Einen Guten Rutsch!

December 31, 2009 at 3:01 PM 8 comments

I was lazy last night. I intended on pulling together photos from my family’s visit in order to make a fun photo post, but that never happened. Instead, we watched The Surrogates, and I knitted.

While thinking about the photos, I realized I didn’t get to tell everyone that John got me a sewing machine for Christmas!! I can’t wait to start on some projects on there. He also got me a Juice Couture Viva La Juicy perfume, lotion and shower gel set. I have wanted that perfume for over a year, so needless to say, I was excited. I was also very excited about his other gift to me – a 30 minute massage!!! Hurray! I can’t wait to make an appointment. I was going to go today after work, but they closed at 2 PM. Rats. I’ll just have to wait a few more days.

I also got a great new tan purse, some fantastic new clothes that I can use both for work and leisure time, quilted placemats, a picture frame, a new Chi (!), Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, two of the Julia Child cookbooks and a few other little things.  I’m amazed at the generosity of our family and was a little embarrassed about having so many gifts to open. Again, thank you to all for everything!


To ring in 2010, John and I will be having dinner at home – twice baked potatoes, steak and black-eyed peas (of course). Later in the evening, we’ll head to a local bar down by the river. We even bought some fireworks of our own this year. Unlike in Texas, people can shoot off fireworks of their own inside the city limits here. The other day, we were wondering where to buy fireworks since we’re accustomed to buying them at roadside stands outside city limits but are quite sure those don’t exist in Germany. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled across this in a local grocery store last night:


That’s right. Open bins of fireworks. In the grocery store. Madness, I tell you! (The sign basically says that you must be 18 years old to purchase the fireworks.) We bought two 1-meter long sparklers and 20 short sparklers as well as a package of assorted fireworks. It should be fun!

Einen guten Rutsch!



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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. CN Heidelberg  |  December 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Happy new year! Careful out there, don’t get too close to the Alte Bruecke! 😉

    • 2. osarah  |  January 5, 2010 at 11:27 AM

      We had a blast…literally. I hope your wrist is doing better!

  • 3. mrssjohnson  |  December 31, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Audrey N.- let me know how that book is!
    So excited you finally got a CHI! I got a 2 inch one for Christmas, too and I LOVE IT!
    Happy New Year!

    • 4. osarah  |  January 5, 2010 at 11:26 AM

      I will let you know…however, it make take me an embarrassingly long time to read it. I’m terrible at setting aside time to read.

  • 5. Cat  |  January 1, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    wow, I’ll mention the fireworks-in-grocery-stores idea to William 😉 Maybe we’ll set up shop in HEB this year


    • 6. osarah  |  January 5, 2010 at 11:27 AM

      Is that possible? I thought there was some law against it, which is why the stands are outside city limits. Am I wrong?

  • 7. Satakieli  |  January 4, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    I’m confused, where do Americans usually buy fireworks from then?

    In England they sell them in grocery stores and at little corner shops but you have to show ID to get them. They only bring them out for November 5th and New Years though so you can’t buy them all year round.

    Happy New Year!

    • 8. osarah  |  January 5, 2010 at 11:28 AM

      Fireworks, at least where we’re from (south central Texas), are sold at roadside stands just outside the city limits. The stands are closed most of the year. They open up just before Independence Day and just before New Year’s Eve.


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