I have to pick one? One? Out of the 8355 days I've lived? Yes, I just looked that up. The site also told me my next birthday's in 45 days. And that I'll have lived exactly 8400 days on that day. Incredible, nay? I should start making a wishlist before I get stuck like.. well.. every year.
I've decided I don't believe in favourite memories and days and minutes and people. I've decided I best enjoy and make every day better than the last.
You're something I've grown up with. Grown to live with.
Not in my own body, so not directly, but in my life.
You had to parasite yourself on two girls I dearly love and have favorited amongst my relatives in forever. And ever since I moved back to Holland, I've been sucked into that little world of yours ever more, met more people with you, known people to spend time and time in hospital because of you, seen people transplanted because of you, and watched people die because of you.
But not today. Today, we outran you.
With sponsoring, t-shirts with logo's of "I Outrun CF", CF-monkeys being sold, and give or take forty or fifty CF-outrunners, with Djuna, a transplanted awesomely cheerful girl, in the lead.
Today, we proved that you're beatable, in a way. Because though you influence the lives of these people and all those around them, you don't make them who they are.
They're bigger than you. Stronger than you. They're all winners, one by one.
.. That has Made a Huge Impact on Your Life Recently.
I find this a very challenging topic.
Something? meaning I can't refer to a living creature?
Recently? Last couple of days, a week, month, or months?
I think, though, that Self Reflection is what has had the biggest impact, in general.
Emotions have had a big impact as well, and talks, and analyzing, and people, and events, and travels and meetings and classes, but that's all life, isn't it?
I think I like getting to know myself better. Knowing my flaws to work on them, knowing my qualities and use them, to know my challenges and allergies. Yes, I've been trying out the Core Quadrant game of Ofman's. So sue me.
I thought we had established that point last September when I last did a blog challenge?
And definitely not when music or movies are concerned, seeing as my options are quite limited. I like specific songs, or maybe an entire album, like I think a movie's really good, not the actors per se..
A new resolution of this challenge'll be just seriously one picture (maybe two, tops) per topic.
Else the challenge might as well be called "130 pictures, 30 days"..
I can't pick favourites easily. My own sense of appreciation of everything good just won't allow it.
Choosing's way way difficult for me.
Not just choosing pictures.
Back on topic: That's a tough one. (Hah. What is new?) I'm not the most materialistic creature on earth and I could do without most things. I prize my books beyond almost anything else I own, but then again, that's not "one item".
There you have it.
Not because I can't do without my laptop itself, but because it links me to a big part of my life, of my world, of my being.
And that's what I treasure most, after all. Friends and family.
I happened to have taken a picture of our queen with my own camera.
Say hello to Beatrix van Oranje.
In case this "Queen"thing was meant as a double entendre... too bad.
I've caught a cold. I feel crappy. I'm not going to think about anything deeply after this heavy (yet productive) day. xD
I mean, she even waved at me before getting in her car. Nuff said.
PS: Because I reminded myself of it and now I'm DYING to quote it "You know, these clothes do not flatter you at all. It should be a dress, or nothing. I happen to have no dress in my cabin." -Jack Sparrow.
Seeing as I'm not smothering everyone with enough pictures as it it, *cough* sarcasm *cough* I've decided I might as well be enthusiastically blogging about the trip to Newcastle Judith and I went on roughly ten days ago!
It was brilliant.
Ice-cold in Holland, so that I woke up, looked at the sky, and told it it might as well snow, for all the cold it had been giving us.
At the train station, standing there with a bag, I was suddenly showered in little white flakes I hadn't seen since the end of last year.
So happy! :D
Tad sad I was leaving, I mean, seriously? Universe? Not cool.
It was wonderfully sunny in England, though. Very spring-like. Also very nice. :)
And it made my companion a lot more cheerful than she would have been had it snowed. So yeah. It worked both ways ;)
We did spend more time on the boat than Newcastle itself, mind!
Quite a boat, too. It was like a wobbly hotel on water.
I do now totally understand and sympathize with the way Jack Sparrow walks on land.
I was doing a rather good imitation, if I say so myself.
Everybody else on the boat was either English, just back from a few days of Amsterdam, (ie. Space-cake, and the Red-light district ) or Dutch and ready to go shopping the hell out of that little town. Luckily, the M-genes need some cultural sniffing as well.
We went to the Travel Info center, went to a coffee shop to figure out what we were going to do that day, walked all the way to Gateshead, passing Castle's Keep on the way, the castle where Newcastle gets it's name, admiring Newcastle's big (and different) bridges, looked into a couple of shops in Gateshead, took a bus to the Angel of the North, took the bus all the way back to Eldon's Square after we were dead tired, and slowly walked our way (through the market) back to the train station, where the bus would take us back to the Port of Tyne.
A few facts about people from Newcastle:
- They think everything more than a ten minute walk is "Not Walkable".
- Geordie (their accent) is quite as unmanageable as Scottish.
- They do not articulate.
- They drink to get drunk.
- They get drunk very easily.
- They are quite obnoxious when drunk. (Very girl-unfriendly. Or rather, girl too-friendly?)
- Those we asked for directions were very friendly and helpful.
Lots of walking around on the cruise as well. And we danced, ate cake with two girls we had met on the way there, and all in all had a wonderful few days.
Our bodies did, however, beg us for some vegetables the day we arrived, both of us not really looking forward to the pancakes in Judith's refrigerator.
And now, those long-waited for pictures, Enjoy!
DFDS- Ijmuiden to the Port of Tyne ;)
At the train station; Newcastle. Biggest chocolate cookie I've ever eaten. No wonder British people are so f.. Uhm. Nevermind. n.n;; Judith at the entrance of Castle's Keep It's almost Inception-like. Newcastle's bridges. The Angel of the North. The Angel and Us. One of the ugliest things I've ever seen. Can you see the cars /on/ the roof? Hah. See you later, England, darling.
We did decide it was worth another trip.
Next time, though, we'll go for a few more days, and take a trip to Scotland, and to Harry Potter's Alnwick's Castle :)