alexdegenhardt: (Gemini)
My birthday was two weeks ago. It was nice, although I didn't really celebrate it on the day. I had to work, I went working out, got home, showered and watched Northanger Abbey. Sunday before my birthday, we had our family celebration. We had a nice family BBQ. My mom's birthday is the day before mine and coincedently my brother's girlfriend's birthday is the same as mine, so we had plenty to celebrate. The weekend after my birthday I was invited to dinner at my friends place. Another friend, Gabi, was there to surprise me. They had even baked me a cake. I was really touched. Saturday morning I met up with Gabi again and we went to a yoga trial lesson. A former classmate of ours wants to become a yoga instructor and because of that, she has to give lessons to Newbies while someone is observing her. She did a good job. I like yoga, but I still prefer the faster and more physically exhausting workouts that I have now. On Sunday, my friend Shirley came over for dinner. All in all, hanging out with friends all weekend was great and just what I needed after another stressful week at work.

Stuff

Mar. 26th, 2009 09:40 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Cue scary music BBT)
What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was ready to curse the heavens and today I'm happy and grateful.

Grateful because my friends pretty much organized our weekend trip to Lausanne in April by themselves. All I had to do was okay the hotel. They were so fast emailing back and forth and I was swamped at work and voila, it was done. One thing off my plate.

I have a business English class once a week paid by my employer. Yesterday, they called me and told me they would dissolve my class, because the minimum of people wasn't met. They gave me 3 other classes I could join. I was all, the universe is against me, cute guy is totally gonna pick another time and I won't see him every week and slowly get to know him, damn. And today in the canteen, he came over and sat with me (his coworkers had left, but still squee). We talked, it was a bit awkward, but okay and he totally picked the same class. Awesome! He has the prettiest eyes. And later we joined his coworkers for coffee and it was way less awkward.

Yesterday I got the Pushing Daisies Poster I ordered. It's not quite as big as I would have liked, but the next bigger one would have been to big for the frame I already own. It's pretty and I hung it up directly opposite my bed.

And tomorrow I get a massage. Life is good. If only the taxes filled themselves out, it'd be perfect.
alexdegenhardt: (Smiling DLM)
I had a lovely, relaxing weekend, which I spent with my oldest friend, Gabi. We went to Grindelwald. Our hotel was awesome. We booked it very late, on Wednesday, arrived on Friday and we got a free room upgrade to the Panorama Suite. The Panorama Suite meant a great view, huge room, great bathroom with floor heating and a big bathtub. The Hotel had a steam room, a herbal sauna and a Finnish sauna, which we used Saturday and Sunday. It was very relaxing, sweating like mad, showering and then spending some time lying down and reading. The Hotel had 3 different restaurants, but we went to the same one twice because the food was just great and relatively cheap. The whole weekend only cost me 300 bucks, that includes my train ticket to Grindelwald, and 2 dinners, because we each got a 50 bucks discount. But all in all, what I enjoyed the most was hanging out with Gabi, talking, catching up. I just don't see her enough.

It was good that I relaxed this weekend. Because today at work, it was very hectic and stressful. We're currently understaffed and there's constantly stuff happening that requires our attention. And tomorrow the coworker I share my office with has the day off. I'm so not looking forward to fielding all these calls by myself. Bleh!

Still alive

Feb. 8th, 2008 09:30 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Waiting KO)
I'm still alive, even though I haven't updated in a while. Life's been good.

Gabi's birthday was a week ago. She invited a bunch of people over. It was nice. Patrick, her boyfriend, took care of a baby that was there with its mother. He looked awfully comfy with it, I wonder if he feels his biological clock ticking. I don't think Gabi wants kids just yet, but you never know.

On Sunday, I'm hanging out with Mausi. Mausi started off as a friend of my mother, but she quickly became a friend of the whole family. She's been kind of adopted by us. We are gonna do brunch together and then visit a photo exhibition. I'm really looking forward to that. She's a lot of fun to hang out with and since I moved out I only see her a few times a year.

I still have a crush on this guy at work. *Sigh* He's just so cute. He has such pretty eyes and his accent is totally working on me. The accent alone would be nice, but nothing special, but in combination with a cute guy, oh my God. I only see him about 5 minutes a day, which is torture. I was seriously disappointed that we had such a short team meeting this week, 'cause it's the only time I can ogle my office crush in peace. And last week, it got canceled all together. Damn it boss, don't you know I have ogle needs?
alexdegenhardt: (High Five PD)
...when it's clean. Apparently all it takes to get me cleaning is having friends over for dinner.

I didn't cook anything too complicated, just chicken, vegetables and risotto. It was good, I think. I feel a bit insecure about my cooking. But taking into account that I wasn't nervous about cooking and didn't measure anything, I'm impressed with myself. Daniel talked a lot. He's not very happy with his job. Martina just started her new job on Monday. Obviously she can't say much about how it is yet. We talked about the recent incident with the army gun, because it happened close to where Daniel lives. I really think people of my generation don't get why it's "necessary" to keep the gun at home.

I had lunch with Cornelia. It was nice and very relaxed. Afterwards, we went for a walk and had a hot chocolate in a café. It was really cool to be able to just sit and talk without stress or time constraints.
alexdegenhardt: (Buddies HIMYM)
Apparently very, cause despite the fact we said we'd meet tomorrow evening weeks ago, I still haven't heard anything from them. I sent them a text message today, with no reply so far. God, I swear, if this thing doesn't happen tomorrow, I'll be pissed. I was so looking forward to this.
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My mom texted me this weekend to tell me that two friends of theirs (F & W) got civil unionized on Friday. I've known them all my life and they've been together for about 30 years. F was my teacher from first to third grade. W is my sister's godfather and F is my brother's godfather. I'm really happy for them. According to my mom, they have wanted to do this for a while, and now with the new law in effect, they finally were able to. I sent them a nice card with my congratulations today.

I'm trying to clean up my room, because I invited Martina and Daniel over for dinner on Friday. I know what I'll cook then. I did however also invite my parents for dinner on Sunday and I'm still thinking about the menu.

Grrr!

Aug. 28th, 2006 06:45 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Default)
It's been a bad day.
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day.
Please


I'm annoyed, pissed off, bummed, depressed and cranky all at once. Man, this weather sucks. It's raining all the time. I was cold wearing pants, closed shoes and a longsleeved shirt. This is not how the weather in fucking August is supposed to be, okay? This is probably the coldest and rainy-est August in the past 50 years or so. Damn it. I want to wear T-shirts again.

Martina is still waiting to hear back from the place she interviewed 3 times already. Now all of a sudden they're not sure whether or not they still have a job to offer, because there have been changes in management. Now she'll hear from them in about 2 or 3 weeks. This sucks.

Cecile, my coworker, quit today. She's going to work in the Compliance Department of our mother company. I'm happy for her, of course, because I knew, she wasn't happy with Ariane and stuff. I'm still kind of bummed though, because it just reminds me once again, how I should get off my ass and update my CV, so I can start applying for jobs. It also hurt that she didn't tell us earlier. She never even hinted she was actively looking. Seriously sneaky. I might have to ask her for tips, when we have lunch together on Wednesday.

Gabi

Aug. 26th, 2006 08:38 pm
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I spent yesterday evening with Cornelia and an old friend of mine, Gabi. We had dinner in a Chinese restaurant. Cornelia had to leave early, so Gabi and I spent the rest of the evening together. We went to see "Thank You For Smoking".

I have known Gabi since first grade. Next April, we will have known eachother for 20 years. 20 years, imagine that! I love hanging out with her. While there were times during those 20 years when we weren't in contact for months, we never really fought. Whenever we do to spend time together, it doesn't matter how long it's been since we saw eachother, it's like we've never been apart. We just are on the same wavelength. We are pretty alike, I guess that helps. When we talk, I often realise that I'm not the only one feeling like this, because she's experiencing the same thing and that's always a relief. I love her, she's awesome.

Ascona

Jul. 21st, 2006 09:33 pm
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I had a lovely time in Ascona last week. What is amazing about the Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, is how close it is to Zurich. It takes 3 hours by train and you're immediately transported into another world. The weather is usually a lot better there, the whole climate is different. The are palm trees and other plants you won't find north of the Gottardo. The weather was great while I was down there. Ok, there were storms in the evenings, but they were summerstorms. They didn't really cool the air down. I arrived Wednesday and I went to the Lido in Ascona everyday. I had a great time with Daniel and Martina. Daniel was already there since Sunday and Martina arrived on Friday. On Thursday, Daniel and I went to Locarno to see Bryan Adams in Concert. That was great. The atmosphere on the Piazza Grande is special. Bryan Adams played for almost 2 hours. I especially liked the second encore, the 3 last songs, with just him on guitar and singing. I had a great time with Daniel and Martina. It's been a while since we have spent so much time together. I enjoyed that a lot. These 4 days were very relaxing and felt much longer somehow.

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