Car Conversations

Yesterday, I was in the car with two of my kids, when Jonah (boy, 7 years old), proclaimed he was going to be a writer. I smiled and told them I also have that dream since I was five.

Baukje (girl, 10 yrs old) was surprised and curious. So I reluctantly told them about stories I’ve written when I was their age (a never ending fairy tale about a magical flower and a series about a flying teabag. I know, I was a brilliant kid, haha).

I admitted it was still my dream and they were very interested in what I was writing now.

The conversation went something like this

Me: ‘It’s a story for teens about a girl that is half devil/half human. Her father is the devil (who’s retired for the time being) and her mother, well she’s a bit of a criminal. ‘

Jonah: ‘Cool’.

Me: (surprised they were still interested) ‘The girl protects the gate to hell which is in Paris and only has to do this for a couple of days, because she has done it for years. But then a terrorist starts bombing sites in the city.

Baukje: ‘Really?’ Does this really happen?”

Me: “No love, it’s just a story.’

Baukje: ‘Isn’t it too scary to write?’

Two things happened:

  1. Summarizing your story can do wonders for your understanding of it
  2. I realized children are the best. And I love them so much

 

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(Jonah and Baukje being cute, standing on the Eiffel Tower).

 

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The Day Before Easter

I turned 35!

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And there’s no place better to celebrate this memorable fact than Paris.

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See? (Eifel Tower view)

The kids went along so we visited the very cool Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle . They especially enjoyed the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution. (so did I).

 

And I bought myself the best birthday present ever.

His name is Tibbe.

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Bye!

Off to change my bio. How fast do these years go!

A Peek in the Life

Of me!

Because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want here. Even if that means filling a page with things that probably aren’t very interesting.  So.. what’s going on in my life you ask?

(You didn’t but that’s irrelevant because I’m going to write it down anyway).

Well.. I’ve been at my new job for three months now. I’d describe it as being a school nurse/ weight consultant for kids / mediator for kids & teens when their parents divorce or other crappy events disrupt their lives. I find it pretty meaningful and I really like working with them, so I made the right choice when I switched jobs.

My family and kids are also doing fine. I planned some cool trips: skiing in Germany in February, chasing the sun to Corfu (Greece) in May and Paris for my birthday in March.

Ah Paris. Always a good idea.

Good things, very good things.

I know 2018 is just on the way but I’m already proud that I didn’t succumb in eating and drinking all the December left-overs and stuck to my fitness regime (crossfit twice a week). I’m totally going to expand that regime and add running or swimming. Or not 🙂 .

On the creative front I’m not doing as much as I would’ve liked. I’ve two books I want to read this January: Hollow City and A Conjuring of Light but haven’t started yet. Mainly because I can’t stop watching Mad Men. I’m watching season 7, so the end I near.

Zero writing done so far.

Zero editing done so far.

But I did wrote this blogpost and started a Bullet Journal, so I’ll be fine.

 

And that’s about it for now.

Ciao

(rhyme intended)