Tarot, taart, tv (vijf)

Tarot, taart, tv (vijf)

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Goedemiddag! Vandaag heb ik weer een post met vijf dingetjes die ik graag met jullie wil delen. Misschien zou ik ze eigenlijk over vijf losse stukjes moeten verdelen, maar volgens mij is het veel leuker om lekker te kunnen scrollen.

1. The Harmony Tarot: A deck for growth and healing

Dit is misschien niet iets wat jullie direct van mij zouden verwachten, maar ik heb dus een tarotdeck gekocht. Ik zou mezelf niet per se een spiritueel mens noemen (niet dat er iets mis mee is, overigens), maar er zijn dingen die ik dan wel weer interessant vind en die wellicht onder die noemer vallen. Tarot zie ik echter zelf niet als iets spiritueels, maar eerder als een vorm van mindfulness. Ik geloof niet dat de kaarten je toekomst voorspellen of dat er een verborgen betekenis in ligt. In plaats daarvan gebruik ik het meer als een tool om mijn gedachten te ordenen. Als ik ergens mee zit, dan trek ik wat kaarten (bij het deck kwam ook een handig boekje overigens) en dan denk ik er aan de hand van de betekenis van de kaarten over na. Het klinkt een beetje vaag, maar ik vind het tot nu toe wel fijn.

Dit tarotdeck komt van een meisje dat ik volg op Youtube (Harmony Nice) en ik vind het echt zo mooi! Ik bestelde het via The Book Depository.

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7 onderschatte (serie)parels op Netflix

7 onderschatte (serie)parels op Netflix

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Wat zouden Lorelai en Rory graag kijken? Volgens mij houden ze wel van reality tv, dus ik denk dat ze zouden smullen van Selling Sunset!

Ooit hoorde ik iemand zeggen: “Als je het met je vrienden over series gaat hebben, dan heb je echt niets meer om over te praten, zo wil ik niet zijn!”. Hoewel ik begrijp wat ze bedoelde, ben ik het er totaal niet mee eens. Als iemand ergens enthousiast over is dan vind ik het áltijd leuk, wat het ook is. En hoewel er over de ene serie misschien meer te zeggen is dan over de ander, is het toch altijd leuk om enthousiasme te delen? Mocht je het wel met haar eens zijn (mag ook natuurlijk), dan is deze post waarschijnlijk niets voor jou. Maar als je nog iets zoekt om de lange (lockdown)avonden mee te vullen, dan hoop ik dat ik je met deze post een beetje op weg kan helpen.

Hier is mijn lijstje van zeven series die gewoon op Netflix staan en die in mijn ogen hartstikke fijn zijn, maar die tot nu toe misschien aan je aandacht zijn ontsnapt:

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Series die ik nog wil zien

Series die ik nog wil zien

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Wat doen we tijdens een pandemie in de herst/winter? Heel veel televisie kijken, natuurlijk. Nu ik The Crown heb afgekeken en ik Friends ook weer bijna helemaal heb uitgespeeld, ben ik druk op zoek naar nieuwe series om te kijken. Over onderstaande series heb ik veel goeds gehoord, en ben ik dus heel benieuwd naar:

Normal People

Deze serie is gebaseerd op het gelijknamige boek van Sally Rooney. Het boek vond ik erg goed, dus ik verbaas me er eigenlijk over dat ik de serie nog niet heb gezien!

Normal People gaat over de Ierse Marianne en Connell, die in hetzelfde Ierse stadje zijn opgegroeid, maar verder weinig met elkaar gemeen hebben. Behalve dan dat ze elkaar leuk vinden, natuurlijk. In Normal People blijven ze elkaar steeds weer opnieuw tegenkomen. Een relatie blijkt echter lastiger dan gedacht.

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6 awesome leading ladies (on tv)

6 awesome leading ladies (on tv)

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Samen met de rest van de wereld kijk ik een heleboel (televisie)series. Detectives (Silent Witness en Broadchurch zijn favoriet), komedies (The Office US!), drama (Downton Abbey!!!!) en natuurlijk wat échte “meiden”series, zoals Gossip Girl en Sex and The City. Er zijn er echter een paar die een speciaal plekje in m’n hart hebben veroverd, juist vanwege de vrouwelijke hoofdrollen. Komen ze: zes Awesome Leading Ladies (op de één of andere manier had ik daar even wat Engelstalige woorden voor nodig, want in het Nederlands klinkt het wat suffig).

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The first week of january

The first week of january

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Monday morning started early with a visit to Amsterdam. As you can see it was rather wet. Where is my snow?! ❆ We finally bought a frame! I got this poster at the Modern Museum in Malmö for my 22nd birthday. ❆ Passing Rotterdam on our way to my family in Zeeland. ❆ Owls are cute! This one has a place on our mantelpiece.

Nothing better than a crisp new shirt you found in sale.

On New Year’s Eve we had a little photoshoot with my new camera, a passe partout and our friend/sister. It was really really fun and we ended up with a lot of great pictures! (I only included our picture because I don’t know if the others would like to be on the internet ;))

A very pretty sky. ❆ A picture I took at the beach. ❆ A really healthy omelette. Balances out all of the Big Macs I’ve been eating lately… whoops #sorrynotsorry ❆ STUDYTIME. Not cool. Also: literally five minutes after this picture was taken I knocked over my coffee. Bye bye clean table cloth (which was actually an old curtain, so who cares right).

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 ♥

GIRLS ♥ (the series)

GIRLS ♥ (the series)

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GIRLS: some call it the new Sex and The City, others find it waaaay too explicit, some think it’s racist (because of the lack of colour in casting) and others just find it downright outrageous. Let’s just say this series is getting a lot of talk. And sure, some of it is probably true. It’s about four white women who live in NYC and you see a lot of tits. But it’s also so much more. Every time I watch an episode of GIRLS, I can’t get over the fact how smart and funny it actually is. It’s not for everyone (I would even understand it if you would tell me you hated it), but if you want to discover something new and original, this is it! Let me introduce you.

Hannah

This is Hannah, the main character and incarnation of the “white girl problems” concept, played by actress, writer and feminist Lena Dunham (Lena is also co-writer and producer of GIRLS, together with Judd Apatow). She talks A LOT about herself, is very insecure and is constantly looking for confirmation from others. In the pilot episode, Hannah gets a rude awakening from her parents; they tell her that they are no longer going to support her financially. Shit! Do they not understand how lucky they are? She could be a drug-addict! Instead she just needs some time to finish up her book and make her unpaid internship evolve in a paid job. And yes, she needs 1200 bucks a month, she lives in New York City, what’s weird about that? All of her friends get help from their parents! But her parents are very firm: Hannah graduated two years ago, it’s time for her to stand on her own two feet. Luckily she’s not alone and has friends who not only support her but also make sure the bumpy ride into adulthood is fun one.

Jessa

Jessa is the one you secretly want to be (the hair, the wardrobe, the accent, her laissez-faire “woman of the world”- attitude, it’s all so effortless), but at the same time you can’t quite grasp. She’s constantly looking for something or someone else and doesn’t seem to care about what others think of her. She’s so cool, she doesn’t even have facebook. Or at least, that’s the way she tries to portray herself to the outside world. I bet that, deep inside her, just like everybody else, she secretly wants to find security and discover her place in the world. Although you sometimes get the feeling she has already given up on that. In the mean time she is the girl who comes and goes as many times as she pleases. Sometimes quite literately.

Shoshanna

Well, what to say about Shoshanna? I sometimes feel that Shoshanna is a bit too cray cray to be a REAL person, but on the other hand… She watches a lot of reality-tv (or tv in general, the poster of the four ladies from Sex and The City in her room is a nice nod to that addiction), talks in hilarious clichés and has crazy hairstyles. At the beginning of the series she’s a (GASP!) 21 year old virgin, can you imagine?! Everybody tells her it’s ok, but popular culture has obviously told her otherwise. She lives with Jessa though (who is her cousin), so with such a sexual creature around the house, the sex-part is bound to work out. Spoiler alert: it does! And that’s just the beginning of all the fun.

Marnie

The most annoying character is without a doubt Marnie. Sure, you can feel for her and you can relate to her to a certain extent, but never have I ever seen a more selfish person than Marnie. She would be the side of myself I would desperately be trying to hide. She is insecure, a bit of a control freak, self-centred, feels entitled to happiness and thinks of herself as the pretty girl who can get away with anything. She is Hannah’s best friend and their friendship is a lot about shouting at each other about how selfish and self-centred they think the other one is. Well Hannah, you can be self-centred as well, but I think I’m on your side with this one. Marnie has some cute sides to her, but sometimes they are hard to find.

Are there any boys, you ask? YES, of course there are BOYS. And they are kinda cute:


If you’re still not convinced, here are three more reasons to watch GIRLS:

. There are no perfect people in Girls. Everybody has some issue or another and therefore it feels very honest and real. No perfect outfits, no limitless credit cards, no waking up with a full face of make-up or having sex with a bra on (seriously, who does that?!) or a sheet conveniently covering up the (god forbid!) NUDE parts. Instead we see real people, non-perfect people, with real problems and issues. And it’s totally ok.

. Hannah sets an example for women in not giving a rats ass about her waistline or not having a thigh gap. People joke about the amount of nakedness in GIRLS and especially the many nude scenes Lena plays, but I think she’s awesome for showing off how comfortable she is with her body.

. Great writing means great quotes.

I rest my case.