Sunday, December 11, 2005

The End

My time as an au pair is over... as is this blog. I'll be keeping all the posts up still but there will be no new posts here. If you want to read about my current adventures you can check out my new blog on *smile*

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Kinda sad yet funny

Well, I'm going back pretty soon and I thought these were pretty funny (p.s. I had to post both Chicago and Indiana since I'm so close to Chicago that they all pretty much apply to me)

~You Know You're From Chicago When...

You say "Wanna go with?" when you mean "Do you want to come with me?"

You know what Kennedy, Dan Ryan, Eisenhower, Edens, and Bishop Ford, have in common and curse one of them daily.

You know what Giordanos, Lou Malnati's, and Gino's have in common.

You know when the last time the Cubs won a pennant.

You don't pronounce the "s" at the end of Illinois. You become irate at people who do

You measure distance in minutes (especially "from the city"). And you swear everything is pretty much 15 minutes away

You know what goes on a Chicago Style Hot Dog

You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is

You understand what "lake-effect" means

You know what the phone number is to Empire Carpet!*

You wear gym shoes, not sneakers.

~You Know You're From Indiana When...

You drive for three hours and the scenery outside doesn't change.

There's three feet of snow on the ground and school is still in session.

While driving all you see is corn.

People still have Christmas decorations up at Easter.

There really is more than corn in Indiana. There’s soybeans, too.

You're proud to be called a Hoosier, even if you don't know what one is.

You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Terre Haute"

"Getting caught by a train" is a legitimate excuse for being late to school.

You know what FFA and 4H stand for.

There's actually a college near you named "Ball State."

* I actually do, how sad is that! lol (588)2300EMPIRE

Sunday, November 06, 2005


I've been doing this blog for a year now, woo hoo! *smile* It's amazing to me how much I've done and how much my life has changed in the past year. I've visited several different countries. Become (basically) fluent in another language. Met tons of amazing, fun and interesting people and a couple that weren't so great, hehe. I've eaten all sorts of weird and delicious things and done some pretty crazy stuff...It's been an absolutely wonderful year and I wouldn't trade my experience for anything. In about a month from now my time as an au pair will end but I'm extremely excited about the coming year and the many fun blogs that will come out of it *smile*

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

December Ninth

I bought my plane ticket last night. It's really official, I'm going back to the good ol' U.S. of A. I've had such a wonderfully amazing time here. I've met many new people, seen so many new things and learned an unbelievable amount of stuff about myself and the world. I've grown so much over the past year and a half and I wouldn't trade this experience I had for anything. I'm now moving on to the next phase of my life which I'm VERY excited about as well. So yeah, that's my big news. For all my Holland people, I will miss each and every one of you very much. Those state side, I can't wait to see you all. Look out here I come!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Play Place Fun

Joel and I took the kids to an indoor place play the other day and had a blast.

grrr, tough guys!

The best thing about kids is you get to play like you are one and nobody thinks twice, *hehe*

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I've moved

My web address that is.

Check it out! *smile*

15 cents short

I went to the good old Albert Heijn (AH) to pick up one of their fruit smoothie drinks (seriously sooo good!) and in front of me in line there was a man buying a can of beer. To pay for it he had a voucher that AH gives out in exchange for empty pop bottles. The lady rang him up and the voucher covered all but 15 cents of the price of the beer. He was surprised by the price and searched all his pockets for change but came up empty handed.

It was really sad to see. The man looked like he was pretty hard up for cash, he was pretty dirty and basically looked like your typical homeless man. He had nothing and was spending the few cents he had on a can of beer! I dunno. It was weird because if he had been trying to buy a sandwich or something I think anyone in line would've offered to make up the difference (there was a pretty decent line on both sides because the other cash register that was open was having some kind of price check issue) But I didn't feel like the right thing to do was pay for this man's beer and I think most everyone else in line felt the same way.

When the lady started to ask her manager how to refund the voucher a man behind me in line offered to just pay the difference so the homeless man got his beer and line moved on. And that was that. He left and everyone went on with their really made me think though...

Monday, October 10, 2005

Look what I can do

I changed my template. The other one was getting old and yes I realize this isn't a big change...basically the same one with different colors...I know how to do it now though. Of course Joel helped me BUT I figured out where to put the code for my links all by myself *grin*. So yeah, the picture is temporary as well but the other was was getting old as well. So now that I know how to do it look for many more fun changes in the future *smile*

Oh the house...

We are finally back in the house! woo hoo! ...ok so we have been back for awhile but honestly I haven't really felt like blogging. There isn't a whole lot for me to say really. I'm loving that I get to spend time with Joel, we have so much fun together. Other than him though things have been a bit blah and I've been pretty grumpy. There are several reasons why plus I've been kinda sick off and on lately. But hopefully all the stuff will resolve itself soon. My mood has improved over the last couple days actually anyway so things are starting to look up. Over all life is good and I will try to find interesting things to blog about more regularly. Until next time *smile*