Thursday, February 28, 2013

Interesting day...

 I flew Swiss Air over there to Vienna, it was a nice airline to fly
 I took the City Airport Train (CAT) train from the airport to city in Vienna
 Scrumptious room!  (and the windows opened... but there was snow...)
 Looking towards the bathroom... they had a WONDERFUL Shower (this is at the Le Meridian in Vienna) and you can see the (pink/red) bathtub behind the glass.
 Another view of the room
 Here's the bathtub... cool huh! (Although I never did figure out what I was supposed to do with that pole! LOL!)
 I *loved* their "Do Not Disturb" sign... (it had the same stuff on the opposite side of the card, in German)
This was the view out of my hotel room Vienna on the first day.

So... WHAT an interesting day it was.  I'm glad I am flexible and adaptable.

My one co-worker had arrived just before I did, so got to the building before I did (well, sort of)... she slipped on the ice in the parking lot and by the time I got there, one of the clinic folks were already coming out with a wheelchair... BUT, she couldn't be assisted to get up (her shoulder hurt too bad)... and long story short, they ended up having to roll her onto a back board (man, was she muddy by then!) and they tried to do an xray at our clinic, but couldn't get a good shot, so they ended up transporting her down to one of the larger hospitals (I sent our Admin person to follow her to the hospital to help her out and give her a ride (either home or back to work).  As it turned out, she apparently got a hairline fracture in her shoulder... she didn't need surgery (but she was told NOT to drive... especially since they had given her some pain meds by IV), but she insisted on driving her car home, once our admin person got her back to the clinic.  (At least she waited to take the Percocet until she got home).  She thinks she is going to come into work tomorrow... I *hope* she doesn't (I think she's going to be VERY sore in the morning and won't sleep well tonight). She has a friend over helping her out.

THEN... there was another issue I had to deal with (impaired provider... someone apparently came to work with alcohol on their breath, so I had to let the head honcho know)... and then we got a domestic violence call that I had to respond to (I normally do not respond during the day, because that is the main job of my supervisor (who is on vacation right now) and the one that got injured today)... so I had to cancel one of my afternoon appointments to deal with that.  SO... what an interesting day!  Of course... now I'm getting way behind in my notes... so I'll have to deal with that tomorrow.

Tonight I got to watch "Survivor" and some of the "American Idol" show, so that was nice and now it's already 9:15pm and I'm going to sign off and head to bed. (I'm on-call now again for the next week).

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hoping to get to bed earlier tonight...

 Inside a church at Bratislava
 Outside of the church there on the main square (a rather humble building)

 This "statue" is called Paparazzi!
 This is the largest church I saw in Bratislava (but I didn't go in).
 Square in old town (I took it from the church in the top 2 photos).
 This was the first church I saw there (I didn't go into it either)... you can see the palace up on the hill on the left hand side.
I think this was the opera building... I was on my way back to the train station to catch my train back to Vienna.

So... work went okay today, there was a mix-up of an appointment (I had it down for this afternoon, the patient came in this morning, but thankfully I'd had a cancellation and an open hour... so that worked because we ended up with a 2 hour session).

And... I *was* tired today after not getting to bed until after 11pm last night.  So, I'm hoping to head to bed earlier tonight! (like around 9pm!). Thankfully there's nothing I really want to watch on TV tonight... so that helps!  I've just been uploading some software on my computer, reading emails and scanning Facebook.  (Nothing TOO terribly exciting).  Weather was in the mid to upper 30's today, we had a little bit of a misty rain today, but I didn't encounter any ice on the road, so that makes me happy.

Okay... signing off!
Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

More Bratislava pictures

At the train station in Bratislava

 Guess they can't afford real guards? LOL!
 Just a pretty evening scene near Michael's Gate, which is the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications and ranks among the oldest town buildings.
 This is the narrowest house (the one with the lamp above the door) in Slovakia and possibly in the whole of Europe. It dates from the end of the 18th century and is located next to Michael’s Tower in a site previously occupied by part of the old city walls. With the development of artillery, urban fortifications had become redundant by the 18th century; Bratislava's were knocked down to allow the expansion of the city, leaving a 130-centimetre gap that had previously been an open space used by sentries to move along the walls. This ultra-narrow house was built to fill the gap. It was subsequently extended into the tower itself.
A view of Michael's gate.

So... just a short post because it is already about 10:45.  I was ready to head to bed shortly after 9pm when Tia came over to see if she could email me a school paper to print out because their printer was out of ink.  And I had not hooked my printer up to my network so it took me over an hour to figure it out. ARGH!

Work went okay today, but it started snowing steadily this afternoon and some of the people I work with (including my neighbor) were let off work about a half hour early.  So I left about 15 minutes early, not that it did any good.  We went over to pick up Tia from piano lessons and I stopped to check my mail.  Then we headed home and traffic was backed up all the way to Shonaich (it had been moving slow all the way to pick up Tia anyway)... but there must have been an accident... so we decided to head down to Waldenbuch, and go that route... and there ended up being an accident on THAT road.  UGH!  So, what normally takes me about 20 minutes, too me over an hour and a half (Well, actually 2 hours from the time I left work).  But... the important thing was that we made it home safe and sound.

Okay... signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Monday, February 25, 2013

Photos from Bratislava

I'll have to post more pictures tomorrow night... but here are a few.  On my new laptop I don't have any photo software loaded and while I thought I had "rotated" a few photos, when they uploaded they were sideways, so I'll have to figure out how to rotate them and keep them rotated soon.  But... in the meantime, here are *some* of the highlights of Bratislava.  I am very glad I went and I *did* have an enjoyable day there!

Here's a quick description of the "manhole" guy (also known as "Cumil (The Watcher): 
Where else in the world could you possibly find a man inconspicuously peeping from a street manhole?

You can easily find him on the corner of Panska and Rybarska brana streets. As Cumil has almost lost his head twice because of the incaution drivers, he has even got his own traffic sign - Man at Work.

Yesterday in Vienna, after resting til about 11, I checked out at noon, then I hopped on the tram and made my way to the American Embassy... where after my LAST experience... I decided to ask permission first... and of course... they said "No".  They said due to increased security they don't allow photographs, even though I pointed out to them that you can easily find the building on Google maps (in living color).  Oh well... so... I *did NOT* take a photo of the embassy... I was a good girl.  (I usually don't behave when it comes to photographs).  I should have had them stamp something for me to say I was there! LOL!.  And then I think of that old adage... is it easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission. (or something like that).

After I left the embassy (which was a feat to find, but very near the French Embassy)... By the way... in all the cities I have visited, the AMERICAN Embassy is ALWAYS the most highly secured.  I'm not sure if that is because we can afford the security, or if we are just that disliked in the world.  SAD.

Anyway... I headed down to find the Liechtenstein Palace which was supposed to be relatively near... and it was only a few blocks away... then I made my way to a bus stop that was pointed in the relative direction my mind was telling me I wanted to go.  I got off when I saw a brick building that I had read about (it's almost built like a castle, but it's a hospital, if I recall)... then I walked a few blocks back to where I could find the "D" tram stop, so I could hop on the tram and go find Sigmund Freud's old house which has been converted into a museum.  Well, go figure... apparently I was within a block or two of the Freud Museum when I was down in front of the hospital, but didn't realize it.  I'm halfway tempted to buy a handheld GPS that I can use in foreign countries... because even though I have that capability on my Iphone, I don't want the roaming charges.  Anyway... so my next stop was the Freud Museum, the *only* place I paid to go into (all the rest... the palaces and such all charge an entry fee... but I just didn't go into them... all-in-all, this was a fairly low budget trip).  The museum was okay... and at least I can say I've seen it (I wouldn't pay to go in again... but I have to chuckle at the thought of the young man running the museum... he had his fingernails painted a light green! LOL). 

From Frued's "house" I hopped back on the tram and went up to the Belvedere Palace for more photo shots... by then it was starting to rain though and it was almost 3:30, so I stopped for a late lunch/early dinner near the Palace.  I had a wonderful "schnitzel" lightly coated, it was one of the best I've eaten.  It was at a small Greek restaurant across from the Palace.

By the time I finished there it was time to hop BACK on the tram (I feel like I got my money's worth out of the 3 day tram/u-bahn/bus pass!  Even though I was never asked by anyone to show it).  And I headed back to my hotel, to pick up my luggage, then to back to the U-bahn stop to catch the CAT (City Airport Train - a 16 min direct connection between Vienna and the airport) train back to the airport. It was nice, because I could check my luggage in right there at the train station (Landstrasse, or the Wien Mitte train station).  I didn't have to haul it onto the train and I lug it through the airport.  And the line was short there. THAT was nice to be able to do that.  I would highly recommend that if anyone is thinking about visiting Vienna, to get the round-trip Vienna CAT train pass with a 72 hour transportation pass (whatever it is called) and then learn the transportation system.  Worst thing that can happen is you'll end up going the wrong direction, maybe see something you didn't expect to see... then you just hop off, catch one (the bus, the tram, the U-bahn, or whatever) back in the direction you want to go. It didn't take me TOO long to figure out the system.   

Overall, as far as the weekend went... Vienna would be a nice place to visit when it is warm (although I saw that was advertising a double room at the hotel where I stayed for $700! a night... and I paid less than $90 on hotwire! AWESOME!). And, I am VERY glad I took the train over to Bratislava (which cost me a "whopping" 15 euros round-trip... heck, I can hardly go into Stuttgart for THAT much!).  So, all-in-all, with the exception of all the snow and my Bogs boots cracking and leaking... it was a good weekend!

Work was a breeze today, I had a cancellation this morning (for a new intake) and the one this afternoon did come in, but because she found out we charge insurance (for American Civilians), I think she was a little reluctant.  They've found someone to work with their child and we discussed other less expensive options in the community.  So... basically no appointments today (I think I have 4 or 5 scheduled for tomorrow).  After work I ran by the grocery store before picking up the dogs (who were ecstatic to see me!)... and after having some chicken (already baked, from the store) with me for dinner... the doggies have been dozing most of the evening. (I have only awaken 5-7 times this past weekend according to my fitbit... with the dogs in bed, I average 18-20 times of waking up a night... ugh!).  My dog sitters took good care of the doggies, they have another one that they are keeping for awhile for a friend, so I don't think my doggies get to rest as much.

Okay... it's 9:20 pm already... but at least I'm back home safe and sound and had another great trip... even IF it was rather snowy!  And I didn't get to bed until after 1am last night... so I'm a tad tired tonight (but NOT too tired to try and make some home-made cinnamon rolls using frozen bread dough I bought at the store tonight!). *smiles*

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Back in Stuttgart

I made it back to Stuttgart with no problems, it's midnight, so will write more tomorrow night. I am on my way to pick up my car and then still have to get home! Auf Weidersehen, - Kris

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Snowy day in Vienna!

So, I woke up about 10am after staying up way too late last night after such a long day yesterday. I headed out about 11am and went to the Nachtman Market, trudging through the snow on uneven surfaces (because of the snow). I think Vienna got about 5-6 inches of snow overnight ( and it was starting to snow on my way back home tonight). I had lunch at the market, some Chinese food...num, num! Then I walked over to Karlskirche to check it out (I've been there twice today, I went back and got some night shots tonight) and then too, the U-Bahn out to Shonbrunn Palace. Lets see... After that I think I went to Siegmund Freud's old neighborhood and to the Rathaus - wow, that's an impressive building! Wandered around that area taking pictures, then got back to my room about 6pm. I went back out and rode a team from Karlsplatz to Schwedenplatz and back, then walked up the street near where I am staying and found the long shopping area (large walking district where cars aren't allowed), I just went ahead and grabbed a bite to eat at McDonalds and then walked over to the Hofburg palace or whatever it is (I took a LOT of night shots tonight) and then managed to find my way back to the hotel. The plows have been out all day and night, so by tonight it was a little easier to walk, which was a good thing, because as I did all the walking today, my BOGS boots cracked and started leaking water.. I think I'm going to write the company and complain, I don't think they should be cracking! Well, it is 11:30 at night, time for me to sign off. I don't have to check out of the hotel until noon, but then I don't have to be at the airport until 5pm for my 7pm flight. At least I have a 2 hour layover in Zurich to compensate (I hope) for any weather delays. Auf Wiedersehen, - Kris

Friday, February 22, 2013

Made it to Vienna and Bratislava today!

So, I got up at 3am and dropped my car off about 4 and caught my flight to Vienna at 5:50am. We had a little delay leaving Stuttgart because they had to de-ice the plane. It was snowing pretty good in Zurich and we had another delay due to Getting de-iced there, and then due to the snowy conditions here in Vienna, they were delaying some flights and trying to space them out more. But, I made it and got a 3 day train pass for Vienna and caught the train into the city. Then I bought a ticket to go to Bratislava (round trip) for 15 euros. That's a pretty good deal! I managed to find my hotel (wasn't all that easy without a GPS to tell me corners to turn at), and they let me check in early! I rested for a minute... Took some pictures of my room, used the bathroom and put a couple things away. It's a really nice room and I can't wait to crawl into bed! Then I went and got the U-bahn back to the main train station, then the S-bahn to another's train station and got there about 1/2 hour before the next train to Bratislava, so I walked around that neighborhood until time to board my train. It was just over an hour train ride to Bratislava. Once there I managed to find the local bus ticket place and got a day pass and took the bus into town, I over shot the old town though, so eventually got off that bus and onto one going in the opposite direction. Then I got off and wandered around the old town. I bought a guidebook and then stopped to have some hot chocolate (they make it different, it's a little like thin, warm chocolate pudding) and I read through the book, and then spent a couple hours exploring. I realized though, that I left my SD card uploader thing for my iPad at home, so the only photos I will be able to post on Facebook will have to either be with my iPhone, (which doesn't take great photos) or with my iPad). I will upload the photos from my cameras when I get home. I'm glad I brought 2 cameras, one of the batteries ran out about 3/4's of the way through the day today. Anyway, it's now almost midnight, I need to hit the sack, will post again tomorrow night. I did make it back to Vienna and to my hotel okay. *smiles* Auf Weidersehen (by the way, they speak German here in Vienna) - Kris

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Doggies are doing good!

So... I'm going to skip posting a picture tonight (and won't be able to post any pictures until Monday night because I'll be traveling).

Today I had a busy day at work and then it didn't help that the computer system went down for an hour or so this afternoon (as I was trying to enter notes into the computer... so I didn't get them done).

This morning I did take 2 hours off (an hour and my lunch hour) and took the dogs to the Vet for their annual check up (that set me back a couple hundred, with their heartworm meds and some other stuff I had to get).  The dogs did good though (better than *I* did) and are healthy.  They got their temperature checked, a couple shots and a blood test done.  So... we started off with Bruno and I was standing at the end of the table and he had his paws up on my shoulders while I cuddled him... the tech started with the temp and he didn't let out a peep... then she did the two shots... and no peep... and then she said that if he just stays standing up like that and doesn't move, she could do draw his blood... so she did... but his veins were rolling... and it was a little tougher than she thought, (I think)... and as she was doing it and talking about the veins and such... I could hear the whooshing sounds in my ears indicating that I was on my way to passing out.  THANKFULLY she finished before I totally blacked out and I was able to sit down and I asked her to open the window, which she did.  I tried hard to distract myself and think about other things while she had the needles (WAY TO CLOSE TO ME!)... and I was almost successful.  Oh... did I mention I have a phobia of needles?  When it came time for Peanut, she held Peanut (on the table) while the Vet did the checks and the shots and the blood draw (thank goodness!)... and Peanut was a champ and didn't let out a peep!  Both dogs handled everything very well and didn't even shake/quiver as much as they normally do when they have to go to the Vet's. They were even very well behaved in the waiting room, and Bruno only snarled once at a large dog that wanted to nose him while he was on my lap.  After the Vet, I went ahead and dropped the dogs off at the dog sitter so I didn't have to run them back and forth tonight... I hope they are doing okay (this is the 3rd time they've stayed with Scotty and Staci and they're in good hands, I know it).

Okay... it's already 8:30pm and time for me to head to bed.  Tomorrow is going to come early, since I have to drop my car off (at a park and ride place) at 4am!  It'll be a long day. I'm tentatively planning to drop my stuff off at the hotel and then hop on the train and head to Bratislava.  I'll be able to get on my Ipad and post (I hope!) tomorrow night.

Signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My pups...


So... work was fairly busy today and I had one appointment that ran long. After work I went into my boss' office and then I ended up not leaving work until 6pm (and I didn't even get my notes done from today!).

I'm looking forward to my trip to Vienna this weekend.  Tomorrow I have to take the dogs to their Vet appointment (wondering how much that will cost me)... and then I'll run them back home and then go back to work for a full afternoon of appointments.  After I get off, I'll be coming home to pick up the dogs to take them over to the dog-sitters about 6-6:30pm.  Then I'll have an early morning train trip on Friday to the airport to catch my flight.

Okay... keeping this short for tonight...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Not so busy day... but it's snowing again...

I don't know why these came out so blue... I took them with my Iphone at dusk... it was snowing again (although you can't tell by the photos).
Work went okay today... I was scheduled to have a new intake today, but the person cancelled (not sure why... but it's the 3rd time they have had to reschedule).  And then I had a no show (this couple are typically pretty busy and my guess is that work interfered).  SO... my day was much easier than I had expected it to be.  The next two days are supposed to be busy though.
Tonight I came home and got my suitcase packed for this weekend with the exception of throwing in one more pair of shoes, and getting my "electronics" together.  At least Austria should have the same converters that we have here in Germany, (unlike Scotland).  I even went ahead and I've got my clothes lined up that I will be wearing the next two days at work and then what I plan to wear the day I travel to Vienna.
I'm watching one of my favorite shows on TV tonight... "The Biggest Loser", and after it is over, I'm going to go change out my bedding (I've washed the blanket, so I've just got to switch out the sheets).
I had a good dinner tonight... I cooked some chicken breast (in a pan with some "Pam" and some seasonings) and I had some broccoli with cheese.  Num Num.  I had a "Skinny Cow" Ice cream sandwich for desert.
Okay... signing off... I can't WAIT to go to Austria and Bratislava to take more photos to share with you!
Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Monday, February 18, 2013

A little Buzz in the neighborhood today

 So... I took this photo while standing outside my front door
 It's not very often you have a helicopter land in the neighborhood!
 I wonder why they flew the "Emergency Doctor" (German word is Notarzt) into the neighborhood via helicopter?  They had two ambulances on the street behind mine (I believe there is a doctor that lives there, but not sure what kind of doctor he/she is).
 I took the dogs out to check out the helicopter
My house is off behind the helicopter in this picture (kinda behind the nose of the helicopter).

So... I had another lazy day... slept in... took the dogs out a couple times.  This afternoon (after enjoying the helicopter sighting) I went with my neighbors to Ikea (I took my own car in case I got a call). We were there for a few hours.  Then I had to go do my plastic bottle recycle and picked up some more soda, then I went to work to type up the one call I got this weekend.

Now it's Monday night and I'm enjoying "The Amazing Race."  Tonight the teams were in Bora Bora... I recognized it right away!  I *love* Bora Bora... and that's one place I could go back to over and over again!

Okay... signing off

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Spring is coming!

I took this photo with my phone (hence, not as sharp as it could be)... but I have some crocus coming up out front of my house!  YAY!  I hope that means Spring isn't too far away!

Today has been a lazy Saturday.  I slept in a little (although I did get a call on the "on call" phone, but it wasn't until 9:45 am).  I laid in bed and read through my facebook and caught up on emails.  Then I got up and took the dogs out about 11am.  Then I came back and made me a big breakfast... I had 1 egg, 4 pieces of bacon (I shared with my pups) and I had a piece of toast.  I've been doing that more often, making myself a "big" breakfast on Sunday mornings (when I'm home).  I went ahead and cooked all my bacon this morning (I think there were only 10 pieces in the pack)... but I did it differently this time, I cooked it on a rack (that was on a cookie sheet) in the oven.  I feel like it was a little healthier that way.  And, then, since I already had the oven going, I went ahead and used up the rest of the chocolate chip cookie  dough (from this past week) and made some Chocolate chip cookies. 

Since about 4pm I've been doing some online training (well, watching DVD's of marriage counseling).  There are 6 DVD's to get through and each one is over an hour and a half long.  So... I've made it through 4 DVD's today.  I'm hoping I can get through the other two tomorrow. 

Tomorrow I'm planning to go to Ikea (maybe with my neighbors) and have some Swedish Meatballs for lunch (or a late lunch). I'm also going to go turn in my empty soda bottles and buy some more soda.  I *may* go to work and get on the work computer and get the rest of the information I need to pass onto my co-workers on Tuesday.  (Since I'm only working Tues, Weds and Thurs this week, I'll be pretty darn busy this coming week).

Okay... signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sweet heat!

A couple sunset photos from this evening here in Germany.  Yep... still snow on the ground, it's wet and slushy. Today the temperature got up to about 40.  I got up at 5:30 or so and let the dogs out to go potty and then we laid back down until about 9am... but Peanut was restless this morning, (and last night),so I feel like I didn't get enough sleep. AND, no nap for me today.  I got up and took the dogs out for their walk after I showered and dressed (I know... good idea!). Then I came back and vacuumed, mopped and cleaned.  I've kind of been ignoring the floors lately, and while they are not filthy dirty, a couple weeks of coming in and out of snowy weather, they've gotten a little dirty.  I do take my boots off in the hallway entry and I have a towel down to dry the dogs' feet, but sometimes there were still little paw prints and such.  AND... my (wonderful!) neighbors next door are SUCH clean people (typical German!), that I wanted to wait and ask them about my heating problem, til my house was clean enough to feel comfortable asking Franco to come over. SO... then this afternoon I went and got my nails done and sat and talked with my neighbor Tamie for awhile... and when I got back home, Carmen was outside (I was going out back to get more wood for my wood stove) - she's Franco's wife... so I asked if Franco could come over and check out the baseboard in my dining area (the one not working).  So... he did.  And then he went back and called my Landlord (who is awfully darn smart about electrical stuff and housing stuff)... and the next thing I knew, Franco was back and went down to the boiler room and found a water pressure gage that showed there wasn't enough water in the system. SO, he turned the faucet and got the water going (not sure why it would have stopped)... but now there seems to be heat coming out of the unit.  And Franco said to let him know if I had any more problems. YAY!  More heat! (I don't like being in cold houses... I had to deal with that TOO much when I lived in Alaska!).

I'm writing my blog early because I'm thinking about going to see the movie "Identity Thief"... I've heard from friends "stateside" that have seen it and enjoyed it.  I don't go to the movie often... so it seems like something to do on a cold, winter night here in Germany! *smiles*

Okay... signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Friday, February 15, 2013

Snowy Friday!

I woke up this morning to a couple inches of snow and then it snowed a couple more inches during the day.  Work went okay today, I only had a couple appointments, but at least I was able to get all my documentation done, so that I didn't have to bring any work home, THAT felt nice!  I took this photo (above) out of my office window. It was snowing at the time.

And one of the nice things about today, is that we got off an hour early! Whoohoo!  I used that time to do a little shopping, I needed to pick up a couple things on my way home. I ran into one of my clients and then found out that another client that I see has lost their job.  That makes me worry about that client, they don't have the best coping skills.  Knowing what I do, I think "it's about time", but it still hurts if you are that person and you don't have much of a safety net.  Of course, I think where that client works should just be shut down because there are a LOT of problems from that establishment.  Okay... nuff about that.

Tonight when I got home (and it was still daylight), I took the dogs out for their walk... and we walk down a small road with a small incline (decline?)... and I fell (for the first time this winter, so I guess I should complain). I landed on my back and hit my head, but not enough to leave a knot, thankfully.  That made me feel a little grumpy though. 

AND... for some reason the heating unit in my dining area (that heats the livingroom) isn't working.  I don't think it's been working for over a week.  Not sure what that's about... but I have another fire in my woodstove tonight (which I *do* like!).  Guess I'll have to talk to my neighbors tomorrow, (they take care of the outside of the house, and Franco is usually always willing to help out if there is a problem inside the house).

Okay... I'm going to sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's already 9:30pm, so I'm going to keep this short and not post a picture tonight.  Work went fine today, I was able to keep up with all of my documentation (except the last note of the day, because we had a staff meeting). After work I ran home to let the dogs out, then back to near where I work. For some reason I thought I had to be there at 6pm, but dinner wasn't until 6:30pm.  My friend Carol had sent out an email inviting her single friends out for a Valentine's dinner at a local Irish Pub.  I recognized a couple other people from our Volksmarching club (I had met Carol through my neighbor Tamie, then Carol got involved in the Volksmarching club that I belong to).  Anyway, I guess I thought there were just going to be women there, but there were about 5 guys there as well.  Several of them are married, but they are here working "unaccompanied", so their wives are in the States.  I got the impression that about 1/3rd worked together and 1/3rd knew each other through the Ski club.  I enjoyed the one woman I sat with, I talked with her quite a bit, and Carol was sitting across from me.

Okay... time to sign off and think about getting ready for bed.  Morning is going to come early. Thankfully I only have 2 appointments tomorrow morning!  But after work I take over the "on-call" phone.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's chilly outside!

It still looks like this outside... temperature tonight is about 30* (I think that's been the high for the day).  Sure looking forward to some warmer weather, but I do appreciate that it is staying light til about 5:15pm now!

Work went okay, had another cancellation, the family had a sick kid. I don't mind cancellations, seems like there have been more than normal this week (another cancelled today to attend a funeral, yesterday one cancelled because they were having surgery, one missed Monday, because they were thinking their appointment was on Tuesday... that kind of thing).

I went and did a little grocery shopping after work, just picked up a few things.  Other than that, it's been a quiet day.

I was thinking tonight about one co-worker I don't care much about (I don't like their narrow-minded views sometimes).  Generally I don't "dislike" co-workers (is that a double-negative, maybe what I am saying, is that I generally LIKE all of my co-workers)... and tonight as I was thinking about it, I was trying to think of things I *did* like about the person, instead of focusing on what I *didn't* like about that person.  (The person is always on time to work... and on the other hand, you could set your watch by the time that person walks out the door at the end of the day... the person is very punctual).

Ah... the things I think about. *smiles*

Time to think about heading to bed earlier tonight, it's only 8:30pm, I have a fire in my wood stove... I've been cold the last couple nights.  I'm glad I have a wood stove to have a nice toasty fire going in!

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Num, Num!

This was sunset from Sunday...

FIRST... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE! (she's my middle daughter, she shares her birthday with Abe Lincoln and Darwin!).

So... work went okay today, it wasn't too busy, I just saw 5 people. This morning I overslept a little, for some reason I keep forgetting to set my alarm, but thankfully I woke up about 6:15am.  Usually if I don't wake up, then Peanut wakes me up.

I took in chocolate chip cookies to work today, I forgot to mention that I baked some cookies last night.  I also tried something different. I took chocolate chip cookie dough and formed in into a cupcake pan (so it is cup-shaped), then I put a thin mint cookie inside and then I topped it with a brownie mixture.  I didn't try one, I just felt like it was too rich for me... so I took them into work and got rave reviews about those (and the chocolate chip cookies, as always).

Today I went to the Post Office and my protein powder was there.  HOORAY!  I wasn't sure I would get it because the German Government is putting a ban on shipping medications and supplements through the mail.  I was also able to get my Vitamin "E" through Amazon.  (Which is where I got my protein drink).  The label on the packages just says "Health and Beauty Aid."  Anyway... I'm so glad I'm able to get these products, I consider them very necessary for me to live a healthy lifestyle. SO... from now on I'm just going to order my vitamins and stuff through Amazon.  (I used to get them through GNC, but they don't have GNC over here).

Tonight I was still in a baking mood... so I made some almond blueberry scones. MAN are THOSE good!  I made some that are a little larger than a dollar coin size, thought I would take them into work tomorrow (bite-sized scones), and then I made some larger, triangle ones for me to have over the next few days.  Hardly anything better than a nice, warm fresh scone.

Okay... signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Monday, February 11, 2013

Easy, sort of, Monday

Sunset photo from yesterday... and a guy pulling his kids back up the small hill near where I live (in the field where I walk the dogs, and almost every day we walk up this small incline of a hill when I take the dogs out for their walk).  I guess because it is such a small incline on the hill, it's a great beginner hill for little ones.  They don't even get up enough speed to make it down to the bottom. *smiles*

So... work went much easier than I expected today, I had a couple no-shows, not sure what that's about. I know I've missed appointments before, just plain out forgot, so I don't hold it against anyone if they miss an appointment.  (It also makes my day a little easier and I'm thankful I'm not in private practice when that happens, and that my paycheck isn't tied into whether people show or don't show for an appointment).  At lunch time I went over and picked up a fruit basket for my one co-worker, it's her birthday.  My boss asked me if I could figure out something for her, for her birthday and she doesn't do "sweets" (sugar). Last year I ended up having to get her present as well... and got her a scarf that she seemed to like.  I don't know why I always seem to get stuck getting her gift... she's one of my least favorite co-workers (God has a sense of humor? Or my boss does?).  Oh well.  She did like the fruit basket and they did a better job making it than I thought they would.

Tomorrow my first appointment of the day is cancelled, at least they let me know ahead of time.  I've rescheduled their appointment for later in the day.

The only frustrating thing for me today was trying to put my notes in. I had brought the assessments home over the weekend to get them done, and then there was a glitch in the system today so that we couldn't enter a "new" client code.  Hopefully they will get it fixed quickly.  I had four of those type notes to enter today, and they are basically entered, (the wording part), I just have to do the coding part, which is fairly fast and won't take long to do.  However, when the bean counters "expect" you to see X amount of clients a day, I don't think they take these kind of glitches into account.

I did get home right after 5pm and I was able to take the dogs out for their walk while it was still daylight.  THAT was nice.

Okay... signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris