Finally a chance to say more than just hi. Very productive week! I worked 3 days, managed to embarrass myself thoroughly in front of my co-workers, and got the kids to all swimming lessons and otherwise normal activities. Wednesday night the company I work for hosted a BINGO night. They do different activities throughout the year and you can pay each month to belong to the activity group, or you can just go to certain events and pay for each one. I’m not a member because I don’t work enough to make it worthwhile for them to take the pay out of my check. But I went to the BINGO night, won myself a nice little baking set. But as most foreign languages, Dutch says the numbers backwards from English. We say twenty-four, they say four and twenty. So here’s me trying to get the numbers straight in my head as they are announced so I don’t mark off the wrong square, and the only other person at my table is half deaf, so she kept missing numbers and I would have to tell her what number they just called, but then I’d miss the next one. So I asked what the last number was, and apparently in Dutch, that means “When is the last time you....baked?” (Sarah, are you familiar with our code?) but I didn’t KNOW that’s what it meant, and the guy who had been calling numbers had been making innuendos all night long, very citrus y, so my asking that was just really funny and for ME really embarrassing. But it was a great time.
In other news, Bug is apparently engaged. She and a boy in her class have decided to get married when they are old enough, which is age 24 because that’s when I got married.
MM has started reading. YAY! He read a page in a starter book to me the other day and only missed a couple of words that weren’t familiar to him. Bug was about the same at the age he is now, and now she’s reading 2 grade levels above her own, so hopefully MM will take off with reading, too.
My brother had to put one of his dogs down the other day.
Very sad. He was my brother’s baby...his first dog (my fur nephew) and was a real sweetie. I’m not sure what was wrong...could have been just old age I suppose, but I don’t think he was THAT old, and he is a small dog, and smaller dogs usually live longer.
Bug is doing really well in swimming, but she’s her mother’s daughter and isn’t confident in her ability. She’s ready to move on to the next level, but she has to be able to swim through this hole under water without coming up for air. She has to jump in, touch the bottom, and swim through the hole all in one go. She panics after jumping in and comes up for air and THEN swims through the hole. But for that, she could move on to the Seahorse group her friend is in. But I tried to encourage her last night and only succeeded in making her upset and dig in her heels so she says she doesn’t WANT to move on. *sigh*
So, on to posts:
, how long is Rob going to be shooting? Surely your friend could do some scouting after her son recovers from the shingles! Or is it because vacation is almost over that she can’t go looking anymore?
I will order a few copies of your book in the next few days. I will have to make several purchases because everyone I want to send it to is in a different country and if she’s going to mail them out for free, I’d better have her mail them directly to those people rather than all to me and then I have to pay shipping to get them to everyone else! You said it was only for preorders...do you know how long that is then? I should have a few days, right?
The other girl doing the baby shower is ok with me. I can’t be there either way, and it’s got to be much more fun having everyone there, playing games, chatting, etc, than people just ordering stuff online and having it sent. I understand, so it doesn’t bother me. I just wish I could be there so I could be the one to do it.
Did you find out what’s going on with your boss? Is everything ok? It’s not to do with your book is it?
, How’s it going with the house? Are you almost done? I was thinking of you yesterday. I browsed some house listings in Huissen for when we win the Queens day lottery and have a house built...I was looking for ideas, and there were some really good ones, but I was struck by how many houses there are for sale that you look and NOTHING matches all the things I want...and I remembered you saying that. That some houses were perfect on the inside, but then the garden wasn’t nice, or the neighborhood wasn’t right, etc. Man it’s hard to find something great!
I’m so with you on the snow now...I love it to begin with, but now it’s just annoying and needs to go. The bike paths are a MESS and all the slush just gets caught under the wheel guard and makes it nearly impossible to pedal with the friction. Not to mention being deadly slippery!! Monday was SO hard, and I almost fell a couple of times.
, I think Sarah posted a picture of that same thing a week or 2 ago...maybe that was on the FB page, but I know it was a box of candy with a Twilight necklace on it. Made me wish we had Wal-mart here!!
Glad your day was better!
I think bone in is usually cheaper because it requires less work from the Butcher, but I’m not positive. But if you want to get boneless, there are lots of great seasonings so it doesn’t lack flavor.
, a Valentine’s party sounds fun! My kids have spring break at that time, too, so I SHOULD be able to make it. It would be nice if they were still staying at my in-laws then, but I doubt they’ll be there that long, so I won’t be able to stay LATE, but I can at least make an appearance!
Glad Sonny Boy made it home safe and sound, and that he had a great time! How could he not?
, so you got out of jury duty? I’ve never been selected. I think it could be interesting, depending on the case, but it could also be BORING!
Didn’t you say there was video surveilance of the girl who stole your phone? Should be a pretty cut and dry case, right? Maybe you can even settle out of court. She’d be an IDIOT to go to trial if there’s video of her doing it!
, happy celebrating! I want to watch the Big Bang Theory, but it’s on right when I have to put my kids to bed, so I can’t. I’ve heard good things though!
, I hope you get out of the jury duty! It sounds like the LAST thing you need to add to your schedule!
! I know Susie had some addresses..and Jaclyn, because she sent out Christmas cards. Ashley had some, too I think.
! Nice to see you!
, nice to see you again! Sorry the puppy is a monster...I think most of them are in the beginning. It’s a good thing they are so cute! I remember when we first got my childhood dog and he chewed apart power cords, kleenex, blankets, a feather pillow, a set of coasters...and as he got older, he got at several other things. He escaped the house once at my brother’s birthday party, where the boys were sleeping in a tent in the yard. We had made homemade pizza and the boys had taken a 14 inch pizza out to the tent for a snack later...my brother came inside and saw MASH was on, so stayed in to watch, the other boys came looking for him and they started watching, too. By the time they got out to their tent, Rascal was back...this was a SMALL dog...cocker spaniel and chihuahua mix...and his sides were all pooched out and he just groaned...and in comes my brother “Mom! Someone stole our pizza!!!” Then one time I was selling chocolate for something at school and I bought a box of mint meltaways myself. I had them sitting, closed, on a table and came home to the open box on the floor, empty, and a few foil wrappers from some antiacid tablets my brother had been prescribed the week before. And we were playing ball with him at a friend’s house once and he ran after the ball, but came back with a green pepper instead, which he had stolen from the garden...and he ate the whole thing. Hours and hours of entertainment, these puppies, even if they are driving us nuts.