American in Europe

In Memoriam of the Victims of MH17

It is National Mourning Day here in the Netherlands. Words are failing me as I try to describe the shock, heartbreak, rage, fear, loathing, and finally the microscope ping of relief now that some of the bodies have been brought home to Holland. My beloved adoptive country is small, only roughly the size of Maryland, almost everyone I know here has some sort of connection to at least one of the 193 Dutch victims on MH17. I am so proud of how the country has responded to this unthinkable tragedy. If you have a spare moment today please think some positive thoughts to all those affected by this horrible event. Thank you.

 
 

Weekly Wishes Vol 7: Don't Call it a Comeback

Weekly Wishes Georgia Peach Abroad

You guys, let's just agree not to talk about my 2 month unplanned hiatus? Captie? That's the plural of capisce. There I taught you something. Speaking of Italian, one of the 3,000 things I need to update you on is my first time ever skiing. In the Italian Alps. But I'll save that for its own post.

My how I have missed you loves! In order to ease myself back into this whole blogging thing, I have decided to start slow and link up with Melyssa from Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. I highly recommend it. My goal this week is really simple.

Write some damn blog posts. Seriously, I have two countries, some amazing discoveries in Amsterdam and Utrecht, a new haircut and a story about vomit, to update you on! 

For those of you who are still subscribing and/or reading, I owe you a huge THANK YOU!

So, how have you been?

Until next time,

 

The Nectar Collective

Be Thankful Wherever You Are

Thanksgiving Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! You guys are making me so jealous on facebook with all your yummy goodness! Around here, Loek and I hosted a group of friends for a "Friendsgiving" on Saturday. I was the only American in attendance, but it still turned out great, and I loved bringing Thanksgiving to other cultures. While I don't particularly love the historical reasoning for Thanksgiving,I do think a day sharing what you are thankful for surrounded by people you love is always a good idea. I love my friends so much for not scoffing when I told them that we had to go around the table and say what we were thankful for. 

Here are just a few things I am thankful for this year:

  • Technology: Sometimes being away from friends and family is really hard, but having the technology to talk to them whenever I wish helps enormously. Plus without technology I wouldn't know my love.
  • My love: Seriously, I have a really good one. He never loses his temper, he makes me laugh, he thinks I am hilarious which is just as important. I love you babe and our life here.
  • My mom: I'm not saying that my mom is better than your mom, but she is pretty awesome. My mom is my best friend and is always supportive of me no matter what.
  • My friends: It is really humbling when you go back to where you grew up and people come from all around to see you because they miss you. You guys are the best. And I don't want to forget my new friends either, you guys have shown me so much about how different the world can be, thank you for teaching me.

 

What are you thankful for this year?

 

Until next time,

 

11 Ways to Have a Better Day When Life Hands You Sleazeballs.

Yesterday, was the worst day at work I have had in a really long time. A client I have been working on for DAYS is actually not eligible for our service which means that none of the work I did counts and there is no way I can catch up on my target for the month. And then I ugly cried. I have these really annoying ticks, where I laugh when I am scared or nervous and I cry when I am mad or frustrated. Kelly Cuthrone would be so ashamed of me. To top it all off, I then went on to make sales calls and was told by one man that I had a really sexy voice and that the business had been turned into a brothel. It hasn't of course, this was his way of getting rid of me. So very professional. 

Needless to say, I was in quite the mood yesterday. Which was the inspiration for this post. So, I present to you 11 ways to have a better day when life hands you sleazeballs.

  1. Hug your cat or dog, or borrow one to hug. Lulu does a lot to improve my mood, she is so pretty and has been really loving lately. Spend some time with an animal and be instantly cheered up.
  2. Plan your future. If your job has got you down, start thinking of an escape plan. Do you want to travel the world, start your own business, or go back to school? Start planning now and remember that your situation can be temporary. 
  3. Learn a new skill. Take a few minutes and completely focus on learning a new thing. Anything will do. 
  4. Go for a walk. Just escape the situation and unplug for a bit in the fresh air. 
  5. Talk it out. Sometimes you just need to vent you know. 
  6. Clean. Just really work out your frustrations with a little elbow grease. 
  7. Obliterate the offender in fiction. Turn your bad day into inspiration for a story or blog post. 
  8. Start a budget. I personally get a thrill seeing how much money I spend and how much money I could be saving. Plus keeping on top of your fiances will go a long way towards less stress in your life.
  9. Move some money into savings. Even if it is just five dollars, you will feel better.
  10. Watch this video of a side by side comparison of Kanye's Bound 2 you video (can we all agree this is the worst song ever made?) with Seth Rogan and James Franco's spoof. 
  11. Tell yourself that tomorrow will be a better day and believe it. 

What do you do to get over a bad day?

Until next time,

 

Weekly Wishes vol 7

Weekly Wishes Georgia Peach Abroad

We celebrated Thanksgiving a little early around here, because of course you don't get Thanksgiving off when you live abroad. It was such an awesome night. All the food was really good, and my friends were so sweet to try and make side dishes that in their opinion were very American, so I wouldn't feel homesick. This years, very expensive turkey was amazing, I adapted this recipe from a beautiful mess. I am proud to say that I accomplished all but one of my wishes last week, and I learned that I love having people over, something I have never really done before. 
This week, my goals are really simple. 

  1. Meet my sales quota, it is the end of the month and behind is not where you want to be.
  2. Make an editorial calendar and think about how to start the new year off fresh. 
  3. Go to Amsterdam to pick up my bike. 

What do you want to do this week? Happy Thanksgiving! 

Until next time,

 

Will I Ever Write a Post Again? Yes! Weekly Wishes Vol 6

I slept until 3pm today. Am I ashamed of this fact, not really as I have a wicked head cold with a migraine to match. Then I ordered my groceries to be delivered, because I am a woman on leisure, because I don't have a car and I am cooking for 11 on Saturday. Needless to say, not a very productive start to the week.

What I am proud of though is I completed all of my weekly wishes for last week. I think I have found my fig, or what I want to be when I grow up. But plans aren't finalized and there are some logistics to look into. I also finalized the menu for Thanksgiving and I found a place in Utrecht to order a turkey. Turns out, you need a poelier which is kind of like a wild game butcher. The turkey is to be picked up on Thursday morning for brining. I love that I can say missions accomplished.

This week, my plans are as follows:

  1. Write and schedule some blog posts. I miss you guys! I just haven't found any inspiration.
  2. Pull of this Thanksgiving. The verlo and I have never hosted a dinner party in our two years living together. I have never hosted one in the Netherlands. Somehow we are going to cram 11 people into our euro sized apartment. Luckily, I have pretty great friends who won't judge for the lack of a gravy boat or even proper chairs.
  3. Take care of myself and my home. Of course there is still some company cleaning to be done, but I would like to get around to hanging some art before people come and I need to be healthy!

What are you going to do this week? 

Until next time,

 

The Nectar Collective

Turkeygate: Weekly Wishes Vol 5

Weekly Wishes Georgia Peach Abroad

How do I manage to link up with Weekly Wishes only every other week? Seriously Kait, you can do better than this. You used to love this blog, you need your passion back. Actually, I am saying this a lot lately, I think I am in a non-creative phase, and it is driving me crazy!

As you probably know by now, I am linking up with Melyssa of the Nectar Collective for this one, go check it out.

And now for the wishes:

1. Pick a fig. I saw this poem by Sylvia Plath illustrated on Life Hack, and I pretty much see it as a wake up call for those of us who have a thousand "maybe I could be a ..." career paths. This week I am going to work on developing and sticking to a plan about what I want to be when I grow up.

2. Finalize Thanksgiving. Last year, Loek and I had an amazing time at Lily's for Thanksgiving, even though all the other Americans who went last year no longer resides in the Netherlands. This year, I am bringing 1st Thanksgivings to several nationalities and it is a lot of pressure to be about 8 people's first Thanksgiving experience. 

3. Find a Turkey: I was in charge of the Turkey last year and it was an adventure! First, I had to find a turkey, which I bought in Amsterdam, bring it home, debone it because it wouldn't fit in our oven, then bring the cooked bird back up to Amsterdam. This year, I don't have to take the turkey anywhere but to the table, but I don't want to have to go to Amsterdam and bring home a turkey on a train again. Utrecht, you have them right? Because I need to order one.

What are you doing this week?

 

Until next time,

 

The Nectar Collective

Weekly Wishes Vol 4

Weekly Wishes 4 A Georgia Peach Abroad

Welkom bij de wekelijkse wensen bericht. I am of course linking up with Melyssa of the Nectar Collective. Each week, you are meant to make new small goals to accomplish. This week is going to be busy, so I might have a goal for each day left.

Tuesday: Have an awesome first Dutch lesson. I finally found someone to do private lessons with me and my first class is tomorrow. I think we will mostly discuss what level I am at, during the first class. I have high hopes so let's hope I study my butt off and we can see some real improvement.

Wednesday: Not get too emotional and enjoy my goodbye lunch with my Netherlands BFF. Seriously kid, I am going to miss you probably an unhealthy amount. 

Thursday: Write a blog post, because I need to do those more regularly.

Friday: Somehow start my novel for NaNoWriMo, work my full shift and attend ladies night with my colleagues.

What do you think, doable?

Post Script: I was carded today at the grocery store while buying wine. The legal age to drink beer and wine in this country, 16. A full 11 years younger than I am.

 

 

Until next time,

 

The Nectar Collective

That Time I Shared My Pearls of Wisdom

Not to be tooting my own horn or anything, but I give really good advice. Not annoying, unsolicited advice. However, if you ask my opinion about something, I am typically really good at listening and giving you some well thought out options. Plus, I really like helping. Maybe I should have gone into counseling?

So, when other bloggers ask me to participate in something giving advice, I tend to jump at the chance. I'm just saying, you need someone to guest post, I am your girl. The latest place you can read some of my tiny pearls of wisdom is on the Robinson's blog post on Ways to Keep in Touch. It is worth the read if you have people you want to keep a hold of no matter the distance really. 

Now, if I could only learn to follow my own advice, I would have a much easier time at this whole being an adult thing.

 

Until next time,

 

NTVN No TV November

No Television November A Georgia Peach Abroad

Do you ever think about all that you could accomplish if you weren't watching TV? The average person watched 4 hours of television a day. It makes me wonder with that much volume are we even are interested in most of what we are watching.

I will be the first to admit that I find a lot of comfort in watching television, in fact I think it would be safe to say I have an addiction. It doesn't even really matter what's on most of the time. How much of my life am I wasting on TV and what would my life be like if I spent that time doing things to better myself?

Therefore for the entire month of November, I am going to see what it is like to live without the television. This coincides with Nanowrimo which is National Novel Writing Month and I have been wanting to participate for the last 3 years, but I never had the time. 

Am I crazy? Will I be able to make it? Does anyone want to do the challenge with me? You don't have to go cold turkey like me but maybe just think a bit about if you really like the shows you are watching?

Depending on the amount of comments, this might be my first ever linkup. 

Until next time,

 

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