Time for Fete de l’Oiseaux again

This weekend it was time for Fete de l’Oiseaux in the village again which of course meant that the kids spent the entire weekend at my place.

We wen’t down to the fairground both on the Saturday and the Sunday although the kids are starting to get a wee bit too old for it. It is not a permanent fairground after all so the attractions are not that awesome to them any more. Still it is a bit of a tradition and I definitely enjoy the village party ambiance.

When we were not at the fairground it was of course the usual stuff. Me and Jonathan watched through four episodes of his new favorite series, SG-1.

I did not take a lot of photos this time. They tend to become a bit similar to the photos I took last year and the year before etc… after all. I did upload a few to an album on Flickr though. I had actually hoped to take a few more, which is why I bothered to create an album, but the parade that was supposed to be at 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon hadn’t started an hour and a half later and then it started to drizzle so we gave up on that one.

Long weekend

I just left the kids in Bellegarde after spending a long weekend with them.

We had no special plans, the forecast had said that the weather was going to be much lousier than it actually turned out to be, but we did some shopping, Jonathan needed new shoes…again, and some other stuff.

Since the weather turned out a lot better than foreseen we could have lunch on the balcony all of the days. I even slapped some sliced up dead lamb on the barbecue for Saturday dinner. Actually I spent quite a lot of time cooking this weekend. Apart from the previously mentioned barbecued lamb some Greek minced meat pie, Italian pork filet with salami and sage and a coconut chicken curry was on the menu this weekend. Oh, and a English breakfast this morning. Actually it was a English / Swedish one since I threw in some Swedish pickled herring as well.

Of course it would not be a proper weekend without at least one movie. This weekend the movies came off of Cassandra’s wish list. First Walt Disney’s Coco which was quite good and then the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast which was pretty meh.

Lunch with the kids

So now I am just going to sit down, maybe read a bit, and relax before it is, unfortunately, back to work tomorrow.

Oh, one more thing, Jonathan mentioned something about revenge, murder and stuff like that after me having taken this photo of him singing at the table so I guess I better get my “money’s worth” out of it before it is too late 🙂

Where’s the bloody spring?

Test photos from my Galaxy S8I’m really feed up with winter now. A bit more than a week ago we got another couple of decimeters of snow and, as usual, even though it was forecasted, the snow cleaning service was totally surprised (read, could not be bothered to get up and work before 9’o clock). My 15 minutes drive to work took over an hour thanks to all the asshats that, also as usual, was driving around on summer tyres. Sigh!

I spent the last two weeks alone since the kids stayed at my ex’s place last weekend. She asked if they could stay with here since she was not working that weekend which I guess was okay. No reason to be inflexible, even if her divorce lawyer went over the top again a couple of weeks ago. Obviously she is seeking conflict so she can augment her fee. My lawyer is convinced that my ex is playing a game. I still believe that she is only guilty of not putting her foot down and allowing her lawyer to run amok with whatever bullshit she cooks together.

Anyway, that’s enough whining (for now). This weekend the kids have been at my place and, as you can see from the featured photo of this post, one of the things I cooked up was Truite avec thym, citron vert et ognion rouge served with rice and a tomato and onion salad. That was fun to cook (and eat). It is a really long time since I made whole fish. Cassandra moaned of course since it was fish but me and Jonathan enjoyed it a lot. Timothy ate it but then he is always hungry and eats more or less anything (except vegetables).

This afternoon, after me and Jonathan have watched another 007 from my collection, I will return two of the kids to Bellegarde. Timothy will stay at my place since he is having a one week work practice at the florist in the village. We walked down to the shop this morning so he could familiarize himself with the way since he will walk down there himself tomorrow.

At Le Mahal in St Genis-Pouilly with the kids.I never got around to make a post the last weekend the kids where at my place by the way. We went to the local Indian restaurant for lunch that Saturday. Timothy had asked to go back there for quite a few weeks but we never managed to find a good time to do so.

No I did not take this photo just to get a shot of the waitress’ ass by the way. Although she was rather cute 🙂 .

 

Another two weeks gone by.

Another two weeks has gone by. I’ve spent both weekends with the kids at my place although we did not do anything special this time. Jonathan and I continued our semi-binge watching of 007 and watched through another two movies each weekend. Actually, as I am writing this on a sunny (for once) Sunday morning we still have one movie to watch this weekend. Cassandra has submerged herself in one of the Christmas present games, Monster Hunter World. She actually went out of bed around 4:30 this morning to start to play!

Next weekend is the start of the school Winter holidays so the kids will be at my place some more during the week after that. The plan is for two of them (Jonathan do not start his holiday until a week later) to come next Sunday and stay a few days beginning of the week. Then all of them will come for some days the week after. I will plan some time off from work that week.

As we did not do anything particular these two weekend, which the kids are generally quite happy with since it gives them more game and movie time, I haven’t take any photos so the featured image of this post is a photo of my new sub-woofer. I had ordered it quite a while ago and it got delivered just before last weekend. It was the last weak link in my home cinema setup.

Of old my old stuff my old sub-woofer was probably the one thing I was actually quite unhappy with. It was musically quite correct but as soon as it was forced to go down below 35 Hz, which would be quite often given the kind of movies that I watch, it started to rumble and distort the sound. This one is a quite affordable mid-range model which, with a 800W RMS Sledge amplifier and a 12 inch driver, packs quite a punch and delivers down to 16 Hz without breaking a sweat. I guess some might consider it butt ugly in the living room of course but hey, not me, I am a home cinema geek after all.

My only problem now is that I have to be careful not to give the neighbors “the shakes”.

A Boys Only Sunday

Well, it is about three weeks since I last could be bothered to post anything. I have been wanting to sit down and write something several times but never managed to gather the willpower to do so.

It is not much that has happened after all. I survived the lonely first week of January although that was really a tough one. The divorce is dragging on. As usual my wife’s lawyer has shown absolutely no life signs whatsoever. I am not sure if she really is such a two-bit incompetent lawyer that she cannot be bothered to do her work or if she intentionally delays everything knowing full well that I am paying around 25 000 Euros in “temporary payments” to my wife every year. Money that she of course is not going to consider when we negotiate this bloody French payment compensatoire that I have to pay once the divorce is finalized. My therapist decided to increase the frequency of our sessions since she felt I was getting too depressed again.

Anyway, enough of the whining (it does help to write about it though so…). The kids were at my place all of last weekend as well as this weekend. Actually, already last week Jonathan said that he was going to stay the entire weekend regardless of what Cassandra (who only wanted to stay for the Saturday) did. So this Sunday we had a Boys Only Sunday.

Not that it was that much different from any other Sunday. Me and Jonathan did some binge watching of James Bond watching The Spy Who Loved Me on the Saturday and Moonraker yesterday. I had almost forgotten how crappy Moonraker is.

Burger lunch on our Boys Only SundayOf course a Boys Only Sunday, pretty much a Boys Only anything for that matter, requires some Boys Only junk food so we had some home made burgers. It is a kids favorite when I serve all the ingredients separately so it becomes do it yourself burgers.

I have pretty much just come back from driving the kids to Bellegarde. This is the worst part, the first evening when the apartment is all empty again.

Oh well, they will be here all of next weekend as well.

 

Christmas market in Lausanne

Today me and the kids went to the Swedish Christmas market in Lausanne to get our yearly fix of Swedish food products for Christmas.

Actually we first went to Balexert in Geneva to do some Christmas shopping and to pick up Jonathan’s vest for his suit. It actually went unusually smooth. Even Timothy found something fairly quickly. Not that this years shopping ordeal is over by any means though. I still have quite a few presents to buy myself and the kids have to buy the presents that they are going to give between them as well.

After that shopping spree we drove to Lausanne. It was a bit of a pain to get there as usual. The drivers in the French speaking region of Switzerland must be among the worst highway drivers in Europe. They constantly hug the left lane and never cares about anyone else.

Once there though it was surprisingly easy to get the shopping done and nothing was sold out despite the fact that we were later than usual. I was afraid that there would be massive queues since we were a bit late but there was almost none at all. Smoked eel, fish (sill), Swedish cheese, elk sausages etc. etc. all went into our bags smoothly.

We even got some real “Julmust”. Normally we buy that at Ikea but since the fucking bean counters ruined the Swedish shops at Ikea we buy less and less. This year Ikea’s own brand of “Julmust” was even more abysmal than their usual surrogate. Everyone, except the unsuspecting foreigners, know that “Ikea’s own brand” is just a rewriting of “We buy at as cheep as possible on the world market”. This years batch must have come from North Korea.

After the shopping we want home for a late lunch. I made some Jambalaya-like stuff on peppers, chicken and Chorizo from the Basque region.

To Timothy’s great despair we went out again after lunch. Well him and me at least. We had to go down to the florist where he is going to do his “stage” later. There were some paperwork that had to be done.

I think this was the busiest Saturday in quite a while. We only had time to watch one episode of The Orville just before Cassandra had booked the TV at 6 o’clock in the afternoon. That was when the free beta of Monster Hunter started on PS4.

Well, at least now I can sit down and relax a bit.