Friday, February 29, 2008

Goodbye my friend

Yesterday evening was the last time my friend Leendert came over for a drink before he goes off on his trip around the world. Tomorrow there's a big farewell party, and then that's it...Wednesday he'll be on a plane to Houston. After his trip, he'll move away from Groningen, meaning this really was the last time we could go and have a drink just like that.

Does this sound awfully familiar on this website? Yes, it does. These past two or three years, al but a few of friends have moved away from Groningen, so the spontaneous things we used to do in the old days, really belong to the past. Sometimes it's really odd to think about it... on any given day I could just call a bunch of people to go and have a good time, but not anymore.

Of course, during weekdays it's not so bad, since I don't want to go out and party anymore (I guess I'm showing my age here), but during weekends, it's sometimes a bit weird to realise there isn't really anyone to call. I need to add, this doesn't go for every weekend, usually I've gt plans. The big difference is, nowadays you really need to plan ahead to have fun, while it used to be so that you could just call someone and have a good time.

So, tomorrow will be the farewell party, and Leendert has asked me to speech. I'm still working on it!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The truth is out there

Yesterday evening, after swimming, Ziena and I watched the X-Files Movie (the first one, from 1998, not the one being released later this year) on DVD. Ziena ordered it online cause she's a huge David Duchovny fan and asked me to watch along. Since I've seen many episodes from her DVD box, I've grown to like the X-Files, so I was happy to join her.

The movie didn't dissapoint me; it was like a streched out version of the television series, except with way more special effects and explosions. Also, from the exotic locations you could tell the budget was a lot higher (obviously).

Which brings me to the point it's too bad David is now involved in this really shitty show called Californication. It's like soft porn disguised as a drama/sitcom, without any real storylines. You'd think he could do better than that? I do have to say that except for South Park, I'm not into Comedy Central shows anyway, but to me this one is definitely the worst. Well, perhaps competing with cavemen, which is just as pathetic.

I sure hope the new movie will be just like the old one, and will make up for David's recent anthics!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hard candy

It's official: Madonna's new album will be called Hard Candy! Finally we've got a title for the much anticipated album. As you all know by now, the album includes collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Farell and K. West. The first single will be called 4 Minutes To Dave The World and will be out soon!

This is all very exciting, as with any new Madonna release!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The fun has started

Things are definitely heating up for Madonna's upcoming new album, and single 4 Minutes To Save The World. Daphne Bunskoek, a popular Dutch presenter, has left Holland today to go and have an interview with the Queen of Pop tomorrow. Daphne presents prime time gossip show RTL Boulevard, which is one of my favourite TV programmes, so I'm curious how she'll be doing it. The last times a Dutch presenter interviewed Madonna (Isabelle Brinkman and Peter van der Vorst), Madonna was really irritated (which made it an extremely funny interview).

Today I've heard dat Dutch network Veronica will also do an interview with Madonna, and that network RTL has something special planned with Madonna! I can't wait to find out what it is. Could it be a performance of 4 Minutes To Save The World in a TV show or something? In that case I really need to get tickets, I would flip! I haven't seen Madonna in a year and a half, so it's about time!

Regardless of what the surprise will be, fact is that for Madonna fans like me, this promises to be a very exciting year, with loads of appearances by the Queen! Can't wait!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Island fun

As I mentioned last week, I spend the weekend on Schiermonnikoog (an island of the coast of Holland) with my fellow former members of fraternity Cleopatra. It was great fun as it is every year, with way too many beers in way too little time. I had a day off from work Friday, so I was able to leave early for the ferry. Before that, I went to buy the new Take That DVD Beautiful World Tour, since I've seen this show in Rotterdam (the DVD is from London's O2 Arena but the show remains the same).

We took the ferry early afternoon, so we were in our accomodations at about 3. The rest of the weekend basically meant catching up with many people and drinking shitloads of booze. Good fun!

We went back on Sunday morning, with me having a terrible hangover (I'm never ever drinking again!), so after a particular long shower I went to visit my parents in Leeuwarden. Again, a nice afternoon!

Today I'm having yet another day off from work, so I'm going to do some shopping this afternoon!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Field trip

Am I up early or what? I went to the office an hour earlier than usual, cause in about 20 minutes my entire department will head of to Nijmegen, where our company has a branch as well. We're having a meeting there, and will check out the building, where I've never been before.

I'm looking forward to it, it feels like one of these field trips you've got in school, like it's a vacation. And speaking of vacation, this weekend I'm going to Schiermonnikoog for my annual weekend of drinking beer with the old members of my former fraternity, so I'll be free from work on both friday and Monday.

It's gonna be a good one!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Grisham and King

As some of you may know, I've always been a big fan of books by John Grisham and Stephen King. A couple of years ago, I used to buy them all the time, knowing there would come a time I wanted to re-read them. That time has come a couple of weeks ago. I've now finished two John Grisham re-reads, one Stephen King book, and as we speak I'm reading Rose Madder (also by King).

The nice thing about reading these books, is they're so easy to get into. I know there are many people who love reading literature, but I have to admit I'm not really into that. After a long day at work, I really like to just go to bed and read for the fun of it, which is exactly what these books provide. Furthermore, I hav a tendency to fall asleep, so I really need to be able to get back into the story easily the next time.

Anyway, too bad I'm almost done with Rose Madder. Luckily enough Insomnia is waiting to be next!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Weight watcher

Still trying to become somewhat of an athlete (like that is ever gonna happen) I decided to go swimming three times this week, just as I did last week. The purpose of this of course is to lose as much weight as possible. It's not as if I turned fat, but since I quit smoking almost half a year ago, I did start eating a lot more (especially the bad stuff, like snacks). Since I don't seem to be able to stop eating (which is good, I wouldn't want to turn anorexic), the other way to deal with it is by being as sporty as I possibly can.

I'm not a big fan of team sports, since I hate being obligated to show up at a given time. With swimming, Ziena and I can decide when we want to go on the spot. Furthermore, if we want to skip a session, or increase the amount of times we go, it's no big deal.

Of course, all of this is helped by the nice guy I mentioned last week. I actually haven't seen him again and perhaps I'm extremely stupid and he's just greeting me becuse he already knows me, even though I don't him... We'll see!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Too bad it's Monday

The weekend has been a blast and went by way too quickly! Friday, after work, my good friend Bo came over, as mentioned previously. It was a fun evening and very nice seeing him again. I went to bed quite early after Bo left, so I was fit and happy on Saturday morning.

Saturday of course I bought my tickets to see MIKA, which is reason for a celebration in itself! After that, Ziena and I went for drinks in a bar called De Groote Griet in Groningen. A few drinks turned into quite a lot, so we were having a lot of fun. Afterwards I went home and Sara came over, which was nice.

Sunday I went to Leeuwarden to visit my parents. My mother was of course happy with her ticket to see MIKA, so we had a nice evening. I took the train back to Groningen at 9 PM, so I got home at 10. By this time, I was pretty tired so I went straight to bed. All in all, as I seem to be saying every Monday: a great weekend!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Tickets for MIKA

Yay! I've just ordered tickets to go and see MIKA in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam! Since a couple of months I adore MIKA (I want to marry him!) so as you can imagine I'm extremely happy! Now this means this year I'll be seeing Kylie Minogue's KylieX2008 Tour (my second time of seeing Kylie, I saw her before during the ShowGirl Tour in 2005), MIKA, and who knows what other tours will be coming to Holland this year!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Illinois shootout

Yesterday another shootout on an American college took place, this time at Northern Illinois University (near Chicago). The gunman took 5 innocent lives before shooting himself, and still Americans are wondering why this shit happens so much more often in their country than it does in the rest of the Western world.

I think the solution to that is very very simple: insane gun control laws. As long as you can get a gun with your groceries at the local Wal-Mart, I don;t see any problem for some deranged psycho to have an afternoon of 'fun' at the expense of so many people. Gun lobbyist in the United States tend to put the emphasis on using rifles as a means to defend oneself, but really, if no civilians would actually be able to buy guns, then what do you need to defend yourself against?

In the Netherlands, where I live, it is illegal for a civilian to own a gun, and as a result shootouts are very, very rare. Usually when they occur, they have something to do with organised crime, instead of some kid who may or may not have been bullied in highschool and who feels to need to use a gun to get rid of the frustration. In the Netherlands we don't actually need to put metal detectors around school entrances in case someone might think it would be a nice way to spend the afternoon shooting everyone who is in enough bad luck to be around.

Let me get one thing clear, it's not like the Netherlands are a safe haven without any crime. We've got kids coming to school with knives, and occasionally someone indeed does die, but then again, I guess I'd rather have someone with a knive in a school than a gun. Someone with a knive is, I suppose, a lot easier to get down after one victim, whereas a shooter can kill or injure multipal innocent people before getting caught.

The United States really should evaluate and illiminate this insane gun control system. I know the only reason it's there, is because the weapon industry is lobbying like hell to maintain everything the way it is, and for some reason I don't understand Republicans are all in favor of it. but really, how much longer can they pretend it's for the better? How many more incidents need to take place before they really start seeing the light?

Time goes by

I can't believe it's Friday again already! You wouldn't believe how fast this week has gone by. I guess that'the good thing about being busy at work, the fact that days pass by before you even know it. So anyway, only a couple of hours to go before I can go home and enjoy two days off.

Tonight, right after work, my friend Bo is coming over to my place to grab some beers. Bo lives in Utrecht, so it's very nice that every time he's in Groningen he comes over for a visit. It's always nice to do some catching up of course, even though I'll be seeing him again next week when we're all going to the island Schiermonnikoog for a weekend break.

Speaking of which, next week will be a pretty easy one! On Monday and Tuesday it's business as usuall. Then Wednesday I'm going to a roadshow organised by the board of my company. On Thursday my department will visit our branch in Nijmegen, and Friday through Monday I'll be off for the weekend break.

Before that, I seriously hope to see the cute guy from the swimming pool again. I saw him on Wednesday, which is one of our usual swimming evenings, so I don't even need to go through any lenghts to see him (assuming it's his usual day of swimming as well). Let's see how it goes...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you. I got at least one card this year! When I went into my office this morning, there was a card with a present laying on my desk, from Ziena. Lovely! She's the best friend in the whole world!

I don't think there will be any more cards tonight when I get home, but that's ok, I'm glad I got one, and from a special person!

Hope all of you will have a good day as well!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Why swimming's good for you

And here I am thinking swimming was already an excellent way to spend the evening. Well, just found another good reason! Tonight, Ziena and I encountered a really goodlooking guy in our local swimming pool. So, I swam past him, and he said Hi to me with a big smile on his face, even though I haven't ever seen him before (at least, I can't remember). So, later on, after swimming, I'm waiting in the hall for Ziena after getting dressed, so he walks by, and again greets me with a big smile.

So what can this mean? Either I'm extremely stupid and we know each other from somewhere, or maybe he likes me? Without knowing me? I have to say, he was really goodlooking and had a lovely smile! I'll be sure to go back next Wednesday (as well as Tuesday and Thursday).

Home alone

Yesterday evening was a lovely 'doing nothing' outing. I bought myself some junkfood I'm actually not allowed to eat (because turning fat is like my biggest fear) and cuddled up on the couch to watch tv. Since I'm swimming on Monday's and Wednesdays, I'm always very happy to spend the Tuesdays and Thursday alone at home, before going out partying and stuff with friends over the weekend.

Best thing about Tuesday is, Dirt is coming on tv. As I mentioned before, I'm really into this show, and watch it faithfully every week. It's amazing just to see how a little plastic surgery turned Courteney Cox ten years younger alone. Aside from that, I really like the extremely over the top storyline and the fact the show deals with celebraties.

So, while chatting around with a particular nice guy on the internet, I watched Dirt and then went to bed early to read some more in my Stephen king novel Rose Madder. I've read this one before, but as of two months ago I'm re-reading all my Stephen King books, which is really nice.

Not tonight though, since is Wednesday and therefor active time! I'm gonna get myself some Chinese takeaway and then head straight for the swimming pool. But for now, there's two more hours of work to do at the office.

Entertainment update

Anticipation is definitely rolling in for Madonna's new single 4 Minutes To save The World, featuring Timbaland and justin Timberlake. Word has it the remixes will be send out to radio in just a few weeks, with the video premiering in March. I can't wait for this single, and, moreover, te album, which is still untitled, but rumoured to be called Give It To Me.

Another release I'm really excited about is the new Take That DVD Beautiful World Tour, filmed live at the O2 Arena in london, UK. As you may know, I've been to this show at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, so it will be great to see it all back on the small screen. Howard Donald was ill during the show I saw, so I didn't get to see it all the way it was supposed to. I'm sure this DVD will fill in the gaps!

Unfortunately, Mariah carey's new single is really dissapointing, so her new album E=MC2 is not something to look forward to anymore, as it was just a couple of days ago. I really hope this single isn't representative for the entire album, otherwise I think The Emancipation of mimi was a brief comeback, but also the end of it for Mariah.

So, it's an exciting time in the entertainment industry, and all this without even mentioning the upcoming Oscars!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's a record!

It's official: aside for the first 15 years of my life, this has been the longest period I'm not smoking so far. Exactly 5 months today, which beats my previous 4-months-and-something record. Who would have thought on september 12 2007 this could actually work out for me? I wasn't even that motivated when I made the decision to quit, but I did!

Not smoking for 5 months means I've saves at least 800 Euro's, and who knows how many lung cells. I haven't even taken one puff, so I'm totally smoke-free by now. I know I've said it many times before here, but I really do feel better. I will never become one of those annoying activists who try to convince/force others to quit, but I can testify that being a non-smoker feels a lot better.

In fact, I feel so good about myself, I think tonight after work I'm going to reward myself by buying a DVD or an album!

Monday, February 11, 2008

R.I.P. Roy Scheider

I just heard Roy Scheider, who played sheriff Martin Brody in Jaws (one of my all time favourite movies) and Jaws 2, has passed away yesterday in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 76 years old. May he rest in peace.

Whirlwind weekend

The weekend has been great, as I expected! Friday I left the office relatively early, so I could go have a drink with Sjeed and Roel, who both don't live in Groningen anymore. One drink lead to another and more people started to show up, resulting in a very nice evening.

Saturday Leendert and I went for lunch in a restaurant called Huize Maas. The food was good, not great, just good. The music, however, was way too loud for a lunch place, and there were people coming in taking their dogs along. Your average crowd of trailer park trash so to speak. Still, it was nice catching up. After lunch I treated myself to a new cd (Hitzone, a compilation album with today's Top40 tracks).

Saturday evening I went to Anneke and Dirk (where Mirjam and Remco were, as well) which was great. I hadn't seen their baby girl for a while, and I have to say she looked adorable. As you may know I'm not that big on kids in general, but this particular baby was quite lovely.

Yesterday Leendert and I went swimming, and that about rounds it up. All in all: a great weekend!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Global warming is our friend

Global warming may well be the best thing that ever happened to us. It's februari 9 and the weather feels like it's spring. You could go outside just wearing a sweater and you'd be fine. As you may have read here, I absolutely hate winter, cold, snow and ice, so nothing could make me happier than a warm winter turning into spring.

Of course, I know global warming isn't actually such a good thing, but it's very easy to forget when you wake up on a Saturday morning and the sun is shining like it's May. I know what I'll be doing: I'm going shopping!

Friday, February 08, 2008

What more can I say?

How fucking totally gorgeous can you get? I present you Madonna, a.k.a. God, this week at the Unicef/Raising Malawi Benefit sponsored by Gucci, at the United Nations in New York City.
Both Madonna and her daughter Lourdes looked absolutely gobsmacking! I can't wait to see the 4 Minutes To Save The World promotion! (the new single!!! aren't you just as excited about it as I am? Maybe you pretend you aren't, but hey, it's the new Madonna single! I bet you are!)

Meet her at the crossroads

Last night, Britney Spears' movie Crossroads was on Dutch television, so regardless of seeing it a couple of times before, of course I made myself a huge bowl of popcorn and cuddled up on the couch. I'm a bit ashamed to say I actually like this movie very much...

Anyway, this time around of course it was a little different watching it, since we all know what's happening to Britney currently. It's really strange to realise this movie is only, what, 4 years old? Back in those days, it seemed as if Britney was doing just fine, allthough of course we'll never know what went on backstage. For all I know she could be doing drugs in her dressingroom every day, but at least she was able to control, or even conceal it back then. And, of course, she didn't have her kids by that time, so whatever she did to herself, it was only herself who was involved.

So news came out yesterday Britney isn't in hospital anymore, which I think is a real shame, cause she definitely needs treatment. This whole thing could escalate into Janis Joplin-esque proportions. I sure hope it won't, I wanna see a Crossroads sequel!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Gave it some thought

Well, I thought about it, and decided I basically don't care (referring to the events described in my last post). Yesterday evening, after the news broke, I went swimming with Ziena, which is of course our gossip time, so I had a good chance discussing the news with her. After talking about it for a while, I kinda made up my mind. Allthough I'm quite flabbergasted over it all, it doesn't concern me anymore, and I shouldn't make a big deal out of it. Which I won't.

So, after swimming we went back to Ziena's house and watched South Park (a truly hilarious episode) and the movie Gothica, starring Halle Berry. It was kind of a pulp movie, but in a good way. The sort of b-movie horror flick you wouldn't expect A-list stars such as halle Berry and Penelope Cruz in. The story was quite scary, which is always a bit shamefull for me, cause I act realy stupid when a movie scares me. Luckily enough Ziena fell asleep on the couch a few times, so she didn't notice.

Anyway, after the movie I decided walking back home would be better than taking the bus, ad so I did. I like walking, since it gives me a good opportunity of clearing my head. Many people do this while they're in bed, but I tend to fall asleep before I get to it, so I use walking instead of bedtime.

So now I'm back at the office for a somewhat return to normal day after the hectic week we've been having. No plans for tonight yet, but I'm sure there will be a movie on television. How boring did I become?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I'm in shock

I just found out my ex boyfriend E. (read back in the archive of 2006 starting in June, on the right of this page, in case you don't know the story between him and me) is about to start living together with his apparently new boyfriend. What the fuck?

I knew he was quick in asking people to go live together (believe me, I know), but this came as a surprise. I'm sorta figuring out how I'm feeling about this right now. I don't really know if I'm sad. I think I will be later today, but right now I'm just in shock. He and broke up for various reasons, but one of them (the one I always saw as the main reason) was him not being ready for a serious relationship with all kinds of stuff going on in his life.

I last saw him in March or April 2007, by that time he was certainly not invlolved with anyone, so this relationship is at least less than a year. Well, he asked me to go live together after only two months, so it figures, but still...

As I said, I need to let it sink in before I can actually make up my mind about it. I'm glad Ziena and I are going swimming tonight, so that we can discuss it.

The results are in

Following Super Tuesay, it seems to be pretty undecided between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as far as the Democrats go, which means they will have to extend their campaigns in order to win over the remaining states. Allthough I'm a bit dissapointed Hillary hasn't won the Democratic candidacy yet, I also must admit I think it's kinda exciting the race will go on.

As far as the Republicans go, I'm pretty appalled to see Mike Huckabee has actually managed to win some states, leading truth to my assumption a lot of Americans are complete morons. How on earth can someone vote for a guy who thinks HIV patients should be kept isolated from civilisation, and the American constitution should be rewritten according to the Bible. Luckily enough there were far more states who didn't vote for him, so I guess he can still kiss his bid to the White House goodbye.

As I'm writing this, not every poll is closed yet, so things can still change for both the Democrats and the Republicans. I'll be sure to check USA Today and CNN again tonight!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Conversations with my 18-year old self

Before I start writing this post, I would like to state once again I'm fully aware of the fact I'm 'only' 27. The operative word being 'only' here, since I feel like being 27 is pretty old. Anyway, I don't want to offend anyone older than me, so please read the rest of this entry with an open mind...

Okay, so here goes.. Remember when you were 18 years old, and you thought the world was there just to entertain you? It didn't matter shit what you did, you could just fool around as much as you pleased, and in the end (in your imagination) it would all work out, you would meet the person you would love for the rest of your life, and you'd be happy.

Flash forward to present... I'm fucking 27 now and I still don't have any prospect in spending the rest of my life with someone. There were three times in my life when I actually did believe I could pull it off, but right now? I don't know.

It seems as if all your hopes and wishes when you're younger just kinda disappear without notice, and suddenly the careless days are over. To me, I always figured 25 would be the age where I would be settled down with a guy I would love for the rest of my life. Didn't happen... Will it ever?

Super Tuesday

Today, feb 5, it's Super Tuesday, the all important day in the race towards becoming the Democratic or Republican candidate for the American general elections in november. As you all know by know, I'm highly interested in the US election process, so I'm planning on being glued to CNN when I get back home from work tonight.

Because of the time difference, there's nothing really exciting going on as I'm writing this, but I do expect to see at least some results (probably from pollsters) around lunch time.

So, now that we can still decide on it unbiased: who do you think will be the winners of today's primaries and caucasus? My guess is Clinton for the Democrats, and McCain for the Republicans. Let's see what happens!

Monday, February 04, 2008

What a weekend

After my very busy week at work, the weekend was well-deserved and quite a lot of fun! Friday I went to Cleopatra right out of the office, and had some beers with friends. Great evening, good way to start off the weekend!

Saturday I wanted to go shopping, but all the shops were terribly crowded, so that didn't go over very well. Then Arjen send me a text message to ask me to go for a drink. Since Arjen lives in Utrecht nowadays, I don't see him that often, so of course it was nice going for a beer. Dirk came along as well, so I had a great afternoon. Saturday night, Leendert came over for some drinks, which was nice as well.

Sunday I went to Leeuwarden to visit my parents, and that rounded up the weekend. Today was just as busy as last week, but, as I said before: I like it that way!

Friday, February 01, 2008

I do like january

Can you believe how fast january has gone by? Normally january is my least favourite month of the year, which is I guess a sentiment a lot of people share with me. I don't like the fact that it's still cold and rainy, but all the festive Christmas decorations to compensate that, have disappeared. Basically, january is kind of a depressing month. No wonder most suicide attempts happen in januari.

Not this year, though! I've been having a great month! Not only did I get my job evaluation, resulting in a structural raise and a bonus this month, but also things are really working out both in and out of the office. I still really love my job, which is of course good, and I also really like my life besides from work.

Over the past months I kinda learned to appreciate not really doing anything. You know, there was a time where basically I needed to go out, or at least do something with friends, to have a good day. It was as if I wasn't able to have a good time by myself, and needed other people to feel good. Not so anymore, as I really learned to appreciate the joy of spending an evening on the couch in my slobby clothes watching bad movies. I wouldn't even think of that about a year ago.

Also, since Ziena and I go swimming twice every week, there are two evenings useful spend, which is also something I'm pretty happy with. Add to that this very busy, but overall satisfying week, and you can imagine january made me quite content. I can't wait till later this afternoon, to go for a nice cold beer after work!
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