Sunday, January 30, 2011


Kent and I went to "The Great American Motorcycle Show" at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, GA on Saturday. We both love motorcycles and were very excited about it. I remember last year Kent asked me to go with him to the Chicago Motorcycle Show, but I couldn't because I was  in Basic Training.
So we were both really happy to be able to go together this year. 
It took us about 1 hour to drive up to Norcross. It was a beautiful day, upper 60's F and we enjoyed the ride.
Unfortunately, thats was almost the better part of the day. The show SUCKED! Or maybe our expectations were just way too high? I guess Kent expected a show the size of the one in Chicago, and it was not. It was tiny.      
We were done looking at all the bikes in less than 1 hour, and although we were not supposed to try them out we sat on some - HA!

                                                           Kent on a BMW  :D

                     I hat to sit on a lower bike otherwise my feet can't touch the ground :(

On the way home we rode with the top down and stopped at Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. 

 )O( Micha

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I am HOOKED...

During the last months of AIT (Advanced Individual Training) we had a lot of down time during the day and one of my battles went out and bought herself a latch hook kit. I have never seen or heard of those before (German as I am ) but I was fascinated right away. I LOVE crafting and as soon as I got a chance I went to Michaels and got myself a kit.
I found this adorable lab puppy and started the project as soon as I got back to the barracks.

I loved it and got HOOKED. I couldn't stop working on it. 
Soon the puppy started to appear...

... and only a few more days later I was done with the project

 ... which is now hanging on the wall in our guest bedroom.

Off I went to get another one...

This time I chose a bigger project, thinking I would finish it as quickly as I finished the first one. My new latch hook kit featured a Teddy sitting in front of the American flag. 

Time flew by and I was busy with clearing the post and packing, so I ended up finishing my Teddy at home. 

 It was a lot of work... but since I don't work right now, I was able to finish it within 1 week (which included a couple long nights of latch hooking).
The finished Teddy is now also part of the decoration in our guest bedroom.

Latch hooking is a fun, easy way to create decorative, fuzzy pictures which can be sown onto a pillow, hung on the wall or used as a rug.
You should try it sometime. I am definitely hooked!

)O( Micha

Monday, January 24, 2011

15 years later ....

The first time I came to the US was in March of 1995 during an exchange of my High School in Germany with a High School in Lititz, PA. I have always been fascinated by America and couldn't wait to finally set foot on this great country. What I didn't expect was that I would get obsessed with it. After only a few days in the US I knew this was it - this is where I want to live for the rest of my life. 
Easier said than done....
Being a Citizen of a First World Country (like Germany) does not help if you try to get a visa for the US. It is beyond difficult and they make it almost impossible for any one who wants to come to this country LEGALLY.
Years and years of research, entering Green Card lotteries and lots of traveling between Germany and the US finally paid off. 
In December of 2005 I was offered a job in the US. With 2 bags in my hands and an address of the school I would work for I landed in Chicago, IL on February 17th 2006. It was COLD! 
-2F plus windshield. But I was here!
Almost 5 years later, on December 1st 2010 I was sworn in as a US Citizen! :D
It took me 15 years to get to this, a long journey, but if I learned one thing in my life it is that 

              Getting sworn in as a US Citizen at Immigrations in San Antonio, TX

                                             My Naturalization Certificate :D

Now I am proud to say : I am an American!

)O(  Micha

PS: Special Thanks to my wonderful friend Addie and her husband - I couldn't have done it without your help! 


Looks like blogging is something everyone should be doing, so here I am, creating my own blog, my own little online scrapbook. I am not going to focus on just one topic that I will be blogging about. It will be about whatever comes to my mind, whatever I feel like talking about or sharing. 

Happy reading!

)O(  Micha