Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 2012 - 1 MORE DAY!!!!


Actually less, but as far as the US people are concerned… 1 MORE DAY!!!  Can you tell I am excited to be heading home?  I am.  Truly Totally… excited.



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Thursday, September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012 – Tired


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 about it.

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



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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September 26, 2012 – Murphy Strikes


 
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 credit card.

Ummm.. ok
 
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




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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 25, 2012 - 4 Days and Counting

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.


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Friday, September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012 – Moving Company

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


Oh and good luck Sis with your Condo Closing!


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012 – 10 Days and Counting

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 begins.

 

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.

Kitchen Renovations
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.

Work
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. 


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Monday, September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012 – Weekend Update - The Bourne Legacy


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 movie.

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 Boom… Run.

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.



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Friday, September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012 – Random


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 Saturday.

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 is.

 

Happy Friday



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Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012 – 16 Days and Counting


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 it.

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 drawer.



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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012 – Nauseated

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 picture




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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012 – Munich

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 bathroom:

 

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.




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Friday, September 7, 2012

September 7, 2012 – What the heck day is this?


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



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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 5, 2012 – Rome Italy

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.

 

Some of my favorite things we saw:






 
 





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