Finally it’s Friday! Music to my ears this week… work has been busy, particularly the last couple of days (somehow I have about 6 translations that are all due today?!). Actually, my working week still won’t be over after today – we’re having an open day thing tomorrow, so I’ll be on a train heading into the office at 7:15 a.m. But that’s a different kind of work at least… less brain power required. And then next week I’m off! Not that I’m doing anything, I just had to use up some holiday from last year. Buuut anyway… letters time!
Dear IKEA. I am looking forward to you bringing my new furniture on Monday. Finally my tights will have a proper place to live!
Dear spare room. I am so sorry about the state you are in (world’s worst housewife strikes again…). Don’t worry, you will be sorted out on Sunday!
Dear EasyJet. Considering you are supposed to be a cheap airline the prices you’re giving me are ridiculous! I know we want to fly over Easter, but that’s still no excuse to charge over €100 for a one way flight!
Dear parcel delivery people. Is it really necessary to hold down the doorbell button for ages? No wonder I have a heart attack every time it rings!
Dear books. I don’t know what I would do without you! You are my escape from all the problems and horror in this world (although the book in the book I’m currently escaping into isn’t one I would particularly like to be in either…).
Right, that it for today. Happy weekend, dear readers. I hope the weather where you are is better than here!
I wanted to post this yesterday, on actual link-up day (the first Thursday of the month), but Jan had taken over the computer to upload his photos, so in place of Friday letters I bring you my “doings” from March… even though you all already know it was all about New Zealand!
Reading: I bought (or rather had Jan buy me) Friday On My Mind by Nicci French from Zurich airport and read that while waiting for our flight to New Zealand. It was good! (I also read a book on the way back, but it was April by that time so I won’t include it).
Watching: On the flight to Dubai I watched The Rescuers Downunder – a sequel to The Rescuers. It seemed appropriate 😉 (although it’s set in Australia, not New Zealand). It was very cute, of course. Then I watched something called The Gift, which was weird. On the Dubai-Auckland flight I watched Toy Story 3, which I had somehow never seen! Before New Zealand, we started watching Mr Robot, which I bought Jan for his birthday. Two episodes in, it seems good – but intense. It’s difficult to cross stitch while watching because I miss stuff.
Drinking: Many New Zealand beers! Also wine – we did a wine tour.
Visiting: My uncle in Rotorua. I met my three year old cousin for the first time, and she’s just the cutest!
Travelling: To New Zealand, obviously, but before that we did a day trip to Lausanne.
I can’t even remember what I was doing pre-New Zealand so I’m going to stop here.
What have you been doing recently?
Check out the link up to see how everyone else spent March!
p.s. I don’t know what’s wrong with my formatting? I swear I entered spaces between each item…
I’m finally back from my New Year’s adventures with a camera full of photos and lots of stories to tell. Not tonight though! After a 3:15 a.m. wake up, one flight with some pretty scaqry turbulence (and believe me, I’m not usually one to be worried by turbulence!) followed by a delayed connecting flight then a 3 and a half hour train journey it’s fairly safe to say I’m exhausted! The only thing I’ll be doing tonight is crawling into my bed… but I had to pop online to say hello to you all first! Starting tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my New Year’s resolutions with you and telling you all about Madeira. I will also be doing my best to catch up with all your blogs and reply to your comments, but that may take a while. For now I shall simply wish you all an absolutely amazing 2014 with plenty of good times and hopefully no (or at least very few) bad!
Today is my final day at work, then we’re closed for a whole two weeks. Hooray! I am certainly in need of a break after all the overtime I’ve been doing recently! Just a few more things to sort out tonight, then it’s off to England tomorrow to spend Christmas with the family…
Dear flights. I’m counting on you to not be delayed or cancelled this time. I’ve had enough stress recently without dealing with that, too!
Dear boyfriend. Can’t wait to spend an entire two weeks with you without any work or other commitments! Please not getting ill this time though…
Dear suitcase. I know I have a lot of gifts to put in you, but I would appreciate it if you could stay within the weight limit anyway!
Dear British food. I am coming for you!! First up: a bacon sadwich with decent bacon!
Dear family, friends and godson. Can’t wait to see you. And I hope you like your gifts.
Dear readers. I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to get on WordPress while I’m in England, so I’ll wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year now. “See” you in 2014!
Somehow, it is Friday again, and let me tell you I am ready for it! Of course, next week isn’t going to be particularly relaxing (trips to visit the family never are), but at least I get a break from the HUGE translations that have been taking over my days since I returned from Ireland… and will continue to do so after I get back from the upcoming week away.
Dear England. I shall see you in a few hours… for the first time in 10 months!
Dear flights. Please be kind! No delays, no turbulence and please no having to rush for the connection in Amsterdam!
Dear work. I sincerely hope you don’t get any more crazy while I’m away! I am already fully booked until about the end of August…
Dear boyfriend. I’m glad the doctor deemed your stomach ache to me nothing serious and you can still fly to England with me. I’m even willing to forgive you all the stress this morning now that you’re meeting me on the train as arranged 😉
Dear friends/family in England. I will try to see as many of you as possible, but please don’t be offended if I miss you out. It’s not that I don’t want to see you, but a week just isn’t that much time!
Dear readers. I’ve scheduled you a few of posts, but may not be able to visit your blogs or reply to comments until I return. Try not to miss me too much 😉
That’s it from me… it’s nearly time to go catch the train to the airport. Have a great weekend!
This is the last blog post I’ll be writing for a while! I do have a couple of posts scheduled for you while I’m away, but the “real” me shall be much to busy living it up in Ireland to post on my blog. (Also, my only access to the Internet will be via a BlackBerry, which is utterly useless for WordPress!). But before I go, I want to post some Friday letters one last time…
Dear whoever brought Jaffa Cakes to work. Don’t you realise you single-handedly destroyed my intentions to eat healthily until Ireland? Jaffa Cakes are one of the few things I absolutely cannot resist…
Dear German sunshine. Nice of you to finally come out now I’m leaving for two weeks. Pffft. Whatever… I don’t need you! Dublin is sunny too…
Dear Dublin. See you in a few hours!
Dear flight. Please be turbulence free and non-delayed!
Dear Irish food. I am coming for you!!
Dear readers. Have a great weekend! See you in two weeks.
The boyfriend and I are flying to England tomorrow. Via Amsterdam. As in the Netherlands. Yes, you did read that right. No, I am not crazy. Well, I might be, but not for that reason. Unfortunately we have no choice. It was the cheapest option we could actually take (Ryanair have changed the times for their flights to Dublin) and thee is no direct flight from here to Newcastle. Apparantly I am the only person in the whole of south Germany who ever feels the need to go there…
And as is almost always the case when I decide to fly anywhere, the universe has decided to give me the wonderful gift of a cold to help me on my way.
On Saturday my throat started to hurt.
On Monday I was cold for most of the day.
On Tuesday my muscles were starting to ache.
Yesterday my left ear was sore.
Today both ears hurt and my head feels like it’s stuffed with wet cotton wool. The other symptoms are all still there too. And I fly tomorrow.
Woe is me. Woe, woe, woe.
I wonder if wordpress will actually let me post something today instead of deciding to eat my carefully thought out words. Only one way to find out I suppose…
Here’s an update on what’s happening in the world of Bev.
I’ve been at the new job one month today. I’m loving it so far. Everyone is nice, there’s lots for me to do and I can actually make mistakes without worrying that I may be (metaphorically) hung, drawn and quartered for it. Not that I purposely go out of my way to make mistakes or anything… but you know what i mean…
The one bad thing about work is all the commuting. An hour’s train journey means having to get up at a ridiculous hour of the morning, meaning by the time it gets to Wednesday I’m exhausted (of course, it doesn’t help that I have a boyfriend who is incapable of coming home at a sensible time, meaning we rarely get to sleep before midnight). And by the time I’ve sat on the train for an hour in the evening there isn’t exactly much time left for me to have a life outside work. All this will (hopefully) change now though. I’ve been paid, so for October I have a ticket for the fast train. My travel time is now reduced to 20 minutes each way, meaning I get an extra half hour in bed. Yippee!
My brother started university last week. He also turns 19 on Friday. I now feel old! Also, I haven’t managed to get him a present yet. Ooops.
I needed to take 20 photos after work today to complete my photo challenge for this month. I managed to take 5, leaving me with a grand total of 35. I think it’s fairly safe to say I’ve failed this month. maybe 50 photos was a little over ambitious…
My grandparents are having a party next friday to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. After looking at what felt like a million airline’s websites, Jan and I have finally managed to book flights. We’re going via Amsterdam of all places. Why can’t somebody just start providing a direct flight from Southern Germany to Newcastle? It would make my life so much easier!
Everyone seems to have gone baby mad at the moment! One of my dad’s cousins has just had a baby boy and I know 7 other people who are currently pregnant. 2 of those people are my dad’s cosuins. And another of his cousins is getting married in January. My family just will not stop growing! It’s almost like we’re trying to take over the world…
OK, I think that’s everything. And even if it isn’t I need to stop now so I can go and sort out some food. Hopefully Jan won’t be too much longer… it’s 10 past nine now and lunch time was soooo long ago…
The boyfriend and I booked some flights last night. I’m actually going home for Christmas!!
This is something of a novelty. Last year I stayed in Germany because I had to work, the year before my flight was cancelled because London was engulfed in thick fog and they weren’t letting any planes in or out. So provided the weather doesn’t do anything nasty this year (fingers crossed please!) Jan and I will be arriving in Newcastle at around 10pm on Friday the 19th December. I can’t wait! Not because I’m a particularly big fan of Christmas. I’m just looking forward to the time off. And of course it will be good to see my friends and family, drink alcohol on (gasp) week nights and for once try to pretend I actually have a life outside of work (and the internet). It will also be an excellent opportunity to ignore the fact that the end of January is D-Day, with the D in this case standing for “decision”. You see, 31st January is the last day of my internship… that’s when the boss will be deciding whether to keep me on as a fully-paid employee or not. Waah, I get nervous just thinking about it!