Friday, May 28, 2010

First final draft

Tuesday 18 May, I told my teacher that we could meet again in 2 weeks, and that I would sent the first final draft (aka the completed thesis) to him on Friday evening 28 May. Which means I have to send the first final draft TONIGHT!!! *Gasp*

I have completely done nothing since that Tuesday. I've wanted to, but I failed every time. I know it are all stupid excuses but that doesn't hide the fact that I still haven't done a thing.

I planned to work the Wednesday morning, do the last interview in the afternoon, and only work Thursday morning going home at noon. I forgot that on Thursday I'm not travelling by public transport but by car. Which meant that I would not be able to go home at noon. I discovered this noonish on Wednesday. Since I still had enough work, it translated into me working the whole of Wednesday. I did manage to work less on Thursday, only til 3, and then did the final interviews. (so actually I have done something but just not significant enough)

Friday I had an appointment at the hospital. Where my doctor told me that I was crazy that I thought I had an allergic reaction to something in the Dutch water or air, the dermatologist said that it would probably be something in the Dutch air that would be causing this allergic reaction. HA!

After the hospital visit I packed my bags to go and spend a weekend at my friend's house. It was her birthday on Monday, but she was going to party on Saturday because once a year there's a weekend full of soccer, the fields are located down her street. This year 30 soccer teams from all over the Netherlands signed up. A part already arrived on Friday and it was fun. It was a real ego boost. Because everywhere you looked there was a guy staring at you. Male female ratio was 40:1? On Saturday all teams were there (600 guys), plus the locals, plus girls who want to snatch a guy (for just that evening). We still had fun because we just went there to have fun not go get a guy. The male female ratio was better, probably 25:1.
When we walked in, you had guys checking you out (new meat), and girls eyeing you with grrr and already hating you.

I went home on Sunday because I still had loads to do for my thesis. But the weather was soooo amazing on Monday that I just relaxed outside and got a tan.

Tuesday I got my other 2 wisdom teeth removed. This time the drugs worked so it was done even faster. And the healing is going as the last time. So I'm very lucky.
Didn't manage to do anything that they either because I had an ice pack on my cheek, and in the afternoon I had other stuff to take care of.

Wednesday it was work. Thursday I planned to only work until 1 and then start on school. My dad told me that we were going to be home late because some were going to work overtime. So when at 1 there was still loads of work to do, I thought well...If we're going to be here til 9, I can work til 3. At 3ish they cancelled working overtime, because the pregnant sister who was supposed to be babysitting, her water broke. Which meant that at 3ish I had just over 2 hours before we would head home. And with a phone constantly ringing (I took out my lunch at 1, I think I finally finished at 3, yes I know you're not supposed to eat your lunch at your desk), you wouldn't get any work done.

So I planned to work really really hard today. Get up at 8 (hey, you need enough sleep if you want to do loads of work), shower breakfast, start at 9.
However, reality turned out differently.

I got up at 8. But had to come downstairs and do some stuff because that needed to be done before mother could go grocery shopping. She left, I went for a shower. When I was finishing breakfast she came home. After unloading the groceries, explaining that her outlook can't be used anymore (the code on our office 2007 doesn't work, and the student version doesn't have outlook, so only emails can be received but you can't do anything else) and showing her how to use the new one, but she keeps on using the old one to read the emails and then switch to the new one if she wants to email anyone. Then I have to look something up for her because she was unable to find it for herself. She can also not use youtube, so when we found it she wanted to watch it, then of course you can never just watch one thing on youtube.
Long story short, I still have to start and it's almost 1. Byebye school.

Okay, lunch and then typing typing typing.

Enjoy Friday, and enjoy it for me too, since I'll be not enjoying it.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Trains

In the Netherlands we're always complaining about trains. And most of the time there is something to complain about trains.

Is it about the train company and trains, they are always late. If something happened (options will be explained in a minute), the trainpeople make themselves disappear.

The trains can be late. Just a few minutes so you miss your connecting train. Or a real long delay because a) there's a collision with a cow, b) with a person c) with a car or truck that didn't notice it was standing on the railtracks. But there can also be a d) power outage, e) problems with the signals on the railroad passages, f) there's something wrong with trains switching tracks. But is could also have something to do with the weather g) in summer it's too hot so apparently the wheels become square, h) in autumn or winter there can be leaves on the track. And of course i) there's always the people who steal a part of the track because of copper.
Oh wait j) there's also the possibility that your train or the train on the track in front of you has a defect.
And I even once had a delay because k) a boat ran into the railroadbridge.

Then there are the people on the train. In rush hours trains are packed. So put the bag underneath your seat or in the compartment above it, or even on your lap, don't let is have a chair by itself, that's just rude. And you have people having very private conversations on the phone. People that have their music blasting so loud that you can turn of your music because their music will drown yours out. Some just don't even bother to put on headphones but just blast their music on a small stereo. Then you have small groups of people who discuss everything in such a manner that you are unable to not listen to it (however this is better than the private telephone conversations since you can now hear both sides of the story instead of only one). And then there are people taking in the silence part. And of course then you have the worst of all, parents (or at least grown ups, not always sure if it's a parent since they don't do anything) with their kids, who are trashing the place, and are just plain horrible.

Last week I got in the train near work. It takes over an hour before I have to get to the stop for my transfer home. After 3 minutes there's a stop, after another 5 another stop, then its 30 minutes before the next stop, and another 30 minutes for the stop for me to get off. At the first stop a bunch of kids with grown ups get in. Most go and sit at the opposite end of the train, only 2 kids with 1 grown up sit down rather close to me. In the beginning it's ok. The kids have a toy that needs to be put together, they have a drink and a snack. It's all civil. At the - for me - second stop, the train gets rather full and a lady sits next to the kids plus grown up. And that's when they are starting to misbehave. It started harmless, just a bit of shouting and fighting, just what kids do. When we got to the next stop, the lady moved immediately. And I was hoping that these kids would just get out. But nope.

The train filled up completely, and I had people sitting between me and the kids. But it wasn't enough for me not being completely annoyed by these kids. Well...maybe even more by the grown up, if it was a parent or a teacher, or just the babysitter, she needs to have some authority over the kids, but she didn't say much and when she did the kids would just ignore her. The kids started screaming, really fighting and hurting others, farting, burping. When one of the kids threw an empty bottle, it bounced of the knee of the lady opposite me, we locked eyes, just rolled them, and knew exactly what the other was thinking.

When we got near the final stop, I heard the lady say that she needed to get the train to [end destination of train], and I was like Hell no...that's the one I need too. But there are two trains going for that end destination (I have to get out in the middle), a fast one that only stops at the bigger stations, or the "slow" one that stops at all stations. From what I gathered was that they were going to take the slow one. Once the train stopped I would only have a minute to get to the fast one, and I was going for that one. Couldn't be locked up with those kids again.

The lady opposite me and I are getting up to get out of the train, and I tell her You only got in at the third stop (that only meant 30 min with the kids). She asked me when I got in and when the kids got in, and she felt sorry for me. When we get to the door, the lady that moved before said that she hoped her kids never got that bad. A man, who was sitting next to me was also waiting for the doors to open so he could escape the kids, said that he blamed the grown up more than the kids.

The train stopped, doors opened, and people who needed to go to the same destination as the kids, starting running to get to the fast one. I made it in time, and was greated by the buzz of friends, coworkers talking. I said down and apparently said out loud Finally some peace and quiet. The guy next to me gave me a weird look. But hey he wasn't in the train with those damned kids and grown up.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

copied: bucket list

A new date for Antwerp hasn't been choosen yet. Although one of the other couples said that we'll do it at the end of August since they'll be on vacation from the end of July.
The repetitive asking friend did say she was sorry but she just didn't know. Euhm....read your e-mails! I didn't respond and just walked away, since I knew that as soon as I would reply, the whole discussion would start over. And like you guys said Don't reply.

I don't have much to tell, our vacation to Spain is still not completely organised so until then no rant post.

However I do have a post today. I was reading Collology, and Colleen posted a bucket list (also copied from someone else, but who cares). If you're game, copy and paste these 100 things to your blog. Highlight the ones you've done and let me know how interesting you are:

1. Started your own blog Duh
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii It’s still on my “places to visit” list
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world Can’t wait to go again. Only a month left :D
8. Climbed a mountain I don’t know if Arthur’s Seat counts.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang/played a solo When I still played the piano weekly
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables Some mushrooms and tomatoes, not sure if that counts as veggies
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill I had so much stuff left to do for school and I just needed a day to relax and do a bit of school stuff
24. Built a snow fort When the cold didn´t bother me so much, so that´s ages ago.
25. Held a lamb Some of my grandmother´s brothers still have a farm, so when I joined my grams to visit her brother I hold a lamb and pet a calf, and got stuck on a tractor which left me hanging upside down.
26.Bathed in a river
27. Run a Marathon I have the feeling that I will never ever do this. Not only is my fitness level for running horrible, my knees are just to bleeped up to keep me running for hours.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse It wasn´t even so many years ago but I can´t remember when, we all got those glasses so you could look up.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Hit a home run
By everyone´s surprise, even my own. I´ve never been able to hit anything, and then the pitcher already collected all the people to be close, because the ball would never go far, And I just got so pissed for them assuming that, that I hit it at the back of the court.
32. Been on a cruise
Only a cruise for getting from A to B, but we had disco’s and performances, a swimming pool and a sauna.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person That’s the reason I’ve been to Canada.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
How far back do you want to take it? I’ve been to the birthplaces of my parents, grandparents, and even some of their parents (not that difficult if that’s in the same place you live in)
35. Seen an Amish community
When my family and I did a tour around the 5 big lakes, one day we stayed at the Amish. That same trip took us to the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls.
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied Of course not I’m still a student, although you need more than just money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
That’s how my friend and I got to the top of Arthur’s Seat, although it was only a bit of rock climbing and not that high, since of course we didn’t have the proper equipment euhm actually no equipment at all, we just saw a shortcut up. Saved us at least 1 hour.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person The line for that museum was long, very long. When we went to the Tourist information, a lady told us that the museum was free on Tuesday evening but you could only see David. We only were there on a Tuesday (leaving early Wednesday) and the only thing we wanted to see in the museum was David. Just our luck :D.
41. Sung karaoke Luckily not for the past 10 years. I can’t hold a tune.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight We went to a party on the beach in Brazil and the shortest way to get there was via the beach (strange huh if the party’s on the beach). Not exactly a romantic walk on the beach, but that was not the question. Ow with a bunch of friends we’ve walked the beach in moonlight in Turkey, great fun.
46. Been transported in an ambulance Thank god no.
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris I’ve been to Paris, that was no. 12. How can you go to Paris and not go to the Eiffel Tower? I can accept the fact that one doesn’t visit the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, but not go up the Eiffel Tower, nope.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling We went snorkeling to catch scallops. Although I wasn’t that capable of going under and then blowing the water out of the snorkel. Got me coughing a couple of times.
52. Kissed in the rain I live in a very rainy country, and I’ve lived in another very rainy country, so yes I've kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud
I think I did as a child.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China Next time I’m going to China that’s on my to do list. Last time I didn’t come near it. So next time I’m heading that way.
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia On my "places to visit" list
60. Served at a soup kitchen I don’t believe we have soup kitchens here
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching This happened by accident. We were swimming in the Gulf of Mexico on our holiday way back (I believe I was 7 or 8), and all of a sudden people start screaming sharks, get out of the water, sharks. So we get out, and we see a boat and then some fins. My dad grabs the video camera and zooms in. He tells us it aren’t sharks but whales. So I rush to get some binoculars, since I just love whales. So I was whale watching.
63. Gotten flowers for no reason Just because I think gerberas are flowery flowers, I got a bunch because my dad came across them.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma I’m afraid of needles, enough said.
65. Gone sky diving For my dad’s 50th birthday my brother and I gave him sky diving as a gift. We still have to actually plan a date to go sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp I don’t live that far away from them.
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy Still got almost all of my stuff animals, and my Barbies
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
Only a teensy bit since I thought it looked and smelled horrible, and then it also tasted horrible.
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London Been to London with school. We waited for them to change. We didn’t bother trying to get them to move though.
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
Not by choice. 3x a charm gave a picture with him me and a car on it to the newspaper, the accompanying story was about the car. Out of all the pics taken there was only 1 with me on it. And of course he had to annoy me and place that one in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one I’ve lost two grandparents, one was already gone before I was born. So technically I only lost 1. Luckily all my friends are still intact.
94. Made a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
Nowadays who hasn’t?
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Built a house out of mud
Probably when I was playing with mud as a kid. I remember that I always tried to built sandcastles on the playground and beach. So I probably did that with mud too.

Apparently I'm 44% interesting.

I do think that not all are relevant. Because who wants to write down that she or he was fired? Or that you were involved in a lawsuit? Okay with the exception of a lawyer or judge.
And does it make you more interesting if you've had a check bounced? Or owned a cell phone? Actually I would find it more interesting if a person (between 15 and 60) didn't have a cell phone.

Have a great Thursday.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Friends rant

Be warned, I'm a bit annoyed with my friends right now.

A few months ago I posted about our trip to Antwerp. Just before splitting up on the way home, we said Let's do this again soon. And we said 15 May. Everyone was ok with it, but we didn't confirm anything through e-mail. When it came closer we discussed it separately. When I saw a few of my friends I asked if we were still on for May 15. And everyone was.

So a few days ago one of the friends starts e-mailing to confirm everything, but more for the movie choice (to Dutch standards Antwerp has a huge ass cinema). We have a slight discussion on Robin Hood or Iron Man 2 (I haven't seen 1 and one of my fave movies is Robin Hood with Kevin Costner, and I have a dislike for Russell Crowe). Then one replies that it's his mother's birthday so he's unable. I'm sorry but don't you know when your mom's birthday is since forever? Anyway his girlfriend replies that they could have sorted that out but it's also her nephew's baptise so they are still unable.

Last time we started in December to organise the trip to Antwerp, and we didn't go until March, because it took that long before everyone was available. So I said we'll just reschedule. My first opportunity is 24 July. One replies with Isn't something wrong with your planning if you're unavailable till then? I explain that due to my luxurious life of holidays and some birthdays I'm really unavailable.

Then one of the ladies reply with I don't know why you are unable but you can probably reschedule. So I reply that already booked holidays and planned birthday parties can't be rescheduled. She replies with I'm unavailable 24 July, but I'm sure Nic can reschedule. By this time I'm getting pissed. She already knows I'm going on holiday twice, but I didn't want to shove it in her face since she has money problems. And since I had already told her a couple of times that I'm unavailable and that it can't be rescheduled, I replied with What don't you understand about it not being able to reschedule?

This morning I got the following reply: I can't imagine anyone who is so busy for so long, except for me.

So she can be busy but not anyone else? I typed it all out. I'm sorry if I'm gonna flaunt my luxurious life. But I've worked for it and earned it all myself, although people seem to think I'm getting it all paid by my parents. My parents haven't paid for anything since so many years. I am getting a roof over my head and food if I'm eating home.

1. Free since this was planned to go to Antwerp
2. Birthday weekend, since it's the weekend of pentecost there are some activities where my friend lives and I'm going there for the weekend. This has been planned way back when, we even discussed it on my bday back in Dec.
3. Weekend for finalising my thesis. Rather be safe than sorry, I'm not going to plan anything the weekend before the deadline.
4. My brother's birthday.
5. Flying to the States
6. in the States
7. Flying back home.
8. Flying to Crete
9. in Crete
10. Flying back home.
11. 24 july.

So then one of the other girls finally checks her e-mail. She's online all the time but just forgets to check her own e-mail. She's horrible with texting too. We normally double check with her boyfriend to make sure she's got it, even if something only she's invited. She sends an e-mail to all Wow what a lot of emails in one week. I can't remember why everyone is busy for the next few months but someone must sure have been able to reschedule so we can go before the end of July?

OMG. You've just read all those e-mails, in which the very last e-mail was my planning. I've given up, I'm not going to reply to that.

As soon as our holiday in September is completely arranged and booked, I'm giving you a rant of that as well. A few years ago I've had a few posts on our holiday booking then. Now the discussion wasn't who is invited but where to go and how to get there. Let's say it ain't pretty.