Thursday, August 29, 2013

Birthday Boycott!

A few days ago I received an email birthday invitation. The mom wrote this in the email:

"Returning things in Poland can be so difficult so David has requested Empik gift cards for his present.  He has been saving up for something special and your gifts will go toward this purchase."

My first thought was "I'll just run out and buy the gift card no fuss, no trying to figure out what the kid would like, no gift bag.....easy, easy easy!"  Well, it seems other parents didn't see it the same way.  Let the DRAMA begin.....

I get a phone call on Monday from another mom that goes like this:
"Did you get Judy's email about David's party"
"What do you think?"
"I think we will make it"

She continues to tell me, she and other parents are upset with the gift request. It's rude to tell us what to buy David for his birthday and what's with the part about returning things? Does she return gifts we give her sons?" I listened for a few more minutes until she told me this "the other parents are thinking of not going to the party" 

FOR real?  The mom was an ass so in return we should ruin this kid's 6th birthday? F@#$ me running!

My response was "Girly, will be there as she likes David and wants to share his birthday with him.  The gift card made it easy on me and we are not going to take Judy's stupidity out on him" 

I've had this same conversation with 2 other parents and all seem to think I am going too easy on Judy.  Frankly, I just don't care enough to take a stand. 

One Polish dad stopped me the other day to ask me if I had heard of the reaction to Judy's email. "Sure have" I said in a WTF tone to which he looked at me smiled and said in his best English "What the F@#$!"  I laughed and said, "See you Sunday!"

Is it just me or is this just not that BIG of a deal? What are you thoughts?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Soccer, Oh I mean "Football," is Serious Shit!

Recently at Manly’s, as us Americans call it soccer game, I learned why gun control in Poland is a MUST! 

It was a normal, cloudy, chilly Warsaw morning at the pitch.  Manly’s coach has the boys warming up on the field, while we wait for the other team to arrive.  I am a enjoying my hot cup of Joe that the very HOT Ricky Bobby purchased to keep me warm, and next thing I know the shit is going down!

The other team arrives, but where’s the ref for the game?  Oh wait, the other team’s coach in his infinite brilliance decides he will ref the game and coach his team at the same time! This should be fun….

FYI soccer, or as they call it “football," is some serious shit in Europe!  They live and breathe football! Once I was taking Manly to tennis practice next to a professional soccer stadium, while they were having a big game. To get through the gates to tennis we had to walk through a human wall of about 50 police officers in full gear along with their attack German Shepard’s! For a SOCCER game…REALLY!! They even bus in the opposing team fans from across town, so they do not mix with the local team fans!! It’s the real deal in Poland!

Wait.... I was telling you about Manly's game.  Man, I need to keep my meds in check.  Ok, back to my story……

So, Manly’s game finally kicks off.  Of course as the game goes on the “Ref” is making one bad call after another bad call. Oh and let’s not forget he is “coaching” his team.

Now our coach, a sweet little French man, is yelling and ranting  at the “Ref” telling him his calls don’t follow the rules.  And then it happened….

Our coach turns to one of our Polish Dads and says, (you must say this in a French accent) “This is crazy, can you say something?”

To which the Dad says, (you must say this in a Polish accent)“No, I can’t.”

Then Coach says,(you must say this in a French accent) “Please!”

Dad, (insert Polish accent) “You don’t understand, I’m a Polish man….if I use my words I will KILL him!!”

All of the parents on our side are yelling at the bad calls.  Our team makes a goal to tie up the game and parents are screaming and jumping up and down!!!

Wait…. our Polish Dad has disappeared…….all of a sudden his wife pops up to the Coach and asks if there’s someone we can talk to about this so called “Ref."  Now here is where the shit goes down….She says (insert Polish women accent here) ”This is why Poland has gun control because of soccer games like this! !!”

Ohhh K….. (insert my American, shitting her pants, mom accent here) “Manly get in the car!!!!”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Our friend over at has honored us with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  We are overwhelmed by this award as we are new bloggers and weren't sure if anyone would like us!`

The rules are as follows:
Display award logo on blog
Link back to the person who gave you the award
State 7 things about yourself
Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link back to them
Leave a comment on each of the blog's letting them know they have been nominated

Seven Things About Two Bored Housewives 
(that we can share!)

We are both finding our way as newly expat wives.  A little over a year ago we moved our families from the USA, as our husbands embarked on new jobs with their companies in Poland.

We both struggle with not having our own careers, and discovering who we are in our new lives.

Annoula hates to wear socks, even in the winter and for sure not to bed.  What can I say, my feet are HOT!

Mandy has a French Bulldog.  He snorts, snores, farts, and gives big kisses!

We both love Coach handbags and shoes.  You can never ever have too many!!

Our husbands enjoy a good golf game, and we are just fine with it gives us more time for wine time!

We both love to travel and between us we have visited 15 countries. Some of our favorites are Croatia, Greece, and Dubai.

And the Nominees are..........

Sunday, April 21, 2013

30 Days To Happiness

If you’ve read the about us section, you know we are newly expat wives trying to adjust to our new life.  I can honestly say it has not gone so well for me.  There have been moments of excitement, adventure, and joy but for the most part I have focused on missing my family, my friends, my career, and my country.

I have pretty much looked and said this most of my days since we moved!
I wrote about how I envisioned my “new” life would be and all the dreams I had of using this time, but I’ve done nothing to get them started.  Here we are a little over a year into this move, and I am sick of being homesick.  It’s time for me to cowboy up, and figure out my “new” life.  Time to find happier days!

I’ve read that it take 30 days to form a new habit.  So, I am going to make a plan, say it out loud (to you) and take action.  I’m asking you to help me with encouragement and honesty. 

I am listing 3 new habits I want to form in 30 days.  Since May is right around the corner, let’s start May 1st! I will facebook and blog updates and if you could check in on me to see how I am doing I would greatly appreciate the support.  This is a big step I am taking and putting out to the universe. 

Here they are:
Since I don’t have a job, and Girly doesn’t have to be to school until 9:00 I tend to sleep late.  I miss having my morning coffee, seeing Nash off to work, and getting a jump on the day.
New Habit 1:  Get out of bed early 6:30 am, see Nash off, and enjoy my morning coffee. Maybe I’ll even get a load of laundry done…to much?

I really do love to cook and bake, but I gave up any hope here since the grocery stores in Poland are a nightmare, finding the ingredients takes time, and figuring out how my oven works/cooks is impossible. I cook the same shit over and over, or we eat out a few times a week.
New Habit 2:  Try one new recipe a week and bake with Girly once a week.  Girly loves to bake and back home we did it all the time, but here I just gave up. 

Pre-Girly I ran about 20 miles a week and did yoga a few times a week.  I was so excited for this move as I would have more time to get back to running and yoga.  So far I ran a few times and yoga’d never.
New Habit 3:  Run/Walk 3x’s a week and yoga 1x a week.  Easy right?

I have another year to make the very most of my time here! I've got my plan, and I am ready to take off! Do any of you have new habits you would like to start?  If so, please share your stories with us! 

Get ready to give me a little of this!