28 July, 2007
25 July, 2007
Since it was my idea for the necklace, It was only natural that I take control of the surprise project and had each student sneak into my room at different times to make their bead. We also had a barbecue one day that week and since we have Andi's car (and she still can't drive) I took a group into town to buy all the food, help organize the cookout logistics and then had to collect the money from everyone since I initially paid for the food and on top of that I was trying to keep the beads a secret. Stress was introduced once again into my life and I was not handling it very well. I had more than one person ask me if I was okay because I seemed a little 'out of sorts'.
Me and Nev busily working the grill.
Setting up and mingling before the feast.
The night before her birthday, we were all feeling so low because no one had mentioned her birthday to her because we had an additional plan in mind. We had decided to wake her at 12 AM and sing happy birthday to her. As Nev walked around that evening, I could feel her disappointment about no one even mentioning her upcoming birthday; it was really hard to keep my mouth shut!
She couldn't sleep so she went into the computer room around 11:30 and at the stroke of Midnight 20 of us marched into the computer room each with a big candle singing 'Happy Birthday'. She was so surprised and it was hard not to cry with the emotions being transferred to one another. She promptly said eveyone must go down to the 'basement' bar area and have a toast, which we did! She did comment later that she really had not realized until much later that she had her PJ's on! The next day 2 of us decorated the doorway to her room so she encountered balloons and streamers as she left for breakfast. At lunch we presented her with the necklace and a birthday cake and she started to cry with happiness; which of course many followed suit. It really is such a close fun group this year and I do believe that it may be a little hard for me to say goodbye to many of them...
Midnight toast for more b-days to come.
The bead 'peace' necklace.
22 July, 2007
Andi trying to be the 'good student' bringing her homework with her, but hell she was the first one in the lake and I am pretty confident that she never even opened the thing!
This reminds me of 'Crystal Lake' where I used to go to with my sister during the summers when I was in my very influential years. I would swim and get sun burnt while Pam would hit on the lifeguards; it worked since I don't believe we ever paid to enter!
16 July, 2007
We had 2 relaxing days hanging out and catching up on stuff and then we packed the car and headed to the highway. We hit construction about 2 hours into the trip and all cars were at a complete stand-still. Andi had brought a 'learn Spanish by singing' CD so we amused ourselves by learning the words and meaning to La Bomba and La Cucaracha. We finally were able to break free of the slow pace and zoom along once again...until we had to stop once again. This time it was an accident that was being cleared from the highway and we amused ourselves this time trying to see if there were any cute guys in the other vehicles (since people were getting out of their cars and walking around since there was no evidence of anyone moving any time soon).
We finally were on our way once again. In order to get to Innsbruck, we had to drive briefly though Germany. It was very evident when we reached the German motorway as the speed limit was non existent. Now I like to drive fast, but due to the fact that I was driving a car that I was not insured for and I had an injured passenger, I was content to drive at a safe fast speed. My 1st problem was that my safe fast speed was a little faster than some other drivers.
It's a well known fact that you drive in the right and only use the left lane for passing (a concept that is not really respected in the US). My 2nd problem occurred when I would have to pass a car. I would get into the right lane and excel a bit and then out of nowhere a car would be right on my ass! I would exclaim Scheiße! (to practice my German of course...) and then I would have to 'gun it' so get around the slower car and back into the right lane. I was quite happy to enter Austria again.
Well we made it to the Grillhof (7 hours later) which will be my residence for the next 8 weeks. Not a bad place to be during the summer huh?