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:

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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.

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Week 22 / bye bye May

Podcast episode:
David Tennant returned to Nerdist (or, I guess, ID10t, as it’s renamed into). Listen here.

App
This is a bit irrelevant, since most of the readers of this blog are not in NL, but anyway. I love my bank’s app. It’s SO HANDY. Intuitive, forward thinking, and very very helpful. Thank you ING! (Note: I stole the picture online, cause you can’t make screenshots when the app is running.)
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Makeup/beauty:
So, I seem to have an allergic reaction to something in my skincare drawer. Suddenly happened yesterday, and I’ve narrowed it down, to either being this serum (bought at the pharmacy and for sensitive skin though, is that even possibly the culprit?) or a reaction between two of the parts I use (one of which would be this same serum). None of the other components are new. Had a nice red face yesterday though…

Mask
I should get better at using masks, but it’s a work in progress. I did use two this week: this one, my only recurring one, and this:
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It was fine. Can’t say I noticed any lasting effect, but my face did feel soothed after using it.

Personal
On Friday we signed the final papers for selling the “old” house. The buyers are the same age we were when buying it, and they seem really enthusiastic about it, so that’s very nice. We now officially only own 1 house. Phew.

Question:
Do I have the courage to sign up for lessons to learn and play an instrument? There’s a kid in our new neighborhood who’s learning to play violin, and it sounds like… there’s room for improvement. But do I dare/want to be in the same seat as an adult?

Chaos & Sentimentality

Oh man. Today was moving day (a.k.a. my SO’s birthday). We’ve been up since 6.30 and everything hurts. Everything has been moved though, so that’s great. I mean we hired movers obviously, but still! Nothing broke, and only 1 thing didn’t fit through the Dutch narrow af stairways, and has ruined my plans for the hallway you enter the house through, but I’ll live. How long will the chaos last though? I’m already so over this move, and just want everything in its goddamn place.

I’ve also been a bit sentimental about the old house, like “aawh, this is the last time I do this”. The tiny garden with it’s pretty trees by the water will be sorely missed, but one shouldn’t underestimate the joy of not having to maintain (even a small) garden. Plus we have a terrace and a roof terrace. No trees though 😦

Did I mention that everything hurts?

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(Just before the movers arrived.)

Big bucket of nope

In the 10 years since I moved to the Netherlands, I’ve been commuting to work – a minimum of 1 hour each direction the whole time. I don’t even want to count how many wasted hours that is in total, but there you go.

Now that we’re moving (and everything is set! Mortgage, house sold, all that stuff), my brain seems to be just done with this travel time. Even after a very relaxing 2 week vacation, I’m SO unmotivated in the mornings. And it’s not cause of my work, cause that’s still perfectly acceptable. Brain goes “nope”. I imagine it sounds kind of like when Lana in Archer says “nope”:

I saw two movies…

Like what seems as most people, I’ve seen Black Panther. We actually visited the cinema twice last week, cause I also wanted to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I enjoyed both very much, in their own ways.

Black Panther is obviously a superhero movie – part of the Marvel universe – that is building up to the final Avengers movie Ragnarök (sorry, but the dots just have to be there). Taking place in Africa, and with a predominantly black cast, this movie was refreshing. Naturally I also enjoyed a young woman being the by far smartest person in a movie.

While having read that Three Billboards (…) was worth watching, I had very little information on what it was about, which was very nice and left the movie more open. You’ll know Frances McDormand from Fargo (the movie), and in some ways the movie had a bit of similar vibes. After mainly knowing Sam Rockwell from Mr. Right (with lovely Anna Kendrick), this was… quite a different role.