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27th-Jul-2011 02:39 pm - *Dusts off cobwebs*
Wow, it's been ages! Just look at the state of this place.

Well considering how long it has been, I haven't got much to say. Work is still going well, my life with my Mate fills me with happiness and the cat is still the best PussCat in the universe.

Any one else got any news?
23rd-Dec-2010 07:52 am - $deity! Has it really been that long?
Where has the time gone?
2nd-Jul-2010 12:20 pm - Neutiquam erro.
Just been horribly busy and then sick and then busy as I had to catch up after 10 days off work.

I can't beleive it's July already.
21st-Mar-2010 08:00 am - Meme pinched off spiffikins
1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
The tax bill.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
The kitchen. We shared the cooking, set the table all nice with the Japanese settings and had a lovely time.

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Snuggling in bed with my Mate

4. How many colleges did you attend?
Switzerland has a different schooling system so it's hard to tell, what we called Collège/ Gymnase I did in Geneva, But I got my degree in Neuchâtel

5. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
It was the one on top of the pile in the drawer. It's Saturday and I don't have anywhere to go except the shop so I don't really care beyond the fact it's clean and warm enough.

6. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
Having no car I don't really think about them much. Well except when we get the heating bill and I have a heart attack.

7. First thought(s) when the alarm went off this morning?
Awww, how adorable.
Well, it being Saturday and all, the mechanical alarm didn't ring, but the biological one decided it was breakfast time and sat on me and purred until I got up and fed it.

8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
Mate in bed with me' - Check
Kitty on foot of bed with us? - Check

9. Do you miss being a child?
No. I hated the dependency of it. It's not that I was unhappy, I had a wonderful childhood and I always knew I was loved. But I just hated being dependant on adults for everything.

10. What errand/chore do you despise?

11. Get up early or sleep in?
Early usually, I may go back to bed later for a snuggle or read in the warmth, but I am to used to getting up early in the morning to be able to sleep in.

12. Have you found real love yet?

13. Favorite lunch meat:
Lunch meat? Is that the same as charcuterie? Having checked google it looks like it is. I don't usually like the cooked ones much, I like dried beef and dry cured ham better.

14. What do you get every time you go to the supermarket?
These days, Kitty litter.

15. Beach or lake?
Lake beach? I live in a landlocked country, lakes are the only bodies of water easily available to me most of the time. Though I prefer boating to bathing. Then again, on the occasion we get to the sea, the same preference holds there as well as in general I hate sitting in hot sun getting burnt.
I do love to watch the lake though, especially in really windy weather. I've not had so much exposure to the sea, and at that It's been mainly the Mediterranean, and that's even tamer than our lake here.

16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
No, marriage is a contract that binds the participants as next of kin. This will always remain important.

17. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?
Never heard of sopranos, have heard of but never seen desperate housewives... So I'll take a joker on this one.

18.What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Dinner is for nice conversation and appreciation of good food and enjoyable company. I just can't see really having a nice time with a famous person.
If they were someone famous but that I don't appreciate I would be bored, and if it's someone I admire I would be too in awe to enjoy properly. I can also be quite insecure in such situation and I'd be afraid I was boring them.
-- Addendum after my mate saw this: A really good chef. The dinner is bound to be good and can be the subject of a really good conversation. And letting him/her talk would net me loads of lovely cooking ideas.

19. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
I don't drive. I did one ride my bicycle through a puddle that tuned out to be a waist deep pot hole, but that's the worst that has ever happened to me.

20. Ever use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
No. Nor for any other purpose for that matter.

21. Ring tone?
Brrrr Brrrr. Plain and I can hear it.

22. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
In a barn.

23. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
All of it.

24. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
Neither. I am quite happy with both. If I really have to I would to give up one or the other, the career goes.

25. How old are you?

26. Do you have a go-to person?
Not really, I can manage most things myself, or as team with my Mate.

27. Are you where you want to be in life?
Close. I wouldn't mind a smidgen more financial security, but otherwise I'm happy with where i am.

28. Growing up, what were your favourite cartoons?
Well, when I was really small daytime TV was not a big thing in Europe. And the TV was mainly for the adults. By the age of seven I was a Start Trek fan. The cartoons available on Saturday morning (1 hour, in original version on the Swiss Italien channel) where "adult" one Bugs Bunny, Heckle & Jeckel, Tom & Jerry.

29. What about you do you think has changed the most?
I have mellowed out a bit, I still don't suffer fools gladly, but I have managed to acquire a modicum of tact on the way.

30. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?
NO! I hated that time period. Loathed, detested and I think I'd rather be confined to the nether pits of the worst possible afterlife than do it again.

On reflection, that would be the most horrible form of afterlife punishment you could devise for me.

31. Are there times you still feel like a kid?
Sometimes. Strangely when I am doing something quite grow-up. I get flashes of feeling that I am just a child play-acting at this activity.

32. Did you ever own troll dolls?
No, they didn't catch on here.

33. Did you have a pager?
No. Cell phone is bad enough

34. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?
I didn't hang out as a teenager. I didn't get on with my peer all that well. The one summer I tried ended in disaster.
When I started post obligatory school it was better as my schoolmates where much more like me. But by then I was a bit soured on all this and I lived quite a way from the school so opportunities for after class social activities were limited.

35. Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with?
That's a tricky question. I would like to think that my hypothetical kids would enjoy the company of someone like me. But I was so lonely in school, that I would hate to have my kids in the "excluded and laughed at nerds" group. And children are so exclusive that you can be in the "in" group and have lots of friends and be in the nerd bunch as well.
15th-Jan-2010 09:38 pm - Happy Birthday real_skeptic!
many happy returns of the day.

Good wishes to your pussy-cat as well.
1st-Jan-2010 10:23 am - Happy New year!
May 2010 bring nothing but joy and happiness to us all.
30th-Dec-2009 11:38 am - Christmas
First of all I have to state that I am vastly disappointed by the horrendous break of tradition in the lack of a family fight.

So one to the meat of the story:

Christmas eve I worked from home. not all that much work to do so I had basically finished before 15h00. We did a spot of last minute shopping and my dad came for us, all of us, at about 17h30.

The all of us bit, is because for logistical reasons we brought the cat along. He was a really big hit. My dad kept hinting that he whouldn't want to come back home to a small flat with no garden, and my mum was just really happy at having a cat around again. He got into all types of mischief: emptying cupboards, getting into my parents' bedroom and sleeping on my mum's feet.... One thing I am proud to say he didn't do was touch any food that wasn't offered. He did get stuffed on turkey, but that was my niece's fault as she feed it to him.

But I digress, Christmas eve, we had a really nice supper and then got involved in a marathon CSI watch. We were still up at midnight so we tried to have a chat with Zhinn*, but he was disinclined to comment.

The next day we got up, showered and dressed. Then my dad had a little task for us retightening the pool cover that had sagged because of the snow at the beginning of the week.

We then got involved in cooking the dinner, this year we went for a bit plainer than usual, only two course plus the cake. It was rather nice as we didn't end up so stuffed we couldn't move and feeling sick.

Around 12 my sister got there with her family and we opened the presents.

The loot:
2 candles in hand painted glass holders (from the kids)
1 packet home made biscuits (ditto)
2 50CHF gift cards (sister & brother in law)
1 set of bambou cutting boards (Mum & Dad)
1 desk organizer (ditto)
1 32 inch flat screen TV (ditto) -- More on that in a separate post

For me from Slamlander: 1 alarm clock, radio controlled, that give also the temperature and projects on the ceiling.
For Slamlander from me: 1 guitar stand.

We we left later that day, we took half the remaining turkey with us and I curried it.

*There is a myth that animals are granted the power of speech at midnight on Christmas eve/day.
25th-Dec-2009 09:43 pm - Merry Christmas to one and all!
More tomorrow.

Right now I am a little too merry to post anything very coherent.
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