Thursday, January 13, 2011

Filling up the plate

I made no New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I have a goal of trying to make healthier food choices and exercising. Yes, I have a goal of trying to get back to being more involved in school stuff. Yes, I have a goal of learning some basic Bulgarian. But, no, these were not resolutions. Rather, these are just things I've wanted to do.

So, I will start the job as PTO Treasurer in February. I will help out with an Embassy Spouse Volunteer project for the winter. I start language class next week for 2 hours/day, 3 days/week for 10 weeks. And, to top it all off, we are moving at the end of March.

We are moving to a house that, hopefully, will be a better fit for our family. Because we sure as hell aren't moving again this tour!!!! So, now I feel my plate is more than enough full for me. So don't ask me to join in anything else, unless it’s just for fun - I can always use more of that. :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Dawn, A New Day, A New Year, A New Blog Post - Finally!

It seems I'm really on top of this thing for awhile, then well it just goes on the back burner. We are just finishing up two weeks of winter break. Today my youngest goes back to school and tomorrow my oldest returns.

We stayed home for the break and just enjoyed the kids not having places to go and things to do ALL THE TIME. But, of course, our last weekend of break was filled with lots of things to do and places to go.

On Dec. 31st we went bowling with two families, both British friends. Yes, I am the worst bowler ever. Terrible, just terrible. No more needs to be said!

We had those same two families over for New Years Eve. I made 60 of Alton Brown's buffalo wings (oh so good). Put out some olives, pita and hummus, etc. Yes, I'll start making better eating choices now, I mean now, ok, ok, ok, starting now. . . I was going to order pizza, unfortunately the pizza place was closed. Luckily my neighbor brought some lovely food that saved the day. The kids stayed up till midnight and we saw the most awesome fireworks from our place. Up here, you can see the whole city below. And, part of New Year's Eve here is for everyone to set-off fireworks (real fireworks too, no laws like back in the US about that, well about a lot of things really). But, not to worry, with so much wetness, I think fire hazards were pretty low. So, we saw fireworks down in the city from every direction, it was pretty amazing!!!

The next day, we went to lunch at one of the families from the previous night. It was quite the spread and we all played this game called "Chronology," which was quite fun. And, of course, I'm not going to get tired of making fun of the words "sledging" and "aluminium." Can we go buy an aluminium sledge (aluminum sled to us Yankees). Yes, we'll be speaking the Queen's English in no time. Umm, no, we won't.

On Sunday, we tried to go skiing. It is a five minute drive to the gondola from our house. It is a 30 minute ride on the gondola up to the top of the mountain/ski "resort." So, we got up there and they only had men's/boy's ski boots. Now, I don't know if many other women have this problem, but the cuff on a man's ski boot is just too tight on my calf. Now, being a short girl, it is true that men's ski boots end-up coming up to the thickest part of my calf. And, yes, I've put on some weight this year. Yes, I know Nanny Adela, starting NOW! But, even during my more healthy fit days, this was the case. So, I just ordered some women's ski boots - yay. We'll go to the local ski swap and get everything else, so we can all have our own equipment. So, I didn't ski and K didn't either because there was only one lift running and no rope pulls running. There's just not enough snow right now, which we understand is unusual for this time of year. Though it is sure snowing right now! T and hubby went skiing, but the one lift running was too advanced for T, so he had to walk up the bunny hills and give it a go. After two times, he was tuckered out. We came home, he had a headache and a fever to boot. Of course, he's fine today. Go figure.

And that's it from Bulgaria. We hope you and your family had a wonderful, fun and restful Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, Winter Break and New Years!!!!!! Here's to 2011 being happy, healthy and successful!!!!