Sunday, September 27, 2009

Making the World Just a Tick Better

The Mr. and Mrs. spent yesterday helping make the world just a tick better through manual labor and it was great!

Twice a year, my company sponsors volunteer days so that employees have the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the office and become more involved in our community. We've done it twice and both times were rewarding. This year we worked for an organization called Johann-Peter-Hebel Heim that helps mentally disabled and/or ill young people in the nearby town Mannheim.

Our job was to pull out a fence and all of the plants that have grown into it for the past 30+ years and then repost a new fence. To say that our little team of 8 overwhelmed the project organizers would be a total understatement. We tore it up, accomplishing significantly more than expected!! We even ran out of new fence pieces to put up!

But the best part is knowing that we were able to help out an organization that helps so many young people that wouldn't have any other place to turn to with them. "if you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." - Booker T. Washington
Pics are here!


Friday, September 25, 2009

For the Record

I didn't feel well today - so I got this from Mr. Steinbach

I feel a little better. :)


Monday, September 21, 2009

Jet Lag Squared

This weekend we went to a tiny place in Ohio, close to Pittsburgh, to celebrate our friends' wedding. We flew there on Thursday; we flew home on Sunday, arriving Monday. Jet Lag Squared!

The trip started great: while checking in, the security lady asked if we had an electronic materials in our bags, like laptops, iPods, cameras....shit, we'd forgotten our camera. We flew from Germany to the US for a friend's wedding with no camera. Really, who accomplishes that one?

Mr. & Mrs. Steinbach, that's who. Always settin' the bar high.

Anyways, that was followed up by a restful *ha* flight to Charlotte and a tight transfer, during which we met some lovely, lovely passport-checking-peps; Domi was fingerprinted and got a mug shot based on the probable cause of his not-Americanism; grabbed our bags; ran through customs; rechecked our bags; and sprinted to catch our second plane to Pittsburgh.

Which we missed by a grand total of 2 minutes. It was still sitting there and everything.
Again, settin' the bar high.

We took the chance to try some "native" food: bbq beef something, with deep fried somethings, and sweet baked beans. Some wicked food - and wicked is not used positively here. Thankfully we were able to squeeze onto the next plane to Pittsburgh and still got to have dinner with dear old buddy, G-Funk.*

Then we got into our rental car and coasted along a few tiny roads, each leading deeper and deeper into the country complete with rolling hills, tractors, barns, and missing streetlights. Around midnight - 24 hours after we started our trip - we reached our hotel to learn that they had "lost" our reservation and were all booked up.

What a lovely little surprise - "lost" hotel rooms, sounds like something from Harry Potter. And, with all the due respect due to tiny, tiny Ohio town outside of Pittsburgh: how on earth could you be booked out? What was going on that your hotel rooms were all booked out?

Never mind, we'd rather not know. Really.

In any case, a slight flip out and quick phone calls later, we had the honor of staying with the Mrs-to-be's family. Never have we been so happy to see a bed. Never have we fallen asleep so quickly and with such gratitude.** The whole cracked-out hotel thing ended up to be a blessing in disguise. It was fabulous to catch up her family and they definitely needed a few more helping hands - even if they were jet lagged, slightly goofy & giggly hands.

The wedding was beautiful: cozy, quiet, outside, and right-sized (read: quick). The Mrs. cried, but who would have expected anything else, really? The food was fabulous; the cake was To. Die. For.; there were unlimited buckeyes; people were great; we danced like fools; and two of the best people we know have taken the plunge into the sea of marriage. I'm not a fortune teller - but these two have a good chance at making each other happy and being happy together for good.

Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Tamburo! You are both lucky fools to have each other!

The trip home was boring.


* Great pics, lady.
** Mr. will edit this one if he disagrees.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Active Weekends for the Steinbach Clan

Last weekend Mr. Steinbach and I had very active weekends: The Mr. was off being healthy and I was off being, um, not.

The Mr. was over in Holland completing a half-marathon on skates with a few colleagues in Holland. He completed it in a little bit longer than one hour! Way to go Mr. Man!

The Mrs. drove a bit south in Germany for a wine tasting with a few new and old friends in a lovely little wine village. First we took a lovely tour of the wine cellar and then we ate far too much and drank even more than "far too much".

We were both more than tired when the week started again. :) And this weekend we are headed to the States to support two friends start their marriage life.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

PostSecret Does It Again

PostSecret does it again. :D


Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures

Yes, yes, after four months of patience, we've uploaded pictures to snapfish - even wedding pictures. :D

American wedding complete (905 pics)
American wedding sorted (257 pics)
German wedding complete (484)

We chose to put these on snapfish because snapfish can be viewed in your language almost anywhere in the world. And, you can order copies, make gifts, etc. and have the prints delivered to any address in country of choice. Feel free to go wild....just no t-shirts with our faces on 'em, okay? :D


Monday, September 7, 2009

For the Record

When the male half of the new steinbach clan gets sick, he does not:
  • moan 
  • groan 
  • whine 
  • complain 
  • get mean 
  • become unpleasant to be around 
  • swear he is going to die shortly.
Instead he can be seen hacking his head off while cleaning the kitchen.

That, ladies and gentlemen, that is awesome.

These things cannot be said about the female half.


Sunday, September 6, 2009

There's a Floor under the Dirt?!

We cleaned today - and yes, we - cleaned today. I attacked the bathroom and the kitchen floor. I won't share how many times I had to change the water. Dominik swept with the monster sweeper, which had to be then promptly emptied.

Now our lovely little apartment is clean and happy with glistening floors and dirty windows.

What 'cha gonna do, the Magical Cleaning Lady is still on vacation. Just keeping the battle alive until she gets back.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ah, the power of a brilliant, entertaining jerk

Why is it that I'm a Dr. House fan? Really - I blame Chris for this one. There I was innocent, alone for just a few hours with a TV I didn't know how to work, a DVD player that I could, and a Dr. House DVD ready to play....and just a little hung over if I recall correctly...

And now, more than 1 year later, I'm sitting on my couch across the ocean watching yet another episode of Dr. House auf Deutsch.

Either way, what's up with being a fan of a character that is a brilliant, entertaining JERK in all languages?
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