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Li-Xia eats some Mung beans every morning. She usually
eats them from a little pan and puts in some new beans when she is finished. But
yesterday she did not eat the beans because we had some salade left that she
wanted to eat on bread. Then when she opened the pan this morning, the beans
had sprouted. We decided to eat sprouted beans for dinner. This picture shows
the sprouted beans in the pan.
The weather forcast for today gave a 70% rain chance. When we got up the
sky was blue and I went to the market to buy some bread. When I biked home
I already saw some white clouds in the distance. When I arrived, I heard
that we were going to "De Waarbeek" with Bert and Cornelise and their
children. (The last time we went there was on Monday, July 28, 2003.) When we left around ten o'clock, white
clouds were already drifting overhead from the North West. When we arrived
we saw that our friends had just gone in. We had a lot of fun taking all
the possible rides. Li-Xia stayed with
Andy most of the time. Around twelve we sat down
on the table near the merry-go-round and ate the bread we brought us, while
watching Andy going round and round. It looks like he tested all the possible seats.
Around one o'clock it started to rain, but luckily there were still
enough rides to take, such as riding the dodgem cars. Annabel went several times with Macy (the daughter of Bert and Cornelise)
and I took Andy several times with me on a ride. At about the time we thought
it would never stop we raining, the sky cleared again a little, and we
even saw some patches of blue. We had some french fries, and then it
started to rain again. Around half past three it was dry again, and we
decided that we would drink tea at their place and go home at five.
They biked home first, and arrived dry.
Today, I was going to bring Annabel to my sister
with whom she will stay till the end of the summer. That is about 24 days.
They are also going to Sérignan, France for about two weeks. While driving there, I
saw a small blue car driving close behind a camper. I quickly noticed that
there was no driver in the driver seat. When we overtook the camper, I saw
that the little car was pulled like a trailer, with two metal bars going from
the hook to the front of the car. I have never seen before, and I wonder what
is the mechanism used for turning the wheels of the little car.
After I dropped Annabel off and said goodbey to her, I drove to Utrecht.
I had some problems finding a proper parking place outside the city, but
I did find a free parking spot less then twenty meters from a bus stop.
The bus took me to the center without a stop. Together with me there was
an Italian couple with their daughter who asked what was the best place
to get off the bus if they wanted to see the
which used to be attached to the
Cathedral of Saint Martin. I decided to walk with them into the
center. When the tower was clearly in view, I said goodbey and turned to
the left towards Broese. I was a little
disappointed about the shop, because it seems that the computer science
section has been reduced to the popular "how to do" books. The sections
on the soft science (literature, psychology and such) still seems large.
I did not find any interesting books. Next I went to
'De Slegte' bookshop. There also I did
not find any books worth to buy. I have to say that I did study the
structure of the shop and made some sketches of the floor plans.
I walked around a little, bought a glass of orange juice, went to the
toilet at the HEMA shop for €0.20, and looked around
Radio Centrum Electronica,
a shop that I used to visit often when I was younger.
I went back to the station and took the bus back to our car. While I
was eating my oranges, I heard a boy behind
me phone a friend and tell that a girl had blocked him on MSN, and a
man in front of me place an order with a Chinese take-a-way restaurant.
Around five o'clock, I arrived at my mother's place. She prepared a dinner
for us and we had time to talk about many things. Around a quarter to
eight I left for home.
Today, I bought a Trust 2000P 5.1 Soundforce.
In the evening, Li-Xia and I watched the
second DVD from the extended version of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
sitting in the middle of six loudspeakers. Quite an experience.
At the moment, Andy is completely mad about the
Muppet Shop. It is shown on Belgium television every morning at 10:25.
Today's episode was
episode 46 with Peter Sellers. Yesterday it was
episode 12 with Peter Ustinov. We also borrowed "The Muppets Take
Manhattan", "Muppet Treasure Island", and "The best of The Muppet Show"
Bean sprouts again
Since two weeks ago we got some bean sprouts, I have
been experimenting with it again. This evening has some bean sprouts
(close-up) for dinner.
Li-Xia made kidney beans with unions
and a pot (350 ml) of tomato sauce with olives. I sprinkled some of
the lightly fried bean sprouts on top. It was really nice.
Going on a date
This morning, Li-Xia and I had some appointments.
Both Annabel and Andy were gone for the day. Annabel is in France with my sister and
Andy went to the summer day care. I took the day off, also because they had
predicted very nice weather and because it could well be the last nice
summer day, because they predicted thunderstorms for Thursday.
Just after noon, we biked into the city and went to some shoarma
restaurant. We ordered a donner kebab, falafel, and some salad. We both
felt very romantic, like we were on one our first dates. Afterwards we
walked around the city. At home I took some pictures of Li-Xia.
In the evening, I went to the Go Club to play Go.
I was afraid that I was going to play very poor, because I did not play
for many weeks. I played against Vincent, a four Kyu player, with nine
stones ahead. During the end-game, I made a unneccesary blunder. We decided
that I was allowed to take back my stupid moves, and to finish the game
and do the counting. According to this counting, I would have won with 35
points. Altogether I played much better than expected.
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