Am back in Belgium now, have just arrived. It’s nice to be back and it’s great seeing Snoopy again, missed my little girl. But… I wasn’t homesick. Was having a great time decorating and making our flat ‘homey’. It really does feel like home.
Haven’t taken any pictures of it, will do that once all the furniture and stuff has arrived. But it’s really nice. Two bedrooms, one bathroom, lounge & kitchen. Perfect! There’s no furniture at the minute though. My room is 1/2 full with boxes – have so much stuff! Don’t know where it all came from. Whereas Lynsey’s room only had 4 boxes. Then again, she’s a minimalist, and I like clutter. We’ve compromised on the lounge, lol. Got some picture frames and some decorations and will be getting some paintings to hang up, but that’s about it.
Am very proud of myself – I hammered in picture hooks all by myself. Not exactly hard to do, I know, but am such a klutz and not at all into DIY, so hammering in picture hooks is a pretty big thing for me. Sad huh? Lol!!
The furniture that I’ve got for my room is really nice. Have pine wardrobe, chest of drawers & bedside table and Lynsey’s giving me her double bed. Also have a TV given to me by my cousin Pamela. My bedroom will be decorated in creams, whites & dark red. The lounge will be browns & creams. It’s very fun decorating!
It’s been a very busy few days though, it’s been crazy. It’s also been very annoying, since the cable to my laptop stopped working and I had no way to charge the battery. I managed to charge it enough by holding it at a funny angle (which hurt my arm holding it for that long) so that I could finish my presentation and write a quick entry in here. Can write a longer entry now.
So, on Saturday it was the wedding. Was a lovely day & night. Catherine really was glowing.
On Sunday we went to my flat and moved all of my stuff into the flat. Also stopped by Pamela’s to get the TV, DVD & VCR player. Then my parents and me went shopping for some new shoes for Dad, didn’t find any he liked though. Mum and Dad had a small arguement. That was awkward. They seem to be doing that more often. Hmmm. It’s very awkward for me, I never know what to do. I think it’s just that Dad is now spending more time at home (he used to only be home on the weekend, he was always in other countries during the week for work) and they’re getting used to each other again.
On Monday Lisa, Mum, Dad & me went shopping for some furniture for the flat. Dad & me also went to Cherrell’s house to get her old TV. We got lost on the way, but eventually found her house. Then we met up with Mum & Lisa again – they’d bought some more stuff for the house – bookcase, bathroom stand and some shelves to put in the shower to hold our shampoo and stuff.
Monday was the first night we stayed in the flat. Was very exciting! Felt kind of bad that I didn’t go out with my Dad & his family to celebrate his birthday. But Dad said he honestly didn’t mind, seeing as how his birthday is on 11th August. This celebration with his family was just to make his family feel better and get rid of the guilt they’re feeling for not coming to his actual birthday.
Monday night, after we came back from the movies (we watched Die Hard 4), Lisa & me scared ourselves silly with the anonymous letter delivered to us. It was a copy of an article that had appeared in the local newspaper, saying how a man was being charged with attempted murder and GBH – two seperate occasions. We, of course, thought the worst. We were thinking it was a threat to us. Or a threat to the person that lived her before us. Maybe we were being watched. Then we thought maybe it’s a warning. We didn’t really know what to think. Needless to say, we didn’t get much sleep that night!
Then the next morning we saw that it said on our building ‘protected by A**** S**** Security’. A**** S**** was the name in the newspaper of the man that was being accused of attempted murder and GBH. Great…
So when my parents came over to pick us up the first thing we did was by a chain to put on the door. There’s no peephole in the door, so we don’t know who it is when someone knocks on our door. This way we’ll be able to open the door slightly and see who’s outside, without them being able to come in. And even if they have a key (that’s another thing – one of the keys to our flat is missing, so we had to get another one cut. Not allowed to change the locks.) they can’t get in.
We also went shopping for more furniture. Bought my bedroom furniture & a three-seat sofa. Also got my duvet & pillow cover. They’ll be delivered in 8 weeks. We also did some grocerie shopping. Got back to the flat and Dad put together the bookcase. Couldn’t really put much on it though because we didn’t have a screwdriver to screw it to the wall.
Wednesday Lisa and me were shopping all day for the little bits and bobs for our kitchen & bathroom. My foot started to hurt and has been hurting all the time since then. Odd. In the evening Lisa and me put music on and drank martini. Was fun
Thursday morning I was sick as a dog with nerves because of my presentation. Was awful. Also developed a nasty rash. Walked to the campus and did my presentation in front of Daniel. Was stuttering like crazy. I was so embarassed. But I got an alright mark – 2.1. Afterwards Cherrell picked us up and we stayed with her for a couple of hours and chatted. Was fun. Then we went to the bank to sort out a standing order to pay the rent every month, and to the university to get a letter to exempt us from paying council tax because we’re students.
Thursday night Lisa went out with Andy & I stayed in. Was really nice having the place to myself for a bit. Watched a DVD – Premonition, and read my book – ‘The Fiery Cross’ by Diana Gabaldon. Listened to some music and relaxed, finishing the martini and just chilling. Was really nice.
Went to bed at 3am. Woke up in the morning and Lisa’s bed hadn’t been slept in. Panic set in. Then saw her passed out on the floor in the hall. Lol! Passed out from too much alcohol… But she had a good time. So that’s cool.
Found out the whole story with this A*** S**** guy. Turns out he’s the local gangster. The cops normally let him do whatever he wants because they know they can’t touch him. What happened with the murder charge goes as follows. A**** was driving around town when he noticed he was being followed. He stopped and they talked. The guy that followed him was threatning him. So A**** went back to his car, got out the ax that was under his car seat and chopped the guy’s arm off. Nice huh? So he was charged with attempted murder. He wasn’t convicted though, he got off.
I actually feel pretty safe now. That’s no joke. Because he’s an untouchable gangster, no one will do anything to the building that he’s protecting, because if they do it would be like a personal insult to him. So that’s alright. Don’t know what this A**** looks like, but apparently he’s well known and fair, so long as you don’t cross him. Which neither Lisa and me won’t. So that’s the story.
Oh, and I also got chatted up twice today. Once by a truck driver when we were out shopping, and then on the way back to Belgium by the guy that checks the passports. Lol. I don’t get it. I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been, why on earth am I being chatted up?? Seriously, those guys must need their eyes checked. Or I’m their good deed for the day.
Got another email from the local deaf center. The BSL course will run in September and will probably cost about 45 pounds for a 10 week course. It’s also hearing friendly, which is good, seeing as I’m not technically hearing impaired, but probably will be in a couple years time.
Also got in touch with my cousin – hadn’t spoken to him in about 10 years! Saw him on facebook and got in touch with him via that. Pretty cool.
Dpitt also called me last friday. Was so nice talking to him. Really miss him. Things are pretty tough in Zimbabwe. Really miss him, and am praying that he’s alright.