I completely failed to acknowledge that my niece (and god-daughter) Greta turned 6 last week. I wanted a picture to go along with the occasion and then forgot, because I didn’t get any pictures from her actual birthday. So you get this recent one of her snuggling with their new kitty.
I wish my Mom had dressed us half as stylish when we were that age. Hah. Either way. I can’t believe she’s six. How is that possible?
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I half-heartedly followed the World Series this year. My Boston Red Sox sucked balls this season and didn’t even make it to the playoffs. What’s a girl to do? I rooted for my 2nd favorite team — the SF Giants — and they didn’t disappoint and won in a 7-game run against the KC Royals. Congratulations, Giants! Fun side note: everyone is cracking up about Mad(ison) Bum(garner)’s name. Honestly, there wasn’t so much to laugh about if they hadn’t “anglicized” an originally German last name B(A)UMGAR(T)NER (which literally means ‘tree gardener”). There’s your language lesson for the day. You’re welcome.
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It’s Halloween and I am looking forward to a cozy weekend.. As mentioned in previous years, I have an ambivalent relationship with Halloween. I love me some candy (who doesn’t?) and I enjoy kids halloween movies. I am not so much into the whole dressing up as slutty _____ (fill in the blank)-business and or real horror movies. I promised J I would watch (pssst, it’s going to be “semi-watch” for me) one scary movie with him, but other than that, I am planning to stay in my PJ’s, light some candles, drink copious amounts of coffee and knit.
I repeatedly get asked, if we have Halloween in Germany. The term Halloween, and its older spelling Hallowe’en, is shortened from All-hallows-eve, as it is the evening before “All Hallows’ Day” (also known as “All Saints’ Day”)” which we do celebrate in Germany on November, 1. Halloween itself isn’t really a holiday. There was no trick-or-treating or dressing up when I was little, but Germany has undoubtedly adopted Halloween traditions like carving pumpkins and scary movies, as well as the opportunity to throw parties and get drunk in recent years, especially considering that the next day is a holiday and people can nurse their hangovers. How very convenient. We Germans won’t leave out any opportunity to throw a party ;)
TGIF! What are your plans for Halloween?