Hammock Lounging

IMG_5702As i’m writing this, it’s around 25 degrees (celsius) outside and inside my house it’s probably a bit warmer. That’s what you get when your main livingroom windows are facing south and there are no blinds only curtains to keep the direct sunlight out. But i’m not complaining, not yet haha. I do have to come up with a solution before the real heat is coming this summer though.

But that’s not why i started this post. With this beautiful weather i really wished i had a hammock. Especially after i enjoyed my aunts hammock earlier this month (picture left). The sheer joy of just laying there, reading a book and rocking a little bit. Okay sitting in my lawn chairs is comfy too, but a hammock would be the ultimate. I also have the perfect spot in my garden in mind.

So i’ve looking around on the net if i could find some that are pretty and affordable. And i did. Loving the one on the left and also the middle one is very good, but the one on the far rightt has to be my favorite. Not realistic but a girl can dream can’t she?!



Keeper or Goner?

keep-calm-and-get-organized-7Spending a whole day(say about 8 hours) catching up on your Bloglovin’, YouTube, Twitter & Facebook is not a good thing right?! No i didn’t think so. But when i’ve had a busy week it does take me a day to get caught up with all things www related. And after i’m finished i can be so inspired to blog, post and all that jazz but by then i’m completely done with the whole internet thing. Not a good thing!

After adding up the numbers i’m coming to the conclusion that it’s getting out of hand, i’m admitting i have a problem. What the numbers are? We’ll lets see. I’m following 150 blogs on Bloglovin’, subscribed to 95 YT Channels, following 256 twitter accounts o and of courses there’s also Instagram, can’t forget about that one. where I’m following 264 Grammers.

That’s all together Way to much. Yep Way with a capital W. Something has to change. I have to change this time-consuming but o so lovely hobby of mine and i need to start cleaning up or cleaning out my subscription boxes and start unfollowing! But where to start and who or what to drop? I’m following all these people for a reason, they inspire me, make fun YouTube videos & write awesome blogs and take awesome pictures.

And that is exactly what my ‘keep’ or ‘get rid of’ criteria were. Did the post or YT clip make me laugh, did it inspire me and do the posts, clips and pictures all together enrich my life? If they do it’s a keeper, if they don’t… well it’s a goner! Okay maybe it wasn’t that easy but sticking with these general rules helped me a lot. Also i got some advice from the one and only Tyler Oakley. He was spot on with his The only life advice you need (watch it *here*).

So as of today i’ve been digitally downsizing and loving it!  All numbers have come down and hopefully it will only take me half a day next time. Twitter was very easier. People that hadn’t posted anything in a while or mostly post things that aren’t interesting to me had to go! Bloglovin’ and Youtube were the most challenging. So many great blogs and channels! And while i was on a purge&organize spree i also went over to my Facebook. To many ‘Friends’.

This purge was a good one, even liberating in a way. Think i might even make this digital cleanup a 6 monthly thing. How ’bout that?!

Sad, it’s just Sad!

Yep i’m a sad excuse for a blogger. Every time i think i’m getting back into ‘the game’ of blogging something happens (or nothing for that matter) and i forget to write for weeks. It’s not that i don’t have anything to say or to share, i have lots, but for some reason nothing ends up on here. Why is that? A mind-boggling question that i’ve asked myself over & over and after some time i can finally give myself multiple answers. And with these answers i’ve come to the realisation that i’m in desperate need of some structure and guidance to keep me from getting sidetracked.

I also realized that i don’t wanna blog everyday, for me it’s just not achievable, but i think that twice a week is doable (maybe three times, but then i maybe pushing it). Next i also need to figure out what the best days will be for me to post, what i want to blog about (plan ideas ahead even if it’s just a general idea, not detailed yet) and if i want to have a reoccurring kind of post (and what the frequency could be). Decisions, decisions, decisions and loads to think about!

So for now i’m going to give you some of my ‘currently’ stuff  and i’ll be back soon!

READING: I just rejoined the library about 3 weeks ago and i’m so so happy i did. The first time i only took 2 books home, but when i went last week i took 5! You can take up to 10 books total & borrow/ keep them for 3 weeks. I can read fast, but not fast enough to be going for the full 10 books in 3 weeks. So 5 will be a more realistic number. But back to the question, right now i’m reading  Are you my Mother by Louise Voss. And Geek Girl will be the next.
WATCHING: I’m trying to catch up on all the shows i watch online. That means all the episodes of  ‘The Big Bang Theory’, ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Hart of Dixie’ that aired in the last couple of weeks.
LISTENING TO: The new album by Jacqueline Govaert, Songs to Soothe. Going to her concert at Paradiso in September!
EATING: The last of the chocolate easter eggs and it’s making me a bit nauseous.
THINKING ABOUT: Making a moodboard/ inspiration board. I have loads of magazines and already cut out some cute stuff. Just need to figure out the how, when and where!
LOVING: The sun being out more and more !
FEELING THANKFUL: For just being here and having amazing family and friends i can call anytime!
MAKING ME HAPPY: Very corny but the song Happy by Pharrell

Who I Am?


As you are getting older, physically aswell as mentally, you learn more and more about yourself. And by the time you’re all grown up & stuff like that, it’s somewhat expected that you have it all figured out. You know what you like & what don’t, what works & what doesn’t, what you want out of life, how you want to spent it and so on. Yeah well i can tell you that even when you’ve reached that adult-ly age you’ll probably still have no clue on most of it. At least that’s the case when i t come to me. I just do, go with the flow and still am in the dark on most life issues. But don’t fear for my future, because thankfully nowadays i have some help figuring it all out.

Help from the internet, in the form of tests! You might know which tests, might have seen them in your Facebook feed or on all kinds of sites and maybe you even took one yourself. I’m talking about ‘the what-food-matches-your-personality‘ (Hot Buttered Roll), ‘which-mean-girls-character-are-you‘ (Cady Heron) and all the other test variations that are out there.

You know if this single girl didn’t take these quizzes, she would’ve never know that the guy she’ll end up with will be somewhat like the Disney Prince Phillip or Will Smith. And i wouldn’t have known that my dad isn’t my real dad but Phil Dunphy is. Which is weird since i also figured out that if i was on Modern Family i would play him… Yea weird in more ways than one, manly cause i’m a girl…

Also now that i’m going back to school & studying to be a teacher, i wondered if education is my true career destiny. So i took the ~What Career Should I Actually have ~ test and it turns out i shouldn’t have quite competitive swimming when i was 23. I should’ve kept going, my destiny career is being an athlete… Only i know darn well i wouldn’t have made it to the Olympics and besides swimming i’m not really good at any other sport. But it turns out i am on the right track any way, it also says that other good occupation options are trainer & or life coach and to me being a teacher is getting close to both of them.

And if i don’t want to be just one person or any other kind of lifeform i have more options. I’ll just be Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, Rue in Hunger Games, Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory, the villain Gaston, child star Hillary Duff or Princess Aurora. But i can also be Scooter  if i was one of the Muppets and when it comes to mythical creatures i’ll be a fairy.

So if you, just like me, need some (more) guidance* in your life just go over to Zimbio or Buzzfeed and take some of the quizzes. Or make some just for the fun of it!!!

* & of course i mean guidance in the funniest way possible

The Fairytale Tag

tumblr_m5txjoIoW31rwnwivo1_400When i came across this tag i knew i wanted to answer the questions one day. I love fairy tales, you can find numerous fairytale books on my shelves and movies in my cupboard. This ‘fairytale tag’* has questions based on different kind of fairytale characters and their stories.

Snow White: Would you consider yourself beautiful or pretty?
I wouldn’t call myself beautiful or pretty. But i’m not saying that i’m ugly.  I have my plusses and minuses, just like everyone else. To me no one is ugly (ugly is just an ugly word). Just like everyone else i think i have some features i really like & some that i would love to trade in for a better version. I love the colour and shape of my eyes, love my hands/ fingers and i do like my side view of my legs (especially when i’m wearing heels).

Sleeping Beauty: How many hours a night do you sleep?
I’m a big fan of sleep. I really do need my 8+ hours just so i can function properly. I can do with 1 or 2 nights with fewer hours, but not more than that. If i make more short nights i’ll plug out. And when i plug out i’m stuck with a giant migraine and everything that comes with that. Not good, so i do try to get all the sleep i need. And sometimes a little bit more 😉

Cinderella: Do you have a curfew?
Not a curfew in the sence that i have to be home at a certain time. I’ve been leaving on my own for over 14 years now so that would have been a bit weird right?! When i go out i do try to be home at a decent hour. Especially when i have things planed the next day. I know myself and if i’m out to late it also means that i will be getting out of bed late. Only if there is a fun birthday party i go to, i can try to set a time, but i never stick to it.

Rapunzel: Do you like to be outside?
I do love to be outside. As long as the weather is nice and mild, not to hot and not to cold. In the summer i love to sit outside for as long as i can, which can be far after midnight. In fall or winter it’s also very nice to be outside when it’s not raining, the sun is shining and there’s a clear sky.

Little Red Riding Hood: Do trust strangers easily?
I am somewhat naive. I do trust people very easily and i do find myself surprised and sometimes upset when people turn out to be not so trustworthy. Ya i know, i should know better by now, but i have faith in the human race.

The Wolf & the Seven Young Kids: Can you be fooled easily?
I used too, but i like to think not anymore. My commonsense is better developed over the years… i think.

Beauty & the Beast: In your eyes what make a person beautiful?
To me a person is beautiful when they are who they are. The ones who are brave enough to show the world their true self, with all the flaws and imperfections.Who are sweet, caring and true. Who have respect for the people around them, the ones that don’t judge. And definite a person is beautiful or gorgeous even, when they smile. A smile is the window to the soul!

The Little Mermaid: What would you sacrifice for love ?
I don’t know. For love in the sense of boyfriend/ husband, i’m single so i can only imagine how far i would go. But i think it will be the same as when it comes to the love for family and friends. For them i would go as far as to say i would give my life. Yep that sounds pretty deep and serious, but it’s true.

The Frog Pincesses: What do you find disgusting?
I find the word disgusting a bit disgusting haha.

Jack & the Beanstalk: Which plants are in your house?
None. And if there are any, they are fake. I can’t for the life of me keep any plants alive. Don’t know why, but i guess they (yes all of them) just don’t like me.

Puss in Boots: Do you have any pets?
I do. I work for Mickey the cat (you know what they say; dogs have owners & cats have personnel). But Mickey also has my parents working for him. He’s been living with them for a couple of years now, ever since i’ve work in the Hauge for a year and a half.

Bluebeard: Name a character weakness.
Hmm it has to been that i can be very insecure. Even though i darn well know i don’t have to be. And it can be in all sorts of situations. When i’m out with friends, when i meet a cute guy, going places where i only know 1 person or nobody at all. Also now that i’m going back to school i have the fear of failing my tests. Luckily getting older i have more control over it and it’s bothering me less and less. Strangely enough i never have those feelings when i’m in and around the pool. Weird but true.

Pinocchio: What’s your biggest wish?
I don’t have any big wishes really, besides that whole ‘prince charming’ thingy wish and staying healthy. I live by the day (okay maybe week, month or year) and go for goals i have at that moment. ‘A wish is a goal not written down’.

Peter Pan: What’s your mental age?
A few weeks ago there was a mental age test somewhere here on the net. And as i remember correctly my age was 42. Not to bad i think (my actual age is 35)

The Star Money: What’s your most valuable possession?
I don’t really know. First thing that comes to mind are my photo albums & my (external) hard drive that houses even more photo’s. It’s what i would take with me when there is a fire or if i have to leave my house in a hurry for some reason. And than there are my awards & swimming medals. Probably of no importance to anyone else, but to me they represent a time i was so happy doing what i love and when, looking back i was completely ‘me’. Everything else i have can be replaced, like phone, passport, furniture etc etc.

Mother Holle: Are you lazy or a hard worker?
Can i say i’m an in-between-er? I’m not a very hard worker at this moment, but i’m not lazy at all. I do what i have to do & i do take an extra step sometimes. But when it’s possible i can be pretty lazy as well.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses: Do you like to go to parties?
Of course i do! Especially when it’s with friends and family.

The Emperor’s New Clothes: Do you care about clothing??
It depends. When it comes to everyday wear a pair of jeans will do just fine. And i don’t tent to spent a lot of money on it. When it comes to (really) dressing up i do like to spent some money and go for a dress of skirt.

The Princess and the Pea: Are you squeamish/ easily hurt?
I am. But after a few seconds i’m fine again. Well not when a bone or something will stick out, but you get my drift.

*I can’t remember where i’ve seen this tag for the 1st time, so unfortunately i can’t give credit to anyone

And that was that


Just as i’m typing this the Dutch bobsled team finished their last run down the track. They’ve done very well & finished 11th over all. With that finish the tournament for them is over. But that finish also rings in the end of the games for the Dutch Olympic team (#TeamNL). The Sochi Games are over and done with. ‘We’ competed in speed skating, short track, snowboarding & bobsledding. And TeamNL did pretty awesome i think. In total 24 medals (8 gold, 7 silver & 9 bronze) will come home to Holland. No previous Dutch team has been so succesful at the winter games!

I’ve been able to watch a lot of what the Dutchies achieved on tv. In these last 14 days my tv hasn’t changed channels at all. Who needs a remote during the Olympics right?! But i’ve also been lured in to watching many other sports. Sports ‘we’ don’t compete in & i would normally never ever watch. Skeleton, curling (!), ice hockey… honestly i’ve watched all of the sports & all of their different disciplines. Loved them all!

So it might seem weird that i’m glad the closing ceremony is tonight and that after the final fireworks everything will be back to business as usual. For me the time has come to say it’s been enough. I’m getting a bit tired of all the snow, ice, skies, skates, boards, sticks and all that jazz. I’m on the verge of having a (winter) sports overdose. Of course i am going to watch the ceremony, i’m interested to see what the russians have created for us this time and i want to see Bob de Jong walk into the stadium with our flag.

But after that it’s finito, back to normal and the next winter games are still far far away. No change for a sports overload for me for awhile… No wait… isn’t the world cup soccer this summer? And the Tour de France, the Swimming World championship, Wimbledon… Pfff i’m gonna need to unplug fast if i wanna be ready for the coming summer!    

Lets go the Movies


Lets go see the stars*

When i was on holiday in Miami i decided to go & see a film at the theater at CocoWalk (aka The Grove). The film (Post Grad with Alexis Bledel, Rory from Gilmore Girls) had been out for a while so i didn’t expect a lot of other people in the theater with me. But i didn’t count on being the only one (!) there when the film started. Hmmm okay, never experienced that before. Heaven! You can laugh when you want, comment on stuff out loud and just do what the heck you like, within reason of course.

After about 15 min. a guy came in, decided he needed to sit only 2 row’s away from me & he kept looking at me over his shoulder, at one point he just stared at me for over a minute. Weirdo alert!!! I could see he was holding a beer and even if i didn’t see the can, i knew he was/ had been drinking ’cause you couldn’t miss the oder he brought in with him. Thinking this was going to be a dreadful experience, the film started & luckly the guy just watched the screen and laughed at the most unfunny moments in the film (just like i said weirdo!).

When the film was done he quickly left, leaving me alone in theater again. Perfect, because i just wanted to just stay a little while longer. Not to think about & reflect on the film (it was good just not great), but i wanted to take in what it feels like to be in a theater all by yourself. The theater wasn’t so spectacular looking as the one on the photo above, but an empty theater has a magical feeling. It’s like Lyn Gardner of The Guardian describes it, it’s like a netherworld between real life and the life of the film or an eerie twilight world between everyday life and a make-believe one.

Walking out trough the doors & out into the foyer, that magical feeling was instantly gone. Only the beer smell was back… together with the smell of old (rotting) popcorn & sweaty feet!

* A song from the musical Annie

– Post inspired by Nsmbl

Love Day

This year i don’t have a Valentine, just like all the years before (don’t worry, it doesn’t bother me 1 bit), so i’m not expecting to get any flowers, cards or chocolates. No gesture that will fill my heart with warmth, butterflies and what not’s. But when i saw this YouTube clip my heart was filled with love instantly. Too most it’s just a sappy commercial (in which you only find out what the brand making it is, perfect in my eyes), to me it’s so sweet, romantic) & it’s just a pleasure to watch. And yes in the end it did bring a tear or two in my eyes hihi.

BF (litterly) F

Steve Harvey has been a guest on the Ellen show a couple of times and i really like him. He’s nice, polite and pretty funny too. And when i saw this little clip of his show, i had to share it right away.

These two awesome and beautiful elderly ladies have been friends for 94 (!) years. Even though they are 100 years young, they’re still incredibly sharp, very worldly and just so sweet together.

I can call myself lucky to have friends just like this in my live. They are friends i’ve know since birth (both blood related & not), people i have as friends for over half of our lives, friendships that have lasted over 10 years now and also friends i haven’t known for that long, but that are very dear to me. And no matter how long we’ve been friends, i’m so glad that we can just sit, talk, goof around & just have a great time, just like Irene & Alice. And i hope we’ll still be doing just that when we are all old & grey and hanging around in an elderly home somewhere!