No Complaints Here…Well, Maybe Just One

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As some of you may know, I’ve wanted to move back to the US for a number of years. Honestly, fear was probably what kept us here. Fear of the unknown, fear of the little hell that is moving your entire life from one continent to another (it wasn’t fun the first time, it isn’t fun this time, and let me tell you, I’m never doing this again), fear of buying a house (though more accurately, fear of not being able to afford to buy the kind of house that we wanted).

Despite all those fears, I still wanted to be back in the States, I just wasn’t looking forward to getting there and the whole moving process, and it was easier to stay here of course. We shouldn’t have stayed so long really, but some things seem to have worked out for the better, like the location that we’re going to and the housing market right now being a buyers market.

Even so, there are just so many things about living here that I’m tired of, and have been for years (some of which, in all fairness to Germany, has to do with the US Army and all it’s idiocy). It’s a nice place to visit, but I don’t want to live in Germany any longer. I won’t go into the laundry list of stuff that annoys me on a daily basis here; suffice it to say that I’ve groused enough over the years about all of this stuff that ITMan is now saying “Okay, we’re headed back to the States finally. It’s what you’ve wanted for years, so I don’t want to hear any complaints from you when we get there.” Hmfph.

Okay, I’m not sure I can do “no complaints” at all. I’ve said for years that there were maybe three things that I would miss about Germany when we finally are back in the States: the Autobahn, the windows and the rolladen, and … um … yeah, I guess that’s it. Of those, the only thing that will elicit actual complaints is missing the Autobahn. Even after just that one week in Georgia for house hunting, I can already tell that it’s going to be painful to drive at 55-75 on the highway instead of 95-105. On the highway between Atlanta and Augusta, there’s nothing there for heaven’s sake, and it seems to take forever to get from one to the other.

I kept my car in Germany for as long as possible, only giving it up to the shipper yesterday, two days before I’m flying out myself. That way I could have a few more trips on the Autobahn in it. I wasn’t in the States when this commercial came out from Ford, but I saw it on the Internet and I still love it. So appropriate, even though I don’t have a Shelby:

ITMan is sure that I’ll be the first one to get a speeding ticket, and though I’ll try to be good, he’s probably right. I’m not placing any bets on him being wrong, for sure! I have that Sammy Hagar song in my head: “I can’t drive 55″! I probably need to buy a different car that’s not so muscle/sports car-ish or something. Maybe that would help.

Even disregarding the whole speed limit issue, driving on American highways is going to make me nuts. Once you’ve driven in Germany with the “slow traffic stays right, only use the left lane to pass” laws—that people actually follow—you are forever changed. You spend all your time bopping back and forth between lanes getting out of the way of the guy behind who is trying to crawl in your trunk, getting strange looks because you’re doin’ it right, while you are surprised and baffled by those folks who pass on the right constantly at high speeds doin’ it wrong. I’m just sayin’. It’s a totally different way of driving in Germany than it is in the US, and it makes more sense and seems safer actually, despite the whole “no speed limit on the Autobahn” thing.

So there it is, my one complaint—or soon-to-be complaint—that I have about not living in Germany. It’s all about the Autobahn. :-) I’m headed for Georgia tomorrow! Over and out…

Nadine

6 thoughts on “No Complaints Here…Well, Maybe Just One

  1. Ooh Nadine is back. I hope so much – that you find the space and creative energy you have been missing in Georgia. Welcome home.

    • Hi Kelly! I’m steadily beating my way through the mountains of boxes and paper that are in my “studio” now. I’m feeling that creative nudge to make something, but of course, I have to create the space to do so first! Thanks for the Welcome, we’re finding Georgia to be a friendly place so far!

  2. Hey dear – discovered a little late, that you’re gone. ;-))
    Went to BFQ last Friday (after a half year of absence and there before another half year more).
    Am half part sorry about having you no longer here, but more happy with you and your family, to finally be back home. How did life over there turn out?

    Have a blessed Sunday, from cloudy rainy Germany!
    Hugs,
    Nad!ne (the other)

    • Heya Nadine!

      It’s great to hear from you! Life over here is lovely actually. Just like I said, I miss the windows, the rolladen, and the autobahn especially, but not much else really. :-) Things are soooo different, but mostly in a good way. We’re still unpacking boxes and settling in, but I expect to be thinking about quilting and fabric pretty soon!

      How have you been? Pretty busy, it sounds like! I hope it’s a good kind of busy for you and your family.

      Hugs from cloudy, rainy Georgia! ;-)

  3. Hi! I couldn’t comment on your gallery photo so I’m coming here (hope you’re adjusting to the move back to the US!) I just wanted to tell you I adore your elemental changes: color play. Adore adore adore. I’m such a huge fan of any pattern than doesn’t require fancy handiwork (like crazy mitring or curved piecework) that still produces a stunning design. That is, quilts that (in theory) an intermediate quilter like myself could put together and yet still achieve a really impressive effect. If that makes sense! And you have definitely got that going on in that quilt. It is breathtaking! I’m inspired.

    • Hi Liz! Thank you for your kind comments about Elemental Changes: Color Play. I love patterns like that myself as you can probably tell, though I tend to also get a bit complex with the piecing sometimes–crazy mitering or curves like you say. Piecing is one of my favorite things though, so usually it’s all good. :-)

      I finally get to see this quilt full time actually, and not just in pictures. It’s either been on tour with the museum or rolled and stored since I made it, but in our new house, I’ll be able to hang it up at last!

      Thanks for visiting!

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