Birthday

Jan. 8th, 2011 11:27 pm
Yikes. Rapidly heading toward that age point where I really should be a fully functional adult. I hate that I am so far behind of my peers.

Anybody up for dinner at Safari or some other simple but festive activity?

Oh yeah, because someone prodded me about it - list of things that would make me happy
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With my gratitude to the people who let me rope them into this. sadly the photo was light-polluted enough that I needed to up the contrast and that also mostly made your faces disappear.

Gnyargh

Oct. 8th, 2010 10:35 am
They are drilling down on ground level. This is good - the shop down there is nearly finished (the previous supermarket moved out two years ago, it's been empty until they started gutting and rebuilding it two months ago) and we will probably have a Lidl in there before the month is out.
But GOD the constant drilling is getting on my nerves.
1) I broke the record in finding a new housemate - 5 days - and she seems very nice
2) We are getting a dryer YAY BOUNCE this is going to make life so much easier over winter
3) It is now cool enough that I can use my HWB again (which is good because my back needs it)
4) my cat is still awwdorable
5) OrkneyTrek :-) Hopefully the weather will be better though...
Maybe my current irritation is based in The World (tm) flooding me with something that isn't relevant or even very particularly interesting to me (UK election) but completely bypassing something that is very relevant and interesting to me. Maybe if I write about it? Maybe if I say 'World, this Thing happened, and this is why it's significant and worthy of a little attention' that will help make me feel better?

That Thing would be May 4 & 5. Rememberance Day and Liberation Day. Even to most of the Netherlands it's not a big deal. 2 minutes silence on 4, and some festivities on 5 May.

Except here in Wageningen. This place goes upside down. First at midnight on May 4 the 'Liberation fire' was lit here and then spread overnight by 150 runners and cyclists to cities throughout the country. I heard them pass until deep into the night, but it was hard to be annoyed about it really. If you're about to run god knows how far into the night while carrying an oil lamp, you're allowed to cheer. Even at 1:30am while passing under my window.

Then May 5. I posted about it last year. Picture those photos with better weather and at least double the crowd. It was massive. There were 18 stages throughout the city centre, playing pretty much any music you'd care to hear. (so um, no rap. As far as I know. But I didn't see all the stages). And a bunch of unofficial performances - one really neat one in main street, where one of the houses above shop level had set up amps on their balcony and someone gave a lovely performance on that perfect stage.
There were roughly 100 000 visitors. Considering this is a town of 36 000 normally... 
The parade was lovely again. Lump-in-throat moment was the man who was flanked by two first aiders, leaning very heavily, but clearly taking great pride in walking the route instead of riding in one of the vehicles. If he wasn't deaf already, he may have gone deaf from the applause. It's a sad thought that it will have been the last time here for several of them. It always is...
We had a HUGE Canadian contingent this time - in addition to the vets and their families (which is always a big group to begin with) at least a hundred sec schoolers had come over, for some sort of living history project I think? Couldn't find that out.

Snow and [livejournal.com profile] troo came over, and we had a great afternoon walking around, listening to music, and then came back here to watch the parade from my balcony. Then sadly they had to leave early. But still, it was really nice to have someone to experience it with - made me feel less like I make up the crazyness that is Lib day where I live.

Oh, I don't know why I wrote this. Maybe just because I feel it's significant and merits a little airspace amidst all the election stuff going on?
Picked the framed pair up today and handed in my old frameless pair so they can replace the lenses - I'll get those back on wednesday.

I'm starting to get used to looking through them - the frame is fairly thin so not that bothersome compared to frameless. But every time I look in the mirror I go "Whoa! Glasses!" :-)

They have colouring lenses but it's not been sunny enough to see that effect...

Oops

Feb. 20th, 2010 11:13 am
kabinet fall over go boom
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[singing] It's the yeeeaaaaar of the tiiiiger [/]
A David Attenborough Satnav voice set

"Heah, the tiny roundabout, safe in its natural habitat, carefuly peeks out onto the motorway..."

"As we traverse the migration route, we turn left at the earliest opportunity"

If that doesn't exist, why not?

Edit: let's do a twitter campaign! It'll liven up a friday. Go here and add your suggestions please :-)

Expedition

Jan. 31st, 2010 03:34 pm
I finally got to see the hunting tower in Horwich, bit of a fraught climb as the steps were icy (down was eeky) but a great view up there. I am clearly very Dutch and went "Eee! High hill! Far views!"
Then we went down the not-a-road in the Landrover (which could try out for a dry river bedding with extra stones) and then, because it was fun, we barrelled back UP it again, and I couldn't stop grinning for a while after that.

Nomnivore

Dec. 4th, 2009 01:59 pm
Reposted from [livejournal.com profile] spellfecker :

Nomnivore, n. an organism whose diet consists of a wide variety of foodstuffs, including plants and animals, and who really, really likes it.

ex: My chihuahua is a nomnivore.
When suddenly very cold, shaky and agitated, TRY EATING.

(when will I learn? It's made more difficult because it's a threshold thing though - it doesn't come on gradually.)
Had trouble getting up, didn't get as much done as I should have, raging screaming back pain - urgh.

Whee

Nov. 13th, 2009 06:40 pm
Icon related. I just watched Pixar's Up and it made me bawl.

And then I watched this and it made me giggle.
On October 7 it's exactly 10 years since I first went to an AFP meet.

I literally can't imagine what my life would be like now, if I'd never done that.

Me!me!me!

Jun. 17th, 2009 12:46 am
I post memes about once every never, so I feel I can get away with it now...
tell-me-stuff-about-you meme )

Mmmm

May. 9th, 2009 03:33 pm
I have made a cute little cake. And decorated it extensively, because I was down and it was a cheering thing to do. Photos will follow.
Am now looking for a story (of my own) that will absorb me. Why is it never the one I want to work on?

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