• Update #1 – No job in Boston, but a move around the corner

    Wow, am I reliable, huh? 😉 I know, I promised a post that night of my apology…well, didn’t work out. Hehe…

    Anyway, I was thinking about where to start best for my updates and I think the first thing is this:

    In July, I applied for a position as an Officer Manager with a company called Polytec. They have their headquarters in Irvine, CA just an hour away from here, but the job was posted for Hopkinton, which is a small town close to Boston, MA. Yes, the east coast. I was really considering to move to the east coast. The job sounded really interesting and seemed like it would provide lots of opportunities to grow. So, I applied. I got a response very soon and so it started. I talked to 4 different people within that company at all kinds of locations within the States. Then I was invited to an interview at their headquarters in Irvine. The interview went really well and took almost two hours. I left the building with a really good feeling.

    In the same time the 1-year lease of my apartment was over. So, my property management wanted to know, if I wanted to renew the lease for another year or if I would like to continue with a month-to-month lease. Since I wasn’t sure what was going to happen and it looked really promising with the job in Boston, I decided to continue with a month-to-month lease.

    Well, Polytec didn’t contact me after the interview for three weeks, even not on follow-up emails on my part. And then suddenly one Friday night, I receive an email that said: Sorry, we have chosen someone else. WTH? What happened? I don’t know… and to be honest, I also didn’t feel like asking. I was pretty disappointed. But well… That’s life!

    So, I went back to my normal misery everyday life, where I am looking for jobs. Anyway… one day, I got a voice message from my property management. In the message, the lady said, she needed to talk to me about a letter that she received from the owner of my apartment. Oh man, I suspected the worst. That didn’t sound good at all.

    And guess what?! I was right! My landlord got separated from her husband and wanted her place back!!! She was pretty much just waiting for me to not renew my lease for another year! Bitch! So what did that mean? I had 60 days to find a new place. AGAIN!! And I was so happy in my studio. I finally felt home in there and then she wanted to kick me out? Just like that? I couldn’t believe it.

    Well, since I am the kind of person that wants to resolve those things as fast as possible, I started looking for a new place right away. I didn’t find something ideal, but I found something easy. In the same complex, a GERMAN couple (I know what a coincidence 🙂 ) wanted to rent out their place for one year because they wanted to go back to Germany. So I pulled my I’m-German-too card and got the place. It’s really not ideal because they rented it out furnished and I do have my own furniture, too. But the good part is, the apt is has a small den (a maybe 80 sqft room) that I am using as the “storage” now. I managed to put the entire furnishing into that room. Which is really awesome because it saves me the money for a storage room. And the people wouldn’t have liked me to put their furniture into storage anyway. So, perfect! 🙂

    It’s just, you know… It’s someone else’s place and they will come back. So, it’s again not mine. I don’t feel home there and I will have to look for something else soon again. Hopefully that will finally be something more permanent.

  • 4th of July – Long weekend

    Yippie, yippie, yeah… Since beginning of time, I finally had a loooong weekend again! Hehe… 😀

    That was so nice! I really enjoyed it. As most of you probably know, the 4th of July is a holiday in the US, the Independence Day. And as all the holidays, also this one is usually celebrated with a nice big party. But I used this holiday first to get on a nice run! 🙂 Hehe… I know, “I am crazy”! 😉 But, if you believe it or not, running makes my life better. When I run, I am happy!

    At Coronado Island they have the “Coronado Independence Day 15k and 5k” race every year. I did the 15km run and Gaby tackled the 5km. After Gaby had seen me running the marathon, she is completely inspired and wanted to get to running, too. So, I offered her my help and suggested that she should do this race with me. She did pretty well, I have to say. We only started the training a few weeks ago, and Gaby had never run before that. She mastered the race in 45 minutes! Not bad at all!

    Well, I on the other side, wasn’t as fast as I hoped to be. My goal was a time of 1:20:00, I did it in 1:26:38. Well, at least it’s close. Ich have to say, though that for San Diego it was pretty humid and they only had a water station at every other mile. My body was screaming for water the whole time. 2 miles can be really long when you’re thirsty.

    At the end I still sped up nicely, though. After the race I sat down in the grass with 3 cups of water and a dark red dome. Despite all that, it was a good race. Gaby had fun and I had done my workout before I went to the BBQ/Pool Party that I was invited to in the afternoon.

     

                

     

    The weather was really nice then. So, the grilling and pool enjoying with good friends was just great! We had a lot of fun, were pretty silly and the people made fun of me being a vegan. Yup, an absolutely perfect day! 🙂

    The rest of the weekend, I finally got to do some stuff that had been kicking down the road since forever and I enjoyed a few really nice big walks with Amy. Can’t it be like that every weekend? I could totally get used to a 3-day work week! 😛

     

            

  • 4. Juli – Langes Wochenende

    Juppi, juppi, jeah… Ich hatte seit eeeeewigen Zeiten mal wieder ein langes Wochenende! 🙂

    Man war das schön! Ich habe es echt mehr als genossen. Am 4. Juli wird in den USA ja bekanntlich der Unabhängigkeitstag gefeiert. Und natürlich wird das immer mit einer großen Party verbunden. Aber ich habe den 4. Juli erstmal dazu genutzt mal wieder fleißig zu rennen! 🙂 Hehe… Ja, ich weiß “ich bin doch verrückt”! 😉 Aber ob ihr’s glaubt oder nicht, das Rennen macht mein Leben einfach schöner. Wenn ich renne, bin ich happy!

    Auf Coronado Island gab es das “Coronado Independence Day 15k and 5k” Rennen. Ich habe den 15km-Lauf und gemacht und Gaby hat die 5km in Angriff genommen. Nachdem Gaby mich den Marathon hat laufen sehen, ist sie vollkommen inspiriert und wollte auch das Rennen anfangen. Somit hab ich ihr angeboten, zu helfen und hab vorgeschlagen, dass sie dieses Rennen mit mir macht. Sie hat sich ziemlich gut geschlagen, muss ich zugeben. Wir haben erst vor ein paar Wochen angefangen mit dem Training, und Gaby hat vorher noch nie gerannt. Das Rennen hat sie in 45 Minuten gemeistert! Echt nicht schlecht!

    Naja, ich dagegen war nicht ganz so schnell, wie ich gehofft hatte. Meine gewünschte Zielzeit war 1:20:00, geschafft hab ich’s in 1:26:38. Naja, wenigstens nah dran. Ich muss dabei aber auch sagen, dass es ziemlich schwül für San-Diego-Verhältnisse war und die hatten nur jede zweite Meile eine Wasserstation. Mein Körper hat die ganze Zeit nach Wasser geschrien. 2 Meilen können echt ganz schön lang sein, wenn man Durst hat.

    Am Ende hab ich trotz des Dursts noch mal gut Gas gegeben und hab mich dann nach dem Rennen erstmal mit 3 Bechern Wasser und einer hochroten Birne auf den Rasen gesetzt. Trotz alledem war es ein gutes Rennen, Gaby hatte ihren Spaß und ich hab mich sportlich betätigt, bevor ich zu der BBQ/Pool Party gegangen bin, zu der ich eingeladen war.

     

                

     

    Das Wetter war nachmittags richtig schön. Somit war das Grillen und Pool-genießen mit guten Freunden einfach nur wunderbar. Wir hatten viel Spaß, haben viel rumgealbert und die Leute haben sich über mein Veganer-Dasein lustig gemacht. Jap, ein absolut vollkommener Tag! 🙂

    Den ganzen Rest des Wochenendes habe ich endlich mal ein paar Dinge erledigt, die schon seit Ewigkeiten liegen geblieben sind und habe ein paar gute, lange Spaziergänge mit Amy genossen. Kann das nicht jedes Wochenende so sein? Ich könnte mich definitiv an eine 3-Tage-Arbeitswoche gewöhnen! 😛

     

            

     

  • Greetings from Germany!

    Yes, I’m home. Unbelievable…

    After more than 20 months, I have to admit, it was a really weird feeling to come home. Now, after a few days, I start to get used to it again. Germany is actually really nice. So green… I almost forgot how green it is. There is one bush after another, forest, next to forest, and fields over fields… Awesome! 🙂

    Of course the nicest thing about being home, is being with family and friends. It’s really good to be able to hug them again! 🙂 20 months is definitely a long time.

    My dog Amy is on vacation in Orange County. I took her to Irvine Wednesday night. A good friend and great dog lover is taking care of her. He is a dog trainer and owner of a doggy hotel. I’m happy that I found Herbert. He really knows what he’s doing. Dogs just love him and so does Amy. I feel very comfortable leaving Amy with him. So I don’t have to worry about her at all, when I’m on vacation.

    You know what the best thing is, though? By visiting Germany, I realized that I feel home in San Diego! 🙂

  • Frohes neues Jahr // Happy New Year !!!

    So…das neue Jahr ist angebrochen!  🙂

    Ich wünsche allen ein wunderbares, neues Jahr 2009! Auf , dass alle eure Wünsche in Erfüllung gehen und eure Pläne sich verwirklichen lassen!!!

    In genau 6 Tagen muss ich in Frankfurt beim Konsulat erscheinen. Denn dort hab ich am Donnerstag um 8 Uhr meinen Interview-Termin wegen der GreenCard. Hoffentlich geht alles glatt!

    Ich hab zwar immer wieder gelesen, dass das alles ganz relaxed ist und man sich überhaupt gar keine Sorgen machen braucht. Aber das ist echt leichter gesagt als getan.

    Heute Mittag bin ich schon bei der Bank gewesen und hab die 775$ besorgt, die das Konsulat als Visumsbearbeitungsgebühr haben will. Aufgrund der Empfehlung, dass man am besten nicht höhere Noten als 20$ mitnehmen soll, hatte die Bank ein kleines Dollarproblem . 😉 So als kleine Sparkasse in einem kleinen Ort hat man ja nicht Unmengen von Dollar da…und erst recht nicht in kleinen Scheinen! Aber sie haben es noch zusammen bekommen. Jetzt hab ich 775$ in 20er, 10er, 5er und 1er -Scheinen. Echt ein ganz schöner Packen Geld!

    Ein Hotelzimmer in Frankfurt hab ich heute auch schon gebucht. Es ist ja garantiert angenehmer in Frankfurt zu übernachten als morgens um 4 Uhr loszufahren, um um 8 Uhr am Konsulat zu sein. Und ich will ja schließlich oberpünktlich sein. Denn das ist ein Sammeltermin und da heißt es: Wer zuerst kommt, malt zuerst…

     

    Naja, soweit so gut! Nach meinem Termin gibt’s selbstverständlich detaillierte Infos!!