Thursday, February 5, 2015

Four Things

I saw this "Four Things" post on a blog  I often read (a Different Piece of Sky - isn't that a lovely title?) and through that writer found several others who did the same thing. They were fun to read, and I thought I'd do one too, especially since I'm in a writer's slump again.

Four Names People Call or Have Called Me

  1. Bethy Boo (my grandpa called me that)
  2. Nervous Nellie (friends)
  3. Betty (only a special select few, because I hate the name)
  4. Mom

Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Once

Goodness gracious - just four?! I'm more likely to re-watch a movie I know I like than watch a new one.
  1. The 13th Warrior
  2. Nirgendwo in Afrika
  3. Dances with Wolves
  4. The Man from Snowy River

Four Jobs I have Had

  1. Counter Person at McDonald's (can I say "Customer Service Professional"?)
  2. Cashier & Assistant in a pharmacy
  3. Customer Service Coordinator at Allied Van Lines
  4. High School English and German Teacher
I'm not working here - but I hired Allied to move my stuff to Germany,
and this was the day they loaded it all up!

Four Books I Recommend

  1. The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
  2. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
  3. Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
  4. The Razor's Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham

Four Places I've Lived

  1. Sheboygan, Wisconsin (USA)
  2. Appleton, Wisconsin
  3. Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  4. Horb, Germany
Horb am Neckar

Four Places I've Been

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. Concord, Massachusetts (USA)
  4. Rome, Italy

Four Places I'd Rather Be

Sorry, this one I really can't do. I am exactly where I want to be.

Four Things I Don't Eat

  1. Beans
  2. Coconut
  3. Nutella (anything with hazelnut flavor)
  4. Snails, oysters, or sushi

Four of My Favorite Foods

  1. Beef tenderloin
  2. Lamb chops
  3. Geschnetzeltes und Rösti
  4. Cheese
    Geschnetzeltes und Rösti

Four TV Shows I Watch

  1. The Big Bang Theory
  2. die Kochprofis
  3. The Mentalist
  4. Any Quiz or Trivia Show - especially German ones where I learn something!

Four Things I'm Looking Forward to This Year

  1. A week on the Isle of Mull and some extra days near Edinburgh
  2. My daughter's college graduation from my alma mater in June
  3. Twelve days with family and friends in Wisconsin in June
  4. Day trips to new towns in Germany

Four Things I'm Always Saying

  1. "Thank you" or "Danke."  (I'm not just being sappy - I say it all the time!)
  2. "Ich liebe Dich."
  3. [In answer to "What are you doing?"] "I'm writing an email to your mother."
  4. "I'm cold."

Four Things I Do Almost Every Day

  1. Nap
  2. Read the newspaper
  3. Read new blog posts by my favorite expat bloggers
  4. Write

What about you? Pick a category and leave your list in the comments, or write your own "Four Things" post!


  1. Nutella (anything with hazelnut flavor) -- I hate hazelnut-flavored things too! And what an awful country to live in when one has that aversion. I admit that I do eat Nutella on toast, but only when mixed with peanut butter. Then you can't really taste any hazelnut flavor (more just like chocolate, so it tastes like a reeses on toast... mmmmm).

    I accidentally bought hazelnut flavored jogurt recently (why does that exist?) and I could not even make myself swallow the first spoonful.

    1. Yep, hazelnut is a big thing here! I always have to be careful when buying ice cream treats and look for Haselnuss in the ingredients - that really destroys it for me. Luckily M doesn't mind it. In the U.S. if you want hazelnut, you really have to search. I would have spit out the jogurt, too. Yuck!

  2. I'm glad you did your own Four Things post! They're so fun to read. I love that you are exactly where you want to be right now :) And I love that picture of Horb. It looks so green and picturesque!

    1. Every now and then it's nice to get a peek into the lives of other expats, don't you think? I always enjoy writers' weekly updates, too. I realized after I posted this that I could have answered "in my living room" to the "Places I'd rather be" category. My wireless wasn't working, so I had to do my typing in the office where a cord connects me to the internet. :-)

  3. I tried oyster omelette in Taiwan - it's the worst thing I've ever put in my mouth!

    1. Brave girl! I would never...And thanks for the warning just in case I would ever consider trying such a dish!