Thanksgiving has been here and is gone. My first and hopefully only cold of this winter has been here and gone. So has David’s. Yep, just in time for the long holiday weekend. Oh well, it can always be worse, right? Like, it could be Sunday instead of Saturday and we would have to go to work tomorrow – aaaah! Nope, not Sunday yet. It is Saturday and day three of eating turkey for dinner. I think we have got a few more left. Making a whole turkey for only two people is not what I would call sensible.
Anyways, while being sick-ish, creative juices do not flow, so I was surfing the internet, reading a lot, commenting here and there, and I stumbled about this meme, circle, something not only once, but three times in my ‘blogging circle’. And since it is always fun to learn new things about – mostly – virtual friends – here we go with ‘mustache some questions’, which I traced back to Allison. I have to say though that I am having difficulties with a question or two, so don’t scold me for only having three answers, o.k.?
//Four names that people call me (other than my real name!):
Dearsis — obviously… David 😉
Claude(s) — English abbreviation for Claudia?? It used to bug me a little when I was living in Australia, but all, and I mean ALL, names got abbreviated
Claudi (pronounced Cloudy) — Those who don’t know me well, will find out very quickly why people that do know me, do not call me Claudi – grrrh! Hate it.
Lange or Kleine — which if you know German does not make sense. Lange = tall(ie) and Kleine = short(ie). The former refers to me being 6’1″ and at the same time ‘lil’ sister’ to my siblings 😉
//Four jobs I have had:
Helper (i.e. unskilled worker) painting — in my dad’s business while finishing school, I worked afternoons and weekends to make money
Apprentice office/bookkeeping/reception — German retail chain (I googled, they actually still exist – Boecker)
Logistics Import — ITG, importing home textiles from the PR of China (this was before and during Tianmen Square protests)
Exports/Imports/airfreight/oceanfreight — Danzas now DHL in Germany, Australia, USA
//Four movies I would watch more than once (it is obvious – I love fantasy/scifi):
Matrix (1, 2 and 3)
Star Wars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Lord of the Rings (1, 2, 3)
//Four books I’d recommend (phew – haven’t really read in a while, but…):
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels (loved all the films, too)
Clive Cussler – entertaining (no brainer) novels for vacations
Scott Kelby photoshop books are fun and you learn a lot
//Four places I have lived:
Bielefeld, Germany — home town
Bülach, Switzerland (close to Zürich) — job that I did not list above
Melbourne — Danzas / DHL Australia – it will always be my 2nd home!
Mannheim, Germany — where I met for the first time and years later moved together with David
//Four places I have been:
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia — only on vacation, but oh so beautiful
Caernarfon, Wales — another vacation, more than once
Le Mont St. Michel, France — 1st time as an exchange student, later with David
Bonaire — Our windsurfing destination of choice
//Four places I’d rather be right now:
Bonaire — It is way warmer than here and it is the start of the windy season – windsurf, baby!
Bielefeld — Christmas with family is just nice
A beach — any beach, preferably a warm one though
None — I am pretty much where I want to be
//Four things I don’t eat:
Innards or brain — never!
Liver — as a kid mom made it and in all honesty it was o.k. especially in strips, but the smell – uurrgh
Oysters — how can one eat this glibbery, cold, schlurpy stuff – unless it is fried in batter 😉
Seafood pizza — seafood is yum, but does not belong on pizza, period!
//Four of my favorite foods:
Trader Joe’s s (sweet & salty) kettle corn — hahaha, that was David’s answer
Good German bread (with nuts)
//Four TV shows that I watch:
Burn Notice — (this one actually ties to the actors in the video further down… do you know why?)
p.s. I am watching all these on Netflix since we don’t have a TV, but they count, because they are still running
//Four things I am looking forward to this year:
Attending the Rockefeller Tree Lighting one more time
A quiet Christmas with my Dearsis
Taking more winter photos – I hate winter, so I have to have something positive there, right?
Spring (already yes! And windsurfing on Bonaire)
//Four things I’m always saying:
Freck the freckin’ freckers — I thing we first ‘encountered’ freck in Galactica, the new version 🙂 (btw – this one came from David…)
I’m German — This is the explanation, ahem, excuse I give a lot when …I have no idea how to explain something or I don’t understand something
I don’t know! — comes with the territory of living in a foreign country speaking a foreign language, I guess
Go away with your cold footsies! Guess who I’m talking to… 🙂
Hahaha – this was fun, especially while slurping a Margarita, out of a proper Margarita glass. Yep, I finally got some so that our champagne cups can go back to their own business. And now it its your turn, should you feel challenged. Actually, I feel there is (at least) one question missing:
// Four of your all time favorite songs (in no particular order and just out of this very moment, because there are a lot more!):
One — U2
Wake me up when September ends — Green Day
Music (was my first love) — John Miles
Into the great wide open — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (and not because (but it does help) of Johnny Depp starring in the video, have a look at the actors in this clip)
And just because I am having a music kind of evening, here is another pretty cool video, in ‘Russian avant-garde art’ style:
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