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Can’t think of a good title

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I can’t think of a post title, or even of one particular topic that would be good to expand upon. Which is ironic because last week I was organizing our media storage and was laughing at some TV episodes titles using  not-so-clever puns on song/movie titles, clichés or quotes.  For example:

  • There’s No Place Like Homecoming
  • Between a Sign and a Hard Place
  • Good Shit Lollipop
  • Lude Awakening
  • Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
  • O Brother, Where Bart Thou?
  • Gone with the Will
  • You’ve Got Yale
  • The Age of Dissonance
  • Remains of the J

“You’ve got Yale”?  Sigh… I tried to make a correlation between the type of show and the quality of the episode names but it wasn’t immediately obvious, and then I lost interest.  I think the TV show Friends may have had the best idea about episode names.  It’s easy to identify these:

  • The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy
  • The One Where Chandler Can’t Remember Which Sister
  • The One with the Chick and the Duck
  • The One with the Jellyfish
  • The One with All the Rugby



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August 31, 2009 at 10:19 am

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Pour petits pieds

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Everyone needs socks, right?  Especially new babies, from what I’ve read, who have trouble regulating their body temperature.

We have a drawer of socks, small shoes, and booties.  I’m wondering though, since they are so tiny, just how long they will actually fit.  A month?

From the Checklist

What to wear:
_ Four sleeping outfits or one-piece sleepers
x Six side-snap T-shirts
_ Four to six one-piece undershirts that snap around the crotch
_ A small baby cap
x Six pairs socks/booties
_ Two to three soft, comfortable daytime outfits. Only a few in newborn size.

Written by Kat

August 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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Car owners once more

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We picked up our car on Thursday afternoon.

It was a strange day.  There was a heat wave, dry heat coming from Africa, so stepping outside felt like walking in a blow dryer.   D ended up having one of those crazy days at work, but we had agreed to meet up early afternoon so we could be at the dealership in time to fill out car insurance forms and do whatever else was needed so we could take the car home.  So after my weekly midwife appointment, I came home, ate, and packed a water bottle full of ice and water and met up with D at the main train station at 2 p.m.

We walked roughly 2 km from the closest train stop to the dealership, noting one sign said the temperature was 35 C (95 F).  Crazy!  The water bottle came in handy.  Once there, we proceeded to the office to finalize the car  insurance.  None of the building was air conditioned; each agent had a personal desk fan going as everyone tried not to sweat in their work clothes.   The only agent who spoke English had been only been with the company for 2 days and had to relay questions we had to his boss and was somewhat unfamiliar with the forms.

For all that, the whole process went smoothly.  The dealership had taken care of re-registering the car, as well as getting the new plates.  Our car saleswoman, Silke, met up with us after the insurance was finished and wanted to show us how to work the radio, etc. but we told her we were ok there.   With all the travel for work, we have gotten to know how most of the current cars’ dashboards function.

We went for a late dinner out that night, at a place we’ve been wanting to try for forever.  We thought it was French from the outside but it turned out to be Italian.   We sat in the courtyard, it was still very warm, under a large, square, terrace-style umbrella.  Just after the appetizers arrived it started to rain.  Really rain.  A few other parties had just left, so the waiter hastily pulled all the tables under the umbrella too.  So there we were, luckily sitting at the table closest to the center of the umbrella, in a Florida worthy rain storm, surrounded by strewn tables and chairs, eating mushrooms and laughing.

Written by Kat

August 25, 2009 at 11:56 am

Posted in family, germany, Life, love, shopping

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So sweet

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This pale blue knitted sweater, bonnet, and booties set was a gift from Aunt Pat.

She’s very talented, don’t you think?

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August 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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For sleeping

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This IKEA crib turns out to be the perfect size/color for our room, has good safety reviews, and is inexpensive.  Hooray for something finding something we genuinely like that is not pricey!  On the same trip we picked up a matching mattress, mattress pad,  and sheets from a Dutch baby store called Prenatal.

These adorable sleepers are from D’s mother.  She found them at the Quebec baby clothing store Souris Mini.  We’ll definitely be stopping back there at Christmas time, maybe for some cold weather items.

From the Checklist

Bed / Bed Linens:
x Crib
x Crib mattress
x Two to three fitted crib sheets
_ Four or more waffle-weave cotton receiving blankets for swaddling baby
x Two mattress pads
_ One to two waterproof liners

Diaper duty:
_ Diapers. Disposables: One 40-count package of newborn
_ Diaper pail
_ Diaper bag

What to wear:
x Four sleeping outfits or one-piece sleepers
x Six side-snap T-shirts
_ Four to six one-piece undershirts that snap around the crotch
_ A small baby cap
_ Six pairs socks/booties

Written by Kat

August 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

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Cleanliness is next to ..

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*Also sent to our mothers.

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August 18, 2009 at 3:15 pm

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To the pool

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This past weekend was sunny and beautiful.   For all the rain we usually get, this year has been a dream.  Saturday after lunch we decided that we needed to find a pool, outdoors.  So we threw a bag together and hopped on the train to Aachen.  We’d finally go check out the famous Carolus Thermen Bad (Baths).

We spent the afternoon relaxing and splashing in and out of the multiple pools.  The outdoors pools were slightly cooler, around 33 C (~90 F), and had the sun we were seeking, but I’d imagine this place is just as much fun in the winter too.  The water was mineral rich,  and there were two smaller cold and hot spas for alternating if you like that kind of thing.  D tried them but I refrained as hot water is a no-no during pregnancy.   The rest of the pools were perfect for my 8 months pregnant body, and felt great.

Written by Kat

August 17, 2009 at 8:39 am

Posted in family, fitness, Fun, germany