Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We had rice with a chickpea sauce, fondue, and various cakes, snacks, plus various teas and various juices. One of our guests brought a bottle of wine and shared it with some of the other guests (note: Baha'i do not drink alcohol). I played some guitar and the Loreena McKennit CDs were played. Generally I think a good time was had by all. :-)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Not a lot really going on - I've been drinking coffee, one cup in the morning, and my Rosacea seems to be getting worse, so I should cut that out. I've been spending a lot of time at AllBeliefs trying to convince the atheists that science and religion are not contradictory. *sigh*.
B. came over for 19-Day Feast this evening. As usual she drank coffee, even though it was late at night. She brought along 2 cheesecakes. I don't really understand why, though - there was no one else at feast. Even my daughter didn't come - she went to bed early - she's still re-adjusting to daytime schedule.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I started the day off by reading in bed: a Chinese course and JPod. JPod is mildly funny and good if you're into pop-trivia. I'll probably finish reading it, just because I started it.
I spent a bit of time with my wife preparing for a Ruhi Course we'll be giving here, starting in January. We had previously intended to do a course via the internet, but I ran into some technical difficulties with making a nice atmosphere, and K. dropped out of participation at AllBeliefs.com where we had intended to hold it in a chatroom (shameless plug: AllBeliefs.com is a really nice place.
Just in case there are some reading who don't know: Boxing Day (the title of my post about that day) is the day after Christmas. It is tradition in England to put money and stuff in boxes and give it to the poor on Boxing Day.
I'm going to keep it short today, and try to get some sleep. :-)
Saturday, December 27, 2008
All of that practice in sudoku seems to be paying off: I'm back to getting 100% with minutes to spare in "Mind Games".
Tomorrow (actually today, since it's after midnight) is Sunday, my day to call family. I usually call my sister and my parents, and often call my brother. Occasionally I'll even call one of my cousins. This often lasts several hours - I'm very glad that we've got flat rate to America - much better than the 6 DM per minute it used to cost when I first came to Germany. :-)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Anyway I got up just in time to shower before going to visit A. & A. who invited us for this evening. A. is mother to two adorable little girls, M. and L., who we like to visit or be visited by - most recently while A. and A. picked up her mother, M., from the airport. These initials could get confusing. :p Whatever: Little M. showed me her new presents, including a small guitar that she proudly played without using her left hand... she did not want me to touch it, and, in particular, not to tune it. :p After a nice dinner, we settled down to a game of mah-jongg with big M., while A. put the kids to bed, and A. went out to take care of something.
So, after a nice visit, I'm back home and now here, in front of the computer, doing my surfing etc. I better stop before it starts getting too self-referential and breaking down the fourth wall. :p
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
My Chinese studies have been progressing slowly. Ever more slowly, since the chapters are getting less and less consistent, more words are missing from the vocabulary lists, etc. I'm also making slow progress with Farsi, but there the problem is I'm just not studying enough - I need to have another lesson with our friend V.
And of course I want to spend time working on my own pet projects, I need to clean out my office, I have a pile of books I want to read. *sigh*. Sleep is more important at the moment.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I suppose I should say a little something about myself: my name is Bill. I've been married for 25 years. I have a 20 year old daughter. I'm a programmer. I'm a Baha'i. Although I'm an American, I live in Germany, and have for the past 24 years. I'm very active at AllBeliefs.com, where I am user wh44. wh44 was the userid I was assigned in college, about 30 years ago.