Thursday, July 29, 2010

School's out!

Her ballett teacher threw a Hawaiian party on the last day of school and daughter was enjoying the alcohol free cocktails.
Too bad I was driving...otherwise I would have had a real cocktail. I do believe I deserve one considering I have been driving her to said ballett classes since she is 4 years old.

Now she attends 3 times a week.

Actually, I deserve a lot of cocktails!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Looks like the heat wave is over, but it was still sunny out today - great for a 9 mile walk along fields about to be harvested, forests and little villages...

Saturday, July 24, 2010


The weekend is here, I am off and it is raining. There is nothing else to do but sit on the couch, read magazines, eat blueberries and raspberries ... perfect!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Birthday Party

We have finally gotten around to celebrate son's birthday with his friends...only a few months late. We took the boys canoeing under the supervision of a guide, had a camp fire where we grilled sausages, bread and marshmallows and played games. ("Which team can collect the most ducklings game", see third picture.)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Snoopy Plane!

Look what I saw while working yesterday:

Friday, July 9, 2010


Another example of a "jump seat confession" even though this time we didn't even sit on a jump seat...
A few days ago I was flying with a rather large crew to Moskow. We had a day off there and a colleague, the copilot and I decided to brave the heat and spent the whole day exploring the city.
While standing in the middle of the Red Square the copilot blurs out "I am going to ask my girl-friend to get married!"
"Do you have a ring?" I ask. He nods. "Are you asking her when you get home, after this flight?" I continue. He nods again. "Did you tell your parents? Are they excited?" I wonder.
"Nobody knows," he says. "You are the only people who know."

Ohhhh. I hope she said yes. I hope they have a great, happy marriage and I do hope he picks a better tux than the groom in the last picture...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Monastery Lorch, Germany

I think all flight attendants know the odd phenomenon called "jump seat confession". I am talking about spilling your guts to your colleague while sitting next to him or her during a flight. We talk about everything! Our families, likes and dislikes, childhood dramas, our failures and sucesses. Sometimes a colleague will tell you in detail about her failing marriage during a flight or how worried she is about her teenage son and you hug her after you land and hope, hope that she and her family will be ok. It is likely that you won't see her for months or even years, but when you do, and you are again sitting next to her on that jump seat she will update you as if you had seen her only a few days ago.
We tend to tell each other things that outside of a plane you would only tell your very best friends.

A few weeks ago, I was working with a flight attendant who was updating me about her homemade soap business. She was informing me that she uses the best goat milk available and all natural ingrediants when she looked at me and said, "You need to go to the little festival in Lorch! I will be there selling my products and it is exactly the kind of event your family likes!" Now, this colleague has never met my children or my husband and I must have had a surprised look on my face because she continued, "I know all about them. They will love it! They have farm animals there and your daughter is crazy about them. They teach archery and have the best homemade "Flammkuchen" which your son likes and the monastery is an old building with a tower, which I know your husband will insist on checking out."

It seems like she knows us well, so we went...

She was right. We had the best time!