Dear Computer…

As soon as the extra funds become available you will be replaced. This may take me a few years, but when I manage I am going to have a lot of fun smashing you to smithereens. Does thus reveal something unsavory in my character? Note to all readers: any rage will be directed only at uncooperative technology. It deserves it. 🙂

My laptop is reaching the end of it’s lifespan and no amount of reformatting will do anything to save it. It has turned on me Bd now I must rely on my friend iPod to talk with you all this evening.

Today I folded a bunch of laundry and cleared out the laundry room to make way for things on Saturday. I offered to keep overflow (strollers, garden shoes, etc) in my roo
For easy transport back. There’s not actully that much…or it just doesn’t take up a lot of space. The weather is starting to cool down noticeably, but still not cold enough for snow, only rain. The work out front and back continues. If I can manage some sort of truce with my laptop I might Bd able to post some pictures to show you. There’s a lot of mud, which makes it hard to keep it clean inside.

Well, tomorrow is s very busy day getting everything dine fir the weekend so I should really get to bed. Don’t want to fall asleep on the job! On another note we finished the first season of The Event. Interesting.


Cheesy Goodness

Tonight for dinner we had fondue! Yum. Cheese is good (unless you’re lactose intolerant….then I’m sorry).  And again, Bastien finds the fact the I say having two left feet is impossible absolutely hilarious. I just keep saying it’s impossible to make him laugh, it’s highly entertaining.

I went for another walk today. This time I retraced our steps from that first long walk through the muddy tractor road in between two fields. I decided I would go that route again 1. for a change and 2. because I knew that the ground would be hard enough because of the cold that I wouldn’t be up to my ankles in mud. It was so grey today and at first it seemed a little warmer than it has been (and I thought maybe it was going to snow), but on the second leg of my walk the wind picked up and of course I was walking right into it! This route took me about 55 min, instead of the 1hr 8min that skipping the field road would take. So, I can do about 5km in just over an hour…that means that 11km should take me around 2.5hrs give or take? I’ve decided that eventually I want to tackle the route that I take when I pick Bastien up from the babysitter’s. It’s about 11km round trip. I’m going to start tomorrow. I probably won’t do the entire thing, but we’ll see. I know when the weather’s nicer I want to take my back pack with me with water and snacks/lunch and make a day out of it. Explore on foot. You see things differently that way and you have more time to look at things. Not only is this a great way for me to see the country side, but it’s a great way to get fresh air and exercise!

Well, that’s all I’ve got at the moment. Also, I’m bemoaning the fact that I will miss Glee. It starts on Sunday…I can’t watch it on, it’s doesn’t work here, but I’m still going to search for other places to watch it. I know, I’m bad. But you gotta love it…sometimes. Most of the time. It’s so silly/ridiculous/over the top, but entertaining at times too. I’ve been introduced to quite a bit of music that I might not have found were it not for Glee. That means that I look up the originals as well as listening to the Glee covers. So for all of you who like the show, have fun watching it and think of me when you do!

Grand Promenade

Today made me think of history class. All the mud. Think WWI, Passendale and Ypres. If my research is right this village and city are in the West Flanders province in the north (Flemmish) part of Belgium. Let me back up a bit. This morning Adeline, Bastien, Sylvain, and I went for a walk. A long walk. Adeline has this booklet made of routes we could walk…some are from the house, others aren’t. They range from a couple of kilometers to several! The one we did today was about 3 I think? I’ll have to check with Adeline tomorrow, but I think it was between 2 and 3. We walked along back roads so there wasn’t much traffic (which was really nice, because at home I don’t really have that option – meaning they may be back roads, but they’re gravel so not as nice, and there’s more traffic). To make the trek shorter, we used this dirt (mud) road through 2 fields…a tractor road. It wasn’t bad walking in the center where there was grass, but as it was Bastien had to walk because I wouldn’t have been able to push the stroller with him in it! We got to this section that was all mud and we had to carry the strollers one at a time through it. This was part of what made me think of WWI. Kind of a downer, but really I was just in the mindset that I’m in a country that has so much more history than mine. Of course WWI wasn’t that long ago in the grand scheme of things, but still, in general Belgium has much more recorded history than Canada. I may not be a history buff (like some of my friends ^_^), but I still find it interesting on occasion :D. 

It felt really good to be out walking. It wasn’t too cold while walking, but there was this chill wind that forced me to put my hood up even though I looked really silly. Then again, there was no one to see me! Also, by the time we neared the end of our journey (at the end of the mud road), we ran into a farm with donkeys. Bastien is quite  adept at imitating them. Then again, he’s good at making a lot of noises! I like his car, motorcycle, and bird noises (‘chirp, chirp’ ‘chirp, chirp’)

Today was also the day of French class #2. We talked more about the calendar and we talked about writing a C.V. (a résumé and I have to write one for next class). We also went through each month and what veggies and fruits were in season. The calendars she gave us were from a grocery store. Did you know there was such a thing as white asparagus? I didn’t. But my teacher said they are special to Belgium and you can only get them in May. Or something like that. But I guess you can get them in jars anywhere. I also was able to give 3 of my classmates a ride home. That way they could stay for the whole class and not have to take the bus! 

Today is a good day to have a baby. Adeline’s brother and his wife, and friends of Adeline and Greg both had their babies today! That being said, I love babies. Even though Sylvain cries a lot, he is very adorable. He’s starting to make the cutest noises and you just know he’s having a conversation with you (if only we could speak their language…). Also, he’s playing around with facial expressions, and his smiles are very welcome. Basically, I feel like sunshine and rainbows when he coos and smiles. I know its super cheesy, but it’s true, you can’t help but feel amazing when a baby smiles at you!

Ta, ta for now.

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