Archives for November 2005
wow, today was a busy day. I was gone for 12 hours straight… I had a lunch date with Ira to catch up on the latest news and we went to a Chinese Restaurant in town which has a nice buffet and we had soup, a main entree, ice cream and coffee :)
After that I had promised to go and visit my Granddad. I had called him last night to tell him that I wanted to come over and he was already pissed that I had visited my great-aunt on Sunday and hadn’t stopped by at his place. You see, it’s always some kind of competition between the two of them about who gets more attention (well, actually it’s only my Granddad who’s making a big deal about it) and the point is that I can talk and hang out much better with my great-aunt. We usually have coffee and talk about this and that. My Granddad is more difficult to talk to and usually we end up watching TV together, because neither of us has anything to say. It’s not like I don’t tell him what’s going on in my life, but he usually has some know-it-all advice and that just drives me up the walls. He rarely tries to be understanding for my situation and he’s still trying to persuade me to go into teaching. It’s just very exhausting to talk to him. Apparently, he wanted to be extra nice today and had prepared coffee and cake when I stopped by ;) and we actually ended up talking [most of the time] and watching some TV for over an hour … this is not bad, not bad at all :)
When I got back from there, I had promised to stop by at my aunt’s and we talked for about 2,5 hours and she updated me about her therapy and what’s going on in her life. And now I am exhausted from listening and talking so much today ;)
other than that, no news today…
oh my, yesterday went by without me noticing… I slept from 11 p.m. Friday night until 1:30 p.m Saturday, got up for some lunch and went back to bed from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seems like I definitely had to catch up on some sleep after skipping two nights’ sleep in a row
I spent the evening and night at my sister’s place, since her boyfriend was playing soccer in Hamburg this weekend [I finally found a pic for you from the soccer club website] and she had asked me to sleep over. We made some “belegte Brote” for dinner, watched some TV and talked over two pots of tea. That was fun
This morning we went over to my parents’ house, since my Mom had invited us for a yummy breakfast.
BTW, it’s beautiful outside … a nice sunny day in fall enjoy it as long as it lasts!
this is so weird. I don’t know, traveling back and forth is really not my thing. Why can’t I have both at the same time? I must say that I feel somehow “out of place” in Germany right now (even though I don’t have a job or anything in the US either, but it has been my “home” for the last two years. Our apartment is there and most importantly Jon.
I didn’t sleep much last night hoping that I would be able to sleep on the plane, but that was wishful thinking – I closed my eyes for an hour at the most, although I was tired. I just can’t sleep on the plane anymore as I used to. I had an aisle seat, which is good, since I try to drink as much as possible to stay hydrated, but that means I have to go pee every 30 minutes. The drawback is that you can’t really rest your head anywhere and therefore I couldn’t sleep. I was sitting on the aisle seat in a row of three seats and I was almost lucky to get some more space, since the guy who had the window seat moved to another free aisle seat two rows behind me. Strangely enough, the person next to me in the middle seat had no intentions whatsoever to move to the free window seat and give us some space in the middle. I spent quite some time wondering why she didn’t this is what I came up with:
(a) She just loves sitting in the middle seat [mmh?… no.]
(b) She thought that she was not allowed to change places and therefore stayed in her seat [… highly unlikely].
(c) She hates window seats […really? who does?]
(d) She was mean and just didn’t want me to have some more space as well since she put all her stuff on the free seat next to her [that would be mean indeed].
You can pick… whatever it was, I didn’t bother to ask her and just sat through it.I got up at 7:30 a.m. yesterday morning to take a shower and pack the last few things. We left Sacramento around 10:15 a.m. and stopped at the Bakers Square in Davis to have breakfast. One last “Garden Skillet” before I go :) never get used to that. Never. Jon left at 1:30 p.m. because he wanted to get back to Sacramento and avoid the rush hour.I went through customs [real quick and simple this time] and had another hour to pass.I think I’ll join the mileage programs of all different airlines, since I’ve been flying with so many different airlines lately (or I should actually try to stick with one to earn as many miles as possible :)) today it was KLM – a dutch airline. I think I like it. The service was really good, we even got ice-cream as a snack – gotta love that ;) When I got to Cologne at 5:15 p.m., I got my luggage right away (that is the good thing about these tiny “city hopper” fokker jets… there’s not much luggage to unload) and was surprised by my Dad, my Mom and my cousin Bastian who had come to pick me up. I had planned to take the train home, because there’s a direct connection from the airport to my town and it’s way faster than having someone drive out to the airport on a friday afternoon. It was really nice of them though to pick me up [I have to mention also by train], because it always feels kind of weird to arrive at the airport and not be welcomed by anyone. So, now I am home again and all I wanna do is sleep… I’ve been up for 31 hours. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.
so, that was it. My last day in Sacramento for the time being. It’s kind of weird to think that I have to leave today :(
I spent most of the day preparing my departure, sorting through things, trying to figure out what I need to take to Germany and what can stay here. Since I don’t know yet when I will return, it’s kind of hard to decide.
I tried to call G at the office this morning, but all I got was his mailbox with the message that he will be out of the office for an indefinite period of time while he’s dealing with family issues and that the best way to reach him and quickest way to get a response is email.
Well, I emailed him Tuesday and I have yet to hear back from him. Jon said I should give him a few days to respond, but I’ll definitely call him Monday if he will not have gotten back to me by the weekend.
We went over to see Maria and Aaron for a little while in the afternoon, ran some errands afterwards and then had pizza and beer [for Jon] for dinner while we were watching Kings Basketball [and they lost again :(]. We were not in a very good mood tonight… we both kept kind of quiet and although we know that either way it’s not going to be for long , it’s hard to be separated again :( [well, some of you people know much too well how that feels…]
So long… next time I’ll talk to you will be in “German time” :)
if you think things could get any worse? Here you go…
I stopped by the office today to confront Gerald, but he wasn’t there. Again. My other two ex-co-workers were totally flabbergasted to see me (I mean, nobody knew that I am even in the country) and so I talked to them and explained my situation. Michelle then told me that Gerald was not coming in today, since they received an email from him this morning that he had to take his son to the hospital the night before and that he was diagnosed with possibly leukemia. Yes, this is horrible and I feel totally and deeply sorry for him and it’s definitely really bad timing to bother him with my “insignificant” problems right now… yet, it doesn’t really explain or excuse why he hasn’t responded to any of my emails in the last 3,5 weeks.
Michelle said that she had been talking with him about my situation about three weeks ago [possibly around the time I had been in touch with him the last time] and she said that he had said that he was working on something. Well, if it was the letter that he wanted to send out… I still need to know if he did that or not.
She also didn’t understand why he hasn’t been in touch with me since then.
I figured it wouldn’t be a good idea to call Gerald today while he might be dealing with his son, so I left him another email message and asked him to please get back to me with an answer regarding my question about the letter to the USCIS as soon as possible. If he doesn’t respond to me by tomorrow midday, I’ll definitely call him on his cell phone… I need an answer! :(
I hope you all had a nice Halloween. I know that it’s not a big deal in Germany [besides the Halloween parties for teens and young people that have started to emerge in the last few years to have yet another reason to celebrate and get drunk ;)]. In the US, Halloween is truly a holiday for children. You still see some people dress up on the streets, but mainly it’s a day for kids to dress up and have fun.
We didn’t carve pumpkins this year. The second year in a row. I remember that last year on Halloween, we took my parents and my sister to the airport, spent the afternoon in the Bay Area and came home quite late, so that there was not much time left to celebrate Halloween. It’s Jon’s favorite Holiday though. He LOVES to watch scary movies and it drives him nuts that I am so easily scared and that I don’t enjoy watching scary movies at all :( We did anyways…
First we went out for dinner with Aaron and Maria. We went to Crepeville in Downtown Sacramento and I had the “Savory Crepe” with prawns, mushrooms, roasted red bell pepper, yellow squash, garlic and a pesto sauce. It was soooo good :) Then we went home again and we watched “H20″… Maria and I pretty much disappeared under a blanket, because we were just freaked out :( I winced quite a few times at particularly scary parts. I am sorry, I am really not trying to ruin it for everyone else, but I just can’t take scary movies :(