It’s December already! How time flies when you’re having fun – or not even. I thought of putting up an advent calendar, with something to come back to every day, mostly for myself. Ha! Yesterday zoomed by and I didn’t even make the starting line. Tsss… So I need to find two things for today. But what?

The last days I’ve kept busy with Bebo and learned how to make a skin. I’ve got a pretty thick skin already, but this is one with a tiger on top 😆 I’m trying to make a forum (didn’t have that yet on the net) but need to learn phpBB for that – not easy, so it’s a lot of hit and miss. I’m certainly not satisfied with it yet 😛

And all the while my net connection is playing up. Especially the girls are not happy with it, as it plays havoc with their social life (aka msn and netlog ;)), so I’m off to have a stern talk with the guys of Telenet. They keep fobbing me off with a computer voice (I hate computer voices!!) or otherwise they say it’s my router. It is not. I updated the firmware, so it should be running like the wind. Instead of that I get a cranky old firefly that keeps blinking on and off 👿

Something needs to be done. Now where is that whip?

Thanks Jane 😉

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo.

11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb –did hold a piglet though
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted – does a cartoon count?
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – queue was far too long 😛

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Guide Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma – alright, I don’t like needles 😛
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a cheque – received one that bounced, that’s worse 😦
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book.

81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car – loads of bikes though
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a mobile phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Two great musicians have left the building… Wannes van de Velde here in Belgium/Flanders/Antwerp and Miriam Makeba of South-Africa. Let’s hope their legacy lives on.

Today we’re also remembering the end of the Great War. Worldwide there are still/only 7 (seven) warriors of that war surviving. But even when they’re finally gone, that war should never be forgotten.

A day like this makes you contemplate life…
WannesMiriam


Caution

Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

*sigh*
It’s there, we’ve reached a half-century. The neighbours snuck the warning sign in this morning. Proceed with caution! 😀

Trying to decide what music to have for my Birthday Bash on the 26th (birthday is on the 25th, but we want to make sure we actually make the day ;)) and I think I’ve decided on the intro: Iron Maiden’s the Number of the Beast. My kids are going so not approve of my choice of music *Mwuahahaha*

Alright, I won’t be 666, but be honest, half a century is a beastly number too, isn’t it?

Run to the hills!


after dinner tea

Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

The nephews are staying over for a week – it’s never easy finding child care for the full 9 weeks of summer holidays, so ‘Tante Rein’ takes over for a week. Midweek mum and dad came for a check and took us out for a slap-up meal – but we had dessert and tea at home afterwards, otherwise the bill gets too enormous 🙂
I could have finished all the apple cake, but I restrained myself 😀
Yup, new IKEA catalogue checked for useful stuff, newest DVD we watched yesterday, shown to my brother – I thought he would take it home with him, but he probably forgot.

Now it’s almost midnight and I need to clear the table for breakfast for tomorrow morning – better switch on the dishwasher too, or we haven’t got any breakfast plates – we were down to odds and ends already.

Why I made this pic? Because I thought special photo domino number 11 could use a boost – and I can use it still as my daily pic, which has fallen quiet again with the kids being home 😀


Birthday present for a 7y old

Originally uploaded by Reinhilde.

Eldest girl of the neighbours across has her 7th birthday today – what better stuff to give than lipgloss, body glitter, hair ties, a necklace and sweets and all that in a crackly, red, shiny paper? Problem is, her (almost) 3 year old sister wanted it all too, so was bawling her eyes out, until I promised her she would get such a present on her birthday too – which is in only a few weeks 🙂

Tomorrow and the day after no post, I’m in London, fetching the girls back – WOOHOOH!! 😆

Let’s hope the weather is a bit clear and not like it is here now – I hope I will get to the Eurostar without looking like a drowned cat 😛

The TV is on too – with half an eye watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing (of course I’m recording it!) They really have pushed the boat out – all very nice of course, but I do hope that later on the people who have been evicted and those in the poorer regions of China will profit one way or another of those games too…