Thursday, June 28, 2007

Spice up your life

Today it was officially announced Spice Girls are going on a reunion tour in december and january. I instantly went to their website, to find out to my dismal there isn't a Dutch stop on the tour. The closest they're gonna get to Holland is Cologne in Germany, so I signed up for a chance to get tickets to that show.

This may sound a bit odd, but Spice Girls is pure nostalgia for me. Back in 1998 I was front row at the SpiceWorld Tour at the Gelredome Stadium in Arnhem. My first ever stadium show, and it blew me away! It was one of the last shows where Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) was still in the group, and we just had a lot of fun.

Now that I'm going to see Take That later this year, wouldn't it be great if I could also go see Spice Girls?

Monday, June 25, 2007

What a week it has been

Just realized I haven't been posting for almost a week, to which I'm sorry, so I'm just gonna give you all a little update on how things are going.

Last Friday, my office were doing a huge benefit for Unicef, the children's fund by the United Nations. We were working voluntarely with about 200 people, and made it a huge succes. The fundraising was aimed at giving 40.000 children with AIDS a better chance of surviving, but we ended up helping no less than 72.000 children. Needless to say, that was quite an euphoric mood in the air, so the party Chris threw for his birthday later that evening was well deserved.

On Saturday I went for a bit of shopping (bought myself the new Puma fragrance and the P!nk I'm Not Dead Tour DVD) and had a drink with Roel (not the ex-boyfriend, obviously, although I wouldn't mind). Then Saturday evening Ziena came over for drinks at my place, after which we went (again, it becomes a habit) to our local gay danceclub. Unfortunately we were totally wasted even before we went out, so we didn't make it an all-nighter by no menas, as we were barely able to stand up properly, let alone dance. I did find out, when we got back at my place (Ziena came along as she left her phone at my place) that my neighbour is particular handsome. I can't remember much, but Ziena told me I actually asked him for a drink and he said yes, so let's see how that goes.

Sunday Ziena and I had a nice brunch in town, after which I watched both the Bourne Identity as well as the Bourne Surpremicy, and decided I should marry Matt Damon haha.

So now it's Monday, and work has come up to bite me in the ass. My boss is on a three week holiday, which basically means I'm being our departed all by myself. As you can imagine, it's really busy now, but I think I'll get by if I work hard enough.

So there's a little update on how everything's going. I promise to post more this week!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Voorbij/Through

I don't really have anything to write today, since it has just been a normal day at work for me, so I decided to share one of my favourite lyrics of all time with you guys. The only problem is, it's in Dutch, so I'll just post this for my Dutch readers. After each line, I translate that line into English. Of course a song never really translates well into another language, but it gets you some idea why I love this song so much.

Marco Borsato featuring Do - Voorbij / Through
Ik voel je om me heen / I feel you surrounding me
Ik denk alleen aan jou / I can only think of you
Ik hoor je stem / I hear your voice
Ik zie je overal /I see you everywhere
Ik neem je altijd mee / I always take you with me
Waar ik ook ben / Wherever I am
Zo tastbaar / So real
En zo dichtbij / And so close
Hou jij je vast / You hold on
Aan mij / To me

Waar ik ben / Wherever I am
Daar ben jij / There is you
Je bent eigenlijk nooit weggeweest / Basically you've never been gone
Als een schaduw volg je mij / Like a shadow you're following me
Door mijn huis / In my home
Door mijn hoofd / In my mind
Ik zou vrij zijn / I'm supposed to be free
Maar dat ben ik niet / But I'm not
Het is wel over / It may be over
Maar nog niet voorbij / But we aren't through

Ik weet niet / I don't know
Wat het is / What it is
Maar ik mis je zo / But I miss you so
Wat ik ook doe / Whatever I do
Onzichtbaar / Invicible
Maar zo dichtbij / But so close
Hou jij je vast / You hold on
Aan mij / To me

Waar ik ben / Wherever I am
Daar ben jij / There is you
Je bent eigenlijk nooit weggeweest / Basically you've never been gone
Als een schaduw volg je mij / Like a shadow you're following me
Door mijn huis / In my home
Door mijn hoofd / In my mind
Ik zou vrij zijn / I'm supposed to be free
Maar dat ben ik niet / But I'm not
Het is wel over / It may be over
Maar nog niet voorbij / But we aren't through

Zijn jouw dagen / Are your days
Zonder mij / Without me
Beter dan ons leven samen / So much better than our lifes together

Ik mis je dag en nacht zo onverwacht / I miss you, day and night so unexpectedly

Waar ik ben / Wherever I am
Daar ben jij / There is you
Je bent eigenlijk nooit weggeweest / Basically you've never been gone
Als een schaduw volg je mij / Like a shadow you're following me
Door mijn huis / In my home
Door mijn hoofd / In my mind
Ik zou vrij zijn maar dat ben ik niet / I'm supposed to be free but I'm not
Het is wel over / It may be over
Maar nog niet voorbij / But we aren't through

Monday, June 18, 2007

Going well

This past weekend has been nothing but great! Friday, after wrk, I went to my co-worker Rik for drinks. Ziena and Kim came along, and as usual we had a great night! It didn't even ran that late, but we still had a lot of fun.

Saturday afternoon I decided to just do nothing and watch some movies on the couch, which is good for a change. Normally I feel the need to go shopping on a Saturday afternoon, but in the end it always gets me in a bad mood because of the shopping area being so overly crowded on weekends. So, the only thing I did was do some groceries, after which (again) Ziena came over for wine. We were soon joined by Sara and Rosa, and went clubbing in The Golden Arm, our local gay dance club. I also met this new girl called Lucinde, who was great as well.

Sunday morning I woke up a little late, after which I went to Leeuwarden to visit my parents, partly because of it being Father's Day, and partly just for the fun of it. I stayed for dinner, and came home at about midnight, after which it was way past bedtime for me :-)

All in all a great weekend, and today wasn't so bad as well. I'm usually not that keen on Monday's, but I got a lot of work done today, and decided to spent the evening with sitcom watching and going to bed early. So, as you can see, life's going well right now!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Holiday, celebration?

I'm feeling a bit lonely today... All my non-single co-workers were telling me about their vacations with their boy/girlfriends, husbands or wives and I'm not even going on vacation. I thought about it, but I didn't really see the point in going alone, and going with friends always makes you remember you're single, so I thought it best not to go at all.

This all seemed like a smart decision, but of course the downside to it is, that at some point this summer practically everyone I know will be gone, and I will be stuck in Groningen doing nothing. Maybe I'll take a mini-break and go to London or something. London is a place I love so much I don't mind at all going there alone. There are always great Brits you can chat up to, and meeting new people has never been much of a problem to me.

Anyway, I'll see what I'll do.

Monday, June 11, 2007

I can't stand the heat

It's just way too hot in Holland today... I walked to the office this morning and when I arrived I was already dripping with sweat. Mind you, this was 8.30 in the morning. As expected, the rest of the day turned out to be no better, so I had the fan in my office on overdrive and was still puffing my way through the day. Now I'm at home, which has turned itself into an oven, so I'm in a real shitty mood at the moment.

Luckily, tonight my friend Niels (also known as Tannus) is coming over. We're going to have a nice cold glass of wine at the waterfront, so hopefully that will cool me down a bit.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Thinking of him

I wasn't having such a good weekend emotionally-wise. Allthough I had a lot of fun in everything I did, I kept thinking about E. and feeling basically very sad about it. It's now a year and a week ago since we first met, and as I expected, I seem to be able to remember on each date what happened on that same dat a year ago. The bad thing about this, of course, is that E. and I have been together for like 6 months, so that means there are about 180 days to think back on. I sure hope I won't be doing this for the entire period.

Anyway, as I said, I'm sad, so I'm going to bed. Goodnight.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The summer is magic

Allthough as I'm writing this there is some thunder and lightning over Groningen, the rest of the day was exceptionally good. It feels like middle of summer, so obviously I had to go swimming. I haven't been to the Hoornse Plas (a lake in Groningen where everyone goes as soon as the first sunshine comes through) in like two years, because last year I went swimming in Breda, but it was good being back there. The water is quite dirty, but when you get home you can always take a shower so it's not that bad.

A good thing about summer is, that for some reason gorgeous guys seem to come out of nowhere and all flog to the water. Needless to say, I was very happy with my dark sunglasses, providing me with the excellent opportunity of seeing but not being seen. Well well well.... summer really does bring out the flirty me!

On top of that, I went to get my hair cut this morning, so hopefully that will help a little in actually hitting on one of these guys and get somewhat of a summer fling!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Busy and back

What more is there to say when you're doing nothing else but working? My day has been just fine, albeit again a bit busy. The good thing is, there is light at the end of the tunned. We've been working so hard this week, there is actually no doubt I will finish it all up tomorrow and actually make it, which is something I didn't think I could say this week.

The very good news today is, is that my father has been released from hospital and is back at home! I called him a minute ago and he's doing just fine. He's been send home with an awful lot of medication, but you know, better that than another night at the hospital right? I'm going there on Sunday, but for now I'm really happy for him to be back at his own home!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Costa!



This is the poster for a horrendous feel-good movie from the Netherlands, called Costa, starring Dutch actors Katja Schuurman and Daan Schuurmans (not realted). Although it's of course a terrible movie, I really enjoyed watching it. It's one of those great sit-back-and-relax movies that need loads of popcorn :-)

Just fine

Halfway through the week I usually try to make up a balance of what I still need to do before friday afternoon. As you already know by know, I'm having a very busy week, so I was figuring that it would be difficult to get evrything done, but after making a list of it, it turns out I'm right on schedule. Guess those evenings staying in and going to bed early are paying of! So tonight again I went straight home after work, and again I'm planning on doing nothing. I'm not even getting bored with it yet!

My day was mostly made up out of meetings today, which is fine, but also a bit tiring in the end. Personally I'm more into balancing between meetings and desk work, but sometimes you just don't really have a choice. Good thing is, that tomorrow will be one of those best of both world days, and probably Friday will be the same, so I'm sure I'll make it just fine this week.

For tonight I'm planning on watching a movie. Don't even really care which one, maybe something on television, maybe a dvd. Whichever, it will be another quiet evening, but that's just fine.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Capital punishment

I usually don't post two times in a row, but I felt like making an exception this time. I just saw a horrible documentary on Belgium television about Frances Newton. Most people will probably have no idea who she was, and neither did I, but you can look her up an Wikipedia.

Frances Newton was a woman who was convicted, and consequently send off to death row because of a supposedly commited murder on her husband and two kids, somewhere in the late seventies. The documentary showed that there were lots of uncertainties in her trial, and even some hints that the trial didn't go fair at all. Although there wasn't sure proof of her innocense, there wasn't sure proof of her guilt either.

Anyway, this documentary was about her last day as a living person, the day of her excecution. Normally you only read about excecutions in the papers, with just a name that doesn't ring a bell to you (at least not when you live in Holland), but this time, we got to see an interview with Frances Newton herself, just hours before her excecution. While she was talking about hope, those images were interjected with footage of her legal time getting the bad news from the Supreme Court, finding out that all options had failed. Of course, this is something only the viewer knew, and not herself.

During all this, we got to see footage of the superintendant of the prison, of the commander of lethal injection, and the spokesperson of the prison. This is where the tricky part comes in: all three of them talked about the procedures as if it was just another 9-5 job, without a single trace of notion what kind of horrible thing they were about to do, and probably did many times before. They were just simply explaining how a typical excecution day (mind you, they've got a lot of them in good old Texas) goes by, leading us into the death cchamber and all.

I'm personally a strong opponent of capital punishment, although I can understand how some people (especially family of murder victims) can be in favour, but after seeing this documentary, I'm even more strenghtened it's just a legal form of murder. It just made me sick to see how easy it is for people to block what they're actually doing, and hide on the cover of 'that's what the law, and the people of Texas, require us to do'. Sickening!

Too damn busy

Work continues to be very busy. I'be sort of given up hope that it will calm down this week, so I just have to go with it. As a result, I figured it would be the smart thing to do not to go anywhere tonight or invite any guests over, so this is my second night in a row as a couch potatoe. Not that I mind really, since I'm tired as hell and wouldn't be much fun as company anyway.

Just got of the phone with my mother, who told me my dad was doing pretty fine considering he's still in the hospital. He's gotten new medication and hopefully tomorrow a lung doctor will see him. Although his main problemis his heart, it's complications are very strict connected to the lungs, so it's a good thing they'll check out all the possibilities.

So, Will and Grace will be on in a minute, after which I guess I'll go watch a movie with some popcorn on the couch, take a long shower and go to bed early (and yes, I realise it's not much fun reading my blog this way, but I promise I'll be better virtual company soon).

Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday evening update

It has been the end of a month, so as usual this is going to be a very busy week at work, starting today. I've been very busy and got a lot of work done, but still a lot more to do. Although it sometimes bothers me on the weekend before a week like this starts, I have to admit that once I'm busy I actually kinda like it to have such filled days.

Haven't heard anything today about my father's condition. I suppose my mother is with him in the hospital right now. She said she'd call tonight, so that will probably shed some light on the matter. Too bad for them they have to cancell their vacation now. They were supposed to go to Turkey in a week and a half, but obviously they don't trust the situation enough to go at the moment. Furthermore, we don't have a clue yet how long my dad has got to stay in the hospital, so it's just not a very smart move not to cancel. Good for them they at least got all their money back. Guess there's something to say for travel insurance after all.

Tonight will be a relaxing evening on the couch. America's Next Top Model will be on tonight, and although I'm fully aware of how terrible gay this will sound, but I love that show! Please don't shoot me for it!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Hospital

I was actually planning not to write anything about this, but since some of my friends already know, it doesn't really hurt to blog it as well: my father is back in the hospital since last Thursday. As some of you may recall, in the past five years he has suffered two heart attacks, and this time again it has something to do with his heart.

He was experiencing breathing problems for about two weeks and basically stopped eating like a normal adult, so my mother was quite worried. Last thursday, my brother and my brother-in-law kind of kidnapped him to the hospital, since that would be the only way to actually get him to a doctor.

He was instantly ordered to stay in the hospital, where he has been for four days now. I visited him this afternoon, and he was quite happy, but like about halfway through the visit there were some nurses storming in cause there was something wrong with his heart beat.

They don't exactly what's going on yet. At the moment, their best bet seems to be a leaking heart thing (I have absolutely no idea what the english word for it is), but they are going to run some tests tomorrow to find out exactly what's going on.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

A better day

In spite of my earlier fear that this would become a very sad day, I actually had a very good time. My friend Ziena and I went for a nice glass of wine outdoor, and stayed for about two hours, after which it became a little too cold. We had a lot of fun, as I always have with Ziena, and then decided to go out clubbing tonight. She's going to a birthday party first, so this leaves me some time to just hang around a bit and watch a movie or something.

I generally don't like staying in on a Saturday night, but knowing that later on we are going out, it doesn't matter. I haven't been clubbing in a few weeks, so I'm sure we'll have a great time. Most of all, I'm very glad I'm not letting all the shit get to me, so that's a good start!

Numb

It's officially june 2nd.... It has been a year. I don't feel like writing anything else.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Not so happy anniversery

Tomorrow it will be exactly one year ago when E. and I first met. Actually, last year june 2nd was on a Friday, not a Saturday, but still. Since it's Friday right now, a year ago I was in the train to Breda at this moment, with a funfilled weekend ahead.

It's very strange how I remember everything from that day. I remember exactly how I felt waiting at the train station in Breda for E. to come and pick me up with his car. I was extremely nervous, for I was a bit afraid that all the phone calls and MSN chats wouldn't work out in the real world. Was I sursprised that from the moment I stepped in his car it was instantly brilliant.

We went to his house, had a few drinks (Fiero was always our beverage of choice) and ended up kissing each other in like half an hour after I arrived. We really had to drag ourselves to Bruxells but it was all worth it.

I'm just a bit sad today...

Note to self

Note to self: do not ever, under any circumstance, post after a party. Pardon for everyone who has already read my nonsence...
 
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