It was an interesting read, just not enough to fill a whole book. The consequence was a lot of repetitions. Basically, all the interesting stuff was said in the first chapter and then repeated with an additional detail here and there. 14 months ago
Another Jo Nesbo with Harry Hole. Gruesome as always, but a good story. 14 months ago
When I am back from my vacation I will have to start looking for a teacher for private lesssons. It will only be possible at weekends so I will have to find one that works saturdays as well. 14 months ago
15 min on the stairmaster
20 min running
plus some weight training 15 months ago
I want to do this before the christmas break and leave for the holidays with a clean slate. As of now, that leaves 215 emails in my mailbox and 4 reports to write. There are 9 working days left before the break and some additional things will come up, but I really, really want to mark this goal done for once. 15 months ago
I am a bit undecided about this one. Unlike the Review in the NYT, I didn’t see the ending coming from the start, so I liked the twist in the end (maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention). As always, I also liked McEwan’s style, which is clear and engaging. The story itself could have made more sense (there are quite a few gaps or things that are highly unlikely), but that is ok.
Funnily, I read Sweet tooth at the same time as I read The Paris Wife and both are written from a female perspective in love with a professional writer. From both experiences, I don’t ever want to date a writer. Much too self-absorbed :-) 15 months ago
I travel a lot for work and a lot of it is by myself. So I usually spent my nights in cities I don’t know and I don’t have a kitchen. I feel akward going to “real” restaurants by myself (I know there is no reason for that, but I do), so fast food is an easy way out. The easy way. I am looking for alternatives, but I don’t even know where to look. 15 months ago
Loving Paris and loving the works of Hemingway, I had to read a book about Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife. The book describes the 6 years of their marriage, from their first meeting to their divorce. Obviously, knowing that Hemingway had four wifes, the story itself is not much of a surprise, but I actually liked the idea of trailing those two through the beginning of his career as a writer and their life in Paris. On the down side, the life in Paris never really felt real, I could never feel the excitment, not even what was keeping them there. It was a bit like the name dropping in the book – Stein, Pound etc. – it was just one more name that was dropped. What comes out best in the book is the feeling of losing a love. This is done with a lot of emotion and felt real to me. Overall, an ok read. 15 months ago
So, everybody tells me I have to be more competitive in order to succeed. Hence, I have been reading these books about status, power games etc., so being tuned to it, I am sensitive to situation when someone is “putting me down” – like cutting in line in front of me, making me move out of the way so the other person can walk his way and other little things. I never cared before, I don’t mind stepping aside, I don’t mind letting someone pass in front of me, because I am sure he has his reasons. Now however, I feel offended all the time! And it doesn’t make me happier, it gets me angry. 15 months ago
Though not the last trip, it will the last new country for the year. I was suprised to see how green it is and it was great being back in Africa. I hadn’t been all year and just when I entered the country I realised how I had missed Africa. I wished I could have stayed longer and explored a bit more… I definitely have to come back for the gorillas. Politics are difficult, obiously, but I met a lot of interesting, committed people. A good trip! 15 months ago
- Leaving work at five without feeling bad about it
- Coming home to the new things in my apartment – the carpet, the flower, the little nice things… 15 months ago
Until recently, i haven’t even thought about power as something tonstrive for. I was so naive and probably still am. I thought u just had to do a good job and you would be promoted and eventually become a manager. Hah…no, you just need an instinct for power apparently, something that is alien to me. But neither do i want to be subjected to the power of these instinct people without skills….so it’s apparently either playing with the boys or leaving. 15 months ago
Bought two more, now there are 2 more missing. Plus they still need to be hung. :-) 15 months ago
So after a year and a bit of living in a furnished, but not really nice apartment I want to get it nice now. So I want to get a new couch. The current one is practically – it turns into a really good bed for guest, but it’s not comfy to sit on. So a new one needs to come soon. 15 months ago
I realized that I won’t get the basics right on my own. I am travelling too much, I don’t have enough energy to focus on cleaning, but I still want a clean apartment. So tomorrow i get help from a lovely lady who will come twice a month and afterwards my apartment will be shiny clean. I love her already. 15 months ago
What a lovely book. It’s like a Swedish version of Forest Gump, with the main character hoping through most historic moments of the last century and playing a miniscule, but significant part. Charming and informative. 15 months ago
I went for a massage today and really had the feeling I was in good hands. The lady from the massage place thinks that the tightness in my shoulders and my calves would definitely influence my sleeping and that I wouldn’t be able to sleep deeply and wake up exhausted. Hopefully, she is right and sleeping better is so easy. Unfortunately, she didn’t get all the tightness out, but maybe it’s a first step. 15 months ago
Overall too gruesome for me. The story isn’t too bad, but it’s just too much violence, blood and dead bodies, particularly at the end. It’s painting sucha bleak picture of South Africa of today with corruption, violence and racism, that there seems to be no hope for the future. 16 months ago
I really find this difficult. They are not so much hostile in an open way, but more condescending and just ignoring anything I say. Hostile I would find easier to deal with.
Today one of them actually told my I should be thankful that he wrote the report on the project (which was exactly his job) and I would be rude that I didn’t show my appreciation. They are unbelievable.
I will definitely check out the book.Thanks for the recommendation. 16 months ago
Due to all the travel and a vacation on her part, I could only make an appointment for November, which will be next week. Am excited, but not quite sure how to prepare or wether I am completely sure what I want from her.
I want some guideance on how to make myself heard (particularly in meeting with old men), how to find a better work-life balance, including saying no at work, how to become a good manager and maybe also to get some of the motivation that I seem to have lost.
That will probably be too much and I am not sure whether I will be able to get all this across.
Any ideas on how I can prepare are welcome. :-) 16 months ago
I am enchanted with Quito even though i don’t do anything but work. I love the landscape, the climate and the people i work with…and some interesting, though sometimes troubling ideas about change and future. 16 months ago
Oh, the lovely sunshine, the beach and overall fun… if I didn’t have to work. But working here is definitely better than working at home. 16 months ago
This turned out to be much more of a challenge than I had thought. But finally, all of the lovely books I had left behind (some I love, some I couldn’t remember and some I should have left) are in my flat. Obviously, I now need a solution for where to put them, but the first step is done. 16 months ago
A classic and rightly so. A highly interesting, sophisticated book with a lot of truths and current themes even now. 16 months ago
A book I bought Thursday night at the airport and had it finished by Saturday morning. So a good and easy read, with lot’s of suspense, convincing theories and suspects. 16 months ago
An interesting historic Novel about Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss, both of them amazing, but completely different scientist who both changed science in many ways. It is a smooth reading, with dry humour, nothing to deep, but also hinting at some deeper questions of purpose, ambition and aging. Recommendable read. 17 months ago