Did a personality test and this is what it came out as: I’m a seeker!

You’re a Seeker

You’re open to new things, and can be persuaded to try anything twice, all in the name of experience of course. We’ve got you down as a bit of a dreamer, you’re probably zoning out right now, PAY ATTENTION, and read on.

Test was taken on Who am I?

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“Us” – or WTF did I just watch during weekly horror movie night?

Having seen Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”, I was expecting another amazing thriller filled with a good twist, loads of humour and a good scare. What I got instead was an artsy attempt filled with too many rabbits and overlay chorus.

This review contains spoilers so if you want to watch the movie, don’t read on.

The Wilsons’ doppelgängers first appear on their driveway in the same order as the stick family decal on the back of their car.

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March Gardening – Top Ten Growing Tips

Gardening Tip #1: This time of year, we’re tired of winter. We are anxious to get our hands into some dirt. One of the biggest mistakes we make with our indoor starts, is to allow our anxiousness to translate into planting indoor starts too early. See the back of the seed packet. It usually tells you the number of weeks to start seeds before setting them outdoors.
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8 Day Itinerary to Florence, Italy

This wonderful tour explores the legacy of the Renaissance in the three pre-eminent cities of science at the time – Florence, Pisa and Bologna. The tour will look at the wondrous collections, buildings and churches that demonstrate the burgeoning of knowledge of the period without which our more recent scientific history would have been very different.



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Amira Willighagen – O Mio Babbino Caro

Since ROH is playing La Traviata tonight, I decided to share my favourite piece of Opera, sang by a 9-year old initially for Holland’s Got Talent and then picked up by Andre Rieu.


Italian Literal translation Singable English

O mio babbino caro,
mi piace, è bello, bello.
Vo’andare in Porta Rossa
a comperar l’anello!

Sì, sì, ci voglio andare!
e se l’amassi indarno,
andrei sul Ponte Vecchio,
ma per buttarmi in Arno!

Mi struggo e mi tormento!
O Dio, vorrei morir!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!

Oh my dear papa,
I love him, he is handsome, handsome.
I want to go to Porta Rossa
To buy the ring!

Yes, yes, I want to go there!
And if I loved him in vain,
I would go to the Ponte Vecchio,
but to throw myself in the Arno!

I am anguished and tormented!
Oh God, I’d want to die!
Papa, have pity, have pity!
Papa, have pity, have pity!

Oh my beloved father,
I love him, I love him!
I’ll go to Porta Rossa,
To buy our wedding ring.

Oh yes, I really love him.
And if you still say no,
I’ll go to Ponte Vecchio,
And throw myself below.

My love for which I suffer,
At last, I want to die.
Father I beg, I beg.
Father I beg, I beg.


I hope everybody got drunk, had their share of singing and dancing and decided that the next year will be better than the last.

As for me?

I enjoyed a bit of Bailey’s, a good book and slept until the fireworks started and then slept some more afterwards.

2019 is finally here and I can see myself making mistakes when writing down the dates for at least three months.

Personal accomplishments for 2018?

  • Finished reading the massive Ayn Rand book called Atlas Shrugged
  • Finished Patrick Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind and A wise man’s fear
  • Finished the three books from The Themis Files by Silvain Neuvell
  • Had an amazing time with Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown
  • Completed my one book a week challenge I set to myself last Jan 1st

Even better, I finished two 55km marathons for charity and one super duper hard trail two days ago. I destroyed one pair of hiking boots, had massive blisters that took weeks to clear and I have reached and gone over my physical endurance limits many times. Usually preceded by a self-pitying cry and followed by happy moments when it was all over

Learned to appreciate fine things in life like dry clean socks and hot showers and I feel proud of myself.

You should too! What’s the best from 2018? What are you expecting in 2019?

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Merry Christmas y’all

I hope you didn’t open your presents early like I did, did not Google “what to do with crappy presents” like I did and did post to every social media channel the goodies you got!

My friends did a runner on me this Christmas but thankfully my work buddies got me amazing gifts. How to make your cat famous on the internet, Cat Lady multiplayer game and Cat ear muffs with a lovely mug that says Paws Off.

I think I mentioned I really love cats!

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Inappropriate cats

What I knew none of my people would get me, I got myself: switchblades, marine issued butterfly knives and one amazing military grade titanium blade. Yep, cute and deadly.

And since I’m a Star Wars fan, I found a Where’s Wally edition with wookie!


So what did Santa bring you? Yer filthy animals 😉

Socks? DVDs of movies you already have or have seen? Some grated cheese? Did your SO buy you the gift she/he always wanted? Did granny slip you a 20? Let me know in ze comments 🙂