Guus Bosman

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4 day weekend

Today is a day off for us, and Monday is Memorial Day so it's a nice long weekend. A welcome break after a few hectic weeks.

The YMCA is getting a new gas line, so for the last few days there have been a few diggers and trucks at the street behind our house, much to the delight of the kids.

We had a minor social event this morning. Over breakfast Adrian was playing with the police car (a $0.50 purchase at King's Day) and the police horse carrier (a gift from Opa & Oma that has survived rough treatment pretty well).

After breakfast, Adrian left the police car alone and Leo saw his chance and took it. So after the diaper change, when Adrian came back in the living room, his police car was in his brother's hands, much to his chagrin. Since Leo was playing with it, Adrian had to find something else to do, but he wasn't very happy. A few minutes later, Leo was done playing with it, and came to Adrian with a big smile: "Adrian pie-pie auto" and gave the car to Adrian.


"Nee bijna thuis! Kip kopen!"

In the afternoon we went to Home Depot and got flowers for the deck. It was late and we decided to buy a take-out chicken, which the kids liked.

When we were leaving the highway, this dialogue ensued:

Leo: Bijna thuis.
Adrian: Nee bijna thuis! Kip kopen!
Nora: Patat kopen.
Adrian: Nee 'tat kopen! Kip kopen!


Joost & Ankie back home

Joost & Ankie and the kids are back in Rotterdam. After they left Arlington they went to New York City where they bicycled around Battery Park and saw the Brooklyn Bridge. They also visited Jonathan at his work in Manhattan, very cool.

It was heartwarming see them in person again, and we all had a really good time.


Walking tour YMCA redevelopment

On Monday night there was a walking tour and open house of the proposed YMCA redevelopment. It was interesting to walk around the block with the County representative, who explained some of the constraints of the terrain, and pointed out various things.

It was good to visualize the plans by walking around. This picture was taken where most of the plans call for a road connection onto Kirkwood Rd, there is currently a drive-way there.

Afterwards there was an open house, with updated plans. It seems likely that there will be townhouses along 13th St, where currently the parking lot of the YMCA is.


King's Day 2017

It was a lot of fun going to King's Day with Joost and Ankie. The kids had a blast and Nora did more activities than in other years.

I bought several books but not as many as in previous years -- we are pretty well supplied by now.

It was very warm. In the end we went to the small playground overlooking the activities, where we had our sandwiches and water.


Two long walks

We went for two long walks this weekend, to catch some natural light and adjust to the new timezone. It was raining yesterday afternoon, and we wouldn't normally go out in such weather, but with raincoats, umbrellas and boots we braved the rain. Very refreshing.

This morning we left home at 9.00 am for another walk, to Whole Foods this time. The kids are always interested in fire hydrants.


Rainy walk through Perushtitsa

It was raining today, on and off. We take the kids out twice a day, for their and our sanity, haha. So around 6.00 pm I took the kids out for a walk through the town.

We saw several snails, much to the excitement of the kids. Later we saw an advertisement with a baby, and Adrian wanted to see it: "baby kijken! baby kijken!".



It's the first time I'm in Bulgaria, and I finally get a chance to try the Bulgarian Easter bread, Kozunak (Козунак). It's a sweet, leavened bread that is traditionally made and eaten around Easter, and we've tried three different version so far. All delicious.

This would be a fun project to try at home.


Cherry Blossom 10 miler

I ran a race this morning, my first one in four years. I ran with Vinayak, my coworker, and several other folks from E*TRADE.

I took Uber in the morning at 6.15 am. Next time I should go a little later, it was cold early in the morning and there wasn't much need to be so early..

Along the route there were several funny signs. Some of my favorites: "You are running better than the government", and, "Bernie would have run!". Half-way I heard a Bulgarian tourist couple talking about a good place for pictures, and I got a big smile when I yelled in Bulgarian "там е най-хубавото!".

I'm happy with the result: 91 minutes -- about a minute slower than four years ago.


Aap wil een baan

I'm so proud of Nora, I'm bursting. She finished her second "real" book today, Aap wil een baan. I sat down with her, in the basement, and while she was munching on apple slices she completed 6 pages in one sitting.

She has a booklet where we keep track of which books she read, and she can rate the book. This one got a 2 out of 3 stars from Nora. Op is op, the other "real" book, warranted a 3 out of 3.


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