Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hot new ride!

Im so excited I could almost pee my pants.... good thing I am housetrained, I will hold back lol.
Sooooooo I got AMAZING news from my mom this week!! Lukas and I are moving back to Delaware this summer in July and were going to have to search for a car which was going to be a huge hassle, espec. as we are not going to have that much money to start out with. I had a sweet car, his name was Heber, shown here in all his lovely orange glory. He is a 2004 (year?) Chevy Aveo that my mom got for me 2 summers ago since my car from High School was dead and I needed one once I got back from Austria and graduated. SUPER awesome of her and I was REALLY grateful. I had him for half a year while I was home that summer-fall until I went to Russia and then last summer when I got back until Lukas and I got married and moved to Austria. I love that car, its flippin' sweet, the perfect "Tiffy car" for sure. When I left mom had her car and mine and was going to trade them both in for a new one, completely understandable. Then she ended up giving hers to my sister and so she was driving mine and had decided recently to start looking for a new car so I figured she would trade mine in. Well, wonder of wonder, miracles of miracles, she was able to refinance the loan for much less and also get approved for a loan for her new car so she is giving us Heber when we get home. SUCH a HUGE blessing, we are still in shock and overwhelmed with gratitude! It is going to make so many things so much easier when we get home, and wow... I love my car, lol so glad to still have him when we move back.

Then I just got even cooler news.... my mom was looking for new cars and found a perfect one for her and was able to get an AMAZING deal on it today right away from the dealer.
Its a 2008 Mercury Milan, red with camel leather interior. Such a HOT car and it has an amazing package included. Im so excited for my mom to have gotten such a sweet car at such a great price. I am not for buying new cars as they lose a lot of value as soon as you drive them off the lot but she works herself to death and she deserves to have a fun new toy.

So excited that we are all now secured with wonderful, safe, pretty cars, hehe.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Last Wednesday my amazing roommate, Magister Joanna Podgorska, completed her Master's examination and we all had a fun get-together with her at Argekultur, a cool student restaurant-bar in Salzburg. I am so incredibly proud of her! She worked so hard and is such an inspiration to me. She was studying in Poland thought hey, a lot of the research I am doing ends up being in German, I guess I will learn German and continue my studies in Austria. Then she moved to Austria and stayed there for a couple of years, got a position working at the University as well as at a Hotel in Salzburg, both of which are AMAZING for a foreign student to accomplish in Salzburg. She then decided that Portugese would be fun as well so after she wrote her Master's Thesis she got a scholarship to go to Brazil for 7 months and became fluent in Portugese after only a couple of classes in Salzburg and the rest learnt in a "hands-on" basis in Brazil. I mean seriously, this girl is amazing. If you think I am language and travel crazy you haven't even begun to scratch the surface on that category until you have met her. I have her to thank for one of my favorite vacations, a week in Istanbul, Turkey Spring of 2006, and let me tell you this girl knows how to have fun in foreign countries!

Even more amazing than her academic, intellectual and cultural accomplishments is her huge heart and loving, giving spirit. She truly is one of my best, closest friends and I will be ever grateful to the staff at our dorm in Austria Fall of 2005 for putting us together as roommates. We spent many a night staying up late having long discussions about life, culture, boys, school, and everything in between. She was definitely a huge part of what made Salzburg "home" to me last time I lived here and the best year of my University career by far.

In the spirit of these wonderful times, our friend Kai, who studied with me in Austria in 2005-2006 through BGSU as an Undergraduate and was also friends with Asia, came from Heidelberg to visit. He is finishing his senior year there this school year which is nice as we are atleast on the same continent. He and Asia came over for dinner last Saturday night and we had a wonderful time chatting and catching up since we have not all been together for a while. It was a lot of fun and I was grateful that Lukas was there too to get to know my friend's better and to give them a chance to get to know him better too. I must say, as I have amazing taste in friends and even better taste in husbands. I love sharing my favorite things with those I love and my husband and close friends fit both of those categories for sure :)
It was fantastic seeing the 2 of them last week. Asia has moved back to Poland for a job interview with Google and to continue her job search since she is finished here in Austria. I am hoping to see her again before I leave for the USA in July but if not, one way or another, I know we will see each other again. We have the type of friendship that years and distance cannot change and I know that we will always stay in touch and always be close which makes the separation a bit more bearable, even tho I miss her a lot already :).

Wellllllllllll hello there...

Wellllllllllll hello there to all my family, friends, and random "interested readers" (that is politically correct for stalkers, right? haha)
I decided that I wanted to try out a new blog as my other one hasn't been used in o, FOREVER and also that large pink cat on it was REALLY annoying me! If you have never seen it before I probably sound crazy but if you have seen it, yea, you know what I mean lol.

Anyway so to get up to speed, I am in my second semester of my MA-German with BGSU and studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria. While the Alps are ever beautiful and impressing, the weather has been rather lame this time around and Im getting rather annoyed with the constant grey and rain. Just as I'm thinking of moving back to Russia where they MUST have at least a LITTLE more sun than here, the sun comes back and smiles on us poor valley-dwelling folk for a few days. Unfortunately those few days were a few days ago and darn it, I'm not a patient person! Come back sun... please!

On to more informational ramblings, so yes... Austria... classes are great this semester. A lot less stressful than last semester which is fabulous for my sanity, health, and the safety of Lukas. (I have found that German grammar gives me quite a temper much to the dismay of my poor husband. Fortunately the rantings of "I hate this flippin' Language!!" have lessened in frequency this semester and life is much more bearable in the Fischer household :))

Lukas is working with a friend of ours from church which has been a HUGE blessing. It was rather frustrating for us for a while, and super stressful as being poor is one thing, being negatively poor is much worse and so I'm glad we didn't get to that point. We are saving all we can in the next few months now that he has a full-time position and we are both very much looking forward to moving back to Delaware this summer where his job prospects will be MUCH more favorable I have a feeling. In our area they were just not interested in recent college graduates. They loved his credentials and thought he was a wonderful candidate and he got a lot of interviews, they just continually asked for more experience and therefore passed him over often for older candidates with experience. Im still not sure how they expect a college graduate to get experience ever if no one will hire him for that reason, but hey.... who I am to tell this silly country how to run itself :-p

So for now I just have to survive the next 9 weeks of graduate school and then its on to sunny Delaware to start a new path for these traveling Fischers... stay tuned!