Friday, January 25, 2008

small potatoes

Because there is nothing going on around here at the moment I'll write about those silly annoyances that really don't mean much in the grand scheme of things
  • Are you waking up every morning with red, itchy eyes and sneezing your head off? I am. Because we've had such a mild winter the hazelnut and alder trees are blooming already. Hay fever season has officially started.

  • It's election time again in our state for the position of minister-president (like a state premier or governor). Our local social democrat candidate was lurking around the supermarket parking lot the other day handing out adorable wee "Nicht weinen, wählen!" ("Don't cry, vote!") packages of SPD tissues to everyone as a "little reminder" to choose him. Hmmph. The only thing they reminded me of is the fact that even after living here for almost 18 years and being a permanent resident I am not entitled to cast my ballot. I am entitled to blow my nose, though, so those tissues will come in handy.

  • Dear un-named roofing company who were pressure-washing the neighbour's roof on Wednesday: when you send one of your guys to knock on my door at 10 a.m. and I tell him that, yes, I will take your business card but, no, we are definitely not interested in having our roof done right now, sending a different guy over at 1 p.m. with the very same rude and aggressive spiel is NOT going to get our business. Ever.

  • Dear Refrigerator Repair Man: It's not all that comforting to know that you don't have any more of a clue than I do why the display on our fridge (the one with the ice maker!) is acting up. Of course it only makes those weird noises and lights up when you're not there, but believe me, there's something going on and we want to know what it is before our guarantee runs out in March. I know you did your best, though, poking half-heartedly at the buttons and wondering if it was a software problem. I hope that new part you ordered arrives soon. I love my fridge and I don't want it to die.

But it wasn't all bad! To balance that out I'll give you some things that are making me smile these days

  • Spaghettini with pesto rosso for lunch two days in a row. Mmmm.

  • The garden coming to life again

  • A new teeny tiny "beer fridge" for the basement (the 15-yr-old one died!)

  • And some real life small potatoes - lovely and waxy with the thinnest of skins. There's nothing better with a bit of butter and salt.



It's the little things...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

when cookies are not enough

Just woke up from my nap. I guess that means I'm back.

Still tired, though. Thanks for all your comments. Yes, some of it is the thyroid and a million other little things that go along with that. The rest is most likely what natives of this country call Frühjahrsmüdigkeit, a uniquely German phenomenon that can only really be translated as the winter/early spring blahs. Sure, everyone gets it, but those living in Germany get it really bad, apparently, since there are all sorts of potions and tonics out there aimed at fighting this dreadful seasonal condition.

Last week my battle against the Frühjahrsmüdigkeit involved going for long walks in the fresh air, eating tons of fruit and vegetables and indulging in a spot of retail therapy. I'm not really a material girl at heart, but once in a while it IS nice to have new stuff.

First off was Mr. M's contribution from the flea market



New, not used. I'm all for recycling, however we need to draw the line somewhere. The ones on the right make my eyes bleed a little, but they are very fuzzy and warm and just right for my freezing feet. Thank, Mr. M!

Next we took a trip to IKEA to buy some book shelves for the bedroom and ended up, as one always does, with many other assorted doo dads, including a very cheerful bathrobe.



If this doesn't wake me up at 6 a.m., nothing will!

The icing on the cake was this little kimono-like number (definitely not from IKEA) which I shall wear while breakfasting on the terrace once winter makes its final exit and the weather gets warmer.



I call it "Hope Springs Eternal"

Yes, things are looking up!

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

if it's happening, it sure ain't happening here

Feeling quite lousy lately. Zero blogging mojo. This week my New Year's resolutions are to make it out of bed every morning and possibly even get dressed and leave the house occasionally. In fact I am so zapped that I think I'll just leave the Christmas decorations up and be ahead of the game for December 2008.

A short blogging break is in order, I think. You just go on and have fun without me.

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

oh oh

I had to phone 'home' (that would be British Columbia) today as soon as I heard this news.

Magnitude 6.7 quake hits near B.C. coast

Huge storm hits West Coast

Loved ones are fine despite crazy weather.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

out with the old

Happy New Year!

No matter that it's already 2 a.m. on Wednesday where I am. That's what happens when you don't get out of bed until after noon on January 1st.

We had a very nice New Year's Eve. More details tomorrow...errr...today...errr...oh, I don't know.


wheee!

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