I don’t know how I could possibly be more tired than I was
the other day but I am. We are still trying to straighten out the banking
situation.Unfortunately, that has
fallen into L’s lap and lord knows she has enough work still going on today
that getting that resolved won’t be easy.
It’s strange but right now I am living on pretzels (from the
Bretzel King), coke zero, and headache tablets.It’s just easier to stop at the Bretzel King with the beast and I can’t
bear the thought of calling room service for a 20 CHF burger.Yesterday I considered going to McDonald’s I
even walked into the storefront but if you can believe it, the line was too
long and the ordering process was too complicated.Alright, fine – the German too complex, that
and there are machines so you can place your order in advance.I considered it for about a heartbeat and
then walked to the COOP for a sandwich.At this stage if it’s even slightly complicated I don’t want to think
I think today is my sister’s big move from the house to her newly
purchased Condo.Here’s to hoping that
goes smoothly for her.
I also have two more days of work (counting today) and then
I am officially done.Although I
promised to handle the data conversion for a client who is supposed to go live
in October, but that’s it.I need a
break… I’m just tired
I should have known that today was going to be
stressful.It was bound to happen.I didn’t sleep well last night, I had a minor
night terror and a couple in the room next door shall we say is a wee bit vocal
when partaking in certain activities.Now, I’ll admit to finding the couple extremely entertaining because “Dave”
is either extremely proficient or last night was a re-enactment of that famous
diner scene in “When Harry Met Sally.”
So what has me stressed today?Nothing life threatening, I’m putting my
reaction off to being tired and having a splitting headache but I spoke with
our bank about how we can pay outstanding bills online after we move because
there is a lag between leaving and the last set of bills.They politely informed me that we can’t because
the account has to be closed.Um… ok.
They suggested contacting the credit card company and having
the address change to the US address so we can get the bill and pay it or see
if we can get the bill electronically.
Sooo…. I call the credit card company and make my 1st
mistake by telling them it’s me and not L.They run me through 8 million security questions only to tell me: (a) L
has to call to change the address (b) The only electronic statement would be
sent to the bank (c) oh and if your bank account is closed you can’t have a
So now I explain that the issue isn’t that we want
to keep said credit card, or that we want to keep the bank account but that we
want to make sure the credit card is PAID properly and how do we do that?They brilliantly inform me that we pay the
credit card in advance.Ok so what is
the balance on the credit card?They can’t
tell me because I’m not L.Can you tell
me if you received the payment that we sent on 9/20 for XXX chf?No, because…. I’m not L.
Seriously, could we make being a responsible adult who wants
to make sure everything clears and is paid off any more difficult?Actually, I am sure they could.Thank god for cash and Peanut M&M’s
The apartment is empty and we've successfully moved to the hotel. The beastly boy and I went for an hour walk early this morning to wear him out and if things go according to plan we'll head out again shortly so he's tired while I work.
I will say he was not pleased with all the packing and boxes. He was stuck to me all of yesterday while the guys removed the boxes and furniture. I tried telling him we were not leaving him but I think he felt the need to make sure there was no chance of that happening.
Beyond that there isn't alot going on for which I am thankful because I'm exhausted.
The movers showed up this morning at 8:15 to pack up the
house, cellar and the bikes.I think
there were 5 guys and by the time 12:30 rolled around they had boxed and
packaged everything.There were a few
times I was afraid if Ernie stayed still too long they would have wrapped him
up in bubble pack and boxed him as well.
There were kind enough to leave me a small table and my
office chair so I can continue to work today, as well as leaving our bed intact.For which I which I am extremely grateful,
the bed not the desk.Those items they
will pack up Monday when they return to move everything from the apartment to
the shipping container.
What’s left?I have
to borrow a knife from my neighbor Meri… and maybe a couple of forks.
This is what the apartment looks like now.
This is the dining room table and chairs
The bookcase, but I can't help but wonder if the took the books off it or just wrapped it up as is
And the kitchen... this many boxes makes me feel like we have too much kitchen stuff
Well maybe that’s 11 days,in 11 days we will be on a plane flying back home and I’ll admit that I am
starting to get anxious.Not the I’m
looking forward to going home anxious, although I am, but rather the “OMG there
is a lot to get done between now and then” anxious.
So today I got the stuff in the kitchen ready for the
movers, which is in part actually packing some things because I have the
original boxes the set of dishes came in, despite the fact that the movers are
actually supposed to pack us up.It’s
just that I’ve learned sometimes it’s easier and safer to put things in the
boxes they were born in.For
example:My computer desktop and
monitor.Those will go back in their original
boxes because they have those foam forms that hold both items perfectly.The amusing thing will be that the packers
will then take those two boxes, wrap them up in something and stick them in yet
another box.At least that is what
happened when we moved here.Yes, I am
rolling my eyes at the insanity of that but what do I care?
I think we have all of our bills paid to date and slightly
in advance.Tomorrow we “de-register”
and then I have to go to the bank and transfer some funds from here to the
US.Yes, I can say “we have a Swiss bank
account” although it’s not for the same reasons as Mitt Romney.Friday the movers show up and the process
The ½ Marathon
Over this last weekend my right knee got a little “hinky”
and yes that is a medical term.It was
actually pretty painful on Sunday especially when I would try and go down
stairs.It almost feels like my knee was
locked or hitching on something.Hence “hinky”.It’s finally feeling better, I can go down
stairs no problem, but walking up the hill yesterday I could still feel it
pulling.So, although I wanted to give
this race a try I don’t have any desire to cripple myself in the process.
We're all set for a start of October 1st. I ordered the dumpster and the floor tile. Which I believe were the last two critical items I needed to take care of for the project to begin.
My last day of work for the company I have been working for is officially September 30. Then I need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I think I want to give true consulting a whirl. More on that later. 1st I have to get through the move back home, the kitchen, and the arrival of a new puppy.
We went to see the movie The Bourne Legacy on Sunday.I’ve enjoyed the previous movies and I had
high hopes for this one.Unfortunately,
I was disappointed.The first half of
the movie dragged and was primarily made up of shots of Aaron Cross (Jeremy
Renner) trudging around in the snow and strangely edited clips from the last
movie, The Bourne Ultimatum, to make you think that the events occurring in the
current movie were happening in conjunction with the events from the last
Seriously, I already paid to watch the last movie you should
have given me a discount to re-watch so much of that one.That’s not to say the movie wasn’t ok.It was, but it’s not a $15 movie, it’s an ok
$2.99 rental.The dialogue was boring
and sure who watches these movies for dialogue but the action scenes were not
that much fun either.
I can sum the movie up as follows:
Snow, Snow, flashback, flashback, run, run, run, flashback,
flashback.BOOM, run, run, Bang bang
Talk Talk Talk…. Bang Bang Bang… screaming… Bang Bang
Car chase, foot chase, car chase, Bang Bang Bang, flashback,
flashback Bang bang, crash.
And yes it was just slightly more riveting than my
portrayal.By the end of it I was
wishing Matt Damon would show up and kick the crap out of someone.
Well I finally got off my lazy butt and went to a slow short
3 mile run.Slow being the key
word.Tomorrow the goal is to do a slow
long run, which I suspect will be a walk/run but I’m thinking if I can get 10
or 11 miles in I’ll feel better about the prospects of this ½ marathon next
We have to start packing up some things for the move back
home, I’m not even sure where to begin.Maybe the thing to do is determine what I need to have with me as soon
as we arrive home.Everything else will
arrive about 4 weeks later.
I’m surprised that I am a little apprehensive about going
home.The being home part will be
wonderful, but there is so much that will be going one for the 1st 5
or so weeks that there won’t really be any time to settle in and just take a
breath.It’ll all be fine.I almost feel like I need a list.Things I want to get done around the house
when we arrive, things that HAVE to get done, and then other miscellaneous items.
15 days, I can make it through the next 15 days one day at a
time.Maybe I should say 15 days, 3
cartons of milk, 5 washing machine loads, 1 bottle of mustard, ¼ bottle of ketchup.Fortunately the weather has cooled dramatically
which makes using the milk easier… Hot Chocolate.Yea.Sure I could eat cold cereal but I refuse to buy another box before we
leave.I’ll by ketchup before I’ll buy
cereal.There is a better shot we would use
the ketchup.I have been known to eat a ketchup
sandwich or two.It sounds worse than it
I’m happy to report that I feel dramatically better today
Went to the store and got some bolts and wing nuts for the
beastly boy’s crate.We have to make
sure he’s secure for the flight.
I also got my Greifenseelauf Halbmarathon race packet in the
mail today. I haven’t opened it yet but I’m kind of hoping there is a set of “wheelies”
in it.Seriously, wheelies in my
sneakers would make the race doable.
The weather has taken a bit of a turn the last couple of
days and it’s MUCH cooler.As my
neighbor would say it’s “Fresh”.I like
The moving company is delivering some boxes this Friday so
we can pack some miscellaneous stuff ourselves.Sure I get that they are supposed to pack everything but there is
something a wee bit creepy about having strange men going through my underwear
You know that feeling where you are hovering at the edge of
throwing up.The one where you think,
please God let this stop or at least let me just throw up and be done with
it.Despite the fact that throwing up is
one of the worst things ever, you know when you are done you’ll have that 30
seconds where you won’t feel sick to your stomach.
That would be me… since last night.Now that I grossed you out… have a pretty
Let’s see:It was a 4
hour drive to Munich and a 6 ½ hour drive back.You might be asking yourselves how that could possibly be?Well remember my hope that the GPS lady would
play nice?The ride home she decided
that: “Due to current traffic conditions your route has been changed.”That was an understatement.She tacked up a 100+ kilometers and a couple
of hours taking us the scenic route back to Zurich.Since we don’t have a clue, we were at her
mercy, the bitch.
Regardless, we had a nice weekend.We arrived and immediately hooked up with
Mike’s Bike Tours, taking part in a 4 hour tour of Munich.For some reason, I kept thinking of Gilligan’s
island while we were on our 4 hour tour.Although, I think Gilligan and the crew were on a 3 hours tour.I didn’t get to take many pictures but L’s
sister took several of these guys for me who were surfing in a river.It was pretty cool:
Things I should have known but apparently forgot:
Munich is where Hitler rose to power along with the Nazi
party.I read the Rise and Fall of the
Third Reich but that little tidbit did not stick with me.
The Dachau Memorial is fairly close to the city. We didn’t go, I just didn’t think I was in the
right place emotionally to wander through that but someday I think I will go
back.I also didn’t realize that Dachau
was a kind of clearing house.That
almost everyone who was sent to the concentration camps were initially sent
there and then, for lack of a better word, sorted.
On a different note:
Our hotel room had a very nice yet somewhat puzzling
Notice the hot and cold faucets way above the toilet.If I was standing in the picture they would
be just over my head.Seriously, what
the heck are they used for?They don’t
control the water in the shower.D was
going to turn the knobs to see what happened but I mentioned that all I could
envision was water shooting out of the toilet like a fountain.No one wanted to witness that.Besides, if that really did happen the person
turning the knobs would be soaked.Ick.
Seriously where has my week gone?Work is crazy, life is crazy, I’m a wee bit
crazy, and the beastly boy is rambunctious.
22 days until we fly home for good; I’m getting more nervous
and anxious as we get closer.We still
have things to get done to make sure everything is all set.Most of it is paperwork, but between that and
everything else I’m starting to feel like I am being pulled in too many
directions.Thank God L is around to
keep me sane.In fact she is doing the
majority of the coordination so why I am stressed I haven’t a clue.
14 days until the ½ marathon.I’m screwed.
L’s sister is still visiting with us so tomorrow we head out
for a quick weekend road trip to Munich.That should be fun.Just keep
your fingers crossed that the GPS lady plays nicely.
Argghhh… I need to find some time to read something that I
can get totally lost in
Well I’ll apologize for not posting this yesterday, but
things were a little hectic.So let’s
see.We spent two days in Rome packing
as much into our sightseeing as our poor feet could handle.You would think jogging would equip you to
better handle walking around a city.It
doesn’t, after a long day my feet were screaming.
So what did we do?
We went to Saint Peter’s Cathedral, had a tour of the
catacombs to see Saint Peter’s grave.Now I should point out that the catacombs are very interesting but
wicked hot.They told us the humidity
level is 97%, so combined with the heat you really can’t get out of there fast
enough.In fact, it seems that people
needing to get out and “fainting” is not an uncommon occurrence.
We also had a tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine
Chapel.We weren’t allowed to take photo’s
inside the museum or the Chapel but I did take these pictures.One is on the grounds and the other is a
picture of the dome of Saint Peter’s Cathedral.
I have a thing for statues and interesting architecture and
Rome feeds that quirk really well.This
is one of the few cities I would like to go back to see more of because there
is just so much to see.