Apologies for the radio silence yesterday! Our internet went out unexpectedly. Lame sauce. And I couldn’t get myself with laptop in tow to the USO (land of free wifi) until today. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Mittwoch – pronounced mitt (like Romney) + vok (like volcano minus the lano). Translation: midweek or Wednesday. Look at that. You just learned something new!
We were fortunate enough to have a very productive and work-free Mittwoch this week. Well, every day is work-free for me, but this particular one was also work-free for my husband. He attended some fancy schmancy US Army + German Army ball in Munich on Tuesday. Since it went until the wee hours of the morning (as apparently all his Munich trips do), he got to take the following day off of work. Huzzah!
First on the agenda: work-out! I did ab ripper x again. My plan is to do this abdominal DVD every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for as long as I can stand it. That meant I had to give 15 minutes to it yesterday.
Oh the difference a day makes. It still hurt like Hades, but I managed to do a much better job than on Monday. Improvement, I like it!
After getting some breakfast in our bellies, Stephen and I headed for our local T-Mobil store to pay our internet bill. It took no time at all, in and out.
Next stop: Car Registration building. Stephen described this place to me as “The DMV but way worse.” Going here is a must. We need to get my name added to our car registration so that I can gas up our car on my own. (Getting gas here entails putting money on a prepaid “Esso” card and showing your registration and ID at the pump. So annoying.) Upon our arrival, we took a number. Lucky 100! The customer they were currently serving: 55. The number of employees seeing people: 2. Oh, boy.
Instead of waiting around with the other sad-faced people, we took our number and left to go kill time elsewhere. We walked around the PX, checked our mailbox (we got a letter from Stephen’s grandma!), hit up the USO (which was closed), and went to the Education Center (so Stephen could use the computer). After all that (which ate up about an hour), we went back to the car registration place. Currently serving: 77.
Since we were still behind more than 20 people and the office was closed for lunch, we went home and got some lunch ourselves. (Sandwiches all around!) Then we went back on post and (for the 3rd time that day) back to the car registration center.
Currently serving: 5. Oh snap! We missed our spot. If we were to take a number at that moment, it would have been 45. With heavy hearts and a lot of frustration, we left without accomplishing our mission of getting my name added to the car registration. You win this day, car registration place, but I’ll be back.
Since it was still early in the day, we decided to attempt to cross off something else large and car-related from our to-do list. We need winter tires. Apparently, winter here can get pretty rad, and your car needs special tires. Needs, as in, not optional. So we went on our merry way to Amberg (a cute town about 30 minutes away) to a store called ATU.
We located an English-speaking employee, who turned out to be from/has visited Oklahoma recently. When we told him we were from Texas, he replied, “Oh! Six Flags Under Texas!” I got a good laugh outta that! (If you don’t know, Six Flags is an amusement park with locations around the country. The one near where we live is known as Six Flags Over Texas.)
The German-Oklahoman looked at our car, he put some stuff in the computer, and came out with a number near $800. Ouchie. Big ouchie. We need these effing tires before the winter arrives (which could supposedly be any day now), but we weren’t in the mood to drop that much coin on the spot. Back home we went.
Home, where the internet was out. Hmm. Perplexing. We tried every manner of fixing it, but it just didn’t want to be fixed. That meant getting in the car (again!) and making another stop (our second for the day) at T-Mobil. It seems that our internet was turned off because we didn’t pay our bill in a timely enough manner. (Pretty frustrating when there is no due date on the bill and we paid it within a week of receiving it. I thought that was extremely timely!) Wait time until it is fixed: 48 hours. Grrr.
After such a long and fruitless day, I was in need of some major de-stressing action. Once I was home again, I put on my running shoes, grabbed Geronimo, and pounded out 2 miles. I returned home feeling much better than when I left.
I am not used to doing so much darn stuff! We really ran all over town yesterday. But it was a nice treat that Stephen had a weekday off. Even though we didn’t get as much accomplished as we hoped, it was time spent doing stuff that is muy importante. And I have big plans for today: relax!*