Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Engie had the brilliant idea to get some blog friends together to read (or re-read) the book, as she had just given it to her niece for her birthday. I guess it’s considered YA literature, but it’s not well-known in Germany, so I never read it as a child/young adult. The first time I read it was in 2017 and I gave it 5 stars. I am excited to re-read it with friends.
If you’re not already part of the ATGIB book club but are interested, we just started last weekend. So it’s not too late to participate. We read a few chapters each week and every Sunday, Engie posts on her blog and we discuss thoughts and observations in the comments. It’s so great to have a read-along and be able to discuss books with people who are reading the book at the same time. I missed that.
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Jon and I made this salad for the 4th of July (we just didn’t feel like getting out the grill just for the two of us this time as it was hot all day) and it was delicious. It’s one of our all-time favorites and the perfect crunchy summer dinner.
Speaking of summer food, I made a big pot of milk rice last weekend. I love it cold out of the fridge with just a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s also good with cherries or berries on top. It’s a wonderfully refreshing snack option, plus it reminds me of home (my Mom always made milk rice in the summer).
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Jon got out VW Jetta washed (or should I say ‘detailed’?) this week. It’s a big deal because I am a little embarrassed to say that I think it’s been a year since we last got it washed. I usually drive it through the car wash every 4-6 months and wipe down the dashboard and vacuum the floors when needed, but we had somehow kept delaying it. I am not super-particular about our car, although I love our car and we do take care of it (with regular oil changes, inspections, etc.), but car washes are not at the top of the priority list.
Not like the couple a few houses down who have a detailing service come by frequently to detail both their luxury cars every couple of weeks in front of their house. They put pop-up tents up and all. It’s a big production. You don’t want to know that they also have a service come out that pressure washes their garbage bins. Yes, you read that right. There is a service that comes out to clean garbage bins and people pay for such a thing.
But I digress. How often do you get your car washed?
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This week, I finally had my follow-up appointment (only four months later) for my EGD and colonoscopy, which happened in March. To be fair, I did get the biopsy results and a message from my doctor a couple of days after the procedure, so I knew that they hadn’t discovered anything concerning. Still, I would hope that people generally get their follow-up appointment sooner. 4 months is a long time to be in limbo.
I still appreciated the opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting with my doctor and that he took time and didn’t rush me out the door. He reiterated that the medical findings were not concerning and that I should come back in 5 years for a routine check-up. He also inquired about my chest/stomach pressure symptoms for which I had the EGD done in the first place, and I was happy to tell him that things had significantly improved over the last 12 months. I still get the occasional flare, but not as severely or as frequently as before.
He was happy to hear that and didn’t think any more testing was necessary at this point (not that he thought my symptoms were stomach-related in the first place, but at least they made sure that everything was good there.) So, yeah, I still don’t know the cause of my symptoms but at least I know that everything is good with my stomach…. unless it still is related to low stomach acid, which my doctor still silently dismisses. (One of these days, I’ll try to sit down and give you a full scoop on my journey.)
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Tile saga! Haha. Another update. You didn’t think we were done quite yet, or did you?
The landlady texted last weekend and asked me to measure the kitchen and dining area again (even though the handyman had measured everything and surely gave them an estimate based on the measurements, I’d assume?). But no problem. I measured the area again and sent her the numbers and our top picks for the floor color.
A day later, I received another text message, asking how the floor condition in the laundry room was and that it didn’t need to be replaced if it was still good. She pointed out that there would be quite a bit of stuff that needed to be moved (washer, dryer, utility sink).
GAH! I give up!
They’re finally (FINALLY!) considering replacing the floor (yay!) but are now contemplating if they should omit 35 sq ft in the laundry room because the washer and dryer would have to be moved. ARE THEY KIDDING ME?
Well, honestly, I think it’s just another “attempt” to save money, but I cannot imagine that omitting the laundry room would translate to HUGE savings in parts and labor. Besides, one of the tiles right by the door between the kitchen and laundry room already has a hairline crack, so I don’t see how it wouldn’t be a matter of time until things start moving there. And then what? Do another repair, possibly with yet another type of flooring? Why would you half-ass this and not get it all done now? Sigh.
I wasn’t in a feisty mood though and just responded that as of now, none of the tiles in the laundry room seemed to be loose, but that she should know that one of the tiles has a crack already. I said it would of course be entirely up to them, and they were welcome to come by and take another look before making a decision.
Well, she came by on Wednesday, took a picture of the crack, and then said that the tile could probably be replaced with one of the other ones that are being removed. She also made it sound like the handyman didn’t want to deal with the washer and dryer in the laundry room which a) I don’t think is true (he mentioned when he was here that it wouldn’t be a problem to move appliances) and b) shouldn’t matter, as this would be part of his job. I am not sure yet what she’s going to decide, but either way, we’re now expecting the work to be done in August. Fingers crossed.
What’s been going on in your world this week?