Monthly Archives: December 2010

Home for the Holidays

As in past years, my little blog goes a bit quiet around the holidays. Especially this year, which brought me home for the first time in two years. With the last Christmases spent in Berlin, it’s wonderful to be home again.

Written on the first morning:
After a long but smooth flight, I have arrived in Oregon and am ready to throw myself completely into the holidays. Writing at 5am in the quiet kitchen of my parent’s home, I have fresh cantaloupe and warm coffee with a view of a blooming poinsettia and the gingerbread house my mom made with my little niece. Soon my younger sister and our black lab/boxer Tauri should begin to stir and we will bundle up for a morning walk to the ridge over a Christmas tree farm with a range of mountains as a backdrop. The main task of the day is to send a Christmas package to my grandmother.

Okay, all is not perfect. I have serious jet leg from the nine-hour time difference and also need a bit more time to adjust to the general American cheerfulness in place of the more blasé attitude of the Dutch (which I really do love). The layover in Seattle was a bit of a shock to my system. In any case, it is so good to be home.

Weekend Links #10

I hope everyone enjoyed a festive holiday celebration. A Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Vrolijk Kerstfeest to all! Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things that I have enjoyed, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Reading the article Why Making Dinner is a Good Idea (via something changed, image via Skånska Matupplevelser)
2. Finding two lists of the best articles and essays of 2010 (via spaceships)
3. Eating an ocean roll at The Sparrow Bakery in Bend, Oregon (image below)
4. Dancing to Sufjan Steven’s Come On! Let’s Boogie to the Elf Dance with my family on Christmas morning
5. Watching Thomas Balmes’ documentary Babies, which follows four little ones in four different countries around the world

And then it was December

Time has flown and we now sit in the midst of December. Tomorrow I am off on a plane to Portland – the city of roses and the gateway to a world both familiar and foreign to me (image via fieldguided).

Weekend Links #9

A little late this week, but here it is! Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things that I have enjoyed, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed this week:
1. Starting to see the ‘best of 2010’ lists. Some favorites: NPR’s Best Books of 2010 and Totally Cool Pix top photos of 2010 part I and part II
2. Scoring an ‘impressive’ on the CNN cultural landmarks test. I was more pleased that I have been to six out of ten of the landmarks (Berlin Wall, Big Ben, Angkor Wat, Eiffel Tower, Alcatraz and the Collosseum in Rome) than I was at my correct answers (via @kfar53)
3. Making enough cranberry sauce for a year. This recipe is delicious over plain yoghurt (image above via here)
4. Still loving Breathe Owl Breathe and this wintery tune
5. Reminiscing about the lovely Sunday Market at Westerpark (image below)

Waiting on the Christmas Tree

In one week, I will be at the airport in Amsterdam holding my ticket to fly to Portland. The long flight is always worth it once I get a glimpse of the glorious Cascade Mountain Range out the plane window. I am especially looking forward to this little owl that is hanging on the Christmas tree waiting for my arrival, a gift from my older sister whom I can’t wait to see. Counting down the days…

The Corn Poppy

A favorite from Dutch painter Kees van Dongen (1877 – 1968) titled The Corn Poppy, 1919 (via beatlittleheartbeat).

Weekend Links #8

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things that I have enjoyed, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed this week:
1. Spending time in Berlin. It never grows old.
2. Listening to the serene music of Breathe Owl Breathe discovered via NPR (pictured above)
3. Loving the photos of snow on Boston’s Big Picture
4. Finishing (almost) the last Christmas shopping thanks to Etsy and Creature Comfort‘s gift guide (pictured below)
5. Looking forward to the Funky Christmas Market at Westergasfabriek today