An almost perfect day starts even before you (I) wake up. It begins with good sleep. After an ominous beginning during our first week here, I have been sleeping great (hallelujah; insomnia is for the birds! I do not take even a single night’s worth of good sleep for granted). On Friday, I woke up early (love that, and getting to enjoy the quiet of the early dawn) and was well-rested.
Part 2 of an almost perfect day (APD) comes with having a purpose. And I did! Friday was shoe shopping day! So, ignoring Mike’s (he assures me he was kidding) question about why I needed more shoes, I had my mission: procure warm boots for the impending winter. Add in good company, and I’m ready to go!
Part 3 of APD: tasty bread for lunch. If I’ve learned little else about the German culinary existence, it is that good bread takes priority over many, many other things. Mike and I (while obtaining our German phones and phone numbers, natch) found an awesome bakery nearby! Check,check! (Seriously, our conversation about this bread went something like this: Mike: this bread is really good! It has a good crust on it. AM: (getting ready to try it) oh good! Is it soft on the inside, too? Mike: yeah, it really good. Maybe a little chewier than the bread we got in Paris. AM: the bread at the place named the best baguette in Paris in 2011, or just generally the bread in Paris. Mike: yeah, the best bread place. This is good, though. WHO ARE WE?!? How are we sitting there having a serious conversation about the best bread in Paris vs. the bread on OUR table in Germany?!? I do not recognize my own life at this point. It is good, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t believe I’m living in Germany, let alone having THAT conversation.)
Part 4= OUR FIRST CARE PACKAGE!! Having amazing friends is the best thing ever. Just seeing someone’s name that I know in our mailbox is enough to make it a great day, honestly (no pressure), but a box? With tasty things, decorative things, delightful candle-like scents, AND awesome magazines?!? Not to mention another card which now is framed in our make-it-look-like-a-house frames? Floating on air!
Part 5 is the part of the day that earned the “almost” distinction. All of the kids and moms and I were at the (not kid friendly) playground, when the 6 year-old among us fell and broke her elbow. 😦 very sad, and I’m sure that an elbow (home of the always misleadingly-named funny bone) is an exceptionally painful thing to break! 😦 (Say a prayer for Izzy and her parents as they continue to figure out this process. So far, she’s been back to the hospital twice and is still wearing the super heavy cast, which is making for a very unhappy little girl. Hopefully, they will get the new cast on Tuesday, but there are a lot of hours in between now and then!)
Back to me, people. 😉 Part 6. My awesome day resumed following a shower, when one of the other wives and I decided to explore the restaurant scene for ourselves (we aren’t eating out very much AT ALL, not that we need to given the trials and tribulations of our cooking adventures; I also want to add that we have now found all of the ingredients necessary for guacamole and salsa, we just have to get them all under one roof– it’s going to be amazing). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! The waiter could tell that we were having a great time, and tried to encourage our festivities with a complimentary shot of cinnamon-flavored tequila? Have you ever heard of such a thing? Fortunately, I have become familiar with the names of many spices, because “Christmas flavored” was the best description the waiter could offer, and then he named it “zint.” I know that! We decided it was best to just throw it in our glasses and say, “thank you.” (Mike points out that this is another major difference between us; it’s unfathomable to him to not do a shot, and to do it all in one gulp). I should add that I did have a very small taste of it, and THEN we decide to toss it in our glasses! It was probably really good as shots of tequila go, but I feel like that may have sent my almost perfect day down a whole different path. We did have the fork-truck festival to prepare for, after all! (more on that soon! Saturday was just chock full of fun! Today, we are off to Frankfurt!)
Now to you: Thank you so much for reading this! Writing this has been such a great help to me to process all that we are seeing, doing, and learning, and interacting with folks that I would not get to talk to otherwise and those of you that I just can’t get enough of?! Thanks so much… It has helped me more than you know! 🙂