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Sorry I Vanished

Sorry I Vanished

May was a pretty exciting month for me. I started a full-time job as a technical writer, which is quite a bit different from what I had been doing. And going from teaching a few classes a week to working 40 hours a week has pretty much wrecked my routine, but after a month, I think I’ve settled into a new one. The beginning of the month was especially rough, as I wasn’t yet comfortable driving to work (stick-shifts are…

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Very American Questions About Christmas Trees

Very American Questions About Christmas Trees

For whatever reason, the process of getting a Christmas tree has really brought out my Americanness. I hadn’t considered myself a big stickler for traditions, but suddenly, I’m trying to recreate an American Christmas tree. I’ve made compromises, but I’ve also promised myself to stock up on certain decorations the next time we go to the US. Despite spending Christmas here before, I’ve remained pretty clueless as to how O’ Tannenbaum works here. These are some of the important questions…

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Getting Deliveries

Getting Deliveries

Yesterday I got to run around to two different places to pick up packages. It’s that busy time of the year where we are ordering presents for other people and receiving gifts from our family in America. If I were still living in the US, this would mean that I would come home to a stack of boxes on my front porch. Because I live in Germany, this means that I come home to four pieces of paper in my…

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Thanksgiving in Germany

Thanksgiving in Germany

My German family has been so kind as to indulge my need for American holidays and has help put together Thanksgiving dinners for the past two years. It’s fun introducing them to American foods, and seeing how baffled they were last year at the idea of sweet potato casserole as a side. I think Germans like to keep their meals savory and their desserts sweet, so mixing in a sweet dish with the main meal just felt wrong to some…

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No Longer Saving Daylight

No Longer Saving Daylight

This post is essentially A Lesson in Latitude Part 2. Way back when Daylight Saving Time had just started, I wrote about how the never-ending sun was freaking me out. Now that Daylight Saving Time is over, the perpetual darkness is bringing me down. The sun is already racing to the horizon around 5:00 pm, and I know that, come December, we’ll be having complete darkness after 4:30. Add the days of fog we had earlier this week to that, and…

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