Obligatory ‘I’m Back!’ Post

Helloooo it’s me. I was wondering if any of you remember me

Is my blogging slump over? Am I going to rock combining blogging and school this term?

– Me, April 30th 2017

hahahahaha no I did not ‘rock’ combining blogging and school this term. BUT HEY THIS TERM IS OVER. FINALLY. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this term, but about halfway in my friend and I found out we had failed one of our assignments last term so we had to redo it and well… I decided I really didn’t want to redo it again next year because I just don’t have the time, so I really wanted to focus on school and make sure that not only would we pass this assignment, I’d pass this term’s classes too. I don’t know yet if we’ve passed the assignment this time around, but I did pass all my other classes (well, I’m still waiting on one grade but I really don’t think I failed that one so) so it’s officially summer vacation! (you only get two chances for every assignment/exam in a year so if we failed again we can’t redo it this summer anyway)

Last year I was pretty active on the blog. I don’t know if I’ll be this year. It’s not that I don’t want to, but I want to restart slowly, figure out what I want to do, change my blog’s design and well, do other stuff too. Besides writing and reading (how I missed reading omg I barely read any books except comics because I was too exhausted) I want to spend some time with family and friends and visit lots of museums. I also need to prepare myself because I’ll be studying abroad next year for one semester. Have I mentioned this here yet?? Honestly school has eaten my brain I don’t know anything anymore.

BUT YEAH I’LL BE DOING ONE SEMESTER IN MANCHESTER NEXT YEAR.

To be honest I’m a lot more excited for next year than I was about this one. This year was super hectic and honestly I feel like getting a (mild) concussion at the end of the very first week of the school year was just a sign of the year that was to come. That sounds dramatic, but I just never got into my usual school rhythm after my concusion (and during it of course). So while I do look back on this year fondly as I made a great friend and this last term was a lot of fun, I’m glad it’s over and I’m ready for summer vacation. One preferably without stress.

Meaning that I’m also not going to pressure myself when it comes to this blog. I’m excited to get back to it, but I don’t know how active I’ll be. I just need to get back into that ole blogging routine. Oh how I miss those old times haha

I’VE MISSED ALL OF YOU SO MUCH THOUGH WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO TELL ME. Also I will slowly get around to answer all your comments and read up on your blogs.

Starlight Blogger Award – Almost Two Years Late Woops

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know I’m really and I mean really behind on tags. Soooo… I was tagged for this in 2015!!!! Really sorry Cátia that it took me this long, but thank you for tagging me! Better late than never right?

RULES:

1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.

2. Answer the 3 original questions and then the 3 new questions from your nominator given to you.

3. Nominate your 6 favorite bloggers! In your nominees I would like for you to think at the light emanating from the stars the ones that truly touch your soul with their work, the ones that are the light for you a true STARLIGHT Blogger.

4. Please pass the award on to 6 or more other Bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated by you.

5. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your Blog, please never alter the logo, never change the 3 original questions answer that first then answer the 3 new questions from your nominator and never change the Award rules.

6. Please don’t delete this note:

The design for the STARLIGHT Bloggers Award has been created from YesterdayAfter. It is a Copyright image, you cannot alter or change it in any way just pass it to others that deserve this award.

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THE ORIGINAL QUESTIONS

1. If you could meet anyone from throughout history, who and why?

There are so many people I’d love to meet, but Oscar Wilde is probably at the top of my list. I just love him so much, both as a person and a writer and sometimes it really bums me out that we live in different time periods.

2. What is your favorite book and why?

If I had to choose one book (and not series) it would be The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I just can’t help it. This book and Charlie resonate with me so much. It makes me feel things that not many books do and just fgkjdxgx

 

3. Who is your favorite fiction character from any medium and why?

Oh boy do I really have to choose? I have so many! Though right now I love all the kids on Andi Mack so I’m going to go with them because I love my babies

CÁTIA’S QUESTIONS

1. What book have you read that made you want to travel to the place in the book?

So many! Obviously Harry Potter made me want to go to Hogwarts, Anna and the French Kiss made me want to go to Paris, The Heroes of Olympus series made me want to go to Greece and revisit Rome (I mean I always want to go back to Rome but) and there are so many others! I just want to go to so many places and books set there (and in other places) just make me want to go even more.

2. If you could start your blog journey all over again what would you change or do differently? Would you have started earlier?

Part of me does wish I had started earlier, but things would have been so different. I would’ve been a different person, less aware of certain issues going around in the world, I had a different reading taste and well, I think this blog would’ve been very different and maybe not in a good way. Also I may not have met the people I’ve met now, because things would’ve gone differently and we might not have stumbled upon each other’s blogs – the idea alone makes me sad!

If I could start over I would be more organised – in planning and scheduling posts, my blog’s design, tags, categories, features etc. I also would’ve gotten involved in the (book) blogging community right away, as at first I had no idea there even was a community.

3. What is your biggest dream and how are you working on its realization?

Becoming a writer and um… by writing? Though not much? Being a writer is my biggest dream, but I also want to be a journalist and since that’s what I’m studying well… I have to focus on that throughout the school year. I’m really excited for this summer vacation so that I can get back into writing though!

I TAG… 

Closet Readers | May | Nisha | Balie | Krysti | Hannah

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

MY QUESTIONS

Almost forgot these woops haha

  1. What is your favourite book you read so far this year?
  2. What is a song that you can listen over and over to?
  3. If you could turn one book into a tv show/movie, which one and how do you picture it?

What about you guys? If you could meet anyone from throughout history, who would you choose? And what is your biggest dream? Let me know in the comments!

Get To Know Me Tag

Thank you Carrianne for tagging me! Sorry it took me almost three months but better late than never right? Also check out her blog if you haven’t yet!

VITAL STATS

Name: Michelle
Nicknames: Mies (pronounce like me but with an ‘s’ behind it), Michel (my name is actually pronounced Me – shel – luh in Dutch so Me – shel is a nickname), Michellebean, Michellama, Robin, Mochelle, Mimi
Birthday: June sixth
Star Sign: Gemini
Occupation: ‘Blikopener’ at Stedelijk Museum and journalism student

 


APPEARANCE

Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Uuuh long. I’m not sure how long. I should get a hair cut since I can’t do much with it right now as it’s very heavy
Eye Color: Brown
Best Feature: Uh I like my eyes and my hair when it looks the way I want it too lmao
Braces: Not anymore hallelujah!
Piercings: None
Tattoos: None
Right or Left: Right


FIRSTS

Real Holiday: Before my parents split up we went on a lot of holidays, so my first real holiday was when I was a baby so?? I have no idea. I could go with my earliest memory but I’m not sure which one of the earlier holidays that I remember would be my first haha
Best Friend: I think it was a boy in kindergarten?
Award: I don’t know if it was the first but I remember winning a tennis price at some point (I’m still shook I was in the top 3 like how)
Sport: I guess swimming, but if we’re talking about a sport that I actually chose and not one I had to do because otherwise I’d drown, tennis
Concert: I think it was a concert of this Dutch group called Chipz (yes that was their actual name) in which other Dutch artists also performed?


FAVORITES

TV Show(s): Shadowhunters, BBC Class, Jane the Virgin, Brooklyn Nine Nine, One Day At A Time, The Fosters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who
Color: Right now I’m obsessed with yellow
Song: I have so many! Lately I’ve been obsessed with Running Home To You from The Flash though (seriously thank you Barry Allen for raising my relationship expectations so unrealistically high) also Free Somebody from Luna
Restaurant: A-Fusion oh my I really need to do a Blogsterdam post on this restaurant it has amazing food
Shop: American Book Center, Waterstones and PopCult
Books: Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, The Lunar Chronicles, Timekeeper, Carry On and Fangirl to name a few
Shoes: Doctor Martens


CURRENTLY

Feeling: Quite relaxed actually? Which is a first in weeks lmao (by the time this goes up I doubt I’ll still feel that way)
Single or Taken: Single
Eating: Nothing (I know I’m shocked too) (though when this goes up I might be eating something, who knows)
Thinking About: What an amazing and iconic song Free Somebody is (as I’m listening to it right now
Watching: Well, right now this screen
Wearing: A pig onesie and it’s hella comfy (while I’m writing this, when this goes up I’ll be at school and I sadly won’t be in my pig onesie)


FUTURE

Want Children: I don’t think so
Want To Be Married: If I meet the right person
Careers In Mind: Writer and journalist
Where You Want To Live: Probably want to stay in Amsterdam (definitely not going to a different Dutch city)


DO YOU BELIEVE IN

God: No. I don’t know if I’d call myself an atheist or agnost, I’m not quite sure yet
Miracles: Yes.
Love At First Sight: Not really. I guess you can develop a crush on first sight, but actual love? Nah
Ghosts: Yes. I firmly believe in ghosts
Aliens: The universe is so big we can’t be the only ones in it
Soul Mates: I like to! I believe in several soul mates though, and not just romantic but platonic as well
Heaven: Maybe? I dunno
Hell: I dunno
Kissing On The First Date: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it if all the people involved want to
Yourself: Hahahaha I really should more I guess


I TAG

Tiana | Salmah | Shouni

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

Also here’s Free Somebody because I want to share it with all of you and hopefully introduce you to your new favourite song:

Tell me some stuff about you guys! Do you believe in aliens? What is your favourite song? Let me know in the comments!

What I’ve Been Up To | Recap

Ah guys this feels so weird. My last post wasn’t even that long ago, but?? It sure feels that way? And I posted quite regularly in February too (at least more regularly than I expected) but this sure feels foreign.

I’m not going to go ‘YAY I’M BACK’ because? I don’t think I am? I definitely want to be back and I am for now, but the new term starts next week and I don’t even dare to hope to have time and energy to blog lmao.

So what have I been up to since my last wrap up in January? (well technically it was in February but I wrapped up January so…)

SCHOOL

Can we take a look at this quote from my January wrap up:

I’m more excited about this term, since most of the classes seem more fun

*cue maniacal laughter because boy was I wrong* I had one class on politics which was fun, really! But the other two? Advanced research could have been fun, but we had the worst teacher (I kind of wrecked her in the evaluation and I feel a bit bad but?? This is my education we’re talking about and she didn’t know shit??) so that ruined it. Then in the other class we made radio and tv broadcasts and looking back I guess it was fun, but I was so stressed that I couldn’t enjoy it at all. We had deadlines every week and since I’m not that confident in my skills I felt very pressured and  just uggh. I’ve dealt with a stomach ache due to stress throughout the entire term. Not fun. At least I had my friend by my side! Seriously I wouldn’t have wanted to go to school if it hadn’t been for her

One more term left! I definitely need that Summer break

WORK

I’ve mentioned before that I work at the Stedelijk Museum here in Amsterdam which has been fun. There has been some openings for new exhibitions, we went on a gallery tour (which gave me inspiration for a new Blogsterdam post that at this rate will be up in about five years lmao why did I ever think a monthly feature was doable), we had dinner at someone’s house and just had a good time. It’s been a lot of fun.

BUSTED

Okay so I don’t know if I ever mentioned this, but I’ve been a big fan of Busted for years, but by the time I became a fan they had already broken up, so I didn’t think I’d ever get to see them live. BUT THEN THEY GOT BACK TOGETHER AND THEY CAME TO AMSTERDAM AND I DIED. The end.

No but seriously they were amazing and so much fun (so many space cake jokes omg). I’m so happy I got to see them live.

HARRY POTTER THE EXHIBITION

I won’t go into too many details as I’m still planning on doing a separate post (hopefully I’ll actually get to that yikes) but I’m so happy it finally came to The Netherlands! It was a lot fun and I definitely recommend all Dutchies to go (unless you don’t like Harry Potter. In that case I guess you shouldn’t go)

This basically sums it up. I do feel like I’ve forgotten something, but mostly school took over my life. As usual *sighs* BUT. I still enjoy studying journalism, no worries. Also I just realised I still need to wrap up… two months. Ay that ain’t that bad (not as bad as I thought anyway). So get ready for a wrap up (which won’t be that long considering I barely posted and read anything lol)

WHAT HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN UP TO?! WHAT HAVE I MISSED?! Any blog posts you wrote you think I should read? Let me know in the comments!

A – Z About Me

Thank you Ugnė for tagging me and sorry that it took me like a year to do this! Let’s get to know me better through the alphabet

A – Age: 19, for now. I’ll be twenty in June and I’m not ready #foreverkidatheartthough #peterpanseriouslydudewhereareyou #youdidn’tcomethroughtwoyearsago #nowsyourchance

B – Book I’m currently reading: Since I’m scheduling this I’m not sure what I’ll be reading by the time this goes up, but right now as I’m writing this I’m reading Les Miserables and Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

C – Chore you hate: Hmm making my grandfathers bed. His sheets are too small for his mattress so it’s super annoying how does my mom do it

D – Desert you love: 

E –  Essential start your day item: tea. Other people need coffee to function, I need tea

F – Favourite author/book: Harry Potter and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (this sounds like a Harry Potter book haha). Favourite author is probably Rick Riordan (his books come close to being my favourite books as well)

G – Gold or silver: Silver

H – Height: uuuh I have no idea around 1.70 meters

I – Instruments you play: keyboard

of my laptop lmao I’m not musically talented AT ALL

J – Job title: student and Blikopener (I work at the Stedelijk Museum here in Amsterdam as a ‘Blikopener’. Blikopeners are a group of teens between 15 and 19 who try to get other youth interested in art and help with workshops, events etc.)

K – Kids: me, myself and I

L – Living Arrangements: with my mom

M – Most overused word/phrase in your vocabulary: ooooh. Oh there you go there’s my answer. Just realised that ooooh is one I use a lot. Also awww

N – Nicknames: Mies, Michel, Robin, Mochelle, Michellama, Michellebean, Mimi

If you’re wondering about Robin, it’s because my friend is Batman

O – Overnight Hospital stay other than birth: hmm I don’t think so? I broke my wrist when I was five or something, but I don’t think I stayed overnight at the hospital back then

P – Pet peeve: hahahaha so many I’m a bitter old lady

Q – Quotes I like: so many! I’m a sucker for quotes. Today I’ll be going with:

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ― Oscar Wilde

R – Right or left-handed: Right

S – Siblings: a halfbrother

T – Time you woke up today: around nine I think

U – Unique thing about you: um I dunno? We’re all individuals so we’re all unique *nods* *my attempt at being wise and deep*

V – Vegetable you love: umm I dunno brocolli?

X – X-Rays you’ve had: I don’t know how many they took but I assume I had X-Rays when I broke my wrist

Y – Yummy food you make: uuuuh cookies?

Z – Zodiac sign: Gemini

So that was the A – Z About Me Tag! I shall tag: Marie | Eve | Evi

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

So tell me something about you guys. What are your nicknames? What makes you unique? Do you play an instrument? Let me know in the comments!

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Announcement About Tags

Okay, so I should’ve done this ages ago, but part of me just didn’t want to. See, I have a lot of tags to catch up on, and let’s be real here I’m never going to be able to catch up on all of them. So unfortunately I’ve decided that if I’ve already done a tag (especially more than twice) I likely won’t do it anymore. I didn’t really want to announce this, as I’ll kindly explain it when people tag me, but since I’ve already been tagged multiple times in tags I’ve already done, I wanted to explain it in a post anyway to all the people who tagged me in those tags. I’m really, really happy you guys tagged me and thought of me and I really wish I could do them (I really like doing them too!) but the ammount of tags I have to do is stressing me out. Plus, doing the same tags over and over again might not be that interesting to read? I don’t know, but I don’t want to bore you guys.

I really hope this doesn’t sound bitchy or ungrateful or anything. I love being tagged, I really do, but can’t keep up and I’d rather do tags I haven’t done yet. I hope you guys understand <3

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Hiatus?

I really wish I weren’t writing this post right now, but I don’t want to disappear again without saying a word. I’m not going to go on a full-on hiatus. I will still try to post here and then, especially reviews since I need to get those up, but only one week of this term has passed and I’m already busy and stressed, so I have a feeling I’m going to disappear again. Maybe I’ll have things under control next week and I’ll be able to post, maybe not, I just wanted to let you guys know that if I do disappear, it won’t be forever and that I’ll definitely be back (5 more weeks until Christmas holidays bless! So if I don’t post before that, I’ll definitely post during those weeks and hopefully I can finally schedule some posts).