I’m back. Well, for now.

Recent trip to Belize

Recent trip to Belize-Caye Caulker

Hello! Just a quick update post. Hope you’re doing well. It’s a typical Wednesday night for me–perusing old Facebook pictures and blog posts, reminiscing on fonder times. Actually, it’s consisted of reading cringe-worthy statements on this blog and seeing pictures that should be erased from internet memory, Google did you get that? Please accept this as my “right to be forgotten” application, I can give you specifics later. Nah, I like the memories, they make me smile and laugh, it’s funny how time flies. So much changes, yet a lot stays the same. Enough of this. Speaking of gooey (I didn’t say it? Well, I was thinking it), I’m loving this song. Ah, The Foolish Wagon, I’ve missed you.

I’m in the midst of a major life transition; I’m getting out of the Army, pursuing a career on the outside, and weeks away from moving back to the United States! I couldn’t be more excited, anxious, and READY! Truth be told I’m not as ready as I’d like to be but, my excitement to start something new makes up for it. For the last six months I’ve been reading business books, cleaning up my resume, talking to friends outside the military, and for the last week and a half I’ve dived head first into a documentary series on modern business culture and life. You may have heard of it, “The Office”, it’s a great documentary, I’m on season 6 right now. I’m learning a great dealyes, I’m procrastinating, but only for another day.

On a separate note, here are a few things that I want to share, mainly just to fill this post:
John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody In The World)“. John (and Chrissy) can do no wrong. This video had me in tears.

Amy Schumer & Broad City also had me in tears, the laughing kind, and reminded me of how much I hate Germany’s block on YouTube/comedy central channels (thanks Hola).

I was browsing career guidance articles yesterday and came across this site: The Muse. I like its clean layout and mission; they believe that you can and should love your job*, as do I. I’ve read a lot about the importance of culture in a workplace and it’s shaping to be a determining factor in my job selection, along with location and whether or not I’m interested/passionate about the job.  I appreciate the Army and the military as a whole, but I wasn’t happy, and I discovered that I put great value on my level of job satisfaction. I believe you can be successful, however you define the word, and be happy in your job/career. Finding what you’re passionate about and working with your strengths and talents is my idea of having job satisfaction, and I believe with time and experience I’ll get there. The security of a military career was hard to leave, but if you’re not happy, then what’s the point. Over the last few months I came to realize another important truth, albeit through a different lesson–you are the only person in charge of your happiness. No one else. I choose to surround myself with positive people, so others make me happy by default. And I love comedies, so thank you genius comedy writers, you are also making me happy.  (If scary movies make you happy, that’s great, I get nightmares–I’m not joking, I avoid them at all costs ) However, in the military I lacked control of my career, and now with my service commitment fulfilled, I’m ready to take it back. There’s a lot you can control in your life, and a lot you can’t, so why not make the controllable work in your favor. I understand some may not have the luxury of changing jobs due to life circumstances/choices, fortunately, I’m not one of them. I’m in a place in my life that gives me the freedom to be flexible and try new things, and I’m ever so thankful.

Hmm, I went off on a tangent, a smug sounding tangent, my bad. Anywhoo.my point was this, or now it is–I’m venturing into the civilian world soon and I’m excited and optimistic for what this chapter holds–here’s to new beginnings and challenges!

And now, two compilation videos of my favorite character on “The Office”, Creed. 1 and 2

Here’s another song that’s getting a lot of playtime, in my home and car: Niykee Heaton’s “Bad Intentions“. Last one, Sam Smith. I love his whole album, especially “Like I Can” and “Reminds Me of You”, as well as “Nirvana“, which is an older one not on his recent album.  I love singing on my commute, and between these songs and the ‘Power Ballad’ playlist on Spotify, I’m nearly hoarse by the time I get to work. Few more: Hozier “From Eden“, Iggy ft. Rita Ora “Black Widow“, Chromeo “Lost On the Way Home“, Banks “Brain“, OK Go “The Writing’s On the Wall”, Sir Sly “Gold“, Panama Wedding “Uma“, and I’m listening to all of Bastille’s albumBad Blood. Okay, finito.

I apologize, this post was all over the place. It’s late and I’m beat. I’ll regret revise tomorrow. Good night!

See you soonmaybe

K

*taken directly from their “About Us” page, hope that’s okay

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Back in Germany

Tram 28

Tram 28

I’ve been ‘home’ for about two weeks now and it feels WONDERFUL! Sometimes it doesn’t feel like I was gone for that long…oh geez, I was not singing that tune last month. I have a new countdown now: when I’m heading back to the states to see J and my family! I can’t wait, less than 50 days! I’m so excited to see the States and obviously loved ones–it’s been too long.

Bamberg is beautiful, like always, and next week Sandkerwa starts up. Which is their version of Oktoberfest. I like Sandkerwa much more, actually I prefer the small parish festivals over the large fests in general, but you can’t live in Germany for three years and not go to Oktoberfest, that’s sacrilegious.  The town festivals are generally smaller in size but packed with beer, food, and crazy shenanigans. I wish certain friends were here to take part in the festivities but I’ll just have to be extra-social.

In about a month I’m moving to Baumholder, which aside from being closer to Frankfurt and the airports, as well as Ramstein, I’ve been told it doesn’t have much else going on. Nothing like Bamberg–if you can’t tell, I’m in love with Bamberg and if you’re ever in the Bavaria region in Germany, I highly recommend a visit.

Last weekend I went to Lisbon, Portugal. A beautiful, vibrant city, that was filled with very pleasant people. For example, the baristo in the Starbucks I visited (more than twice) remembered my name and offered advice on where to visit and sights to see. I went to Cascais, Belem, and Sintra, all beautiful towns in their individual ways. Cascais had a vibrant beach and marina, Belem had a large, clean park and yummy pastry (found everywhere but the “original” was there), and Sintra was a quaint town with luscious views of the area.

Here’s the link to my Picasa Album:

Lisbon Photos

*80% are not edited. The camera used was my new toy, the Nikon D7100. Loved it. I’ll write a review once I get a solid grasp of what I’m doing ; )

Hope you’re doing well. Enjoy the photos. Comments/suggestions/feedback are always appreciated.

Take Care,

K

Home Stretch

How I’m feeling about my return to Germany, land with real food and drinks, clean air and my own bed/shower/apartment:

Getting Excited!!!

Good Day!

I’m in the home stretch for my return (redeployment) back to Germany! I’ve already planned my first trip for when I get back–Lisbon, Portugal. J has already been there and I haven’t been to any portion of Portugal, the idea being not to explore too many new places without each other. Figured Lisbon would be the perfect place to relax, enjoy good wine (Port), Fado, and spend some quality alone time w/ myself and a city.  If you randomly stumbled across this post because it included the tag ‘Lisbon’, and you have recommendations or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

This quick trip will probably be the only vacation/down time I’ll have for the first couple months back, I’m moving across Germany to a new post/station for my remaining year.  My goal is to complete this move ASAP–beating everyone else who is on ‘block leave’ and settling into my new place before I take my block leave. That way I don’t have to cut my time short with J and my family and return to a half-finished move.

I said I’ll be posting more and I’m going to keep to this, more so when I return. This blog once was a place to post sites I found amusing, songs I thought the common reader would find interesting or enjoyable, and other random topics…this will more or less stay the same. I may add more personal travels and experiences, more personal photographs (a deployment gift to myself: Nikon D7100), and other hobby/interest-related posts (read: more personal). For example, being deployed I realize how much I miss making my own meals–especially those that are geared toward my tastes and nutrition goals, so don’t be surprised if I post pictures of my trials and errors with cooking or dedicate a whole post to promoting a Paleo (or not) recipe that I found worthy of sharing. Just a forewarning.

Well, I hope this post finds you well. Back to work. Take care!

Cheers!

K

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Deployed

Deployed

Currently deployed to Afghanistan, hence the lack of posts, although that’s not a good excuse.
I’m going to make a concerted effort to post more often. I should be going through a challenging and exciting next couple of years with changes in various aspects of my world and will use this forum to highlight these developments.
More to follow…
Hope all is well!

In the States–and Happy 4th of July!!

Holla Reader,

I’ll be in the states for the next two weeks, helping J move up to Upstate NY. I can’t wait to see Family, Best Friends, Blue Crabs, and Wal-Mart…just kidding, kind of ; )

I plan on seeing the new Batman movie (trailer looks wow!)

Speaking of trailers, check out the BBC Olympic Trailer

I love Parks and Recreation, here’s one of my favorite characters on GQ, listing the top things you need to do on the Fourth of July. article

On a separate note, my heart goes out to Kat and Tom…so sad.

Quick post…nothing new. Hope all is well!

See you soon,

K

Cruisin…

Well, I wrote a post but, again, it didn’t post, and this time it didn’t save either. So long story short, the cruise was amazing. The people I went with made the trip but overall I don’t think cruising is my preferential way of traveling–it was the most cost-effective way to see 5 hotspots in the Mediterranean and fun–but 7 days is just enough, any longer I would’ve become diabetic and/or walked (rolled) away with high blood pressure from all the salt ; )

J and I will be heading to the Cinque Terre for the 4day!!! I can’t wait, it’ll be just the two of us, full of long hikes, fresh seafood and Italian wine, beaches, sunsets on the Riviera…can’t wait!!

Oh, and I don’t have internet at my house (for the past three weeks…I hate Vodafone, have I mentioned that before…hate them!) so I’ll be slowly keeping up with the world/facebook/news/jokes via my work computer. Poor J has been stuck at my apartment for most of the day bored out of his mind…except for when he’s cleaning–what a man! Any who, hopefully when I get back from the coast I’ll be able to upload pictures and post about my trip from the comfort of my couch.

 

Alright, adios, or ciao!

-K

Costa del Sol

*Disclaimer: I wrote this on 30May…it never posted, sorry!

Greetings!

It’s been awhile, my apologies. I have a good excuse! J arrived last Thursday and over the Memorial Day Weekend (4day), him and I, along with 5 others, took a trip to the Costa del Sol region in Spain. We stayed just outside of Marbella in this great apartment complex (dirt cheap) within 400m of the beach. The first day we checked into our rooms and headed straight to the beach. We drank Sangria and cervesa’s on the beach and stayed until the sun set…which was never (it was late…9pm the sun finally tucked behind the mountains).

On Saturday we took a quick trip to Gibraltar. I didn’t realize the territory was a British Overseas Territory, so we had to go through customs entering and leaving the state. Once we arrived in the city, we ventured up to the top of the Rock, via gondola, played with the famous “wild” monkeys and soaked in all the fabulous views. In the distance we saw the African coast and on the other side we saw Spain, in between were hundreds of ships and vessels making their way through the strait. We had planned on going by ferry to Morocco but leaving Gibraltar took over 2 hours and by that point we ended up calling it quits and heading home.

Our final day was beach day. We ventured over to “Nikki Beach”, which I had never heard of before but apparently is a well-known “brand” beach (? whatever that means), and stayed there most of the day. The stay was over-the-top. J and I ended up getting a bed on the beach while our compadre’s all got lounge chairs right next to us. We had Sangria–white, red, and champagne, all day, and basked in the sun. This was wayyy too much/high maintenance (read:expensive) but the food, drinks, and company were amazing and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m writing it off as a check on the bucket list: living like a 1%’er (we all felt like rock-stars!). That night, we went into Marbella for a bullfight. Another check-off the list, however, to be honest, it was anti-climatic. It was sad seeing an innocent animal die (get murdered) and after the first victim the rest were all the same. They put 4 bulls total through the ringer, pun intended. A little excessive in my opinion. Also, there was no one in the crowd. So unlike a competitive sports match, the energy of the stadium fell a little flat. But…like I said, it was something I could say I’ve seen and experienced.

We had an extremely early flight the next morning, left the apartment complex at 4am, made it back to Munich around 9, and arrived in Bamberg around noon. Fortunately, it’s a short work-week and not much going on, so being tired and sluggish at work on Tuesday went unnoticed. ; )

On a future note: two of my closest friends, who also went on this past trip, will be joining J and I on my next venture. We head off to Rome on Friday and start our 7-day Eastern Mediterranean cruise!!!! We’ll be hitting Greece, Turkey, and Sicily as the highlights. I stupidly forgot my camera on the trip to Costa but I will not make the same mistake this coming week. I will steal J’s pictures and post them from this past week, that way you can still see some of the highlights. Don’t expect them any time soon though, definitely after the cruise.

Well, that’s all for now, I’ll write more after the cruise, as well as post pictures. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Take care, and be safe!

-K