Thank heavens for mothers who have an interest in genealogy. Turns out I AM related to famous people AND nobility (on both sides, no less). Perhaps their collective spirits have culminated in my overdeveloped sense of self-importance. Oh hang on, one was a Dr? Damn…they're supposed to be all humble (even WHILE accepting medals and accolades etc). Still…I suppose it gives me something to work on right? Mwahahaha.
Did I mention that I got my PhD scroll in the mail? I can't recall. I did. (you can get one too if you send off three tokens from Crunchy Nut Flakes packets and a stamp of payment representing 5 years of your life!).
Anyway, glad we got that all sorted out. Today I had my last Czech lesson for the year. I'm sure I'm going to miss it lots (yeah, right) over the holidays, though I'll upload some 'colloquial' czech onto miPod so that I 'keep up' with the learning and such. I DID miss it while in Hungary, but I think that was just because hungarian was incomprehensible. Mind you, certain dialects of the 'English' spoken in Velke Britanie are also, er, slightly warped. But anyway, Elishka brought sukrovy with her – which are traditional Czech Christmas cookies. They were delicious – so I'll make sure that I get the recipe for them for when I do Christmas here next year (still not sure whether to do turkey or carp – or perhaps both?). Mum's Christmas decorations are now up at home (well, some of them) and I MUST remember to take the presents with me to the UK! J One of the workmates brought poinsettia's for all (since her manzel works at a botanical garden) so I've a Christmas flavoured tablecloth and a plant on it now. That's as far as my Christmas goes this year – next year – I'll do it properly, promise. Of course, I'll have to find some people to keep me company – but I'm sure there'll be other 'orphans' in the area.
Oh, and a quick shout out to Leigh, Nigel and family – I think she's just caught up with my blog (I see you!!). Many people seem to have dropped off since I was on myblogsite – which is a great shame – but the important people still read. Thanks guys.
Right, off to go pick up remaining Christmas presents. Including dumplings (who 's going to be lucky this year??) – I know you're dying to find out!