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I'm not lost, I just don't know where I'm going.
But I'm determined to enjoy the journey.
Summer Vacation: Duty bound. 
1st-Jul-2010 19:31
drosera wants a hug
 

Today is going quite well. My aunt called me up yesterday and asked if I could babysit my grandfather so she could take my grandmother with her today, and having no other plans, naturally I agreed. I love making myself useful, and it's the sort of gig I usually get paid for; I gave my grandmother a list of fruits and vegetables I want, and if she gets those for me, that's all the payment I'll need. I need fresh foods badly. It's probably just my imagination, but I can feel the vitamins dwindling from my body with how I've been eating lately.

I woke up an hour earlier than I had planned. Played Okami a bit; no actual progress - I'm only missing one fish (Oarfish), but it just doesn't seem to show up. Got several more marlins, though. Not as if I need more money in that game.. I've already bought everything I could possibly want.

So, right before 10, I go down to the farm, see my grandmother off, and get ready for my grandfather's incessant repeating questions.. actually he's been pretty good today. Not repeating himself much, and only asked about his (dead for more than a decade) brother once. [why did LJ eat the end of that sentence?]

He gave all kinds of excuses for not accompanying me to get the mail. I wanted him to get out a bit - mainly I didn't want to leave him alone with my laptop - but he just wouldn't be persuaded. Anyway, mail! I got some tea in the mail today, that I had ordered from kvalite.no, just.. yesterday? [actually, evening of the 29th, so they must have shipped it yesterday] That was amazingly fast.

Dinner was an easy task as there were yesterday's leftovers to re-heat; I just added some moisture and a few fresh sugar snaps at the very end for a delightful meal. A while later, grandfather was getting perhaps a bit restless, looking outside, and I suggested we go for a short stroll and he agreed. Got him to go all the way to the mailboxes; I suggested we go up to my place to grab some ice cream, but he'd rather wait by the road. So I went up, and we sat on the grass, eating ice cream. As usual he consumed his rapidly, and I offered him half of mine as I didn't need those calories anyway.

He's been mostly quiet and reading newspapers the rest of the day. My aunt just called and said they'll be an hour late, though, making this a 10-hour shift for me. I sure hope they had strawberries and my grandmother didn't balk at the price. She was just about horrified to hear that I paid 45 kroner for the ones I got at Førde a week and a half ago, and she kept telling my grandfather to not have so many as if she were saving me money by restricting his access to the tasty morsels. I wanted to share them. I'd rather pay prices that Americans would consider extortion for strawberries than to not have strawberries at all.

I think cheap, plentiful, fresh produce is going to be my favorite part of living in the US once I move there.

So, yeah.. I'm good, but if I had the day off I'd have gone swimming instead. A bit sleepy.. didn't get enough, of course.

Phone call from mom. It was nice to talk to her again; it's been over a month now I think.
Wifi signal is rather weak here in my grandparents' living room. I keep getting disconnected. Half an hour or so until my duty is done.

Oh, and I chopped together this icon in GIMP in a few minutes. Drosera just wants a hug.
 
Comments 
1st-Jul-2010 20:27 (UTC)
Practically all of the prices you pay for food seem like extortion to me. :P
1st-Jul-2010 21:18 (UTC) - Tea
Anonymous
Oo, what kind of tea(s) did you get?
-frz
1st-Jul-2010 21:57 (UTC) - Re: Tea
Grønn Snegle, Yunnan gullskudd, fire årstider oolong og Alishan gylden lilje.

Har bare prøvd 'snegle' enda.. den var ganske god, litt uvant smak.. forsåvidt har jeg aldri smakt en grønn te fra Yunnan før. Yunnan har den beste svarte teen, mener jeg.
3rd-Jul-2010 13:48 (UTC) - Re: Tea
Anonymous
Høres spennende ut! Har ikke smakt noen av de.
2nd-Jul-2010 06:09 (UTC)
Flytte till USA?
3rd-Jul-2010 08:46 (UTC)
Det blir nok fleire år til, det. Eg er ikkje klar til å reise frå Brosvika. :P
3rd-Jul-2010 07:48 (UTC)
I think you and spoon should move out to California.

Granted, "cheap" won't be a major part of that equation.
3rd-Jul-2010 08:52 (UTC)
I don't quite see what the benefit of California would be. Close to the ocean is a plus, but that drives up housing costs.
I quite like Californian cherries, but not so much that I'd want to live that close to their origin. Wisconsin would be fine for 2-3 years at least. And they have plenty of beer and cheese there. I'd miss the fjords and the mountains, but at least it's not too crowded. (Well, I suppose there are small towns in California too.. right?)

Granted, I think it'd be a good idea for us to visit you, so we can see what it's like and know why we don't want to live there. ;)
3rd-Jul-2010 09:02 (UTC)
There are a lot of small towns here, particularly along the coast.

And being near a weirdo like me is probably a good reason to stay away. :D
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