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Archives for February 2005
Yay… good news – I got a phone call from the DMV the other day and they will FINALLY send me my driver’s license… it’s “only” been three months. Don’t know what took them so long again, but apparently everything has to be “checked with the Department of Homeland Security” – whoohoo. Obviously they couldn’t find any reason why to refuse issuing my driver’s license.
So hopefully I’ll have the little plastic card in the mail soon
Oh yeah, and then I totally forgot to tell you that they were chasing a robber outside of our apartment the other night. It was between midnight and 1:00 a.m. (Sunday night?!) when we were woken up by a helicopter whose search light shone right into our bedroom window (well, that’s what it felt like!) Then we heard police dogs and Jon peeked out of the window to see what’s going on.
The gate to our apartment complex was open and he said that police men with dogs and flashlights were walking around.
Boy, I was kind of scared. Well, as mentioned earlier, it was “only” a guy who robbed a convenient store near by that they were looking for – but I didn’t know that back then and J’s comment -that they’d had better look for a murderer or something, otherwise he would be seriously offended for disturbing people’s sleep in the middle of the night- didn’t really comfort me!
J stayed up until 4 a.m., but I was pretty tired and had to get up early, so I tried to go back to sleep after an hour.
I am just happy that it was nothing “too serious”, because we’re getting used to seeing the helicopter all the time!!
Anyways, work has kept me busy the last few days and now I am out of here!
Oh my goodness… I am getting behind! Things are just crazy around here right now. I’ll try and see how far I can update you today ;-)
Our weekend was great. Friday night I went to the book club – as usual- and we were meeting at Scott’s place. He just recently moved into this really nice house with two of his colleagues and it’s a great place for the meeting. I also realized that it is a lot more common here for -let’s say- “middle-aged” people to live with roommates than it would be in Germany! There it’s only a College thing, here it’s just the way it is :) One of Scott’s roommates has this really cute little dog which always gets so excited when people come over and it jumps on your lab and tries to give you a ‘French kiss’ it’s really hilarious!! Here’s a picture of our bunch:
Isn’t the dog just adorable?? :)
I brought Claudia along this time (since she’s been back from Germany for two weeks already) and I thought she would like something to do (as she’s not legally married to Stoyan yet and hasn’t gotten her Green Card and work permit).
We had a fun night talking about “the virtues of idleness” – a really interesting article by Mark Slouka. Have you ever thought of taking a break to think and contemplate about what is important in life and what isn’t?
For most people it’s “all about their work” and they don’t realize that they are missing out on the best part of life… “being idle” for at least a little while :) It was funny how the author found a way to incorporate the current administration into this topic and how “keeping people busy” prevents them from thinking and realizing how many things are going wrong in this country! Make sense to me!
Anyways, we had a fantastic time and Scott made some really good “bread pudding” *yummy*
Saturday we went to the Sacramento Zoo with Claudia and Stoyan. It was a beautiful day and since it was Free Admission Day, I thought it would be a great idea to use this opportunity and go out! :-) Well, a lot of other people had the same idea. When we got to the Zoo, the place was packed (and so was the surrounding park and Fairytale Town). We even had to stand in line to get in! Fortunately it didn’t take too long.
The Zoo itself was pretty small – compared to San Francisco Zoo – and we were done after about 1.5 hours. I had hoped that they have Koalas there, but they didn’t… but all these cute other animals.
Later we went to Coffeeworks for an Iced Coffee and a nice chat. We had a great time and therefore we invited both of them for dinner at our place. J thought it was high time to start the ‘BBQ-season’ for 2005, so we had bbq-ed T-Bone-Steaks *yummy*, my famous potatoes and salad.
Sunday was the Superbowl – a very important event in every American’s life *lol* oh well, then I guess? J is not a ‘real’ American, because even I was more interested in the game than he was Usually people get together for a Superbowl Party, but J and I decided to watch it at home on TV… nice and cozy on the couch :)
The New England Patriots played the Philadelphia Eagles and J wanted the Eagles to win (mainly because the Patriots won the Superbowl last year). I – of course- as a New England fan had to cheer for the Patriots (secretly ;))… and they won!! It was a really exciting game and I actually did understand some of the?game (after J helped me out a little, as I had forgotten most of the rules again ;)).
One thing was annoying though… commercials every 10 minutes it bothered me, so you can imagine how much more it bothered J!!
Alright… that’s it for now. Talk to you later.
Yesterday J and Chris went to Napa Valley… Oh how, I wished I could have gone with them. Which makes me think: Why didn’t I take the day off? I had originally planned to take today off and go to SF with my friend Ilka, but since she canceled her plans and didn’t come to visit me from Wednesday to Friday I ended up working both days. BUMMER!
We had a fun time though with J’s brother. The two are so funny around each other… there are not two brothers on this face of the earth that could be more different than these two ;)
Tuesday night we went for a walk at Oldtown which is a really beautiful part of Sacto, although it was kind of boring this time as everything was closed already (shops, coffee-shops…etc.) and not many people were out. Only a few restaurants were open and we decided to have some Mexican food at a place we had been to before.
Yesterday they picked me up from work and I gave them a little tour of my office… Chris was really impressed (as most people that I show around here!! ) and he liked all the great posters that we have on our walls.
We had some appetizers when we got home, because they bought a hell lot of stuff in St. Helena at one of these tiny Delicatessen-shops… ham and cheese and fresh baguette. It was delicious! We started watching the “State of the Union”- speech by Bush at 6 pm, but switched over to the Simpson’s after a while. I think I don’t need to explain which of the two was more entertaining… (although I find Bush quite funny). Later that night I made some Spaghetti Alfredo with Spinach and Shrimp and a big salad which were really good, too, and we all felt kind of stuffed afterwards.
J had to lie down (he felt kind of sick) and Chris and I watched an episode of “Law and Order” and then one episode of “Sex and the City” (because I missed the first show Tuesday night).
This morning J took his brother to the airport again… that’s how fast three days go by! Oh well. It was great to see him anyways!
Hi friends – wanna know about my weekend? Ok… here we go.
Friday night we had our book club meeting. I dropped J off at Peter’s and then was the first one to arrive @ Robin’s place. Her boyfriend Dan was preparing Pumpkin pie for us which he was going to serve us later (and which was delicious!). Everybody came – except Silke who had emailed Robin that she wouldn’t be able to make it – and we discussed our short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” for a little bit until we all agreed that it was kind of a weird story and moved on to more exciting topics. It was a really fun evening and Scott and I ended up searching for Waldo in one of these famous “Where’s Waldo?” books… either of us very eager to find him first :)
I told you that I had planned to go to the Zoo on Saturday, but we slept in and got kind of lazy and then it was too late, so we decided to pay a visit to the State Capitol and see if we could get a glimpse of Arnie… which wasn’t the case. Anyways, it was fun…
We made burritos for dinner *yummy* and watched “The Bourne Surpremecy”. Sunday was a lazy sunday… we didn’t do a damn thing. We cleaned up the apartment, I caught up on some letters that I had put off for a while and then I watched “Summerland” in the evening. It’s so cool I get to watch the first season again, before the new season starts on February, 28th.
Yesterday J picked up his brother Chris from the train station and he’s going to stay with us until Thursday. We had a nice evening and he told us a lot about his life in China… without intending to offend anyone: Did you know that Chinese people are considered the most racist on this planet? Sorry this sounds so harsh…
( And sorry Cath, you know this is not my opinion, but what Chris learned as a “white person” in China!! love ya!)