Tuesday, October 27, 2009

And now welcoming...

...the new, legally offical Mrs. Steinbach.




Yeah, it wasn't "real" before. But now social security agreed yesterday.



xo

Sunday, October 25, 2009

For the record

For the record, the Mrs. has the most awesome new winter jacket.



Mary Taylor aint go nuthin' on her!



xo

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Contradictions

The world is full of contradictions – not just our personal relationship or our professional activities – but throughout our entire world. Take just for example the recent, and quite contradictory activities, regarding the environment taking place in Moscow and in the Maldives: one country wants to control the natural flow of weather through chemicals regardless of the impacts; the other wants to also, in a way, control the environmental issues we face globally through raising awareness of the activities we undertake without considering the impacts.

So, should it really surprise us when we love someone but don’t always ‘ride the same wave’ as they do? For example, the Mrs. is more than happy to dive into a book, any book, for hours, while the Mr. is more than happy to dive into World of Warcraft for hours. For us both the outside world ceases to exist and yet neither of us gets how the other person can possibly spend hours with their hobby and consider it enjoyable.

One could say that all four parties have the same general goal – control the environment or step out of the here-and-now to enjoy a hobby – and yet take different approaches to reach said goal. Think large here, my dear friends and family.

The Mrs. supposes that the secret is to find someone that has the similar set of goals and values, regardless of their approach (within the limits of reason, of course) and then accept it. With a smile, a laugh, and large amount of loving teasing in both directions.

But what does the she really know after less than six months of marriage?



xo

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Extremely, Painfully, Critically Important

This evening the Germany national football team is playing against the Russian national football team for a secure slot in the 2010 World Football Championship* in South Africa. To make sure we are all on the same page: football is not soccer; the Mr. is quite stubborn about this one. Furthermore, said "Football" is extremely, painfully, critically important.

There. Will. Be. No. Doubt.

Tonight’s game is especially extremely, painfully, critically important because if Germany wins they are definitely able to play in South Africa. If they don’t win they have to keep playing for a slot and might not get there at all. Therefore, the Mr. is sharing this evening with like-minded friends, sitting in some sort of small bar, either enjoying the ecstasy of winning or the greatest tragedy of losing.

At the same time, the Mrs. is taking care of some critically important stuff. She’s at home, in super comfy-comfy clothes, telephoning with friends, blogging and catching up on personal emails, enjoying silly American TV, and a fabulous glass of red wine. She’s getting relaxed and re-connected and just generally rested.

And this evening right here is one of the multitudes of reasons we decided to get hitched: time to hang out without the other one, doing something that the other one would do either out of the deepest love or sheer boredom.

So, yes, football is extremely, painfully, critically important. And so are the Mr. and the Mrs., individually and together. Unlike football, there will be doubt. There have been and will be happy and unhappy times; easy and difficult times; laughter and tears.

And there will be us – the Mr. and Mrs; football and lazy evenings. Together and apart.


Update: Germany won -




xo

* Strange to the American audience members out there, but they actually do invite other countries to their world championship.

Monday, October 5, 2009

d-AA-ton / mool-house-en

Just where are the Mr. and Mrs. from, you might ask. Or have already asked. Many times. ;)

The Mrs. was born in the city Dayton, Ohio, also known as d-AA-ton to the German followers. She and her family moved from place to place during her childhood, always in southern Ohio, most of the time in Dayton but they she did manage to hit Hillsboro, Ohio. Now, at the very proud age of 28 years and 11 months, she's moved a grand total of 22 times.

Yes, 22 times. The last one to Leimen after her amazing German convinced her it was her idea.

The Mr. was born in a tiny little village called Mülhausen close to Heidelberg, also known as Mool-house-en to the Americans out there. He lived there until he met a stunning American that stole his heart to Heidelberg. Mühlhausen has a village-festival each year, called "kerwe, and it was this weekend. Very good times - neuwein (new wine), pizza, waffels, friends, general silliness, a goofy bumpercars ride, and up&down, circular ride that almost made the Mrs. vomit.

So following such fabulous advertisement from the Mrs - Come join us next year!


xo

Friday, October 2, 2009

Even More Pictures!

Crazy but true: more American wedding photos are available on snapfish. Our friends Mr. Pittsburgh and G-Funk shared these with us.

Thanks!!



xo
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