Friday, January 08, 2010

Friday Fragments- January 8, 2010

Let’s just jump in here!

I got a new 2010 agenda for myself so I could try to keep better track of my appointments. I was filling in a few things that I had dates for this year and I got to May. I discovered that someone had been helping me add things to my calendar.

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My wrist seems to be healing up okay, but I’m still pretty black and blue in certain areas.  My bike is in the shop and they should be calling with an estimate tomorrow or Tuesday. 

Martijn and his co-workers were discussing the shortage of salt here.  He was joking that he needed to fly to my parents house near Salt Lake City, fill up his suitcases with salt, come back here to sell it on and make a slew of cash!  One of his co-workers said “Oh, do they have salt there?”  Martijn replied with “They don’t call it Salt Lake City for nothing!”  Then another one piped in with “Because then it would be called Zoetermeer!”  Zoetermeer (a village next to The Hague) is literally “sweet lake".”  So essentially, I’ve moved to a place with the exact polar opposite of Salt Lake City- Sweet Lake City.  I knew things felt off here for a reason!

Speaking of the salt shortage, it makes me giggle that the first priority is the bike paths.  Who cares about those dang cars, let’s let them slip slide all over… the cyclists need to be safe!  Not that it matters to me right now.  Poor mangled bicycle.

After Christmas sales here aren’t really quite the same as they are in the US, but you can scoop up a good deal every now and then.  I’d mentioned that I was longing to start my very own Christmas village and my sweetheart spotted the village things were 75% off at one of the hardware stores here.  They had some WAY cool larger village houses but since we’re short on space we decided to get a smallish 5 house set with the figures and trees and such included.  It’s not the worlds most amazing village but it will be cute when it’s lit up and up on the shelf.  PLUS, instead of paying €50 as it was originally marked, we snagged it up for €7,50.

If you didn’t see it, I posted about the cheese I made.

Unknown Mami’s comment on my sock post yesterday cracked me up.  She was shocked to find out that I can’t knit and is thankful to know I’m not actually perfect.  I’m so not even close to perfect, I’m just a good pretender!

Thanks again to Mrs. 4444 for hosting this madness!

Mommy's Idea


4 Lettre Words said...

Sooooo glad the wrist is better and I will totally send you two salt...anytime!

Can't wait to see your Christmas village next year!!

brainella said...

Martijn is hilarious. I love that he added that note to your calendar! What a great idea. I might have to do that to my co-workers.

How is it that you have a salt shortage?

Hope your arm gets better soon. I still can't believe what happened to you!

Kirby3131 said...

Congrats on the Christmas Village - ya know, my very favorite decoration at my mom's house is a 1970's house. It's hard to describe, but it's the cheesiest thing and I love it. Bigger is not always better - sometimes the small little stuff is the best :)

do you need to wait all the way until May to give him kisses?!!

Meal Planning with Connie said...

The cheese looks yummy! I am always so impressed that you tackle these challenges! Bravo!

I am glad you're healing and beginning to feel better. I hope the news on repairing the bike isn't too bad!

I agree about the size of snow village houses. My husband and I started a collection probably when we were your and Martjin age. We do love them, but since they are kinda of large, I have trouble finding space for them. I have a small set called Little Town of Bethlehem. It's more or less a lighted nativity. The smaller size has proven to be much easier to work with and display. I look forward to seeing how you arrange yours next Christmas!

Again, best wishes for a speedy recovery!!

Many blessings ~ Connie

Nancy C said...

That comment from Martjin was super sweet.

Fatbrideslim said...

That is so cute.

My Dutch man has very similiar handwriting! Spooky!

Sorry to hear about your injury. Hope you feel better soon. And Happy 2010!

Anonymous said...

Good deal on the village!

Unknown Mami said...

Kisses on the agenda! Nice.

I'm still not convinced that you aren't perfect.

Wizardress said...

They aren't interested in the bike paths here or the sidewalks.. In fact many people here have been riding their bikes on the main roads, or they were before the bike paths finally cleared. In some side streets, like where we live the bike paths still aren't clean. Marcel has been moaning and groaning for a week now about the salt shortage and the lack of clear paths for bikers and in some cases automobiles. If you fall and hurt yourself though- the city can be held responsible, since it is thei responsibility to keep these things clean. Not that it would do much good if your leg was broken.

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