Wednesday, January 27, 2010

last night

Tonight is our last night in the Inn!! We move up the street in the morning. Brian has to go take his driving test tomorrow so while he is doing that I will be doing our walk thru on our place and getting the internet/phone set up! We will be calling back home this weekend to give everyone an update and to say hi so look forward to that call. This week brought up the question of what we will do as far as a state side number goes. Our thought is since we will have my old laptop on Friday we can set it up with a Skype account so people from the states can call us and it won't be expensive on either end. As soon as we know what we are doing we will let everyone know. They won't let us use a wireless router or programs such as Skype here in the Inn which is why we've put it off. I know I know shame on us! Oh well. Hopefully we get our unaccompanied baggage on Friday. In there is some of my scrapbooking things such as my Cricut, cartridges and paper so I can have something besides homework to do! We also will have our smaller tv (the one I bought when I first got up to Drum) and our Wii so we can finally play with our present we had for a few weeks before it got packed up. This will be just like Christmas all over again. My class this term is going ok, I can tell the teacher has high high standards (more than in any other class I've taken) which I'm struggling with but will hopefully be able to pull out an A in this class. We are thinking about taking a trip up to the ski resort (a few hours from here) during the first weekend in March. I'll have that week off from classes which will be nice. Brian wants to go ski several times before the close for the season so we'll see what happens! He even said I could spend the day at the Spa while he went to ski... I might just have to take him up on that offer! Today was by far the coldest day we've had yet. It wasn't until around noon when it hit over 10 degrees. By 4:30 tonight it was a cool 20 degrees (the high for the day). Tomorrow is supposed to be 29 and snowing which will be great for my walk up the street. Luckily we have a fellow soldier who is coming over to let us pile our luggage in her car so we don't have to drag it around in the snow/slush crud outside on the street and sidewalk! What is even better is we already know what we will be eating on Friday and Saturday as long as our stuff comes on Friday. I'm off to go work on my application(s) for a few jobs before heading to bed. Hope everyone is having a good week!

Lots of love,
Jessi and Brian

Sunday, January 24, 2010

weekend full of fun

This weekend we were able to get out of the Inn and head down town for some time at a local Irish Pub. One of the guys who picked us up and took us around the first day we were here asked us if we wanted to go out with him and one of his friends he met the first night he was here. We thought it would be a fun time so we went. Sat around in this Pub for a while before anyone really showed up but we were able to meet the lady who owns it with her husband and try out a few drinks before. Brian was able to discover other beers he likes and try new ones while at the Pub. We ordered one type, and decided it wasn't for us. I switched over to drinking Razz the rest of the night with the except of doing an Irish Car Bomb with Brian... the night went well, we both returned back to the Inn safely and were a bit tipsy. All in all it was a nice evening out. We saw a lot of his coworkers at the Pub and found out quick who acts/does strange things and who is level headed real quick.

Saturday morning we went to the gym to workout. Got a nice workout in before heading to get some food for a few meals. After coming back we decided to go bowling after dinner to kill a few hours before heading back to the Irish Pub. Let me tell ya it was a fun interesting night! We spent a while at the bowling alley, our new friend came and hung out with us for sometime as well. After having fun bowling we ended up calling a taxi to take us to the Pub. Since we had been there the night before we were noticed right off the bat and the lady who owns it tried to give us the same drinks from the night before. Talk about a nice family Pub. Saturday night was more interesting than Friday night was only because of the people. We met some really strange drunk people who couldn't leave our table alone! Once again I drank Razz pretty much all night and Brian enjoyed his beer and cola/beer. It is defiantly an acquired taste.

Sunday I spent the day sleeping as my stomach wasn't feeling well and I was sick. Brian was nice enough to do laundry for me and got me anything I needed or wanted. He is such an awesome husband!

Newest updates: last week we toured our place, accepted to live in it and we move in on Thursday! They are lending us a bed, a table and a set of chairs until all of our stuff comes in a few weeks. We get our small shipment on Friday so I can finally cook with my own stuff! I can't wait to get back in the kitchen and stop eating so much junky food that is premade! Brian has work this week, well more like classes and in-processing even more so I will be busy at the Inn until Thursday working on homework and packing up our bags to get ready to move up the street. It is starting to snow again tonight, it hasn't snowed really the whole time we've been here but there is still snow on the ground (not much anymore after the other day's rain storm) from the days leading up to us getting here. I can't wait to have a car so we can drive around and I can take more pictures. I've been slacking on that majorly and will get better. Hey I have 3 years to take pictures right? Well off to get ready for bed and work/homework tomorrow! Hope all had a good weekend and hope this week goes great for everyone.

Lots of love,
Jessi and Brian

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

good news?

(Our view from the room at the Inn)

Well it's a pretty nice day out for starters. The sun is somewhat shinning upon the base today. This is great! Brian had work today, all of his in-processing and what not has been going well. Yesterday I was able to pick up an iPhone to use while we are here to help communicate with each other while we are apart. It's been nice to be back in touch with him while he is gone. Brian was told today that tomorrow or Thursday we will be able to go look at a place here on Bismark. If we decide to not take it, we won't be able to get on post housing for a year and will have to look off-post for housing and will be responsible for paying for our stay at the Inn... so all in all we are praying this place is decent enough to live in for a year (rumor has it that since it is the unremodeled place we will be first to get the newest housing either the end of this year or early next year. Unremodeled housing still has the washer/dryer in the basement and this place is on the third floor.... I think I could live with it for a year!) We should find out more this week.

(My Doner Kabab)

I met up with Brian for lunch today at the Pizzeria on Katterbach and we had a pretty nice lunch. Lunch consisted of a burrito like wrap that is called a Doner Kabab. It was super delicious and rather filling. The wrap was larger than my hand and I had to use two hands to hold it because it was so full! The wrap had meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and a garlic sauce. Brian added spices to his which made it spicy! He, of course had to finish mine up because I was so stuffed. After lunch Brian was able to find out that our first shipment of goods has made it and will wait for us to get a place. This shipment has some scrapbooking items, clothing, one tv and few other things needed for our sanity! If we are able to get the place I described above we will be able to move in if all goes well on Jan 28th which is next week Thursday! As always it's a hurry up and wait kind of game the Army plays.

Here's hoping we are able to approve the place and to be able to move in next week! Hope all is well with everyone and we miss everyone.

With love,
Jessi and Brian!

Monday, January 18, 2010

past weekend

Hey all,

This past weekend was very interesting needless to say!

Friday we went to an Italian/German restaurant on the other side of Ansbach. Da Enzo was by far the best meal we have had here. We both had pork, Brian had a pork loin in a Gorgonzola sauce while I had the pork rolls stuffed with spinach and Gorgonzola in the same sauce as Brian's had. Both came with a salad and fries. I had a glass of wine while Brian enjoyed two tall glasses of beer... To end the meal we were given a cherry liquor that was pleasant.

Saturday we did laundry, hung out around the room. Ended up eating at the Pizzeria on Katterbach before we picked up a bottle of Crown Royal and headed back to the hotel to play cards and have a few drinks. We were supposed to go to an Irish Pub but our plans fell through.

Sunday we got up went to the gym, stopped and picked up some groceries on the way home. We ended up at a Greek restaurant for dinner which wasn't all that bad. To start our meal off we both had a shot of Ouzo. We each had gyro's in different sauces, Brian had potatoes and I had pasta with mine. (No flatbread with them though). Our cab ride home was interesting to say the least. After waiting in the cold/rain for 30-40 minutes we finally had a cab. Our driver was an older lady who hit 100mph on the drive back to the gate... Very interesting to say the least. Our night was spent drinking and playing more cards... seems to be the thing now-a-days for us.

Stay tuned for this week's interesting things. Brian goes back to work tomorrow (Tuesday). Hopefully he will find out our housing stuff among other things. Tonight we plan on ordering dinner in and enjoying some relaxing tv while I work on some homework.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

first full day in Ansbach

Today we woke up in the Inn on Katterbach, got dressed ate some breakfast before taking our showers. Once we were dressed and ready to go we headed down stairs to walk over to the commissary to pick up some drinks and stuff. On our walk we stopped to look at the shuttle schedule and decided to take it, well we spent an hour on the shuttle being driven from small base to small base and then had to wait for the driver on his break before we could head over to the commissary area that is on the base across the street from the one base we are staying at! We did some shopping in the commissary. We picked up a huge sandwich while we were there and boy was it yummy! Makes subway look like nothing :) we headed back to our room after the commissary to eat lunch and relax. It was a nice relaxing walk back to our room. Stay tuned for pictures and what not later on!