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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Time to hook up with Joyce for Wednesday's Hodgepodge.

1. Share your Christmas Eve traditions.
     Almost always includes a buffet style dinner.  No gifts.  That's for Christmas morning. Likely will include a church service.  If there are toys to assemble, Christmas Eve is the designated time for engineering & eggnog.  It will always include family and if we're home, a fireplace. 

2. What was the best book you read in 2010? (we're not going to include The Bible here)

      The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid.  A short book about a Pakistani man who decides to leave his high-flying life in America after a failed love affair and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. 

 Our international book club here in Munich ranked it #1 over 11 other books this year.

3. Do you have pets and if so do you allow them on the furniture?
    NO and NO!! 
(But when we retire, yes and yes!).

4. What event from 2010 are you most thankful for?
     A family member and a close friend have both had a scary bout with breast cancer this year and both are now recovered. I thank God for this blessing.

5. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before.
      Nearly erased my carbon footprint from the planet by not driving a car for a full year.  Not recommended for the faint of heart.  

6. Brussel sprouts...friend or foe?
      Friend; I have few foes when it comes to food.

7. Who would you nominate for man/woman of the year? 
  Elizabeth Edwards, hands down

8. Insert your own random thought here.
     Is there any good way to re-purpose Christmas cookies?


Maribeth said...

You know I got my German Stollen and my Lebkuchen so I can start the season off right. My Papa was German and I got all of that wonderful German Heritage to enjoy.

Joyce said...

Oooh, I read The Reluctant Fundamentalist with my book club in the UK...we all liked it too. It was a terrific book club book~so much great discussion!

I'd love to use my car less...it is so much harder here than in Europe though, where public transportation is convenient and user friendly!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Mary said...

The book sounds good...I'm going to have to check it out. Someday. When things aren't so crazy. When will that happen? :D
Good choice with the woman of the year. She was one classy lady, for sure!

Charming's Mama said...

My husband would love to get a dog, me, not so much, besides our oldest is allergic to them so we don't have to fight about it.

Have a blessed Christmas.

Mocha with Linda said...

I enjoyed your answers.

And the star in the post below this one is beautiful!

Merry Christmas!

Michelle said...

We love eggnog.
We drink it the whole season.

Great news that both friends have recovered from breast cancer.

Merry Christmas!

Cathy said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Jul said...

Mmmm... brussel sprouts. I love them so much roasted with some garlic. Made them for Christmas dinner, even!

We have an excess of Christmas goodies, too. How about smashing cookies up and sprinkling them on ice cream?

Expats Again said...

Jules, good ideas for brussel sprouts & cookies