Sunday, March 30, 2008
- doing my hair with resulted in a bad hairday nevertheless,
- visiting my youngest nephew to nurture my ticking clock
- Cleaning the house
- Admiring my new purses
- I wanted to go to the start of the Brabantse Pijl to admire the legs of all those cute cyclers...but I was too late.
A busy "Wijvendag" :)
Saturday, March 29, 2008
And in case they do have such a conversation, they look for problems to solve.
Just imagine yourself coming home after a tough day. You had a big discussion with your boss or your supplier screwed it up again or a friend misunderstood something you said or a passer-by made some nasty remark out of the blue, .... It's been weighing on you since it happened. Confusing thoughts whirle in your mind. You feel hurt, upset, defensive, angry... and mostly tired by the emotions.
And then you phone him, chat with him online or come home to him and you start talking about what happened.
Men don't always get that we just want to tell our story at that moment. That we didn't throw out a question "how should I have handled this differently? How should this situation get solved.".
Nope, we are merely looking for someone who wants to listen to what has been bothering us.
We're not interested at that very moment in suggestions to make it up, to use our social networks at work, to defend our position , the arguments to use ...
Nope we'd like to hear at this moment our supplier truly is an amateur, that our boss might have overreacted a bit, that this passer-by is some kind of jerk, that it's understandable we feel troubled by it (even maybe they'd really not be troubled over such a thing)...
We don't want to hear questions that surely we have answered X and Y this and this (which we didn't as we were fighting tears at that very moment), that you don't have to let such things get you, ...
Nope we'd just like a listening ear and a hug.
And then afterwards, after we've found our safe place were we can come to as we are : confused , troubled, hurt, ... then we can come to rest, take some distance, feel safe and understood. And then we are ready to talk about solutions and suggestions for this situation that clearly went wrong. And laugh about our own emotional exaggeration of the situation. And feel stronger for the next time it might happen. The we are ready for all that, but not earlier.
Friday, March 28, 2008
"goodmorning, I'd like to have x (brand of anticonception pill) and some y and z"
"Ok no problem"
"So how's your little boy doing? I bet he's grown a lot lately"
"Oh yes he's doing great, ...almost a year now! Can you imagine? ...
And no children coming yet in your house?" (while she is putting my goods in a bag)
eumm, I hope she does realise what the pills that she is selling are for. Maybe she needed a 'fokkieetje' first to wake up.
After renovating our house together during 2 years, I moved to Leuven last year and Jan and I were officially living together. I can't remember how often I got the question then "And when are you going to start children?" As if it was mandatory to get pregnant right away.
Maybe I was talking too proudly about my little nephews and nieces? Maybe there is a ticking clock printed on my forehead? But at one point some of my colleagues were placing bets when I'd be pregnant.
- January 2008 according to one ....sorry mate, but you lost your bet
- May 2008 according to another one.... sorry mate but I can already tell you you are going to lose your bet as well.
So I'm up for another round of bets. You can leave them in your comments. And hopefully some of you will some day win :)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
=> half an hour to
- (un)load the dishwasher,
- put trash outside,
- clean shoes,
- do laundry
- iron clothes (yes I want them ironed!)
- clean up paper piles
- vacuum sofa (anti-mite)
- vacuum house
- wash floors (anti-mite)
- change sheets and bedding regularly and throw them in laundry regularly (anti-mite)
- clean the windows
- water the plants
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
These shoppingtrips only really happen once or twice per semester, once looking for winter clothing and once looking for summer clothing.
When I do shop, I try to make sure I buy things that are in fashion and will remain in fashion for at least another year afterwards as I tend to keep on wearing things for a long time. But I have a big advantage: one my best friends Sofie owns a store, Pastel, in Geraardsbergen. Not only am I certain to leave her store with what I was looking for, I get spoiled by all her undivided attention (sometimes after closing hours) and I only have to try on things while she runs around finding the perfect combination.
I also always question her about the fashion that is coming up: in this winter they are actually already to start looking at collections of next winter. That comes in handy to know what becomes obsolete or not. Lately she does answer me "Everything is possible, there's always a wide range of things in fashion nowedays". Hmm not handy if you intended to write a post about the new fashion trends.
But here are some evolutions nevertheless:
- All shades of grey become popular this summer (as was this winter already) and the touch of color is often yellow. Next winter you'll see bright red as well (remember that semi final of Eurovision: all the men had red shirts!). Brown and dark blue is less visible.
- T-shirts/sweaters remain long, at least hip length or a longer tunic. You also see a lot of longer knitted sweaters.
- Still lots of skirts, kneelength or shorter
- Bermuda shorts slowly disappear
- Pants are straight and narrow and there's still skinny pants although fasion literature starts talking about the return of very wide pants. Store collections still have mainly straight legs though, no more boot cut....but the very wide ones are coming in as well.
- Trenchcoats are still in
- Dresses with flashy prints remain as well as empire dresses...above knee-level.
Hmm I can come up with some things that would be nice additions to my wardrobe. Now I need to find shopping company and it needs to warm up a bit to get me in the mood...and off I go for my summer update.
- white high back-pack type handbag: worn, ready for retirement, dirty, unsafe against pickpockets
- white rectangular handbag: deep scratch, needle that holds the handle has disappeared..so one handle loose, discolored a bit
- Red big bag: leather strap broken, inside cloth torn
- Black purse: leather strap broken...sewn by the shoe repair shop twice in vain
- Brown purse: magnetic closure falls off all the time and gets lost for weeks, so has an open gap all the time
- Green old bag: >10 years old, color doesn't fit with anything, looks cheap, unpractical
=> urgent need of a non-broken purse. No make that 2 purses. A white/beige one for the summer and a dark one for the winter
Ask boyfriend to buy 2 handbags in India during his business trip there
- Describe desired properties in e-mail to India - done
- Check the windowshopping pictures received - done
- Check the online catalogues of the available local brands - done
- Pass order - done
- Await purchase confirmation - work in progress
- Transport to Belgium - scheduled
- Show off new handbag - scheduled
Monday, March 24, 2008
PS: anyone interested in some Garnier Ultralift daycreme? I got too tempted last year in the nice packaging and could not resist buying it. But after one week use, I had to put it idle on the shelf again.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
In the flower/garden store he was excited to see little chicks, bunnies, turtles, ... in their pet section.
Happy Easter from our family to all of you! Bye bye
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
If the world was worried last year that Belgium would split up, the national press on both sides of the language borders were interestingly sharing the same opinion over the last days
Oh you might find it interesting as well that in Humo's Pop Poll (a popular Flemish magazines extensive popularity election) ,
- Yves Leterme was first in the category "Man of the year" but also in " Ass of the year" (beating George W Bush in this category who had been first here the last 7 years!) and came in 2nd in the category "Most competent politician".
- Guy Verhofstadt was voted "Most competent politician".
- Joëlle Milquet (saying no to all state reforms requested by the Flemish) scored very high in "Woman of the year" but won "Most irritating politician".
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
and if that shop happens to be in the neighbourhood of your aunt and uncle whom you should have visited already a long time, you can pay them a pleasant surprise visit.
Hihi , it's not all bad. But please don't let it happen again though.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
"Hi Goofball, I just got an e-mail from the lease company. Apparently the police has found your car this weekend and its window had been smashed in. They've taken the precaution to tow your car away. Please phone the towing company at ....".
...do first thing when you are back from vacation after a delayed flight in the middle of the night:
* phone the towing company to find out that they never towed your car at all.
* phone fleetmanager at work in vain
* phone leasing company to find out where on earth your car might be
* get phone call back to inform you where your car would be
* sit and wait for them to come and pick you up to bring you to a replacement car
* drive to the correct towing company to drop off the car key and pick stuff out of the broken car so they can start the needed repairs.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
We are back...but not yet in our minds. After only 6 days on the boat, we all seem to have trouble realising that our diving vacation is over! I suppose it's been good :)
It was the second time we went to Hurghada, Egypt and so it felt already a bit like home: we knew where we were going, which restaurant was nice, we knew the instructors at the dive club, ... But this time there were for of us: Jan, me and 2 of my good friends who were willing to try diving after our enthousiastic stories. They took a course and got certified as PADI Open Water divers and after their first hesitant attempts, they now seem to be bitten by the bug as well. And I must say they dive better than I did last year !
I also gained more confidence, managed my buoyancy much better than last year (no more shooting upwards without control during the safety stop, not much waving with my hands anymore when hoovering above a reef while checking out a fish hidden in the corals), ... and I got the PADI Advanced Open Water certification after taking 5 specialty dives with an instructor: deep dive (29m), drift dive, boat dive, navigation dive and peak performance buoyancy. Yihaaaaa :)
We dived with a mirror like sea, we dived against (ouch! I have pudding legs) and with (huh are we here already?) current, we tanned on the deck and we cudled up with our sweater inside, we enjoyed pancakes with our without sugar (thanks sunjets :p) , we smoked a shisha, we ate camel meat, we probably took far too many Clarinase pills, we laughed a lot (yes Karl, ge kunt mijn loodjes ook kussen) (Sofie, stop swimming to unknown groups of divers ;) (Jan the casanova man) , we read books and gossip magazines, we observed other people, ...
We saw a turtle, we swam after some dolphins that showed up after our dive, we saw lots of murrays, stingrays, lionfish, butterfly fish, stone fish, puffer and porcupine fish, octopus, starfish, tuna, schools of barracuda, schools of sardines, groupers, goatfish, unicornfish, napoleonfish, surgeonfish, triggerfish, ....
Did I say it was great already?
My PADI advanced open water !!
Assisting the captain