July 24, 2008
License, German-English Translation, Fruit, Junkmail, Power, Sun
I think the Zurich DMV used Google Translate for their email to me. Here are some excerpts:
...The visual test you can finish with every optician(glasses business)
...They must wait, to you the foreign identity card have
...The American leader's drive card we need for the paraphrase. You get back this after the occurred paraphrase (approx. one week). Nevertheless, in the interim you may go in Switzerland.
Mit freundlichen Grüssen
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Yesterday I hung our wedding vows by our bed - David's to me on his side, and mine to him on my side. This means we are truly home once again. I also hung the iris painting that my mom gave to us as a housewarming present three houses/countries ago. It is in the dining room, beautiful! And David's mom's special and lovely river painting is hanging in Jason's room - she painted it for him.
And I organized all the extra toiletries...what a mess that was. Our bathroom looks a whole lot better.
Also the kids and I got to have lunch with David at work for the first time, and see where he sits. FUN office... (not mentioning on the blog the name of where he works, but it's somewhere really fun :-) ).
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We've been delighting in God's fresh summer peaches (so ripe the skin just peels right off with my fingers), nectarines, and blueberries...yum! This morning I baked my first banana bread in this house. The kids liked it a lot.
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In reading Psalm 89:13, I came across an unusual verb: "endue:"
Provide with a talent, ability, power, etc. (godonthe.net)
To take on, to take the form of... To clothe; to endow or invest (with a thing). (wiktionary)
Endow, indue, gift, empower, invest, give qualities or abilities to (wordnet.princeton.edu
So anyway, God is endued with power. All of it.
Earlier this week I was clueless as to where I might find a shower curtain rod around here (that was not 45 minutes away of yucky city/highway driving at Ikea). I sort of kind of asked God for help (didn't feel it was important enough? Have other matters I'd rather He work on? Didn't think He knew? Didn't think He cared that much? Ha!), having looked in the phone books and found that no help with my limited German (what would you look under?), and having tried Google maps business locating...again I don't think I put in the right words.
I left the house for some other errands, hoping I would just see someplace likely on the way...but stopped at the mailbox to check if there was anything in there. For the first time since we moved in two weeks ago, there was some "junkmail" in the bottom half of the mailbox. Some flyers from stores. Hmmm, thought I. Leafing through, three of the stores looked like likely candidates for my search! So I went back inside and looked them up online. The closest one was 20 minutes away through absolutely stunning countryside. Hills, forests, lush verdant fields, Christmas tree farm, cornfields, distant horizons...Anyway, I got to a Co-op "Bau + Hobby" which turned out to be Home Depot meets Office Depot meets Michael's Arts & Crafts meets Garden Center meets Kitchen Store meets Outdoor Store. And upstairs, a full-blown Co-op grocery store and attached mall. I had a great time exploring, got the shower curtains and rods and several other things we needed, and had to leave to come home before I was done with the adventure. I will have to go back and take David too sometime. Looked like a nice town to visit for other reasons too (Affoltern am Albis).
So anyway, it wasn't junkmail, it was God-mail, I guess. Thanks!
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The sun has returned as of yesterday, and we're supposed to have real summer temperatures here all next week. Nice. We may take our first trip into the mountains this Saturday for a hike. I hope we see lots of wildflowers, especially centaurea montana...
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Ok, I have a dumm question: what the heck is a "co-op?" We have a co-op here and it is the 'alternative' grocery store similar to Whole Foods or an overpriced Trader Joe's (gee whiz how we mis having a TJs within driving distance! We only get to go now when traveling outside of the state). I assume it is a contraction of co-operate. With whom are they cooperating?
Posted by: randall | Jul 24, 2008 3:07:33 PM
Good question, sorry for not explaining that. There are two main grocery store chains here in Switzerland. One is called Migros (as in, half-big), and the other is called Co-op. Migros sells no alcohol, and has a lot of things in their own store brand, which is cheaper. Co-op sells alcohol and has mostly name brand items. I use both for different things. Thanks for asking.
Posted by: Katherine | Jul 24, 2008 3:25:02 PM
Hey, we have Co-op in Japan too! Except that here, it is spelled "Coop"! But pronounced as Co-op. In Japan, the Co-op brands are processed with less preservatives, the meat is hormone-free, etc. It's a bit more expensive, but very popular. And here, Co-op has a bi-weekly delivery system (which I don't do, because I am not organized enough and not good enough at reading kanji! I need to actually see the product to be sure I am getting the right thing!) A lot of people do use Coop delivery though. I myself, usually do some shopping at bulk-type stores, especially for meat, and then a vegetable truck vendor comes near here twice a week, and sometimes I order on-line and have groceries delivered. If you order over $50 worth, delivery is free, and I always need at least that much! Then about every six weeks, we have to make a Costco run for our American appetites! I think one of the fun things about living in a new place is getting to know the new shops in the area. It also makes a point of connection with your neighbors if you ask them for their advice about where to shop. Got any friendly neighbors around in the daytime?
Posted by: Andrea | Jul 25, 2008 12:43:44 AM