The cleaning is done, the gifts are wrapped, the tree is up – and it’s huge! All that remains is to wish you, my dear readers, a wonderful Christmas. I know it hasn’t been the year any of us expected and for many people this Christmas will be very different but I hope you all manage to have a good one anyway. If you are alone, then enjoy the fact that you can do exactly as you please… and if that means pretending Christmas happening then so be it! I won’t wish you a happy New Year yet since I’ll be back with at least one more post (Show Us Your Books favourites, for which I’ll be doing my usual end-of-year book survey) so I will just say:
Happiest of Christmases to you all, however you are spending it!
I would like to wish all my readers a happy and stress-free Christmas with your loved ones (be that your actual family of the family you’ve chosen for yourself). I hope those who have had a tough year can find some measure of peace, those who have difficult people in their lives can avoid them and their comments, and we all all come out the other side of the Christmas period refreshed and ready to face a new year… and new decade! Catch you on the other side – my next post will be linking up with Jana and Steph for a special extra Show Us Your Books., so look out for that
The tree is up, the presents are underneath and I’m almost finished with the cleaning. So all that remains is to wish all my lovely readers a very happy and stress-free Christmas. Spend time with your loved ones, eat delicious food and don’t worry about how your Christmas compares with anyone else’s. The most important thing is that you have a nice time, whatever it is you’re doing. I know a lot of you haven’t had the best year, so I hope you can forget your troubles, at least for a few hours, and have a nice time. Catch you on the other side!
Today is my last day at work (and I have a lot to get finished… but let’s not talk about that). All my clothes and gifts are packed (Jan’s clothes aren’t, but he has today off), the flat is almost tidy – I just need to do the dishes and clean the kitchen – and our flight to England is booked for 7 am tomorrow – and the baggage handlers strike has been called off. So all that remains is for me to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful start to 2017. I will be taking a blogging break while I’m away, so Confuzzledom will be back in the first week of the New Year (not saying which day of that week though…).
Happy Christmas, dear readers! With love from Confuzzled Bev
We are leaving very early tomorrow to spend Christmas with Jan’s family, and I won’t have access to the Internet til I get back, so I shall leave you with a picture of the Christmas tree at the Rathaus in Basel.
Merry Christmas, dear readers! See you on the other side.
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!
It seems we are going to Jan’s dad’s for Christmas after all, a decision that was made at fairly short notice after Jan finally got hold of his dad yesterday afternoon. The dad said he had no plans and we could come if we wanted. Jan wanted, and so we go. Today!! With one day less than I was expecting and no magic housework fairy to help, I only managed to get about half of the cleaning done. We will come back to a mess, but it can’t be helped.
Last night we had a picnic tea, trying to use up things that needed to be used up. I made sausage rolls from scratch because you can’t buy them here and I know Jan likes them.
I only figured out that I can make them myself this July! My achievement of 2012! LOL. There were also roast potatoes, sandwiches (to use up the bread) and carrot sticks to make it sort of healthy.
Right, I must go and finish sorting things out now. I want to put another load of washing on before we leave. It can dry while we’re away, ready to come away with us for New Year. Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a lovely time and get everything you wish for, whatever that may be (peace on Earth? An engagement ring? A white Christmas? I’m just hoping our train’s not delayed!).
It’s the first Tuesday of the month, which in my world means it’s quiz night. My team won last month (mostly not through my efforts – I knew two answers). I wonder if we can do it again?
In honour of quiz night, I thought I’d write a post with some (hopefully interesting) random facts. Just in case you ever find yourself in need of some trivia. You never know… it could happen!
The shortest war on record – between the United Kingdom and the Sultanate of Zanzibar – took place on 27 August 1896 and lasted 38 minutes.
The first country in the world that allowed women to vote was New Zealand in 1893.
The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. An adult male measures about 2.2 inches and weighs about 0.06 ounces.
The first person on a British stamp other than royalty was William Shakespeare, in 1964. The first self-adhesive stamps were issued by Sierra Leone on 10 February 1964. (Obviously 1964 was the year for stamp-related trivia).
Hong Kong is made up of 235 islands.
The national bird of India is the peacock.
The unit of currency in Ethiopia is called the Birr.
The tallest waterfall in the world, at 3,212 feet (979 m), is Angel Falls in Venezuela. Second is Tugela Falls in South Africa, which is 3,110 feet (948 m).
The first ever official international football match took place in Glasgow between England and Scotland on 30 November 1872. It finished in a 0-0 draw.
The first SMS (text) message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1992. It said “Merry Christmas”.
There you are – 10 random facts. Let it never be said that Confuzzledom is not educational 😉
It was my last day at work today. I’ve taken tomorrow off then we’re closed from Thursday until 4th January. Now the Christmas season is officially allowed to start (not that anybody actually listens to me or anything… as those who read my last post will know, the seasonal stuff has been going on for so long now I’m actually starting to wish it was all over!)
We’re travelling up to Jan’s parent’s place tomorrow, which means right now I should be sorting out the flat to prevent the leftover food and dirty dishes from going on a rampage while I’m gone and killing all the neighbours. In case you hadn’t guesed from the words “should be”, that is not in fact what I’m doing. Instead I’m sitting in front of the computer sulking because I’m cold and tired (I was up at 5:30 this morning!) and because Jan is coming back from Hamburg tonight (where work sent him at short notice on Friday and where he should have been back from yesterday!) and he has to go straight to his place to pack for going away tomorrow, so I won’t see him until we’re actually on the train which just isn’t faaair. I have bought and wrapped the very last of this year’s presents and managed to pack all my stuff though, so I’m not entirely useless.
Anyway, in case I don’t manage to blog again I shall take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010. I promise to be a better blogger next year. Love to you all. ♥