Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Poor Planning

After a flawless Halloween campaign which entailed dispensing chocolate bars to:
  • 4 witches
  • 2 vampires
  • 1 ghost
  • 1 generic superhero
I awake to find myself the victim of poor planning.

I should have twigged yesterday at the supermarket, where it seemed that the entire population of Mainz was shopping in preparation for the Apocalypse. I failed to take the step in logic that states: after All Hallows Eve, comes All Hallows Day (Allerheiligen) - which is a public holiday here in Rheinland Pfalz.

Luckily, I always have a few batches of soup or some such on hand in the freezer for times when housewifely ennui strikes and I'd rather poke myself in the eye with a fork than cook dinner. We are saved (by pea and ham soup). Huzzah!


G in Berlin said...

So not a holiday here in Berlin that when I asked my husband what the holiday was, he didn't know. (He also works in Munich, where it was a holiday- he just worked anyway:-)).
Yeah for soup! Yesterday I made Lentil soup, but somehow it turned out to actually be stew?

Kate said...

My goodness, Helen, what's gotten into you...posts two days in a row!! November 1st and 2nd are festive days in México,honoring the dead (actually I'm impressed with that culture's ritual for their dead), and I wish I were there, but since that's not possible, I guess I, too, will follow your lead with a little soup-making activity--but not for the dead. I turn into a soup-making machine during the winter. Huzzah!!

Frau Dietz said...

Hurrah for pea and ham soup! I wish I had a freezer :( I got the best of both worlds on Tuesday: my Mainzer husband had the day off work but everything was still open in Wiesbaden :)

Helen said...

@G - there is nothing wrong with a good, hearty Lentil stew! I'm often caught out by the more obscure religious public holidays here in Germany. But, a day off is nothing to be sneezed at.

@Kate - I love soup at this time of year. It is so comforting.

@Frau Dietz - I'm glad you got to have your cake and eat it too (figuratively speaking, of course). It is exciting to meet another local blogger!

Frau Dietz said...

Likewise! I'm in Mainz once or twice a week at the moment so give me a shout (there's a link to my email on my blog - I couldn't find one on here so apologies for the public invitation) if you fancy a coffee sometime...