Random thoughts on a November afternoon.
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planned to do. That worked out just fine, as we were able to enjoy it
in the yard with the neighbors after finishing our school work.
The girls did a little websurfing today to research Italy before we head off their this weekend. Nothing too
taxing though, as we will be in a rather German area of Italy and our
plan is basically hiking, swimming, and relaxing. If the weather is
anything like today's, it will be a perfect weekend holiday.
For lunch someone who wishes to go unnamed invented a Swiss style
sandwich that we called grilled apple fondue. It is grilled cheese
with apples sliced in. Not sure it will make it into the school lunch
rotation back home, but its worth a try. We are all enjoying cheese
with most anything.
We are also enjoying the mix of music that we hear over here. It's a
mix of 80's one hit wonders, German rap, and a few sprinked current
songs. Today I heard Grease is the Word, followed by Just a Gigalo,
followed by Katie Perry.
After lunch the girls' new friend Andrea came by. She speaks Spanish,
English, swissgerman, and German.
They swapped frienship bracelets and did jumprope before scootering
down to see her house and meet her mom.
Alexander and I stayed with Selina and discovered an old sandbox in
the yard. He was delighted, and played in the dirt with his toys and
tools for hours. Wishing Cece was here all the time
We are making some great progress in the potty training department,
and though we should have more exciting things to report about,
nothing could make me happier. (Today was certainly an exception, to
the progress, however, though I don't feel the need to share any
One of the biggest challenges to being here is the monotony of day to
day. If there is nothing planned, and a big grey cloud settles into
the valley of Zurich, the day can make for some real homesickness.
Where are our friends, and fam, and busy schedules??
The girls manage their school work quite well, but we are all easily
sucked into the Internet for a source of conversation and entertainment.
I have found plenty of activities and walks to take with the kids, but
that is more time online to google translate anything I may find, then
get directions, and figure the price. Most things we enjoy are either
free or quite expensive. A few hours at the zoo or museum runs $30-$60
for the 4 of us. Definitely worth our time, but not something we can
The communting, the cost, and the language are constant barriers that
we all feel to different extents. If the weather adds itself to the
mix, we have a recipe for the stay at home blahs.
It reminds me a lot of the adjustment a new mom has to learn to make
for the pace of life. Yeah, I have done it 3 times now, but it's still
always a struggle to learn how to best fill your days when they are
open and empty.
Today was an easy one. I'm going to go enjoy the rest of it now.