Well, the countdown is on. The Mathesons arrive next Tuesday, so I only have eight days left to get the house in shape. Phase one of the cleaning started yesterday.
Andrew cleaned the bathroom while I cleaned out the cupboards in the kitchen and the lazy Susan… Remind me NEVER to install one of those when I build my dream home (in the South of France… or maybe the Bahamas). It was a total ass to clean. Then we both were on litter box duty (everyone’s favorite job). And Andrew also mopped the kitchen for me.
This week, while Andrew is on the road for work again, I’ll be washing, dusting, vacuuming and cleaning my windows like a good little Dutch lady. Thank God we have company at least every four to six months… My house would be a disaster otherwise.
So as I procrastinate from my to-clean list, I thought I’d update with a slightly more uplifting post than those of late.
Friday I took Belgium’s shortest train to Antwerp (and I mean shortest in the number of cars … not speed). It had three cars – one was first class. For those of you who have never traveled on the trains in Belgium, most trains have at least a dozen cars or more. The Brussels/Antwerp route is very busy. I’m not sure what the train Gods were smoking on Friday, but there were a lot of unhappy passengers.
Things weren’t all good on Di’s side either. But we met up without a hitch and the rest of our day was fine. I do feel a rant about art galleries coming on. It’s been building for some time and I feel it’s about ready to be written.
Andrew drove up to meet us for supper and Di took us to a fantastic Tapas bar called El Pintxo, which I will have to add to my restaurants list. We filled up on good food and wine before heading home.
Andrew got his usual end-of-quarter cold from being run down, which he lovingly passed on to me. (Today I have a lovely scratchy throat). Saturday we ran errands but he was more or less out of commission for the evening.
I did manage to drop off the film that has been languishing in my fridge all summer. There are six rolls still staring at me from Euro Tour 2006 begging to be scanned. I don’t think I will ever catch up.
But back to the good news… Sunday it was sunny – all day! (I know… a novelty for Belgium and I hope this doesn’t get Helen and Bill’s hopes up…) Andrew drove me and my bike over to a shopping centre parking lot so I could try it out. The only people around were learning to parallel park and from the looks of it were in no position to be laughing at me.
I post this for my neighbour and her daughter who have been laughing mercilessly at my trepidation. It was warranted really, and without their good natured pestering, the bike would probably still be un-ridden.
|Please give me a cool name.|
I took her for a few spins around the lot just to get used to driving her. It’s not a true Granny Bike because it’s grey and not black, but it does have the basic shape. I have a whopping three gears (and a bell and a light). It’s very different from the mountain bikes I am used to because you sit much higher. The seat is almost at the level of the handlebars, where on my old bike it was lower. No wonder people here have better posture.
Once I got a bit used to her I decided to drive her home. Andrew circled around a few times to make sure I was ok, but I made it home without incident. I did manage to find a few thigh muscles I haven’t seen in a long time. Now if only I can find the ass I once had that is now carefully packed in protective padding…
I have decided to take submissions for a good bike name. Preferably an old lady name (she is an old lady bike). So send away and the winner will get fame and … well, that’s about it really.
On to other good things… I found my yoga class I had been seeking and the best part is I can go anytime. I discovered a website that posts a new yoga class everyday – an hour long – for free – online. I’ve done two so far and they are very good. I’d still love to find a real class but I think this is the next best thing. If you are interested, check out yogatoday.com.
So, I’ll try to fight off the blahs with activity. With that said, the cleaning awaits…