My monday: drinking coffee and cleaning the house while it’s raining outside (AGAIN). Listening to this and this (the title song from Parenthood, my latest tv-show obsession). Trying out some more water colouring after my first attempt yesterday and starting a new book. All in all a nice start of the week :) (also: Tara drew a cartoon version of me, how cool!)
Ugh, let me just be honest with you, I’m not feeling that well lately. Maybe it’s the greyness outside? I’ve been busy with school and there is also some not so cheery family stuff. On top of that I’m unproductive and even when I do manage to do something, I hate everything I write and every picture I take. FRUSTRATING. I’ll probably laugh about this in a week (fingers crossed), but right now it feels utterly frustrating. How did I suddenly become 16 again?! THERE ARE PEOPLE DYING IN SYRIA YOU KNOW, get a grip.
To snap myself out of this (or at least try), I decided to think about the things I loved the past few weeks. Here they are.
Hi, yes, I’m still alive & I was bored, so there you have it. I somehow thought it would be a fun idea to film a “daily make-up routine” (don’t blame me, I’m just severely indoctrinated by all of the crap on youtube) and of course it turned out ridiculous. Let’s call this the director’s cut.
Normal updating will soon commence! (don’t know if that’s true, but I feel like I should say it anyway)
La Grande Bellezza (‘The Great Beauty’), I seriously have no words for it, other than: please go and see it, it’s simply amazing! Watched this beautiful film in cinema last friday night and I’m still thinking about it. Here is a link to the trailer.
The past week has been a bit boring actually! Of course I could’ve been smarter and plan a bit better, but instead I had to work like crazy this week to be able to meet my deadlines. Who sets those things RIGHT AFTER Christmas break in the first place…?! That’s just bad manners! Ahem. Anyway, because of said deadlines I was stuck to my laptop these past few days, typing away and staring at the ceiling in despair and typing again and then, when sunday came, I sent it in, right on the twelve o’clock dot (PM that is). And that’s about as exciting as my week would get.
At the moment, as we speak, I should actually be doing work for my other deadline this week. It’s master thesis time and on thursday we have to present our idea to a small panel of other students (again, my life is so exciting). The good news is: I have determined a subject. The bad news is: I still haven’t been able to formulate a real ~question~ from which to conduct my research (pooh, had a bit of difficulty with translating the term there, but let’s just leave it at that). It’s the most difficult part I think! Hope it will come to me when reading up about it.
Of course, me being inside and stuck behind my laptop for most of the time, also means a lot of procrastinating has been done. Here are some things I found and like to share:
Probably my life saver this week: the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. I know, I know, super geeky and whatevs, but if it’s good enough for Orlando Bloom, then it’s good enough for me (j/k, Lord of the Rings is awesome, just like Orli’s butt). Something about that music even makes essay writing an EPIC event (just as epic like… well, no, I’m not going to make that joke). ♥ THE NEW VERONICA MARS FILM IS ALMOST HERE!!! Watch the trailer over here. ♥ Just a few more nights of sleep and then there will also be a new episode of GIRLS! I’m so excited for the new season. Here’s a teaser. ♥ It’s a bit difficult to read a lot when you’ve been studying all day, but I do manage to read 1 or 2 chapters of Hilary Clinton’s book every day without falling asleep. I hope she will publish a book about her time as a Secretary of State soon! But maybe she’s too busy with running for president..? ;) ♥ I really like that Kim has been blogging a lot more lately! Go check that out if you want! :) ♥
Music, mix the bourgoise and the rebelllll, yeahhh ♫
I have been on a real David Bowie binge the past few days. This is probably one of my favourite songs. Did you know that the song is about two lovers who are separated by the Berlin Wall? Bowie wrote it in 1977 during his stay in West-Berlin.
Have a good week everyone ♥
“When reading the description of this film for the first time, I definitely raised an eyebrow. A film about a man who can only move his left eyelid? That can not be the most fascinating story ever. Little did I know how beautiful it actually was. It all happened to Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successful editor of the French Elle. In the prime of his life he suffered from a stroke and became completely paralysed, a feeling he himself would describe as “living in a wet suit”. However, Jean- Dominique decided to make something of the time he has left (“I decided to have no self-pity and pay more attention to the two things that were not paralyzed: my imagination and my memory”) and asked his very patient nurse to write down his memoirs: Le Scaphandre et le papillon.
What makes this film special is not just the cinematography (which is in fact really really beautiful), but also how it makes you think about life. The main message of this film is not to show you how horrible it is to be locked in your body, but to show us that there is always something that can save you, like your imagination. Or, as the tagline of this beautiful french movie says: let your imagination set you free!”
If you love art house films and have a weak spot for the French language, this is one you definitely HAVE to see. You won’t regret it, trust me. It also has a great soundtrack!
(don’t watch it you don’t want to be spoiled ;) )
Hi everyone! Hope your Christmas was a nice and laid-back as mine! The first day we spent at my boyfriends parents house (very “gezellig”, as we say in dutch!) and the second day we drove to my family in the southern part of the country. While we were in the neighbourhood, we also drove over to Ghent, to pay a visit to Kim and her boyfriend. Why not, right? We’ve only been away for four days, but it felt like a real vacation. Here are some pictures :)
(As you can see I also tried to make GIFs from the videos I took while testing my camera. Not as good as I want them to be yet, but I’ll keep tweaking!)
Merry Christmas everybody! I didn’t know what to photograph to capture the real Christmas spirit of today, so here you have it, a Chistmas tree and a selfie I took this morning. Why not, right?! I also tried taking a picture of me blowing kisses at an imaginary audience, but that one probably would have scared the children. Anyway, a big Christmas kiss from me to you! :-*
Things I’ve done/loved/enjoyed/experienced/whatever
I GOT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE!!!! Best Christmas present to myself EVER. ♥ Also bought myself (another) present… A Canon 600D. My “old” one I sold to a friend of mine and I love that it has got such a good new home. It’s crazy how attached I got to that camera. But it was time for something new. ♥ Bought a lot of presents for friends/family. I LOVE buying presents, it’s probably my favourite thing to do. I don’t like shopping for myself, but I really enjoy buying (or making) great presents for others. So yes, purely selfish motives with that one ;) You don’t want a present? You beg me to not buy you a present? YOU GET ONE ANYWAY. DEAL WITH IT. ♥ Watched the new Hobbit film & luvvved it. ♥ Uni is driving my crazy. Sometimes I really can’t get to sleep when I think of all the assignments I still have to complete. Sucks. ♥ Spent a lot of quality time with friends & family the past few weeks. ♥ Listened to way too many christmas songs. ♥
Christmas with family in Zeeland and a visit to Kim!!! (and a lot of studying, boooo) Oh, and a new Sherlock episode, yessss!
Right, I’m going to wrap some more presents now. In case I fail to update in the next few days: have yourselves are very merry Christmas and I wish you all a very happy new year!♥