*After 8 (that is eight people, eight!) months, I finally was able to order my Norwegian driver's license. Bureaucracy gone mad, but not on the Norwegian side, since from the moment of ordering to the moment of receiving, it only took 2 days. Including a public holiday! No, the fault lay entirely on the Dutch side. The Dutch Department of Motor Vehicles and Driver's Licenses needed to confirm that the driver's license I had, was in fact Dutch. It took them two letters from Norway and nearly 8 (eight!) months! But, since last Saturday I am the proud owner of a Norwegian driver's license. Not as pink, just as valid! Yippee!!
*Debbie replied on my post about the pain in my leg that the pills I was given would knock me out. Well, she was not kidding! The first time I used one, I had only had two hours sleep the night before, so they not only knocked me out, the kept me out for 10 hours. I could have slept more, but I had something else to do. I didn't need one Saturday night, but last night I took one again. Slept like a baby. Great!
*Tonight is the first semi-final of the annual music extravaganza called Eurovision. People in Europe (and Australia, I knew those people had good taste) will be watching it 'en masse'. The polls say that the Netherlands will do just fine and I must admit, I quite like the number they have this year. On Thursday the second semi-final will take place in Copenhagen and then on Saturday the final. Joy!
*But, before the final of Eurovision on Saturday I will visit another music fest. The Norwegian Military Tattoo in Oslo. I am so looking forward to it! I already have the program and the cd, the plane is booked, the hotel is booked. I will be seeing a band that I used to drive on occasion while living in the Netherlands (The Royal Dutch Military Band Johan Willem Friso, say that three times fast when you've had one too many) and Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Russian, British, Finnish and of course Norwegian bands. Plus some gymnasts from Estonia and a very good American drill team. Toot!
*On Saturday I went out and bought a few plants. One forsythia, three raspberry bushes (stalks really), one blackberry bush and two redcurrant bushes. I mowed the lawn, planted my plants and was very happy with myself. Come this summer/autumn, I will hopefully have a few raspberries, blackberries and redcurrants to pick. About three each probably, but from small beginnings and such. Yummy!
*And then of course next Sunday will see the arrival of Miss Oswin! Now, you might be wondering a bit about her name, since Oswin is not the most usual name in the world. Well, you may know I love my Doctor. Doctor Who that is. And the Doctor always has a companion and right now it is Clara Oswald. But in some episodes she used the name Oswin. So there. If I would have gotten a male cat, he would have been an Oswald. Miss Oswin is staying in fostercare at the moment. She was found in a garage with a litter of kittens. Well, her kittens are now old enough (10 weeks) to be weaned and Miss Oswin will be coming to live with me. Bliss!