October 27, 2010

I'm alive!

Just writing to let everyone know that I haven't jumped off the roof or booked my flight home :) The past couple of days have actually been much better - I think I just needed that rant below to get some things off my chest and balance myself out a bit.

Teej and I were tourists this week and visited an old church downtown called the Nikolaikapelle, or the St. Nicholas Chapel. It was bombed during the WWII attacks here and the ruins were left as a memorial just like the Aegidienkirche that I posted pictures of before. I obviously wanted to learn a little bit about the history of it and found that this church is the oldest building in Hannover. It was built in 1284 as a separate church for the lepers and  the poor of Hannover because they were not allowed over a wall that separated them from the rest of society. Here are some pictures, and I'll write again soon. 
Nikolaikapelle am Steintor 1897, Quelle:Bildarchiv Foto Marburg
Pre-WWII
Die Nikolaikirche in der Goseride
Now



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October 14, 2010

Wedding On The Brain

Ahhh! So I have had the wedding on my brain every since I got off the phone with my Meme yesterday. Everything is quickly coming together, the date, the venue, the food, the photographer, the DJ...but not the guest list. Why is it so hard to remember people? I forgot my Godmother on my first list, how terrible is that??! I guess what is confusing is that I think of two people as one couple, or a whole family as one group, so I forget a married cousin here or there. Ooops. Hey, I don't know, I've never gotten married before ;) What I do know, is that little by little we are creeping up to 200 invites. So much for a small wedding like we originally planned. Oiiii, Budget?, what budget?

Meme also got me really giddy about going dress shopping when I come home. Mom says I should look online and around here in Germany for ideas, but I really want to save that entire portion of this process for when I am back with my family. I've made a promise to myself that I WILL NOT show TJ the dress before our big day. In the past, we have told each other every Christmas and Birthday present before the occasion, any surprise, and I even knew the proposal was coming. TJ and I flat our SUCK at keeping secrets from each other. It's hard to keep things from your best friend, but I will not, will NOT, WILL NOT even give him an inkling about what the gown looks like. :) :) :)

TJ jokes that I need to make him a posterboard presentation of my ideas because they just keep coming, changing, and formulating. I've had a good two months to think (not that I haven't been planning this day with him for years or anything...hahaha) but our planner at the venue says that I am really only about two months ahead of schedule. Bridezilla I will not be - I am glad that we chose a long engagement so I can be a Wedding Ninja and spend time planning a kick ass wedding. 

We decided on the colors blush pink, moss green, champagne, and ivory. If you know me well, you know that I have a soft spot for all things vintage. My favorite thing to do is rummage through thrift stores (especially with my little sister and MAID OF HONOR!), and TJ really loves that I have my own little hobby, so a vintage vibe is an obvious choice for us. These colors just scream an elegant and classy soirĂ©e to me. TJ just goes with my flow, but he likes it and approves :) 


Color inspirations:
I recently fell in love with the color green since moving to Germany. The landscapes and  flowers here (remember the Garten we visited??!) are truly breathtaking, but then I remind myself that despite their beauty, I have a love-hate relationship with flowers. Yes, I love them, they are beautiful and they smell nice...but they also die, rot, and end up stinking in the garbage. I can't justify spending a ridiculous amount of money on flowers for 6 hours when they eventually end up in a landfill somewhere, so mark my words there will not be one single flower at our wedding. TJ scratches his head, but I have wonderful ideas running around in my head :)
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TJ Says It's Time For An Update.

I can't believe how fast time is flying over here. Everything is great - the weather is beautiful, I'm keeping busy, Brutus made friends with the horses down the street (haha), TJ looks great on the ice, we are making moves on the wedding planning, and there is a wonderful group of girls here - I have no complaints, life is all around really, really good!!!

So, whats new with me? I started training this week with another girl for a 6K on New Years Day. Let me say this loud and clear - I AM NOT A RUNNER!!, so if I successfully complete this training and the race I will be so proud of myself. We have 11 weeks to get our bums in gear, and I'm actually pretty excited about it. My little track star will be here too, so I am anticipating a fun day. Apparently everyone is served a glass of champagne after crossing the finish line..sounds like our kind of race, eh Autumn!?

Update on hockey: Woof. I refuse to judge so early in the season, because I just know that the team will pull it together and start producing soon. I guess the guys only put on their little dance recital if they win, so you all have to wait to see TJs sick moves ;) Fingers crossed for this weekend.

Since the last time I wrote we finally made it to the zoo. Take a peek over at our photo site - our new camera is amazing and I can't get over the quality of the photos. We were able to get super close to the animals, and TJ and I both had a lot of fun - we were there for over 3 hours. Teej asked if I had charged the camera before we left (I lied), so half of the photos are really awesome and then the other pictures are off my Blackberry. Crappy camera, but woohoo for finally having a cool phone! Vodafone is like the Verizon of Germany, and they are also a sponsor of the team so I got hooked up with a pretty snazzy phone for once.

Teej just hanging out...don't mind the poop.


I knew we nicknamed Brutus Boots for good reason..


I can't believe how close we could get to the animals!
I caught up yesterday with one of my girlfriends from last years team. They are over in Norway. She asked me on a scale of 1-10 how home sick am I. I can confidently say that I really am not at all - I mean I certainly have my days where I'd like a snuggle from my brother or to sit on the couch and laugh with my sister (and don't get me wrong, I'm sure I will probably end up crying around Thanksgiving/Christmas/my birthday), but I am keeping so busy and constantly skyping, facebook messaging, emailing and calling everyone back home that our time here is going by much faster than I was anticipating. 

Pretty interesting to think about - just from last years hockey team we know that couple in Norway, two guys are in Finland, another one is in Italy, one is in Denmark, one is in Sweden, and another one is in England. We also know couples from previous years of playing that are in Russia, Switzerland and Austria - the possibilities of where we can end up playing in years to come are really pretty awesome and exciting. 

Well, it is 9:00 (3PM back home) and I am off to sleep. I know, I'm lame, right? - TJ only has one afternoon practice on Thursdays instead of both a morning and a night skate like during the beginning of the week. We were able to eat dinner together before 8:30/9PM at night and even squeezed in a family walk. I love Thursdays -  nighty night :)
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