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I'm getting low on supplies. I have enough food to last me another day, although it's not the type of food I fancy at the moment. So I've been toying with the idea of venturing outside, tempting myself with the thought of cheese and avocados...but I'm daunted by the fact that there's five flights of stairs to negotiate before I'm at street level. Although under normal circumstances, the supermarket's only a five minute walk away, today it seems to me as if it might just as well be on the moon. And even if I do make it there, I don't know how I'm going to carry all the stuff I need back home with me.

Maybe Mum was right, and I should have stayed at hers a while longer. Contrary to my expectations, this walking cast hasn't made life any easier for me.

ETA: Problem solved! My kindly downstairs neighbour's just offered to take me grocery shopping tomorrow -- I can load up the boot to his car with all the goodies I require, and he'll even lug them upstairs for me.


Jul. 27th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
We have a saying in Dutch, 'Een goede buur is beter dan een verre vriend'*, and now I'm finding out how true that is.

Did you have to put up an icon of Cookie Monster with the word 'Cookie' writ large over it? I haven't had a biscuit in over a month, and today's been the first day I've actually wanted one, and wanted it badly. If it hadn't been or my present difficulty, I would have run to the shop!

* = 'A good neighbour is better than a faraway friend'
Jul. 27th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Soooooorry! This verre vriend was being a bit thoughtless! Here is some healthy food instead!

It is interesting to see how easy it is to understand Dutch - the only 'difficult' word would be buur - but then it is the same root as burgh as in Edinburgh or Scarborough, so 'neighbourhood' and then neighbour is easy to see as well.
Jul. 27th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
It is interesting to see how easy it is to understand Dutch

It's pronunciation that throws people. It's the same with Swedish e.g., I can usually figure out what it says when it's written own, but I can't understand a word when it's spoken! :-)

And as to the word 'buur', the archaic form is 'nabuur', which shows even more of a similarity with 'neighbour' again. We still use it in a related adjective, 'naburig', meaning 'in the vicinity of'.

As to the health food: it's a bit late now. I've already added biscuits to my shopping list! ;-)