Day 212: Transitioning

Our friends left today. I didn’t sleep well last night, thinking about them leaving and not wanting to sleep through my early alarm to get them to the airport on time. There was no need to worry. I woke up before the bell went off, and we had plenty of time for last minute hugs and kisses.

It was sad to see them go after 14 days together. It was also ok for them to go back home. There was that swirl again of yin and yang. Happy and sad. Ok and not so ok. It’s how life works, and slowly I feel like I’m getting the hang of this part of it at least. I understand it and flowed with it, and transitioned more quickly than usual. Knowing we’ll see them again in 4 months helped a lot. It provided hope and anticipation that filled the gap of sadness and emptiness, looking forward. It also helped that we had dinner plans with our friends in Amsterdam tonight.

After doing several loads of laundry, relaxing and reading a bit, the kids and I ventured out to the Friday market for some true Dutch treats, before shopping for appetizer fixins’.

20130223-000117.jpg Frites with sate sauce and one order with fritesaus.

The other little one chose a hot, freshly made stroopwaafel.

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It’s still freezing outside! I can’t wait for spring to arrive!!

Day 170: Friday Market Success and Homemade Sushi

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Found a good deal on fabric for our California Surfing Photo Op at the Friday Market in Amstelveen! Very happy.

Facebook’s Update Status Bar now asks:

“How are you feeling, Adriana?”

Is that like, “Hi, how are you? I’m fine. How are you?”  How are you supposed to answer that?  Maybe they should ask “What are you doing, Adriana?”  or “What do you feel like sharing with the world today? Is it something about your kids, your food, your mood, or some place you’ve been lately? Maybe you have a nice quote to share or a political opinion to spread, although I never share those!!  Facebook is sort of like Reality TV – we can get a glimpse of typically the positive side of our friends’ and family’s life story. I still find the news entertaining and enjoy reading the highlights, so thanks for sharing how you’re feeling. You inspire me and I feel happy for you.

Today I was feeling content. I had nothing I had to do and it’s Friday, so that feels good. I had 3 hours free after running errands without a schedule and I loved it.  Of course I had things to do, but nothing that was urgent. I started with a cup of coffee to warm up from the chill outside. I had to scrape the ice off the windows this morning before taking the kids to school.  I then sat down and began reading Facebook updates and email, and then working on the photo booth project and making lunch. I had bought an avocado and a cucumber, as well as other healthy veggies and decided to make a delicious lunch, homemade vegetarian sushi rolls. I wish someone was here to share them with me, but I hadn’t planned on making lunch – it just appeared after seeing someone share a similar recipe on their Facebook page.

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Preparing to make sushi rolls – cucumber, avodado, carrots, cilantro, sushi rice, wasabi, toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, salt.

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Sushi roll all wrapped up and snug in the bamboo mat.

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The final art piece – isn’t it pretty? It was delicious and easy too!

Hope you have a good weekend!  – Adriana

Day 30: TGIF!

We finished our first “week” of school today. So nice to start on a Thursday and have a short, first week. We had just enough time to get the hang of things and figure out how to get there on time, how to park in small places, how to be prepared for rain at any give minute and how to adapt and change plans.  We made new friends and discovered new places. All in a week.  

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We had fun playing on the playground after school and making new friends, meeting the teachers and figuring out the lockers and block schedules.

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The school is beautiful and very welcoming to families. I arrived early to pick up the kids and headed to the cafeteria for a cappucino while waiting! Soon other moms came and the kids came, and two hours later, we closed down the place and headed home.

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Far from home, but yet in the center of the courtyard at our new school and feeling like we belong here.Image

While the kids were at school, I met up with my new friends and we headed over to the Friday special market place for some socializing and shopping. On Friday, in the town center, merchants come and set up shop, similar to a farmers market, but with a swap meet flavor added to it. You can find plants, sheets, shoes, produce, fresh bread, fish, chicken and beef stands, and so much more. It’s a great outdoor market place, and these fountains are part of the entertainment. It was so much more fun to shop with friends. We were on a mission to find something to cook for dinner tonight, and were searching for ideas. We came across a savory pie place, and all of us bought these mini pies to serve to our families, along with side veggies and salad. So fun, right? The hardest part is figuring out what to make, yet today it was easy!  The pies were delicious and we’ll be definitely having them again! We are planning to make the Friday market a weekly girls’ outing, after a visit to the gym! We’re starting trial runs at the local gyms next week – time to get back in shape again! 

After shopping for dinner, I met up with 2 other new friends for lunch at Popov – a great, little outdoor deli near the water fountains in the Stadshart in Amstelveen.  I ordered a delicious, chicken grilled sandwich with pesto and sun dried tomato. It was great to share stories and get to know the other women at our school. 

I’d say today was a fulfilling and fun day. They say it’s going to rain this weekend, so I’m glad I was able to be outside most of the day. Hope you all have a great weekend!

xo Adriana