Sunday, 11 January 2009

Suggested reading list

Can I venture to suggest you take a look at this Expat blog carnival thing?


I promised I would say that since I am whoring my wares over there. But! It's full of fascinating weirdness, from all sorts of corners of the world where people from other corners of the world are sitting, stockpiling Marmite or Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, or fermented fish or Quark and wondering why noone understands their jokes. You can find out about Swedish workplace cake clubs, German party etiquette, and just how rude Norwegians are. It is good.

Apart from that, I had to let myself into the house through the coal hole today, using sunflower oil, five children, a jack and my own crushing stupidity. Want the recipe?

11 comments:

Lisa said...

It's going to make me wish that I were an expat, isn't it?

And that recipe? Please forward. Hardly a week goes by that someone gets locked out of Golden Manor.

justme said...

Not the coal hole AGAIN!!!
Am falling about laughing, but not unsympathetic, I promise!

Libertygirl said...

Oh I am so glad it's not just me who does things like that. I now have keys stashed all over New York in case of emergency. It's just too shame-making to have to keep giving the locksmith all my salary.LLGxx

ps I'm so glad you hopped over to my blog to say hello, because I LOVE yours! Consider yourself linked.

pps the love of my life back in England is a baby dachshund and she is really only good for one foot at a time - but it works somehow on the warming front

River said...

There's a repe for crushing stupidity?
Heading to the expat blog now....

River said...

Ummm, that would be "recipe". Duh!!
Who's stupid now?

Jaywalker said...

Lisa - Oh, I don't know. It doesn't make Norway sound tremendously appealing..

Justme - yes, again. I am ashamed. But at least I am in the house.

Libertygirl - I'm so happy you're blogging again! Yay!
I think of the keys thing as an affliction. They should pity us. It's not our fault, it's a pathology. Mmmm, silky daschund hot water bottle. You must miss her so much!

River - Crushing stupidity can be purchased in all good retailers. Or I could lend you some of mine.

Pochyemu said...

And I found this for you!:

http://thirdarmpit.blogspot.com/2008/10/name-your-children-something-ridiculous.html

Completely Alienne said...

Thank you so much for reminding me I need to hide a spare key in my porch again (I took it out when I went away before Christmas). The last time I locked myself out I had to borrow a ladder from next door and climb through my bedroom window - but at this time of year it is closed and anyway I have put a little weight and might have trouble fitting through it now.

WV is fulargue, which is what I would be yelling when I got stuck in the window

katyboo1 said...

I once staggered home from work desperate to pee and with crushing morning sickness only to find I had left my keys in the house and husband was out for a work dinner. No mobile phone. Sat all evening in a restaurant with frequent trips for pee/vomit to the loo. Then ended up asleep in the porch in the freezing cold. Tragic...

My friend used to live on a narrowboat and regularly lose her keys in the marina.

Just thank God you don't have to don an aqualung.

Anne said...

Demand credit for selflessly telling Paddy that you were brilliant. Otherwise he might never have found you...

Jaywalker said...

Pochyemu - hooray, we are not alone!

CA - it's NOT OUR FAULT; it's genetic. Repeat after me.

Katyboo - indeed. The coal hole is bad enough.

Anne - is that you, Belgian Waffle Anne? Thank you. You are very kind and lovely.