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In December...

Photo by Maurice

December 2016 was not the best of months. My grandmother died. And I caught a cold twice and spent about half of the month in bed. But there were fun outings and celebrations as well.

Apart from my internship (which will earn me study points) I've made a small start on the 'research and analyses' module. It's actually a mandatory module, but it offers different options when it comes to topics and right now it's possible to do an analyses of the Tinguely-exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, to which I paid a brief first visit.

I went swimming and found out E swims there too. We had drinks afterwards.

I spent some time crafting creative gift wrappings for Sinterklaas.

During my first cold I worked from home a little, succumbed under Bob's bad influence and tried Elvenar, and worked on selecting which photo's to print for my albums. Bram came to visit me. I had to miss out on several fun outings/appointments, booh!

Fortunately I felt a little better on Saturday the 10th, so I could attend the Midwinter Fair for part of the day. I hung out with Bram, Bob, Caroline and sometimes others as well. We listened to a story from Donderelf and to a couple of bands, saw the fire show and checked out some stalls.

Each year the Dorpsstraat, the old main street from when Zoetermeer was just a village, has a 'Kaarsjesavond', candles night, with candles in all the store windows and all kinds of nice things happening. The Stadsmuseum participated; people could come in and see the small permanent exhibition, there were flashlight tours in the garden and in front of the building two Santa's were offering free hot chocolate to passers-by (and glühwein, until we found out sharing out alcohol wasn't allowed this year).

Photo by Maurice

Bram and I visited my grandparents. And the next week I visited again and helped my grandpa write their christmas cards.

I attended the opening of the exhibition at the Stadsmuseum, and helped out a little. It was fun to see people react to the exhibition and to get to know the staff and volunteers a bit better.

We attended the winter editon of Castlefest and spent part of our time there with Bob, Caroline and M. It's still the most demanding fantasy fair for my body with most of it outside in the cold and just one big tent where the music is too loud. There are few seats and pretty much all of them are outside. But we were lucky to find seats often, and Bram carried the folding chair we bought so I could be sure of a seat on occasions like these.

We celebrated 'sinterkerst' (a mixture of sinterklaas and christmas) with Wilma, Fred, Maurice, Petra, Ayla, Joshua and his girlfriend. We did a secret santa-thing. I got two gift cards: one for books and one for an art supply store. And I gave Wilma a book about felting.

Maarten and I had a boat tour of the water route of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Fun! We had planned to do the walking route as well, but had to cancel twice due to my colds. Yuck!

We were supposed to celebrate sinterklaas early in the month, but Bram caught a cold (yes, there's a theme here...), so we postponed it to later in the month. We celebrated with Wilma, Fred and Maarten. Fun presents, bad poetry, teasing, craftiness, just as it should be ;-)

My grandmother had a health scare with an ambulance involved. She got to go home the next day. A week later, she died. We burried her on the last day of the year.

I caught another virus, a really nasty one, right before christmas. Bram wasn't feeling too well either but he came over to support me when we heard the news about my grandmother. We cancelled our plans with friends and postponed visiting with Brams family. The two of us did a tiny christmas celebration on boxing day, with a simple dinner in bed and a couple of presents. I got a book about museums and a big pack of watercolor paper.

I didn't feel like celebrating right after the burial service for my grandmother, and I still felt quite ill and should have gone to bed afterwards. But we decided to stick to our plan to spend new years eve with Roeland and Bob and poes Poes at Roeland's place. I think the company was good for me. We had dinner together and played Ticket to Ride (Roeland won). After midnight we lighted some sparklers.
I had turned 35. Bram promised me a weekend trip to Ghent, and Bob gave me a game: The legends of Andor; Chada & Thorn.

Remind me never to hand Roeland fireworks again. Not sure what he's doing there but it looks suspicious! ;-)

Geplaatst op 11-01-2017.
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