Archive for October, 2012

Smile of the Day

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

This is what you get when boy and girls try to do what adults say that they do… 😉

QOTD October 18 2012

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Nancy Spain: “There are people whom one loves immediately and forever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.”

QOTD October 17 2012

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

John Hope Franklin: “We must get beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths… and tell the world the glories of our journey.”

Education is broken

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Most of us know (the ones that are awake know for sure 😉 ), but the educational system is broken…it is based on old principles and not suited for todays world.

Watch the animated YouTube clip below in which Sir Ken Robinson goes through all of this in a funny, ‘educational’ 😉 way…I wish some decision makers were like him…

QOTD October 16 2012

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Traveling this week

Monday, October 15th, 2012

As if the road trip last week wasn’t enough, this week is travel week once more. This time not by car though; I flew to NL tonight, will enjoy a short overnight stay at Robbert’s and continue to my final destination Brussels by train tomorrow. A tad devious, I know, but the direct flight OSL-BRU was outrageously priced…950 EUR (!!)…I just refuse to pay this amount for a 2h flight (even though the company is paying), and was able to book two return tickets to NL for half this price…easy choice, slightly less convenient, but hey, I get a change to try the Thalys train, uhhh… 😉

QOTD October 15 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Ann Richards: “If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.”

QOTD October 14 2012

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Hugh Elliott: “Miracles: You do not have to look for them. They are there, 24-7, beaming like radio waves all around you. Put up the antenna, turn up the volume – snap… crackle… this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world…”

QOTD October 13 2012

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Hugh Prather: “True humor is fun – it does not put down, kid, or mock. It makes people feel wonderful, not separate, different, and cut off. True humor has beneath it the understanding that we are all in this together.”

Road trip to Norway

Friday, October 12th, 2012

So, the beamer (/beemer/bimmer) is back home!! Robbert and I drove it to Norway yesterday/today in a memorable road trip (all of our road trips actually are 😉 ). Yesterday was pretty hectic, I flew together with Misha in the early afternoon, was in NL for 3 hours (!), mainly filled with traveling from airport to Kissy, pack the car and pick up Robbert…we hit the road thinking we would have more than enough time to make it to the TravemĂźnde-MalmĂś  ferry, but…it turned out that we barely made it (30 seconds to spare!)…

Road work around Groningen got us (and the nav-system) lost, the german police decided to have a big traffic control last evening and two guys driving a Norwegian X5 got them triggered…twice! The sign ‘Polizei – folgen’ is *not* what you want to see in front of you when you need to catch a ferry…car papers, driver’s license and passports were all ok both times (…), so it only costed time, not money. Yet, time was what we didn’t have and the average speed needed to catch the ferry went up and up…still doable though (German Autobahn has its advantages 😉 ), until we hit a huge traffic jam between Bremen and Hamburg and got stuck behind slow Convoi Exceptionnel for kilometers and kilometers…it became virtually impossible to reach the ferry in time.

I am still puzzled how, but seconds before the check-in would close we arrived at the port and then received a phone call from the ferry operator asking us if we were still planning to come….well, ‘YESSSS we are’ and they kept the check-in open for another minute allowing us to make it on the ferry with nearly 30 seconds to spare…woohoooo!!

The ferry trip itself was pretty uneventful (sleeping 😉 ) and we decided to enjoy a scenic drive through Sweden today instead of the speedy trip through Germany last night…mission accomplished!

QOTD October 12 2012

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Colette: “The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.”

QOTD October 11 2012

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Tennessee Williams: “Make voyages! – Attempt them! – there’s nothing else…”

Misha’s 1 year checkup

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Just after his first Birthday, Misha went for his 1 year health checkup today. Once again, the doctor confirmed what we already know; the little angel is doing great! 😉

He reached a new milestone at the doctor’s today: he got up and stood for a while, without any help or support, woohooo!!

He is growing so fast…and becoming a geek like his dad; interested in all this tech!! 😉


QOTD October 10 2012

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Osho: “The beauty of facing Life unprepared is tremendous. Then Life has a newness, a youth; then Life has a flow and freshness. Then Life has so many surprises. And when Life has so many surprises boredom never settles in you”

Songs in Real Life

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

You might remember Steve Kardynal from the hilarious (yet freaky 😉 ) ‘Call Me Maybe’ (Chatroulette) parody. Well, he has more funny and creative videos such as the one below, ‘Songs in Real Life’.

Steve’s tagline is: ‘Today you need to smile. You need to smile so big it hurts your cheeks’…so, SMIIILEEE!! (and LYAO! 😉 )


QOTD October 9 2012

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Katharine Graham: “To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?”

QOTD October 8 2012

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Thomas Guthrie: “Do it now. It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world.”

The Seven Dirty Words

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

You might not know, but there are seven words (the ‘Seven Dirty words‘) that you can never say on television.

I would love to list them here, but hey, they are Dirty and there is no ‘Parental Advisory’ on this weblog, so I can’t say shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits! (oops! 😉 😉 )

The seven dirty words are first listed by George Carlin in 1972 in his monologue “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television”. Check it out below…yet another superb performance by George Carlin, he is (/was) awesome!


QOTD October 7 2012

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Oprah Winfrey: “I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we’re not wise enough to see it.”

A beautiful autumn hike

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Every season has its own beauty, and I experienced autumns beauty today! Blue skies, trees showing off their amazing coloured leaves, cooler temperature yet far from too cold, fresh air to breath and a beautiful afternoon hike in ‘my backyard’ with friends and Misha.

Life is great, gimme more of these days!! 😉







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