I tried to get the last bit of groceries before the holidays yesterday. Evidently the whole world thought the same because the supermarket was super busy. For the first time I felt uncomfortably close to people because of the corona days.
Evidently there are other dangers afoot as well, as I got pick pocketed between entering the supermarket and getting to the till. I scanned my loyalty (and card at the entrance, and when I wanted to pay my whole wallet was gone. I checked my entire trolley and did 3 rounds of the shop, but alas, no sign of my red wallet anywhere. Thank goodness for technology, so I could pay with the bank app on my phone and hope for the best.
I left my number at the info desk and I even returned later, just before closing time to walk the shop once more, but sadly no wallet.
However, the thief must have been an honest one, because this morning I received a call from the police station. Someone had dropped my wallet in their postbox overnight. The cash was gone, up to the last coin, and even the emergency bek jassies that I keep in there, but all my cards and documents were still intact.
I think I might just stop carrying a wallet all together.
Today I went to the Haagse Markt, to get 2 very important things: fresh coffee, and a leg of lamb for Christmas Dinner.
We sent a message to the “koffieboer” ahead of time, to make sure his stall is open. So when I arrived our order was ready to go, freshly roasted and ground to our requirements. It is just a treat to get this kind of personalised service, and along with it a friendly chat.
After picking up the coffee, I made my way to the fish and meat aisle, to visit the butcher stall. I have always loved a food market and this is just as enjoyable: picking out the wanted cuts of meat and planning menu’s on the fly based on what is available.
After the market I stopped at the hardware store to pick up the goodies I ordered before, since they are only open for “click and collect” and I needed some things for my workroom lights.
On my way home I got a splash of rain (Dutch weather) and I made some sort of bus mistake(wrong bus or wrong stop or something) , so I ended up walking more than planned, but I’ll write it up as experience and getting to know my new town.
Luckily I finally made the wise decision to get one of those shopping trolley things, so I didn’t have to carry all those things around town.
Today we had 2 virtual Christmas parties at work. As sad as it may sound, it was actually quite fun.
The first was with the whole NL office. A few weeks earlier we all had to record a video of ourselves dancing to a Christmas song, with a designated Christmas background, and submit it to the office.
The facilities team put it all together into a really fun video, and a few colleagues who have formed a band recorded a customised version of the song with words that fit with the work we do.
We all watched the video together and had a bit of fun banter before starting the next virtual party.
Our business unit social committee outdid themselves and was really creative for our year end social.
We all had to send in a picture of something in our house, and some fun facts about ourselves before. Then after some introductions we divided into preassigned groups where we played guessing games about the things our group mates sent.
It was surprisingly fun and a good way to end a strange year.
It’s appraisal season at work. That time of year when we have to take a moment to consider what we have achieved and think what we would like to focus on for next year.
I wasn’t really looking forward to it, perhaps because the last few months were so busy that we measure ourselves by how we feel. However, when I take a step back to consider it all, we as a team achieved so much, and I have played my part in that team.
It made me think that it’s like that outside of work too. Sometimes our perspective is skewed by our current situation and we need to take a step back to see what we managed to achieve. Similarly, we can also take a moment to be thankful for what we have.
I am thankful that I have a job that I like, where I can grow and make a difference. I am thankful for the wonderful guy that I’ve met this year. I am super thankful for my lovely and comfortable home. I am thankful for the opportunities that I got this year.
After a busy long moving weekend, I can finally spend one day sitting all day, aka, working.
It’s hard to scrape together enthusiasm for a computer screen if there are so many other things I’d like to sort out, but I keep reminding myself that I’m going to live here for a while and there will be time for it all.
Suddenly I feel less guilty about my stash of sewing stuff, because at least I’ll have something to keep me busy on my vacation days when I can’t go anywhere and I can’t buy any more supplies!
Today we had a little end of year social for the team of work friends who started the year working full time on the same project. It was nice to catch up with them socially and to see how everyone’s life is going. My first mentor taught me that you spend more time with your colleagues than your family (except during wfh times) and in a sense these people became my other family, especially when I was new here. They even showed me how the office coffee machines work!