Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It was "short-break" time, and I was heading to get a coffee. I rounded the corner, and got my first
glimpse of it outside. It was dumping snow, and remembering what I was told, it rarely snows in The Netherlands. The words that came out of my mouth were, "Holy Cow!". Little did I know, that I had just said this in front of 10 dutch DC employees. They burst out laughing at me, and asked where I was from.
I told them from Minnesota, and that I was used to the snow, but didn't expect it to snow in my time here. I got my coffee, as they walked away, but could still here them talking as they walked down the hallway away from me.
"HOLY COW!" a man screamed. Another answered with, "I didn't see any cows out there!"
I guess that whatever Bart Simpson says in Dutch, does not translate to "Holy Cow!"
Hopefully they use it from now on.
*My manager has recently had his first child. My group has decided to go and pay our respects and visit the child as one group. I received an email today asking me this...
"Here are the options for us to go admire Roy's new baby, Indy"
At first, I thought she was just trying to use a cute word, because new babies are supposed to be cute.
Then when I didn't respond right away, I got an IM asking me when I would be available to go and admire Indy.
Im not sure which word the Dutch would use in that scenario, but I thought it was really cute to use admire in place of visit.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
After all, this is the 10th birthday I have spent with her, although not all of them we have been together.
An idea was proposed to me when I was on the Amsterdam Mike's Bike tour with Carrie and Sara. As I was riding near the tour guide, he was asking all about me, and what I was doing living in The Netherlands. We chatted it up a bit, and he gave me a must see place. "You should totally take your wife here!" I think is the way he put it (with his sweet flock of seagulls haircut). So I kept the idea in mind, and actually decided to go through with it.
It was actually a lot easier than I expected. We were to take a short trip to the Belgian border city of Spa. It is here that the original "spa" concept was developed, and offered a weekend away from markets, bikes, and the pets!
I booked us a junior suite at the Radisson Hotel attached to Thermes De Spa (our point of interest).
This included dinner for the night and entrance for one of our days at the spa.
We arrived around 14:30, and just in time for Erica's Shiatsu massage. I was waiting for my foot reflexology massage followed by my Shiatsu massage. Both of us had never had a shiatsu before, and when the little woman started walking on my feet and placing a foot in my armpit and pulling I was in for quite the surprise, but we both really enjoyed them. The rest of the time was spent in the natural spring water pools, both indoors and out. So even though the temperature was 0, we were in 31 degree water, and enjoying it! We headed back to the room and enjoyed our nice 3 hour dinner. You have to get used to that over here!
We slept in Sunday morning, before heading back to the Thermes for a second day of pampering. We each had a facial scheduled for 13:30. I thought it kind of girlish until she began working on me. I have to admit, the woman actually brought tears to my eyes, and I wondered how I was to relax through this. I survived and came out with a beautiful, smooth, and moisturized face. Erica looked beautiful as always, and still had her lympthatic drainage massage to come. Before though, we headed back out to the outdoor spring and it was seriously snowing as we were swimming. It was quite a mindblower to swim as it was snowing and not be a bit cold. I enjoyed it some more as Erica went to her final massage.
Once finished we headed back to Maastricht, and back to real life... work on Monday.
Happy Birthday Erica!
I'll get the Dutch part out of the way
By means of introduction, please allow me to say
Ilona heeft twee honden
wie houdt eten de bonen
Ze ga met mij te lunchen
maar niet naar Oktoberfest in Munchen
(Although sometimes life brings tears,
she's too strong to turn to the beers.)
If you're in the office early, at her desk she'll be,
driven by adoration for V-A-T
But by the time she eats her sandwich, the tide has turned.
And she counts down to the weekend she has earned.
Her free days are spent with Mitchell and Brenden
Mondag, het verhaal terug beginnen!