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Friday, March 30, 2012

Sheldon Cooper presents Fun mit Flags

I love, love, love, Big Bang Theory.  The guys are just like my guy friends growing up and I wish I was the 4th girl in the group.  Geeky goodness all around.

So when they added some German goodness to it...:

I could not have been happier.  I can watch this clip over and over again.  Nothing beats Sheldon saying "Guten Tag das youtube."
And that Pretzel/Bretzel costume?  That so fits under "The Crafty German" title.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Best egg tree ever

I was looking up some info on Easter egg trees and I came across one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life here:

It's an article about an actual tree that a family in Germany decorates at Easter time with almost 10,000 handpainted eggs!  We've always had an Easter egg "tree" at home, but it's some pussy willow branches with out handpainted eggs on them.  My mom's are always the best, but my art skills have definitely improved from the ones I did at age 5.  I need to figure out what to paint this year.  It's like a Christmas ornament, but for Easter, and more personal because it's handmade by us.  I'm excited with the anticipation!

Here's some of the pictures from the giant, insanely impressive German Easter egg tree:

German Easter Egg Tree

German Easter Egg Tree

Monday, March 26, 2012

Musik Monday - Glücklich

I've decided to try to force some consistency on this blog, so I'm going to do a Musik Monday (or Music Montag).  I'll put up something to do with music weekly on mondays, maybe just a song or something about an artist or band.  Music has been such an important part of my life and it's something that transcends all cultures and lifestyles.  What better for a blog that celebrates my cultures?

I have a big entry involving country music planned, but I want to do it justice, so I'll hold off for a week or two.

For today, I wanted to share a song by Farin Urlaub named "Glücklich".  I love him and all the members of Die Ärzte.  I actually found a band poster while I was studying abroad in Heidelberg and brought it home.  It's not horribly classy, but it's a centerpiece in my apartment, right above my tv.  What better way to decorate than those 3 talented men?  

We learned this song one of my years at Waldsee German Camp.  Some of the words were changed (The dominatrix line was changed to "Bist du Bürgermeister oder liefest du das Brot"), but the message made clear in the refrain stayed the same:
It doesn't matter what you are as long as you're happy.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patty's Nails

I may be the crafty German, but I've got a little Irish blood in me. So, I have to have a little green for Saint Patrick's Day. I have a shamrock covered scarf in my hair, but that's not enough. So, after several attempts, I came up with some Saint Patrick's Day nails.

They're not perfect or up to my standards really, but I'm still pretty happy with them. I intended to have the design on the thumbs on all the fingers except the ring finger, but when the clovers started looking like hemp leaves, I just painted the whole nails dark green. So, 3 fingers green, ring gold, and shamrocks on the thumbs.
For colors, I used

  • N.Y.C. "French White Tip"
  • N.Y.C. in a New York Color Minute Quick dry "Flat Iron Green"
  • Claire's "14 Karats"

Again, not my best work, but I'm overall satisfied with the end product - I got a couple of compliments so that's some nice reassurance.

Saint Patrick's Day Nails
Left hand

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pi Day 2012!

It's Pi Day!  Almost the ides of March, but even better.

Some not-so-nerdy people may not get it.  March 14 is also 3/14 or 3.14, which equals Pi (π).  So, some of us geekier people find it important and necessary to celebrate the day.  Tonight, I'm "baking" a pie for Pi Day!  I'd have done it earlier, but I was too lazy to get ingredients and then was at a basketball game until tonight.

I ended up making a pie out of my Costco cookbook called "Chocolate Peanut Butter Mouse Pie" by Eagle Brand/Jif.  It uses a premade graham cracker crust, which made my life easier since I have no pie pan.  There's a layer of sweetened condensed milk/melted semisweet chocolate chip mixture over the bottom of the pie crust.  On top of that is a layer of:

Monday, March 12, 2012

Captain Planet, Held der Erde

One of my favorite pastimes is being nostalgic and watching intros from 80's & 90's cartoons.  I think it's something that makes almost everyone from my generation happy.  I was doing just that the other day when I came across one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life:

Yes, that is Captain Planet in German!  I am making a late new year's resolution to learn this entire thing (at least the song part) by memory before the end of the year.  I've already had the American one memorized since I was a kid and this show was still on the air.  It's awesome that even though there are slight differences, the German version is essentially the same.
So, remember...Ihr habt die Macht!