Friday, January 29, 2010

Mishmash Friday

Fridays I will try and bring you a piece of dutch news for you that I find funny,interesting or irritating and I will include anything else that comes to mind. First up we have my washer..and I hate it. I miss my double capacity washer from home. There wasn't anything that I couldn't put in there. Those days are loooooong gone my friends. This is a small washer and most people have these here. Do you know how long it takes to do one load? 1 hour and 15 minutes. If I wanted to do a short wash, it would take 30 minuntes and never cleans the clothes. Now back home we have the lovely comforters that we can stick in our double capacity washers with no problem what so ever. It doesn't work like that here. Infact there is no way it would even fit in half way.
   Over here we have Duvet Covers. Now I have to say that this is an excellent and super handy item to have. All you do is slip off the cover and throw it in the wash. The actual comforter wont fit so people stick them out their windows to air them out. What I love about the covers is that I can change up the style and colors at any time without having to buy a whole new comforter set. I remember how much those cost and I like this version much better. Lets talk about drying. Oh lord how I hate drying here aswell. My dryer won't fit in the house.
 After washing I have to walk outside (wich is always really fun on days like this where it's snowing..oh and on the days where the rain is beating down..thats soooo much fun too). We keep the dryer in a shed with the bikes and garden tools. I have a condensation dryer wich means it collects the water in a plastic container below and I empty it out when it's done drying. It's as small as my washer and it takes over an hour to dry aswell. I've learned that having a dryer here is something alot of people don't have.

Alot of the homes here have big attics(we don't) and they simply hang everything up in the winter and during the nice days they stick their clothes out to dry. My neighbors does that. When I walk out into my back door her balcony is right above it. So when she hangs out her bed sheets I can get smacked in the face. I love it when she puts her grannie panties out. There is a brick fence that seperates us but the sheets are hung up high and go all over the place when they wind hits them. I don't know about you, but Im not all about hanging my junk out for people to see and can't imagine not having a dryer. Dutch homes can get cramped and sometimes there is no room for both a washer and a dryer.

Ok on to some news! There was a girl who worked at a McDonalds here who was fired on the spot for putting a slice of cheese on a co workers burger. The co worker bought a burger and then asked the girl for a slice of cheese, wich then turned it into a cheeseburger wich costs more. So the girl was let go. Now over here you can fight being fired. It then goes to court and the judge felt like that was to harsh of a punishment and could of been handled with a write up. McDonalds said they have strict rules about giving family and co workers items like that. The judge said the girl wasn't trying to do wrong by putting the slice on there but it was more the co workers fault for asking her to do so. So the girl gets 5 months worth of wages because of this and is free to look for other work. Take that McDonalds!! When you get a job here they start you out on a limited contract. Alot of them are only 3 months..wich is what this girl had. So they were not going to renew her contract anyway wich is why I think she was awarded 5 months worth of pay. The dutch system of working is alot different than the american way of doing it. You feel more protected and the benefits and job security are a thousand times better than anything I've ever witnessed in the U.S.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!