Friday, April 28, 2006
The weather was beautiful today, I snapped some pictures during a walk we took this afternoon.

Unfortunately my allergies are back full-force. Today was possibly the worst. I woke up with my face swollen and my throat closed up. My eyes were itching and I was entirely congested. I could barely see straight. I took some allergy medicine at noon just so I could function. After a half hour, I passed out cold. I slept until 4 p.m.

Right now I'm not much fun to be around. I wish there was way to curb allergy symptoms without taking some medication that completely knocks you out. I'm a mess.

On further news, We're moving to our next location in Germany.

We're going to visit Eric's guardian mother in a neighboring town. We'll be out in the boondocks with the cow pastures and the horse fields. It will be a 45 minute bus ride just to get to work every morning.

It should be an interesting week. Gutrud is a very old and traditional German woman. She's going to teach me how to be a proper Hausfrau (house wife). I'll probably be dragged out of bed at the crack of dawn every morning. No English speaking allowed. We also have a curfew.

I'll be sure to update you on my teachings over the course of this week.

MTV.. I want to be MADE. Make me into a German house wife..

Well, It will be a learning experience.

We're leaving Saturday afternoon. I'll try to post some pictures of our new location on Sunday. Have a great weekend.
posted by Clarity25 at 4:34 PM |


At April 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous 

I hope you have fun visiting Gertrude! Although I can't picture you as a housewife! lol

I have REALLY bad allergies right now too. I would recommend some over the counter drugs but I dont think the same brands are available in Germany.

P.S. I'm glad all this stuff with the Greencard is finally moving along!


At April 28, 2006, Anonymous Tenshi 

*shudder* (that's all I have to say to the thought of being forced into Hausfauen...)

At April 28, 2006, Blogger Crystal 

I love the sepia tones in these pictures. They're beautiful, but the tones seem to make them burst out of the page and beg to tell a story.

Hope you enjoy your visit with Gertrude, maybe you can teach her some tricks on being a twenty something American at the same time she's teaching you tricks about being a German housewife? :)

At April 28, 2006, Blogger MJW 

These are just three of many sites that say the same thing:

Vitamin C Helps Allergies
Organic Nutrition - Vitamin C - Vitamin C

One of the sites warns that vitamin C may not be as effective if you start taking it after the allergies have already started (most others don't say that at all), but it's certainly better than nothing; and, in some cases, it's better than certain allergy drugs.

At April 28, 2006, Blogger Tara 

Cha Cha-
The pay is about HALF of what I was making in NY. And the cost of living in FL is gowing up and up.

Anyway, Hausfrau, I haven't spoken to Michelle in a while. Last time she wrote me she said she had just gotten out of the hospital again.

At April 29, 2006, Anonymous Rachel 

The only thing that has dealt with my allergies/hives this spring is a combination of clarinex and zantac. Apparently zantac is an H2 blocker in addition to a reflux med. Go figure!

At April 29, 2006, Anonymous kristoli 

I get allergies every few years it really depends a lot on the amount of rape seed pollen there is floating about this town but anyway, 3 things for allergies, use local honey not generic supermarket honey, you need local honey fron local bees using local pollen! Number two, lots of vit C apparently but I had problems understanding the doseage as it is water soluble so you just pee out anything excess but the sites seem to recommend like 10 times recommended daily requirement, thirdly, I used nettle tea and it seemed to be good at removing toxins and calming down my blocked sinuses, you get nettle tea bags at health food shops, not sure in germany though! Oh and another thing, steam yourself, you can use clever stuff in the hot water but I don't bother with that, just a bowl of hot water in the morning as you are waiting for your coffee, in fact I saw you you often have boiled eggs for breakfast, hover your head over that boiling water. Of course I'm lucky *touch wood* I have never suffered from the itchy eyes so maybe my cures aren't perfect but I don't like medications so anything that avoids that is worth a try.

At April 29, 2006, Blogger Octavia 

Beautiful pictures!
Gosh, that sounds like it's going to be a very interesting week.
I hope your allergies clear up soon! :)

At April 29, 2006, Blogger Mike B 

And since you are in the boondocks, MTV can also Pimp Your Tractor.

At April 29, 2006, Anonymous Olaf 

Hi there Clarity. I hope the Hausfrau lessons are going well. Hahaha! Ok then, please enjoy the time that you have been given with Gutrud and I hope the allergies don't have you too down. All my best, O.

At April 29, 2006, Anonymous Akorn 

Man, I'm so envious - I want to be a hausfrau! Teach me all you know! (PS I started updating again. Yay.) And about allergies, there's this really interesting article this month in Nat'l Geo. People don't eat enough fruits and veg so therefore don't have their immune systems working correctly. (I'm not saying you don't eat enough fruit and veg, I just read this and it's fascinating.) Fruits and veg fight inflammation, and allergies are basically an inflammatory process. Plus, agriculture has prompted the use of mainly male plants, which produce pollen (females don't) and so that's why there's so much more pollen floating around in our atmosphere.

At April 30, 2006, Anonymous alice 

Theres a british show on one of the bbc's called "Perfect Housewife" I havent seen it yet but its basically this woman who is like "shame on modern women who don't know the art of being a housewife" and then goes on to teach us how to be perfect.

Its true though that the traditional art of being a housewife is lost on our generation. It used to be something that was passed down from mother to daugther.
I think you should look at this time with Gertrud as a peak into past generations of German women. It will be a sort of practical history lesson.

At May 01, 2006, Blogger Kathleen 

Dear heavens, 45 minute bus ride in to work? That's fun. Or not! And being made into a perfect German hausfrau?? My words of encouragement are that Eric probably doesn't want a perfect German hausfra and likes you just the way you are!

At May 02, 2006, Anonymous jane 

then justin must be REALLLLLLLY loved:) lol.

and housewives, some have the gene some dont. doesnt make anyone more of a woman.
and ps. my allergies are sucking too.