Wednesday, April 26, 2006

who says three's a crowd?

(I'm writing this before I check out what Ginnie and Dixie have written)

It rained a bit this morning, but when Ginnie and Dixie got off the bus later in the day, the sun started shining and never stopped. These two ladies (and I do mean ladies in evey sense of the word) were SO much fun. You don't meet people like this very often.

The first thing we did was take a little walk around town along the 'scenic route'. Ginnie stopped to take pictures at a few points of interest and I'm sure she'll publich some of the photos on her blog.

After we arrived at my house, it was time for presents! Who doesn't like presents? Am I lucky or what?

Caffeinated beverages were next. Must keep those energy levels up.

Propely caffeinated, we moved on to the biggest challenge of the day - putting together the toys that come in those chocolate Überraschungs-Eier - aka Kinder Eggs. Here we are taxing our tiny brains.

We talked (and even gossiped a bit, oh yes we did) about everything under the sun and soon it was time for lunch. I had prepared curried chicken crepes and a salad and my guests seemed to enjoy the meal.

For me, one of the highlights of our time together was having Ginnie read the natal charts she had so kindly prepared for us. I may just have to rethink my whole life after hearing what she and the stars had to say!

The time for goodbyes came much too soon, as usual, and I headed down to the bus stop with my guests to see them off, promising to meet again soon at a location to be announced at a later date.

As you can see, we were three happy bloggers today.

Ginnie, Mausi, Dixie Peach


At April 27, 2006 1:52 a.m., Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Oh man, I am jealous. It looks like you guys were having so much fun!

I know from experience that Ginnie is, as they say, "da bomb". And I'm SURE you guys are too!

At April 27, 2006 4:14 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

It was just FABULOUS (following on the heels of Mr. Fab!). And yes, Christina, our stories even concur with some added details by you :). Now let's see what Dixie says (ha). I think you and I are definitely on a roll. Twice in less than 4 months is a record!

At April 27, 2006 8:16 a.m., Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

It looks like everyone had a great time.

Are there any more chicken crepes left? If so, I am on my over for lunch today!


At April 27, 2006 9:00 a.m., Blogger Claire said...

Lot of fun! I am really impressed by the food. I have to come for a visit so I can learn how to cook. Chocolates and Coffee . . . mmm . . . Very good guests!

At April 27, 2006 10:37 a.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Looks like a brilliant time!

At April 27, 2006 10:39 a.m., Blogger christina said...

mr fab. - Well you KNOW that there's never a dull moment when Ginnie's around. And Dixie is just a sweetheart.

Ginnie - Here's to many more fun meet-ups!

Cynthia - So sorry, no leftovers at all. But next time I'll mail you some to go wit the evil Mac & Cheese! :-)

Claire - Wonderful guests and mountains of lovely presents. That recipe is really simple to make - barely any cooking skills required.

At April 27, 2006 1:55 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

Looks great fun! Ooooh, I wonder if I'll ever meet a blogger that I haven't ever met in person before?

At April 27, 2006 2:08 p.m., Anonymous Nori said...

What wonderful THREE SMILES!
Looks like perfect day.
Of course, I love exchange of presents.
I read Ms.Ginnie and Dixie Peach’s blog. And, I added their blogs to my favorite list♪


At April 27, 2006 4:11 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Those crepes I just need to make one time... How did you make them like that??? P would love me if I made them for sure...

Pepsi like and Nescafe crack me up because we just don't have that here of the same names...

And the kinder man is adorable!

Yeah - you guys looks so happy. :)

At April 27, 2006 4:20 p.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Is there anyone on earth who does NOT like Überraschungs-Eier? I sort of miss them. My kids are all grown up now. They used to put together the little gadgets found inside, and I ate the chocolate egg.;-)

At April 27, 2006 5:52 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

You guys really look so happy. What a lovely trio!

Mmmm. Those crepes look fantastic (I'm drooling!)Oooh - and my trained eye spotted a box of absynth truffles. I Sal somehow involved? ;-)

At April 27, 2006 9:13 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

The absinthe truffles are called "Magdeburger Reiter" and are from where I live. The statue on the box is of the Magdeburger Reiter - the original being in the museum and a copy is in the market square in front of the [i]Rathaus[/i].

The Magdeburger Kugeln chocolates are supposed to mimic the iron spheres Otto van Guericke used in his vacuum experiement. We're all about Otto van Guericke around Magdeburg. Heh!

Christina, thank you again for a wonderful afternoon. I have been raving about your cooking and your hospitality ever since!

At April 27, 2006 10:50 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Absinthe truffles?! What a concidence! I had some last weekend...but decided to forego the truffles.


I second my esteemed colleague Euro-Trac's sentiments. When is someone more ambitious than I going to organize a pan-Europe expat blogger convention? I'll betcha some of us would be willing to fly in for it.

Right, Trac? C-Swiss? TBF? Ang? E-Traveller? Karl? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

At April 27, 2006 11:11 p.m., Blogger christina said...

euro trac - Well once you're an expat yourself 'on the continent' I'm sure everyone will be knocking your door down to see the Elvis wedding pictures in real life. :-)

Nori - Yes, we had a lovely time and the presents were wonderful.

Expat - I'm quite postive that P loves you already, but the crepes are really easy - just onions, apples and celery and chicken in a curry sauce all wrapped up in a crepe. I'll send you the recipe if you like. It took me ages to remember to say "Pepsi Light" instead of "Diet Pepsi". "Diet Coke" is called "Cola Light".

JAAE - You can never be too old for Ü-Eier!

CanadianSwiss - You were so clever to spot the truffles, but no, Mr. Sal was not in attendance, unfortunately. Now THAT would have been interesting.

Dixie - Excellent information! I have already sampled the Magdeburger Kugeln and they are awesome. And I thank YOU for a wonderful afternoon. My kids said "You know, I really like your friends. When are they coming over again?" :-)

Sal - Yep, absinthe in truffles. They look fabulous. Funny how you hear about something and then it starts popping up everywhere. I haven't sampled them yet but will definitely report on the after effects.

And YES to the Pan-European meet-up but we'd need someone with supreme organizational skills to put it all together. That would not be me in any way, shape or form. Let's make Angie do it - she still has some get up and go left in her.

At April 27, 2006 11:56 p.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Christine, everytime I see a photo of you I can't help thinking how different you are each different to your profile pic, so completly different, so pretty...
I would like to meet some blogger friends, i think it would be a blast...
thanks for your kind words also :-)

At April 28, 2006 1:49 a.m., Blogger Cathy said...

It looks like you had a great time. What lovely friends, and what a nice hostess to have prepared such a great meal.

At April 28, 2006 6:04 a.m., Blogger Lilian said...

Blogger meet ups are great or what?

I need to take pictures next time I meet other fellow "Philly mama bloggers" (if they allow me, of course).

(well, so far I've only met 4 - the 4th one today :)

Too bad it will probably take years before I can finally get to meet other expat mama "blogging" buddies, since they're all over the world. Good for you girls!

At April 28, 2006 7:32 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Sounds like a great time.
I love those Überraschungeier too :-))

At April 28, 2006 9:44 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Tat - Aww, thank you. Yes, I am very multidimensional. :-) Actually, I'm supremely UNphotogenic, so I never know how photos are going to come out.

Cathy - It was nice to spend time with people who are on the same wavelength, you know?

Lilian - Well, meeting 4 bloggers already is a pretty good track record!

Karen - I guess there's a kid in all of us! :-)

At April 28, 2006 10:32 a.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Hehe. I only have the "go" left in me! Didn't someone already mention a pan European get together sometime at the beginning of this year? I recall you mentioning it, but I can't remember who it was. But if Angie's willing, we'll do all we can to be there.

At April 28, 2006 10:44 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Canadian Swiss - The 2nd Annual Whiney Expat Bloggers in Germany Meet-Up is being planned for October or November of this year, but that would be somewhere in Germany, although everyone is invited to come, of course.

I was just kidding about Angie. She's all the way over in Indiana and has a wedding to plan, so she might be a tiny bit busy. :-)

At April 28, 2006 12:46 p.m., Blogger Léons Life said...

Am I allowed to be jealous ?

At April 28, 2006 12:57 p.m., Blogger Haddock said...

Looks like you guys had a great time. The food looks great- I love anything curried :)

At April 28, 2006 6:55 p.m., Blogger christina said...

leon's life - got to meet Antipo!! Wouldn't it be fun if we could all meet someday?

Haddock - It wasn't an authentic curry, but I thought it tasted nice, especially with the mango chutney which I love to death.

At April 28, 2006 7:00 p.m., Blogger lily b said...

Sounds like a fun meet-up. I managed to get together with a fellow blogger in India. It was great because it felt like we were already long-time friends.

At April 28, 2006 7:06 p.m., Blogger Tracie B. said...

oh look! it's samantha, charlotte, and miranda, but where's carrie?

At April 28, 2006 7:37 p.m., Blogger christina said...

lilyb - That must have been great to meet up with your friend in India. I love knowing a bit about people before I meet them.

Tracie - Thank you for absolutely making my week!! :-) Funny how we got a strawberry blonde, a brunette and a readhead in there at the same time, isn't it?

At April 28, 2006 8:24 p.m., Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

how fun! and gifts too--sounds like the perfect visit (anything featuring kinder eggs is my kinda party!)! glad you guys had such a blast!

just found your blog and am enjoying it!


At April 28, 2006 8:28 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Hi Jackie - Thanks for visiting today. I'll be sure to check out your Italian adventures.

At April 28, 2006 8:33 p.m., Blogger traveller one said...

Yeah right Sal---LOL--- You're all invited to a pan-european meet up in Albania-hahaha!

At April 28, 2006 8:48 p.m., Blogger mar said...

What fun! and you even put together those tiny pieces! your lunch looks delicious, I am hungry now (did you share the recipe before? you might need a "food" tag for us to trace your recipes :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

At April 28, 2006 10:11 p.m., Blogger christina said...

traveller one - Just think what we could do for the Albanian economy! What time should be bet there? :-)

Hi mar! - I haven't shared that recipe yet but will do so. You're right, I should make a recipe page thingie some time.


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