Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I'm thankful to be playing the sport I love (well not at the moment...) in a country that is also crazy about it. My team just won our last Pokal game, which means we are one of the eight last teams in all of Germany!
here is the finger biter

Sunday, November 11, 2012

thankful for: stitches

I would say that I am not prone to accidents, but 2 times in the hospital for stitches in the last 3 1/2 weeks isn't a good record...
 Three stitches later and alles klar.
 The culprit... 
What can I say... I have a rock solid hand and it broke the knife.
Just kidding, it was already broken and I was trying to fix it.
The doctor said I barely missed my tendon.
,,Glück im Unglück.''
("luck in unluckiness")

I'm thankful for stitches and all the doctors and nurses who have taken care of me lately.
And that I only lost a little blood in the process of both, not an arm or a leg.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I'm thankful to live in the Black (Schwarz-) Forest (wald).
Off in the distance are the French Vosges (a mountain range).

Gerber, Gherkin, Girdle, GERDIN

I'm thankful for these three sweeties, who bring so much joy into my life. I can't think of any other time that I laugh more than when I am with these fools.
I'm thankful for my mom who taught me how to be a strong, independent woman.
I'm thankful for my dad who taught me the importance of common sense and how to put a roof on a house (literally).
Honestly I don't like animals, but Avalanche has been in our family since we got her in Hawaii. She has been a part of my life for the last 13 years. My parents had to put her down a couple months ago because she was having health issues. I never thought I would cry about losing a dog!?
My sisters somehow talked my parents into getting this stuffed animal last year.
Trust me, I won't cry about him!
This is an oldie, but a goodie.
I love my family and am so thankful for them.
See you people in 5 weeks!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Heute bin ich dankbar, dass ich als Amerikanerin alles machen kann in Deutschland.
Today I am thankful that I an American can get by in Germany.
I respect the Germans and their crazy complicated language, which is why I am trying to learn the laguage, but I am always thrilled to see things like this:
and it's heartwarming to hear English songs on the radio.
I went to look for eyeglasses today and in one of the shops I said, "I just want to look," (in Deutsch of course) and she said (also in Deutsch), "What language do you speak?" (My American accent gives me away EVERY time.) I said English. She said, ok let's try it and we spoke the whole time in English.
Unfortunantely my English is getting a little schlecht.
Sometimes when I try to form sentences in English, I canNOT think of the right word, so I use a Deutsch word. (see the sentence above)

Friday, November 2, 2012


I tried to hold out on writing about my bicycle, but it's true, i'm thankful for it!
and the Deutsch Bahn to take me to beautiful places so I can ride.
and my cool new lights!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


I am going to try it... 30 days of thankfulness.
No promises (as I am writing "day 1" at 23.59 Uhr aka 11:59 PM).

(happy November!)

I'm thankful that my meniscus is fixed.
What a great feeling to have a healthy, active body, which I have taken for granted for far too long.
I'm looking forward to start running again (step 1) and playing soccer (step 2).
(my stitches came out last Friday, but this picture is definitely more dramatic than the current state of my knee, sorry to those who don't like cool pictures like this)