely to Deploy if something happens over there. But we will try not to think about that. Whatever happens happens, and like always, I will stand behind my husband and support him as much as he needs me to. :)
As for me, I am no longer working. I worked my last day two weeks ago, and I miss it so much. I worked as inventory control and Admin for a car dealership, I absolutely loved that job. It not only paid pretty well, but my co-workers were awesome, fun, hilarious, and just fun to be around. Most importantly to me, working gives me a sense of purpose. So with no job, I’ve been trying to stay as busy as possible. I am actively searching for a work-from home job, but no luck so far. I did sign up to do Mturk, but haven’t done much with it yet. I just worry that since I am not working, we are down one income for our family, and we still have the same bills each month. Its an uneasy feeling that I have to rely on Kyle to support us fully until we get over there. I have always worked, and I just cannot see myself being a “housewife” and not bringing home any income.
The difficult part is, since we are going to be in Germany, we have to comply with the SOFA act (i think thats what it is called) which pretty much means that any jobs on post or off that is not on the European market, must first be filled by 60% German citizens, and THEN Spouses get preference on the rest of the available jobs…. which means all of the better jobs will already be filled. I have a college degree and the best paying job I have found so far is a substitute teacher. Not the best job for me since I don’t really love younger kids. I could do middle and high school age, younger children are a challenge to me. The career center has already explained on their website that spouses and family should expect unemployment for 7-9 months….and even then, don’t expect a great job… Really? I’ve also read on a blog from a spouse who is in Germany now, that it is actually easier to have a business license in your home and work from home for yourself than it is to get a good paying job. Im taking that into consideration, but what kind of business would I run from home? lol
So I have decided to use this blog for these reasons. I want to keep records of my journey, from now to three years from now. So that maybe another wife who has to go through this can see the experiences that I went through, and it might help them with their transitions overseas. Plus, if I’m going to live the “unemployed” life for a few months, I will be doing lots of traveling! I just bought a beautiful nikon camera, so I will start using my OWN photos on this blog, which Im super excited about!
I cannot wait to get there! I hope this month flies by.
Jews, Christians, and Muslims are planning to build a house of worship Berlin - the “House Of One” - that brings a synagogue, a church, and a mosque together under one roof, making it the world’s first house of prayer for three religions. The three separate sections will be linked by a communal room in the center of the building. This will serve as a meeting place, where worshippers and members of the public can come together and learn more about the religions and each other.
It is to be built in "Fischerinsel", on the site where the first church in Berlin, St Peter’s, once stood.
Germans take their day of rest very seriously. Shops are shut, people take leisurely walks and there will be absolutely no domestic drilling thank you very much. It is against the law to drill at any time on a Sunday. And it doesn’t stop with DIY either, take note that throwing away bottles in the recycling bins is also strictly forbidden outside certain hours - just check the containers.
In the same vein, Germans like their peace and quiet and it is STRENG VERBOTEN (strictly forbidden) to tune your piano at night.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town on the Romantic Road in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, about halfway in between Frankfurt and Munich. It’s known for its medieval center (Altstadt), seemingly untouched by the passage of time, encircled by the undamaged 14th century town wall. In the Middle Ages, it was a free imperial city, reaching its apex of prosperity under Bürgermeister Heinrich Toppler in the 15th century with a large population of 6,000 - much larger than Frankfurt and Munich at the time. Now it’s a small town and tourist attraction.
Since I made a post about Russian Podcasts, I thought I’d do one about German ones too. Many you can find on iTunes, on Android using Pocket Casts, or on their own websites/RSS feed. There are several more podcasts in German, but here are a few.
- Das tägliche Wort
- German GrammarPod
- Germanlingq: Includes transcripts
- GermanPod101: also has a youtube channel
- German-Podcast: Includes transcripts
- Learn German by Podcast: Transcripts must be bought, but free to listen.
- My Daily Phrase German
- Pukka German: Colloquial German and slang.
- The Stammtisch: In German and English
Listening For Beginners-Intermediates
- Andrea erzählt (Deutsch): A2-B1. Includes transcripts.
- Coffee Break German: Listening and grammar. Extra material must be bought.
- Deutsch – warum nicht?: A1-B1 with transcripts.
- Grüße aus Deutschland : Includes transcripts
- Hallo bei Logo: video podcasts
- Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten: B2-C1. Includes transcripts.
- Radio D: A1-A2 with transcripts.
- Slow German: Includes transcripts
- Step Into German: Music, film, soccer and Germany. Includes transcripts.
- Twilingo: Includes transcripts
- Anerzähler: Random stories and facts
- CRE: Technology, culture or society.
- Deutschlandradio: News, current events, culture. Includes transcripts.
- Der Explikator:Movies, science, entertainment, and history. Includes transcripts.
- Das geheime Kabinett: Historical mysteries
- Das Podcast UFO: Comedy
- Forschergeist: Education and sciene
- Geschichtenkapsel: Audio stories
- Hörsuppe: Collection of several German podcasts.
- Jung und Naiv: Current events
- IQ - Wissenschaft und Forschung: Science
- In Trockenen Büchern: Literature
- Omega Tau: Technology
- PSYCHO TALK : Psychology
- Sanft & Sorgfältig: Satire about everything
- SBS German: News, culture
- Stevinho Talks: Gaming, soccer, movies
- Stay Forever: Video games
- Tagesschau Audio: News
- Tsundoku: Books and reading
- Weltenflüstern : Literature
- WRINT: Collection of several podcasts on many topics.
Die Burg Hohenzollern, the ancestral seat of the family dynasty, is situated at the periphery of the Swabian Alb 50 kn south of Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany. It’s not a museum in the traditional sense but a historic place, which attracts 100,000s of visitors from all over the world all year round. There’s an art collection, incl. a significant picture gallery, valuable silver and china as well as the display of the Prussian King’s Crown. There are numerous concerts held here, open-air cinema, and exhibitions. One of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas also takes place here. The castle complex was jointly restored by both Hohenzollern lines in the 19th century and still is private property. For almost a 1000 years it has provided temporary housing for the family.
Juist is one of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands at the edge of Lower Saxony’s “Wattenmeer” (wadden sea) in the North Sea. Located between the islands of Borkum, Memmert, and Norderney, it’s 17 km long and up to 1 km wide, depending on the tide, which sinks and falls about 3 meters in 6 hours. Tourism is the main source of income and almost all buildings on the island have guestrooms. There are also several hotels and a youth hostel. Because of its unpolluted air, the island is popular for those with respiratory complaints.
I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!
FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)
- Khan Academy
- P2P U
- Academic Earth
- Stanford Online
- MIT Open Courseware
- Open Yale Courses
- BBC Learning
- Carnegie Mellon University OLI
- University of Reddit
IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)
- Big Think
- BBC Future
- Seriously Amazing
- How Stuff Works
- Discovery News
- National Geographic
- Science News
- Popular Science
- YouTube Edu
DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)
FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS
- OpenStax CNX
- Open Textbooks
- Textbook Revolution
- E-books Directory
- Books Should Be Free
- Classic Reader
- Read Print
- Project Gutenberg
- AudioBooks For Free
- Poem Hunter
- MIT Classics
- Many Books
- Open Textbooks BCcampus
- Open Textbook Library
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Wiley Open Access
- Springer Open
- Oxford Open
- Elsevier Open Access
- Open Access Library
- BBC Languages
- Learn A Language
- Foreign Services Institute
- My Languages
- Surface Languages
- OpenCulture’s Language links
2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING
- GA Dash
- Code Avengers
- The Code Player
- Code School
- Programming Motherf*?$%#
- Bucky’s room
- Learn Code the Hard Way
- Mozilla Developer Network
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
3. YOGA & MEDITATION
- Learning Yoga
- Learn Meditation
- Free Meditation
- Online Meditation
- Do Yoga With Me
- Yoga Learning Center
4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING
- Exposure Guide
- The Bastards Book of Photography
- Cambridge in Color
- Best Photo Lessons
- Photography Course
- Production Now
- Learn About Film
- Film School Online
5. DRAWING & PAINTING
6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY
- Music Theory
- Music Theory Videos
- Furmanczyk Academy of Music
- Dave Conservatoire
- Petrucci Music Library
- Justin Guitar
- Guitar Lessons
- Piano Lessons
- Zebra Keys
- Play Bass Now
7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS
- The Chess Website
- First Aid for Free
- First Aid Web
- NHS Choices
- Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Please feel free to add more learning focused websites.
*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ most useful.
IF THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY!!
This will come in handy, the scientific and scholarly articles links! I’ve been searching for more sources like this.
I know there’s a shitton of these out there around here, but I kinda had intended to make a post like this for a long time now, but couldn’t find the right motivation for it, until now ;)
This is in no way a complete list.
1. Bock haben: literally to have a male goat; origin. romani form bokh for hunger; used as: to be motivated for smth. to be pumped; negative: keinen Bock haben not up to, not motivated.
2. Einen Sprung in der Schüssel/Sprung in der Platte haben: lit. to have a crack in he bowl/plate. used as: to be crazy, to be nuts, insane, bonzo…
3. Nicht mehr alle Tassen im Schrank haben: lit. missing cups in the cupboard. used as: no longer in possession of one’s faculties, three fries short of a happy meal, to have a screw lose.
4. Einen Vogel haben: lit.to have a bird. used as: to be kuku, not entierly sane.
5. Einen Dachschaden haben: lit. to have a damaged roof. Used as: crazy, nuts, to be WACKO!, not entierly sane.
6. Am Rad drehen/Durchdrehen: lit. spinning the wheel. Used as: angry, frustrated, pissed, to panic, to freak out, to go nuts.
7. Blaumachen: lit. to make blue; multiple origins: most common is the theory that the phrase dervied from the traditional process of extracting indigo dye out of plants, which wasn’t that work intensive; Used as: to chill out, to take it slow, to skip out of responsibilites,
8. Blau sein: lit. to be blue (NOT USED THE SAME WAY AS IN ENGLISH). Used as: to be complete and utterly drunk, to be shitfaced, to be absolutely hammered.
9. Nö: casual, informal way of saying no. Depending on context/situation it can also be disrespectful
10. Auf den Sack gehen: lit. to walk on the sack. to walk on someone’s balls. used as: to be annoying, to be irritating.
11. Hä?: general expression of confusion. equivalent to: come again?, WTF?
12. Tja: expression of uncertanty or if you don’t know what to say. equivalent to: well, welp
13. Einen im Tee haben: lit. to have one in the tea. used as: to be drunk, hammered, wasted
14. Eine Leuchte sein: lit. to be a light. used as: to be smart, to be bright; can also be used sarcastically, e.g. Man, du bist aber eine Leuchte./Wow, you’re really bright, ain’t ya?
15. Alles in Butter auffm Kutter: lit. all is in butter onboard the cutter. used as: everythings fine, A-okay, Warning: Dad-joke level
I could add a lot more, but I’mma stop here for the sake of keeping this as PG as possible. (I’m a foul-mouthed little shrimp)
P.s.: Virtual double choc-cookies for those who saw what I did there.