Sunday Snapshots: Bohemian Dreams

Český Krumlov, 2011

Český Krumlov, 2011

Soooo… apparently May is the month when I go to a lot of palaces. While this last photo of the month is not technically OF a palace, it was taken from the gardens of the castle in Český Krumlov. Go figure.

Quite often, you’ll find Český Krumlov on those ever-popular lists with titles like “20 Villages Off the Beaten Path You MUST SEE in Europe,” but I think it’s safe to say that the secret has been out for a while now. Don’t mistake me, Český Krumlov is lovely and well worth a visit, but considering it has a history dating back to the 15th century, it’s not a recent discovery. Just make sure to watch out for bears

May: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.

Okay, okay, I know that the title of this post doesn’t make a ton of sense on June 2nd but I have no idea what happened to the month of May. Between all the long weekends, nights away from home, and of course, train strikes, the month absolutely flew by. I will get some posts up about at least some of what we got up to, but in the interest of checking in on here, here’s a brief rundown of May…

wildflower bouquet

Wildflowers rescued from our garden pre-mowing.


May 1st: aka, the first of 743949 holidays in the month. Took a day-trip down to see one of King Ludwig II’s palaces, Schloss Linderhof.

First week: The train strike party continued, meaning that I spent half the week in transit…. thanks DB!

the 10th: Mother’s Day, spent once again the Franconian Switzerland, per BV’s mom’s request.

the 14th: Ascension Day, the beginning of another 4-day weekend.

the 14th-18th: Since it was a 4-day weekend and BV’s birthday, we spent it in South Tyrol. Copious amounts of mountain pictures are forthcoming… have no fear.

the 18th: Managed to arrive back home a mere hour before I had to jump on a train to meet a new private student. Nothing like cutting it close… keeps life interesting. Or it makes you lean forward in the car to try and make it go faster.

the 18th-22nd: BV had the week off to study for the last round of his tests on the next weekend; the usual amount of wandering around and requests to be murdered followed.

the 23rd: He drove off to kick the ass of his tests, and I headed to a wedding for the day. He met up with the party later, lest an opportunity to wear a tie go to waste!

the 24th: Headed home from the wedding, and decided to make a quick stop-off by his friend the Gardener. Several hours and a carload of plants later, we returned to the house and planted our much-more-organized-than-last year-garden.

the 25th: Whit Monday, another holiday, on which we did exactly nothing. It was notable and amazing.

the 30th: Together this time, we drove to another wedding that was just far enough out of town to require another night away. More ties and ill-advised shoes!

the 31st: We were invited to BV’s dad for lunch, so again we drove straight there to be fed enough food to feed a small army.

Oh, and this Thursday is yet another day off, so that’s another long weekend. The last one until the fall… how will we ever survive?

Yeah. That was a lot. In fact, after reliving all of it just now, I might have to go lie down for a few minutes. There will be more posts about some of these funtivities, but for now, it’s blanket, garden, book time!

Meet Little Miss Marry

Whew. I don’t know about you kids, but it’s been busy over here. My sister paid us a visit last week and we did some touring, but that’s going to have to wait for another post. Today, I’m here to share something small and fuzzy with you…

Kitty in lounge mode.

Kitty in lounge mode.

Meet Marry, our new Katze. The name may or may not stay, but that’s what she came with. After much discussion, debate, and stalking of Tierheim (animal shelter) websites, we finally decided last week that it was time to settle down and bring a furry creature home with us. Because sometimes I get tired of petting BV’s beard, and I need something with actual fur.

Yes, I just said that. It’s weird. Go with it.

We got her last week on Friday and thus far we know the following things:

  • Marry follows cat tradition and will sit in any available box.
  • The shelter found her outside and thus considered her to be an outdoor cat, but to this point she seems quite happy to be inside with the occasional ‘sit and stare out the window’ session.
  • She is an excellent hunter, at least when it comes to small stuffed mice on strings. I also don’t think I want her to get her paws on any real mice (at least, not in the house), as the tail on her stuffed mouse lasted about 10 minutes after we got her home. I don’t need any gory surprises between the bed and the bathroom in the middle of the night.
  • She lays in odd ways. This was her pre-freakout playtime lounge position for about 20 minutes last night. She also isn’t much of a lap cat, but if you’re sleeping on your side in our house, you may wake up to find her perched on your shoulder for a while. marry3

In summation, cats are weird. I had kind of forgotten the weirdness, but it’s coming back to me know. That’s about all I can say at the moment, but this should be interesting. Oh, and I may have to put aside my hatred for Twitter (better known as Twatter around here), because it turns out that my boyfriend is a weird cat person and his conversations with her are just begging for some sort of Twitter feed. We shall see.

RIP Google Reader

There’s been a whole lot of hullabaloo lately about the loss of Google Reader. I never used it, but I know a lot of others do, so that’s a bummer. I guess the alternative that the blogosphere is going with is Bloglovin’, and while I do remember registering for it ages and ages ago, I apparently deleted my profile on that. But it’s back up and running, so follow away. 🙂

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In-house thrift store? 9.5.2011

Q: What happens when everyone decides to leave?
A: You have to get rid of stuff.

Over the weekend, one of our flatmates and a friend decided to downsize their lives by having a thrift sale. I guess not too many people came by and they are going to take another crack at it this upcoming weekend. So in the meantime, this is what our living room looks like.

In other news, I’m getting some follow-ups to the schools I’ve applied to thus far in Germany. Ideally, I would have something that can start when I return in June, or July/August. As long as I get employment that will give me a hand with paperwork, I will be a happy girl. Especially since the summer camp thing didn’t pan out, I’d like to get working as soon as possible. I was really looking forward to doing a camp, but having to get up to Berlin to apply for a work permit on a Tuesday or Thursday was just not possible. But, c’est la vie. The clock is definitely winding down here, so I’m trying to get things in motion so I can pick up as soon as I get back.

Computer! Internetz! Computer! Internetz!

So it’s back, and that means I can no longer avoid posting on the blog. Soooo…. what to say?


Life is dobrý. I have a job, I have a visa, I have free and ready access to Gambrinus, and we even have some places to watch football. Not a Packer game yet, but hopefully at some point, that’ll be the game du jour.

It snowed a few days ago, and it’s odd to think that I’ve now been here long enough to have experienced all four seasons. Some days it seems like we’ve been here 10 minutes, and then I remember that people have actually left for 3-6 months, and then come back. It’s pretty strange to think about. I knew I wanted to be here for awhile, but it’s great to actually be able to do it.

On a side note, I think I’ve had too much coffee… I’m four cups in and it’s hard to type. Whoops.

I have to stop writing mass emails before posting on here, because I have nothing to say now. So I guess I’ll leave it there. Pointless, yes. So here’s a pic from Berlin to prove I’m still alive….

Klutz doesn’t even begin to describe….

Update: So I broke my computer. Which I have decided trumps my previous drunken accidents that both involved trips to urgent care. Having an ankle the size of a softball is decidedly more convenient than being computer-less in a foreign country. Thankfully, my lovely flatmate has given me free access to hers until such time as I sort this problem out. Now… how to get a laptop from here to California…. 

So for anyone who is actually reading this… this accounts for lack of updates as well as emails. It’s a pretty legit excuse I think, no?

I’ve never been one to take things at face value. I envy those people who can hear or see something and not read more into it than is necessary. Maybe it’s my closeted flair for the dramatic, or maybe it’s just a desire to make things more interesting than they really are. Interesting may or may not be the right word here. Back in the day I could only write when things were “happening”. Writing was an outlet for me to work out what was going on in my life. Now, I wish I could write, but I don’t feel like anything is worth writing about. Something about everything that’s been done has been done before. Which I know are lyrics, but I can’t place who or when or where.

I realize things become less and less dramatic as you get older, but sometimes I wish there was something truly interesting and worth documenting going on. I could write about the fact that I love walking over the Vlatva everyday, but it becomes standard. While I have no desire to leave here, I still am waiting on that moment. I need the reassurance that this was the right thing to do. I know it was, but as is typical, I need someone else to tell me the same. If that makes sense.

On a side note…

window.google_render_ad()She said, “I’ve got to be honest,
You’re wasting your time if you’re fishin’ around here.”
And I said, “You must be mistaken,
I’m not foolin’, this feelin’ is real.”
She said, “You’ve gotta be crazy!
What do you take me for? Some kinda of easy mark?”

“You’ve got wits,
You’ve got looks,
You’ve got passion,
But I swear that you’ve got me all wrong.”

Stubborn say wha?

Tenacity: : the quality or state of being tenacious

Tenacious: 1 a: not easily pulled apart b: tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance <tenacious burs>2 a: persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired tenacious advocate of civil rights> <tenacious negotiators> b: retentive tenacious memory>

Some might call it stubbornness. I call it what’s going to keep me here despite people dropping like flies. I have alerted the girl that I’m waiting for about the situation (since NO ONE else did, cute). So she now knows we have to go together and I’ve been waiting on her. And I realize that banking everything on the word of work that this will all be fine might be stupid, but it’s all I’ve got. I am in no way, shape, or form, ready to go. There’s too much here, too much I haven’t seen yet, and let’s face it, what the hell is there to go back to? The economy’s in the crapper, there weren’t jobs for me before so I highly doubt there are any now. I’m sure the ol’ boss would do what she could for me, but I don’t know if I could even go back to OWW since I wasn’t rolled over at the beginning of the season. And since there was a hiring freeze in the state, I think I’d be s.o.l. But it’s completely irrelevant, because I’m sticking this shit out. My current goal is doing 1-2 years here. So let’s see how it goes….

I’ve had a complete shit week, and am now basically being ignored as far as tonight’s plans go. There are few things in life that will piss me off faster then having plans fall through. Seriously, it’s annoying. And being ignored also tops the list. Yesterday on the tram, someone basically stood on top of me, forcing me into the corner in an old woman’s lap. This person also put his elbow on top of my hand that was clinging to the railing in an attempt to keep me from falling on the woman, as if I wasn’t actually there. I realize that I’m kind of chubby, and not that cute, but you could at least ACKNOWLEDGE MY EXISTENCE. I’m really frustrated right now, in case you couldn’t tell. I have to teach this stupid speaking seminar all day tomorrow, and really wanted to do something fun tonight because this week has sucked, and having to work tomorrow also sucks. But, apparently that’s just not going to happen today.