week 10 / tired, I’m so tired.


When looking up Asgeir music videos on Youtube, it led me to this:

Which led me to this:

Obviously I will cheer for Iceland in the Eurovision.


One of my colleagues lives across the water from us. We’re talking less than 100 meters (a bit further by foot, as you have to walk around it). Quite recently, we realized that we share a love for board games, and she asked if we would maybe be interest in trying this super complicated board game they have. Of course we were! Now we’ve spent 3 evenings at their place (they have small children, we come over once they’re in bed) playing Gloomhaven. (AND it was on Sunday evenings, and we got home around 1:30 am, then up for work the next day. SO TIRED. Totally worth it.)



With some encouragement from Lisa, I actually went to the gym this week. Only once, but still! Progress 🙂 Going to try for twice next week.

week 7 / poor planning


New songs from 2 of my favorite Icelanders! Axel’s is a single, but Ásgeir’s is a new album.


I got company! Louise is currently visiting, so I’m showing her Leiden.


Kid’s toys! Somehow I’ve managed to plan that next weekend we’ll go to Germany to visit friends there, and their youngest turns 1 on Thursday before we get there. The weekend after we’re visiting friends in Utrecht who have a 4 month old kid. Busy busy, and all the kids. I’ll be exhausted.

week 30 / this is the weather as I imagine it in hell


What tied together the foods of this week was this: take-out. It was 30+ (celsius) here all week, with a peak of 38 degrees on Thursday. At those temperatures I’m busy just trying to be, and will definitely not cook. Most nights the winds turned in the evening, and everything cooled down with the sea breeze, but Thursday that didn’t happen – the winds came from inland, and at 11 pm it was still 33 degreees outside. I have sworn this: if we get a bonus at work next year, I’m buying an airco for the bedroom. I said that last year too, but then apparently convinced myself that we wouldn’t be getting 37 degree weeks anymore, that last year was just an anomaly. But I guess this is the normal now, so I’ll stop pretending it doesn’t happen.


I’ve started listening to a new podcast, that I found because they were commenting on someone elses post. Barnfrihet. It’s a pod all about people who don’t want to (and don’t) have kids. And all in Swedish.


Due to the above rant about the weather, I also didn’t set foot in the gym this week. I’m not that stupid.

It’s OK, you can give up on that new year’s resolution now

Can we please talk about how the gym has been insanely busy after New Year’s? The gym fanatics at work told me it’d get better by February, as people start giving up, but so far I see no improvement. The coach at the gym said it usually gets better in March… we will see.

I’m happy to report that despite this, I’m still going twice a week like clockwork. *pats self on back* My plan has changed a bit since just before Christmas, where I’m doing some free weights (chest press, military press, and a super set for biceps/triceps – all with dumbbells (my choice)), and I’m doing a lat machine that is somewhere in-between (I mean, it’s still a machine, but one without a back-rest, so you have to provide core stability on your own). The goal is to move away from machines a bit at the time, which sounds good to me.

Inspired by Lisa‘s dual cellphone use, I’ve resurrected my old-old phone (hello HTC!), which I’m only using to run Daily Strength at the gym. Sure it’s a second device to charge, but I quite like that I feel very relaxed about handling it while working out (throw it on the floor, things like this), rather than constantly keeping an eye on the normal – rather expensive – phone.

So anyway. If you did a new year’s resolution to work out – feel free to stop now. I encourage it. That would mean I can stop going before work. Please let me snooze again 😦

Week 1 / let’s do this again


After all the Christmas food it was quite nice to get back into the habitual eating of lots of veggies (and no desserts!)


I’ve started my own sourdough, and have been watching videos on how to get your best sourdough breads. Standing in the way of this at the moment, is our crappy IKEA oven that only goes to 230 C, when most sourdough breads call for 250 C. What?


Bodyshop lured me in with their sale (got two hand creams for half off), but also bought this one, which was at full price:




Blogtober 2018

To shake things up again (and to post more than once a week), I’m joining Blogtober – on Lisa’s suggestion. We’re using the original of Laura Morningstar, who also provided a helpful  list of topics on her blog:

  1. If you won the lottery you would…
  2. What was your dream job when you were a kid?
  3. Do you have a favorite season? Share things you love about it.
  4. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
  5. Share an old photo of you and the story behind it.
  6. Do you have a book you can read again and again?
  7. What are your most loved ways to relax?
  8. Who are your fave YouTubers?
  9. Do you have a bucket list?
  10. Share a quote about autumn.
  11. What’s your go-to recipe?
  12. Describe a day in your life.
  13. List your top three phone apps?
  14. Share a local ghost story.
  15. Why did you start blogging?
  16. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
  17. Pop your music on shuffle and share the first 10 songs.
  18. What are your thoughts on piercings and tattoos?
  19. Share your funniest memory from childhood?
  20. Do you have any hobbies?
  21. What is your favorite song?
  22. Five blogs you love.
  23. Recommend a TV series you think everyone should watch.
  24. Is there a place you would love to visit?
  25. Who is your celebrity crush?
  26. Share seven Instagram accounts you follow.
  27. What are you currently reading?
  28. Your top 3 tips for new bloggers.
  29. Tell us about your fave gig/concert/festival performance.
  30. List 10 facts about you.
  31. What does Halloween mean to you?

5 empties


Calm Non-Greasy Dagcrème SPF 30 by Paula’s Choice (they’ve changed the packaging since I purchased this)

Well. I mean I like it, and it makes my skin feel pretty nice and smooth, but it’s shininess galore, no matter the weather. Unlikely that I’ll repurchase this considering the other alternatives from PC.

€ 34,00 for 60 ml

The Righteous Butter by Soap & Glory

Love the smell, since I’m a sucker for sweet smelling things. However. Difficult to get if you’re in NL (unless you’re willing to pay 3 times as much to order it from Boots’ NL shop). Also, my skin wasn’t crazy about this. It seems to really dry me out, and I have to apply lotion afterwards for it not to itch like crazy (and I’m lazy, don’t want to do that). Won’t be buying this again.

£7.00 for 300 ml

Resist Anti-Aging Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum by Paula’s Choice

So, it may be just me, but between this one, and the last one in this list (at a fraction of the price), I prefer the cheap Swedish-pharmacy brand. They did about the same thing, so there’s nothing that justifies the price here. Sorry PC.

€ 39,00 for 30 ml

Resist Anti-Aging Dagcrème SPF 50 by Paula’s Choice

This one also made my face shiny just like the first one in this list, but I prefer this one. It’s “fluid” (as stated on the packaging), and it applies so much easier than the lotion ones. Plus it’s SPF 50, which is great for summer here where the sun is stronger than I’m “used to”. Will repurchase, despite the shininess.

€ 38,00 by 60 ml

Fuktserum by Kronans Apotek (they’ve changed the packaging since I purchased this)

Yay! I bought this one years back as a test, but just started using it last year for real. It completely stands up to the more expensive products I’ve tried, and I have already repurchased this now that I was in Sweden on vacation. Love it.

99 SEK for 50 ml (roughly € 10)

Pretty vs Functional

Where I work, they may be a lot of Dutch people (you know, since we’re in the Netherlands), but the company is American. This is noticeable in some things like our system (Oracle, not the European SAP) and the voice that greets you when calling the general phone. I swear it’s the most American sounding man possible. Anyway. We also use Apple. While I realize that’s not in itself more American than Windows, in our line of business, it seems as though not a lot of European companies use it. Because NOTHING WORKS. FedEx interface? – Go to this virtual Windows machine. TNT interface? – Go to this other Windows machine. Create export documents? – Use that first Windows interface again, but with a different browser.

As of last year, they’ve opened a window (no pun intended) for us to choose computer when we get a new one – Apple or Dell. It breaks my heart a little, because the UI of Apple has completely won me over, and I use it at home now too, but I did this:



The last time I used a Windows machine was 2013, soooo, let’s say it’s not super smooth yet? There are also some Apple functionalities that I miss, and the stupid VPN is being a pain. But apart from that – stuff works. The computer is friggin’ ugly, but it works.