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Snippet Sunday

Something very different today.  This Sunday, you get the joy of a glimpse of the week I just had.  I have been sketching and could show you a snippet of that, but I don't feel like photographing, down- and uploading, so...

Monday: Moved house. Did etat des lieux, which went all right, but I did something stupid, stupid, stupid:  Signed the document without reading it. In my defense, the lady filled it out on her Acer tablet and then passed it to me and asked me to sign. I didn't even think of verifying it, like I would have done had it been written on paper. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. She then emailed it to us and I saw some stuff that I would have definitely questioned, but now it is too late. On the mostly-bright-side, I don't think anything she mentioned is enough to keep us from getting our deposit back. Time will tell. I'm keeping an eye on the mailbox. :-<

Tuesday: Spent the day catching up with my daughter and resting from the move.  Rest made all the more necessary by the itching throat and runny nose that I'd been suffering from for the past two weeks...

Wednesday-Saturday: Catching up with in-laws, tearing up the room and digging through boxes in search of N'Djema's vaccination papers and passport. Yes, even the cat needs a passport to go to Egypt. Also did some packing and sorting for Egypt. And continued to feel unwell, except for Saturday.

Today: Woke up dark and early to go mushroom hunting. Found some, had the biggest one stolen by a rude mushroom thief.* Ate mushrooms with grilled duck breast, mashed potatoes, and sauteed green beans.  Made a gift for a friend's new baby. Finished carrying all the Egypt-bound boxes downstairs so that we can repack them into traveling chests and do last minute, do-we-really-need-this sorting. Started feeling like crud. I think I'm getting the flu. S is sick and my mil might be coming down with something, too... However, I FINALLY found N'djema's papers. Hallelujah!**

And that's what things tend to look like in the Faure household when we are preparing an international move.
* I squatted down to get a better look at the ground because I was sure there was going to be a mushroom growing there (perfect conditions).  A woman saw me bend down so she made a beeline for my position.  Just as I turned to my head to scrutinize the ground, she came into my line of sight...and spied the very large porcini mushroom growing just to my left. Since I was squatting, she was able to get to it first. Not that I would have fought her over it. She ripped it up, gloating, "This is a big one," then proceeded to thrash her stick all around in search of others. I was beyond disgusted.

It is public property where we were, the mushrooms being there for whoever finds them, but to my way of thinking, if someone is already there, looking at a patch of ground, back off and give them their chance first. Then, if they don't see the "prize" you can move in and get it.  This lady also wove a figure 8 between J and his dad as they were talking, scouting out the ground all around them.  Sheesh.

** Her papers were in the same box with a writing notebook I've been trying to lay my hands on for the past 4 months. So, double hallelujah.


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Oct. 7th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Can't believe the mushroom thief - how rude!
Oct. 8th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Never in a million lifetimes would I do something like that. Just goes to show not everyone thinks alike or sees things the same way.
Oct. 7th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Hope the document doesn't cause you too much trouble! I always read what I'm signing, even if it causes a line in back of me and people try to rush me. Maybe especially if they try to rush me. I think it's horrible of someone to try to get something signed without leaving time to read it. I assume they are doing something crooked, even if they aren't.
Oct. 8th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
I usually read, too. I just can't believe I did it. I know it was because I'm just not used to doing such things electronically coupled with the fatigue and the desire to have it done with so I could get on the road (had a 4hr drive ahead of me), but seriously: Where was my brain!?!?!?
Oct. 8th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Well, let's hope it doesn't result in problems for you. Sometimes we're all too rushed and do something "brainless" and still get lucky -- and get away with it.

An example, one time I was driving home from work and got in a long line of stopped cars on the road. We sat for at least 15 minutes and I could not see why. Finally I drove around the line of cars (in the wrong lane, of course) and nipped across a RR track -- only to discover that there really WAS a train coming. I almost got hit, it was really close! I'm still shaking my head about that one, 30 years later. (And I still don't know why all the cars sat there so long BEFORE the train actually appeared.) Brainless, but I got lucky.
Oct. 7th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what is wrong with people? Would it kill them to behave like decent human beings?
Oct. 8th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it is our definition of decent that varies.
Oct. 8th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Or at least the balance between ME! ME! ME! and decent.
Oct. 8th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
At least. :P
Oct. 7th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
When you said mushroom thief, I immediately pictured a squirrel taking your prize, since the squirrels here are avid consumers of mushrooms. That would have been more forgivable than the reality.
Oct. 8th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE to have a squirrel "steal" a mushroom I was eyeing. That would have been sweet. :D
Oct. 7th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you did get to go mushroom hunting before leaving (too bad about that woman, though)!

And glad you found N'djema's traveling papers :D
Oct. 8th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
I had a wonderful mushroom hunting experience today to make up for yesterday. Will blog about it after I fix supper. :)

I'm glad I found the papers, too, but I didn't find them soon enough to avoid a major hassle. *sigh* Her rabies vaccination is expired and we have to jump through hoops to get it updated and validated and have not the time to do it properly before we leave. Here is hoping the Egyptian authorities are not as strict as the European ones.
Oct. 8th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
The mushroom thief had a lot of nerve! It would have been funny if you'd just pretended to spot something in the wrong place, just to keep her dashing around...
Oct. 8th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, hindsight!
It would have been funny if you'd just pretended to spot something in the wrong place, just to keep her dashing around...

Ah, that would have been perfect. :P
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