Pernicious Puzzles

A very happy new year, dear readers! I hope that your New Year’s celebrations have fewer fireworks than mine will likely have this evening. Thankfully it was a very uneventful trip back to Amsterdam, I did a lot of reading. The last few days in DC were quite busy with T=trying to see friends, and not being very successful as I was spending a lot of time with my dad and my sister.

Christmas this year was quiet. It was an intimate celebration with several family members and numbered only 13 people. Which for a Greek family is unusual. We usually number at least double that if not triple. After Christmas, things started to heat up significantly.  And I mean that literally. The heater and boiler In my apartment in Amsterdam quit working. Luckily friends of mine were in the apartment and let me know so that I was able to get my landlord involved. But it was not very fun coming back to an apartment that has no heat or hot water as yet. It’ll be lots of blankets, a space heater, and showers at my neighbors until it is fixed.

The title for this week’s post is coming from the fact that it was really difficult trying to pack all the stuff that I wanted to take with me and ensure that none of it came back broken. At the time of this post, I still have not opened up my suitcase to see what survived. But the sheer engineering it took my dad trying to fit each glass piece into the suitcase so they didn’t move and was adequately covered was a sight to behold. I also was trying to figure out if I should separate out the pieces that I really wanted to keep unscathed and hand-carry them. which is what I ended doing. Fingers crossed that the glassware I check made it in one piece and not 1000. As of this writing, I am probably sleeping and this was published while I was snoring away. Once again, I wish you all a happy new year and will “see” you on 6 January.

That’s all she wrote for this Inkreadable installment. installment. But stay tuned. As always, there is more to come.

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