15 minutes a day…

I read that somewhere last week, that the secret to greater piece of mind was to write at least four times a week for fifteen minutes a day. Since I haven’t actually reached that level of effort for this week, I can’t tell you if it works. So, I’ll give it a try starting today.

Cold season is here and while I am happily drinking Alka-Seltzer fizzy tablets each day, GG is following her preferred course of treatment with tea made of lemons, ginger and turmeric (called kukurma in Dutch) and lots of toilet paper for the sneezing and the coughing. Of course, she also calls in sick to work and I call in via Skype. It’s interesting, these cultural differences. I think she’s probably a more patient patient than I am because there is nothing that makes me more irritable than having a cold or the flu – which is quite ridiculous.

I just want to be done having a cold and feeling weird and move on, damnit. Hence the Alka-Seltzer. I am going to need a refill the next time I am back in the US. I think I have mentioned before, it is hard to get over the counter cold medicine here because when you are sick, you stay home… I know, go figure ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last week, I was quite busy, going to meetups or other gatherings nearly every night. I am kind of in massive network mode at the moment. In the middle of the week, I paused and went out to tour a dairy farm with my old interns. It was an awesome afternoon, really thought provoking. I did not get to hug a cow, which I wanted very much to do. However, I did get the answer to a question that has been bugging me for years. Cows do not smell like horses, they have a much less distinct aroma. I love the smell of horses so this was a slight letdown. I could and did watch them for a couple of hours. The afternoon on the farm also prompted me to think on the way home about just moving out of the cities all together – to the platteland (the flat land) and finding a small farm.

At the same time, I don’t think we are quite ready for that much of a conformist sensibility and in the small villages, there are a lot of social controls. Which is why we are keeping our housing search to the cities.

Also, it is the time of year where everyone is supposed to be booking their summer vacation. I tell you, the pressure is making me nuts! I have 34 vacation days to use this year. I have outsourced the search to GG – since she likes research. ย The only requirements are that the dogs can come, it is near water, not in a vacation park and preferably too close to the neighbors (attached). Trust me, my eyes are crossing from the number of places she has sent me ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was originally thinking of going off the coast to the Wadden Islands but they are already fully booked for the summer season so no way.

I’ll keep you posted on the vacation plans ๐Ÿ™‚

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