Better than books?
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I heard that Stinky, you know the gross guy from work that I wrote about last week, has lived with his parents his entire life, up until both parents died a few months ago. They had a big house and his brother also lived with his parents. After they both died the two brothers both stayed in the house and after a while Stinky came to work with a big ass black eye, courtesy of his big brother. After the fight he finally moved out of his parents' house. I don't know how old he is but he looks well over 40.

My friend at work told me these stories. We always hang out together, when she goes out for a smoke I usually go with her. She also told me this week that her boyfriend is married to another woman and nobody in our firm knows about this. They have been together for 20 years, he always comes on saturday and spends the weekend with her. This sunday she went to see him at his new house (he and his wife have just moved). The mrs. was there too and she poured her tea, ate cookies with her and chatted. When it was time to go home her boyfriend gave her a pat on the back, instead of the usual good-bye-kisses. My friend is 57 years old and the fact that she won't have anyone to look after her when she's an old lady makes me sad.

It makes me want to stay in touch with her after I finish this temp job. I love her. She also laughs at all my dumb jokes.

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Go, go, go shorty!

B turns 33 tomorrow... I don't know what to get him! He needs all this stuff like a fridge (I really HATE his hand me down fridge!) or headphones for the music he makes. But he wants a gift that's a bit more fun from me. I'm so not good at buying gifts for birthdays, although I am good at buying, just-because gifts... And that's because I usually go shopping for myself and when there's nothing to buy I have to satisfy my splurge-urge by getting something for B. How's that for self centeredness?!


We scored some very cool free Vans goodies!
Sunday, July 29, 2007

B and I went to the Skateboarding World Championship yesterday! It was great! It was a lot more fun than I expected, I really got a rush through my stomach everytime the boys (or actually, men, because a lot of them were 30+) landed a cool trick. Or should I say gnarly ;-)

Anyways, it's always so nice to do stuff together, he's so great to hang out with. B and I don't go out dancing as much, I usually go with my girlfriends. He's just not that into bars and discotheques anymore. And sometimes I think it's a shame we don't dance as much as we used to together, but I'm perfectly content as long as we do stuff like watch seemingly rubber men on wheels.

Now I'm at home and I'm gonna work on my thesis and after that I'm gonna go to Cris' mom's birthdayparty.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

The guy (of course I call him Stinky in my head) who sits across from me is soooooo filthy! I had to sit at his desk once and his chair, the keyboard, the desk, everything (!) was either: greasy, filled with his dirty hair or darkbrown from dirt. On top of all that, he stinks too!! Not only from farts (he farts without sound, as if I don't smell the silent ones) but from not showering every day. Sometimes, when he has to say something to me I have gag. I run to the toilet to do just that. God, I sure won't miss him and his damn body odor when I leave this joint....


Lying is...
Thursday, July 26, 2007

I really think deliberately not telling something counts as lying too...

I makes me sad that a lot of people disagree with me.


Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear
Monday, July 23, 2007

I've been reading on the internet about Bobby BeauSoleil, the man who made the music for Kenneth Anger's 'Lucifer Rising' (wicked movie!). Mr. BeauSoleil has been in prison for the past 30 or more years, because he killed a man in the 60's. Any other guy wouldn't be in prison so long but parole is almost impossible because he was linked to Charles Manson and "The Family". I don't know but it seems to me that he was just a young dude who made a really bad decision. But I don't believe he's evil or something. So, apart from judging who's evil and who's not I just really like his music and on his site you can read some interesting stuff.

The older I get, the more I come to realize that nothing is as black and white as I always thought it was and that's a bit scary but it gives you a whole lot more freedom if you have the guts to open your mind.


So this is not exactly an Ipod but ...
Thursday, July 19, 2007

....he does make lots of noise and he's also very colorful! B's sister, her husband and kids went to Spain with his parents so now I'm the bird-caretaker for two weeks. They want to get rid of him, so if we hit it off, he's stuck with me.

I had a bird, when I was 20 or something and he flew around all the time. One night I came home and I saw him sitting in the corner by the window I had left ajar. I'd put him in his cage but the next morning I noticed he had droopy, squishy shit. By noon he was dead. I cried my eyes out; he was only 6 months old!

I also had a hamster two years ago. B and I went to Greece one summer and Ollie, my roommate would feed him and stuff. When I came home I found a note, saying the hamster went AWOL and that he left food on the floor for him. I panicked and B, like a true boy scout, followed the hamster's droppings. We found him stuck, with diarrea all over his ass in the little round hole of a dossier like this:

He had also eaten half of my slipper, there were tiny pieces of bright blue foam all over the place. I thought he was going to be alright but he died not long after this tragic incident.

So let's hope this little chick will have more luck and, of course, that I've learnt from my mistakes and that he'll get to live a long and happy life. I also hope he doesn't attract mice.


Want but can't have
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I'm one of the few people out there that does not own an Ipod. Actually, none of my friends have Ipods, I guess we're all a bunch of last non-electronic-device-having mohicans. Anyways, I have enough money saved for our trip to Vietnam and now I know I have to save the same amount of money to spend over there. But I really want an Ipod!!!

I wonder how life would be if I stopped wanting so much?

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And now we're ready for a REAL vacation!

B and I had a great time in Belgium! We listened to a lot of great music at the festival, there were lots of bands we knew we loved, like Guru's Jazzmatazz(!!), Cinematic Orchestra, India Arie. But we were also totally ear blown by artists like Koop (very cool jazz with a kick ass smooth singer) , Amon Tobin (literally blew B's ear 'cause he's so damn loud!) and some cool cats named Baloji. So at night we were fully entertained at the Blue Note Jazz Festival and during the day we went shopping and just strolling around. The first two days were a bit cloudy so that was a bit of a bummer. But the third day was sun filled and just happy happy happy. We stayed at the cutest bed& breakfast named Alphabed. This was our room:

Belgium, oh so picturesque:

And they also have the nicest alley full of graffiti:

Oh and let's not forget my main man Guru. He looked and acted like he was on high on coke. But he still rocked the house... as we expected!

It's him, I swear! :-))

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One last shot
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yay! B and I are going to Belgium tomorrow morning! But right now I have to email my professor and explain what we did wrong the second time. I have to proof that I grasp that first and then he'll think about giving me another shot at getting all my credits. Djeez, that man is a tough cookie. A part of me wants to say 'fuck that shit' and just do another course in september. But the fighter in me wants to give it all I've got. Always a winner, that one, even if he does lose. And why am I referring to myself in the male form?!

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

When I see old pictures of myself, even from as little as two years ago, I always think "Wow! I looked so good!" but then I always remember that I didn't see myself that way back then. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally happy with my looks but it's just so weird. I am too hard on myself sometimes.


It's not like someone died or anything...

There's a big chance I won't be graduating this summer:-( I had focused solely on my thesis but I didn't forget we turned in a paper we had a 50% score for and we had to redo to get at least the 60% we needed to pass. Yesterday I heard we didn't pass. I emailed the professor that it's the last fuckin' credit I need and I'm already three quarters into my thesis. And I asked him if I could get another shot, but now an individual one. The girl I worked with wasn't going to graduate anyway 'cause didn't have enough credit and therefor wasn't so motivated. I didn't put that in the email, though;-)
This'll set me back for 2,5 or 5 months. So I'm gonna have to pay some more tuition (they do have a nice plan though) and it's just a whole lot of hassle I don't need. And the plan was to go to Paris to help with another design exhibition for ten days and if I have to go to school in September then that's out the door too.

It really sucks but I still have hope that the professor gives me another chance and if not, well then, there's nothing I can do about it. It's not like someone died or anything but it's fucked up anyway. Luckily I have a nice job, I've saved enough money to pay for my ticket to Vietnam and I have lots of fun events planned. Tonight, B, Ollie and I are going to an outdoor theatre festival and wednesday we're going to Belgium for 3 days. There's a jazz festival and we're going to go sightseeing. I also had a great weekend hanging out in the city and having dinner in nice restaurants with different groups of girlfriends, so that always lift my spirits up. There's gonna be a lot more where that came from! So I'm looking forward to everything life has to offer even if it's not all fun and games.

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Le petit prince
Thursday, July 5, 2007

I've always liked Harry best... he looks so naughty!


The wildebeasts
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

I don't care that they're 104 years old right now, those Beastie Boys kick serious ass on their new album!

They've definitely mellowed the fuck out (due to their ripe ages?;-)) and the album is fully instrumental so if you're looking for those hilarious raps in scraping, tough voices, too bad.

I certainly dig this.


I NEED this shirt
Sunday, July 1, 2007

Too old school cool!!!


throw away your television

I saw a documentary about meth addicts yesterday night. Wow! That's some serious shit. We don't really have it here, which means I don't know anybody who's done it, although I'm sure if you search well you can find any type of drug you'd like. But it's centainly not mainstream out here, and that's a good thing. It scared the shit out of me! Those teeth! Those eyes! It seems worse than heroine but that's probably because I've seen the result of heroine use so many times. This is the new, nasty shit.

This morning, after finding my voice recorder (I reeeeally needed to find because I'm interviewing two people tomorrow evening) I saw an interview on Richard Rorty this really cool philosophy professor. He talked about difficult stuff I'd read for school and it helps me understand things better if I hear people talk about it. But still, a lot of those writers blow me away. That's why they're so great!


This is me. 32-year old, mother of 1 and living in Europe. Going through life with one hell of a man, lots of love for my family and a pretty tight circle of mismatched friends. Very self-confident even though I don't know what the fuck I'm doing! (more)