Een blogje in het Nederlands

♥ Het tulpenseizoen is helaas voorbij (zo jammer, dat zijn echt mijn lievelingsbloemen), dus nam ik eens andere mee bij de bloemenzaak. ♥ Eindelijk kreeg ik m’n boek binnen! Besteld via bookdepository, werkt top (nee, krijg er niet voor betaald, haha). Moet er nog in beginnen, dus geen idee of het een goed boek is. ♥ Heb ik een mooie camera, gebruik ik eigenlijk vooral mijn telefoon… stiekem wel zonde! Dus pakte ik hem weer eens uit de kast de afgelopen week. Helaas heb ik geen model tot mijn beschikking, dus dan maar even mezelf voor de lens gezet. Best lastig, want de batterij van mijn afstandsbediening was leeg… maar het is gelukt! Al kijk ik wel een beetje boos. Was ik niet hoor! ♥ Een vriendinnetje van mij was van de week jarig en dus maakte ik voor haar een schilderijtje! Ze gaan over een maandje trouwen en het leek me wel toepasselijk. Ze was er gelukkig blij mee, ik vind het altijd nog wel erg spannend om iets te geven wat ik zelf heb gemaakt (al kreeg ze er ook een “echt” cadeautje bij natuurlijk! :)) ♥

Hoi allemaal! Ja, je leest het goed, hier weer eens een Nederlandse update. Na ruim twee jaar in het Engels te hebben geblogd, leek het me leuk om eens te kijken hoe het ook alweer in het Nederlands ging. Heel veel anderstalige lezers heb ik vermoedelijk toch niet (veruit de meeste reacties die ik van jullie ontvang zijn in het Nederlands) en anders is er gelukkig zoiets als google translate.

Toentertijd (toen ik net terug kwam uit Zweden, twee jaar geleden alweer) ben ik hier in het Engels gaan bloggen, voornamelijk om mijn Engels een beetje op peil te houden en wat meer te oefenen. Ik vind en vond dat ook echt heel leuk! Op de een of andere manier zijn mijn stukjes leuker in het Engels (althans, dat denk ik dan, haha!) en klink ik in het Nederlands toch vaak als een saaie sok… (alleen deze laatste zin al, dat klinkt toch gewoon al SUF?!). Op de een of andere manier hoor ik mezelf dit dan allemaal zeggen in mijn Noord-Hollandse accent en ehm, gurl, it ain’t pretty. Misschien ga ik daarom ook wel gewoon door in het Engels, ik weet het nog niet. Voor vandaag echter een oer-Hollandse update! Want, WAAROM NIET? Laat me weten of het een beetje te lezen was!

Inmiddels heb ik al officieel vakantie! Ja, werkend Nederland, deze studente kan al elke ochtend uitslapen tot een uur of negen, zo’n tien afleveringen van Gilmore Girls achter elkaar kijken, gemiddeld vijftien minuten per dag naar haar neusporiën staren in de spiegel, ijsjes eten, mee “zingen” met Stevie Nicks (een octaaf hoger) en waterverf aan haar handen smeren in plaats van op het papier. In theorie natuurlijk. Maar ja, wat doe je er aan? Mijn studiepunten voor dit jaar zijn nou eenmaal allemaal binnen, het enige dat mij nog rest is het schrijven van mijn master-scriptie, en daar kan/ga ik pas na de vakantie mee aan de slag. Tijd voor leuke dingen dus! Eigenlijk heb ik me nog geen dag verveeld (die poriën heb ik nog niet bekeken) en eerlijk gezegd was ik er na de afgelopen tijd ook best wel aan toe. Gewoon even helemaal niets om me druk over te moeten maken. Dat is vakantie, toch?

Leuk: Ik heb eindelijk de nieuwste film van Wes Anderson gezien: The Grand Budapest Hotel. Ik vond ‘m echt heel erg leuk en zeker een aanrader! Beter dan Moonrise Kingdom. Dus gaat ‘m zien! ♥ Ook nog steeds verdrietig dat The Office is afgelopen? Probeer dan eens Parks and Recreation. Ik moest er even inkomen, maar nu ben ik helemaal Leslie Knope fan! Er zijn al zes seizoenen, dus genoeg om te kijken tot er weer nieuwe afleveringen worden gemaakt. ♥ Nog een andere verslaving: House of Cards. Wauw, wat is dat goed. We zijn nu nog maar bij aflevering zes (of zeven?) en het wordt eigenlijk steeds spannender! Ik probeer op internet alle spoilers te vermijden, dat is nog niet makkelijk, haha. ♥ Wist je dat Jena Malone ook zingt? Nee, ik dus ook niet, totdat ik gisteren een filmpje van haar bandje ontdekte. Deze clip is heel erg 90′s Drew Barrymore, LOVE IT.. Oja, niet op het werk bekijken, want ze is een beetje naakt. ♥ Dat ik eind juli een weekje naar Zweden ga. Heel heel heeeeeel erg veel zin in! ♥ De vlogs die Kim en ik naar elkaar stuurden. Die van mij is niet echt geschikt voor het publiek (alleen al vanwege het melige muziekje wat ik er onder had gezet, mijn edit programma werkte niet echt mee en uiteindelijk heb ik het maar zo snel mogelijk opgeslagen voordat ik weer opnieuw moest beginnen), maar het was wel heel leuk om mijn dag te filmen! Hier wel een still :) ♥ Het mooie weer van de afgelopen dagen en dat we daardoor vaak op ons balkon kunnen zitten. ♥ Dat mijn vriend komend semester in IJsland gaat studeren. Natuurlijk is het niet zo leuk dat hij dan een paar maanden weg is, MAAR, ik ga uiteraard op bezoek! ♥

En nu als afsluiter, zoals altijd, natuurlijk een muziekje.

Muziek

Bijna iedere dag ontdek ik nieuwe muziek van Fleetwood Mac. Ja, ja, ik weet het, ik ben geobsedeerd en het is inmiddels een tikkeltje gênant. Ik kan er niets aan doen. Maar geef toe, dit is toch gewoon heel mooi? Voor mijn verjaardag kreeg ik van een vriendinnetje een boekje met informatie over alle liedjes van Fleetwood Mac. De man die het heeft geschreven is af en toe een beetje gemeen over Stevie Nicks (tssss, al kan ik er af en toe best om lachen), maar verder is het een leuk boekje met grappige weetjes. Sindsdien ga ik ook op internet vaak nog op zoek naar de betekenis achter de muziek. Het verhaal achter dit nummer? Het is niet zeker, maar er zijn wel theorieën. Deze verklaring vind ik zelf heel mooi, en als je het nummer hoort ook heel toepasselijk. Die emotie die er in zit (suffe sok alert!), tjah, dat is waarom ik een beetje verliefd ben op Stevie.

Liefs,
Ash

GOT NOTHING OF THIS ALL? I’m sorry, I decided to write a blogpost in my native language today. I think you’re going to need google translate with this. Here you go!

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A life update

Hi everyone. It’s been a while, right? Well, sometimes life throws curve balls at you and all you can do is go with it and try not to panic. It feels weird writing about it here and frankly I don’t really want to, but not mentioning it at all feels wrong, especially considering the impact it has on my life and my loved ones. About three weeks ago my “stepfather” passed away (I’m using air quotes because I strongly dislike the word, I guess I watched Cinderella too many times when I was younger). It did not come as a “surprise”, considering he had been sick for a little while, but it was a terrible shock nonetheless. He was a great loving man and made my mom very very happy.

I don’t really feel comfortable sharing more about it. Somehow everything I type doesn’t do any justice to the pain and confusion that we are all experiencing right now. That, and the fact that I can’t type a single sentence about this all without bawling my eyes out, makes me think I’d rather do this whole grieving thing in private. I hope you understand.


A Trabant, complete with GDR sticker on the back window, couldn’t resist taking a picture ➳ A drawing I did for my sister. ➳ Beautiful yellow tulips. Can’t get over how beautiful (and standing up straight!) they are. ➳ Boyfriend while going for an ice-cream at Koningsdag.

Strangely enough, life goes on and there is nothing you can do about it (although it does feel like EVERYTHING has changed). I try to distract myself with taking pictures, painting and listening to A LOT of Fleetwood Mac (of course I also spend a lot of time with my mom… don’t worry, we are taking good care of her).

In one of my last posts I mentioned my thesis and how that was going to keep me from all the fun stuff the upcoming months. Well, with everything that has happened, I have decided to postpone my thesis writing and instead focus on getting my last regular 6 ECST of my masters this semester. The thesis will have to wait, I’ll probably get to that in september/october.


The sun was going down and somehow it painted our entire living room pink ➳ Last week I was a “model” for one of Malou’s make-up classes. I was supposed to be there a week earlier, but had to cancel and this way it luckily all worked out ➳ Watching falling stars by the sea. There was supposed to be a meteor shower and yes, we did see a few falling stars! ➳ On the 14th of april I turned 24 and although it was probably the saddest birthday ever, I did get a very great gift from my boyfriend. A Fleetwood Mac album on vinyl that was still missing from our collection :)

Here’s a song I’ve been obsessed with (well, besides the songs by Fleetwood Mac of course… but I probably already talk too much about them already, hehe)

Lana Del Rey – West Coast
Give it a few times, you’ll probably have to warm up to it, at least I had to (and no, you’re not crazy, the video is repeating itself).

Hope you’re all well xx

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A few words about the film Her ♥



(yes, I drew the portrait in the middle! :) I used water paint, very fun and easy to work with!)

This weekend I finally got a chance to see the film Her and I’m so so SO glad I’ve finally seen it! I was seriously blown away by how beautiful it was. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT, TRUST ME. It’s a story about Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and how he falls in love with an Operation System (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). That sounds totally crazy, but during the film you find yourself constantly wondering about the limits of love and how crazy it actually is. What’s so wrong about being happy in love with an Operation System, albeit with a “fake” person? How real is the love? And does it really matter?

This film is also HEAVEN for people who can obsess about and appreciate pretty film shots in general. The modern ’70 style is so well done and THE COLOURS AND THE WARDROBE AND THE DECORS ♥. NO WORDS. I want it all. Yep, I’m definitely going to re-watch it soon.

You should too! Here is the trailer:

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Chatter about the sun, school & Banks

Hi everybody! How are you? The weather is SO nice over here, I’m in a real summery mood (yes, I do know it’s technically spring, but whatevs). Today I jumped on my bike, did some grocery shopping and bought me some tulips. It’s so nice to see everything turning green again. Gosh, I forgot how much the sun can do for your productivity level and overall ~emotional~ state.

A new course starts this week (today I handed in my essay from the previous one… let’s just say it was a short night last night… haha) and that means I’ll have to go to Amsterdam a shocking two times a week. I KNOW RIGHT?! Puh, don’t know if I’m going to be able to handle that! Although I must confess the prospect of having a class on friday till 5PM doesn’t really excite me, but I’ll manage ;)

It’s my last course and that also means the study year is soon coming to an end! Wow! After I finish my thesis I’m officially DONE with being a student. I’ll have to write it first of course… ahem. Luckily I received some good news today. Last week I went to visit the archives of the ministry of foreign affairs in The Hague and today I got the green light to access some documents I really want to use. So let’s do this! It is ON like Donkey Kong! And although I never know how and when I’ll blog, I do want to give you a heads up in case I do disappear for a month. It’s THE THESIS.

Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to share a “new” music find: BANKS. Perfect music for these (almost) summery days.


Here is a cover she did from the Aaliyah song “Are You That Somebody”^. And here’s a link to one of her own songs Waiting Game.

Hope you’re well, have a nice week! x

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The Veronica Mars film: opium for the fans

Hello, this is me, reporting back from chipmunk central. My other two wisdom teeth have been removed and I now slightly resemble the chipmunk you would probably leave at the petstore because her other chipmunk friends are way cuter (seriously, just one huge -left- cheek, that’s just plain weird) and probably a lot less high-maintenance. Long story short: I’ve had way too much time on my hands. From watching the cooking channel (surprisingly less fun when you’re forcefeeding yourself through a straw) and binge watching three seasons of Friends, to getting a lot of grand stars in Mario Galaxy (little bit of advice: keep your friends close, but your friends with a Wii even closer). Also seen on that big black box right in front of the couch? THE NEW VERONICA MARS FILM. (had to be in caps) Are you ready for my very (not so much) in-depth review?

Don’t read this if you are still planning on watching it! SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Things I’ve been loving, picture edition

Our fun and summery weekend in Zeeland and Ghent last week ♥ Seeing my family again and having dinner at Kim’s. ♥ Wearing summershoes and rolling up the ends of my jeans (finally!) ♥ Spending my life with my best friend ♥

Our “new” heater. ♥ A lot of work went into this one! It was originally a very bright orange and we spraypainted it ivory. A friend of ours also installed a LED light in it, so in the evening you can actually turn it on and see a yellow or purple light behind the round glass. I love it! It’s purely for decorating purposes, but I think it really adds something to our living room.

Our new tv, a housewarming/birthday gift from my dad. Quite the surprise! Also: pretty flowers (such a shame they only last a couple of days).

The only time I buy a magazine? If it has the title De Groene Amsterdammer on it’s cover or when I’m on vacation. It’s not really in my weekly budget. Our weekend to Zeeland felt like a vacation (it technically was), so I allowed myself to buy one. I’m really into interior design lately and I loved perusing this. So much inspiration! Maybe I should buy it more often.

Once a year I treat myself to new skin stuff. It costs a fortune, but I love using it everyday. It’s well worth it’s money I think! I’m also trying out a new moisturiser by Clinique. I really liked using their yellow one (don’t know what it’s called?), but this one has SPF in it. Big plus! And the nail polish? I’m apparently late to the party, because everybody already knows it’s fantastic. It’s the perfect colour and it makes it look like you’ve just had a manicure. I’ve been wearing it for 4 days and it still hasn’t chipped! Thanks Anne for recommending it to me! (it’s Bubble Bath by O.P.I.).

This album by Buckingham Nicks (are you getting sick of my Stevie Nicks talk yet?!). I’m seriously obsessed. It’s probably not everybody’s cup of tea, but if you want you can take a listen to it. In case you’ve missed it: I’ve embedded the youtube file below the above picture. My favourites: Frozen Love, Crystal and Races are run.

Have a great week! ♥

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Under the weather

Hi! How are you?

It’s been a bit quiet around here and I just wanted to let you know that it’s because I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I had to get two of my wisdom teeth removed the past week (or molars as some would call them) and one side of my face now feels like a big fat truck drove straight into it. Most people told me it was going to be fine, so I went in being rather optimistic. BUT, when I entered the room, the surgeon took a look at my x-ray, shook his head and said, WELL, this is going to be a tough one! All while making a bloated face and shaking his hands near his cheeks, miming for them to get bigger. So nice to hear… AHEM. He even let me choose which side I wanted him to start on first. Instead I just shook my head in fear and said: well, whatever you think is best (YOU JUST TOLD ME THIS WAS GOING TO BE AWFUL, JUSTGETTHISOVERWITH).

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: it was rather awful. The upper-right one? Out of my mouth in less than 10 seconds. The lower-right one? They had to cut it in three parts and it felt like they removed it with one of these god-awful things. The most fun part?! In less than a month the other two have to be removed as well! GASP!!!

As you can see they have yet to remove my dramatic streak.

Ha, just kidding, I’m fine. But the part about the truck is true, it still hurts like a mo-fo. Here are a few things that helped me through this boring week (because I’m vain like that and I didn’t feel like going outside looking like a russian guinea-pig that’s been hoarding for winter-time and wasn’t even smart enough to use both cheeks)

Hope you are all well!
xx

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Diary or something, february 2014

Oh, hi everyone! That blogging thing is going grrrrreat right? (not). Well, what have I been up to? Besides this class I’m taking about Germany and the European Union, I’ve also been doing some work for my sort-of-father-in-law (I’m building a website for his company), I started a volunteering job (maybe I tell more about it in a few weeks), I study, I go to work for a few hours a week and I’ve been doing fun stuff :) I should probably also be working on my thesis a bit more, but there’s only so much hours in a day, right?

The pictures

1. On the road on our way to my dad who lives on the other side of the country (luckily in the Netherlands that only means driving for 2,5 hours). We don’t get to see each other very often because of his work (he’s at sea a lot), so it was extra nice to spend a day with each other :) 2 + 3. Mirrorshots, because WHY NOT. 4. A picture I took of our sunset. 5. Another shot from the huge collection of pictures I took with Annemerel. 6. My nightstand. I finished “De kleine blonde dood” this week and I really really loved it. Most people have already read it because of the mandatory reading lists in school, but somehow I’ve never read this one before. So glad I finally read it! Gosh, it wasn’t a fun read, but definitely worth it. 7. The church from the village my dad lives in now. 8. I received my printic order (more info below!). 9. Yesterday we borrowed my mom’s car for some grocery shopping. We also decided to get some coffee and chocolate croissants and ended up on one of our favourite spots overlooking the sea. We watched this mom and her small child trying to walk along the coastline and the child had this little mittens sticking out from his sleeves, and he continued to trip over his own feet again and again and she tried to pull him on his hood whenever he tried to run to the water. It was just very cute :) 10. A snapshot I took when we visited Kim two weeks ago! 11. obsessed… Fleetwood Mac.

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At home with Annemerel

If I had to pick one word for Annemerel to describe her, it would probably be “whirlwind”. Yes, I know, she may look ethereal in some of these pictures, but don’t let them fool ya, because anyone who has met her would totally agree with me: when Annemerel enters a room, BOOM, there she is. She is constantly moving, talking and just being her fabulous self. She’s hard to forget!

Last tuesday I visited her in her home in The Hague and of course I took my camera with me. Foolishly enough we only decided to start shooting at around 3 o’clock, which kind of made it a challenge with the natural light (or lack thereof). The fact that it was raining outside made it none the better, but luckily we did get a lot of good shots! (ifimaysaysomyself)

We shot a few different looks (4 in total) and that, together with the difference in lighting throughout the afternoon, made it a bit of a challenge for me to edit them and get a coherent photo spread. You can see it didn’t quite work out, instead I have a lot of pictures that just don’t match. Whatever, don’t care. I love them anyway.

All in all I’m a happy gal and very happy with the results. I took soooo many pictures, it’s insane. Making a selection was almost impossible. You’ll probably see some more of them appear on her blog over the next few months :)

Thank you Annemerel for being my model for the day! You’re absolutely gorgeous (and fabulous!). Don’t let anybody ever tell you otherwise! xo

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