Saturday, June 30, 2012

VA Va Verona!

I must admit that living in Italy is still one of the coolest things I get to experience. Today, I hopped on Google maps and took my pick at a spot to visit for the day. Our choice: Verona.

I'm no history buff... as a matter of fact the only memories of my history class in school are:
1.) World History (Ettl) Sophomore year; got the nickname "Frankie" because there were 6 other kids with names that start with "Chris".
2.) First class I ever skipped with my then boyfriend, now husband.
3.) Learned the meaning of risk vs. reward. I will not get into that here.
4.) Got to dress up as a nun for a presentation that I didn't prepare for (due to the lack of attendance) and was pretty evident that I was the beacon for irony.

I digress...

We were talking about Verona. Ok- so all throughout high school we talked about European history and geography and the really influential societies that helped mold our modern day culture. Obviously, Romeo and Juliet came up a time or two during my stint in high school but I'm a kid of the 90's so all I see is Leo and Claire when I think of the world's most depressing love story.

Driving just two hours west I for some reason thought I was on my way to see young Leo and Ms. Danes in her angel wings... sigh. But what my eyes settled upon was rather magical all on its own. If you can see past the thousands of tourists and the blindingly colorful food menus, you'll be able to see that Verona has a lot of really romantic charm.

Yes, we saw Juliette's balcony. But it's not really her balcony and I knew that going in, but it's just one of those bucket list things so check check and check on that.

Husband and I get sorta side tracked when we're surround by people, something to do with our low tolerance to inconvenience and crowds. So, we attempted for about two seconds to find Juliette's tomb and/or Leo Romeo's house but ended up instead at the market eating fresh fruit in a cup.

Anyway, all in all it was a great trip. If I were somewhat at all into history or even a smidgen motivated to have read something, anything, about Verona I think I would have basked in the glory a bit more. But what I did see I'm happy with. =)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Grado di Clusantin

One of the most frequent things that I do as a dependapotomus is explore the local area. I really enjoy getting into my car and just driving until I'm either hungry or I'm about to run out of water. What's most enjoyable is the peace and since I'm out driving around when everyone else is working I get the road all to myself. Here are a few snap shots of my most recent trip.

Husband and I took the pup and went for a drive. We stumbled upon a cool cave thing that had a river running beside it. The pup couldn't get enough of it! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What the heck is that???

I usually loathe summertime. Summertime to me means seemingly endless days of skin cracking dryness, heat stroke inducing temperatures, and constant blinding sunshine. Vomit. However, I didn't realize that summer could be really awesome once I moved away from the desert! But then again, I'm kind of a weirdo when it comes to weather. I'm one of the few (that I know of) who actually likes rain, and cold dark days.

These past few weeks have been a total dream. I've been completely spoiled with Italian summer. Since this is my first summer here I'm not sure if this is normal for the region but during the day it's a perfect 75 degrees, breezy and sunny. The birds are out chirping and everything screams PICNIC TIME!!! But then 5pm hits and the storm rolls in for the night. Temperatures drop  about 15-20 degrees, the wind picks up, thunder booms for a while, and rain carries on all night.

Which brings me to the reason behind this post. We sleep with our windows open at night because it's criminal not to with weather this awesome. The problem is that we have these mysterious creatures that live in this random patch of bamboo in the middle of our farmer neighbor's land. We have made a few assumptions about what the creature is but the super annoying noise it makes all night long has us quite confused.

We know think they're birds. Zero idea what type of bird, we've counted at least half a dozen flying around here. They croak like toads but at an unrealistic volume for toads. So they're not toads. I think. But they also quack sometimes, like ducks do but geographically it doesn't make sense for ducks to be in the dry farm fields.

We've been plotting to investigate but we don't want to upset our neighbor by snooping around his place. So until then those stupid bird toad things are safe.

May overview

I'm totally slacking on this blog. It's not that I don't have tons to talk about- it's just that one of two things always happens. One, either I'm too lazy tired or too busy to actually sit down and write. Or two, when I actually make time to sit down and blog, my ability to articulate completely escapes me. Both are equally lame when trying to be an active blogger.

Since it's already mid June and my last post was in April, I thought it would be best to just run through my month of May as quickly as I can.

First, to touch base on what my last blog post was about- I just want to say that I'm slowly getting back to center. I've figured out a few tricks to maintain my sanity and my self image and I'm not feeling completely back to myself but I'm slowly getting there. So thanks for wondering... er whatever.

Alright, so Husband finally got home from his month long work trip. Oh, I didn't tell you that he left? Well, he did. He's back now so not to worry. Ok, so Husband got back from his work trip and within his first week of being back in Italy we jumped on a plane to head to New York. Family situation. =(

One night in Rochester and then we were off to San Antonio to surprise my family. My older brother got married!!!! Husband and I were plotting for months since we found out that my brother was planning to get married in May. We had this sob story about how long the flights were and the fact that we just couldn't afford that kind of trip right now. So, needless to say my entire family had no words when Husband and I walked into the courthouse.

My father actually looked at me and didn't recognize me, so he just turned his head and continued watching the ceremony without saying a word. My eldest brother did a double take and immediately started giggling uncontrollably. Probably because if he stopped laughing he would have cried. My mother yipped/screeched, and my other brother (the groom) pretty much went blank and stared at my husband for a good like 45 seconds out of complete disbelief.

Mission: Wedding Surprise. Accomplished!!!

While in San Antonio we had the opportunity to visit with so many of our friends. Which is kind of weird since none of them actually live in Texas. Funny how things like that work out, huh?

Speaking of weird you're not gonna believe this crap.

Husband and I lived in Phoenix for six years. SIX years and we've waited for Rammstein to tour through our city. I mean Phoenix is a pretty serious metropolis and we get good bands rather frequently. Nine in Nails played in one of our smaller venues for crying out loud. (Side note, we would have gone to this concert except they played two days before Husband came home from the dec).

So we move to Italy and we figure they have to come through some time but no. Then out of the freakin' freaky blue they decide to play in SAN ANTONIO the NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING!!!! Hells yes we went to that show!!!! It was one of the coolest shows I've ever been to. They rocked their freakin' cocks socks off!

That was pretty much the month of May for me. Well, all the good interesting parts at least. =)