Six month-iversary

Today is January 16th. And indulge me for a moment, and I won’t do it every six months except for the first year, but today marks the day that Ana and I have been married for six months. A whole half of a year. Ana did ask me when I brought this up the other…

What to write…what to write…

On my to do list today is to write in this blog. Being a writer means writing even when you don’t feel like it or so I have heard. I am not always so great about this. I tend to have ebbs and flows when I contribute to my own personal blog. During Lent and…

A win! Small but…a win!

Ana read my last blog and commented, “Geez, you make it sound like these visa troubles you have been having are much more dire. You have a visa. You can stay in the country.” So let me back up a bit and yes, perhaps, my view of what happened last week is a bit tainted…

A cabin in the woods for a weekend…

Two weeks ago today I returned to Berlin after being in the US for two weeks. Anticipating that it would be some time for me to readjust to life here and that we would want some time to reconnect, for a Christmas gift, I surprised Ana by booking a little cabin just outside of Berlin…

On the brink of 2022

This morning, I am sitting in our living room with the Christmas lights all on and a lamp on by my side at 9am as the world in Berlin is just waking up. I have been up for a couple of hours already.The dogs and I have had our morning walk. I have made dough…

Snowing in Berlin

Yesterday morning, groggy and already exhausted before I got up due to the booster from the day before, I got out of bed to take the pups out. Even before I put on my jacket and got them ready a friend had texted that it was snowing. Normally, this is an exciting news story but…

We’re boosted!

This morning we got up earlier than usual and with a hop in our step (as much as we could with a healthy dose of nervousness mixed in). We made our way across the city to a doctor who promised to give us a booster today. Germany is doing much better with vaccinations than the…

Creating light when its getting dark

The sun rose this morning at 7:22am and will set at 4:18 pm. It is getting darker and darker around here. When I took the pups out this morning the sun was just thinking about maybe rising at 7:15ish and it was coooolllldd. It was 32 degree F and 0 degrees C. Cold. Frost on…

A Sunday in November

Last night I asked Ana what was on her agenda for today: “It’s Sunday! That’s my agenda.” For Ana this means that nothing will be planned. It is her free day before the work week begins. She will sleep as long as she would like to, sip coffee, hang out with our pups, probably play…

It is 10am and dark outside…

Both Ana and I are at our computers and sulking a bit. We both got up earlier than normal. I was wide awake at 6am for some reason but didn’t get out of bed until 6:45 and Ana was awake by 7 although she meandered out at 8:30. We sat with our coffees, all of…