Week 23/ a lazy one

Music
Song I’d recommend:

Song I’ve had stuck in my brain cause a colleague sang it:

 

Book
I read a book! This one, as recommended by Lisa:
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Personal
Has friends over last night, with (way too much) tapas, sangria, and desserts.

 

Plans
After having been like “no, I can’t go to Sweden during summer cause lack of vacation days”, I actually counted the days I had left and it turns out… I can go? So I’ve quickly booked a week in August when both my brothers are off too. Family time galore!

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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.

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?

May Summary

The books:

Trevor Noah’s Born a crime
Lena Andersson’s Egenmäktigt förfarande
Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti #1

I mean, I know. WTF? 3 books? And then I was even on vacation for a week…
I grade them, in order: Good, Meh, Great. Also, for everyone’s info, I’m now 2 books BEHIND my yearly reading goal.

The movies:
The Greatest Showman
Deadpool 2
Ibiza

Yeah, they were all nice, in their own ways. Dancing and singing? Yes please. Sarcastic anti-hero? Bring it on. Chick flick but without the typical ending? Yep!

The shows:

Penny Dreadful
Fallet (I just wanted to hear Swedish, ok?)
Madame Deemas underbara resa
Jessica Jones (season 2)

Other:
The move has completely dominated this month, and then adding to that the week-long vacation… not much time left for anything else. At least we’re moved now, and I’m trying to figure out how to get reading to fit in to my new puzzle (no train commute = no logical reading time). This morning I read a chapter before leaving for work, and that was pretty nice.

Revamped Blog Challenge

Lisa has revamped the Endless Blog Challenge. Instead of new weekly topics, it’ll be more of recurring topics on a weekly basis. It makes sense to me, and my intention is to post one every weekend. (How does that saying go? The road to hell is paved with good intentions?) Frankly my life seems pretty uneventful right now, so we’ll see how exciting the posts are, but at least something will be happening here!

Food
We have a food box with 5 meals delivered to our door every week. This has been a real positive change, not only in that we don’t have to plan dinner while hungry (apparently we are not the kind of people who do weekly shopping), but also in that we eat a lot better – less junk food and more veggies. And the meals are nice! This week there was a tomato soup I really enjoyed, and I’m not usually a fan of tomato soups…

Here’s a link to the Dutch recipe. If you’re not up to google-translating the recipe, it’s like this for 2 people (very generous servings):

4 garlic cloves
4 tomatoes
60 gr sundried tomatoes
250 gr cherry tomatoes
2 cubes of vegetable stock
1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder

And then you basically just do it like you would any soup…

Music

To-do list
Unpacking and more unpacking. Oh, and get lamps in all rooms…

Purchase
I read the first part of Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy on vacation in March, and managed to hold back on buying the other two parts. Until I saw Lisa & Lise talk about them in comments. They’ll be delivered Saturday.

Plans
Going to the old house to pick up any stray snail mail this weekend. Buys a few extra day to change addresses before the new owners get the keys.

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.)

April wrap-up

The books:

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)
Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why i’m no longer talking to white people about race
Therése Söderlind’s Vägen mot Bålberget

Omg, such a poor reading month. While I loved Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race, I didn’t love Vägen mot Bålberget (idk what the English title would be, it’s about the witch-burnings that happened in Sweden, but still fictional). I think I’m just in a funk, but no books appeal me right now.

The movies:

Tomb Raider
The Shape of Water
Captain Fantastic
Avengers: Infinity War

I mean, I like both Alicia and my Marvel universe, but the movie I’ll remember from this month is Captain Fantastic.

The shows:

Archer
Parks & Recreation
Penny Dreadful