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[*] posted on 24-10-2021 at 18:51


Anyway, had a nice extended stay with BF, he did have to work, but all the same:

-Came on Thursday 14th. On the 16th October the family had planned a get-together (that's BF, both his sisters with their partners and their children (one has 2 boys of 2 and 6, the other has 2 girls of 8 and 11) and BF's parents, and me.

Thing is, they do that with "surprises" - I cannot find a translation, it's pronounced in the French way. It's something that's usually tied to St Nicholas celebrations and that involves a lot of craft.

It begins with the lottery - you draw cards to anonymously decide who gives something to whom.
Then you use all your craft skills to make an elaborate gift wrap, often shaped as something related to the hobbies or tastes of the receiver of the gift. Sometimes the gift is jocular (my BF once said, when he was little and his younger sister received a larger gift than him: "That's not right, I should receive the biggest present!" He hasn't lived it down nearly forty years on. A few years ago he got a huge box, that contained a smaller box, that contained an even smaller box, etc etc etc, until he finally had a small box with one tea bag.).
Sometimes the gift leads you to a chase in the house, (check the fridge, then you open the fridge and it says "check the attic", etc.

Anyway, that's what we call a "surprise" and the young girls wanted us to do this - with BF having his own company and me working and living far away (so not able to make anything at home because I can't get it there properly) - we had to craft two surprises in a record time.

I crafted a bunny for a sister-in-law and BF and I made a sword for the 6-year-old nephew. Nice results.

It was a very cosy day but BF, both of his parents and yours truly, got the cold from our little nephew. And shortly after the poor dear got chicken pox.

Sunday at his place involves solving cryptograms and watching football, which last week was unexpectedly over-exciting when a tribune collapsed during the NEC-Vitesse game.


BF had had his birthday, I gave him a game for the Nintendo Switch called Metroid - Dread, which he played while I watched (man the name "Dread" really discribes the game at times, the EMMI is intense). We also played Cluedo together and I showed him around the "Ticket to Ride" computer game he gave me. We also watched a video on a YouTube channel we like to watch called Baumgartner Restoration.

Fun times, shame about the cold.







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[*] posted on 24-10-2021 at 20:17


Now streaming makes sense. Sounds like you and your boyfriend get on very well.



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[*] posted on 25-10-2021 at 09:49


Well, you met us... :D

We're coming up 5,5 years now, first holiday abroad is in April, by then it will be 6 years.


Called in sick today, I'm not capable of much thought.




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[*] posted on 28-10-2021 at 11:25


Well, I've probably mentioned this before, but are you guys thinking about taking your relationship to the next level?



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[*] posted on 28-10-2021 at 16:22


We're taking our first holiday abroad in April.

We're aware that we don't work as fast as other couples, most of that is due to him having his own company plus me having uncertain jobs - and us living as far apart as we do. Travelling to each other is expensive and neither of us has his/her own place (with housing the way it is in NL that's not going to happen shortly either).

In other words - circumstances are working against us.




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[*] posted on 29-10-2021 at 18:59


I hope you two can find a way.



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[*] posted on 29-10-2021 at 22:21


Me too. He'll be coming over again this weekend! :)



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[*] posted on 2-11-2021 at 18:25


And he came and now he's in Germany at work.

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[*] posted on 4-11-2021 at 18:41


It was supposed to be my day off but they planned me in for job application training, so I had to go to the office all the same.

I baked brownies and a cake for the occasion. Not many people there but the brownies were all but gone in four hours.




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[*] posted on 10-11-2021 at 18:55


Yesterday was supposed to be my day off but they planned the meeting about the outsourcing on it.

I doubt I can stay on, so am busy searching.




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[*] posted on 11-11-2021 at 21:24


Big talk today. I can stay on if I want, my contract will be valid then. Am tempted but I need to read further.



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[*] posted on 13-11-2021 at 18:54


Was an interesting day at work - the system went down, so we couldn't do anything at all. The system had been down for 6 hours before the shift started, for like 3,5 hours we were talking to guests on the phone (pretty much non-stop since I couldn';t leave any notes), they said it'll be ready in 15 minutess, it'll be ready in 20 minutes etc... at around 3:30 they said it would be down until at least eight o'clock so, so we were sent "home" early.

Spent the time between lines closed and snow day declaration in a Zoom meeting with colleagues.




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[*] posted on 17-11-2021 at 18:27


Monday wasn't much better but the site is functioning now. Sort of.

St Nicholas is coming up, so doing a lot of shopping...




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[*] posted on 19-12-2021 at 23:27


The Goose was down for a day. We called the hosting service but it turns out we've lost a month's worth of posts. Beugh



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[*] posted on 20-12-2021 at 13:25


I was surprised to see that my last post was Oct 30. Can’t remember what I was talking about. Glad to hear you’re okay. That’s pretty poor form from your host.



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[*] posted on 20-12-2021 at 18:09


Yup. Not happy about the loss of posts, good thing I wasn't translating any articles or something like that.
I could post a new Zappadan thread but that could contain the whole FZ discography. :D




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[*] posted on 20-12-2021 at 18:14


Hurray, found this little thing here:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=gruppo+sportivo+superman&iar=videos&am...

Finally a full studio version of Superman by Gruppo Sportivo. I loved the intro as a kiddie and of course still do :D




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[*] posted on 21-12-2021 at 22:15


Went to visit my blind friend Hedda today. Played CP3 cd1 before leaving and am about to play the 2nd, don't worry :bouncing:




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[*] posted on 23-12-2021 at 19:08


Particularly tough times at work today - this time with Dutchmen who booked for Austria - we now need to go into quarantine (unless they had a booster) when we enter the country. Of course this is during the ski season.




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[*] posted on 24-12-2021 at 23:05


Having a good Xmas eve? We did. Just getting up for Xmas breakfast now.



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