Yep, that’s me, sitting on top of a washing machine

Yep, that’s me, sitting on top of a washing machine

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To everyone who left their blogurl at one of my latest posts: yay! To everyone who didn’t: WHY NOT? Let people discover it! You can still leave it! :)

Let me be honest: I’m kind of at loss what to write about. Is there a blogging school? Maybe I should take a lesson.

When I came about a post up on Emma’s blog (it’s super cute, check it out!), I realized that she worded perfectly what I’ve been experiencing for the past years. Blogging has changed. People are doing it for money. People are treating it like a job. There’s nothing wrong with that (I actually think it’s pretty cool), but it’s a lot different than how it’s used to be and a whole lot different than how I used to blog. Back in my day (I know I sound like a grandma right now…) the word “blog” wasn’t even around! Everyday I had to use that super slow annoying dial-up connection to log in and write lousy entries about my school day (yes, almost every single day – I think I even wrote about my food habits) and that was it. It was a diary. And later on, when I didn’t want to be as boring as I used to be, I also began to write movie reviews. And after that I bought a camera and started to use more pictures than words (pictures of my feet, but nonetheless they were pictures).

When blogs became popular and everyones friend of a friend’s niece started one AND you could make money out of it, it really changed everything for me. I felt pressured to deliver entertaining content, not just once a week, but every day. That’s what blogging is, right? Delivering content, every single day. So people will follow you, add you on bloglovin and your stock will eventually go up. But it didn’t feel right to me and it still doesn’t. It’s just not my way of blogging. I started to take it way too seriously and I knew it wasn’t right for me. So I quit my blog while I was living abroad (sitting on top of washing machines) and I really enjoyed that time.

After a while though, I realized I really missed being creative. And then this thing was born. Now I really love blogging again. I post about the things I love and my experiences and that for me is what it’s all about. I also really like the fact that a lot of people take the time to leave a comment (I really do, thank you so much!). I know my blog isn’t exactly HOT STUFF (I have a category named “granny hobby” for god’s sake), my drawings are really mediocre and my love for Silent Witness is kind of embarrassing, but I still LOVE it. I think that’s really important. And yes, I sometimes do feel pressured to update, but I just keep telling myself that this has to be fun. If I don’t want to update, I just don’t do it…

Anyway, this was a really long and boring way of me saying: I don’t want to update every single day. I’m simply not that bothered with making money, I am way too lazy to blog everyday and I just want to make fun stuff!

Thanks for letting me share. See you next post (hopefully). And if you have any thoughts to share on this topic, please do!

Ginger & Rosa

Ginger & Rosa

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Yesterday was movie-night, so we lit some candles and a fire and curled up on the couch. We watched this beauty, Ginger & Rosa. It was SUCH a pretty and inspiring movie. And also a bit heartbreaking.

Ginger & Rosa is a story about two best friends who share everything together, but slowly drift apart because of how different they turn out to be. It’s all set in the sixties, which was the time where the Cold War met the sexual revolution and nuclear bombs were a threat; it was the decade in which people were experimenting with how one should live. There was a whole generation who wanted to figure things out for themselves and who did not want to go down the traditional route. Ginger’s father is a perfect example of the sixties zeitgeist, who instead of apologizing to Ginger comes up with this “excuse”: ‘Antonymous thought, personal truth, freedom of action (…) these have been my guiding principles’. All nice words, but by doing so he hurt his daughter enormously. Everyone’s thinking about themselves, but who is thinking about Ginger? And, like Ginger asks throughout the movie, what about the world?!

Anyway, I can talk for hours about this, but let’s just watch the trailer:

It’s pretty right? I’m in a 60’s mood ever since (minus the nuclear war stuff – although, is it really different nowadays?). Too bad my wardrobe isn’t exactly 60’s proof, hmm… But I’ll be definitely wearing some winged eyeliner today.

Daily musings, lazy instagram version (again)

Daily musings, lazy instagram version (again)

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My sister painted her bedroom last week in this pretty blue colour. Makes me think of Sweden… ▲ 50 kronor! ▲ My mother in-law got me these pretty tullips. Well, they WERE pretty, but on this picture: not so much anymore. ▲ My sister came by to do my make-up, just for fun! (her make-up bag and it’s contents are considerably larger than mine).


My boyfriend had his birthday this week (happy birthday baby!) and I baked apple pie. As a present I got him a flying lesson. Fortunately he really liked it! We still have to book it, but we are waiting for the weather to get better. ▲ We went to Amsterdam to pick up my diploma, yay! It took me forever (boring story) but now I finally got it. ▲ I could not decide if I liked the leather vest when I was in the store, but I’m glad I bought it. ▲ When everyone was complaining about the snow and all the discomfort they were experiencing because of it, I took this picture to show that we had beautiful weather. Next morning I woke up and what did I see? SNOW. Karma? (yes of course my karma can make it snow)


Pizza! Home made is the best! And super easy as well. Just add some flower, an egg and water (or olive oil) together for the dough and use whatever you want for toppings. Delicious and also very healthy (although, if you want, you can probably make this very unhealthy with various toppings like A LOT of cheese, hehe…). ▲ A picture of me with my bike when I was in Sweden. We (the international students) all had such crappy bikes, it was hilarious! I don’t think we got home from a party in the middle of the night without someone’s bike breaking down. Mine was quite alright though. And it had a cute basket, so I was happy ;) ▲ My boyfriend got me this watch as a graduation present. I can’t stop staring at it! So sweet of him. ▲ Like I said… SNOW!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ MORE STUFF ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Got hooked on Sherlock and found myself liking this cute facebook picture. Can’t wait for season 3. ▲ Wow, I wrote about Veronica Mars last week and now it turns out there is going to be a movie after all. I must be psychic or something (a very logical explanation I think). I’m SO EXCITED!!! ▲ You MUST watch something by Derren Brown. I had never heard of him until a good friend of mine introduced me and now I’ve seen every episode he’s ever made… oops. My favorite episodes: Apocalypse, The Secret of Luck, Svengali (a theatre show) and well, I almost like everything he’s made. The Secret of Luck is up on youtube, here is a link. It’s a good one to start of with! I seriously teared up at the end… ▲ My sister started a youtube channel! This month she tries to make 1 video a day, talking about how she deals with life right now (and also about fun stuff, like movies). I think she’s super brave for being so honest (and being on camera!) and I think she deserves some viewers. Go check it out :) (I kind of freaked out one time when I had one of her videos on in the background, because I really thought I heard my own voice, hehe!) ▲ Today I woke up with a horrrrible cold. Does anyone of you have a great tip to get rid of it quickly? ▲ Thanks to Annemerel’s post I rediscovered my old Dido album “Life for Rent”. There’s some serious nostalgia going on when I’m listening to it. I forgot how great it was. ▲

A song to close this up:

No diggity! (can’t beat the original, but nevertheless enjoyable ;) )

And last but not least, a request: please leave me your blog-url, because I want to discover some new lovely blogs (as I’m sure yours is)! :)

 

Potato soup!

Potato soup!

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Whoops, a little late, but here it finally is: the potato soup recipe! It’s very easy and also verrrry delicious. After Tara introduced me to this, I probably prepare it once a week, each time served with something else. Usually some bread with some extra toppings, to make it more of a meal (like smoked salmon or some eggs). Although I must say that this soup is a meal on it’s own and it doesn’t really need anything else if you don’t feel like it. Anyway, here it is!

Ingredients:

Potatoes (depends on how much you want to prepare, but I’d say about 1,5kg)
An onion
A carrot
Garlic
Honey
Mustard
Thyme
Rosemary
A bouillon cube (I always use the meat stock version, but you can adjust this when you’re a vegetarian)
Water
Important: you need a blender for this! (Dutch: staafmixer mag ook)

How to prepare:

1. Chop the onion and garlic and cook them for a bit in your pan, just till your onions are getting brown.
2. Peel the potatoes and chop them into smaller pieces. Do this also with the carrot. Add them both to the onions and garlic and keep stirring for 2 or 3 minutes. You can also add some pepper and salt now.
3. After the potatoes got some colour as well, add the water with the bouillon cubes to the pan. It depends on how much soup you want to end up with, but I usually use 1 to 1,5 liter (+ 2-3 boillon cubes). It depends on how much potatoes you’ve used. You don’t want the soup to be watery when it’s finished!
4. Now boil till the potatoes are done (i.e. when they’ve become soft enough to blend). And after that: blend away!
5. After blending, add the honey, mustard and herbs (like rosemary, thyme… whatever you think will suit it). You can blend some more after that, or just stir the mixture, whatever you prefer.
6. By now it must look like a soup. It shouldn’t be too watery, but if you think it is too thick of a mixture, just add some more water and blend again.
7. Cook it for a few more minutes and it should be done. Easy!

Don’t forget to taste it before you serve! If you think it should be sweeter, add more honey. If you think it’s too bland… you’ve done it wrong! Hehe, just kidding… Just add some salt, or pepper, or more herbs. Whatever you feel like.

If you tried the recipe, let me know what you think of it :) Enjoy!