So, Claire, did you make it back to the U.S. in one piece? Yup.
Did Air France loose your luggage? Amazingly, no.
Did Air France convince you that 40 minutes is enough to change terminals during morning traffic at Charles de Gaulle? Yes, and they are wrong.
Are you so busy that you are not posting? Actually, no.
Although there is much English teaching to be done, I have not posted in two and half weeks (or three??) mostly because I got a bit lazy. My vacation was SOOOO good that I did not want it to end. This has resulted in too many more calories that I don’t need, sleeping late, and reading novels (I have finished 4 in three weeks), and many hours of mindless television.
The weather here has also been warm, which has driven me outside to the . . . umm . . . garden. I do not think of it as a garden, but more of a weed infested bed that will probably drive me nuts all summer.
But I HAD to post today to prove that miracles can and do happen. Look! It is my sofa!!
Isn’t she pretty? They delivered it on Saturday, as well as the bill. This made me chuckle. They are not getting any money out of me any time soon. There is still the problem of the broken love seat which was improperly repaired.
I thought a small celebration might be in order, so I am inviting a few friends over this weekend. My friends and I do not need much to be entertained: the new grill and Trivial Pursuit, the drinking edition. Unfortunately, the lack of customer service in Germany is once again thwarting my plans.
I ordered some fabulous new drapes from a local store. They are the kind of place that will send a “decorator” over with some samples. This “decorator” is supposed to measure the windows and give me “advice.” Actually, he mostly insulted my taste. But, I digress. I ordered the drapes at the end of February. The German called last Friday to find out what the heck is going on. Although they took a message, no one called us back. (I am noticing this problem in Germany. No one ever calls back.)
Yesterday morning, I took a stroll over to the store to see about the problem. Wouldn’t you know, the “decorator” was on duty.
“Decorator:” Oh, yes, Ms. Smith. Your order has come in and is sitting in the back.
Claire (a bit confused): Then why haven’t you called to make an appointment to deliver it?
“Decorator:” We have been SO busy. Let me take a look at my calendar. Doesn’t look good. In two weeks we might be able to do it.
Claire: Um, no. I am having a party and need them by Saturday afternoon. I finally got my furniture and I even picked up my posters from the framers. I want my drapes.
“Decorator:” Ms. Smith, you should have called if you wanted them.
Claire: I did. Well, my husband anyway.
DUDE! Where is all this German efficiency that I keep hearing about? And another thing, these drapes are NOT cheap. I can feel another long series of blog posts coming on. Sigh.