Hi, my name is Thinkie, welcome to my blog!
I'm a student in cultural studies, a museum enthusiast, a scrapbooker and an art journaler. I love to travel within Europe and I enjoy photography. You can read more about me on my homepage.
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In February...The month started with the results of my paper for the seminar 'Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum?' ('The new Rijksmuseum?'). I wrote about the influence of nationalism on the Rijksmuseum, now and in the past. I need to tweek it a little and will post it on my website.
For Lees ME, we dotted the i's for our Special and did some work on the summer issue.
My grandpa gave us all a scare by getting pneumonia. He's recovering well, thankfully.
I attended the Salon de Museologie. This month's topic was 'Event stress'.
The monthly drinks night in Leiden was fun, with a nice mix of friends, acquaintances and new people. Shouting over drinks is só bad for my voice and troath, though!
Danja and I checked out Wonderkamers 2.0 at the Gemeentemuseum together. It was a fun afternoon. We played games in the Wonderkamers and set up our own virtual exhibition for the mini museum, I managed to not get lost in the building (a first), and we had nice cupcakes.
Maarten and I started watching season 4 of Heroes. Enjoying it so far, although the first two seasons were much better.
Roeland and I visited the Hortus Botanicus Leiden. There was a guided tour about ferns and antplants. Quite interesting, actually. Later that day we had drinks with Jannet.
I joined the monthly film night-crew for dinner but left before the movie; the movies they picked didn't appeal to me. And dinner is always the best part anyway ;-)
It's not like I didn't get to see any movies; a couple days later I attended part two of the James Bond marathon at B's house. We entered the Roger Moore era and the atendees that do alcohol did so in style.
I joined Roeland and two relatives of his for a visit to the Gevangenpoort in The Hague. It was a nice afternoon, but I didn't really see anything new at the Gevangenpoort.
At Meermanno I finally really truly finished a major headache project. Starting a couple new projects, one of which might become interesting. The rest in line with the work I was already doing.
I got my first introduction to the world of online Role Playing Games. I played an introductory Pathfinder adventure with a group of 5 people. Despite troubles with the sound (probably something to do with the wifi or my browser settings) I really enjoyed it and had a fun evening at Bram's place (he was part of the group), with way too much potatoe chips and chocolate. I played a Half Elf Ranger called Emerald.
Last November I got my propedeutics in cultural studies. It was a big deal for me to get my propedeutics, so I wanted to throw a party. I decided to wait untill well after december, since everyone would have enough parties to deal with. So on February 22, I hosted a party. It was a great night!
Geplaatst op 07-03-2014.
On February 22 I hosted a party. Friends, family, fellow students and acquaintances helped me celebrate getting my propaedeutics (1/3rd mark of my bachelors degree). I had SO much fun!
The day began with getting the last groceries, baking up a storm and putting the final touches on my photo booth (I'll have a seperate post about that!). Just when I was doing the best I could to turn the kitchen into a disaster area (you know; bits of cake batter sticking to pretty much everything, about 200 used food processor parts laying around, flour everywhere, all sorts of bowls used for cake ingredients ready to be cleaned...) our loyal dishwasher decided to go on strike. Brilliant. So when the first guest came, somewhat early, I was still washing bits of graded white chocolate out of my hair. Slowly, more people started arriving and soon we had a livingroom and kitchen filled with guests blowing up balloons, sampling the pastry and snacks and chatting. I had made 'slagroomtaart' (a round cake with strawberries, strawberry jam and whipped cream), chocolate-banana cake, sugar free apple cake and white chocolate cupcakes. An attempt to make mango cream to top the cupcakes failed miserably ;-)
The party was at it's busiest in the late afternoon. Quite a lot of people stayed for dinner :-) We served pea soup, pumpkin soup, bread with garlic+herbs butter and pizza and I set up a salad bar.
As people left, new people came in. It was so much fun to see everyone! It was also interesting to experience how people from my different social circles mingled (or didn't ;-) ).
Apart from the paper garland that hangs permanently across the livingroom, I had decorated with strings of lights, candles and paper lanterns (thanks, Wilma!), which made for a nice, cosy atmosphere at night.
Since it wasn't my birthday, I hadn't expected presents. But I got spoiled with lots of nice gifts! Gift cards, a cow music box, flowers, a plant, dvd's, a Doctor Who cd, candles, a pink chocolate high heeled shoe (still not sure what thát was about! Maybe they had run out of dark chocolate army boots? ;-) ), a cupcake oven glove, cards to send out, scrapbook supplies, a mug with those cubes on a stick to make hot chocolate, books about Barcelona and art, a little reading light to clip on your book, a notebook, a stack of todo-lists, sticky notes and two handmade/hand decorated gifts.
My friend Kim is working to set up her own shop in soap made from natural ingredients. She made me a bar of chamomile and buttermilk soap.
Wilma gave me a scrapbook album for the photo's of the party. It has a title page and several pages to use as a guest book. Various guests wrote nice messages during the party. I didn't take thát much photo's, so I'm not sure if I'll use the album for just the party or as my album for January and February.
Geplaatst op 27-02-2014.
Window ShoppingStore windows can be fun to look at and inspiring!
(These were taken in London, Oslo, Ghent, Gran Canaria and The Netherlands)
Castlefest 2011Castlefest 2011, with Wilma, Danja and Maarten. Maart and I went steam punk, Danja went as Harry Potter. We had ice cream and knobi bröt and muffins, people fought battles with all sorts of weapons, there were music and rain and a wicker beast, steam punk was all the rage and Maarten and I found the son we never knew we had.
Den Haag - Museums and Walking AroundOn July 27, 2011 I went to The Hague. I had a sort of job interview at Meermanno, and got accepted as a volunteer. :-) Afterwards I visited the Gevangenpoort; an old gate that used to function as a prison. I joined a guided tour and afterwards I saw some museum rooms. During the tour you see prison cells and tortute
I also visited Galerij Prins Willem V, a reconstruction of the old picture
gallery of Stadtholder Willem V that opened in 1774. Six hours a week it was
open for the general public, making it the first public museum of The
Netherlands. Paintings are shown in a gentlemanly hang (close together,
preferably symmetrical), to provide an overwhelming impression on the viewer.
Collecting art, and thus stimulating the arts, was considered part of the job
description of an 18th century ruler. When France ruled The Netherlands in the
early 19th century, many paintings were taken to Paris, but a large part of
this collection was returned in 1815. The collection became state property,
thanks to King Willem I (son of Stadtholder Willem V), who got a nice salary in
return. In 1822, the gallery closed. Most of the paintings found a home at the
Mauritshuis, untill the gallery reopened in 2010.
I walked around town for a while. Found a nice gift shop and had a 'Happy Mango' cupcake at a cupcake shop. At the end of the afternoon I joined Maarten on the way home.
LeidenOn 27 july 2011, I went to Leiden. I visited the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, where I saw the exhibition 'Sisi and Wilhelm II, keizers op Corfu' (Emperors on Corfu). About a house there that first belonged to Sisi and was then bought by Wilhem II. I have misplaced my notes, unfortunately.
I sat in the Van der Werfpark for a while, chatting with ducks, and met up with Maarten, F and R for dinner, after which we walked around town for a while.
Safaripark with Maarten and DanjaOn July 26, 2011 we took Danja to Safaripark Beekse Bergen. We drove there by car but left it at the entrance. We walked around and enjoyed a boat trip. It was a fun, rainy day. I hadn't visited the Saparipark before and had been curious. It's quite like a normal zoo, but the animals have more space. That means that sometimes they can only be spotted in the distance. I suppose the experience is different from the car, driving trough some of the habitats and getting stuck in a traffic jam because some giraffes insist on licking the cars.
Some of these photo's were taken by Maarten or Danja.
Grave and Kleve with MartijnOn July 23, 2011 Martijn and I embarked on a daytrip. We don't see each other often enough, especially since he moved to the other side of the country, so we needed a day like this! A long, long time ago, in a distant past, when we were young and in love with each other and lived less than a kilometer apart, we used to go on daytrips all the time. We travelled all of the Netherlands and part of Belgium by train, visiting cities and sometimes museums.
Martijn picked me up at Nijmegen station, and after driving around for a while thanks to road works and unclear reroutes, we eventueally reached the nice historical town of Grave. We walked around and had lunch.
After Grave we wanted to visit Nijmegen, but we were chatting and driving and didn't find a parking space, and before we knew it, we were on the road to Millingen. We didn't find a spot suited for disembarking there, so we drove on to Kleve. I hadn't been there since 1991, and thanks to a friend of Frank who's devoted to this town it has gotten a somewhat legendary status within our family ;-) We walked around untill it was time to go, so Tijn could be home in time for dinner. Before he was to drop me off at the station we had a quick stop at his and Jill's place, and got to idea to get Chinese food together, there was something to celebrate. I got dessert (chocolate mousse). After dinner I took the train home.