TopTuesday #1

OMG, it’s the last day of June. Can I just say that my head still thinks it’s 2014… Everything is moving so fast.
Last month I did a FavoritesFriday and I ended up with a fun post so I thought I’d do it again. Don’t fix what ain’t broken, right? But I have to keep the whole weekday themes going, so it shall be called TopTuesday, which you already know, because you read the title (I assume). Who knows what next month will be called?

So without any delay, here are my June top choices:
Just like last time, I’ll start with some music. I’ve been listening to this fun and relaxing song by Jack Johnson. It’s called Banana Pancakes, what’s not to love! I really love some acoustic guitar action. (I used to have lessons…) Just sit back and enjoy!

Next up is books. Even though, I’m a literary student I don’t really like literature that much. I like to get sucked into a book, to be immersed in the fictional world and that usually doesn’t happen when I read literature. There is this children’s book, though, that is considered literature and I love it. It’s called The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (the original is in French Le Petit Prince) and it’s amazing. I just love the story. It’s a children’s book, so it’s easy to read, but the story is so fun and inspiring. It makes you think. I really recommend it.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

I’m still really into the six-word stories. I love how six words can turn into so much more. I found another.
I can’t keep my own secrets.

Next is food. This month I have to tell you about a Dutch delicacy, poffertjes. It’s like mini pancakes, but so much better, like little clouds of happiness that melt on your tongue. If you really want the full experience and you’re ever in the Netherlands look for the poffertjes booth in Laren!
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I don’t want to forget the art. The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh is definitely one of my favorites. He truly saw the world in all its beauty. The painting is both intimidating and mesmerizing.
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I also have another joke.
What do you call a blind dinosaur?
Do-you-think-he-saur-us.

As for the quote of the month.
“Never settle for less than you deserve!”

Last time I ended my post with a make-up tip, but that’s not going to happen again. This time I want to and with my favorite wordpress post of the month.
Proof I’m Not a Cyborg (Because You Were Dying to Know) by Ditrie Sanchez
The title alone is pure perfection.

I hope you enjoyed my June top choices. If you have any maybe let me know.

Have a nice Tuesday.

MoodyMonday #16

Mood: Feeling like Superwoman.

I consider myself an athletic person (I can just hear my family laughing right now). Let me elaborate. I think I can do pretty much anything, that doesn’t mean I’ll actually do it. In my head I have this idea that I’m amazing and the world should be lucky to have me, but then I wake up…
It’s just that every time I watch an action movie and see the main character fighting and shooting guns and jumping from buildings there’s always that voice in my head that’s like: “Yeah, I could do that.” (Probably not in this universe, but there is some parallel universe out there where I’m kicking ass.)
Normally, I don’t actually go jumping from buildings to see if the voice in my head is right, but once in a while I’ll give it a shot. (This is not me telling you to go jump from buildings, just stay in your seat in front of your computer where it’s safe.) I don’t even remember what I was watching, but these guys were doing push-ups without a single drop of sweat sliding down their faces.
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They made it look so easy and before I knew it the voice in my head was getting excited. “You can do that too. Just give it a shot.”
And the idiot that I am, I actually got down on the ground. There I was, facing the floor my arms already shaking. I did a total of one push-up before my arms give in and I fell down on the ground. I felt like a complete idiot. It wasn’t my finest moment.
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But, then, why am I feeling like Superwoman?
Well, let me tell you. I decided that I wanted to be able to do at least ten push-ups. I know, ten push-ups is like only eating one kernel of popcorn, but that was enough for me. I actually decided to do push-ups twice a day and believe it or not, I can actually do ten push-ups!!! I mean, I sound like I’m murdering a cow or something, but I CAN DO TEN PUSH-UPS. And I don’t see a cow doing ten push-ups any time soon.

It just shows that you don’t have to be the best at something. If you set a goal and you make it, that’s all that matters.

Have a nice Monday.

FictionFriday #6

FictionFriday started out as this fun challenge for myself, but turned into something more. I used to choose four quotes from different books and turned them into a new story, now it’s all about finding inspiration in different places. It’s no longer the quotes that inspire me, but it’s life (I know that is probably the cheesiest thing I have ever said)!
This week I was inspired by this post on Facebook. It was a post about 23 emotions everyone feels, but no one can explain. I ended up with eight six-word stories (remember those?), that for me somehow do explain at least eight of these emotions.

I know you can't really read any of it, but just click the image.

I know you can’t really read any of it, but just click the image.

Sonder: The realisation that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Six-word story: Everyone somehow connected, destined to die.

Opia: The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.

Six-word story: Looking, but no one is there.

Monachopsis: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

Six-word Story: You and me, yet still alone.

Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.

Six-word Story: Beating to live, unable to win.

Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.

Six-word story: Left in the dark, anyone there?

Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.

Six-word story: Love is kindness, kindness is lost.

Exulansis: The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.

Six-word story: Words everywhere, no way to explain.

Occhiolism: The awareness of the smallness of your perspective.

Six-word story: Endless universe, no way to understand.

That’s it. Maybe have some fun and try to make your own six-word story.

Have a nice Friday.

True-or-false-Thursday #4

Are you ready for another crazy story? Today’s going to be a good one. The rules of the game are simple: I’ll tell you a crazy or embarrassing story about my life and all you have to do is guess whether it’s true or false. I mean, some pretty weird things have happened to me in the past, so…

Let’s have some fun. (Just a reminder: Shopping for clothes is the thing I hate the most in this world!)

So this is the story.
I went shopping today!
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The end.

What do you think? True or False?

Have a nice Thursday.

WhateverWednesday #16

Just a quick warning, if you’re one of those people that’s sick of all the feminist opinions and stuff, first of all you’re an idiot, second of all you might not want to read this post. The truth is I just really need to get this of my chest.

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I’ve already told you that soccer is a big thing in my family and that the FIFA Women’s World Cup is taking place in Canada right now. The Dutch female soccer team was defeated by the Japanese team yesterday, which was a bummer, but that’s not what I want to talk about.
I’ve stayed up just so I could watch the games to support our lionesses (which is the name for the Dutch female soccer team). The thing that really bothered me, though, is the Dutch commentator. (Just a quick disclaimer: This might be something that only happens in the Netherlands.)
First of all it’s a man that commentates the games, which is fine with me. I have nothing against that, but if this commentator can only talk about male soccer players, while the female team is playing, I get annoyed. He kept comparing the girls to male soccer players. Every time they did something amazing he had some other male player to compare them to. The new Lionel Messi. She reminds me of Robben. Just like van Persie. Why do we need to make comparisons? Aren’t these girls amazing players in their own right? Why do they need to be compared to some other players? Is that the only way their achievements are valid? To be honest it really pisses me off.
I was already pretty irritated when our commentator started talking about the marital status of some of the Japanese players. He was talking about one Japanese player that has a new name on her shirt because she got married. That’s fine. Congratulations to her! But then he kept talking about it. Eventually he was talking about someone’s sister who wasn’t married. I don’t know. By then I was trying to block his constant annoying comments. What does any of this have to do with the actual game?
It’s probably clear that I’m still pretty pissed. I don’t know if this is just something that only Dutch commentators do, but I really don’t think I can listen to any more games.

Is it really that spectacular that women can do things just as well as men, sometimes maybe even better?

To our Dutch commentator I would like to say: “Whatever!”

Have a nice Wednesday.

10-things-Tuesday #9

Guess what this 10 things list is going to be about. Just guess. Just for fun. No, it’s not about how amazing I am and it’s not about my perfect life. Did you guess yet? Because if you guessed Jurassic World you’re absolutely right! Although, now that I think of it, the pictures were probably a big giveaway. I’m not that good at guessing games.
But back to Jurassic World. This post will be full of dinosaurs and more dinosaurs, because I’ll give you 10 reasons why you should love Jurassic World!

Let’s do this.

Reason number one: There are dinosaurs! This whole movie is about dinosaurs! Should I even keep going?
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Reason number two: Chris Pratt! On a bike! Wait for it… With velociraptors as his hunting buddies. Yep, he has pet dinosaurs.
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Reason number three: Product Placement at its best. Starbucks, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, Beats by dr. Dre, etc. It was amazing how many products they could fit into one movie. It’s a fun drinking game, though. Drink every time you see a product’s logo. Just don’t blame me when you have to go to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

Reason number four: Imax 3D. Normally, I don’t really care if a movie is 3D or not, but this movie just did it right!

Reason number five: People get killed in the most hilarious ways possible. They’ll have a great story to put on their gravestone.

Reason number six: Bryce Dallas Howard is kicking ass in her kick-ass heels. Those heels really carried the whole movie.
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Reason number seven: Perfectly timed jokes!
“What kind of diet doesn’t allow tequila?”

Reason number eight: Best quotes ever.
“We need more teeth.”
“Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We’re just used to being the cat.”
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Reason number nine: Did I mention Chris Pratt?
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Reason number ten: People still think putting dinosaurs in a zoo is a good idea!

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Have a nice Tuesday.

MoodyMonday #15

Mood: In hunting mode.

I haven’t really been doing anything productive lately and at some point you have to get up and start doing something. If you can sit in your room all day and be happy, then I’ll be the last person to tell you to get off your butt and go outside, but after a while I need to get outside and be around other people. (And with around other people I mean going outside where other people are. It in no way means I’ll actually be talking to these other people.)
And what better way to spend your day than to go to Amsterdam and do some shopping…for books.
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Today, I’m going to visit every bookstore I can find, surrounding myself in the smell of new books! Today is going to be a good day. It’s okay to go out once in a while and do something you enjoy. Life on the internet is fun and all, but don’t forget that there is a real world out there, waiting for you to come out and have some fun.
I’m a woman on a mission to touch as many books I can get my hands on. I probably won’t buy all of them, but just being able to touch a new book. It’s what I was born to do. That doesn’t mean my bank account won’t be crying at the end of today. I’m going to need a ton of books for my hidden library in my amazing castle in my beautiful forest that I’ll be living in for the rest of my life.
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That is, when I finally do move out of my parent’s house, of course.

No more talking, let’s go and buy some books.

Have a nice Monday.