Thursday, January 31, 2008

Britney's blackout

News all over the internet is that Britney Spears has been yaken to the mental ward of a Los Angeles hospital for the second time this month. Of course, the event was covered by the hundreds of papparazi photographers that follow her around every minute of the day.

I have to say: I'm glad she's finally in the hospital again. I'm sure she's pissed off about it, but I really believe it's for her own good. Between her and Amy Winehouse, I really think the first one to commit suicide or take an accidental overdose would be Britney. The way she's been living (or, more accurately, the way her life has been lived for her) is somthink you don't even want for your worst enemy, much less a twenty-something woman with two children.

I really do hope Britney will get out better, and I do hope even more the press will just leave her alone for w while so that she can recover. I know it's a fat chance, but I think it's the only way she can recover from all this.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A social swim

Another very busy day at work, just the way I like it. Well actually, I'm pretty worn out right now, so maybe I like busy, but this was too hectic. On the other hand, as I said a couple of times before: the day goes by without even noticing it, so now I'm back at home trying to rush in some takeaway Chinese food, since in about twenty minutes I'm off to the pool, to go swimming again.

I love swimming at the end of a long day. I've read somewhere swimming is one of the healthiest sports there is, which is something I really believe, since there isn't a muscle in your body that doesn't have to work while doing it. The best part is, the day after you don't have pain everywhere, so you can go swimming as often as you like.

I always do my swimming with Ziena, since we combine sports with socializing, thus spending the entire hour gossiping about people we both know. It's a good way to sound off after a long day!

The chance to make a difference

Hillary Clinton won last night in the Florida Democratic primaries, but didn't win any delegates for the Democratic Convention, which is kind of a shame. Florida is being punished by the National Democratic Party for planning their primary too early, so the votes won't have an official meaning.

Still, even though these votes aren't counted for the final results, the difference between Clinton and Barack Obama was quite significant (about 20% difference). I'm not sure how the Florida population is made up, in terms of how many black people live there, but it sure does sound like a big difference! Furthermore, I don't really believe in the theory of black people automatically voting for Obama. I think this isn't a race issue at all, but more of a 'need for change' issue. Both Clinton and Obama promise change, so it's up to the voters to decide who's the best candidate to deliver.

As I've said before, basically I don't really care who's going to win, as long as it's a Democrat. I do have to admit I've got a slight tendency towards Hillary Clinton, but I would be just happy seeing Obama win. What's important is, is that next november there will be a strong Democrat ready to stand up against Romney, Huckabee, McCain or whoever the Republican candidate will be.

How I was I was eligable to vote in the United States. It's really frustrating to spend at least an hour a day reading all there is to read about the candidates, without being able to actually do something. Even more frustrating is it to see how many Americans aren't even registred to vote. C'mon people: you've got the chance to make a difference, do something with it!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Back on track

After 11 days, finally the Webstat counter is working again! I have no idea why it didn't work, since I'm 100% certain I didn't change anything in the setup, but never mind. Without a counter, it seems as if I'm writing day in day out without anyone actually reading it. Of course I know there are visitors every day, but it's nice to actually be able to see them!

Problem is I just send an email to the Motigo helpdesk to ask them how to fix the problem. I know from experience from my old job at a helpdesk that it;s no use to send another mail to ask them to ignore the first email, since they probably will notice the second mail after answering the first one, so hopefully they'll read this post if they visit here to see what the problem is.

Anyway, my dearest darling visitors: now that I can see you coming again, please check back in as many times as you can!

I heart Janice Dickinson

My new favourite Tv show (well, besides from Dirt and ANTM) is Janince Dickinson Modelling Agency! Holland has entered the second season a couple of weeks ago, and it's a complete hoot. For those not in the know: Janice Dickinson is an ex-supermodel and former judge on America's Next Top Model. After her career in modelling, she decided to start her own modelling agency and to film it all for a reality soap.

I can not recommend this show enough. Granted, there are loads of series starring models nowadays, so it may seem as just another one, but then you don't know Janice. She's the ultimate bitch who's not able to say a word without raising her voice. Even if she says something supposed to be sweet (I think), she still acts as if she's furiously mad. If I was working for her, I think I would be terrified with her, but since I'm a viewer, I just have a great time watching her show.

On yesterday's episode she made an ex Survivor contestand called JP something come out of the closet on television, then faked she really cared for him, and actually got thanked for it. Also, some of her girls went to Portland to act as ring girls on some wrestling game (which goes to show modelling comes very close to prostitution), where one guy exposed himself to the horror of some midwest good girl. In the process, Janice acts as if she's looking after her models while actually she's looking after her own checkbook period.

I read on Wikipedia the show has gone into its third season in the United States (could it have something to do with the ongoing writer's guild strike?) so there's lots of episodes to look forward to!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Feeling good

It has been an extremely busy day at work. Every month, there is this one week where my department doesn't get any time to breath, and this is it. All this has to do with the stock exchange, which demands results from our company, but that's a bit too difficult to explain here.

Anyway, what matters is, is that it's aways a hectic week, but in a good way. The day goes by before you know it, and at the end of the day I feel really good about myself.

So, now I really deserve to go swimming, which is exactly what I'm going to do. Afterwards, I'll probably go watch a movie or something with Ziena. Cheers!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lunch gone bad

I think I ate something gone bad this afternoon during lunch, cause I haven't been feeling well since. It's not as if I'm terribly sick, and I don't feel like throwing up, but I'm not feeling good, either. I was supposed to go swimming tonight, but I'm not going, partially because I thought it was gonna rain all evening, and partially because I'm not feeling well. I think I'm just gonna watch a movie tonight.

Aside from me not feeling well, it has been a good day at work. I like it when it's a busy day, since it means time goes by quickly. Even better: tomorrow afternoon the weekend starts, this week went by pretty fast!

So, I'll keep this post short and sweet, and hope to see you check back in tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

R.I.P. Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger, star of the fantastic Oscar winning movie Brokeback Mountain, has passed away, supposedly because of an overdosis of pills. Rest in peace! We will remember you as a fantastic actor!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dirt now

So Dirt is over for another week, but great as ever! I remember it as a sort of Melrose Place! You remember that one? The good thing about the Place was, everyone was fucking about with practically every other one. I was just a high school kid back then, but loving it!

Anyway, Dirt is the same way, really cool with everyone backstabbin' each other. Basically your average 'I don't ever want this to happen in real life' in just one hour. Lovely!

Nothing interesting more to say, so have a good evening and talk to you again tomorrow!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Cats and dogs

The weather in Holland is nothing short of awful today. Ziena and I were supposed to go swimming tonight, but just getting home from the office soaked me as if I'd just taken a show, so we decided to blow the whole thing off and go tomorrow instead.

The good thing is, this leaves me time to watch America's Next Top Model tonight. Af you may remember from last year, I really love this show. I know it's all very corny and very rehearsed, but it's such good fun. In fact, afterwards Project Runway is on, and then Jane Dickinson, so it's a bit of a glamour night on television.

First, though, I need to go and take a long hot shower to get back to some kind of normality after the outrageous outpour of rain. Have a nice evening, everyone!

Live in Cartoon Motion

Bought myself the really cool MIKA dvd Live In Cartoon Motion and love it! The dvd features a Dodgy Holiday Tour concert filmed in Paris last year, all the video's to his singles so far, and a backstage documentary. I haven't seen the documentary yet, but the video's, and especially the concert, are great!

Now that Robbie Williams has kind of lost his spark, I think it's about time we get a new male popsinger. Of course, there's always Justin Timberlake, but I actually see him more as an RNB, than a pop singer. Take That are obviously all about pop, but they're a band, not just one singer. I think MIKA fills in the gap just perfectly.

Not only is het extremely goodlooking, but it's also just pure fun to listen to him. I like it when an artist shows he or she is having fun on stage, and that's exactly what he does. Also, the songs are pretty great and he's got a cool voice. I think I'm starting to fall a little in love with him hehe.

So, I urge you all to go and run to the record store, and buy this really cool dvd! You won't regret it!

Friday, January 18, 2008

You have 0 visitors

For some strange reason, visitors aren't counted today and my Motigo Webstats counter has disappeared. I just check the HTML code, but everything appears to be just normal, and all the Webstats code is still firmly in its place, I guess there's just a malfunction somewhere, but the fact is: visitors aren't counted at the moment.

On the good side: it's almost weekend! Today after work I'm going to Cleopatra, where two friends of fine will have taken over the bar by then, so I'm sure it will be a great afternoon/evening. I don't have any plans for tomorrow yet, but that's ok: they'll come to me.

Anyway, it's lunchtime, so I'll be off!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

You want a piece of her?

Although usually I kinda laugh about all the gossip stories, today, for the first time, I actually felt sorry for Britney Spears. I was watching some footage from earlier this week, you know the images of her yelling 'I'm scared' to the throng of photographers, and I just felt really bad for her. Add up to that the suicide note she is said to have written, and I think this has gone beyond comedy.

The weirdest thing is: Britney Spears is actually younger than I am. When Baby One More Time came out, I thought she was going to be the new Madonna after a couple of years in showbizz. Boy, was I wrong... I think everything went pretty well for her up until In The Zone, but after that? I think she should have never hooked up with Kevin Federline, much less have kids with him. Since she didn't have a normal childhood of her own, how can she have a normal perspective on bringing up children. To draw the obvious comparison: although Madonna's mother died when Madonna was just a child, she didn't have a weird showbizz news, getting famous not before her twenties.

Not so with Britney, who has spend her entire childhood in the spotlights, thanks to that hungry whore mother of hers. I think the inevitable has happened and the fame has backfired on Britney. The media, once crowning her the pop princess, now loves hating her and ridiculing her. I have to admit, I read the stories, all of them. I don't know what I should think of them and what to believe. What I do know is that no one deserves such a lack of privacy and respect Britney is experiencing right now. I would really hope for the media to just back off for her while, and let her get her act together.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Theo's Movie Corner

Just finished watching Shrek 3 on DVD, and while it was enjoyable, I don't rate it nearly as good as the first and second installment. It's a shame sometimes franchises get sold out a little bit too much, thus bringing the name of the entire franchise down. I suppose that's what happened with this one.

With many movie series, the first one is the most enjoyable (with some exceptions, such as Terminator 2: Judgement Day). Sometimes a second movie brings some extra fun in, such as Jennefer Saunders' excellent roll as The Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2. In this third installment, for some star power, they brought in Justin Timberlake. While usually I love everything Justin does (in particular him taking his clothes off), he just didn't bring anything extra to the movie.

So, while I did have quite a good evening, it wasn't as good as it could have been. Right now there's a movie called One Hour Photo on tv, starring Robin Williams as a psychopat stalking some typical American family. Could be good, but I need to go to bed.

In a bad mood

I'm tired, and I'm in a bad mood... No particular reason... Had a good day at work, so that can't be it. I just feel like doing nothing tonight and just lay on the couch a bit. On the bright side: I borrowed the Shrek 3 DVD from my boss at work, so there's a good reason to do nothing tonight.

The rest of the evening I think I'll just spend watching some sitcoms, and then early to bed! Hopefully tommorow I'll be back to my normal cheerful self!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dirt and Order

Because we didn't go swimming yesterday, ZIina and I went today (and then again tomorrow or on Thursday). The good thing about this was, that after swimming we could go straight home to watch my favourite show Dirt (starring Courteny Cox) and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. I like Thuesdays on television! As you may know I'm not that big on watching tv, but the Thuesdays are sacred!

Anyway, I'm pretty tired right now, so I'll keep this post short and sweet, and promise to get back to you tomorrow! Night!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Evaluation

This morning I was having my evaluation meeting at work, you know, to discuss how this past year has gone and how I'm performing. I don't really like talks like that, since I'm always scared I'm doing something wrong.

Turns out, there was absolutely no reason to be scared whatssoever! Not only was the meeting fine, I also got a salary raise and 500 Euro's extra this month. Wow! I'm really happy today! In a minute, Leendert is coming over to celebrate!

So, another year is starting, and I only want to get better!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

4 months... and counting

Wow! Today it's exactly 4 months ago since I quit smoking! I can't believe how fast these 4 months have gone by, but I'm thrilled to know I still didn't even take one puff. 4 Months ago no one I knew could imagine me without my cigarette, not even myself. I actually didn't think I would make it, but I did. After about a month, I didn't even miss the cigarettes anymore. Sure, occasionaly I get these cravings, but they are so few they don't matter.

The longest period I've been without cigarettes (except of course the 15 years before I began smoking) has been 4 months and something. I can't remember exactly, so I decided to take it safe, and declare 5 months as my personal record. Nevertheless, I feel very proud right now already!

Think of all the money I've saved, at least 160 Euro's per month. Think of all the food I can actually taste since I gave up smoking. Think of how fast a swimmer I've become since quitting. The only downside to not smoking is the fact that I'm eating too much, but that can be stopped. All in all, it feels great!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Singing bee

There's this karaoke kinda program on Dutch television called Singing Bee. I filled in an application form and today I got invited to go and do a screentest! I'm really excited about this! I know I can't sing, but I do know lyrics by heart, and that's what the show is all about!

Next Monday I'm going to ask for a day of to go and do this screentest, cause I really want to get on the show. I think it's gonna be great!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bye bye roommate

It's always a sad moment when a well-loved co-worker leaves the company to start a career elsewhere. Today this was exactly what happened with my office roommate. There was a dinner (which I couldn't attend due to other obligations) and a drink that I could go to. Weird, to actually be saying goodbye again. Of course, you promise to stay in touch and go and have drinks together in the future, but do you really? I don't know. I hope so, but there's really no telling if it will work out or not.

When my former office roommate left, she and I stayed in touch very well and we still do, so it is definitely possible! I hope the same goes for this particular roommate!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hillary vs Obama

Hillary Clinton has won the primaries in New Hampshire, after being defeated by Barack Obama in Iowa earlier this week. I guess it's a good thing, because it makes the race to the White House more exciting for us onlookers. Of course, I can't vote myself, being Dutch and all, but since the United States have such a tremendous influence on the rest of the world, of course it's important to us here in the Netherlands as well who becomes the next President of the United States.

Which brings me to the point that basically I don't really give a damn if Clinton or Obama wins. I just want a Democrat to win, so that this fucked up Republican Bush era can finally come to a halt. Think about it: when Obama wins, he will be the first black man in the White House. If Hillary wins, she'll be the first American female president. Either way, it will be a breakthrough in American power, and I definitely think the world needs that.

If, on the other hand, the Republicans win, that fucking idiot Mike Huckabee in particular, nothing will change and this whole fucked up situation in the Middle East and elsewhere will stay exactly the same. Moreover, the United States will be lead by some religious idiot, and there's just no telling towards that could lead.

Of course, there's no way of telling what a Democrat in the White House, be it Clinton or Obama, will be like. During election time there are all these promises, but who will actually come through on them? After all, you can't just pull back from Iraq just like that, there has to be a plan. You can't just deport 12 million illegal immigrants just like that, there has to be a plan. You can't just put the entire American population on a health care scheme, there has to be a plan.

Still, I'm way more confidant the Democrats will work out a plan that can succeed than I have confidance in the Republicans. So, be it Hillary or Obama, at least one of them needs to win in November!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Monday, January 07, 2008

Tyra mail

Tonight the new season of America's Next Top Model starts in Holland! As you may remember from reading my blog half a year ago, I love ANTM very much! There's a Dutch version as well, which isn't really that special, because there simply isn't that much glamour in Holland. The American version, featuring the lovely Tyra Banks, is great, on the other hand!

I really need to refrain myself from checking the internet who's won. We're running two seasons behind on the United States, so obviously the winner is only a few mouse clicks away. But, as I did last season (and succeeded), I promise myself not to look!

Anyway, I know it sounds extremely gay to like ANTM, but I just do. I don't think I have that many gay stereotypes, so I'm allowed to have this one, don't I?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Things to do

The weekend has kicked in and I'm glad! It has been a busy week at work, which may sound strange, knowing that I had a day off for New Year, but it's true. Working in finance means the first week of a new year is all about ending the old year, and you wouldn't believe how busy that can become. It's very much OK, though, cause I really like it when it's busy.

To celebrate the weekend, yesterday evening Leendert came over for a drink, which was fun. Acualy, it's always fun when Leendert comes over, so I knew I was in for a good night. He left at about 1, after which I went to bed. Because of this relatively early to bed-ness, I'm feeling fine now! Ziena just texted me to ask me if I wanted to go and have lunch with her downtown, to which I responded positively.

Don't really have any plan for tonight, yet. Maybe I'll just go for an early visit to my parents.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Testing the candidates

I just took a test to find out which American presidential candidate would fit my ideas best. Of course, I'm not allowed to vote, since I'm Dutch and not American, but it was a fun test anyhow. This is how I did (Thank God all the Democrats scored best!, I'm just a little unpleasantly surprised Huckabee scored so good with me):

John Edwards (D)
Hillary Clinton (D)
Barack Obama (D)
Rudy Giuliani (R)
Mike Huckabee (R)
John McCain (R)
Mitt Romney (R)
Fred Thompson (R)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

4 Minutes to save the world

Wow, I just heard a couple of minutes of Madonna's upcoming new single, 4 Minutes To Save The World, featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. It sounds awesome! Completely different from Madonna's last album Confessions on a Dance Floor, but, as it goes with everything Madonna, totally fabulous.

The best thing about this new song is, it sounds very American, so there's a big chance she'll get herself a huge Billboard Hot 100 hit as well. As we all know, the Confessions singles did very well all over the world, except in the United States, so it would be great seeing her back on the top overseas, where she belongs!

I would love to post a link to the song here, but I've heard Warner Music's been busy sending out Cease and Desist orders, so I'm not going to take my chances on that. Not to worry though, just Google on the name of the song and you'll get tons of links featuring the leaked sneak peak! Enjoy listening!

Bye the way, allthough Warner Music may be pissed off about the song's early leaking, it isn't as if the leaking sneaked up on them. Timbaland himself played the snippet at some Philadelphia radio stations Christmas party. What did they expect? Anyway, rumour has it the song's being officially distributed to radio as we speak, so as of next week it won't matter anymore, and she'll be hitting the airwaves everywhere!

The circus has come to town

So today the whole media circus of the United States elections has begun: the first caucus in Iowa, traditionally always the first state, is happening today! I couldn't be more happy! Nothing I love more than following the American elections. Not only because the outcome has such a big influence of the entire world, but also because of the fun of it. Presidential hopefulls kissing babies they despise, throngs of people waving with their little flags, can you think of a better free spectacle?

Expect me to write about the elections regularly this year, leading all the way to November 4, when the general elections are being held. Hell, if I could, I would go to the United States myself and wave a flag, even though of course I'm not eligible to vote.

Just out of curiosity: who would you vot for? It doesn't matter if you're an American or not, just imagine you're allowed to vote. Would you be a Republican or a Democrat, and what candidate would have your sympathy? Personally, I would be a Democrat, and would vote for Hillary Clinton. Let me know what you would do, by responding to this post!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Action alert, no time to waste

Since I'm not taking any sort of vacation during the holidays, my only day off has been New Year's Day (besides, Christmas, of course). It's been a great day. I woke up with much less of a hangover than expected, so I must have done something right the night before. So, I texted Ziena to ask her if she and her boyfriend were in the mood for toasting on the new year. They were, so we went to this lovely place called Stadtlander to have a beer.

After the drinks, we went out for dinner. Had a delicious turkey dish, which kinda made me feel like it was Thanksgiving (which is of course not a holiday in Holland, but still...). After that, I went home to watch fabulous drama series Dirt, starring Courteney Cox. I already knew this new show was a big hit on US cable station FX, so I was anxiously looking forward to it. The hype wasn't an overstatement: I love it! I sure know what I'll be doing with my Thuesday nights from now on!

Today, of course, I had to go back to work, which wasn't bad at all. The first working day of a new year is always great fun, you know, seeing all your co-workers again. Also, it was a very busy day, so it sort of flew by. Tonight, Bridget Jones - The Edge Of Reason comes on telly. I've got it on DVD, so it's incredibly stupid to go watch it on tv, with commercials and all, but I'm still going to. Just don't tell anyone hehe.
 
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