Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Who would you want to be?

With nothing on TV last night, Dirk and I got into a really funny conversation that I just had to share. I’m not exactly sure how it got started, but Dirk mentioned that if he could be anyone else he would want to be Wolf Blitzer (from CNN). Dirk told me that if he could be Wolf, I could be Meredith (from Grey’s). Seriously, Meredith, the most troubled person in the world (I mean if she were actually a person anyway). No thank you. I think he was thinking of my mad crush on Patrick Dempsey.
Wolf in the Situation Room

I was like really out of everyone in the whole world you would be Wolf? Well, then he decided it need serious consideration, right. We went through several possibilities like Hugh Heffner, Dirk Diggler, and Pale (the soccer player, I can’t make the accent mark over the e) and Anderson Cooper. Even my own step father; his reasoning being that he thinks my step dad has an easy life as my mother does everything around the house and he has a good job that Dirk believes is easy and fun. So, I guess he was looking for lifestyle as opposed to actually being the person… He was looking for someone “cool” and exciting. Someone that had lots of power. After about two hours of considering all these people and telling me why exactly he DID NOT want to be them i.e. too much sex at work means you don’t want to for fun, too much work, too much fame, too gay, and so on. Believe it or not, he finally decided that he wanted to be HIMSELF. Crazy huh?

Well this got me thinking, who would I want to be? I went an entirely different direction. First, I thought who wouldn’t want to be Oprah?! Then I remembered her crappy childhood. Do I get to be her now and not have the past? I guess not because her past made her who she is. I thought maybe Reese Witherspoon. Silly, I know, but she has tons of money, cute kids, is passionate about her work, famous enough to go wherever she wants but not so famous she can’t live her life. The only problem is that pesky divorce. Although, I might prefer to have divorced Ryan Phillippe than to have never married him at all!
Aren't they cute??

I haven’t been able to pick just one person. I am trying hard to think of some really great singer (which I wish I could be, but as I can’t sing at all I guess that won’t happen), but a great artist with passion. And maybe a little crazy! I do still have Michelle Obama on the list. Pretty, smart, powerful. She can do great things in the next few years and I personally think she will…. I don’t know maybe Marilyn Monroe! More fun.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Here's your sign....

I am very lucky and excited to be spending Christmas in Germany this year. My husband is German (yes like fresh off the boat German… does that work with Europe too or just southern counties??). Anyway, he has only lived here about two years now. So, we are happy to be going back to Germany for Christmas and his brother’s wedding, which we never thought would happen.
I suppose I should explain a little. I lived in Germany for three years. We met and married there. It is kind of funny to me that others are so interested and surprised that we go back to visit. Lots of people ask some really good questions about how things are overseas. Having traveled most of Europe while I was there, I also have lots of stories that I am happy to share.

Just a side note, I have two very funny questions that I have been asked. My own mother (who had never been out of the States at the time) actually asked if “they have cell phones over there”. Crazy, right. I mean turn on the freakin news would ya. She has now visited there and fell in love with the landscape and friendly people. The other question is forgivable because my niece asked it when she was like 8 years old. But she was always very fascinated by the time difference. Everytime she called she would ask what time is it there. Everytime she would say wow that’s so cool. Well, what she didn’t really get was that while it was a different time zone things happen at sort of the same pace. I got some American TV channels right. So, she was shocked when she called to see, I’m not kidding here, WHO WON THE SUPERBOWL!! How funny! I had a difficult time explaining that I was 7 hours AHEAD not 7 hours in the FUTURE! The American Superbowl had not taken place in Germany before the US!! You gotta love kids right! Seriously, I think she wanted to make some bets and thought I could win her some money!

Ok, so the real reason for blog was to tell you all that I have had what I think are hilarious conversations that go something like:

Brooke: Oh, I can’t go, we will be in Germany then.
Other: Cool, Germany. What for?
Brooke: (After all this time people get the shortened answer). Christmas with the in-laws and a wedding (as if I am talking about driving two hours upstate right)
Other: Wow! That will be a lot of fun!

This is almost always followed by ARE YOU FLYING? It kills me not to say, nope we are swimming. We’re leaving tomorrow so we can make it there on time. I know it’s kind of mean. I understand that many people don’t get to do a lot of traveling around our own country let alone any place else. But seriously, do people actually take boats to Europe anymore? Isn’t that called a cruise? Wouldn’t I have said we are taking a cruise? Are there even boat companies that transport people? I guess there probably still are, but can you imagine how badly one would have to hate flying to be willing to sit on a boat for that long? I am already dreading that long flight, but by boat? Seriously!
That got me thinking are there other options? I guess you could consider driving up to Canada then through the Barren Strait, over to Russia, and down. I am not sure if there is land connecting Alaska to Russia? I guess I will have to ask Sarah Palin. Can you drive it? How many hours would that take? Again, why not FLY?

I know I am crazy. But I have heard this question so many times, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I always think of Bill Engvol and the here’s your sign jokes… I just love those because they are so true!