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Mnemosyne
17 August 2005 @ 11:59 pm
 

I guess I should update even though I don't really feel like it. If I had been woken up by lawnmowers again this morning, I could have simply recycled my entry of 28 July last year, but as it happens today's culprits were the construction workers who are renovating the church. In a way that was worse, because although they don't produce as much noise as the gardeners, they do start producing it a lot earlier. So hardly any catching up on sleep this morning.

It has been autumn since the end of July, with lots of grey days and some rain. Also occasional sunshine, but far too cold (around 18-19°C) for the time of year. Yesterday and today the weather was better, but after about half an hour in the garden today I was driven back inside by the wind, even though the Amsterdam weather forecast had said that there was hardly any. Very strange.

Work is fine. I do have to get used to my time not being entirely my own any more, but it feels good to have structure again and not to have Social Security on my back.

Starting this week I have begun to take the scenic route to work, i.e. by tram through a beautiful part of the city, instead of by metro. Now I can either just take the tram and then have a brisk 20-minute walk to work, or get off one stop earlier and catch a bus that will bring me within about 7 minutes' walking distance. And if the weather is really bad I can wait at the bus stop and haul the shuttle bus that runs between the train station and the office.

I thought with this new scheme I would have to get up at least half an hour earlier in order to be on time, but as it turns out 7 minutes and one tram earlier are all it takes. I never cared for the metro and these days I like it even less, so I'm very happy about this solution.


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Mnemosyne
31 January 2005 @ 03:32 pm
 

AAAARRGGHH!!!



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Current Music: Bright yellow gun - Throwing Muses
 
 
 
Mnemosyne
15 November 2004 @ 04:53 pm
 

I want that job I want that job I want that job I want that job I want that job I want that job I want that job I want that job I want that job


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Current Music: Please please please let me get what I want - The Smiths
 
 
Mnemosyne
30 September 2004 @ 11:35 pm
 

My last day at work today, and the first day of the Drie Dwaze Dagen at de Bijenkorf (in English: the yearly "three crazy days" at the department store "the Beehive", when there are lots of bargains to be had). Purrrfect timing for some retail therapy. Usually I avoid the DDD like the plague, because 'crazy' is really a euphemism here: you must be either very stupid, very reckless or downright suicidal to brave the swarming crowds. (At 8.30 this morning I already saw lots of people walking about with the distinctive yellow DDD bags.) But after some 7 months of lusting after and resisting the urge to buy one, I have finally decided I Need an iPod. And lo & behold, during the crazy days I can get one at 60 euros off. This is a Sign, I am sure of it. So tomorrow I will fight my way up to the electronics department and make that baby mine. (If it has not sold out by then, but OK, that will be another Sign then.) And while I'm there I hope to pick up a few DVD goodies as well. We'll see. *crosses fingers*


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Current Music: Gotta get up - Harry Nilsson
 
 
 
Mnemosyne
15 September 2004 @ 06:06 pm

From bookish_theoric:

1: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 19, find line 4. Write down what it says:
maar hij paste (zij het niet systematisch) enkele van de principes

2: Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
the wall

3: What is the last thing you watched on TV?
'Bulworth' (an OK film)

4: WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what the time is:
3 o'clock

5: Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?
14:48

6: With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Led Zeppelin on the radio with 'Stairway to heaven'

7: When were you last outside? What were you doing?
this morning I ventured out in the rain for a minute to have a look at the garden

8: Before you came to this website, what did you look at?
not online at the moment, but before that lj and before that imdb.com

9: What are you wearing?
old brown/beige clothes, not my best colours

10: Did you dream last night? What about?
this morning, about a transparent scary-looking lizard-like creature that was running across the walls and ceiling

11: When did you last laugh?
this morning, with someone who came to pick up a fridge

12: What is on the walls of the room you are in?
bookshelves, 2 photographs

13: Seen anything weird lately?
the lizard in my dream

14: What do you think of this quiz?
I like this kind of quizzes

15: What is the last film you saw? In theatres?
oops - umm, that must have been 'Amélie'

16: If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
a house in the country

17: Tell me something about you that I don't know:
I prefer to remain mysterious

18: If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
bestow wisdom upon everyone

19: Do you like to dance?
yes (when nobody's looking)

20: George Bush:
hopefully won't be president for much longer

21: Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
I don't want children

21: Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
I don't want children

22: Would you ever consider living abroad?
yes

23. A penny for your thoughts.
we have euros here


Horked from various places:

The Moon Card
You are the Moon card. Entering the Moon we enter
the intuitive and psychic realms. This is the
stuff dreams are made on. And like dreams the
imagery we find here may inspire us or torment
us. Understanding the moon requires looking
within. Our own bodily rhythms are echoed in
this luminary that circles the earth every
month and reflects the sun in its progress.
Listening to those rhythms may produce visions
and lead you towards insight. The Moon is a
force that has legends attached to it. It
carries with it both romance and insanity.
Moonlight reveals itself as an illusion and it
is only those willing to work with the force of
dreams that are able to withstand this
reflective light. Image from: Stevee Postman.
http://www.stevee.com/


Which Tarot Card Are You?
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What else could I be but my favourite card? I much prefer the Rider-Waite image though:

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tarot
You are a ZINGARO - a gypsy. A free
spirit, fun and free, with just enough
eccentricity to make people say, "God, are
you WEIRD!"


What Atypical Noun Best Fits You?
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I wish!


wistful thoughts...Collapse )


 
 
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Current Music: Nine feet underground - Caravan
 
 
 
Mnemosyne
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.


 
 
 
Mnemosyne
06 July 2004 @ 11:54 pm
After having been unemployed for 6 months I am slowly getting used to working again. I am not as tired as I was last week. But I really have to force myself to go to bed early (i.e. before 12). And rising at 6.45 is as difficult as ever.

When I left for work this morning workmen from the council just arrived in my street to mow the grass. I hoped they would leave the two puffballs that had grown there in the past weeks, but apparently they just mowed right over them. When I came home again I saw their remains (the puffballs', not the men's..) scattered around. Rather a shame, puffballs always look so otherworldly.


 
 
Current Music: some soul music on the radio