You can read all about it In All The Devilish Details.
It was beyond my wildest dreams to imagine that Pontus and Jacque and Ulrika and Arthur had all collaborated to make sure that I would get the best birthday surprise of all – JACQUE VISITING FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND.
And then remember when I said there’s a video?
Continue reading “Remember That Surprise Birthday Present?”
I miss a lot of people’s birthdays and anniversaries and special events cause I so totally suck at keeping in touch or remembering these amazing dates that are so precious to you, but just another day because I AM NOT A GOOD FRIEND.
When you call me on it. Or remind me.
I will so totally respond. And follow up. And make sure that Things Happen.
Especially since I haven’t celebrated my fortieth in Groningen yet, I’m counter-calling YOU out, K – we’re meeting for drinks and cake and laughs to celebrate your big TWO SIX!
Continue reading “Gefeliciteerd, K!”
Last night I said good bye to my bestest friend, my zusje, my soulmate – and she flew back home to Atlanta.
And now I just wanna sleep all the time and not eat and have negative thoughts.
But I knew something like this was happening, so these are the steps I took to lessen the blow.
Continue reading “oh, HELLO.”
Okay, so let’s catch up.
A recap. Review. Restatement of facts. Redundantly. Repeatedly. Again.
- Stay up late talking – SO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON.
- Visit friends and family and eat amazing food and drink ALL THE WINE.
- Eat cake. Lots and lots of cake.
- Go to Ariel Stretch class together cause torture is good for the soul.
- Do an escape room cause DUH. Hopefully we get out. Hopefully we don’t kill each other in the process. Hopefully our friendship survives.
- Do something spa like. Probably a massage. Cause MASSAGE.
- Cracker Barrel. Cause tradition. And pancakes. Real American Pancakes. With all the butter.
Those were the goals, but what have we done so far?
Continue reading “Cheat to Win”
I can’t believe how utterly and completely surprised I was by one of my birthday presents. I blame it on the lack of sleep and soul sucking depression that’s been hanging out lately. Nightmares are bad for observance, yo.
It’s really hard to surprise me.
I knew as soon as I heard a vehicle pulling into the driveway that Pontus had rented a car to take us to birthday dinner. And that it was most likely the same company that drove us from our wedding to our b&b cottage fifteen years ago.
And I was right.
When Pontus asked if I preferred dinner after Sasha went to bed or before I knew he was planning on making reservations at Out of the Fire.
And I was right.
Continue reading “In All The Devilish Details”
Not going into details, but OMG my partner is so totally epic.
And also, my bestie / zusje / soul mate is so totally epic.
And also life is GRAND GRAND GRAND.
Today’s mysterious vagueness is brought to you by the letters ‘S’ and ‘J’ and the number 8.
Continue reading “BEST! BIRTHDAY! PRESENT! EVAR!”
There’s tons of things racing through my head lately, probably cause of my birthday, but also because life is particularly full these days what with all the walks in the park and toddler wrestlings and ferry boat rides complete with free shirts.
So this post is equally random and racing through things and sort of full like the sensation you get after eating a dinner of bobotie with a fresh side salad and thick mocha mousse and scoops of vanilla bean and forest fruits ice cream for dessert.
Continue reading “On Life”
The birthday was one of reflection and planning.
Looking back is easy cause hind sight’s twenty-twenty, right? Except when you think about one thing it reminds you of something else and another thing and another. Like watching a youtube video. Suddenly hours have passed and you’re blinking from the bright light of sudden dawn.
Oh, hello, rabbit hole.
Only one year of the second masters completed. Dropping out of school and moving to NYC
Modeling in NYC.
Being a magician’s assistant
Inventing zombie movement by combining the psychology of dance and extensive research via horror movies and haunted houses.
Retiring from dance and diving into tech full time
Joining Red Hat, then turning away from a leadership position in support to move to the Netherlands.
Having a baby.
Joining Toastmasters Groningen board as Vice President of Education and deciding to become President for the next board.
Opting to stay at work full time to become a developer advocate in engineering rather than leaving the task force entirely to become a full time mama.
Talking openly about being triggered and what it’s like to have post traumatic stress disorder.
Intense, amazing, mind blowing years.
And over the next ten years?
Continue reading “Just Wait Til Your Fifties!”
I’m not nearly as keen on turning forty as I was for thirty.
Thirty I was super stoked about – probably because the twenties were a fucking mess. From a personal standpoint.
I was unstable and truly impressed that I survived to age thirty.
Forty is impressive along the same lines, but for very different reasons. What have I done over the past ten years? Survived a trauma. Fought back. Healed. Moved to Europe. Landed my dream job. Created an AI.
Recently, I wrapped up an annual review with the boss in which the last few career goals were defined. And of course, I’m gonna share them with you RIGHT NOW.
Continue reading “Goodbye Thirties. Hello Forties.”
Have you prepped all your puzzles?
Hung the scarves by the windows with care?
Baked the cupcakes with extra frosting for the visiting Rains of Rain’s Mas Past?
Choreographed your dance to bring extra rain? Perfected the hot cocoa recipe? Wrapped all MY PRESENTS?!?
Continue reading “Merry Rain’s Mas Eve!”