Saturday, December 31, 2005

Another week already
That one certainly passed quickly. Hope you all had a peaceful Christmas like we did. The weather was freezing and the snow passed over us so we woke up yesterday to cold rain.

Christian phoned on Thursday morning with bad news. He’d been out in his new car on Wednesday evening with friends, left the road and turned the car over several times. Miraculously no one was hurt, he hadn’t been drinking, the road conditions were icy though. We’ve since found out that a tyre blew. Goodness knows what will happen next with the insurance company, he only passed his driving test two weeks before. I too lived out in a village when I first stated work and getting to work and around generally without a car is a real headache for young people.

Friday, December 23, 2005

The turkey
and all the last bits and pieces have now been bought. I doubt very much that I shall have time for the computer between now and Monday so I’ll take this moment to wish you all a very

Happy Christmas!

Hope Santa Claus brings you everything you wished for and more!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

The interview
We set off at 7.30 in the morning so it was cold and dark, by the time we arrived at our destination it was cold and foggy. We had an hour, so found a café where we could warm up with a cup of coffee.

The interview went very well and I felt pleased with myself and liked the people who were doing the interview, though I couldn’t understand why they kept asking me about my experience with problem children, when the job would be teaching unemployed adults and motivating them for their (hopefully) future jobs. We didn’t hang around to visit the town as it was too cold. I got a phone call on the way back to let me know I hadn’t got the job, BUT they have a project for the future with younger unemployed people and would like to keep my details for that. I look forward to hearing from them, though I’ve heard the story of future projects before.

I don’t feel as if I wasted my time, after all an interview is always a useful experience.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Replenish:: renew
  2. People:: lots
  3. Trend:: mode
  4. Girlfriends:: laughter
  5. Spirit:: soul
  6. Banshee:: screaming
  7. Oasis:: water
  8. Thrills:: and spills
  9. Fountain:: pen
  10. Boxes:: pressies!
eBay bug bites
Lots of tension in the Knutsen household today. Rob has decided to try selling old postcards on ebay and his auctions end this afternoon. He’s been collecting old postcards of La Rochelle for some time, so when a lot of 200 cards of France came up a couple of weeks ago he decided to buy them and sort them into lots. For me the interesting bit is reading the messages on the back. There was a lovely card which had been sent to someone’s nephew and there was obviously great affection between them. I wonder what happened to them, probably both dead by now.
Another week gone by
Christian phoned on Wednesday afternoon to let me know that he’d passed his driving test. Anyone who has lived in rural England will realize how important that is for a young person. Where I lived we only had three buses a WEEK, it was awful having to ask for lifts all of the time so I understand how pleased he was.

I’ve been supervising exams again. Lots of short exams so they went quite quickly. We now have calculators to issue for exams where simple calculators only are allowed, you wouldn’t believe how complicated issuing a small calculator can be, not to mention getting them back again! Last day tomorrow, then Rob will meet me in town and we’ll see the Christmas lights.

I’ve got an interview on Wednesday, I have to travel to the south of the department, though the lessons will be in La Rochelle. We’ve decided to make a day of it and play the tourist afterwards. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Jobs and things
I had my six monthly interview at the job agency on Friday morning. It went really well, except they don’t have any jobs. I was able to produce proof that I’d applied for 21 jobs, out of that I had about three interviews. Something came up while I was there, so I sent off yet another application on Saturday morning.

Beatrice (she made our house sign) let Rob know they are looking for extras for a film being made in January, so I went to theatrical agency on Tuesday and filled in a form there and had my photo taken. Most of the other people were younger than me, so lets hope they need 50 year olds in their crowd scenes. It was advertised online so I printed out the details to put in my ‘jobs applied for’ file.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Very useful information
If you’ve ever wondered about using a mooncup go and read how Doris got on.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Boys will be
A week or so ago Olivier asked me to sign him off sport. When I asked him why he said it was because it messes up his hair. He spends ages with the gel and hairdryer in the morning, normally he has the most beautiful tight curls. Now he’s started to shave from time to time, he’s borrowed my moisturizer because his skin has become really dry. Rob has a beard and Christian is in England so he hasn’t really got anyone to ask for advice in the shaving field.

Christian phoned yesterday evening to tell me all about his visit to Egypt. I was expecting to hear all about mummies, Pharaohs and pyramids. No, he didn’t ‘do’ that, he went to Sharm et-Sheikh, quad biking in the desert, hang gliding over the sea, or whatever you call it. When he left home he wasn’t at all sporty, but last week he had the time of his life!
Nearly there
The Outside decorations are up and running now. Rob stays pretty modest (for a change), white lights only. We had a walk around our end of the village last night. Mainly the same people who put lights outside. I think Grandparents are the most enthusiastic. One garden has a huge, lit up, inflatable Santa Claus. I’d seen him lying down during the day and wondered what he was going to become.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Just an example of some of the hundreds of ornaments we've he's collected over the years.
At last! A photo of our tree. Rob managed to refind the reindeer lights, I'll have to try harder to lose them next year.
Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Amazing:: brilliant!
  2. Delights:: lights
  3. Inspired:: uplifted
  4. Disgusted:: yeuk
  5. You:: me?
  6. Vagina:: women
  7. Palm:: Sunday
  8. Sweetheart:: love
  9. Guilt:: unease
  10. More to come:: again

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Rob has put tinsel on the tree. When I’ve finished writing this I’ll be able to put the last boxes away…somewhere.

This morning we walked round to the post office, having chosen a lull in the storm. All of a sudden the wind picked up and we heard a ‘clatter’ coming closer and closer, it was hail. We were soaked. The wind was blowing so hard we were almost dry again just before we got home, then there was another downpour.

This afternoon I visited every single blog on my blogroll.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Olivier was off school with a sore throat and the start of a cold. Rob continued with the Christmas decorations and I struggled to find places to put everything we aren’t using over the Christmas period.

Still very cold outside (for us)

I put up the Christmas tree (it must be 15 years old now and still looks good) and sorted out the lights. Only one set doesn’t work which is okay by me because I thought they were tacky anyway.

Started putting the baubles on the tree and than we had a debate ‘en famille’ about whether the tree will look overcrowded with tinsel on as well. We shall try putting tinsel around the bottom of the tree only. I still have 4 big boxes to store somewhere.
Stormy weather alert from 6pm thursday till 3pm Friday.

Dominique suffering with a bad cold today, she insisted on going to lycée, but she does finish at 11. This is the first year we haven’t bought a single advent calendar. I am reopening a pretty one that we close up and reopen every year. Today there is a Christmas stocking behind the little door.

What was on your calender?