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The farewell dinner

Right. So I just got back from my farewell dinner. Still have a few days of work to go before I leave, but one has to plan an event of this kind at some point, innit.
Rosemary came to pick me up and we drove up to the Radford [I had actually passed this at some point, on the bus to Lichfield]. Soon everybody arrived, well on time. *applauds
We had a cavalry [or however you write that]. Meaning you paid about 3.50 and then got three kinds of meat and as much veggies and gravy as you wanted. We all just loaded one plate terribly full and after that everybody stuffed their faces and we were all quite content. I came across all this weird British stuff.
Yorkshire pudding isn't pudding at all, fancy that. Stuffing balls? Chopped swede?
It tasted very nice, though, apart from the swede.
After that I got some dessert which was very tasty as well.
Then came time for the pressies. The first thing I got was a photoalbum with pictures of all the colleagues in it - obviousely I started crying, it was so sweet. Geoff had been running around with a camera under some false pretense, I fell for it all. Also some things that I had put in the back to buy had disappeared but I just thought ah well, whatever, they probably put all that out, back onto the shop floor or whatever. It was all wrapped up and in a great big bag reading: just for you. I also got a great big card saying I'd be missed and everybody had written their names on it. I was dead emotional, but it was so nice!
SPEECH! *Boohoo* I'm in no state to give a speech!
Anyway it was really lovely and I have got a couple of places extra where I can crash, might I find myself back in Stafford.

All the Chinese stuff left in the kitchen is going to Karen, a Chinese colleague. I just cleaned all the bottles as well as possible and put them in a box to give to her Thursday.

I probably should go to sleep now. I have more to write but I'm dead tired. Perhaps tomorrow morning.
Last night my upstairs neighbours were being an absolute pain in the bum. Homping and stoping and talking too loudly and turning the tap on and off all the time. They were being noisy way past midnight. On a blummin' Sunday, come on. I was ready to start throwing things at the ceiling, but that would have meant getting up so I didn't. I don't know what the situation now is as I'm wearing headphones.

Anyway. I'm getting carried away again. Sleep well, my lovelies.

Posted by miekj 14:35 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Baseball bat? Anyone?

Could someone please come knock me unconscious?
Haven't slept all night. Threw up at about midnight / one in the morning. I feel like absolute sh*t.

I'll hand you one thing though, vomit looks funny when you've been eating strawberries.

Posted by miekj 22:20 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)


After many a request, I'm back for an update.
I don't remember where I ended last.
Anyhow. Celine came over from Holland for a couple of days. It was interesting as she was stuck on airports and such. Where she was supposed to be here Friday afternoon, she didn't arrive until Saturday, midnight. I travelled down to Birmingham and we went to a hotel by the airport. The hotel was absolutely brilliant, it was terribly chique. The shower was heavenly and breakfast was very nice. After packing and checking out at the very last minute, we walked to Birmingham International trainstation, which was closer than the actual airport. Took the train back to Stafford. There was a direct train but honesly you couldn't fit a single extra person in there. It was like bloody sardines. We got home eventually, walked 'round Stafford a bit and chatted away. In the evening we went for a meal at the hotel my parents resided at during their stay here. Very enjoyable. We wanted to get some wine and chrisps at Tesco [said to be open 24/7], but we found it to be closed. Jolly good. Got the cheapest stuff we could find and ended up not drinking it as we had an early night.
We had the place to ourselves as both Tom and the Chinese were gone althought I did bump into Martin at some point, making rounds through the building to turn all the heaters on. He showed me the inside of both the uninhabited room and the room belonging to the Chinese. [Shh]
That night when Celine got back, we sat in the kitchen chatting and drinking, ..
A lot of noise!
The Chinese stood in the hallway with a suitcase and a friend of his. I was like.. WHUT?
And he was like.. "Could you please move the drying rack..."
We put the drying rack in the middle of the hallway since we had no business on that side of the flat. So there.. he was back. Shocker.
The next morning I could hear the Chinese popping into the shower, turning the water off, etc, when Martin came into the flat. Next thing you know he's saying Whooooo sorry mate! Didn't know you were back!

  • Lots of talk*

Next thing you know somebody's knocking on my door. I open up and find Martin standing there, requesting to be killed.
Too much skin..

Celine and I left for Holland the same day and both arrived with just one hours' delay.
My journey was interesting though. This lad sat next to me. He seemed nice enough, but he was sighing all the bloody time! Moaning and groaning and sighing and making NOISE. He was unaware of his fiddlings though. I sat with him on the boat and we had some nice conversation, but eventually we were both trying to sleep a bit. I was not feeling all to well. There was a family sitting next to us. The man of the family had a little baby on his lap. The baby was all upset so the man was softly humming to him/her. Both the guy who was sat next to me and I were enjoying the guy's humming. Aren't we all just babies sometimes. It was so calming.
Had a free trip from the station to home because the bus driver was in a Christmas mood.
Next I spent two weeks running about, visiting people. Didn't get everything I wanted to do done, unfortunately. On the other hand, I've only got like a week left here. Weird enough.. makes me kind of sad.

My journey back was interesting. I'm becoming a true Heerlen-London Eurolines expert. I had to sit next to this player type person who was talking to people on the phone all the time. I was very happy to see him get off the bus in Antwerp. I had two seats to myself! Before I had gotten all comfy, though, we found ourselves in Brussels and the bus was entirely full again, but this time a girl came to sit next to me - she was nice. All went well. On the boat I talked to a Dutch lady a bit who had been living in England for a few years. I felt great as I had taken a travel tablet - first time I've had a pleasant boat trip come to think of it. We actually arrived in London an hour earlier than expected. I got a cab. It was marvellous crossing though London at five in the morning, there's hardly anything going on. Considering the hour it was actually interesting to see how much there *was* going on. ..
Anyhow. Once I got to Euston I was absolutely knackered and I had about three hours to wait for my train. I checked the machines, but buying another ticket would have cost me about 60 pounds extra. Not worth it.
When I finally got to my train I sat there with a sleepy face, leaning against the window with a pillow, trying to get some sleep. I even set my alarm, just in case. I was surrounded by people in suits and things, making their way to work. The sky was clear blue and the sun was shining straight into my face. No! Noooo! It's still sleep-time. Lemmealone.

When I got back home, fiddling with the keys, Martin comes out of his flat saying heeey how was your Christmas, just got back? Ehh.. No, I went grocery shopping with my suitcase ;D
Then Tom made me coffee which was really nice.
I got a warm welcome at work. Next Monday we're all going for dinner together as a sort of farewell.
A few days back I booked my tickets back. I didn't want to. It's too definate. I wouldn't mind staying longer.
Anyway.. this Friday Tom and I are getting a new flat mate. Bumped into him and Martin a few days ago when I was home for my lunch. Timing, I'm telling you.

Furthermore I've started packing some boxes that need to be shipped home, with books and things. Mainly books. All these things to be arranged.
Tomorrow's my day off and I'll probably be spending some time in the library again, printing and copying things. Yupieee.

Today I made a nice British meal: Jacket potatos with baked beans. Quite tasty as well.

That's all I've got to say for now.
Might write some more one of the coming days. Might not.
Wait and see.

Posted by miekj 10:14 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Integration completed upon christmas tree receipt

Hello everybody,

I'm happy to announce I've declared myself fully integrated in English culture.
So what happened today, ye asketh?
I was labeling some clothes and on this one shirt it said "36". There's me thinking it was a mens' shirt with a 36 inch waist whereas it was a ladies' top, European size 36. It hadn't even occured to me. Somehow that made me feel all cheerful.

Then I was having a conversation with Carole and Carla about christmas trees. At one point Carole left the shop, which didn't surprise me as people pop in and out all the time, but she then came back with a little christmas tree! Fow meh! So now I have a little christmas tree in my room. This keeps on getting more cosy and homely, it's brilliant.

Then I got back home and was hoping to find a matress on my floor, but no such luck. I'm not really bothered though because Martin rang me and said he'd bring it by tomorrow. He'd been on a mad one! They cleaned five kitchens sparkly clean, ours included. So when I came in I was like whut? Who did this..
Big shocker.
Nooooo it hurts the eyes!
Anyway.. good! Now let's see how long it's going to stay this way. =D

Haven't seen the Chinese in ages though! I wonder where he's gone off to.

That's all for now. I'm going to put some baubles in my tree!


Posted by miekj 10:44 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

piggy night and keylessness

As I didn't feel like continuing to write yesterday [it was a massive load of text as it was] I chose to continue today, Monday.
Just got home from the assistant managers' lunch. I had leek and potato soup for starters, after that bubble and squeek with a sausage and gravy and for dessert I had a christmas pudding, even though it could hardly be called pudding as such. I had a pretty good time and met some new people. Basically I only worked in the morning, left at a quarter to one and after the lunch I was free to go home. That's one day's work down! Pretty nice, I'm telling you.
The reason I put "piggy night" in the title was because somebody mentionned it as an alternative name for "all you can eat" - thought it was pretty funny. I put it down so I wouldn't forget, because I would, you know me.
Oh, and just for your information, I chose to go sit in the kitchen. When one Chinese left, he left a kettle and a lamp in the kitchen and I just now decided to turn the lamp on and now it's really *gezellig* here! Could say cosy but it's not quite the same, it's gezellig!
And I don't know if I mentionned it but our kettle broke down and now we took the other one that the Chinese left in use. Very convenient.

  • takes a sip from tea

[In the mean time a lot of time has passed.. can't be bothered really, but I'll force myself to go on]

Last Saturday I was downstairs in the common room watching the xfactor together with Deborah. That was rather funny, a friend of mine who's currently living somewhere else in Britain and we were discussing the British xfactor on msn as it was happening. I was all set with my laptop and blanket. The only things I had forgotten were my keys.


So Tom came down, Martin wasn't home, said [on the phone] he'd be home in a few hours' time. Nice. So I settled in the kitchen. At least I now had things of my own in there and I had my laptop, with Internet! Time to watch some Shrek!
Then at about half ten Martin came in and he didn't charge me because I had to wait.

[A lot of hours later yet again]

Right, this will be the end of this blog. I'm very much looking forward to this weekend. Celine will be here! Just persuaded her to do karaoke with me. Woot! Let's scare the local people. ;D

Posted by miekj 08:36 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

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