Saturday, September 29, 2012

Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out

1. When did you last feel down and out?

Yesterday, for a bit.
Too much pain. That says it all.
I always keep my smiles up and running when the kids are around, though.

2. What do you do to feel sexy?

A bit of make-up and nice trousers and blouse.

3. Do you think people think you are normal?

Haha...ask them!!

4. What have you always wanted to do?

Go to basecamp at the Everest.

5. What do you appreciate the most about your life at this time?

That I can use my experience to teach people.

6. If you could be somewhere else, where would you be and why?

Scotland or at another place near the ocean at the UK, because I feel that I should go there and be old there.

7. Have you ever made a fool of yourself? If yes, spill.

Noop, I won't tell you.

8. How often do you feel guilty?

I think guilt is like anger a useless emotion.
I always try to do things as good as I can, so guilt should not be part of my life.

9. Give us an example of what you’ve done when feeling low self-esteem.

Tell myself to do what I need to do and review it afterwards.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another one

To my surprise I got a mail last week from someone I didn't know at all.
She applied for a practice place at the paper.

Yesterday she was invited for a first talk.
It went well.
She seems to have more work experience than the other girl, and at a slightly different area.
I think she can assist one of the people who does a lot for the paper, but who always complaints he is overworked and needs to have assistance.
When I offered assistance it was rejected and he immediately went into a power game.
Maybe a student will be accepted more.

I got the impression she's very efficient so I feel she's heaven-sent.

This week we've got the official paperwork with the certificate to show we're a teaching business.

I feel very happy we've got it, because it states we're doing our work well.
Ehh...correction: I'm doing it well.

We still need about 2000 euros to make the business sound again.
Wish a good fairy would come along and spray a bit of magic dust on our financial account. LOL!

But then again...fairydust might not do the trick. LOL!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Papa Was a Rolling Stone

1. What’s the best memory that you have of your dad, while growing up?

I've got so many wonderful memories..
Walking, talking, being at my grams...

2. How boring do you think your life is?

My life? Boring? I don't know that word at all.

3. Can you do any accents? If not, do you know someone who is good at it?

Yes, I can. A lot. I love doing accents.

4. What technology did you at first fear that you now could not live without?


5. Do you, or have you ever, thought you have a book in you?

Noop. no indigestion.
But I've written a book already, so....

6. How does the weather effect where you live?


7. Are you more interested in you favorite artist’s next work, or the TMZ side of it all?

TMZ side? What's that?

8. Have you ever felt “battled-scarred” by a relationship or relationships in general? If yes, do tell.


9. Do you tend to root for the bad guy?


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Friday, September 21, 2012

New chairs needed

One of the churches in town is restaurated and modernised.
Now they're selling a lot of furniture and because we need some chairs at the office, we applied for a number.
According to number people are allowed to look around and make a choice.
That way the area won't be overcrowded and everyone has an aqual chance to make a choice, not only the rich people.

I was discussing it, trying to get someone to drive with a few chairs. He pointed out that maybe I shouldn't go and just order premium custom made church seating.
As he knew a few more people needing new furniture, we could apply for a large amount and get the discount, then take our own number of chairs and be happy.

I think it was a great idea.
The chairs we now have are not very stable anymore, even though they haven't been used much.
Church chairs are made for frequent use and are very comfortable.

So now my friend is making a list to estimate how many chairs are needed and he will order them and even distribute them.

Isn't it great to have an assistant like that?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Getting used to schoolweek

This week the balletlessons started for the girls, so for the first time this schoolyear we're dealing with a full schoolweek.

The week started out with rather nice weather, so we still had some vacationfeeling left, but yesterday it was dark and rainy and it had all gone.

At ballet it's open door week, so the training is not harsh yet.
But we were confronted with lesser applications for some of the lessons, meaning a shift of hours.
yesterday it was the opposite. Lots of girls subscribed who had never danced, so my girl was adviced to move classes to a higher level. It means dancing with older dancers and later times.

It's not a bad thing, because she can make homework in between and she can use the office to do so. It's warm there and quiet, so I think making homework will be more efficient there and she won't go to bed too late.

Next week her formal training will start, leading to the audition of the balletacademy in spring.
Please keep your fingers crossed.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Lots of music on one device

The last week I came across so many former music friends that I start to think there's a hidden meaning in it.
There are only two people left to see. One of them used to play the guitar. he was able to sing well, but he thought he couldn't.
The other plays the piano so very well that some of his performences still sound in my ears.

We didn't record anything.
Maybe someone from the school management team did, or some sound recorder of university. But nothing more recent.

Meeting again and having fun making music would now include a boss micro br musicians friend.
Ofcourse it can do more than recording alone, but a piano alone would suffice to create a mini-concert for the people around us.

I would love to own a device like that even when I won't see my friends again.
Being able to practice music at times when others sleep, recording a few tracks and work on them to create a balanced sound is a dream come true.

But imagine, just imagine meeting my music friends and recording our songs.
Wouldn't that be great?

Finally, the sea.

I went to the sea yesterday.

One of the girls had to be at a climbing center in Amsterdam to take part in an event for siblings of handicapped kids. We had to bring her and fetch her.

So when the climbing hall event was taking place we went to the beach and as hubby sat down at a bench, I took a very long walk with my feet in the water and enjoyed it to bits.

No racing cars at the circuit, no noise. Just the fun of being there and listening to the sea.
It was great.

I really needed some time for myself.
Knowing someone was waiting and the girl needed to be fetched in time wasn't a good feeling. It made me limit the distance I wanted to walk.
But being there and enjoying it was great.

We went into the small town and bought a small buddha.
He has a glass ball at his feet, and the ball should balance on a small fountain.
We tried out the ball and the light, and it was fine.
I haven't tried the fountain yet.

I'm always telling the kids to use a sunlotion, but I to use it myself... Haha, I forgot.
So now my head looks as red as a tomato.

But my daughter had a good time.
She wants to go on climbing as she did part of her license that day. With ease.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Life is a Lemon And I Want My Money Back

1. When was the last time that you asked for your money back?

A while ago when they made me pay 3 euro for an item. When I came home the prize tag said 1. So I went back. It's only a few euro, but I need to be careful with money.

2. What was the last thing that you did to help someone?

Pfff.. you'd better ask when I didn't help.

3. At what point of your life do you think you started to understand who you are?

Very early.
I was about 9 when we went to the beach. I learned to swim at an early age and I was well-trained. None warned me not to swim too far. So I swam parallel to the pier in Scheveningen and a bit further into the sea. I loved it! I absolutely loved it!
I'm glad no one noticed me, because my mother would have kept me locked in my room until I was 50 or so. When I turned I saw I was very far from the beach.
I didn't panick, just realised I had to swim back in a quiet fashion and be aware of the undercurrents not to be pushed back to sea and not to be pulled to the pier.
I came back to the beach and I felt proud to have managed it, but knew I had been stupid to go as far.
It made me aware of being a person who acts instead of panicks.

4. Are there times when you thought you had taken a fall, only to discover more about yourself?

Seeing yourself in good and bad times is very educating.

5. What was the last thing you did where you could not believe in what you were doing?

Can't remember

6. Do you think that you must struggle to become strong?

No. I think people are born strong, but the loose that because of the way the world deals with them.

7. Do you feel that your dreams have meaning or are entirely random?

I used to remember dreams well, but now I don't.
I had a dream about a small house in an uninhabited area of the world.
That house is somewhere.

8. What was the last promise you broke?

Can't remember.

9. Do you collect anything?

Yep: fountain penns, teapots, giraffes, buddha statues, malas.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

This one

Tutoring this student is completely different from tutoring people who are more focussed to learn than focussed to proof knowledge.
Maybe she wants to proof wisdom too, but I didn't see that yet.

She's trying so very hard.
We were at a special event with journalists and when an interview started she turned to me and in a loud voice she started to give her opinion. I hushed her to silence.

She's giving her opinion all the time and I'm glad I've dealt with people like this before, otherwise I would have slipped into a depression because she makes people feel stupid.

Because of her need to throw her opinion on every word she hears is so enormously big, there is no normal conversation.
It also slows down the work I want to do every day.

She has an issue with planning.
But I feel she needs to step out of herself and look around.
It will be quite a challenge to make her aware of what she needs to be aware of and leave behind what can get lost.

So tutoring at the moment is very energy consuming.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Do You Want to Dance

1. When was the last time that you danced in public?

I think it's two years ago.

2. Tell us about one of your closest friends.

He's kind, but growing old now. He's loosing his idealism, and it moves me to see that. It's painful to watch people who felt so free cling on to familiar things.
Life was never able to disappoint him, but the past two years people did.

3. What is the most that you have ever lost?

Dear friends who moved to another part of the world.

4. What was the last thing that you have done to help a neighbor?

Make a series of photos of the extension of their roof.

5. It’s election season. What do you think the priorities of the United States really should be?

Stop lying and accepting lies to win.

6. What was the last severe weather situation that you and your neighbors endured?

An earthquake.

7. Have you been or are you a vegetarian? Thoughts?

No, but I'm not eating a lot of meat either.
Calling yourself vegetarian because you say you respect life should make you consider that you eat life anyway when you eat vegetables and fruit.

8. If you had a wish for your future, what would it be?

You know, that cottage.

9. Who just doesn’t get it?

I', nopt going to tell you.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Always The Last to Know

1. When was the most recent time that you felt that you were the last to know something important?

Can't remember

2. Have you ever had a good thing in your life that never ended?

My kids.

3. Do you have any nasty habits?

Really nasty? No.

4. What is something that you still do that you thought you' outgrow?

Use one of my stuffed giraffes to put my glasses on when I go to bed. LOL!

5. Have you lost any of your dreams as time went by?

Learning how to paraglide.

6. As you've grown older, what ways are you still act and think the way you did as when you were younger?

I thought and still think everybody has the task to make this world a better place.

7. Is there a person in your life who still treats you as the same person your were when younger? Do you like it?

No, I don't think so.

8. Have you let yourself go wild in any aspect of your life?

You think I'll tell you? Haha!

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9. How do (or did) you parents feel about what you do for a living?