Friday Letters & Daily Diaries: 28 April – 1 May 2014

Yesterday was a bank holiday here in Germany thanks to May Day, but today I’m back at work… unlike my boyfriend, whose work is closed on most bridge days without them even having to take holiday! (It’s the same with Christmas… he gets the time off for free, while my work is actually closed but I have to hand in a holiday form anyway… in theory we both get 30 days holiday a year, but in reality he gets about 7 extra that that he just can’t chose the days for). But at least I’m only back in the office for one day, then it’s the weekend again… And now, Friday letters.

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Dear weather. Please could you pick a season and stick to it? I’m sick of all this hot/cold, sunny/rainy, I have no idea what I want stuff!

Dear next week. How on Earth am I going to cope with working a whole 5 days? Between Easter and yesterday’s May Day holiday, I’ve forgotten what a full working week feels like 😉

Dear skirt I love. If Jan can’t fix your zip, I will be extremely unimpressed!

Dear Welcome to Night Vale. I can’t believe it took me this long to actually get round to listening to you! I’ve really been missing out! (And thanks K for the introduction… I might never have actually got around to it otherwise).

Dear boyfriend. Thank you for taking the time to go out for the day with me yesterday even though you probably should have been working on your dissertation.

And now I’m sure you’re all dying to read about what I got up to last week 😉

Daily Diaries

Saturday/Sunday. Lumping the weekend all in together here because there’s not much to say. On Saturday morning, I got up bright and early to bake biscuits before heading out to Heidelberg. I actually ended up making Jan put the last 2 batches in the oven because I had to dash off for my train. The afternoon was spent having a wonderful time with some fellow expats, before I headed home only to almost immediately leave the flat again for a friend’s birthday party… which explains why I was making biscuits at 8:30 a.m.! It was a pizza party, which is always fun. After getting in pretty late, I had a bit of a lie in on Sunday then spent the rest of the day doing not much. I did manage to put on a load of washing though.

Monday. An ex-colleague who recently left came by to pick up some documents and brought apple crumble with her. There was also walnut icecream… on the day that I had vowed I was going to go back to healthy eating after my weekend of birthday parties (plus a leaving party with cake and wine on Friday night). Alas, it was not to be. But apple crumble contains fruit, so it’s practically healthy… right? We watched the Newcastle match in the evening, but I wish we hadn’t bothered! I expected Arsenal to beat us, but my team could at least have bothered to show up! The only person worthy of being called a footballer is Tim Krul! (And possibly Tiote… he did manage to get a nice shot off).

Tuesday. I ended up staying at work for an extra hour because a customer insisted he absolutely must have a translation back that day and not the following morning, as had originally been arranged. I then finally went home to find that Jan had actually arrived before me, meaning I could start cooking earlier than usual… once I had washed all the dishes from the night before. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a disaster with the tinned tomatoes, so I had to cook tea a second time. So much for for the early night I had wanted!

Wednesday. Work was pretty much as usual, then I came home to find my dad had added me on Facebook… causing me to choke on my cuppa! I never thought I would live to see the day my dad joined the dreaded FB! (And neither did anybody else judging by all the comments on his wall). For tea, we had tinned soup (which I gave a good sniffing before pouring it into the pan!) and cheese sandwiches. Afterwards, we read to each other from Terry Pratchett’s Snuff. Nearly finished now!

Thursday. As I said above, 1st May is a holiday here in Germany (unlike the UK where the bank holiday is on the following Monday). Jan had asked me the evening before whether I would like to go anywhere, and because the weather forecast was looking pretty grim, I chose a museum in Speyer where there was an exhibition that I’d wanted to see for ages (more on that in a separate post). We arrived home at 6 p.m. and I quickly made some food and we watched an episode of Fawlty Towers before Jan had to dash out again for choir practice. I spent the evening sorting out photos and looking for books to for the missing categories in the Summer 2014 Reading Challenge.

As for today, I’m at work (or will be soon, anyway… this post is scheduled to appear while I’m still on the train ;-)) and so far don’t have any plans for this evening. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens…

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More Friday letters

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Another week over, and another busy one it’s been. Ill colleague always means lots of extra work  for me. It’s over now though, thank goodness. Will have to make this a short post as I’m off to a birthday party tonight and need to get ready. Here are this weeks Friday letters:

Dear Americans at the bus stop. In the 4 minutes we were standing there, I actually lost count of how many times you used the word like – and the phrase I was like/we were like. Way to reinforce stereotypes! (Small sample: “Some people like come to class early and they like leave their bags on seats. Then they come back at like 10:15 and I’m like ‘who the hell are you?’”)

Dear “likers” of my blog. While it is nice to have people liking my blog, it’s a little scary when you do it within seconds of me pressing publish. The fact that you never actually comment does not make things better. Who are you and what do you want from me? (To those of you who like posts and leave a comment, I don’t mean you!)

Dear man at the train station. Thank you for rescuing my chocolate bar from the vending machine for me!

Dear weekend. I know I have lots of plans again, but could you please go by a little slower than the last one. After the week I’ve had I seriously need some rest!

Dear Primark. It’s probably kind of sad that I’m this excited about you opening in Karlsruhe, but I really don’t care. I LOVE my purchases (blog post on that to come).

Dear Newcastle United players. Could the injuries please stop now.  Six of our key players are out with injuries (plus a few I’m not sure about) and now Cisse is doubtful. It won’t be long before there are none of you left to play…

Dear sleep. I miss you. How does a lie in on Sunday sound?

That’s all from me. Party time!

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I’m invited to two birthday parties tonight. Amazing. You don’t get invited anywhere for months then two parties come along at once.
The first is for a friend of Jan’s. He turned 30 this week. There’s a tradition in the north of Germany that when a man turns 30 and isn’t married he has to sweep the steps in front of the Town Hall until a girl comes along and kisses him free. So guess what poor old Mat has to do today? Yup, we’re all meeting at Marktplatz at 5:30pm for him to do some sweeping. And as the tradition isn’t known here in the south of Germany he’ll probably be sweeping for a long time… Afterwards we’ll go to the party.

Then we’re invited to a second party, this time my friend Lisa. It’s a combined birthday party (for her), leaving party (for her boyfriend – they’re both moving to the Netherlands but he’s going first. She may have another leaving party later on) and moving in party (for the new flatmate). Phew, lots going on there.

Soo, I have a busy afternoon/evening ahead of me.