It has been a productive weekend in some ways, not so productive in others. But do you ever have a day or two where you say “Okay, no matter what, I am putting my enjoyment first?” That was pretty much theme of this weekend. I think I did pretty well.
Usually there’s projects that need to get done. Sometimes this means I work on them from dinner until it’s about time to go to bed, minus a bit of time at the end where I write the nightly ritual of an email to Marco of course. Occasionally with a cup of tea and speculaas cookies. But after a week of 2-3 hours a night, I said no más! The weekend is mine.
The weekend started off with a lovely Saturday lunch with a friend, at a local barbecue restaurant. I had the french dip, which was garlic toast bread, pulled pork, mozzarella cheese, and au jus dipping sauce. And a side order of the restaurant’s homemade barbecue chips. I really didn’t get much else done for various reasons, but at least it was pretty relaxing.
Today was another round of interesting activities. I watched the England-Italy Euro 2012 quarterfinal (the announcers guessed the exact result before the match even started!) and a bit of U.S.’s track and field qualifying for the London Olympics. NBC channel has definitely been showing a lot of qualifying events lately – yesterday was diving, and they have also started to air commercials for gymnastics qualifying.
I also stumbled onto a post (via WordPress) from amy in .nl abut Dutch music. I downloaded two artists – Lange Frans and Gers Pardoel. For Lange Frans, I like een nieuwe dag (a new day) and for Gers Pardoel I like Bagagedrager (the luggage rack behind een fiets or a bike). But fair warning – that one is a definite ear worm…
But really, there’s this nagging little feeling in the back of my mind that I need to go back to learning Dutch. It used to be that I would study at least 45 minutes a night three or four times a week – finish up with whatever I was doing by 8 or 8:15, do a bit of Dutch, and then after 9 move to emailing Marco and getting ready for bed. I need to get back into that routine, definitely.