Nov 272011
 
My favorite fast-lunch.  It is a bretzel with melted cheese and bacon on top!!  Bad for the arteries, but nice for the mouth.

Autumn Aubservations
This week we have been trying to finish up our Move In Process.  This involves emptying the last of the boxes (only a few of David’s left, now), working our way through the backlog of laundry that STILL needs washing after its time on a ship (everything had kind of an oily film, so seems like washing is necessary before wearing), sorting through the last few things that need to either find a location in the house or be relegated to the storage room in the basement…  But, we did have a couple of interesting things to note, and a few amusing observations to share.

  • DD went to what turned out to be a rather avant garde production of Moliere’s L’Avare (The Miser) at a college in Strasbourg.  There were locked gates and confused locals trying to tell the ‘Englanders’ how to get to the theater.  There were also, apparently, mime costumes and papier-mache 1/2 masks like they use at Renaissance faires.  The play went quite late, though, and DD and DH did not get back home until 11:30 PM.  On a school night.  Ouch.  DD was a zombie the next day.  Luckily *both* teachers who had scheduled tests for that day flaked on them.  Huzzah for flaky French teachers!
  • DH had a fire alarm at work- and it made the local paper.  Some construction worker set off the fire detectors with a faulty grinder.  Several fire trucks and many police arrived and chased everyone from the building- 2ce.  Eventually they all went back in.  But, there were pictures in the paper the next day.  Ah, small town living!
  • DH also had a work party.  Not much happened, but he got to hang out with the South African company tech lead and answer questions from curious kids who might want to be game programmers some day.  He also got to eat decent lamb curry and not so decent fish. Must not have used the thermal bags!
  • The Offenburg Christmas Market officially opened.  DS and I wandered around for a couple hours yesterday, but it really wasn’t all that impressive.  They were serving a lot of hot spiced wine, though.  I am betting Kehl and certainly Strasbourg will be a lot more fun! 

Here are a few slices of life from around these parts:

I had to laugh.  This piece of high art was on sale at the local supermarket- next to t-shirts with zebras on them and wooden rhinos.  I just kept trying to figure out what their buyer must have been thinking to order such a thing.  Also, it was nice to know that American’s aren’t the only ones with gawdawful tastes in home decor.

Some things really *do* need translation.  This is a popular, thick sour milk drink.  Not sure that improves things much, though.

These are, um, milk straws……

DS looking a wee bit German- eating a bretzel, of course.

Typical local image, our property manager sweeping away leaves into the field next door.

Not sure if you can see, but she is using a broom made of twigs.  They are available everywhere.

I did things backwards this year- made our traditional after-thanksgiving donuts the day before I made the thanksgiving meal.  Yumm!

The ice rink has been iced!

Thanksgiving dinner.  Homemade cranberry sauce, gravy, butter, blueberry muffins, Baby Turkey (2.3 kg), pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and dressing made from bretzels and rye bread.  Meant to have another veggie, but turns out we didn’t have one in the fridge and as it is Sunday, there was no correcting the oversight!  The wreath with the 4 candles is a local tradition.  You light one candle on each of the 4 Sundays prior to Christmas. Almost every stall at the Christmas Market was selling these and other greenery.

David making off with the muffins while DD goes for the pie. 

  2 Responses to “Thanksgiving etc.”

  1. the wreath isn’t so local – looks like a standard Advent wreath to me, except for the candles all being the same color…

  2. Others had pointed this out. But, I stick by the statement. 1) Because I am ornery. And 2) Since a little research shows that the tradition of advent candles started in Germany, not far from here. Whatever the case it is massively more prevalent here than anywhere I have ever been!

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