tger greenhaddock: Lent is over

Monday, April 17, 2006

Lent is over

We spent Easter at home this year and for once I was actually off work for the whole of the holidays. I enjoy going to my in-laws for Easter but it was nice to spend Easter at home for once. Apart from eating chocolate and watching TV we did quite a few jobs around the house, one of which was to lay a laminate floor in the office. Mrs H and I achieved this quite quickly and were really proud of ourselves; however it started to go wrong with the skirting board and the join to the tiled hallway. I gave up in the end and turned to drink!

I gave up alcohol for lent (not for religious reasons), and of course Easter signifies the end of lent, so I felt fully justified in downing a couple of bottles of white wine. I must admit I didn’t really enjoy getting pissed, but it did wash away the frustration of the skirting board handiwork. So today I have a bit of a hangover, but I am sure after a bit more chocolate and a good brisk walk in the fresh air I’ll be right as ninepence.

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Blogger Claire said...

Yes, white wine will take away the frustration! LOL! I must say, I admire the attempt. Not only do improvement projects scare me, but I have been a lazy git the whole weekend.

April 17, 2006 1:07 PM  
Blogger Maribeth said...

All was lost for me on Easter, when, as I went to put my Ham in the oven, I realized it was not hot. We'd run out of propane! A hotplate and microwave heated everything up, but it wasn't the same. Today it's time to find propane and fill the tank.
Having built our house, I can relate to laying a floor. Actually I can relate to almost anything one can do to a house.
Pass the wine!

April 17, 2006 2:32 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Looks like it been a DIY and wine weekend for us expats. We added closet space in the office. The wine came later, but definitely was opened and emptied.

April 17, 2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger Bob Gentry said...

happy Easter Buddy!
sounds like you had a good one!

April 17, 2006 7:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What *is* it about wine bottles that just begs me to paint them?

April 17, 2006 8:23 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I gave up lent for lent... and I'm happy to report I didn't cheat, even once! :)

April 17, 2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger Tara's World said...

I have always found that a Coke and some Greasy Duck helps my hangover!

April 18, 2006 4:33 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

What a great excuse to have some wine - skirting boards, giggle ;-)

April 18, 2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Claire - I hate having to do home improvement projects. They drive me crazy! :)

Maribeth - *passing the wine* - We have builders here again today this time to put granite on the outside cellar steps.
Hope you sourced a supply of propane. Sorry to hear that your Easter meal didn't quite go as planned.

Canadianswiss - Must've been an expat DIY weekend! - hope you didn't have a hangover though! :)

Bob - Hope you had a good Easter as well. Any idea when you will hear about the Rockstar Idol thing? :)

Lisa - drink them, then paint them. Thats got to be a great artistic idea!:)

Eurotrippen - LOL! I knew you could do it!

Tara - Interesting hangover cure! :)

Karen - I normally do no need any excuses! hic! :)

April 18, 2006 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Deepblue said...

We really missed you at Easter (had the not so big meeting on Monday), but we too had a relaxing one with some working hours: We planted 5 fruit trees! I'm happy my mother-in-law didn't come, so I had no work with grilled meet-hills and so on, but some silent moments with writing, reading ... Love to all haddocks!

April 18, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

No hangovers - Never get 'em. I must have killer enzymes. Maybe my N.A.-Indian roots?? ;-)

April 18, 2006 12:39 PM  
Blogger christina said...

That flooring can be so frustrating - I can completely understand the need for wine consumption.

April 18, 2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Any kind of wine finds me the next morning with a murderous hangover. For this reason, I stick to beer. Except on Holidays. For some reason, wine always tastes better down south.

Strange...I know.

April 18, 2006 8:50 PM  
Blogger Homo Insapiens said...

As a former resident of Oberursel/TS your blog brings back many good memories...cheers

April 19, 2006 3:04 AM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

So what type of wine was it? Must have been good if you downed that much... But maybe not..

April 19, 2006 4:45 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Deepblue - Hope you all had a good Easter. Great news about having the fruit trees planted. We are hoping we might actually get some fruit on ours this year :)

Canadianswiss - No hangovers! How I must have prayed at times to not have a hangover! :)

Christina - My patience with DIY stuff is really not good. When it starts going wrong. Its either the bottle or the chainsaw! :)

Just another - Almost all alcohol gives me a bad hangover. I've suffered from 3 day hangovers in the past - not good. When I drink its either beer or wine. I try not to mix nowadays! :)

Homo Insapiens - Thanks for stopping by. You have an interesting blog :)

Expat Traveller - It was a good German wine, which is why I was still able to function the following day, albeit in a reduced function :)

April 19, 2006 6:05 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

I almost forgot to mention that the skirting board has now been fixed to the wall succesfully, but the join to the hallway tiles will need a further brain storming session or a call to some professional builders! :)

April 19, 2006 6:16 AM  
Blogger J said...

How did you survive with no booze for 40 days?

April 19, 2006 7:04 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I only learnt this recently, that Europeans get a 4 day weekend for Easter, because here in the States it's business as usual following Easter.

April 20, 2006 2:32 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

J - and for 40 nights! was easy really, I enjoy drinking but I get bored of it at times and have breaks :)

Crystal - 4 days holiday is always better than 3 :)

April 20, 2006 3:43 AM  

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