100 Day Song Challenge – #28

A song that “is connected with a memory”. There was a person who introduced me to both my favorite book and this band (pretty good track record!) but who is unfortunately no longer in my life. I still think of this person fondly, and this song reminds me of them:

100 Day Song Challenge – #27

A song that¬†“will always be in your top 5 favorites”. I dunno, but this feels a bit like naming your one favorite book or something (i.e. impossible).

When I was around 15 I really liked AC/DC. I’m way over them (seriously, I have no patience for all those guitar solos), but some songs are still irresistible to me. Like this one:

And in 2 hours I have vacation! Happy Friday ūüôā

100 Day Song Challenge – #26

Yesterday we saw¬†the new¬†Bridget Jones movie! Sure I had really low expectations, but I really enjoyed it (some jokes are a bit too slapstick for me, but I survived). Even Patrick Dempsey wasn’t too bad in it! The cinema was old and super pretty, but unfortunately the chairs were also old and extremely uncomfortable ūüė¶ Can I please have the aesthetics of the old with the comfort of the new?

Anyway, it’s time for a song¬†“you need to be in a certain mood to listen to”. This goes for most music I think. When leaving the house in the morning I do a mental check of what I feel like listening to (mood of music, if that makes sense) and that’s where I start off.

So I share someone who’s apparently an acquired taste, and¬†who’s done some of my favorite songs that I keep coming back to. The lyrics of most of this album are just wonderful. Like in this one:

I’m a tree that grows hearts
One for each that you take
You’re the intruder hand
I’m the branch that you break

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another ¬†The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

September 20: All About Audio freebie —¬† aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

So, audio freebie it is. My head can’t deal with audio books (if anyone has any tips for how to keep listening and not zoning out, that’d be appreciated, cause I like them in theory…). But podcasts, why not? I’ve listed them and there are apparently 8 I really follow (6 English and 2 Swedish) and 4 I listen to sometimes to keep up with languages I (more or less) know.


Nerdist – this is the podcast that got me into podcasts. Chris, Matt & Jonah talk to (more or less famous) people. And they are at times quite funny.

Hello Internet Рtwo guys talking. Robot(ish) CGP Grey and caveman Brady Haran.

Welcome to Night Vale – This is their own description:

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.

Slate’s Double X Podcasts – this one is women talking! It covers current events and has a feminist twist.

Alice Isn’t Dead – is from the same people as Night Vale Community radio, so that should give you an idea.

Serial – the (almost) unavoidable when talking about podcasts. I just like it.


Magnus & Peppes podcast РA Finn and a Swede, living in LA and talking about feminism, journalism and society.

Obiter Dictum¬†– this definitely falls in the “two guys talking” category as well, but they do it in a good way!


I listen to but only partially understand:

Hla√įvarp Kjarnans (Icelandic) – some day, I dream, I will magically be able to understand this. I know tons of words, they just don’t sound the same when being said by actual Icelandic people…

Sk√łnlitteratur p√• P1¬†(Danish) – I kind of understand, if I slow them down a bit. Seriously Danes, articulate! ūüėõ

Bokpod¬†(Norwegian) – Norwegian’s just the cutest language. And I want to keep it up now that I don’t have any Nordic colleagues.

NDR Kultur¬†(German) – Eh. I don’t listen to this as often as I should. They honestly don’t make it sound that interesting, I just haven’t bothered finding something new that catches my.. ear.

The social interactions

Today’s my birthday! I’m surprisingly fine with (very soon) being closer to 40 than 30. No age crisis quite yet. As Dutch custom has it, I also brought treats for my colleagues. Unfortunately, Dutch custom also has it that the proper way to congratulate someone on their birthday is to kiss their cheeks. And not once, but three friggin’ times per person.

Think of that, and add anti-social me, and you can see why this is not my favorite day of the year.

Fun notes regarding the cheek kissing in NL: iamexpat & stuffdutchpeoplelike.


Proper home made Swedish kanelbullar. (And yes they’re all different sizes because I’m not very good at making them. They were still delicious though.)

…and now it will explode

You know when your friends say things that make you go “this is why I like¬†this person!”?

I installed Apple Music on my Samsung phone*. Upon hearing this, my friend Sandra (almost completely seriously) said “…and now it will explode!”. She also accidentally bumped into a glass wall due to a misjudgment regarding the distance between said wall and her face.


*This is the status: Spotify is great, but not all music is on it. Itunes is horrific, but I use a mac so it’s more or less unavoidable. I have purchased music in Itunes that I can’t listen to on my Android phone because, since it’s apple, I don’t get to touch anything useful like.. mp3s. Moan moan. And then they have the balls to complain about people downloading music. Make it accessible before judging.

100 Day Song Challenge – #24

This challenge is like the safety blanket of this blog. What will I do when it ends?!

Today’s song, which¬†“got you hooked on a band”, is by √Āsgeir. Who is technically a guy, not a band, but whatever. Or √Āsgeir Trausti, as his¬†full first name is, and which was the name of the “band” on the Icelandic debut album. Back in 2012 I was taking a beginner’s course in Icelandic, and when looking for music (more than Bj√∂rk and Sigur R√≥s), I stumbled¬†upon this on Youtube. Happy Friday!

Vacation (book) planning

So in 2 weeks I’ll be lying on a beach in the caribbean. It’s my first time doing a beach vacation and I’m a little bit nervous – will I get bored? Will I burn my pale self? Will I survive the jetlag coming back? (Also noteworthy is that despite going to a different continent we’ll be staying in the Kingdom of the Netherlands! Cause why not.)

As for any vacation I was inspecting my TBR pile to see what to bring, and… nothing seemed appealing. To be sure I don’t run out of reading material I want to bring at least one “brick”, and a beach didn’t feel like the right place for the two I have waiting – Anna Karenina & Les Miserables. So I did what anyone would do, and got these two yesterday:


(City on Fire & Half of a Yellow Sun.)

100 Day Song Challenge – #23

I woke up today, and my brain can’t fathom that it’s only friggin’ Wednesday. How is this possible? It feels like the week’s been going on FOREVER. In other news Buffy’s now dating Riley (who is kind of a bore?),¬†Willow’s into Tara and Xander’s dating the ex-vengeance demon. So all is well in the Buffyverse.

I’ve been thinking about this next theme for the song challenge. A song that¬†“everyone knows the lyrics to”. Who’s everyone in this scenario? The answer differs depending on if I’d ask friends, colleagues or family.

We’ve been trying to lighten the spirits on the slow Friday afternoons at work, and doing an informal music quiz with one of our IT persons. Theme: the 80s (not my choice!) Apparently everyone in the office from 1977-1985 know this one: