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{February 12, 2010}   TGIF :)

I have had an amazingly odd week and there is not enough time during a kids story time to tell it all – so I will say it as simply as possible!


{January 15, 2010}   Flat hunting part 4

So to everyone who is sick of hearing about me moving/looking for a place to live/requests to help me move – this is the image that best sums up me for this year (so far!)

I do think its quite apt!

I didn’t say it was over……..

{January 14, 2010}   Flat hunting part 3

Yep today/tomorrow are the days I move into a flat share for 10 months or so. Should be fun.

Here we go!

{January 13, 2010}   Lesson of the Day 13/01/10

Ben invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, Ben’s mother couldn’t help but notice how beautiful Ben’s roommate, Jennifer, was.
Ben’s Mom had long been suspicious of the platonic relationship between Ben and Jennifer, and this had only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Ben and Jennifer than met the eye.
Reading his mom’s thoughts, Ben volunteered, ‘I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Jennifer and I are just roommates.’

About a week later, Jennifer came to Ben saying, ‘Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the beautiful silver gravy ladle.
You don’t suppose she took it, do you?’
Ben said, ‘Well, I doubt it, but I’ll send her an e-mail just to be sure. So he sat down and wrote:

Dear Mom,

I’m not saying that you ‘did’ take the gravy ladle from the house, I’m not saying that you ‘did not’ take the gravy ladle.
But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Love, Ben

Several days later, Ben received an email back from his mother that read:

Dear Son,

I’m not saying that you ‘do’ sleep with Jennifer, I’m not saying that you ‘do not’ sleep with Jennifer.
But the fact remains that if Jennifer is sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now.
Love, Mom


{January 11, 2010}   Flat hunting part 2

This gripping story of my flat hunt continues!

A flat share has been found in a cool location in Brussels and as a result I need to go and find some of stuff that currently lies in a container (from my previous flat while I couchsurf) and will lie there until I find something more permanent for all my belongings to live!
I went to find my duvet and some of my extra shoes. (they are too pretty to be left in a container with no one to watch!)

This is what I faced 🙂

(WordPress is being silly so it wouldnt upload correctly! Click to see picture.)

{November 18, 2009}   Trying the whole gym thing

In a set of newly renewed resolutions originally made at the beginning of 2009 and probably at the beginning of most of years since I went to university – I intend to go to the gym more or just to move more in my life. The first few weeks are usually the hardest until you define a routine for yourself. As long as you go for 30min everyday then your body gets used to it and life becomes better.

Yesterday was the first time I went to a gym class in a very long time. As usual I enjoyed it, sometimes not fully understanding the inhale – exhale thing when the instructor is explaining it in French, but I get there.

Not sure how long this will last for, and gym partners are always welcome but for now, its just me slogging my way to the gym and seeing all the healthy people showing off what they can do. Encouragement please 🙂

{November 17, 2009}   The Beginning of the packing

While this is not another post on flat hunting although that’s still going on, I am slightly surprised at the amount of stuff I have accumulated over the 3 years in this apartment. Every day trip somewhere in Belgium or pictures drawn by my niece and other crap that I keep collecting all seems to pile up.

Every year there are the usual articles in magazines about whether you are a hoarder or not. I don’t think I am as I do throw a lot of stuff out and can be quite ruthless but there seems to be so much stuff everywhere. I read these articles and smile knowingly that I am not that person. I am now sitting here looking at the boxes I am using and I seem to need more and more! Eeek.

I can imagine when I do eventually move – the new place will be boxes boxes and more boxes for a little while. I am actually freaking out as there are boxes everywhere and I don’t move till mid Decemeber! Arghhh, I suppose I should stop building boxes in my head until I figure out where they will be going!


{November 15, 2009}   Clapping in the cinema

Another irritating point about people’s behaviour that gets me – people clapping in cinemas. There are facebook groups on this and there are netlog discussions about this yet it still surprises me that people still do it. I thought they may have been too ashamed once reading these groups/blogs that they might sit on their hands at the cinema now. But…. No.

So it’s a Saturday night and the film starts at 10.15PM, mostly bored couples and some random eejits like me attend at this time. The film in question is “MJ – This is it” The last minute slap dash film about the much anticipated epic concerts and the on stage preparation that had been taking place. I have to be honest, the preparation they went through, with a global casting for dancers and amazing videos and on stage decoration, the teams should be proud of the work they did, even though it was all for prep only.

The film lasted just over 90 minutes and the majority of it was just MJ dancing to all the songs we know and love. Each song received its own amazing choreography and examples of MJ being pedantic over how the song should be played or danced to, To be honest, the only good thing about the film was seeing the songs I love being actually sung by MJ. However, if we go back to my initial ranting topic, clapping in the cinema – I am seeing this film 3 weeks after it was released in Belgium and there were STILL people clapping at the end.

WHY?? WHAT IS THE POINT? What does it achieve?

Yes I agree, that the concert would have been absolutely amazing; had they been actually played out live, but perhaps we should leave the clapping for live performances?? This is the only time where the artists/actors/comedians will be able to fully appreciate the clapping and the happy clappers will also be the majority.

But just in case Happy Clappers need alternatives hobbies as they cannot resist – then here we go…

– To be given lead weight gloves to keep their hands firmly at their sides when at cinema
– To be given a separate private room so they may clap as loudly as they like
– To be confined to attend live performances only
– To be hired at bad live performances

I don’t think I’ve missed any have I?
Clap or not to clap

{November 13, 2009}   Flat hunting in Brussels

This post topic will be the first of many as I am in the middle of flat hunting in Brussels. Now this can be an easy process for many, if your budget is unlimited. However, if you are watching your pennies (& who wouldn’t in these odd times) then you need to be a little more selective. In true drama queen style, everything I face is an “issue” and not an interesting obstacle to overcome. For instance, in Belgium the contract term is 3, 6 or 9 years and normally for my inner control freak that sounds perfect…. but not this time. I am only looking for one year so this initially complicates matters. There are many great areas to choose from in Brussels, from Woluwe St Pierre, Uccle, Ixelles etc etc but the inner Londoner in me has always decided that living near a metro is always the best solution. Regardless of the fact that trams and buses exist to help me travel from A to B – the inner Londoner has not fully comprehended this. So the list I have set myself is a simple 1 bedroom flat (which is DIFFERENT to a studio) in a nice area near a metro.

What single girl in the city wouldn’t want this? How difficult can this be?

The most recent viewing was yesterday. The advert description was “large airy 1 bedroom apartment in an interesting area” which translated to a small room which in total is one room and has a large ceiling and is placed in the late night convenience store area (some of you may recognise this as the “meat packing distract” (SATC)). The door on the front of the building was left open when we arrived and the guy showing us around whilst smoking explained that the owner was very fussy as to who he let stay in the apartment “you see, many families have come to see this lovely apartment (1 bedroom hole) and he is very selective as to who he would want to stay here.” My cynical mind goes into overdrive at this point – is this chain smoking unshaven bloke explaining to me that the owner is looking for a stable renter and wouldn’t mind a single girl staying in the family orientated building rather than another family??? Now although the chances of me having late night parties is fairly slim (tv addict) and I’m more likely to offer to babysit the other kids than stamp on them but still! Thats not the point here!

Other apartments have had the kitchen and sofa(bed) next to each other and a clothes line built into the ceiling to hang their clothes. One was on top of a bar, where the current occupant mentioned “no no of course you don’t hear any noise, its very quiet in this area actually, but don’t try using the garage as the owner doesn’t know we use it right now for our stuff…. WTF?? This hunt might actually kill me.

There is another issue of moving all my stuff – I have standard Ikea stuff, as do the majority of expats in Belgium and I have still thrown out the instructions for the bed and shelves but if I loose a screw between the 2 places, it could throw everything all off balance. It worries me. Hiring a lift, a van, removal men and then enlisting the time and energy of “friends.”

I say “friends” as it has to be a carefully selected bunch of people here, do they have cars? Do they know their screwdriver from a hammer? Can they put ikea furniture back together? (I certainly can’t) Or shall I just openly invite and promise free pizza to whoever actually helps?

Yes I am being fussy (yep you should see me in real life!) and I should probably look for other apartments (after being persuaded by friends) I will look for higher priced apartments (ugh) and I am hoping something comes up soon.

flat hunting

{October 4, 2009}   A relatively unplanned weekend

I am generally quite a lazy person, and this weekend is one of the last few weekends I’ll have before my social agenda picks up again (I’m social butterfly don’t you know!) So a nice relaxing weekend was in order. However, that was not the way it turned out. This weekend has turned to be an exercise related weekend.

After being socially bullied by a bff (princess misia) I ended up signing up for a yoga class with BGGD. BGGD is a bunch of girly geeks who meet up for random events every few weeks, organised by Clo Willaerts. To be honest, yoga really isn’t my thing and with the size of my mouth and the speed at which I use it, saying ‘Om’ once awhile isn’t enough for me. However, I decided to give it a go, as I like to try new things. However tiring the event was, the delightful people from Vitamin Water were on hand to give out refreshing drinks that reminded me of the orange and lemon squash I was given as a child at primary school.

The weekend continued with a mini-marathon taking place outside my apartment so the roads were shut. Now, I don’t know about you, but as the self-titled laziest person in Montgomery, I feel it is exhausting to watch people running twice through my area. These are people who have trained months and months beforehand. They lead a normal social life (spent the previous evening with some of them) and they eat normally YET they are able to move their asses into gear and actually build the stamina to run. Hats off to these people!

I have more to say about exercise but it is Sunday today and watching the mini-marathon runners is giving me a headache, so more later…

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Thank you to Ann Marcelis and Karen vander plaetse for these pictures.

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