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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Howdy folks,

So things move pretty quickly around here and in the space of a week I have gone from employed to unemployed! In fact I actually got fired twice on the same day: once by my temp working agency and once from Decathlon. It appears that now that the summer sales are finishing up, Decathlon are selling less and it was time to get rid of all the temporary workers. I wasn't the only one to get fired, there were at least 10 of us. That happened on Friday and my last day was Saturday.

I was only planning on working for Decathlon for another 2 weeks so it was a little premature, but it did give me the opportunity to help out in the run up to Simon's arrival. Steffie and her father have been wallpapering the spare room which meant putting all of the furniture up into the attic so that they could have the room free. It has been a work in progress, but finally we were able to roll out the lino yesterday and Winfried cut it to size: never an easy task!

The backyard also got a makeover because we got rid of the tree stump, which we cut down a few months ago and Winfried ordered a truckload of gravel to cover the back half of the yard. Steffie and I had fun shovelling and carting that from the street to the backyard I can tell you!

On Saturday, Oliver had his 35th birthday, but we got around to eating the M&M cake on Sunday which Steffie had prepared. It turned out really good and the kids enjoyed pulling off the M&Ms to eat. Steffie and I have both been learning new piano pieces and I am currently perfecting Arabesque by Fredrich Burgmueller. It is a pretty quick one which is really challenging me. I have played more piano in the last 10 months than in the last 10 years, but it is good fun to tinkle on the ivories. I mostly play stuff that I make up myself.

I decided that because I have this week free I would take the train up to go and visit my distant relatives in Duisburg near Düsseldorf. Previously they were distant by distance as well as relation, but now they are just a 44 Euro train trip away. Because I decided to book the cheap Bundesland ticket, it will take me a lot longer to get there. You can take the ICE train which covers the 320km distance in 3 hours but is double the price. I figured I have time to enjoy the scenery...
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