I heard a story today that really touched my heart but at the same time made me so incredibly angry. There is a military spouse who is going through quite a few things right now and her husband has essentially abandoned her.
Why is it such a shock to people when someone finally puts things in perspective. I never understood that. For example, when you tell someone “If you keep doing that then I am going to leave” Well they continue to do it over and over for god knows how long and when you finally say “ok you either need to change or I am going to leave” all of a sudden they are shocked flabbergasted and hurt that things have come to that…..AM I MISSING SOMETHING? I have a friend who was married three years ago to her husband (they have been together for 5 or 6 years)and while they seemingly have a good marriage they also have so many issues as well.
So I haven’t blogged in about a month because I am in the height of wedding planning and I just took a new job overseas!
Either way this is just a short blog to say I’m still here and will update my blog in the next few days with more posts! In the mean time…
For NYE 2014, Mike and I decided to venture out to Zagreb, Croatia! It was about 3.5 hours away from where we live in Italy. Overall, it was a fun experience, but it definitely wasn’t one of my favorite cities so we probably won’t make that trip back.
The city is the capital of Croatia and it is absolutely beautiful! I didn’t expect it to be as cold as it was with so much snow or ice on the ground, but being that we never see snow or ice in Italy, I was NOT complaining. They even have this museum called the Museum of Broken Relationships which is supposed to be kind of funny/depressing all in one. I was dying to go check it out but the day we had free it was CLOSED!
I can do without the food in Zagreb, to be honest with you. We went to one of the most top rated restaurants and I had overcooked duck and Mike had lamb that seemed to never hit the damn stove lol. But we ate at a place called Rocket Burger and its a hole in the wall burger joint with 3-4 selection but my goodness that shit was ON POINT! That place would be the only reason I went back to ZaGreb lol.
All in all, regardless of what we liked and didn’t like, I am just happy to see another year with the love of my life so I couldn’t ask for much more. Oh and Ohio state Football is headed to the nationals. With a 6 hour time difference we stayed up until after 6am to watch the game and thank goodness we did because it was a good one. Side note: Mike is from Ohio and is the BIGGEST Ohio State fan so no matter where we are, he puts everything on hold for his Buckeyes!!
Happy Fucking New Year!!!! 🙂
Pics of Zagreb to follow in my next post!
So as I have probably mentioned in all my other posts I love food! I enjoy cooking food and eating it, even more!!
So I think it’s only fitting to rave about the food I had for lunch today!
Let me preface this post by saying while Italy has tons of amazing restaurants, we live in an area that caters to Americans since there’s a military base right there! So most of the food is touristy and in my opinion not truly authentic!
However today, I was craving a good pasta! So I had plans to meet with my girlfriend for lunch and we agreed to one of the most touristy restaurants in Aviano! I couldn’t decide what I wanted and then she suggested the CRAB GNOCCHI!!!
We are both from Maryland so YOU KNOW we love anything crab! If you still don’t get the crab/MD reference you must be living life under a rock lol.
Well, I was hesitant considering how touristy the restaurant is but god damn that shit was AMAZING!!! I can not rave enough about it! While it may not look appealing, it really is! There was so much jumbo lump crab in it and the sauce was so rich and creamy while not being over heavy! It was almost better than an orgasm…ALMOST and for that it deserved a post:)
If your ever in the Aviano area by all means go to The Spaghetti House and ask for the crab gnocchi! You won’t be disappointed!
Any that my friends was my foodie post of the day! Lol
I am going to take this post as a good time to vent about a little country I call Italy! First let me start by saying this: Italy is a BEAUTIFUL country! We live up north by the mountains and I will never tire of the amazing sites I can see right outside of my house. Oh and the food…lawd Jesus the food is AMAZING!! America could learn a thing or two about how to cook authentic Italian food. It’s not heavy like American-Italian food. Although if I am being honest I would have to say I do crave a piece of Papa John’s with garlic sauce here and there lol. Don’t judge! But my favorite thing here?! I can drink a “spritz” or a glass of wine at 11:00am and not feel like an alcoholic! Apparently, it’s the norm here and I really appreciate that!!!
With that being said, however, there are quite a few things that completely frustrate me about Italy and really make me appreciate the good ole US of A! For starters, NOTHING stays open past 8 or 9pm. Not a gas station, not a grocery story, not even a fucking porter potty!! Nothing…Nada…Zip….Zilch! I am so used to the convenience of if I forgot some tomatoes or milk, I could run to the grocery store, 7-11, that local convenience store on the corner, whatever!! That is just impossible here even on base. Another issue I have (and yes it is a selfish one but SO WHAT!), is I can’t run any of my appliances at the same freaking time! Let me break it down for ya! I can run the washer, but can’t run the dryer at the same time. I can run the oven, but can run the dishwasher at the time. Do you know how long it takes to do a fucking load of laundry??? Well, to be honest I don’t either bc the fiance does all of the laundry but I am sure he can’t be too happy with having to deal with that! I’m just saying!
Work is also a big issue here. In Italy, Americans can not work on the Italian economy. The only jobs available for us are the jobs on base. Well that would be fine if they didn’t give all the jobs on base to the Italians! WTF! I got lucky and was able to find a job within my first few months here but I feel bad for a lot of my friends who like me, are NOT stay at home moms/wives and want to work but can’t.
Of all these things that I have complained about to far can you believe not one of them is my biggest pet peeve with Italy?! My biggest pet peeve here has to be the lack of respect and common courtesy from some Italians! I am sorry, but some Italians are fucking rude! If I accidentally run over someones foot with my shopping cart my natural reaction is to stop and apologize. Oh not here in Italy!!! They just keep on going…like nothing happened. Some Italians walk right in front of you when your in line, it is just so incredible frustrating. And I swear I do NOT think they have seen many black folks in their lives. Especially black folks that are engaged to Caucasian individuals lol. I can only shake my head at that and remember that there is a different type of culture here versus the US!
But even with all of these pet peeves and gripes, I am 100% grateful to have the opportunity to live in Europe. I will get to see things and places that some people never will in a lifetime! And so far I have made some great friends—American AND Italian!
We are here until 2016, so here is to hoping my feet will survive the massive run of shopping carts until then…. ;-/
Holy Shit!!! I can’t believe I haven’t updated this blog in over a year! Actually, I can! I have been so damn busy that this blog didn’t even cross my mind until right now lol. When I originally started this blog in 2013, it was meant as an outlet for me to express some of my thoughts and how I was feeling. Sadly at the exact time when I started this blog I was so busy and overwhelmed with LIFE that I never fully had the chance to adapt and get accustomed to being a “blogger” lol. Well, things haven’t really calmed down much, but now more than ever I need an outlet for my feelings so I am going to try this blogging shit again and see what happens lol.
It’s so funny, because as I sit back and reach some of my first posts, I was in a completely different place at that time almost 2 years ago — so much has changed! For one, I got engaged in June 2013 to my boyfriend of 2.5 years. That was a big shock but a good one none the less. We may fight a lot and we are polar opposites, but I truly love him more than life itself. We also moved to Italy for the US Air Force…yea thats a whole separate blog post/rant in itself. Look for that shit soon!!! Finally, I am 3 months away from getting married. FUCKING CRAZY!!!
Anyway, cheers to trying this blogging thing again and not pulling my hair out at the stress of planning a wedding from another damn country!! Salud!!!