I don’t often cry at work…

…but today was such a day. Today I found out that one of the favorite people I’ve ever met through work suddenly passed away (car accident), and I just can’t deal. 😦

The post I was working on will come another day.


4 things in my online cart

The Endless Blog Challenge.

4 things in my online cart. I’m assuming that at any point in time, most of us have things lying about in online carts. Doesn’t have to be the same cart, a variation of carts will do!

But of course. The only one where I have that many items pending is by our friends at Paula’s Choice:

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What can I say – I’m like “wantwantwant” until I see the total price, then I quickly close the tab. Maybe at some point!


The Endless Blog Challenge.

5 likes. Share five posts on any platform you have recently liked.

Well, this was quite interesting. All my shares are from Instagram, and people that are in the public sphere (I’m not gonna share my friends’ baby pictures… which, YES, I click like on almost all of). I was also going to use the “embed” function of Insta, but it looks like crap. Obviously I’m doing something wrong. Lisa? 😛

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“I do everything I can to make women hate each other, then I blame them for being bad friends.”

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A Day in Life

The Endless Blog Challenge.

A Day in Life. Not doing anything special? Well! Then you’re just going to have to make some plans, aren’t you?

I had a day off on Monday on behalf of not having taken enough vacation this year, and only being allowed to transfer 5 days to next year. We went to see QOTSA in Amsterdam’s Ziggo dome on Sunday, and I thought it’d be nice to get to sleep more than 5 hours that night.

So instead I used my brand new Museum card* for the first time – and what better way to start that off than to go to Rijksmuseum (a.k.a. where all the tourists go to see the Nightwatch)?


I’ll throw in some Wikipedia knowledge for you as well:

The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened its doors in 1885. On 13 April 2013, after a ten-year renovation which cost € 375 million, the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix. In 2013 and 2014, it was the most visited museum in the Netherlands with record numbers of 2.2 million and 2.47 million visitors. It is also the largest art museum in the country.

Yeah, so, 10 year renovation (which my friend who works at museums says is unheard of (!)). I did go once before – in 2013 when L was visiting.


Turns out the ones I like the most are the 17th Century Dutch painters, like so:


All in all a very well spent day off.

*for €60 a year, you get free entry to something like 400 museums in the Netherlands. Rijksmuseum alone has an entry fee of € 17.50 normally.

Christmas market #1 (Norway)

With the whole “biggest harbor in Europe”, Rotterdam is also the home of Sailor’s churches, which includes the Scandinavian (+ Finnish) ones. Every November/December, they all have their own Christmas markets, with things from their own countries. I’ve only ever gone to the Swedish and Finnish ones before, but this year I also went to the Norwegian one – mainly cause I wanted to see how that cool building looks on the inside, but I also ended up with some Stratos chocolate and some lefse. Oh, and I got to speak Swedish (to Norwegians, obviously), and this may sound cheesy, but it’s good for my soul.

Just to make you realize how special this is – people don’t build with wood here, since there’s not very much available, plus it’s so humid.

After every test I’ve ever made

My internal monologue goes like this:

– well that didn’t go very well.
– it also didn’t go THAT bad, you wrote something for all questions.
– yes, BUT, there are always trick questions. did I figure out which they were?
– …no. but maybe I did OK anyway.
– sure, BUT what if everything I wrote was wrong?
– good point. I must have failed. 

In other news, I did pass the exam (again). And scored 94%. Screw you anxiety.


I have an indescribable amount of “fredagspepp” (idk. “enthusiasm about it being Friday”? Lisa?), and I don’t really know why. Tomorrow we’re going to talk to a bank, to see how much money they’re willing to lend us now that we’re 8 years older and wiser than last time. My partner has finally (now that he’s also commuting) gone “yeah, maybe Amsterdam IS nice to live in”. At the same time I’m like “…but do I really want to move? så jobbigt”. Time will tell.

Meanwhile it’s Iceland Airwaves and I’m not there. So sad 😦