Christmas cards, gift tags, mini cards designed and delivered. Christmas presents ordered for the boys. Weekend away booked before Christmas.
Next research project is our skiing holiday next March!
The first Sunday in advent is this weekend, so all we have to do now is make the advent christmas tree pictures!
In other news, I feel in love again with Zürich today :-)
I was pottering through the beautiful old town to get to Schwarzenbach - which is the original grocer's shop. 150 years old, roast their own coffee, stock every exotic delicacy and have handwritten bags with your ingredients in.Staff are really helpful and knowledgable, and when you step through the door of the shop, it feels like you step back in time. Christmas baking ingredients sorted :-) Except for Atora Suet. That had them stumped :-)
I kept walking through the old town and discovered the Münsterhof in full building site mode. It's the market place / assembly area of medieval Zürich - Frauenmünster (big old church on one side), guildhouses on the other. And until recently, a car park in the middle. It's now being renovated and will be a pedestrian area from 2016. Can't wait - it's a really beautiful part of Zürich, surrounded by amazing buildlings and history on all sides. An excellent example of city planning actually working for the people :-)
They had some info boards up and I learnt that a tram line used to run through the market place across the bridge over to the Grossmünster! Plus, William churchill gave a speech there in 1946 - who knew? :-)
Here was my list for today - I did pretty well :-) Am trying to get a balance of tasks and treats and looking after my health :-)
And I bought myself 2 new books to read (not that I don't already have a stack waiting at home!)
Boys loved it, but they also loved posing under the tree. We wandered home eating "Marroni" ie sweet chestnuts - Patrick is a chestnut conneusier. Markus won't touch 'em!
My little Posers...
Got me a juicer, bought the book "The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet" and watched the film "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"
The first few days have been a bit tough, had quite a withdrawal headache from no caffeine, but I think I am now over the worst!
The boys are fascinated by the juicer and love putting the food in. It is amazing what you can juice and eat. Parsnips, apple and cinnamon anyone?
This is "Sunrise" - beetroot, carrots and apples - the boys would have drunk it all, if I hadn't yelled "Get off my breakfast, you thieving pirates!"
In response, I retweeted one of my favourite twitter feeds of the moment: manwhohasitall
In a similar vein, this spoof article from Buzzfeed does exactly the same - shows us the nonsense that is peddled when female celebrities are interviewed by women's glossies. "If male actors were described the way female actors are..."
And from today til the end of the year women effectively work for free, "thanks" to the pay or earnings gap", according to the Fawcett Society.
"Life is good. Enjoy the little things. One day you might look back and realize they were the big things"
Months 51, 50, 49
His english is charming eccentricly swissified at the moment, some favourite phrases
you know I like cuddles and kisses
good night spider
I had done it
Had you saw that?
Can you put that off?
He still loves Kinderkrippe and enjoys looking after the babies. At home, he often roleplays being a baby and he is still very cuddly and affectionate. And most nights still creeps into our bed. which is lovely and frustrating at the same time.
A few more milestones this autumn. We finally (literally overnight) stopped using pull up nappies at night with Markus. One night he needed them, the next night we ran out and M stayed dry. Hurrah - a nappie free honse finally. At Hallowe'en he lost another tooth - the top front one. And now the other top front one is wobbly as well!
Months 74, 73, 72
Both he and Patrick sing a lot and Markus is starting to match new words with an existing tune ie "see you later alligator, in a while crocodile" to the tune of Brahm's lullaby. Now that it's getting darker and nearly winter, we have lots of "jingles bells" and "oh tannenbaum" - to my delight. Markus is getting really interested in words that ryhme. So the game goes like this - "Mummy, say goat" "goat" "you're in a boat" etc
Other games include the "Water / solid / gas" game where we choose an object and then Markus categorizes it! "Good night spider" is the new goodnight routine, whereby I tickle their back like a spider three times in a row. We also play the fortune cookie game, which is where we make up the "fortune" at the end of the meal when the cookie is eaten, and not unsurprisingly, the fortune always goes something like this "Markus, you will get to sleep very quickly and have a lovely sleep!"
Markus seems to have a new confidence at Kindergarten, now that he is one of the big boys in year 2. We are having lots of playdates and inviting friends over. The new Friday routine is "boys & toys pizza party kino abig", whereby Alan and the boys sit in the living room on the floor, eat pizza and popcorn and watch a netflix film together. Occasionally Markus generously permits me to join in. I really enjoy cycling wtih him to kindergarten, or even walking there and back, we have such interesting conversations. And whilst the weather was still nice in Sept/Oct and it was still light, we had a few sneaky walks to the lake and an icecream on the way home.
We are now starting to talk to him about 1. Klasse (1st class at school) - he wont be going to the same school as his friends in Kindergarten, because we are out of that school's catchment area. I was really worried about telling Markus that he wouldn't be going to the same school, but he is very unconcerned.
Words & Phrases
Can you go out of the way?
Why do we don't do that?
me to markus: why do you ask so many questions?
markus: I'm a question man!
Happy, gappy Boy at Hallowe'en
Click on the links below to read my notes on each session, click here for my photos, and see below for my twitter stream during the day....
Markus Gross: Fighting dyslexia with computer science | Anju Rupal: Aesthetic activism in the business of beauty | Michael Ambühl: Negotiation Engineering | Nadine Bielefeld: The power of voice
Marc Stoffel: Farewell to competitiveness - companies need a new operating system | Jennifer Miksch: Re-setting the public image of modern successful women
Kurt Pelda: The right and the wrong way to look at the war in Syria | Andreia Fernandez: What happens when no one is watching... and how to break the cycle | Patrik Künzler: Flying through (virtual) reality | Simon Lynen: Allowing mobile devices to navigate and understand the world we live in
Ioannis Tarnanas: Dementia precaution should become as normal as going to the dentist | Florianne Köchlin: Tomatoes talk, birch trees learn - do plants have dignity? | Christian Wehbe: Mental (w)illness