Final Friday letters of 2014!

What with Christmas and New Year, I’m not going to be around much over the next couple of weeks, so this will be my final Friday letters for the year. Today is my last day at work, tonight we have a birthday party to go to and tomorrow we head North to visit Jan’s family for the holidays. Hopefully I can get my final Christmas card finished before the party tonight (for his mum), then I can actually relax for a while! For now, though, I give you letters…

Mail box

Dear German bakers. Why must 90% of your sandwiches have remoulade in? And so much of it as well! If I can’t taste the cheese properly you’re doing something wrong!

Dear life. When did you become so complicated?! Please stop it!

Dear Christmas. For something that only lasts two days, you bring an awful lot of work with you! Thankfully I’m pretty much finished now.

Dear final Christmas gift. You never did turn up, so now the package for my dad’s household isn’t going to arrive til after Christmas. Thanks for that!

Dear gift recipients. I hope you all like what I’ve got you.

Dear 2014. Although I’ve had some amazing experiences (Taiwan!), you haven’t been my favourite year. Honestly, I’m glad you’re ending even if I do feel like you only just started!

Dear 2015. All I know about you right now is that you’re going to be very different to 2015. Here’s hoping the adventure is a good one!

No links this week because I’ve been to busy to gather anyway. Instead I shall wish you all a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2015. Here’s hoping it’s an amazing year for all of us!

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Friday letters and links

Hello there! It’s Friday again, and after today I only have one more week at work before the Christmas holidays. I’m very much looking forward to not having to get up at 6 a.m. for a couple of weeks! We’re visiting Jan’s parents for Christmas then for New Year… well, as of right now we’re doing nothing! Iceland is out because flights were too espensive. Bruges was on the table, but other than me looking up train prices and letting Jan know nothing has been done about it and by now it may be too late to even book somewhere to stay. So we may end up staying in Karlsruhe and having fireworks thrown at us all night. We’ll see… Anyway, Friday letters!

PostkastenDear final Christmas present. Please hurry up and arrive so I can finally finish wrapping stuff!

Dear post office. I think I’m only going to have to visit you one more time this year (unless I end up having . Yippee!

Dear Deutsche Post. I can’t believe stamp prices are going up again in January! I still have some left over from last year when it cost 58 cents to send a letter within Germany… now it’s going up from 60 to 62 cents. It isn’t even that long since said stamps only cost 55 cents! And as for putting the price of an international letter up from 75 to 80 cents… well, I don’t even know what to say to that!

Dear Speyer. We’re coming to visit your Christmas market tomorrow! πŸ™‚

That’s all I can think of this week, so here are some links:

Friday letters – Christmas is a pain in the neck!

So, last night I managed to pull/hurt something in my neck while trying to retrieve a roll of wrapping paper from under the spare bed. I was reaching, then suddenly OUCH! Preparing for Christmas is quite literally a pain in the neck! I ended up going to bed with a hot water bottle to put on my neck and this morning I’m mostly better (I can turn my head again and also move my right arm without pain, which is useful for typing!). At least I managed to get one more box of prezzies ready for sending, so that’s what I’ll be doing after work tonight. Then tomorrow we’re off to the Christmas market at Burg Hohenzollern… for those that don’t speak German, that’s a Christmas market at a castle. So that should be fun. And now, letters.

Mail boxDear person on last night’s train. If you were in such a hurry to get a connection, you could have just asked me to let you leave the train first! Pushing really wasn’t necessary. And how do you know I wasn’t rushing for another train, too?

Dear Iceland. Sorry we can’t come and see you for New Year after all. One day, I hope!

Dear post office. Please don’t steal too much of my money tonight! I still have 3-4 packages to send after this one.

Dear boyfriend. Thanks for wrapping some gifts for me the other night. It was a nice surprise πŸ™‚

Dear cards. Why do you take so long to make? I’m convinced stitching the pictures for you took less time than the transforming into actual cards part!

And now some links:

That be all folks. Have a lovely weekend!

Friday letters

Good morning! I do hope it is a good morning where you are. It’s pretty cold here – I switched to my winter jacket this morning – but it’s not raining at least, which makes a nice change.
Normally this little introduction bit before my Friday letters would be where I talk about my week, but quite honestly I have nothing to say! I have worked, I have cleaned the flat and I have bought a turkey for Christmas dinner day, which is taking place tomorrow. That’s about all. Jan is taking me out for a meal tonight though – he suggested it to make up for seeing pretty much nothing of me last week, so that’s nice. And now on with the letters!

Friday letters

Dear Deutsche Bahn. I know it’s getting cold outside now, but there’s really no need to turn the inside of your trains into ovens!

Dear nails. Stop bloody breaking all the time! I find it unfair that I’ve managed not to bite you for over a year but half of you still look as though I had chewed you to death.

Dear turkey. I’m pretty sure I say this every year but… please defrost in time!

Dear pay day. Hurry up! I need to get on with buying Christmas presents.

Dear people in my life. Speaking of Christmas presents, why are so many of you so difficult to shop for?!

That’s all for today. I don’t even have any links to share with you this week, but Charlotte does, so check out her Friday links post instead. have a great weekend, everyone.

So that was Christmas…

All those days of rushing around like a lunatic, trying to get cards written, gifts wrapped and packages sent are now over, culminating in family and friends in various locations spending about a minute tearing off the wrapping paper and briefly admiring my offerings before moving on to the next brightly wrapped gift.

I sent a friend in England chocolate-coated Lebkuchen (a German gingerbread), which she has informed me she could happily eat every day of the year. Success!

My mum loves her posh herbal tea and has already started reading her book. My sister liked her book too.

My brother’s deodrant goes with shower gel and aftershave he got from other people. He’s happy because the scent he wanted is expensive and he couldn’t have afforded it himself!

The last few days my Facebook newsfeed has been full of photos and statuses referring to various babies’ first Christmases. Many of my friends gave birth to their first child this year and of course Christmas had to be recorded in minute detail. I’m sure I would be the same if it were ever to happen to me. Very cute photos of small children in their Christmas pyjamas. Those born at the beginning of the year are old enough to at least be somewhat aware, even if they did find the wrapping paper much more interesting than the gifts inside.

Our Christmas was busy. We arrived at Jan’s dad’s fairly late on 23 December. Christmas Eve for the Germans is Christmas day, but only in the evening. Until around 1 pm it’s an ordinary day and the shops are open. We went for a walk around the village then ate Lebkuchen while drinking tea. In the evening we ate sausages and potato salad before opening a few presents – one each for Jan and I. The rest had to wait until “my” Christmas. At midnight I opened another gift – a tradition in my family!

Early on the morning of 25 December we drove down to Jan’s dad’s girlfriend’s place (overuse of apostrophes in that sentence!). More gifts were exchanged there. By the time I’ve eaten all my chocolates I may never want to see another one again! Lunch was fish in a creamy sauce served with potatoes and tomatoes baked over with lots of cheese. Delicious! Afterwards we took advantage of a lull in the rain to go for a bit of a walk. It had started dripping again by the time we got back though.

We stayed there over night then drove up to Jan’s mum’s place on boxing day. Got there just in time for lunch, which was delicious beef from a happy cow (his mum knows the owners personally). After showing them our photos from Sweden we spent the evening playing Scrabble in German! There was one round where I did not come last πŸ˜‰ Another night, another bed – we stayed there rather than going back to Jan’s dad’s.

Yesterday we came back to Karlsruhe, and tomorrow we go to Luxembourg for the New Year. A brief visit in our flat; two nights in our own bed then off on our travels again.

Christmas was busy, but fun. Next year I want to spend it in England again. After two christmases in Germany it’s time!

(Sorry, no pictures. Zemanta isn’t working and I didn’t take any.)

Search terms

I have neither the time nor the energy for a proper blog (although I still have to tell you about my trip to Freiburg Christmas market on Saturday). I was up til midnight wrapping gifts on Monday evening so two of my packages could go in the mail, then last night Jan’s choir had practice at our place and one of them didn’t leave til after midnight. Bear in mind that I have to be up at 6 every morning, and you may have some idea of how I’m feeling. My eyes actually hurt and I could quite easily have fallen asleep at my desk this afternoon (the incedibly boring text I was proofreading didn’t help either!). And now, instead of going to sleep, I have to run into town to buy a box for the sending of yet more Christmas gifts before heading to Durlach to watch my boyfriend’s choir sing at the Christmas market. So instead of a report on what I’ve been doing, here are some random search terms that have amused me recently. Somehow, people have managed to end up on my blog by searching for the following:

Housework without pretence

Clean House
Clean House (Photo credit: libertygrace0)

Well you certainly won’t find any of that around here! It’s bad enough having to do housework, if you make me give up the pretence as well I shall go on strike!

The last Friday
What, ever? And I thought we had until the 21st before the world ends? – Although that is a Friday, so maybe you meant that all along?

Fluffy foot
I’d suggest you get that checked out. You may be turning into Big Foot… or possibly a hobbit, although they tend to be more hairy than fluffy.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas cards
You mean made of cardboard and covered in glitter? Maybe the apocalypse really is almost upon us… we’re all going to become characters in a scene from a Christmas card…

White porcelain heroes
I have no comment to make on this one, other than πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Mostly not all that funny, I know, but those are the best of a bad bunch.

Friday’s letters

A post box in Durham, England
A post box in Durham, England

What? You didn’t think because I wrote last night’s post this morning there would be no Friday letters this week, did you? Don’t be silly – that would never do! Here are my letters for the week:

Dear self. You are aware that it’s 7 December and you haven’t sent a single package of Christmas gifts to England yet, aren’t you? Get on it!! I am serious.

Dear giant turkey in my fridge. Please defrost in time. But not too quickly. I don’t want to poison anyone…

Dear housework. Why is there so much of you? And why do you take so long to complete? I think I need a robot.

Dear snow. You are pretty. Please could you stay this time and not turn into rain? I’m sick of rain!

Dear computer. I know you are old, but if you go any slower you’ll start running backwards! Sort it out. (Actually, dear boyfriend, it is your computer, so you should sort it out!).

Dear December. Having crept up on me while I wasn’t looking, you are now charging forward at an alarming pace. Please slow down!! I have too much to do, and you’re not leaving me any time to do it!

Dear person who came to read the metres for the heating. I would have liked to tidy up a bit more, but seeing as I was working from home (solely because you were coming!) I felt that I should actually do some work as well. I do apologise for the mess, though. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! By the way, if my boyfriend had been the one to stay home waiting for you, the place would probably have looked even worse. (Actually, the visit went so fast, I doubt the guy even noticed what the place looked like. I had to keep turning lights on for him cos he just didn’t bother!)

OK, now I’m off to send a parcel to America and buy the remianing ingredients for Sunday’s Christmas dinner. I have a list as long as your arm!

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