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Weekend recap

Let us ignore the fact that I managed to more or less kill my back yesterday afternoon, putting my office-desk back where it belongs. >.< I don't think I threw it out or anything, just strained the lower back muscles. Which means that I'm in pain... And pain meds aren't working.

Forgive me if I go wander over into that corner and scream.

Well, I put on a hot pad and some Japanese plaster thingie that heats up, massaged various salves into the area and now I just have to wait for the pain to go away again.

But... I wanted to talk about the weekend - Sunday, to be precise.

Everything worked out perfectly! ^___^ Well, more or less.

We arrived on time at the restaurant where we were supposed to meet for lunch. Who wasn't there? My mother, her husband and my step-sister. They'd sort of gotten a bit lost along the way - that's what you get for using a navigation system instead of an old-fashioned map. But they did make it after a while. Hasty lunch ensued, since we had to pick up the tickets to the 3 pm tour of the Castle by latest 2 pm! Which meant that my still-husband and I dropped everything and raced off to the ticket office, picking up the tickets just in time.

*THEN* we had to get *up* to the Castle. There are only three possibilities:
- by horse-drawn carriage - cute, and *very* desired by all those tourists (you wouldn't believe how many *Chinese* there were! >.>)
- by foot - and no way in Heaven or Hell was my mother walking up that hill!
- by shuttle bus - that's a new invention and I didn't know about it until I started looking for alternatives. We did manage to catch one in time, though, then more or less jogged down the road to the Castle, only to get there too early. O.o And since it was - as it has been for the last few weeks - rainy and cold, it wasn't all *that* pleasant waiting. Still, we got into the Castle, had a lovely tour and got out again in good time.

Wandered back down the hill - I sort of went off on a tangent, lured by the dark and lush forest, so I ended up with tons of pictures... Then the drive to my mother's house. I got a little distracted along the way and went a bit round-about. But got rewarded with one of the most *amazing* rainbows that I've ever seen! It was absolutely perfect!

Back at my mother's, we then started the evening with Champagne and waited for my brother to serve the first course. He'd come over to my mother's at 2 pm and spent all day in the kitchen, cooking a five-course gourmet meal. The food was very... manageable... but *very* good! Each course was served with the appropriate wine or liqueur. Which ended with me being a bit drunk, since I haven't touched alcohol since I started my diet.

Nevertheless, I also managed the part with the fireworks perfectly. The weather cleared up for exactly the 1 1/2 hours that we needed, and I was able to set it up, and fire it off in just the allowed amount of time. My mother absolutely *loved* it! ^____^ So it was worth all the effort! :)

So everything worked out just as it should. Except for the part with my back. Why by all the Gods *had* I decided to re-paint parts of my office on Saturday? >.> That's why I had moved the desk, you see... Oh well. The painting came out great - my back not so...

Now it's back to the old grind... At least the muse is still here... :)

For those who are interested, some of the pics that I took are up on DeviantArt.

The rest I offer here for your delectation:

Castle Neuschwanstein Castle Neuschwanstein
The rainbow The rainbow
Dinner Table Dinner Table
Smoked trout with horseradish sauce and 'noodles' made from cucumbers Smoked trout with horseradish sauce and 'noodles' made from cucumbers
Duck breasts with topinambur roots and cabbage Duck breasts with topinambur roots and cabbage
opening presents opening presents
the family watching the family watching


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 1st, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, so beautiful! And oh my, so elegant, what a lucky mommy.

Genesis: "You are catering all my parties from now on."

Oh, sorry to hear you're hurting. I hope it goes away soon. *careful hugs* And thank you for the doujinshi, I'm having fun trying to translate it. LOL, Zack and his constant "Sugee!" Just like his voice.
Jun. 1st, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)

It was the first time that I was privileged to enjoy one of my brother's meals. But my mother's are - while not as gourmeeish - also *very* good, and often very elegant. We love giving family parties. :)

I've had this Japanese hotpad on that spot all day now, it's finally starting to ease a bit. I think I'll put another one on for the night, and it might just die down to a twitch by tomorrow.

My pleasure! Did you see the 4-komas? Aren't they just *totally* spot on? *ggg*
Jun. 2nd, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
How is it? Do you feel better yet?

Jun. 2nd, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Not much. Just decided to take a pain pill. I try not to, but at some point it just gets too much and then I take on.

4-komas - also known as Yon-Komas - are those four-panel strips at the end of mangas or doujinshis. :)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
*careful hugs* I wonder if you have the same brands over there that we use. Advil, Tylenol and the like. Too bad you're not in the Netherlands, everything's legal over there. :)

Aha! Thank you.
Jun. 3rd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm getting there, slowly. I didn't take a pain pill today, and while it was uncomfortable, it was bearable.

We don't use the same brands - I import my Advil from the States, when I need them. Well, in the Netherlands, you can also buy grass (the smoking kind) in your neighbourhood store. ;)

My pleasure. :)
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, a gormet meal I didn't have to cook. Sounds so good. The rainbow was awesome. The castle sounds great. I have a thing, you see, for real castles.
Jun. 1st, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I've eaten gourmet meals before - but never one cooked by my brother. He did really good! :) Very, very tasty.

I almost drove off the side of the road, trying to find a place to stop to take pictured - I couldn't resist! It was just too perfect! And I *love* rainbows. :)

I love castles, too. Actually, Neuschwanstein isn't, properly speaking, a 'real' one, because mad King Ludwig built it just for himself - a fantasy came true. But Hohenschwangau is - it's quite old and that's where the King was born and spent most of his childhood. We have a lot of old castles around... :)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Wow... I wouldn't have wanted to touch anything! It all looks so perfectly arranged! ^^; I'm glad the day worked out and everything went so well.
Except for the back thing... so I just hope that gets better real fast. *hugs*
Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
Nah... we're a very hands-on family. :) But we didn't have enough cutlery laid out (among other things, because the table would have been too small for it in this configuration), so we were re-using the first set. Remember your story "Being There"? Yeah, all those little forks and knives... :)

It was a great day! I was very happy that it all came out just the way I had arranged it.

Well, it's still hurting, which doesn't make me *too* happy, but I think it's getting better. I think I just either stretched or tore a few muscles back there, and that takes time to heal. >.
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