Thursday, March 31, 2011

Absence makes the heart grow fonder...

Hubby is back! YEY!
Kent went "trucking" with one of the drivers of the company he now works for and part of his manager training was to go on on the road for a week.

He left last Saturday and came back today (Thursday).
We were both hoping he would get to go somewhere really cool, like New York or California. 
But since it is us, and we are just THAT lucky, he got to go to IN, IL and WI.
HAHAHAHAHAH! Yeah... IL... where he lived all his life and up in WI where it was 19F in the morning. 
Poor Schatzi!
At least he had fun, got to see some friend that came to meet up with him at a truck stop at the IL/WI border and he says he learned a lot.
I am glad he is back. I didn't think I would miss him as much as I did. 
I am glad though that we were apart for a few days. I like that once in a while. It makes me miss him and things are not taken so much for granted again for a while.
This is one of the reasons I would love to get a job as a flight attendant. I'd be away for work a few days a week, would get my travel urge satisfied and would appreciate what I have at home even more.

I really did miss him!

To show him how much I missed him I made him a yellow lemon cake and a sign that I put up on the front door so he would see it when he drives up.

                                       I am glad to have my Schatzi back! <3

)O( Micha

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3 Times a Charm

FINALLY, after going to the MVD tag office 3 times, I got my GA license plate. 

Holy crap, how hard can it be to get you car registered in a different state and get a plate?

First of all, the place is only open Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm with an extra hour (until 6pm) on Tuesdays.
Kent works Mon. - Fri. 8-5 and his work is 40 miles away.... so he can NEVER make it there on time.
The first time we went there (and Kent took a half day off to do so) we found out 
(after waiting in line for 30 minutes) 
we could not get a plate without a GA drivers license, proof of insurance, an Emissions test and proof of residency ... and cash (no credit or debit cards).

So, after we got our drivers licenses and the Emission test (my car didn't need one yet because it is under 2 years old) we went back 
(Kent had the Monday before starting his new job off).... and were told we need a GA insurance. 
We are with USAA and it said IL on the insurance car. 
So, I called them and got us GA insurance ($50/ month more) and went back there a 3rd time. 
FINALLY I was able to get my plate. 
I asked if I could get a plate for my husband since he is never able to get there on time unless he takes a half day off, and was told I needed a power of attorney .... FINE! 
At least they gave me the paperwork for that. 

On the plus side, I only paid $38. 
$20 for the plate + sticker and $18 to transfer the outer state title. 
$20 for a plate . WOW! Illinois took $99 and then another $40 (or more if you live in Chicago) for a city sticker. 
Once Kent gets back from his business trip we will get the POA taken care off and I will have the pleasure to return to the MVD tag office a 4th time... What I do for love <3

Here is my new pride and joy... my GA tag .... and I put it on all by myself. Who needs a man in the house if you  know how to use a screwdriver....

)O( Micha

Friday, March 25, 2011

Auto Show 2011

Lucky me, my hubby had to work only a half day today, so we were able to go see the Auto Show 2011 in Atlanta in the afternoon. Its was great that we were able to go there early. We went for a nice lunch and then attended the show. There were barely any people there (no standing in line if you wanted to sit in a car) and the best of all - barely any kids. 
Here are some pictures I took with my phone - not the best quality, but it will do.
                              Kent in his all time favorite car : a Corvette

                                                    Mini Cooper - so cute! 

                                                     Me in the Mini Cooper :D

                                    My all time favorite: Porsche 911 Cabriolet
                                                   I absolutely LOVE this car! 

                                                   What a beauty! <3

                                         One day it will be mine.... ONE DAY!  

Unfortunately they didn't let us sit in cars worth over 100k, so I didn't get to sit in it. Luckily my uncle owns a red 911 Cabriolet and when I am in Germany (during the summer months) he sometimes lets me drive it. :D 

)O( Micha

Monday, March 14, 2011

Worst Dentist Office EVER!

Hubbster and I went to the dentist today. He needed a check up badly and I had lost part of a filling and that needed to be fixed. So I called a dentist office that was on the list of our dental plan and and was assured (twice) that they could see us BOTH on Monday, March 14th at 2:30pm.
We got there around 2:15pm, filled out paperwork and Kent was called in shortly after.

I was sitting in the waiting room... waiting.... and waiting.... and waiting.... 

Eventually an older guy started talking to me telling me he had just published his first book ... Poems of Grace... that he was a minister and he even read me one of his poems, about Bill Clinton. I let him finish although I did not agree with his few of our former president.  It was painful. He kept on telling me about his work as a minister and where he used to preach etc... I really didn't care. I just wanted to get the dentist appointment over with.

It got to 3pm.... then 3:15pm.... still waiting... 

At 3:25pm I was finally called in. I saw Kent sitting in a chair and asked him if he was done. 
Turns out the doctor hadn't even seen him yet. Same with me... "It will be a few more minutes."

That's when I got MAD!

I told the assistant (in a very annoyed tone) that we had an appointment at 2:30pm and I have been waiting for 1 hour. She told me we were booked for 3:30pm and 4pm. WFT?

Then she starts taking x-rays. Checking my gums and still, no doctor.
FINALLY he arrives. I told him why I was here and he said something about a cleaning.

This is when I got nasty.

I made it very clear to them that I have issues with going to the dentist in the first place and having me wait for 1 hour and then another 30 min until the doctor graces me with his presence doesn't help.

All I wanted is to get the filling fixed and talk about potentially getting a crown for that tooth.
So they said they would have to contact our insurance first and see how much they would pay and what the end sum would be.

More waiting....

Kent needs a couple little cavities filled (the first ones in his life) and they calculated $455 each.

Are you fucking kidding me?

Oh... yeah... but these are inlays that last for a life time  bla bla...

I was ready to explode!

I think Kent was even a bit embarrassed how I started talking to the assistant... but really , come on.

Not ONCE did they ask what we wanted. The doctor did not mention the different types of possible treatments (and different kinds of prices), just wrote down the most expensive right away.

I had the assistant go back and tell the doctor we wanted regular fillings... for $105 each ($350 less per tooth). 
They were not amused.

The cleaning they wanted to charge us $200 and another like $50 for some special mouth wash they wanted to sell us. LOL, Yeah, I don't think so.

I had my filling fixed and I might go back for the crown, just because they already took the x-rays and Kent has an appointment to get the cavities fixed on Saturday at 8:30am now, because after over 3 hours in the dentist office we just wanted to get the fuck out.

After these things are taken care of I will NEVER set foot in this office ever again.

This office was one of the worst dental offices I have been to in my life ( and I have been to many).
They can charge someone else an arm and a leg, not us!

So yeah... HORRIBLE experience. 

Anyone knows a good dentist in the West Atlanta area?

)O( Micha


This guy reminded me of the German cartoon character "Grisu". 

I am sure my German friends know what I am talking about when I say :

                        " ICH WILL FEUERWEHRMANN WERDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

)O( Micha

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2011

Hubby and I went to Atlanta to attend the 129th St. Patrick's Day Parade. We didn't think that a city in the South would have a traditional St. Patrick's Day Parade since 1858! 

The weather was GREAT! For the first time I was able to attend a St. PD Parade without freezing my butt off. It was a sunny 70 F, so I got to wear my St. PD sunglasses :D

                                                              They are AWESOME!

Speaking of "awesome" ... Kent didn't think my sunglasses were, but his green shoes. He insisted in wearing his green (in my opinion hideous and embarrassing) shoes.


Despite our not matching taste in outfits for the day we had LOTs of fun! 
The parade wasn't nearly as big as the one in Chicago.  We loved it. No fear of being trembled to death. There were quite some people though and the parade lasted almost 1.5hours.  Since we positioned ourselves right at the beginning of the parade it kinda looks we were the only ones there (not many other people in our pictures). But then again, we loved it and we actually got to see all of the parade and were able to take pictures without being stepped on.

Here are some images:

                             I say " Hooah! "

For more pictures go to my Facebook page and look at the St. Patrick's Day Parade photo album.

)O( Micha

Friday, March 11, 2011

Time to VENT

I already posted this on my Face Book, but it is REALLY bothering me so I am re-posting this on here with some pictures to underline my opinion.
Here we go:
So, my hubby and I tried to have a nice dinner tonight. We went to a local pizza place. We did expect it to be a bit fancier than it really was ,but that's beside the point. I am soooooo tired of never being able to enjoy a nice meal without it being ruined by kids in the restaurant.

 It doesn't matter where we go, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Pizza Place... there is always a horde of crumb snatchers who can't shut up and behave or babies crying.

 I am tired and sick of it.

 At most places you are not allowed to bring a dog that would be silently lay underneath the table , not bothering anyone, but masses of crying, obnoxious little creatures can be brought anywhere. 
If they are not old enough to behave they should not be brought along! I am soooo angry of always having my evenings ruined. 
There should be restaurants for ADULTS ONLY! 

So, now I am feeling better.... got it off my chest .... *sigh*

)O( Micha