Monday Motivation

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Just wanted to share my motivation for today with you guys :)

I totally forgot to tell you how lovely the last 2 weeks had been; big bad R. was on holiday! And work has never been so much fun. But as of today he’s back and ruining everybody’s mood again. Hence the reminder to use those muscles wisely!

There’s a story to the sparrow in the pic too; here in the Netherlands, there’s a saying “iemand blij maken met een dode mus”. Literally translated it means “to make somebody happy with a dead sparrow”, meaning… Putting something awesome in prospect, which turns out to be a huge disappointment (a.k.a. the dead sparrow). However, when you mix up the saying, you end up killing somebody with a happy sparrow. This once happened during lunch break (mixing up the saying, not the actual killing ;)), and has been an inside joke between us girls. N. (the one I mentioned had a stick up her ass back when I started on the job) worked a little Paint magic, and our happy sparrow, as you can see in the pic, was born. And I couldn’t have wished for a better illustration to the text!

Now let’s hope he’ll pick up the hint… ;)

Thank you for reading :)

Love,

ML-X

Crazy Dutchies: Part III

Tomorrow is a special day for us Dutchies: Queensday, or Koninginnedag, as we call it. It’s one of my personal favourites, since it’s pretty much one big ass nationwide party, and the atmosphere is great. Actually, every “real Dutch” holiday/event has an amazing atmosphere. Everything’s orange (that’s “our” colour), everybody’s having a good time (except for the unfortunate ones who don’t get a day off on Queensday), it’s just great.

Now, I could try and explain to all of you outside the Netherlands what Queensday is, but that would be a really long and complicated story. So instead, I’ve decided to let somebody else do that for me:

I just love the way this guy explains Queensday. And hell, he’s not even that far off! It’s the queen’s mother’s birthday (only because our current queen’s birthday is somewhere in the winter, not so convenient for an outdoorsy kind of party), and yeah, we like to move it around a little if that suits us better. Trying to sell your shit is a very important part of Queensday, I’ve even seen people sleep outside to get a good selling spot the next day! And then there’s the parties… Koninginnenach (derived from “nacht”, which means “night”) in The Hague used to be a lot of fun, but they’ve changed up some things, amongst which is the name, and I’ve pretty much lost interest. Amsterdam and Eindhoven are other places to be tomorrow, but too busy for my liking.

My favourite thing to do on Queensday is to just be outside and enjoy the atmosphere, watch people sell their shit, maybe even buy some shit off them, that kind of thing. And the weather is supposed to be very good this year, so I’m really looking forward to it! Just hoping that the crazies will stay far away again this time; in 2009 there was an idiot who attempted to drive his car into the bus that held our royal family, killing 7 people and wounding a lot more while doing so. He came off pretty easily himself; he died shortly after the attempt because he was severely wounded. Too bad, if you ask me.

Anyway… Enough negative stuff for now. Queensday’s fun, and that’s the way it should be. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and John Fealey’s explanation of Queensday, and to all my Dutch readers; have a great day tomorrow!

Love,

ML-X

Blast From The Past: Mortal Kombat

Way back when I was a little girl, somewhere around 8 years old if memory serves me well, I really used to look forward to the summer holidays. We’d always spend five weeks at my uncle’s, where I had two cousins who were pretty much the same age as me and my brother. Those weeks there were the only time I would see them, but they were amazing. Way back then, kids still used to play outside, and so did we. Thinking back, we were quite the troublemakers! But it was all good, especially considering how kids behave these days.

If we weren’t outside, we’d spend hours playing on the SEGA Mega Drive (a.k.a. Genesis). We’ve played a lot of different games, but Mortal Kombat II and III were our favourites. Quite violent for a couple of 6-to-9-year-olds, but we loved the hell out of them. Everybody had a favourite character, and we even used to “fight” in real life, pretending we were these characters. Those were some really, really good times.

Fast forward to now; a lot of things have changed, and I haven’t seen my cousins in years. But I still have a great fondness of those games. And thanks to my best friend, I had a little “blast from the past”; he’s loaned me his XBOX, together with a copy of “Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe”. And for a while I was an 8-year-old again, playing with Kitana and basically just pushing random buttons until my fingers hurt and the opponent was killed. And oh, the fatalities! And babalities! And even friendships! Back when I was a kid, we lived for those, practicing and practicing until we finally got them right. They were the ultimate awesomeness.

Now of course Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe isn’t the real deal; not even close. Even the fatalities (which are “googlable” these days, yay!) aren’t as icky and awesome as they used to be, despite the huge improvement of the graphics. And don’t even get me started on my dislike of the DC Universe characters (which I just ignore or beat up ;)) and their stupid “Heroic Brutality” thing! But all in all, it’s still able to get me to a good place, a carefree place, which is exactly what I need right now.

Have you ever played any of the Mortal Kombat games? Or were you more a Tekken kind of person? What’s your favourite character?

Thanks for reading!

Love,

ML-X