Sunday, April 01, 2007


Wow! Has it been over 2 weeks already since my last post?

Well, we have been quite busy lately. Here’s a short update of the past two weeks.

The new job:
Everything is running pretty smoothly, considering that I’ve had no one to work me in, thus I still feel I’m still wasting a lot of precious time to look for this and that, not to mention learning many new terms, so it’s still very challenging. At least, my superiors are giving me the feeling that I’m doing all I can to help them out and take away unnecessary burden so that they can work more effectively. So that’s good. As a matter of fact, I had been hired on a trial basis of one month, and the week before last (2.5 weeks before the end of my trial), I was asked if I would be willing to stay until end of June. They are still looking for someone on an unlimited time contract, but they want to keep me: a) until they find that person, and b) to work her/him in (lucky her/him!). Anyway, I’m happy to work there. It’s a fine group of people.

She’s doing pretty well and she’s at home again. She has a nurse coming in every day to check on her, a caretaker to help her with personal hygiene and do a bit of household cleaning, and family and friends visiting her on a regular basis to either take her to the hospital for check ups, do her groceries, getting her mail at the post office, take out the trash and/or just plain spending a bit of time with her. My Mom absolutely amazes me. She’s still so cheerful and when I hear her talk, it’s like nothing had happened. AND she’s still wearing that halo and her corset.

We spent last weekend in Amsterdam to celebrate Pa’s 75th birthday. We had a good drive up (5 ½ hours) to Harry and Brenda’s and arrived around 11:30 pm on Friday evening. We had a good nights’ sleep and on Saturday, we had a small snack for lunch, did a bit of groceries and, since Bren’s knee was hurting, Orange and I decided to do a bit of shopping in Amstelveen. We met up at O-X’s parents late afternoon. We had originally planned to go out for dinner, but Pa hasn’t been too fit lately. Pa’s sister, Anneke, and her husband Jimmy, drove all the way from central France to be there. Later, Harry and Orange-X picked up some food from Pa’s favourite Chinese restaurants. We had a good time at home with the family.

On Sunday morning, Orange-X spent a few hours visiting his daughter and ex-wife, while I enjoyed the sunshine with Harry and Bren in their backyard. Anjella is doing much better and her cancer treatments seems to be helping. Selina, his daughter, is doing very well in school and will graduate from high-school at the end of June. Of course, Papa O-X will be there for the ceremony. He’s so proud of his little girl and I’m so happy they finally got to meet again.

This weekend, except for some cleaning, doing 2 weeks of laundry (!!), the groceries, my tax declaration, (why do I always wait until the last minute??) and catching up on blogs, we’re just relaxing in our sunny back yard. Tonight, we do our first barbecue of the year. Yeah!


Expat Traveler said...

I hear you on taxes. I'm doing that right now also...

And well I had horrible sleep last night because of creepy nightmares of work... I just want a full time job!

Anonymous said...

I am glad there all good news for a change,keep it up you are doing well.Good luck and happy easter.Dad

CanadianSwiss said...

ET: You'll find the right job, I'm sure :)

Dad: Thanks for your support. xox

tinakala said...

Typical, a bit of work and the blogging stops :)
Glad your mom is doing fine.

Jay said...

I'm glad your mom is doing okay. Holy tenacity, she's been through a lot!

CanadianSwiss said...

Tina: Yeah, I know. I'm a wuss. That's what you get after 3 months off. LOL!

Jay: Yes, she has and I'm very proud of the way she's been dealing with it. Thanks :)

Ginnie said...

And to think we missed you by a week or so! We are in Amsterdam till tomorrow afternoon--business for Donica today and picking up our apartment keys tomorrow before flying to Hannover and packing for our drive back to AMS on Saturday. One of these days I 'spect we'll actually meet you here in AMS. I can hardly wait.

So glad to hear the good news about your mom. She is surrounded by Love, which has a good healing effect!

And your job is clearly going great guns if they are already extending your stay. Congratulations!

CanadianSwiss said...

You know, Ginnie, I have the feeling you're right about meeting up in Amsterdam. Now that would be fun.

As for you, my dear, you soun like you have a very busy schedule right now.

Ex-Shammickite said...

I'm actually paying someone to do my taxes this year... and you said the majic word Barbeque? Great! Still too cold and rather rainy here, but I'm waiting for the first sunny day and I'll be out on the patio with my spatula!