After spending the Tag der Deutschen Einheit, a day off, getting stuff done—I’m happy to report that I’ve also spent my Saturday getting stuff done.
In addition to a bit of freelancing, Wednesday included mundane chores like changing the filter on my bathroom fan. Honestly, this is not a complicated chore, but it does require [...]
This week I’ve accomplished a lot of things on my personal to-do list, including tackling a mountain of paperwork. I’d put off some of it – partially due to a linguistic barrier, partially due to intimidation.
On that front, I’ve reached that point in my life where I take retirement planning really seriously, and I’ve [...]
Last night I kind of nerded out and started sorting through a massive stack of paperwork that’s accumulated over the past month – there’s something cathartic about sorting through all of it, punching holes in documents and putting them in binders.
Maybe that’s not nerding, per se, but a sign of being too German.
It is a Philips Marathon Floor Pro… and boy does this vacuum suck. I think my living room rug is clean for the first time – ever.
If I said a vacuum didn't suck, that would be an insult, right?
It’s almost 9 pm and I think I am done with everything I needed to do today: work, two loads of laundry (one air drying, one machine dried), 71 minutes of spinning at the gym (gotta work off the Christmas chocolate that I bought at the supermarket, 50% off the original price), grocery shopping, and, [...]
One of the great things about Berlin versus Weimar is that it is a whole lot easier to convince people to visit me here in Berlin than it ever was in Weimar.
In three weeks, my next guests arrive, joining me for Christmas and New Year’s – we even, already, have a plan for New [...]
My final long-distance guest of the Spring 2011 Guest Season has left the house.
It’s been quite a whirlwind few months and I am looking forward to the next month of relative quietness—I do have a guest spending one or two nights in mid-May, but she’s from Weimar and knows Berlin better than I do.
A long, long time ago, when I first looked at the March calendar, I knew that this weekend needed to be a weekend alone – a respite from roughly two months of travel and guests.
It was sometime in November when I realized that the period between January 17 and March 17 were going to [...]
The happiest day, so far, in Berlin was the day that I moved into my apartment.
Since then I’ve made a lot of progress: the bedroom was the first to be finished, then there was a long gap: the handyman came and got a lot of stuff done, but he had to come back to [...]