Wednesday, May 30, 2007


our long weekend was no fun!

we had a communion on sunday and gregory and i were fighting the WHOLE time (practically). he got drunk and i..tried. i got a headache instead.

the rest of the weekend was a blurr so i guess there wasnt anything exciting to report.

so instead here are some pictures from a better, more eventful weekend.

enjoy n stuff!

bowling is serious business!

gregory and janne

me and thomas!

me and gregory. i have my tongue positioned in the concentration mode. my arm wasnt quite long enough to take the picture well


me and roxy, working it in the park.
workin it is hard, resting after walk.
being so good!
doing the mashed potato? or working out. i forget what dumb thing i was doing.
we love icecream. gregory a little too much.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Gregory and i have decided to give the all-bran detox challenge a go. if William Shatner says its great, then it must be true, right?
so last night we went grocery shopping and headed straight for the cereal aisle. we needed to read the rules to be sure to do it right. we bought 2 boxes of all-bran. all-bran choco and fruit n nut all-bran. we decided that even though we're chocolate people, after 10 days of eating all-bran perhaps we'd get a bit tired of the chocolate version. we also bought lots of fruit, we were suppose to buy lots of veggies too but we didn't.
this was our first morning on the detox challenge. we had our bowl of bran this morning and i sent Gregory off to work with his 1.5liters of water and a banana. later in the day we are to have some yogurt with some bran mixed in as well.

about 5 minutes after eating the cereal i already had to go to the toilet. and having more bran later in the day?! needless to say we're a little nervous of the outcome. i think the real challenge lies in trying to NOT live in the bathroom!

we're looking forward to being lighter, more energetic versions of ourselves as William S promises. i thought it was a great way to get ready for all that American food!

Friday, May 04, 2007

mop mop mop, all day long

this evening the land lady is coming over to finally look at our roof. we had terrible leaking problems in the veranda in the WINTER. It hasn't even rained at all in April. not once. in the entire month of April, Belgium, the land of rain and gloom and everything gray didn't rain one drop. And now, after a warm spell of 80+ weather she decided its a good time to get someone to look at our roof. and of course the only time available she can come is a Friday evening at 8pm. and because she's the best land lady in the entire world she's evening having her boyfriend come Saturday morning to do some masonry work to the house. don't ask if we have plans or anything, don't ask if we mind our weekend being shot to hell.

so anyway, I've been pretty slack in the house cleaning department. it gets kind of depressing after a while and i let it go to the shitter. but now she gave us 1 days notice I've been using all my free time to clean the place. even though i hate her rudeness it did give me a reason to get off my duff and clean. goals are good. having a clean house before 8pm is a great goal. the entire downstairs is now sparkling. Roxy's taking a nap after helping me (aka: bark at me while i vacuum and mop the floor) and I'm taking a short break before beginning on the upstairs of the house. when Gregory gets home this evening he'll be washing down the patio and I've delegated him to clean the downstairs toilet.
this will be her first time seeing the house while we've inhabited it which is why we're going a little nutty on cleaning. we've done alot to fix up the house and we hope it shows. and if she says anything negative I'll let Roxy chew her to pieces!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

weekend/holiday update

  • Friday night we went to the skate park where there was a barbecue. it was quite nice but the air was a bit too chilly at night to be sitting outside.
  • Saturday was very warm and not too much got done. we stayed inside for most of the day with all blinds down and a fan blowing on us.
  • Sunday morning we got up bright and early to bring Roxy to puppy class. she was brilliant!
  • she made a friend at puppy class and the trainers we impressed with how well she played with the other dogs.
  • they also saw remarkable improvement with her relationship with people as well.
  • after class we went to Gregory's grandparent's house and she ran around and didn't try to bark or bite anyone there as well. she was an angel.
  • Sunday evening we got an urgent call from Gregory's grandfather. his cow was giving birth.
  • we ran over to help.
  • the vet came shortly after us.
  • the cow got a c-section. apparently cows deliver badly and its just common practice to give all cows c-sections.
  • there are alot of cows around Belgium with c-scars right now.
  • the cow gave birth to a baby BOY we were all "awwww"
  • Gregory got the cool job of holding the forceps while the vet stitched her up.
  • i wasn't jealous after i saw his clothes all splattered with blood.
  • after the vet had gone we moved the calf in to be with his mother and as we were all looking in on them waiting to see the new loving bond between mother and baby-WHAM! the cow kicked its baby in the head twice and them stomped on its head.
  • you know those stress balls in the shape of a face and when you squeeze it the keys eyeballs pop way out of its head? that's what i saw in my mind.
  • turns out the cow didn't want us watching her and later that evening they bonded and the baby is doing well.
  • Sunday night we went to a a small concert show where we sat outside with billions of people and drank and listened to music.
  • my friend Janne was very drunk and silly.
  • we weren't drunk, but a little silly. it was a fun night and was too hard not to feed off others drunkenness.
  • Monday Gregory had no work so he did some work in the yard. then Dimitri came over with his daughter and some Chinese food.
  • Janne also stopped by with some mcflurries for us!
  • we did a bit of shopping in Kortrijk. theres a position open part time in the coolest store in the city. I'm gonna apply for it.
  • later we had dinner at Janne's house with her sister and boyfriend, Thomas. we made pasta salad and everyone enjoyed it.
  • last night we went out. i really wanted to go dancing but surprisingly alot of bars were closed even though today is a national holiday and nobody has to work. you'd think the bar people would want to capitalize on people not having anything/anywhere to go the next day.
  • we had a drink at a bar and then next door to it a new bowling alley/pool hall/restaurant/bar place . we bowled a couple rounds. i won the second round which never happen.
  • we had quite a lot to drink and at 2.30 i still wasn't ready to go home, but since Kortrijk is 15km from home and we had bikes Gregory wanted to go.
  • it was for the best, I'm sure. it wasn't sooo bad but theres a couple of hard hills that made it difficult.
  • it made me a little sick. i spit up a bit when i reached home. which was also probably for the best. i hardly had a hang over this morning.
  • since theres nothing open today we've been very lazy, which we kind of planned for with our late night. we've been dozing all day and just hanging around.
  • we love holidays!