Someone mentioned Finntroll as a band I should try. Listened to it, but it's not my style. Too grunty ;) But while browsing Youtube, I came across TÝR, a band from the Faroe islands (an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately half way between Scotland and Iceland). The first thing I saw was this clip:
Nice clip (hands up for longhaired men!), nice music. I downloaded (don't tell my hubby, he hates when I do that^^) one of their albums and put it on my mp3 player. Played it during the bus ride to Tiel and while the second song was playing, I had already fallen in love. My type of music for sure! Here's a song from that album:
I'm also listening to 2 other bands which will be playing in a town near us later this year. It's been a long time since Albert and I went to see live bands. We have been to Fré Spigt often, but she mostly plays in theatres, which is quite a different setting. Albert and I enjoyed going to concerts together and we decided to try if we still like doing that together. Well, Albert will of course, his life contained mostly of concerts when I met him. For me it will be a good experiment to see if I can handle being in a crowd again. Epica will play here this fall and we're planning to go. Meet Epica:
And one more clip: Delain. Another option to go see later this year. I like it:
A BIG, BIG THANK YOU goes out to the BookCrossers who replied to my request for translations and who have been patient enough to answer all of my questions and proofreading. I enjoyed working on this project a lot and it was so nice to exchange messages & mail.
As promised, I'm sending out prints to everyone who helped me, as soon as they're ready!
Shameless copy from the BookCrossing forum because I couldn't explain this project any better:
A few years ago, Bflybabe began a thread called 'Holiday Wish List' which was a lot of fun. Everyone posted their personal wish list, not just books, but anything they wanted, big or small. Others tried to fulfill the wishes, as they could. USED items that fulfilled a specific wish were just as wonderful as new, and there were NO OBLIGATIONS- everyone did what they felt like doing. BookCrossers give constantly. We have projects going to needy folks all the time. I don't think it's unreasonable to remember that we need care, too. Unless we take care of ourselves, we can't continue giving to others. If you're interested in participating, all you have to do is post a list of gifts you'd like to receive. You can choose books, or world peace, hand-crafted items or new cars- anything you want or need. YOU MIGHT NOT GET ANYTHING AT ALL, but this is a generous community. Someone might have the very thing. I joined this project last year and have had so much fun with it, so I just couldn't resist participating again :)
This is why I've made those "greetings from Ochten" postcards and it's also the reason why I'm translating the bookplates I designed: to send out to other participants!
<-- this was the very first surprise I received. Beautifulhooker sent it to me; she must have recognized a fellow skull-stuff-lover in me :) Both the bookmarks are in my current reads already, I simply adore them because they're so different from any bookmarks I've seen. I've taken a peek at beautifulhooker's deviantArt pages. Lovely! Thanks girl! Yesterday, another mysterious envelope in the mail...whoohoo! A book? Yes, a book! A Puschkin book!!!
This is Puschkin. I figured he might have read his own books a bit too often, since he fell asleep on top of it :)
The book is in German and the lovely thing about that is that the name Puschkin is spelled exactly the same as the name of our cat.
My collection is growing and it's time to create a special spot in the living room. I've got several Puschkin/Poesjkin books in Dutch, one with amazing illustrations in French (Pouchekine), 2 in Russian and now 2 in German. I've also found a Pavlov book and I'm hoping to get my hands on one of the books about or written by Sacharov. Munchkin has his own card game, would be great to find that some day and I think there will be a book somewhere that has Molotov in the title...
And this laminated card is a cute contribution to the collection as well!
The surprise came from Germany, from ApoloniaX. It came with a nice chatty notecard, telling me about a coincidence: while she was registering the Puschkin book she wanted to send me, her mom called her to tell she received my postcard. One of ApoloniaX's wishes was for people to send cards to her mom, who isn't in the best of health. She also told about her cat, in the same way we often do: "she was my cat, i.e. I was her servant" LOL, same here! :)
She also granted another wish I made. I was hoping to inspire others to eat vegetarian / skip meat for just one day. Looks like my German friend here has been a veggie girl for a looooong time already :)
Thank you, ApoloniaX. You didn't know it, but I felt horrible yesterday morning and your mail made me smile. So, thanks for that as well!
I have been sending out envelopes as well and a few have arrived already. Wonderful to hear what people think of the stuff you sent. Actually, the most fun is in finding little surprises that are inspired by their wishlists. All small gestures, like bookplates I've made, bookmarks and BookCrossing stuff.
The bookplates/labels I've been working on are at the print service now and I think they'll arrive somewhere this week. Several wonderful BookCrossers translated the text I wanted on the labels and I've used those translations in my design. Now I've got 10 languages available (Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish and German) and 2 more to come (Chinese and Malaysian). They'll be available for printing/download on my Photobucket account soon!
My blog here seems to have a bug or something. When I open it from my computer, I'm getting an error notice. Is it just my pc or is it the blog website? Please let me know if you have had errors when opening this blog as well! I need to figure out if I should be looking for the solution in my own pc or in the contents of this blog... Post your comment here or send me an email. Thanks for helping out!
Edit: removed one of the widgets and it seems to be solved now!
This book will be in the stores in August and since it's not printed as a real book yet, we (the reviewers) get to read it as a proof (in Dutch: drukproef). It's nice to see a book in such an early stage; I hope the large size isn't gonna bother me while reading. Ah well, plenty of time for that: the review has to be ready August 15th. That will work! It's described as a "literaire thriller", a term
that's kinda frowned upon by Dutch literature lovers, some say it's misleading. It's used often nowadays and I can imagine people don't like this tendency. Doesn't really bother me, but I agree there should be a better term for books like these. The difference between "literaire thrillers" and regular thrillers is, in my opinion, there's more focus on the psychology of a story, the way the characters experience everything that's happening around them.
Ah well, as long as it's a good read, I don't care so much for what name they give it!
Another book described as a "literaire thriller" sneaked into my house by mail; turns out I've won it on a website. Great!
We don't know Puschkin's exact age, but it's clear that he's getting really old now. Everything goes a bit slower, he sleeps more than he is awake, he's not really jumping anymore and he's getting skinny. Time for extra attention & care! Now that we're buying him portion packs senior cat food, he's enjoying his meals more and it feels like he's gained some weight back. He can't reach his back anymore, so we brush him often and he likes it. He never liked to sit on my lap (the cats seem to have decided that the male human is for lap-sitting, while the female human is for playing - clever, a scratch more or less doesn't harm her^^), but being carried around is a whole different thing. And now he even lets me sit down with him in my arms. This is one of those precious moments. So fond of this grumpy old man! (L)
Ever since I joined BookCrossing, I've been active in designing my own labels to put in the books that I release. Just for the fun of it. Have had so many wonderful comments on those and translated them already into English so more people could use 'em.
And now a new project is finding its shape: with the help of BookCrossers from other countries, I'm translating the labels into several other languages.
I'm still surprised every time someone says they like my design, it's still making me blush :)
Usually I'm not too fond of my grandma, but at the moment we're so thankful for the airco she gave us last year (she bought a new one and needed to get rid of the old one). It's very noisy and it has troubles cooling the whole room, but what a difference! Thanks, gran! ;)
Today I was creating a "greetings from Ochten" postcard since they don't sell those anymore and I noticed I didn't have a picture of the old town hall and the fountain monument. Couldn't find those on the internet as well, so I took my cam outside to make those pics.
Whoops, 33 degrees Celsius outside! Hell!
I made it a really short photo trip, but it was worth it: the card is ready to print!