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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Friday Letters and Daily Diaries: 19–25 April 2014

There were no Friday letters or Daily Diaries last week because I decided to start my Easter long weekend by being lazy and not doing anything… including walking to the other room to switch on the computer! We then ended up spontaneously having friends over to watch films in the evening, so I didn’t do any blogging then either. But today I’m linking up with Kate again.

Friday letters

Dear nails. I don’t know what your problem is, but I wish you would stop splitting and breaking all the time! Not only do I find it very unfair that most of you are now shorter than when I used to bite them… your sharp edges and rough bits are ruining all my tights! Please stop it.

Dear Deutsche Bahn. Thank you sooo much for sending a train with one carriage missing on a Friday when loads of people who are going away for the weekend are catching said train. //End of sarcasm.

Dear healthy eating. I promise I will start you again soon, but there was no possible way I could resist my colleague’s cake. I mean, the base tastes like Forrero Rocher! How could I not take a slice for breakfast this morning before it was all gone?

Dear Germans. There is no such word as advices! And while we’re on the subject, informations is not a word either.

Daily Diaries

Amneville zooSaturday/Sunday. As I’ve said above, we hosted a movie night on Good Friday (Hmm, I always insist on saying film because I am not American, but somehow movie night sounds better…). Everyone left pretty late, so I didn’t exactly get up early on Saturday! Once I was awake, I don’t really remember what I did, other than have a cup of tea and some toast. In the afternoon, I did a gorcery shop then, once I’d unpacked the shopping, Jan and I went over to our friends’ place to check on their birds, who we were looking after for a few days. They seemed pretty happy, so we gave them some fresh water and a bit of food then left them to it. On the way home, we finally tried out a little Italian café near us. We each had a delicious pastry and a coffee – espresso for Jan and cappucino for me. Back at home, we watched the Newcastle vs Swansea match (wish I hadn’t bothered!) then Jan got on with some work while I made sausage rolls to eat for lunch the next day. Then I made tea and we ate it while watching the first two episodes of Fawlty Towers (I got Jan the boxset for his birthday). And that was Saturday. As for Sunday, well I’ve already told you we went to the zoo in France. In case you missed that post, you can read all about it here.

Monday. It was Easter Monday, so no work. Hooray! To be honest, I have no idea what I actually did all day though. We went to check on the birds again and I did some cross stitch (a new baby card this time) but that’s all I remember…

Tuesday. Back to work… not much to tell. I made sweet potato and chickpea curry for tea and we watched more Fawlty Towers.

Wednesday. Work. In honour of St George’s Day, tea was bangers and mash followed by home made apple crumble. Jan was home late so there was no time to watch anything before my bed time. I also discovered downloading Welcome to Night Vale onto my BlackBerry actually works. Woop!

Thursday. Woke up with a sore throat (booo!). Tried to listen to Welceom to Night Vale on the way to work and discovered that an episode is about five minutes too long for my commute. Noooo! My colleague brought cake into work with a base that tasted like crushed up Ferrero Rocher (see letter above). The middle layer was cream and the top consisted of sour cherries. Soooo tasty! After work, I took a package to the post office, popped to the supermarket then came home for food. Jan had choir practice (not at my place this time) so I downloaded another episode of Wlecome to Night Vale and listened to it in bed while sipping on Beechams hot blackcurrant (which I’m sure tasted less horrible when I was a kid!).

Friday. That would be today. I’m at work, obviously 😉 I ate some more of my colleague’s cake for breakfast, then got on with some proofreading. Currently I’m on my lunch break eating a Thai chickpea curry ready meal (I may have developed an obsession with chick peas…). Tonight I’m invited to a leaving party, but before that I have two more jobs to complete this afternoon. Annnd tomorrow I’m off to Heidelberg to meet up with some other expat bloggers in Germany. I’m both excited and terrified (what if they don’t like meeee)! And now I’m off to finish my lunch… have a great weekend everyone!
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