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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In order to try and avoid boring everyone to tears with the more mundane aspects of life (since I'm not traveling or anything, there isn't too much interesting to report on more than once or twice a month) I'm going to be updating this approximately once a month (unless of course, something really exciting happens :) )

A few big changes since the last entry.  One, as most of you know by now; I have a job!  I began working for Accenture on August 18th, and have spent the past several weeks trying to learn everything!  I'm taking over a contracting/financial position so my daily activities involve a variety of contract types, lots of invoices, and filling out reports.  It's certainly interesting to experience the many different aspects of an office, considering this function is much different than my previous one.  I have nice colleagues and the office environment is pretty relaxed (one of the senior executives sits at a desk right next to mine) and everyone is friendly.  There are a few other 'international' employees on my project, but most of the work I do during the day is conducted in Dutch.  Last week I also received my "permanent" car from Accenture-this is the car I will ideally be using for the next 3 years.  It's BRAND new (Sept 2008) and had 25km on the odometer when I received it.  I've added a photo of the car :)  It's a 2008 Opel Corsa 1.3 Diesel

Driving to work is definitely a plus (the commute is anywhere from 45 min - 1 hour, depending on traffic) and I enjoy the freedom of being able to leave/come without having to wait for a bus.  Although, Roelof "complains" (not really) that he has been cooking a lot since I get home later than he does... so I included a picture of him cooking as well :-p
Also, as many of you might have heard, my ferret (Sprite) died unexpectedly a couple weeks ago.  They (the ferrets) were supposed to be sent to me within the next week or so, but that's no longer possible.  My mother was kind enough to pick Sprite up from the shelter she was temporarily housed at, and my parents have buried her in their backyard with our other pets.
At the end of August I also went to the annual "bed race" (where teams of 2 people push a mattress on wheels around a section of road for 2.5 hours to see who can make the most laps).  I've also attended the past 2 years as well, but this time it was more interesting because I knew several of the people competing.  Before this, Marit (the 5-year old from my au pair family) came to stay with us over-night (she's been asking me if she could do so ever since I was her au pair and every time she's seen me since).  We had a really great time-saw Wall-E in Dutch, went to the zoo, played looooooooots of games-and in the upcoming months we will be inviting the other 2 children (Steven-9, and Joost- 7) to each stay a night as well (although not together-that would just be madness!).
This past weekend Roelof and I also adopted a bunny.  He's a 2-month old "bearded rabbit," which basically just means he's really furry.  His name is Benji, and he's extremely friendly and surprisingly very calm; and as Roelof jokes, he is our first 'official' addition to our future in-house zoo :)
Beyond that there isn't a whole lot to report.  I've joined a gym in the area (it's enormous, and includes the largest/highest climbing wall in North Holland) and we spend our free time visiting with friends, birthday parties (lots of birthday's in the US as well this month-happy birthday Tommy and Vicky!), games, movies, and now with Benji as well.  This upcoming weekend Roleof's mother is having an 'open house' for her homeopathic medicine practice, and asked if I would be willing to do a demonstration on pumpkin carving (they grow them and have about 20).  She's hoping it will entertain the people and any children who come along (they don't do that for Halloween like we do), and I'm just hoping no one cuts a finger off while trying to carve a pumpkin ;-)  Needless to say it will be a HIGHLY supervised event.  The weather here fluctuates between 60 - 70 degrees during the day (boo!) but at least I'm getting used to it.  On the bright-hand side, it's been pretty sunny for the past week so at least that's an improvement.
I've heard from some of you at home-thanks for the updates!  I hope the rest of you are doing well and I look forward to hearing updates from you as well.  We are looking to book a flight to the US for Christmas, and plan to arrive sometime around December 19th and will be staying for 2 weeks.  We hope to travel a bit during this time as well, but hopefully we'll get to visit many of you while in town!
In the meantime... have a great rest of September and I hope to talk to you all soon!
Veel liefs,
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