Still, not all is perfect: I only barely managed to catch my niece Lois' 2nd birthday, and I won't be there for her first proper Sinterklaas. And also, it's a bad time to be leaving work, what with all the stuff going on right now. It's hard to look forward to vacation when you know how much could go wrong when you leave it on your desk for three weeks! Here's hoping for a relaxing vacation and an untroubled workplace when I get back!
Now, I would like to take this oppertunity to say some things that this comic blog format does not usually allow me a space for...
We are kind of treating this Thanksgiving as Christmas... a Christmas where we can go buy heavily discounted presents the day after. Mom will be doing probably a lot of the cooking, I'll help where I can, but usually she gets a lot done on her own before I get there. We're not doing a whole turkey; between Arno being squeamish about eating anything on the bone and Mom just not wanting to deal with carving up a carcass, she's opted for just doing turkey breasts. I'm planning on doing some baking specifically for my dad... povititza, a Slavic sweet nutroll, which my grandmother would traditionally send around Christmastime. But, as I've run out of grandparents, time for me to take up the yoke. I haven't tried this in the Netherlands, but I've done it once back home, and I know the dough takes up the entire dining table with all the leaves in it... so, really only a Flagstaff project!
So, it looks like eating, shopping, spending money, playing games, watching movies, me studying some Dutch, and whatever else comes up. You'll probably get a long story drawn out over months when we get back to the wet, cold Netherlands. ;) Arno has said that he misses having vacations where he can just sit home and play games all day instead of these exhausting intercontinental trips, but he knows it's important for me to see my parents twice a year. Sorry Arno... maybe next year you can actually have some rest.
Oh, and that new idea Arno mentioned... I have some friends doing Tumblr 'Ask______" things... I'm wondering if Arno and Beedoo! should have one. That could get interesting, right? What do guys you think? Do you have something you'd want to ask us?
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