Friday, November 30, 2007

All play and no work

So the weekend has finally kicked off! Today was actually a pretty good day at work. I was expecting things to be left undone, and of course some where, but they were just minor details. As a whole, we pretty much get things done, which is a very good way to start off the weekend. I left kinda early, since I've been working overtime for several days this week, and now I'm extremely happy I've got two days of not thinking about work ahead of me!

Tomorrow morning I'm gonna get my hair cut. Call me a faggot, but going to the hairdresser is always something I'm looking forward to. There's nothing I hate more than my hair looking silly. Well actually, usually it only looks silly in my own opinion, with everyone else riduling me because I'm constantly whining about it. No matter, after tomorrow I'll be a happy camper again when it comes to my hair.

For the rest of the weekend, I plan on doing just things I like, and no stress or forced upon me activities at all. I hope you'll all have a great weekend as well. No excuse me while I go get a well deserved glass of wine! Cheers!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Not very good company

It's already Thursday, which means the weekend is approaching at alarming speed. Although I'm looking forward to the weekend, fact is it's still very busy at work, so I hope I will be able to get everything done. Good thing I'm getting a lot of help from colleages, so I don't need to feel like I'm the only one being busy.

Tonight I was supposed to go see a movie with Anneke (called Alles Is Liefde, somewhat of a Dutch version of Love Actually) but I'm just too tired for it, so I cancelled this morning. On the one hand, that's a real shame, cause Anneke and I don't see each other enough, so going to the movies together would be very nice. On the other hand, I don't think I would be very good company, so postponing until a somewhat less frantic period probably is for the best.

So what I'm planning to do is watch just a couple of sitcoms, take a long hot shower, and go to bed early. Just one day left, and then there's time to actually relax and do fun stuff with friends. For now, the most important thing is to get enough sleep.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Kylie X Tour

Kylie Minogue has just announced her 2008 world tour (called KYLIEX2008) in support of her fantastic new Kylie X album. Best news of all is, on june 23 2008 she will play a date at Ahoy Rotterdam, so for the first time since the 2005 ShowGirl Greatest Hits Tour I finally get to see her again. I can't wait!

These are the announced dates so far, be sure to expect more:

Tue 06-05 Paris, Bercy
Wed 07-05 Antwerp, Sportpaleis
Fri 09-05 Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle
Sat 10-05 Frankfurt, Festhalle
Mon 12-05 Prague, Sazka
Wed 14-05 Vienna, Stadthalle
Thu 15-05 Budapest, Sports Arena
Tue 27-05 Cologne, Arena
Thu 29-05 Munich, Olympiahalle
Sat 07-06 Hamburg, Colorline Arena
Sun 08-06 Copenhagen, Forum
Tue 10-06 Oslo, Spektrum
Wed 11-06 Stockholm, Globe
Fri 13-06 Helsinki, Hartwall Arena
Sun 22-06 Berlin, Velodrom
Mon 23-06 Rotterdam, Ahoy
Thu 26-06 Belfast, Odyssey Arena
Fri 27-06 Belfast, Odyssey Arena
Sat 05-07 Glasgow, S.E.C.C. (0870 040 4000)
Sun 06-07 Glasgow, S.E.C.C.
Mon 14-07 Manchester, M.E.N. Arena (0844 847 8000)
Tue 15-07 Manchester, M.E.N. Arena
Sat 26-07 London, 02 Arena (0844 856 0202)
Sun 27-07 London, 02 Arena [1]

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Freedom of speech

It's pretty sad I'm actually trying to respond to a trashy newspaper like De Telegraaf, but still... Let me tell you what happened. We've got a newspaper in Holland, desperately trying to be like the British tabloids, but at the same time trying to be somewhat of a respectable broadsheet. Obviously, you can't have it both ways, so as a result this rag is useless in any aspect.

So, you may ask, why am I still reading it? I don't, actually. What I like to do, is go to the online version at and read the user's comments. For all their trying to become a tabloid did attract the right public to get some hilarious responds. If this was America, Telegraaf readers would be ignorant rednecks. It's a shame most of you will probably not be able to read the hilarious responds, but for the ones who do speak Dutch: go check it out. There may be people with only one braincell after all.

What this have to do with my experience tonight? Well, from time to time I like to post a comment myself, which is mostly when there's just a blatant mistake (happens all the time at this wortless excuse for a newspaper) which is most of the times a result of a word for word translation of an article earlier published in The Sun or the Daily Mirror, two of Britain's most idiotic tabloids.

Well, it turned out tonight that while it's perfectly okay for these (dare I call them that way) 'journalists' to write whatever bullshit they please, but it's not possible to actually try and set the record straight. Every comment I try to post to correct mistakes has been rejected so far, even though I don't violate any of their silly little rules. Mind you, one of the rules is 'no personal attacts' which is something the mojaority of the readers does. Of course, this is because that's exactly the kind of readers they like to attract.

Anyway, I'd say freedom of speech my ass at De Telegraaf. Why don't you just go fuck yourself?

The never ending story

I can't say I'm a particular good mood right now. It's been another busy day at work and I'm really tired, but I don't want to waste the evening on going to bed all too early. Good thing listening to my Kylie X album is cheering me up just a little bit.

You know, there's nothing wrong with having a busy day at work. Actually, it can be quite fulfillingfrom time to time. However, when you're stressing all day and nothing actually seems to be getting done, it's a whole different story. For every task I'm performing at the moment, there are two or three new ones waiting in my inbox. At the end of the day, when I go home, it feels as if I didn't progress just one bit, even though I've been busy like hell.

Of course, this shouldn't really be a reason for complaining. After all,I knew upfront this would be three quite frantic weeks, and I'm already halway through it, so I suppose it can only get better.

Enough of my whining, I'm going to watch a movie (The Talented Mister Ripley, to be exact, to get off on Matt Damon and of course Jude Law haha). Cheers!

Monday, November 26, 2007

A rush hour start

Well this has been a busy start of the week! I can't recall relaxing for even a minute today, so the day flew by really. After such a great weekend, I guess it was a bit difficult getting back into it, especially considering the enourmous amount of work waiting for me. I don't think it will get any better the rest of this week, so I'd better prepare myself for s stressfull week.

Another strange thing today, was that it was Rik's last day at work. Of course we had our official goodbye dinner last Friday, but still it's a bit weird to actually say goodbye at the office. Of course, Ziena, Rik and I will still be seeing each other for drinks, but I do have to say it's somewhat strange to not be workmates anymore. Usually we went for lunch, the three of us, so that's reduced to two from now on.

So, it's time for me to go swimming. It's extremely cold outside so I can't say I'm all too thrilled about having to leave the house, but I guess I just don't have a choice.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Too much fun to handle

I can't believe how fast this weekend went by! Actually, I can't even remember a weekend more fun than this one in a long time! Going out, shopping, spending way too much money, all the things I like to do on a weekend, I've done. I just got back from having dinner at my parents house, and I need to go to bed in a short while, since obviously tomorrow I need to go back to work.

I like weekends like this you know, just having fun and doing generally nothing. I sometimes wish every day could be like this, although of course I would be bored to death in just two or three days if that were actually the case. I guess I need a vacation?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Out there on the dance floor

Third post in one day, I must be in a really good mood! In fact: I am! This has been a great weekend so far! The dinnerparty yesterday was so much fun, and today I've been listening to my fantastic new Kylie X album all day long, so I'm quite happy. Right now I'm getting ready for a night on the town. First, there's this function with the rest of the old members of Cleopatra, which is kinda nice. After that, Ziena and I are going clubbing, and that's the part I'm really looking forward to!

It's been ages (well, about a month) since I went clubbing. Now that Holland has a truly fabulous Top40, clubbing should be extremely great! I can't wait to get out there on that dance floor! So, let me get ready, and I'm off.

For everyone else who's going out tonight: have a great time!

Kylie X, the review

The album's out, and I'm loving it! Kylie is definitely back with her new album X, in my opinion even better than Fever, which was up until now my favourite of her ten albums. As you know, along with Madonna, Kylie is my favourite artist, and after hearing she had been diagnosed with cancer I was really afraid we would never hear anything from her again. Thank God she recovered, and her hot new album is fantastic. What follows is a song by song review:

Of course you all know this one already, since it's the leader single. A nice new direction for Kylie. At first it took me a bit of getting used to, but now that I've listened to it over and over again, it already feels like a Kylie classic.

Like a Drug
Up tempo, sensual, Kylie in what she does best: pure pop. This one could easily become one of the singles, since I think radio will give it plenty of airplay.

In My Arms
From the producer who also did In Your Eyes on the Fever album, and it shows. This one says #1 hit single all through the song. Absolutely fantastic, a no sitting down song. The chorus is more than likely to settle in your head.

Lots of vocoders, making it sound a bit like a Madonna song from her Music/American Life era. And I say that as a good thing. Probably not going to be a single, but a lovely album track all together.

Up tempo, happy, sexy, groovy. What more can I say?

Heart Beat Rock
Mid tempo, it reminds me of the Body Language album, but then better. Body Language was a somewhat half hearted crossover style album, designed to crack the American market. This one's the real deal, and will probably be a lot more succesfull in doing so.

The One
OMG this is it, the signature song of the album. If pop music would have a themesong, this would be it. Try and sit stil while listening to this song. I bet you couldn't do it. Nice catchy chorus as well!

No More Rain
I think this is the definitive post-cancer song. It just bursts with positivity and a will to enjoy life and take it as it comes. I guess this one would make a good song to listen to when you're feeling sorry for yourself, while you should be gratefull for everything you've got.

All I See
Sounds very American, very Britney (I actually still like Britney so this can be taken as a compliment). Has got a nice break in it, one of those breaks that make a dance floor stop for a second before getting back into it full stop.

Does the fun ever stop? Another classic Kylie tune. It seems as if basically every track on this album can become a single. I would really enjoy hearing this one somewhere on some crowded dance floor, or, even better, front row in a stadium during Kylie's upcoming world tour!

This one really reminds me of the Kylie of the 80s. Songs like Hand on my Heart and I should be so lucky come to mind. I think this one will quickly become a fan favourite for concerts, as it really fits being sung live.
If I would name one downer on this otherwise perfect record, it would be this song. I'm not saying it sucks, it's just I don't think it really fits in well with the rest of the songs.
Another post cancer song. This one an emotional balld. What a perfect way to end this album.
I know this is a totally biased review, but I wanted to share it with you guys anyway, perhaps as an endorsement to go running to the record store and get yourself a copy! Happy listening!

Say goodbye

Dinner was great yesterday! It was a goodbye dinner for co-worker Rik, who has his last day with us this Monday, so it wasn't a happy occasion, but then again, I know I'll get to see Rik for drinks so this was not the end of a friendship. Anyway, it was nice seeing everyone again in a nice informal setting.

After dinner, we went to Buckshot Cafe for some drinks. This is not a place I go to often, but it was kinda nice. There's this dance floor upstairs with some nice lounge kinda music. I'm usually not very into lounge music, since I'm more of a Top40-person, but I guess this was feasable.

So, now I'm getting ready to go shopping, cause of course I need to go and buy Kylie's new album X. I'll give you guys a full review this afternoon!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Dial a Theo

As of today I've got a new phone number. Of course, I'm not going to be so stupid to write it down here on my weblog, so if you know me personally (which probably means you still have my old number), send me a text message on the old one so that I can give you my new one.

By the way, along with the new number came a really cool new Samsung slide phone. I turned really hatefull on my Motorola RZR so I'm quite happy I've got a new one now! Let's hope I won't destroy this one as quickly as I've fone with each and every previous one. Then again, trashing it makes up for a good reason to go and buy myself a new and even cooler one.

Anyway, let me know if you need my new number, and when I feel like it, you'll probably get it hehe!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Erase and unwind

Before this week started, I was kind of worried about how stressful it would all be with me being the only one in the office. With vacations and child's leave I suddenly found myself being alone for about three weeks, which was something I wasn't exactly looking forward to. However, now that a few days have passed, it isn't that bad. Of course, next week, when the month ends, it will all be a lot busier, but as of yet it'a all doable, which is good for making a head start.

Going to bed early and not really doing anything at night helps, too. Tonight of course I'm going swimming, as I did Monday, but after that it's just gonna be me, a bowl of popcorn and some more episodes of Will and Grace, or even a nice Madonna concert dvd. I can't believe how it took me just one year to actually look forward to doing nothing and staying in. A few months ago this was like my worst nightmare but now it's just fine.

The only exceotion to the rule is the weekend. On a Friday night I can kinda live with it doing nothing, but on a Saturday I just need to go out and do something, anything. Good thing I'm having a party this weekend!

Anyway, Ziena will be waiting if I don't hurry up now and drag myself to the swimming pool! Cheers!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

10.000 pageviews

Thanks to my readers and casual vistors for getting me 10.000 pageviews! It took a while, but it still looks nice (although, when you're reading this, you'll be my 10.000-and-something pageview, which is a lot less spectacular).

Two years ago, in august 2005, I started Totally Theo because first of all I got kinda sick of my old blog, and second of all, the old one was in Dutch while I was busy getting to know people from all over the world through the Madonna fanclub and of course all the waiting in line during the Drowned World, Re-Invention and Confessions Tours. So, I decided to start myself a new blog and publish it in English so that everyone would be able to read it.

These past two years knew some highs and lows, but pageview wise as content wise. I remember the peaks right after the Dutch stop of the Confessions Tour in Amsterdam, as well as the day I signed up for , getting more pageviews from both sides. In addition to that, it's weird sometimes reading back the highs when I got into a relationship with Emiel, and the lows when it all ended.

To me, this place is like a diary, but one I really need to look out what I'm writing, since the whole world can read along. But that's kinda what makes it a nice thing to do every day, knowing that there are real people out there interested enough to actually take the time and read what I wrote.

Thank you all for visiting, keep returning, and on the next 10.000!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dolls and dolls

The weekend has been great! Friday night, after work, I went for a few drinks with some friends, and got pretty hammered, the way a Friday is supposed to be hehe. Saturday oddly enough I barely felt sick, so I went shopping. Bought myself season 5 of Will and Grace, which is pretty cool, because it has the episode Dolls and Dolls, featuring Madonna, on it. Talking about getting the best of both worlds!

Saturday night Leendert came over, so after a bit of a chat we decided to watch some episodes. Well, turned out the 'some episodes' means almost the entire dvd box hehe. We spend so much time on it there wasn't any use going out anymore, which was fine, because I didn't feel like going out anyway.

Yesterday I went to Leeuwarden to visit my parents, which was nice as well. All in all, a good weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ode to Cleopatra

After a nice evening with Leendert, I decided to take a look back at my days with Cleopatra ASG, my students club here in Groningen. It may seem now as if there's very little bonding between me and them left (a few friends of mine are still members, so right now there's still somewhat of a thing going on, but it will only be like one or two years before that's gone as well), but actualy, there's a lot to be very happy with, and even gratefull for. So see this as my ode to Cleopatra.

First of all, Cleopatra is the place I got most of my friends from. The funny thing is, these friends are divided into people that became friends instantly when I joined myself, and people who came along later on the road. Regardless, many of them hold a dear place in my hard, and are, or have been, very important to me. I can't imagine going through my days of being a student without them. Even more, I can't imagine living the way I live right now without them. I'm not going to name any names, but you know who you are when you're reading this and you're still in my life.

Second: I got to learn things like working in a team. You have to understand, at Cleopatra there's a lot of team work going on. You either are already used to it, or it just gets on you while doing it. Cleopatra is a cool club where nobody has to be sorta out of the group. With just a little effort, you can always fit in. I personally don't really need to have a lot of effort to fit in, but I really do like the fact that it's a place where everyone can join the club.

Third: I got to meet my ex-boyfriend Roel at Cleopatra. Of course, it may be sad he's my ex-boyfriend instead of my current boyfriend, but nonetheless. It was the first time I actually got to spend time in a full-time relationship. I guess, even though it didn't really wotk out, I learned a lot from it. I don't see Roel anymore on a regular basis, but the time I've spend with him has been invaluable to me, and I will always cherish it.

Finally: there's just a feeling of great fun to know there's always a place you can fall back to, where you can just have a beer, where everybody knows your name (how Cheers is that?). I'm way too old now, but I'll always cherish the times when I was really a part of that!

Who are you?

Now I'm curious: this afternoon, while I was at the office, someone made about twenty pageviews on my site, so probably he or she read the entire archive in one afternoon. Of course, readers like this make me very happy, cause they are the ones that make it worth it to write every day faithfully. The only downside to it is, I can only see the provider they used, and (usually) from what city, but that's about it.

So, mysterious visitor, using Academie Kabel from Groningen, the Netherlands: please let me know who you are, so that I can praise you!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Monster computer

For some reason unknown to me, my computer decided to become extremely slow tonight, which is a bad thing since I was trying to get some important things done. After a restart things didn't exactly clean up, so now I'm a bit scared the whole thing will break down in a while. I know shit about computers so there's really nothing I can do about it myself. That's the fucked up thing about computers I guess... unless you are a real geek, most of us don't come any further than switching it on and off, and that's about it. Whenever something goes wrong, I need to get someone to take care of it for me.

So, at least I got done what I wanted to do. Some of you may now the online job site Monsterboard (I think it's an international thing, but don't sue me if I'm wrong). I had my resume on it before, but after I changed something, the lay out got completely fucked up, making it look so silly I thought it better to take it offline completely. After that, I kinda forgot about it, until I got some automatically generated email from them. It got my mind back on this site, so I rearranged my resume and put it back online. You never know what you're gonna get out of it.

Because of the computer problems, it took me over an hour to get things done, which would normally take, I guess, about ten minutes or so. Totally absurd of course, but once you get started you need to finish, for otherwise you could end up with parts of the resume up, and parts lost somewhere, which would look stupid. So, I'm glad things finally worked, and I sure hope my computer won't crash....

As long as you see me creating new posts here, you'll know I'll be fine hehe!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Life on the high streets

Good thing I spend (of course) the entire day at the office, and nowhere near any shops or malls, cause I was in a serious compulsive buying mood this afternoon. I get that every once in a while, this urge to just go and buy random stuff, regardless of what they are. Well okay, mostly it's clothing, albums and DVDs, but almost always things I don't really need. I'm not even a big fan of shopping, I just like buying stuff.

I once saw an episode of Oprah on this very subject, and I could recognize myself in the guests completely. As it turns out, to some (most probably I'm one of them), buying stuff can work like a drug, and can really become something you grow mentally addicted to. Also, apparantly it doesn't really matter what it is you're buying, as long if it's something you don't need as a bare necessity. Check!

Another thing that goes with it, is that people are doing it to cheer themselves up, like what some people do with food or sex. It makes sense, yesterday evening I was feeling sorta depressed (as I wrote down here) so maybe that didn't completely wear of today?

Of course, there's a big difference between spending way too much, or just buying some fun stuff. Although I really like buying stuff, I almost never go and spend outrageous amounts of money. Usually it's just one album or DVD and I'm happy. Shopping can really cheer a guy up!

Monday, November 12, 2007

No lesson from the past

This evening I've been busy reading throught the archives of this site, which, I know now, wasn't the smartest thing to do. Being the compulsive feeling sorry for myself guy that I am, of course I went straight to june through december last year, which was, as you may recall, the time my ex boyfriend E. and I were together. Not a very good idea, I can tell you so much.

I've been doing this before, and you would have thought I'd learn something from it, but no no no, I just go and do it again, so now I'm feeling all sad and sorry for myself. The thing is, all the lovely, and not so lovely, memories are right here in my head, so I don't ever need to be afraid I'll forget about them, but actually reading me writing about it as it happened, is quite a different thing.

Reading stuff about our vacation, about our first date, about the first time he said he loved me... it's all just a bit surreal reading it back. Likewise, it's really strange reading back the stuff I wrote when we broke up. Back then I figured later on I could use it to feel good about myself later on, knowing it would be way past me. The thing is, it's almost a year ago now, and it's anything but way past me. Does that sound pathetic or what? I really wish I could say differently, but I can't. There's simply not a day passing by without me missing him for at least one moment.

My friend Ziena correctly tells me I should forget all about him, and he's bad news for me. I know she's right, but there's such a big difference between knowing someone's right and acting upon it. If there would be like a switch or something in my head I could turn off, I would probably do so immediately. In the meantime, I guess I just gonna have to deal with it, and accept the fact there's another holiday season coming up with me being alone.

Makeover time!

Every once in a while I change the lay out of Totally Theo, cause after a while it gets quite boring to have the same looking site all the time. Today I changed it to its current lay out and I'm quite pleased with it. Let me know what you think by using the submit button at the bottom of this post!

Speaking of which, tonight is an ideal evening for things like this. It's raining cats and dogs outside so I'm quite happy to stay in and just fuck about a bit. Watching some DVD's, doing some computer stuff, it's a nice way to spend the evening after a long day at work.

The rest of the week I guess will be quite normal, doing a bit of swimming and maybe some shopping. I guess I'm a little boring this week (but don't let it stand in the way of checking back here anyway).

Sunday, November 11, 2007

2 Months of no smoking

Okay so I was trying to make somewhat of a memorial to celebrate my exact two months on being a non smoker, but my computer is being somewhat of an asshole and for some reason I can't seem to upload any pictures, so I guess this is it.

Anyway, if I may say so myself: I'm really really really proud! Two months of non-smoking? I could have never even imagined it, but it worked!

God hates fags (yeah whatever...)

A couple of minutes ago I send an email to the stupid fuckers of the Westboro Baptist Church. Surely you know them because of their idiotic website , which is a hoot. They are the ones picketing funerals of homosexuals and soldiers, believing God has doomed America in particular and the world in general.

Once every while I send them emails, mainly because of the hilarious responses you get from them. Usually they consist of cursing and swearing at me, which, I guess, is not the Christian thing to do, but what the hell. The funny thing is there's just no way of reasoning with these guys, because they're absolutely insane, but the make for real good comedy. I can't believe someone could actually get offended by them, since they're so retarted you cannot really take them seriously. Well okay, I guess having them around at a funeral shouting offensive insults would piss me off too, but just by their pamflets and their website, they're just plain funny!

As soon as I get a response, I'll post it here, so stay tuned and check back. In the meantime, check out their ridiculous website. I especially like the sermons and the answers to other people's letters!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Groningen vs. Amsterdam

It's pretty shitty many of my friends have moved out of Groningen recently to persue jobs somewhere around Amsterdam or Utrecht. Of course there's still plenty of chances seeing them during weekends, but still it's not the same. I miss being able to call someone any time of the day to meet up and have a drink somewhere. Nowadays things need to be planned well in advance and then still something could come up.

It made me think about leaving Groningen as well, to be at least a bit closer to where the action is, but then again, I really like my city and I don't really want to leave. I see Amsterdam as a great day trip, but not really as a place where I want to live. Mind you, if I do want to move to one of the big cities, I would pick London instead of Amsterdam any day.

The good thing about Groningen is, that it's quite a diverse city, you know with the University being situated here, but still it's not so huge you could drown in it. It's sorta like a warm blanket to roll in. You can go out in Groningen any time knowing you will bump into people you know, something I guess is a fat chance in Amsterdam.

Anyway, no matter how good this may sound, fact is I don't have any plans for tonight, while I do want to have plans, so that's a bit fucked up.

Friday, November 09, 2007

A quiet weekend

OMG I'm so happy it's finally weekend! I guess the weekend is always something to look forward to, but this past week has been so busy I guess this makes it all the more better. After work I went for a quick drink with a couple of friends of mine at this really nice bar called Marleen. I didn't stay too long, cause usually on Friday's when I come right from the office, I tend to get temporarly tired real soon.

So, I was actually planning on staying on my own tonight, just watching some movies on the couch, but now Sara is coming over, which is fine, cause I could use some company to celebrate the weekend! For the rest, I don't really have any plans yet. Usually I see that as a bad thing, but this weekend, I guess it's a good thing I can do whatever I want to.

So, South Park starts in a couple of minutes, so I'm heading back to my couch!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Catching up

Things are starting to get back to normal at work, so today hasn't been as ridiculously busy as the first part of the week. I actually had time to do the things I was hired for, so that's a big improvement! Also, this afternoon the weather was fine (as opposed to right now) so Ziena and I could finally take a walk again after lunch, something we haven't done in two weeks.

After work, I had a shopping date with Anneke, but the weather was already so bad that shopping wasn't exactly the most desirable thing to do. So instead we opted for having a drink and some barfood at the News Cafe, which is one of my favourite hangouts here in Groningen. It was nice catching up with here, since I've barely seen her since she had a baby. For the most part, I have myself to blame for not seeing her enough, so I definitely need to make some arrangements so that I call her more often. Anyway, I had a nice evening, and of course we had loads of catching up to do.

So now Pretty Woman is on telly, and although I despise Julia Roberts, I must admit I do like this movie very much, so it's back to the couch for me!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


A couple of weeks ago I decided to share some self-written lyrics here with you guys (you can check it in the archive on the right of this page, just click on August 2007 and then scroll all the way down). Because of the positive reactions I got over my 'stage-fright' just a bit, so I decided to give it another go. Please let me know what you think by using the reaction button at the bottom of this post, even if you hate it.

I remember the first time
I heard the music play
The world just stopped turning
I could have died that very day
You found me, and took me home
In your heart I'll always roam
It's all a dream

One kiss, one touch
One smile and I'm melting away
One word, one blink
This could be such a wonderful day

Waking up with you
Looking into your eyes
Is more I ever dreamt of
You're the dream that lives inside
This is more than I knew I could feel
Tell me please is this love for real
Don't ever go

repeat chorus

In this world of illusions
Our love seems to stand tall
No matter how deep
With you I don't need to fear
I don't care if I fall

repeat chorus

I don't care if I fall
I don't care if I fall
With you I don't care if I fall

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Urban swimming

Two times a week Ziena and I go swimming for an hour after work, which is always very refreshing. Today it was more of a lifesafer, since my day couldn't have gone worse. Well, actually, of course it could have, I could have gotten fires or killed or whatever, but still. It's been a very long day at work, interesting, but long. I never go into office details to maintain somewhat anoniminity, but let's just say sometimes everyone wants the opposite thing of what the others want, and they all want you to solve their problem for them. That pretty much sums up my day.

So, I was very happy Ziena and I cancelled our swimming date yesterday in favour of getting a drink downtown, and rescheduled for today (and tomorrow, to keep up with two times a week). Ziena and I use our swimming time (which we, for some reason, call Urban Swimming), for gossiping and complaining about basically everything, which is the perfect way to sound off after a hard day.

The only bad thing is, I was kinda hoping this swimming (we're doing it regurlarly for about 10 weeks now) would give me somewhat of a sixpack or at least a little bit bigger arms, but none of it... I guess really big arms wouldn't fit me anyway, since I've got a tattoo there that would probably get horribly misformed, but just a little bigger would be welcome. I took it I could use swimming as a substitute for going to the gym (I'm probably the only gay guy in the world who absolutely loads the gym) but I guess I'm having no such luck. At least it keeps me from not getting really fat (a big risk since I quit smoking 8 weeks ago), so there's one good thing!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Living in a material world

Damn did I get carried away on shopping yesterday or what? I was basically just supposed to go and buy myself a new South Park dvd box (which I didn't), but I ended up spending an enormous amount of money, which, incidentally, was kinda nice!

First of all, while looking for the South Park box, I accidentally bumped into Four Rooms, which is a Madonna movie. As much as I love Madonna to pieces, there's just no honoust way of saying she can act, so this one's strictly because I'm a collector, and will probably never be watched again. Still, for only 3 Euro's there's no complaining, right?

So, once I got started there wasn't any stopping, so off to Esprit I went. I guess Esprit is an international chain, but in case you don't know what it is: it's great. Think of it as a somewhat more European version of The Gap and you'll get the picture. Anyway, I'm a member of the Esprit club since I always spend such outrageous amounts of money there. I haven't decided if this club card is a good or a bad thing yet. It can be used for collecting credits which will earn you vouchers for discounts, but it also encourages to spend even more. Of course, this is exactly what the store people want you to do, and being the sucker that I am, they succeeded. Bought myself a really cool new sweater that I'm wearing proudly as we speak.

To top things off, I went and bought myself a new cell phone. For the past year and a half I was using a Motorola RZR and I'm kinda sick of it, so now I got this really cool Samsung slide phone. Speaking of being decadent haha. Anyway, it came with a new number as well, so if I know you personally and haven't given you the new number before november 24th (that's when my old SIM will become de-activated), drop me a line at my 'old' number!

As I've said before, shopping can really cheer me up, so yesterday has definitely been a very good day! It wasn't even that bad to go back to work today!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

A great date

Last Friday, I had somewhat of a date with this guy I met online. Of course, I was a bit apprehensive about this, cause after all, even though we've been chatting for a while, it still kinda resembles a blind date. In other words: it could have ended up disastrous.

Boy, was I wrong! It wasn't disastrous at all. Actually it was a great evening, and this guy, called R., was really great! We had a great evening, and I'm seeing him again next weekend! This has been my third online arranged date, and the second one that went good (the first being E.). You never really know how it will be actually meeting each other, but as I said, this was great!

The rest of the weekend has been good as well. Yesterday my ex co-worker Corien and I went for coffee, and last night I attented a graduation party, which was nice as well!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Beautiful World Tour 2007

Wow, I don't even know where to start! Take That was just absolutely fantastic last night and rocked Rotterdam like never before. What a night!

We arrived quite early so that we could go and grab a drink and some snacks before the show. Then, when we entered the arena, we got ourselves some pretty nice spots up against the railing. Unfortunately, after about half an hour, a secruraty person came up to us to tell us we weren't allowed to stand there because of fire precautions. Bummer, but fortunately soon we found another spot which was just as good, with no security sending us away.

The special guest performance was, I guess, quite nice, although I'm not a big fan of pre-shows in general. They only played 6 songs however, so it was over pretty soon. I was expecting quite a long wait after the pre-show, but before I knew it the houselights went out and the crowd started to roar.

Starting with a great visual introduction, the guys came onstage, dressed as politicians, singing Reach Out, for their new album Beautiful World. Loved it! Loved it even more when this was followed by It Only Takes A Minute and Patience. Before Patience, Howard Donald, who couldn't do the show because of his accident last week, came on stage to say hi to us, which was nice.

The rest of the show was just wonderful, with personal highlights Relight My Fire, Give Good Feeling, Never Forget and Pray. The stage looked very spectacular, with loads of pyrotechnics, videoscreens, and particular good lightning. Also, the crowd was really into it, so on several occasions the whole arena seemed as if one big sing-a-long.

I'm glad they're back, and hope to see them again on their next tour!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Could it be magic?

In just a few hours, we'll be getting on our way to see Take That! I can't wait for this show to finally happen. I've been a Take That fan for ages, and of course I never expected them to get back together, so finally getting to see them will be a real blast!

Expect a review here tomorrow!
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