Summer holidays…for the kids.

It’s summer holidays…for the kids. The bad part is that I still have to work. The good part is that the kids spend more time at my place. They came to my place Thursday last week. Cassandra left a few minutes ago but Jonathan and Cassandra will stay until Tuesday evening.

IMG-20180707-0189As usual when the kids are here it’s a lot of cooking and movie watching. Since it is their summer holidays I try to find a bit more to do with them even though I’m mostly confined to the weekends when it comes to activities outside of the apartment.

Timothy wanted to go to a new Asian restaurant, Kirin, in Val Thoiry so we went there for lunch yesterday. It was quite nice actually. The sushi’s where quite good, for a buffet restaurant that is. Better than Palais de Asie where the kids usually want to go. I would have liked one or two dishes with a bit more spices though and the desert buffet was more French than Asian.

I let Timothy go alone to the dessert buffet. Big mistake!

Today we went to the cinema complex in Balexert to watch The Incredibles 2. Not bad but the first one was better. This one was very predictable and at times actually a bit boring. At least it was not as full of politically “correct” preaching as I was afraid of.

In an hour or so it’s time to fire up the barbecue again. I have a nice inch and a half thick slab of dead cow on the bone that’s going to become our dinner for tonight.

Week with the kids

IMG-20180418-0118.jpgThe last two weeks have been school holidays in France. Well, unless you are going to university like Jonathan. Then you only got the last week. Anyway, because of the holidays the kids have been at my place since last Sunday up until this morning.

Unfortunately I don’t have unlimited days off from work and I want to save what I have for the summer so I’ve been working during the week but it still left most lunches and all the evenings together with the kids.

IMG-20180418-0123.jpgThere were not any time to do anything special with me working of course but we did go to ÔBrasseur for some burgers one of the evenings. The kids were quite happy just spending time alternating between playing, watching movies an TV, listening to music or reading. Well, some of them actually did some reading.

Of course in the evenings it was movie time.

Now I am actually enjoying some time alone but I’m sure that feeling will be gone by tomorrow.

Easter is gone!

My ex just picked up the kids so they could spend the Easter Monday at her place. So that’s it, Easter has come and gone for me. Sure it is still Easter Monday but with the kids gone so is, essentially, Easter. These moments just after the kids have been here for a couple of days and then just left are almost unbearable. The apartment is so silent and lonely. It is so difficult not to go back to consuming just to try and anesthetize the depressive feelings and thoughts.

Well, on the bright side, Easter was quite good. As with most of the traditional holidays Easter is a bit of a home/family holiday so I had not really planned any activities outside of the apartment. Nevertheless we went to Val Thoiry on the Saturday afternoon since Jonathan wanted to look at new clothes and some sketching material for the Sci-Fi designs he is always working on. Apart from the clothes we got for Jonathan I accidentally stumbled over a new summer jacket as well. Whoops!

Easter lunchAlso, as with most of the traditional holidays, Easter is a bit of a traditional food holiday. So we started off on Saturday lunch with the obligatory pickled herrings, eggs, some Swedish cheese, Swedish meatballs for the two small ones who do not eat herring, gravlax etcetera…

Inkokt Lax

For Sunday lunch I tried another traditional recipe, Inkokt Lax, which I have never done before myself. Served with eggs (it is Easter you know), a shrimp mix and broccoli it turned out to be very good indeed. The two small ones complained of course. Fish and broccoli on the same plate … what an ordeal!

Then we went over to the traditional (yes yes everything is traditional, I did say it was a traditional holiday didn’t I?) lamb steak with potatoes and a ratatouille, the latter not being very traditional in Sweden of course but hey, this is France.

In between the various eating frenzies we burned off some calories (cough, cough) by going through four episodes of Stargate, two of The Strain, three Big Bang Theory and for the grand finale Justice League. The latter which I liked a lot by the way.

Well, now it is back to ordinary days for me. Given my not so at the top mood right now I’ll probably vegetate some in front of the TV while doing a bit of reading.

Easter is coming!

Easter is coming! Unfortunately the sky in Geneva is not exactly the lovely blue one shown in the featured image of this posts. It is rather grey with a annoying drizzle right now and it is supposed to continue until Saturday at least according to the forecast.

Well, anyway, I went into Geneva over lunch, more specifically to Ikea in Vernier, to pick up some of the sorry excuse for Swedish food that they sell nowadays. Even though it is not as good as the real stuff, not to mention the home made stuff, I had to get some pickled herring and a few other things for when the kids are coming this Easter.

At Leon de Bruxelles for some mussles.Speaking of the kids, they were at my place last Saturday as more or less usual. Me and Jonathan watched the last Bond, Spectre, in the box set that I got. Timothy had asked if we could not go back to Leon de Bruxelles so we went there for lunch.

Me and Timothy having a Pizza at Le Casanova.

Timothy had been at my place all of last week by the way. He was doing a one work experience practice at one of the florists in the village. The photo to the left is from when we went out for a pizza on one of the evenings.

Winter Holidays

I had a lousy week a while ago. Just after the kids went back to Bellegarde on a Sunday afternoon I got sick with the flu the very same evening. I was totally nocked out for three days in a row and then it took me a week to start firing on all eight cylinders again. Being home alone with a flue was the most depressing days I’ve spent since my girlfriend passed away.

Luckily last week and tA chilly February day in Nyon.his week is the Winter Holidays in French schools so I have had the kids at my place a bit more than three days last week and all of this week. Actually it was only the two small ones that were at my place last week since Jonathan, being at university level, do not get the luxury of two weeks of holiday.

It is called a Winther Holiday but, since none of us are very interested in winter sports, to us is it like any other holiday. We watch movies, play games, go out for some dining and make some excursions.

At Balexert about to watch Black Panther.Yesterday we watched Black Panther in the IMAX salle in Balexert. It was not too bad but it is, not very surprisingly, totally overhyped by the clueless SJW’s. There will come a review soon on my other site.

The forecast said that today should be a sunny day so we had planned to go and have a look in Shilliger in Gland and then go for a walk along the lake in Nyon and have a lunch there. Unfortunately the forecast was way off and it was windy, gray and cold as you can see from the photos attached. Well, it was nice lunch even though it became less of a walk along the lake than I had hoped for.

A chilly February day in Nyon.Tomorrow we are going to make into a resting day with no plans for the day. I suspect a sleep in with a late morning is on the menu…as well as some more movies from my collection of course. Jonathan and I are still kind of binge watching ourselves through my 007 collection. We have just come to the Pierce Brosnan period.

One of my orchids about to flower.Oh by the way. One of my orchids have started to go into flower again. I hope I will have the same success with the rest of them.

I uploaded a few more photos from the last couple of days to my Miscellaneous 2018 album on Flickr.

Well, that was the end of 2017

So that was the end of 2017. This morning I drove the kids back to my ex in Bellegarde so now I have a lonely week ahead of me before CERN opens up again.

New Years Eve DinnerAnyway yesterday me and the kids celebrated New Years Eve with the usual fois gras canapés, new years dinner, fireworks, watching Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde. Oh and of course watching Dinner for One.

I was not too  unhappy with the new years dinner. I made an entrée of scallops on a bed of salad with a pesto sauce and . . . Burgundy snails. Okay now you probably think I have gone bananas but there is actually an explanation. The two young ones are not at all fond of scallops so they got a plate of Burgundy snails, which they do like, and just a few scallops to taste.

New Years Eve DinnerThe entrée was followed by a lamb rack encrusted with a garlic, rosemary and dried tomatoes and accompanied by country potatoes and haricot verts. Not bad at all.

Well I guess now we have to see what 2018 holds in store. It is not exactly going to take that much to make it a better one than 2017.

Spending the time between Christmas and New Years Eve eating…anything but Christmas food.

As usual when Christmas is over everyone wanted to eat anything but Christmas food. It is also days when we mostly sit down and relax. With CERN being closed for two weeks from the 23rd and the kids having school holidays we can do pretty much what we want.

Well, actually I’m not so sure about the sit down and relax bit though. I feel the holiday days go by faster than working days actually.

The day after Christmas day I had booked tickets in Balexert to watch The Last Jedi in their IMAX salon. With a bit of a sleep in, an early lunch, getting there, watching a two and a half hour movie and a huge mess in the parking garage making us spend almost an hour to get out again the day was pretty much gone when we got back.

At Leon de BruxellesThe day after was fairly calm. We went to Leon de Bruxelles to have some french fries and mussels although I had to do some shopping as well.

Yesterday me, Jonathan and Cassandra went to Ornex to buy the fireworks for New Years Eve. Another one of our small traditions. Cassandra did not really care but she wanted to go to the pet shop in Jardiland (despite the fact that she’s been told that we are not buying any more pets right now).

At Au Carnivore in Geneva with the kidsToday I had booked a table at Au Carnivore in the old town of Geneva were we had a excellent lunch. The name of the restaurant is well chosen so it was of course a nice vegan-free lunch. Then we strolled over to the big butcher at the main shopping street and got us some lamb rack and fois gras for New Years Eve (now I have to think about a recipe too).

The afternoon was comparatively calm. Me and JJ had to go and do some quick shopping but we (especially I) finally got to sit down later when we all played some cards. I really liked to play cards as a kid so it is so nice for me that the kids like it to.

Now I am about to go and fix up some Tacos for tonight and then I guess we’ll sample something from my movie library or Netflix afterwards.

Yes the photos are pretty crappy. Indoor photos taken with a phone leaves somewhat to be desired even with a relatively good phone camera (no matter what the smartphone enthusiasts claim).