Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I'm stumped for a post title!

It is hard to believe that I haven't left the house today! I heard a rumor that it was pretty cold out there today! My iphone tells me that it is 39 degrees outside so perhaps I wasn't missing much. While in a tizzy this morning about finances I decided that Deaner can no longer bring his dress shirts to the dry cleaners. It is truly ridiculous to get your clothes dry cleaned here. At first I was ironing Deaner's shirts but it just took too long. After the last batch came back to the cleaners I was through with them. They take about a week to clean them, they come back wrinkled and 8 shirts cost approximately $35. A far cry from $.99 a shirt in Atlanta. All those factors combined with a financial meltdown of sorts, guess who stood for hours this afternoon behind the ironing board! Deaner has assured me that we are fine but I will just be happy once we pay off the salary advance that we took when we arrived in Germany. There is no way that we could have done it without it but that extra money each pay check will be great! That, and if I start to substitute teach soon!

Let's see. I have actually done a lot today. My house is finally clean since I was able to usher my husband out the door to work this morning. I just can't seem to get anything done when he is around! The kitchen is spotless, dining room free of clutter and the den is straighted. The house is vacuumed and 4 loads of laundry are finished and more impressively, put away! Dinner is also on the stove. I made a new recipe tonight of Cannelini Bean soup. The only obstacle is that the commissary didn't actually have Cannelini beans! This could be interesting! My mom told me that I could substitute navy beans and that it would be fine. It smells good so I'll let y'all know!

Now I am finally getting a chance to sit down and write my blog post for the day. I have Jeopardy on in the background. I was actually just really impressed with myself for knowing like 10 questions in a row. Of course when I glanced up I realized that I was actually watching TEEN Jeopardy! That sort of took the fun out of it. Especially when I didn't know the answers! :) George came over today. He was holding a plate full of cake. He announced in German that he wasn't speaking English to me anymore (I understood this much) but I didn't catch what kind of cake it was or why he was bringing to me. I hope it isn't poisonous.

How is everyone doing with their Christmas shopping?? I am almost finished! I only have one more person to buy for and then two gifts to purchase for our family's white elephant gift exchange. The price point is between $30-$40 if anyone has any good ideas! I like for my gifts to be the best! Also, I do an ornament swap every year with my girlfriends from college and I have the best ornaments already to give to whomever I draw! Last year my ornament got to me and it was smashed in a million pieces. I thought it was pretty funny and I wish that I could get the picture off my old cell phone but I am not sure how I would do that? It still cracks me up to think about. Anyways, I am off to read while I wait for Deaner to get home. Hope everyone is having a good day!


PartyWeDo said...

Family white elephant parties are the greatest!
We do an online version with our extended family. Everyone can join in and share the fun!

Have a great time with your family this holiday season.