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.