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Sunday, July 29, 2012

What to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon


You need:

  • Strong paper
  • Gouache paint
  • Silver / Gold glitter
  • Sponge roller
  • Fork
  • Straw
  • Off-road toy car, monster truck or similar


Distribute your colors


Use your sponge roller


Drive around with your car





Use your fork


Drive around some more





It’s fun!

Incentive

One of the perks of working for your husband is that you don't need a complicated bonus scheme promising you a target amount in percent of your salary in dependence of achieving measurable individual and company goals using a spreadsheet calculation... - no, on  the odd night you'll just announce that tonight you were just too exhausted to slave in the kitchen and needed to be taken out.


A coworker had told me - ever the U.S. fan - about a new restaurant in Aarau, called "go west": http://www.gowest-aarau.ch/


So that's where we had dinner last night. Not only the waitresses are wearing cowboy hats and sheriff's stars,  also many of the guests like to pull out their boots and stuff.






As a special the kids are allowed to go and tell the pizzaiolo (I had no idea there were pizzaiolos at Western saloons ;-)) what topping they want.



Less than 3 minutes later the pizza was delivered to our table.



 The "grown-up food" didn't take much longer and was delicious:




This is a close to Yippie-ei-o Steakhouse as it gets in quaint old Switzerland :-) 
The Yippie-ei-o is our favorite ever steakhouse in Tusayan, AZ (Grand Canyon) where Christian proposed to me in summer 2003.




So back in 2012 we enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the fact that we didn't have to do any peeling, marinating, barbecueing or baking.




Above picture was taken by Colin. Lately he has been experimenting with my iPhone. You never know when it comes in handy to have a little one who can operate electronic devices ;-)





After some yummy apple / mud pie we checked out the playground and then headed home. 
I love my job, my hubby/boss, my family :-)



Thursday, July 26, 2012

A day on the playground

Since I called my blog "confessions of a part-time working mom" I think it is time I confessed the following:

For the last couple of weeks the "part-time" almost didn't apply, and I was feeling bad for "shipping off" Colin all the time. So when I got a message from my friend Angela who told me that the playgroup moms and kids were going to meet on our closeby playground I thought that's exactly what we were going to do on my official day off. 

The e-mail was in my home inbox. When I confirmed our attendance I was at the office. I shouldn't have stayed there for so long because I didn't have time left to go groceries shopping in order to be able to bring sandwiches to the picnic. Also I should have read the message properly for another reason.


When we arrived at 9:45am the playground, thinking we were only 15 minutes late (thanks to the fact I had to put sun block lotion on a jumpy little guy) we were the only ones. Trying to text Angela I realized I didn't have her mobile number. Great. Usually the Humpty Dumpty group meets on Monday mornings. Was I completely mistaken? After all today was Thursday. I did remember reading "see you on Thursday" though in another message she sent. Texting Bhavani. The relief when she confirmed it WAS today. Right around 10:30 (aha!!!) the mommies and kiddies started strolling in. 



All equiped with diaper and lunch bags, water bottles,... Ahm, about that. We will have to leave at lunch time because I didn't manage to scratch together stuff for a picnic. I really should have gone to the gas station between the offsite meeting and the office. Or at least after dinner last night. I was just sooo tired.

Turned out we were welcome to freeload from the others. Thanks so much for fried rice and chicken (plus bone bag and wipes!), Bhavani. I truly admire organized people. 



It was very nice seeing everybody again, especially the new baby boys Philipp (5 months) and Miles (2 months)