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Current Music: Ben Folds
28 February 2008 @ 08:52 pm

Last Monday night a cold surprised me in my sleep and for the past two days my throat has been sore from ear to ear. I don't know why a sore throat always makes me feel so ill. Migraines are debilitating, but at least they don't make me wish for Death to come and take me away. If I have to suffer through one more day of this I may just have to kill myself.

Current Mood: sicksick and sorry for myself
Current Music: If only tonight we could sleep - The Cure
06 November 2005 @ 07:17 pm

When I came back from the doctor it was still quite early, and I decided to watch the second half of Angels in America, finally! I found it just as brilliant as I did last year, and I'm thinking of making it a tradition to watch it every autumn.

With the arrival of Marianne Faithfull the next day the angelfest was continued a little longer (her "Crazy love" will forever be linked to AiA in my mind). "Last song" is another favourite of mine on the album.

The latter half of the week the weather turned lovely, or heavenly, to keep in style, with temperatures of around 20°C. On Thursday I was even moved to tear myself away from the computer in my lunch break in order to go for a walk with J.

The weekend was the warmest last weekend of October ever recorded. It was also the end of daylight saving time, which meant an extra hour of sleep. Hurrah! My biological clock hates DST, and 7 months out of 12 is simply too long.

Oh yes, and on Wednesday I watched All the Queen's men. Rather disappointing on the whole, but Eddie Izzard was hilarious as the diva giving a performance for the Germans. He really seemed to be enjoying himself. :D

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Wonderful world - Nine Horses
24 October 2005 @ 11:59 pm

Autumn is truly upon us, we have had continuous rain today, and it was quite dark. But I love this kind of weather, if it doesn't last too long.

Again, it took me a long time to fall asleep last night. As I have no trouble sleeping in the morning, I figured it was the time-released vitamin C tablets taken at dinner these past few days that have been keeping me awake. I took only one today and at a much earlier time. Tonight I'll find out if that was indeed the problem.

Current Mood: apatheticheadachy
Current Music: Serpentine - dEUS
06 October 2005 @ 02:39 pm

Excruciating headache.

Also, it would be 20°C and sunny today, but instead it is cold and gray and hazy.

Current Mood: soresore and sorry for myself
Current Music: the sound of my head exploding
02 October 2005 @ 11:15 pm

Nothing much has happened.

While shopping on 21 September I came across a DVD box with the first season of Dead like me and thinking it was a stroke of luck I immediately bought it, but a few days later I saw several of those boxes in another shop at 5 euros cheaper.

I am rather surprised that Dead like me should be released on DVD here when it was only broadcast by one rather obscure TV station, while The league of gentlemen, which has been shown several times on two Dutch stations, a Belgian station and the BBC, has been impossible to get so far, at least the complete box set including the Christmas specials. But I'll keep looking out for it.

The next Friday, 23 September, I could pick up Yossi & Jagger from the post office. When I came home I immediately tried out the DVD and fortunately this time the image was fine. I watched the film over the weekend, in bits and pieces, because I kept being interrupted by phonecalls and people stopping by unexpectedly. I was very happy to find it was the film version after all, and not the shorter TV version. The DVD also includes the trailer, two music videos, a "making of" (without subtitles, which made me want to learn Hebrew), and an earlier short film by the same director. I watched that one last week, but I must say I didn't care for it.

Yesterday Kink FM celebrated their 10th anniversary. :) They will broadcast the Outlaw 666 from tomorrow, but as it is from 9 am until 8 pm, I won't be able to hear much of it.

It also was the final day of the DDD (three crazy days) at the Bijenkorf. Most things I wanted were either sold out already or disappointing irl, but I did score The crying game for 4 euros. :)

And I had another dizzy spell yesterday. I was sitting at the computer and I suddenly felt as if I would keel over. The feeling lasted for hours, it was as if my head kept being pulled sideways. I have had those spells occasionally for about a year, I think. Maybe I should go to the doctor. Also, since I've gone back to work I have gradually started coughing again. Something in the airconditioning, perhaps? But if that were the case I wouldn't be coughing at home too, would I? Although this weekend I haven't been, come to think of it. Hmmm.

It is now 22.30 and I am dead tired. And I'm a bit unsatisfied with what I've (not) accomplished this weekend. Mail has been piling up for weeks and I haven't even looked at it yet. Nor have I vacuumed or done the ironing. *sigh* Oh well. If I go to bed early I may feel more energetic tomorrow. If the mosquito that woke me up at 5.30 this morning will leave me alone, that is..

Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Wrap your troubles in dreams - Nico
12 September 2005 @ 01:58 am

So yeah. Buffet froid. It was very interesting to see that film again after so many years. As I wrote earlier, I had seen it in 1992, and according to the diary I recovered from my old computer some months ago, Belgian TV broadcast it on 24 September and German TV on 13 December. I hadn't remembered seeing it twice. Memory is such an unreliable thing.

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What had stayed with me was the laconic way in which death was treated. I have long since found out that (I've said it before) anything that puts life and death into perspective works as an anti-depressant for me, so it was easy to understand why this film had appealed to me. Still, I was surprised at the impact it had had. What I saw now was a pitch-black absurdist comedy, very amusing at times, but as soon as the credits rolled it had all but disappeared from my mind.

Whereas Yossi & Jagger, on the other hand, was still there and refused to go away. I figured that perhaps this was one of those films that I could love even while being aware of all its flaws, a bit like Different for girls, and by Saturday I had decided that I wanted it on DVD. So when I came home yesterday I went to Fame and fortunately they had a copy. I bought it, along with The panic in Needle Park (YAY!), Young Frankenstein, Analyze this, and Ghost world (another yay!).

Back home I immediately played Yossi & Jagger and I noticed that the things that had bothered me the first time hardly bothered me now. I've really made a complete about-turn. I still think the film is too short (a little over an hour), but that also means it has no room for sentimentality, while still being able to move the audience.

Unfortunately my copy was faulty. The images kept disintegrating, I don't know how to put it otherwise. I had never really considered the possibility that DVDs might not work (naive, I know), but last week a colleague told me she had had to go back with a DVD because it wouldn't play, and hey presto! here I am having problems too. Ack! I hope the rest of my collection is all right, there's a lot I haven't watched yet.

All the same, I was able to make several good screen caps (I learned how to yesterday, especially for the occasion).

I looked on the 'Net for a review of the Dutch release and didn't find it, but I did come across gay bookshop Vrolijk's website ('vrolijk' is a translation of the earlier meaning of 'gay', i.e. cheerful, light-hearted) and I found out that they not only have books, but also a large collection of DVDs. I thought they might also have a version with English subtitles, so this afternoon, after returning my copy to Fame, I headed for Vrolijk.

I found a British release of Dog day afternoon (very unexpected, a triple yay!), and the Dutch release of Yossi & Jagger (2 euros cheaper than at Fame). I was told that the former had no release with Dutch subtitles and the latter none with English (except the American region 1, which I can't play), so I bought both after making sure I could exchange my copy of Y&J if it turned out to be faulty too.

Unfortunately that was the case. It looked exactly like the first one. So I went back to Vrolijk and got my money back. The guy at the counter told me that he had sold many already and had had no complaints, and that it was probably my disk drive having problems with this particular DVD, that happens sometimes. That did not make me vrolijk at all, in fact I was inordinately disappointed, considering I did not even like the film that much just a few days ago. Not even having found Dog day afternoon could cheer me up, but later I remembered to have a look at Amazon UK and according to their website the British release of Y&J will be on 14 November. So there is still hope I can get my hands on a copy I can play properly. And in the mean time I have my screen caps to keep me warm. :)

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Coz I luv you - Slade
24 June 2005 @ 02:56 am

On my Saturday-morning walk in the park I spotted two spotted woodpeckers. :) I think they were Mr and Mrs.

Monday afternoon I almost fainted, from the heat and/or slight dehydration, I guess. I was chatting with E. in her garden. She sat and I stood on high-heeled espadrilles looking down at her, and I suddenly grew dizzy. She let me sit in her chair and I asked "Do you hear crickets, too?" Turned out it was the blood singing in my ears. Fortunately the dizzy spell passed quickly.

Tuesday I went to a shoeshop that has a large selection of Camper shoes. I tried several styles, but none of them felt very comfortable, which was rather a disappointment. Although they didn't have the flamenco Twins I coveted, they had several like-shaped shoes, but I found them quite wobbly to walk on. All this has cooled my love for the Twins a bit, and I don't think I will order them after all.

I did unexpectedly find a pair of gorgeous red boots in beautiful, soft leather, but again it is not the right red to go with my pants, so I will have to return them. Or maybe I should keep them and try to find pants to go with them, hehe.

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I also bought the first Franz Ferdinand CD, at last! As I do not want to do unto my neighbours as they do unto me, i.e. make lots of noise while having doors and windows wide open (excluding my downstairs neighbour, she is quiet as a mouse), I didn't play it until this afternoon for the first (and 2nd, and 3rd) time. Because it was 30°C outside and only 25/26°C inside, I kept the windows closed and could play music at normal sound level.

Yesterday, BTW, J. and I went for another walk in the Vondelpark. Again we had picked a good day for it: very pleasant, not as hot as the rest of the week was. It was quite lovely.

And finally, I was tagged by sophyq ages ago to do this song meme:

List six of your current favourite songs and list six other people to do the same.

As I found it impossible to list only 6 all-time favourites, I took 'current' to mean 'recent':

Trouble with dreams - Eels
Versace - Bettie Serveert
Man is the baby - Antony & The Johnsons
Home - Stuurbaard Bakkebaard
Feel good, Inc. - Gorillaz
40' - Franz Ferdinand (OK, this was last year, but, see above, I only bought it now)



Sorry guys! :D

Current Mood: hothot
Current Music: The weaver's answer - Family
03 June 2005 @ 02:14 am

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This morning was the first time I didn't wake up feeling like shit, with a dry throat and a full nose. Maybe at last my cold is wearing off. This weekend I must do at least some of my RIB homework, but I will also really, really try and catch up on my friends' LJs, I promise.

Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: The one you love - Rufus Wainwright
29 May 2005 @ 01:24 am

Thursday afternoon a week ago I caught cold sitting scarfless in the garden, and within 24 hours it had developed into a full-blown head cold. Because I had become ill so quickly I hoped it would pass quickly too, but alas, no such luck.

One downside of living alone is definitely the fact that when you're ill and you want a cup of tea or something to eat the only way you are going to get it is by rising from your sickbed to prepare it yourself. Fortunately that was only a problem for the first few days. Even though I still have a head full of snot I don't feel that ill any more, and my energy, which had gone in a flash and left me listless and not feeling up to anything except reading magazines, is slowly returning. Just as well, because I have a lot of catching up to do: housework, homework (aargh), LJ, etc. etc. The mere thought is daunting.

BTW, a curious but welcome side-effect I noticed is that I'm not bothered so much by the heat. Yesterday it was around 30ºC here and while everyone around me in the tram was huffing and puffing, I just sat there serenely and comfortably basking in the warmth. It made a nice change. :)

Current Mood: groggywobbly
Current Music: Tomorrow started - Talk Talk
13 March 2005 @ 11:55 pm

Today I watched My friend Joe. I was very curious to see how they had adapted the novel (incidentally called Johnny, my friend in English) for the screen. Of course I had realised that Peter Pohl's brilliant writing style would be lost, but I was dismayed to find they had changed the whole story around as well, turning it into a fairly harmless family movie. It is a good enough story in its own right, I suppose, but it cannot hold a candle to the original. Shame.

This afternoon I cleaned the bathroom. Applying a cleaning tip I had seen in Houses behaving badly, I mixed equal parts of baking soda and bleach to clean the tiles in the shower, more in particular the grouting. Gawd, that stuff is vile! Not only did the smell transport me back straightaway to my schooldays swimming lessons (UGH!), but it also made my eyes sting, my throat burn and gave me a coughing fit before I was even halfway. Snot was literally running down my nose. So instead of letting it sit for 10 minutes, I opened several doors and windows to create a draught and rinsed the gunk off immediately, making sure everything had gone. Needless to say, the effect on the grouting was hardly noticeable.

It is now evening and my throat still feels dry, and I'm coughing occasionally. The leftover bleach is going straight back to my mum's (I had borrowed it from her), I don't want it in my house ever again. This was the first and the last time I used it. I'll stick to baking soda and vinegar from now on!

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Current Mood: thirstythirsty
Current Music: Andy Warhol - David Bowie
23 February 2005 @ 11:34 pm

The weekend was full, but nice, except that H. (the BF) was ill. I had to write a few application letters, and have been decluttering, mostly papers. Saturday night I watched From hell, which proved that a film with Johnny Depp and a host of great British actors can still be shite. On Sunday night I went to see a comic play with my mum and we had a great time. We told each other we should really do this more often. We'll see.

Monday night the BBC showed The conversation and of course I had to watch it.

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This was the third or fourth time for me, and while I still find it a great film, I think I'm done with it now. A bit odd, because usually when I love a film I can watch it over and over again, but in this case the element of suspense is too important, I guess. When you've seen it and know what's going to happen, it loses a lot of its interest. But perhaps that's just the way I feel because it lasted until 3 a.m. and by 2:30 I had already become very sleepy and wanted the film to end.

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This morning I woke up to a white world. Ugh! Snow is nice for the Christmas holidays and that's about it, IMO. Fortunately in the afternoon most of it had gone, but more is expected. Hrm. Some good news: I received the reintegration plan today, so tomorrow I'll phone up my case manager (if he is in...) to make an appointment, or maybe I can just drop it off.

I also made a culinary discovery. Last year I had bought a pack of instant miso soup from the organic shop, as I had heard that it is a healthy snack and very suitable for hypoglycaemics, due to its protein content. After trying 3 times I decided that I Did Not Care for miso soup. I still had 9 one-cup-packets left, and this afternoon when I felt peckish I tried it again, but this time I added some dried bruschetta which I had acquired recently. And it tasted really good! I might even buy the miso soup again. :D

And over the past few days I have tried to catch up with lj, but people have been posting like mad, so I'm not quite up to date yet... well, what else is new.

Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Plain gold ring - Nina Simone
16 February 2005 @ 01:40 am

"Nobody has suffered more from low spirits than I have done — so I feel for you. 1st. Live as well as you dare. 2nd. Go into the shower-bath with a small quantity of water at a temperature low enough to give you a slight sensation of cold, 75° or 80°. 3rd. Amusing books. 4th. Short views of human life — not further than dinner or tea. 5th. Be as busy as you can. 6th. See as much as you can of those friends who respect and like you. 7th. And of those acquaintances who amuse you. 8th. Make no secret of low spirits to your friends, but talk of them freely — they are always worse for dignified concealment. 9th. Attend to the effects tea and coffee produce upon you. 10th. Compare your lot with that of other people. 11th. Don't expect too much from human life — a sorry business at the best. 12th. Avoid poetry, dramatic representations (except comedy), music, serious novels, melancholy sentimental people, and everything likely to excite feeling or emotion not ending in active benevolence. 13th. Do good, and endeavour to please everybody of every degree. 14th. Be as much as you can in the open air without fatigue. 15th. Make the room where you commonly sit, gay and pleasant. 16th. Struggle by little and little against idleness. 17th. Don't be too severe upon yourself, or underrate yourself, but do yourself justice. 18th. Keep good blazing fires. 19th. Be firm and constant in the exercise of rational religion. 20th. Believe me, dear Lady Georgiana, Very truly yours."

The Revd Sydney Smith to Lady Morpeth, February 16, 1820

I doubt these would cure major depression, but otherwise sound advice. Personally I've found nos. 3 to 7 to be particularly beneficial.

(And what a great song "Feeling good" is! I have yet to hear a version I don't love.)

Current Mood: goodfeeling good
Current Music: Feeling good - Michael Bublé
01 January 2005 @ 11:59 pm

A Dutch saying goes: "Men moet de dag niet prijzen voor het avond is." Meaning: "One should not praise the day before night has fallen." I should have waited with my review of 2004 until it was truly over, but who could have guessed that that already less-than-great year had one more trick up its sleeve? I don't mean for me personally, my holidays were lovely, but of course I'm referring to the appalling news from SE Asia. With every news bulletin I heard, the death toll had risen by another 10,000. 126,000 and counting, it is incredible. Those figures are beyond comprehension to me. My commiserations to all those who have been personally affected by this disaster.

My wish to everyone: may the new year be better than its predecessor.

2005 started off well for me. On my walk in the park this morning a spotted woodpecker crossed my path, which was a lovely surprise. I had heard it before, but never seen it until now. Shortly after I also saw (for the third time) the flock of green parakeets. They seem to be thriving. I like to think that these sightings are good omens for the new year, and I went home smiling.

When I was brushing my teeth this afternoon, a splitting headache descended upon me from out of the blue. Since then I have been eating Finimal tablets like chocolates, but to very little avail, so for the rest of the day I have mainly been keeping quiet. Still, it was a good day.

It's lovely to be back. But OMG, how am I ever going to get up-to-date with my friends page again?? There are about 9 or 10 pages of new entries to read! Very inconsiderate of you. ;)

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Nothing really ends - dEUS
05 November 2004 @ 04:29 pm

Ik ben ziek.
Ik ben zielig.

Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: Invisible sun - The Police
29 October 2004 @ 01:47 am

Roaming around looking for beautiful losers I stumbled upon againstnature. Judging from its info page this community should appeal to several of my lj friends. An entry on St. Sebastian (for whom I have had a dubious fascination ever since I can remember) led me to the moderator(?)'s journal, where I found a link (cleverly disguised as a quiz) to an interesting typography identity website. Tonight I saw a charming comedy called Serendipity, well, this also was serendipity. I was finally able to identify one of my favourite typefaces. Ladies and gentlemen, meet ICT Tiffany:

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I also found a real quiz, very apt for those of us who are a little under the weather (I've been coughing my lungs out lately, and it's not getting better but worse): coughCollapse )

Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: White punks on dope - The Tubes
19 August 2004 @ 11:54 pm

This morning when the alarm went off I was so tired and sleepy that I decided to stay at home. I slept until 9, phoned my boss and asked if I could take the day off. Fortunately that was no problem at all. I went back to bed and slept until 11.45! I guess I needed it. But the rest of the day was very productive and I enjoyed my unexpected freedom.

The temperature is still very pleasant, in spite of the high wind today. The light is becoming cooler though. Autumn is definitely approaching.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
23 July 2004 @ 09:11 am
Last night I was so distracted by the flower thingy (which wouldn't display properly at first, too much code for one entry I guess) that I forgot to post about my day. Not that it was all that spectacular. But:

When I arrived at work I was reunited with my eyedrops, which I had left there by mistake on Tuesday. My eyes are very sensitive and become inflamed easily, which my eye doctor tells me is because they are too dry, and so she prescribes me artificial tears (although god knows I've produced enough real ones lately, and that has not made any difference :-/ ). By Wednesday night my eyes had become very itchy and sore. (Of course staring at the computer screen for most of the day had not helped either.) And so a very cheerful reunion it was.

And it was a beautiful evening after a warm day, so when I came home I sat outside until 7. :)

And for the first time in weeks I watched a film, And justice for all was on tv. I had seen it once before. It is not one of the best films Al Pacino has played in, I find the mixture of serious drama and satire a little unconvincing (and the tv guide actually agreed with me *grin*), but it was OK. And Al gave his all, as usual.

14 July 2004 @ 10:06 am
Well, this morning I did not feel quite so sprightly when I was woken up by the sound of lawnmowers. Why did those nitwits have to pick my one day off in the week and why did they have to start at such an ungodly hour!? Within minutes I had such a bleedin' headache that even my teeth hurt.

But anyway. The brutal murdering of the puffballs last week only helped spread their spores and several new ones had started growing already. Now their remains lie scattered all over the place, so before long the whole field will be covered in 'em. HA! Revenge is sweet.

Current Mood: moodymoody
Current Music: Moving - Supergrass
14 July 2004 @ 01:15 am
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Have been feeling a bit depressed for the past few days, but instead of wanting to sleep all day I have been getting along on very little sleep and rising early without even feeling tired, which is a really unusual combination for me. Not that I have put all that extra energy to good use in my spare time, I've just been surfing the Net for hours on end. Oh, well. It'll pass.

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