Back to Germany


Back to life. Back to reality. And reality is not exactly easy. It’s definitely easier to sleep in, eat whatever I want, exercise occasionally, have dessert all the time and drink wine every night with dinner. Now it’s time to hit the gym, eat vegetables and spend more time reading and less time watching tv.

Being back in Germany after almost 3 weeks in the US is an adjustment, definitely. It’s still a little cold, the people aren’t as outwardly friendly and Parks and Recreation isn’t on Netflix. Our apartment is not nearly as nice as my parent’s house (or even the house we rented in Nashville), there’s no lake view and Chick-Fil-A isn’t at every highway exit. The water is harder here in Germany and I noticed it a lot because my hair was so soft and great at my parent’s.

I wanted to get so much done yesterday, like going to the gym and the grocery store, but I took a 3 hour nap instead. It felt great and was just what I needed to get through the day. I did clean the apartment, unpack and take down all the Christmas decorations. That’s still a productive day, right?

Coming back to Germany has made me realize how much life has changed. I am more patient, more aware of my surroundings and more open. I’ve come to appreciate the easiness of home and how much home really matters. Home doesn’t necessarily have to be a 4 bedroom, 3,000 square foot house in the best suburb, but a place that’s filled with love and the people that matter most to you.

Even though the language is difficult, I still don’t know where everything is in the grocery store and I miss Target on a daily basis, I love the life my husband and I have created in Germany. It’s our last year here and I just want to live it to the fullest!

I’m still getting over jet lag and hope that after this week, I will be more clear headed and be able to focus on everything I want to accomplish this year!

How are you feeling being back to work? What do you want to accomplish this year?

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Ugh, Jet Lag


Oh man, jet lag is kicking my booty!! We landed around 9 AM German time yesterday and got home around 10:45 and I basically fell immediately asleep. I didn’t sleep a wink on the plane, I was just so exhausted, couldn’t keep my eyes open and felt just gross.

The flight was pretty easy, Copley only barked a few times because of people walking quickly down the aisle and I watched Battle of the Sexes and the original Vacation. Plus some tv episodes, a little bit of reading and sitting with my eyes closed but not sleeping. Isn’t that just the worst?

I’ve written about jet lag in the past and about all the ways I try to combat it and I just did not follow my own advice. I ate Burger King for lunch, watched way too many YouTube videos and would be awake for a few minutes, fall asleep for an hour, wake up for an hour, fall back asleep. Not exactly a recipe for getting over jet lag quickly. I fell asleep around midnight last night.

Side Note: It is a Tuesday and I normally don’t blog on Tuesdays, but I was so tired on Monday, I couldn’t even form a sentence!

Today, I am working from home, which was probably the best decision I could have made. I need to unpack, take down our Christmas decorations (!), clean and get back to reality. Vinn went to the grocery store yesterday so we have a little bit of food, but not enough for more than today, so I have to do that. And I want to go to the gym and probably watch too many episodes of Fuller House.

I want to hit the ground running with my 2018 goals, like eating healthier, working out and reading, starting now! There’s no time like the present and it’s not vacation anymore, so it’s time for eggs and fruit for breakfast, instead of bagels, bacon and chocolate croissants.

What are your plans for the day?

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Top 2017 Posts


With the end of 2017 coming to a close quite quickly, I thought I would share my top posts from this past year. I love to read these on other blogs, just in case I may have missed a fun post throughout the year. Plus, it’s a fun way to look back on the year and remember all the fun and honest times I’ve had.

2017 was a great year! We really started to hit our stride with life in Germany, traveled all around Europe and adjusted to what it means to be an expat. It’s been a fun ride and I know next year will be even busier with travel, new adventures and learning more about German culture as the months pass.

In no particular order, here are my top posts of 2017:

Guide to Split, Croatia // Our trip to Croatia was one of the most fun in 2017. We got to spend a few days in a beautiful country with my sister and her boyfriend, swim in waterfalls and drink a ton of wine! Croatia is certainly becoming a top destination in Europe and I’m so glad we got to see it before the crowds started to notice!

Going to the Gym in Germany // I love to read all about other people’s daily life, even the most mundane topics. I decided to write about what it’s like to go to the gym in Germany because it’s such a big part of my day and a detail of life that I wasn’t expecting to be different, but is! I love my gym but noticed quite a few nuances that are different than my gym in Michigan.

What it’s Like to Go to the Nuremberg Christmas Market // I am not surprised in the slightest that this post was popular, especially on Pinterest. Everything about Germany at Christmastime is magical and the Christmas market in Nuremberg is the tip top of the holiday spirit. There was snow, delicious gingerbread cookies and a great view of the market from the top of the main church square.

Florence, Italy in 3 Days // There’s nothing quite like a long weekend in Italy, especially in Florence. We went to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary with another couple and just had the most fun time! Florence is one of my favorite cities and I highly recommend it for your next trip to Europe.

7 Books to Read This Summer // I’ve really gotten into my groove when it comes to reading and I love sharing all the great books I’ve found…and hearing your recommendations, too! This summer was a big time for reading and I love the 7 books I read this summer. You can also check out my reviews from these books here.

11 Interesting Things about German Apartment Living // Finding an apartment in Germany was no easy feat. And now that we’ve truly settled, I’ve noticed 11 interesting things about German apartment living that are certainly different compared with the US. Our apartment is stereotypical German living and took some getting used to. But we’ve found a spot for everything and learned how to clean an electric stove!

Based on this list, I think next year’s blog posts will be filled with even more travel and anecdotes about life abroad. I’ve had a blast sharing life on this blog and hope it brings you a small piece of joy every time you read.

What would you like to see on the blog in 2018? Leave me a comment below and your favorite moment from 2017! 

Top Room for Gelato Blog Posts of 2017

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First Things, First, Back in the States


Woohoo! We made it. We are back in the US of A, safe and sound. We all survived the 10 hour flight, even with an hour delay. Copley was an angel and only let out a few barks while the bags were being loaded into the plane, otherwise she did not make a peep the entire flight. She did let her head out a few times just to say hi.

If you ever fly with a dog, I highly recommend checking out this post. It highlights what I did to prepare our small dog for flights and she’s never had a problem. She doesn’t  bark, whine or use the bathroom whenever we fly.

Overall the flight was fine. I watched a couple of movies, finished my book and tried to sleep a little bit. I failed miserably at that, though. The food was surprisingly good. I had a vegetable lasagna for lunch and Vinn had tomato and olive chicken. I also ordered sparkling wine and was surprised when a half bottle and a cup was put on my tray! Then we had a snack of cheese and crackers and a chocolate covered marshmallow. At the tail end of the flight, they passed out either vegetable or chicken pot pie, which I didn’t eat, and ice cream, which I did. I was definitely fed.

My sister picked us up from the airport and we headed to her place. We immediately dug into Chipotle and it was fantastic! So much better than I remembered and I’m still stuffed from it.

On today’s agenda is to get Chik-Fil-A for breakfast, maybe run on the treadmill and then hit up the Starbucks drive-thru, Target, Petsmart, Panera and the grocery store. And then maybe seeing a movie and going out to dinner. It should be a fun day!

I also wanted to say a very Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and Happy Holidays to everyone! I will be posting something on Monday but just a happy holidays message! I hope your holidays are filled with fun with family and friends.

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Movies to Watch When You’re Sick


I have been on the couch sick for the past three days. And it is the worst. I have a sore throat, cough and a runny nose. A cold. I am not the best patient when it comes to being achy, but Vinn has been the absolute best. He’s made dinners, brought me tissues and really taken care of me.

Since I’ve been home all day, I’ve definitely spent a lot of time watching movies and tv. I have some go-to’s that I watch when I’m sick…and always seem to fall asleep at the exact same moment each time. Here’s what I’ve been watching this week:

Two Weeks Notice


Oh man. Anything with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock is a win in my book. I’d forgotten about this movie for quite some time but it is so good. I love this movie because you don’t have to think at all while watching it. It’s the perfect sick movie.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days


Is there any movie better than this? Nope. I have probably seen this movie 7,000 times and it gets better each time. I love the soundtrack, too! This is a classic and I love that I can fall in and out of sleep and still know what’s happening.

West Side Story


This is my number one sick movie and has been since I was in middle school. Before I had a tv in my room, my mom would bring in our “car tv” (the ones with the VCR in them) and I would watch this movie over and over again. It is surprisingly long but I just love the music and the dancing. It’s a classic.

Fever Pitch


This movie is so underrated. It’s so funny and I love Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon together. I also love baseball, so it’s a win/win. Unfortunately, this one isn’t on German Netflix, so I haven’t watched it this time, but I used to watch this one all the time when I was sick and thought it would be worth mentioning. Ironically, Jimmy Fallon talks about sick movies and how his is Hot Shots. 

What are your favorite movies to watch when you’re sick?

What movies to watch when you just can't get off the couch


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