3 random favorites

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

3 random favorites. Three things you’re really liking, the quirkier the better!

This woman and her youtube lessons:

This book (post to follow):

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And I’m just in general very appreciative of living where I do. Need to take the time to do that as well. Don’t underestimate the (stability of) slow-moving representative politics that’s not in the hands of one person….

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January Summary

The books:
Malin Persson Giolito’s Störst av allt
Doris Lessing’s Det femte barnet
Jo Nesbø’s Törst
Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Vindens skugga
Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing
Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover
Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder
Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch (re-read leading up to)
Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior
Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking

The movies:
Pitch Perfect 3

The shows:
Star Trek: Discovery
The Big Bang Theory
Mars
The Good Place

3 things I did this week

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

3 things I did this week. Self-explanatory, surely?

  • Worked from home ( = better coffee, and no annoying questions):

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  • Looked at two houses. I won’t post pictures, because I’m not crazy, but we’ll go back and see the second one – hopefully next week!
  • Rediscovered audiobooks on Storytel. I can like, read and play WoW at the same time?! Why have I not thought of this before?

I hate buses

So, today – just before rush hour – , someone jumped in front of a train at one of the bigger train stations in the country. Granted it is sad that someone is in a situation where that seems to be the best thing to do, but let’s also look at how this specific choice affects complete strangers. For 3,5 hours, there were no trains past Leiden station. Normally, that’s around 30 trains an hour? (Guessing, it might be more but is certainly not less.) 30 rush-hour-busy trains. Replacement buses you say? Wait, what country do you think we live in? That’s simply not possible on such short notice, and frankly, they’d just get stuck in traffic anyway.

This is not a post trying to get sympathy (I got home, didn’t I?). I just think you’d have to have angelic patience not to be just a bit pissed off.

In other news, were going to look at 2 houses tomorrow. Maybe a move is on the horizon? At least I won’t have train problems then.

100 truths

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

1 What’s your name? Charlotte
2 Any nicknames or aliases? No nicknames, and no aliases that I’ll share…
3 Where do you live? Just outside of Rotterdam (in the Netherlands).
4 Your star sign? Virgo.
5 How old are you? 36
6 Your relationship status? Living with my partner
7 Any children? No
8 Any pets? No
9 Any tattoos or piercings? Two tattoos.
10 What do you like about yourself? I’m kind of nice, I think.
11 What do you dislike about yourself? V. v. literal.
12 Righty or lefty? Righty.
13 The last thing you drank: A glass of sauvignon blanc.
14 The last thing you ate: Dinner (pasta with mushroom and serrano-ham sauce).
15 Your last phone call: Mom.
16 Your last text message: I mean, does WhatsApp count as text now? Then to my partner.
17 Your last email: Er, someone at work, surely. I don’t e-mail much privately.
18 The last song you listened to:

19 The last book you read: Homegoing. Loved it!
20 The last time you cried: Oh, just now, saw Jimmy Fallon’s talk about his mom passing away. Sensitive topic.
21 The last blog you read: Lisa’s.
22 The last person you spoke to: My partner (who’s ill and then turns so whiney.)
23 The last place you visited: Like proper visited? Sweden for Christmas. Otherwise Leiden for work.
24 Your last holiday abroad: Sweden!
25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex? Nah.
26 Have you ever been cheated on? Not as far as I know.
27 Have you ever cheated on someone? No.
28 Have you ever lost someone special to you? Yup.
29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up? Ehehe. Yes. Also I have been 18 and quite dumb.
30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone? Yes.
31 Have you ever met someone who changed you? Uhm, I don’t know. My parents? But that’s more like shaped me I guess, not changed. So then, no.
32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are? Oh yes. 
33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have? Uhm, sure.
34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back? Yes (connected to point 32!)
35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart? I don’t think so.
36 Have you ever kissed a stranger? Sure.
37 Have you ever had your own heart broken? Of course.
38 Have you ever had sex on the first date? Nope.
39 Have you ever been arrested? Nope.
40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive? Sure.
41 Have you ever done something you regret? Yep.
42 Have you ever won some money? Well, I mean, just tiny amounts.
43 Have you ever lied to get out of a night out to stay in and watch TV? Of course. I won’t trust anyone who hasn’t.
44 Have you ever pulled a sickie when you weren’t sick? Sure.
45 Have you ever binge-watched a series? Obviously.
46 Do you believe in yourself? Yeah.
47 Do you believe in Santa Claus? …I believe in the Christmas spirit!
48 Do you believe in ghosts? No. 
49 Do you believe in aliens? Watch Cosmos and then tell me YOU don’t.
50 Do you believe in miracles? No.
51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? I believe it can make a change, but not change everything. If that makes sense.
52 Do you believe in love at first sight? No.
53 Can money make you happy? They certainly help.
54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist? Of course.
55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Like this is really a choice? Pro-choice all the way.
56 Do you have strong political beliefs? Hell yes.
57 Do you have strong religious beliefs? Religion is the opium of the masses.
58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is? Love and common sense.
59 Are you eating anything right now? No.
60 Are you drinking anything right now? Water.
61 What are you listening to right now?

62 What are you thinking about right now? This quiz.
63 What are you waiting for right now? To be done with this quiz?
64 What are you most excited about right now? Vacation in march.
65 What’s your pet hate right now? Anti-feminists. FFS. 
66 What’s your favourite thing right now? My (newish) phone.
67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now? Watching TV.
68 Your first best friend: Neighbor-twins Mia & Jenny.
69 Your first kiss: Er, a guy called Anders.
70 Your first celebrity crush: Well, I mean, not to brag but Tom Paris (not the actor, the fictional character. Yes, that counts.) :

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71 Your first holiday: What? I don’t know. 
72 Your first pet: Look, I grew up on a farm. We always had minimum 2 cats. One of those I guess.
73 Your first regret: My first first? That’s very decisive and I don’t remember things from when I was little, so no idea.
74 Your first job: Newspaper deliverer!
75: Your first childhood memory: At some birthday (must’ve been 5 or 6?) I got this shower for a doll. Which could have water in it. Mind blown. Clearly I had high requirements.
76 Love or money? I need more details to make that choice.
77 Twitter or Facebook? Neither.
78 Hook up or relationship? Relationship.
79 Dogs or cats? Cats all the way.
80 Coffee or tea? Both are nice, depends on the situation.
81 Beer or wine? Both are nice, depends on the situation.
82 Sweet or savoury? Savory.
83 Introvert or extrovert? Introvert.
84 Vampires or werewolves? Vampires (I mean Buffy & True Blood).
85 Seaside or countryside? Both are nice.
86 Summer or winter? In Sweden I like both, in NL I don’t like either…
87 Books or movies? Both.
88 Horror or comedy? Always comedy, don’t enjoy begin scared.
89 Do you wish you could change your past? Some aspects of it.
90 What’s your dream job? I mean, writer?
91 What’s your guilty pleasure? Property brothers.
92 What are you afraid of? People I love dying.
93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? I never had any aspirations at all. 
94 If you could have any super power, what would it be? Teleporting!
95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be? Well, not to go dark, but my dad being alive to be older than 47 would’ve been great.
96 Would you want immortality? No.
97 What TV show are you into right now? Bob’s Burgers.
98 Would you say you are happy? Yes.
99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen? Spend more time with your girlfriends and ignore boys.
100 What’s your favourite outfit? I’m a big fan of the sweatpants.