Tuesday, April 04, 2006

So, Whaddya Think?

...of my new Geox shoes? I know what my ex-coworker Dave would call them. He'd say that "...those are some ugly-ass shoes"! I needed some casual brown shoes to go along with some brown pants I recently bought. Mrs. TBF and I saw these at the Geox store in Basel last Saturday, and she approved. However, the store was so crowded that I told her I'd buy them during the week. My new "metro" shoes were just one part of my very productive day.
Here's what I did:
06:45 - ...dropped Mrs. TBF off at the Basel train station so she could catch a train to Luzern where she has a couple of days of meetings...

09:30 - ...spent part of Mrs. TBF's hard-earned bonus money at the Hilt Gallery on a painting by a Basel artist named Regula Mathys-Hänggi. The painting's not pictured on the link, but I'll put a picture of the painting on the blog once it's hanging on our wall in a couple of days...

10:30 - ...went to the gym (second day in a row!) where I ran into the very radiant Gretchen. I also ran into King's veterinarian's wife. Small world...

12:30 - ...a quick lunch, e-mails, paid a couple of bills, a quick vacuuming, and then off to my painting class...

15:00 - ...went to my second watercolor painting class. It's me and a few Swiss ladies. Not only do I learn to paint, but I also get to practice my German. Fortunately, the teacher speaks in high-German to me instead of Swiss-German. Also fortunately, she speaks English when I have absolutely no clue what she's saying.

18:00 - ...quick stop at the grocery store where I picked up ingredients for Choucroute Alsacienne - basically, French sauerkraut piled with various fatty meats like bacon, ham hock, sausages, etc. Corey, my next door neighbor will be coming over for dinner tomorrow night. His wife, Suzanne, is at the same meeting as Mrs. TBF, so us guys are going to sit around and eat some really fatty, gas-inducing food. MEN RULE!!!

18:45 - ...lugged a couple of bags of soil up to the roof-top garden where I'm constructing an herb garden. I spread the soil and planted a few herb plants into the garden bed that had been in pots. I think this garden is going to totally kick ass. I'm sure I probably should have asked the landlord for permission before I got started doing the work, but...it's always easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. So...screw it!

20:00 to now - ...ate some leftovers, watched a CSI and a CSI Miami, spoke with Mrs. TBF, and ordered some Jockey underwear online. Isn't online ordering great? I'll be leaving for Chicago in less than two weeks, and I'll have some garden seeds, shirts, pants, shorts, t-shirts, and underwear waiting for me at my mother-in-law's house. I'm also going to order a new digital camera which means that that will be waiting for me too. It'll be one of those typical leave-with-an-empty-suitcase-and-return-with-a-full-suitcase trips. I love ordering stuff on the internet. What a time-saver!

And...that's about it. It's 2:20 a.m., and I think it's about time I hit the sack.

8 comments:

Karen said...

Sounds like you are having a great time in your new shoes (which I would refer to as "Kartoffelstampfer" ;-P

The Big Finn said...

Karen - I'll have to remember that one.

BTW...I forgot to mention that when offered a choice of taking the shoebox with the shoes or not, I passed on taking the shoebox. It's just another example of me turning into a Swissy! Let them recycle it, damn it!

Anonymous said...

Varo Poro!
suermel.studisurf.kaywa.ch

Gretchen said...

I LOVE that shoe stores in Switzerland always offer to take the box. Saves me the hassle of bundling it on paper collection day!

Expat Traveler said...

Yeah I love not having a shoe box too, as all you do it recycle the damn thing anyhow...

And yes sounds like the life, shopping, eating, spending money...traveling again...

CanadianSwiss said...

I bought some really nice gox shoes just lately (in Holland) and I love them!

CanadianSwiss said...

sorry, geox shoes.

The Sour Kraut said...

Love the shoes! I didn't know you were taking a watercolor class. I want to see some of your paintings. It is the most difficult medium to work with. Good luck!