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I like things. Like people, linguistics, the concept of pretty, yoga, sport, veganism, sustainability, lots and lots of music, and life.
I might seem sweet but fuck you.
"Stop acting so fucking wounded. The only person that can pick you up, push back your shoulders, wipe the tears, mend the broken bones, and get you out of your slump is you. Now go and live,
there is so much to be happy about."
— "Things I tell myself when I feel as though the world is too big for me" (via moaka)

Yeah okay, touché.

I think I’m lonely. Not in that I’m far from home. I’m lonely in that I don’t want to go back. Not to face the mess I left behind, because fixing it up just doesn’t feel worth it.
Can I stay until everyone just forgets me?

Step 7: You Have Arrived at your Destination.


Today was the third of July. For me, that meant Tonya Day. It’s one year, eight months and two days since I last saw her, you could say I was pretty excited.

I began the day with the classic run around Vondelpark, 4km from the bridge near the hostel, around the park and back, with a nice little walk at either end and a stop at a grassy patch for some body weight exercises (we’re talking push-ups, sit ups and all that jazz).
In my excitement I put on my dress backwards, and didn’t realise for about two hours. Conveniently, it wasn’t very obvious to the uninitiated.

Tonya and Lara were to arrive at 1-1.30pm, at which time they would put their stuff in the hostel and head out to find a restaurant. Pre-emptying this I grabbed a small bit to eat, explored some areas of the city not yet touched, then sat with a coffee at 1.15 perusing the interwebs waiting for Lara to send me a message. I got the message at 1.20, saying they would be at least another hour. So I got myself a coconut gelato (dairy & egg free, of course), and wandered a bit more. Over the course of the morning and early afternoon I discovered many gorgeous little bookshops and boutique stores, a different and very welcomed side to the city I’ve come to both love and hate.

At 2.30 I went back to a wifi area and waited, scrolling Facebook and new websites to pass the time. At 3pm I set off at a fast walk to the vicinity of their hostel with a screenshot of the street junction of Lara’s location. After getting a little lost, I finally rounded a corner to see the (still) familiar dreadlocks. I climbed through the chairs and put my hands over the eyes of a very confused Tonya. She couldn’t pick who it was, but could eventually pick the accent. After I revealed myself many exclamations were made, to the point where neighbouring tables began to stare.

After the suprise we walked around the city for a while, stopping at some stores to look at clothes and stopping for a drink. A delicious stir fry dinner followed, greatly appreciated after so much bread and so much walking. Nothing but vegetables and nuts and spices for me, thank you sir!

Right near the ledge Tonya and I had chosen to sit while eating our dinner was the spot chosen by a busker, this one specialising in balloon animals and posing like a man frozen mid-run. His antics would have entertained us for about an hour, before we toured the red light district where we received many a glare and quickly evacuated due to awkwardness and our apparently having offended the prostitutes.

The night finished sitting beside the canal sleepily chatting, before they walked me back to my hostel at 11.30-12. I managed to unblock Tonya on Facebook and setting an alarm before very quickly falling asleep ready for the next day.

iloveoatmealandpeanutbutter:

I have been thinking about getting this tattoo for a while now.

iloveoatmealandpeanutbutter:

I have been thinking about getting this tattoo for a while now.

"HIGH-PROTEIN/LOW CARBOHYDRATE DIET FADS
A diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates must be a diet high in animal products. We have already discussed the problems of this type of diet. primarily, it contains excessive amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. Surprisingly, this diet can also cause a loss of lean body tissue. In a balanced diet, adequate in carbohydrates and calories (protein and fats), protein is left to serve its main task of growth and repair. In a high-protein diet there is not enough carbohydrates available for energy, so protein must be diverted from its main function to be converted to glucose to allow the brain and nervous system to function normally.. The brain always gets priority over the muscles for the available carbohydrate (glucose), since the muscles can function on fat at low levels of energy expenditure. If an individual on such a diet attempted to exercise as well (a very fatiguing feat!), the tissue loss would be even more pronounced since the requirement for glucose increases as energy demands increase.
Much of the early weight loss that occurs during a high-protein diet is actually water loss.. Because the large amount of protein in the diet is produces urea, large amounts of water must be taken from the body cells to dilute and eliminate the urea.
So far i have demonstrated that the part of the weight loss from high-protein diets comes from two sources we don’t want to lose-LEAN TISSUE AND WATER! What about fat? On this type of diet fat is being used as the main energy source. Since fat is such a poor fuel, the dieter will feel weak, lightheaded, and fatigued. The incomplete burning of fat produces ketones, which build up in the blood and cause ketosis. KETOSISIS NOT A HEALTHY STATE, AND IF THE BLOODS PH BECOMES TOO ACID, SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS CAN OCCUR. These dieters can expect to be in no physical or mental frame of mind to do more than lie around and wonder where all their energy went.
An interesting point is that eating a diet high in protein may actually increase our craving for sweets. Drs. Judith and Richard Wurtman, cell biologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have suggested that carbohydrates release the hormone serotonin in the brain, which suppresses our desire for simple carbohydrates (sweets etc..), while eating too much protein and fat actually increases our desire for simple carbohydrates. This may explain why people on high protein diets crave sweets and tend to go on binges, while people who eat a diet high in complex carbohydrates seem to be less affected by this tendency"

"The Winning Edge" -Frank G. Addleman

(via mitochondrionpowerhousefitness)

Step 3: cheers! Proust! Skoll!

Before I start I want to make a comment on the radio over here. It’s hilarious! Some current music, some fun Dutch pop and some of those songs from the 2000’s that we exclaim ‘oh man, classic, I used to LOVE this song!’ I’m talking Linkin Park, Justin Timberlake, all of that beautiful music.
After spending less than 24 hours in Belgium, I don’t regret spending such a small amount of time there, but only because I have every intention in the world of going back for at least two weeks. Brugge is somewhere I would love to take my mum, but also to go with some friends, it’s that kind of diverse, fun-for-all kind of place, and damn is it beautiful.
Surrounded by a canal, Brugge has four or five entrances to the central city, each of which looks like the front of an 18th or 17th century castle (it most likely is from around then, anyway). The buildings range from the 12th century to two or three buildings that are a maximum of ten years old utilising the full range of metal and glass available. A wander through the city took us to half a dozen stunning churches, and many picturesque streets, all cobblestones and old houses, all taken care of well and very beautiful. We stumbled on a river tour of the city, half an hour for €7.60 and decided to jump on. Half an hour later I had seen one of if not the most beautiful city in the world and discovered such delights as the smallest Elizabethan style window (it was about 15cm square), and a restaurant called ‘Maximilian of Austria’, the second ever Maximilian I’ve heard of!
Our next stop, and Bob’s aim of the day, was a tour of De Halve Moon brewery. €7.20 with a beer included. Over the course of an hour we learnt how beer is brewed, the importance of hops for women (it has high levels of estrogen and can apparently be claimed on healthcare in Belgium for females), and got a stunning view of Brugge from the brewery’s 5th storey rooftop. Afterwards we say in what felt like mid-afternoon sun but was actually about 6pm lit, and enjoyed our free beers, followed by a round of different beers, ranging from 6% alcohol to 11%. Mine was 9% and delicious.
A meander through the city showed the presence of so many historical characteristics that have all but died out in other cities, such as a full blown nunnery that enforces silence within its grounds. Dinner was postponed when Bob discovered Belgium’s widest range of beer and we stopped for another taste, sitting outside overlooking the canal. Belgian beers of Hopus and Fort Lapus for Bob and I, while Lisette stuck to water in order to drive us home. Then to dinner we ventured to the central market square, and sat down amongst many many other tourists for food.
One fantastic thing about summer here is the hours of sunlight. Between 5 or 6am and 10pm there is absolutely no need for lighting at all. Imagine if they had daylight savings, light from 7am to 11pm would be so damn fun. That meant leaving dinner at 9pm felt like 6pm but my still slightly jetlagged body had been sleepy for many hours. The two hour drive home was all but missed by Bob and I, leaving Lisette the only one awake. Oops!

unconsumption:




Jeremy Underwood’s ongoing photo series Human Debris repurposes found trash into site-specific sculptures.




Municipal waterways often double as highways for garbage—a well-known and highly visible problem with no obvious solution. So when photographer Jeremy Underwood stumbled across an especially polluted beach in Houston, he decided to make the trash he found into more than just lazily bobbing reminders of intractability.
“I simply couldn’t believe the state this area was in,” Underwood told WIRED by email. “Garbage littered the shoreline, a pungent smell filled the air and signs about the polluted waters stood in confirmation of its degraded state. Hidden from view, I felt something had to be done to bring attention to this beach … it struck me for the first time that taking only a picture was not enough. ”

 (via Monuments Made of Trash Remind Us to Treat Earth More Kindly | Raw File | WIRED)

unconsumption:

Jeremy Underwood’s ongoing photo series Human Debris repurposes found trash into site-specific sculptures.

Municipal waterways often double as highways for garbage—a well-known and highly visible problem with no obvious solution. So when photographer Jeremy Underwood stumbled across an especially polluted beach in Houston, he decided to make the trash he found into more than just lazily bobbing reminders of intractability.

“I simply couldn’t believe the state this area was in,” Underwood told WIRED by email. “Garbage littered the shoreline, a pungent smell filled the air and signs about the polluted waters stood in confirmation of its degraded state. Hidden from view, I felt something had to be done to bring attention to this beach … it struck me for the first time that taking only a picture was not enough. ”

 (via Monuments Made of Trash Remind Us to Treat Earth More Kindly | Raw File | WIRED)

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes…you’re Doing Something."
— Neil Gaiman (via observando)
"I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though."
— Veronica Roth, Divergent (via observando)
"

1. Stop faking your fucking orgasms. Society already tells young men that they run the fucking universe - if they can’t turn your cunt into a shooting star then for god’s sake, let them know about it.

2. Once you’ve stopped faking your fucking orgasms, use this newfound honesty throughout the rest of your life - stop ordering coffee you don’t actually like; stop sitting at a desk and allowing people to treat you like shit in the hopes that a meek attitude will earn you a promotion (it won’t); stop telling people they can finish your food when you’re not actually done yet. These may seem petty, but they add up, just like every orgasm you didn’t actually get to have.

3. If you wanna dance all night, dance all fucking night. Dance all night even if you have work in the morning. The worst that will happen is you’ll drink RedBull all day and look like a zombie - pass it off as a head cold to the real zombies you work with and flick through the embarrassing photos you’re being tagged in as you pretend to take a shit for some peace and quiet. I promise, you’ll remember dancing all night in ten years, not the suspicious way your boss looked at you that morning.

4. If your ass looks big in that, that’s a good thing.

5. You will never be as young as you are this second. Embrace it.

6. Embrace the fact that you’re going to get older. Ask your boyfriend if he will still love you when you’re seventy and your tits are down to your knees. Look forward to this time - seventy year old women are allowed to do pretty much whatever they want, and no-one can stop them. You can carry candy in your bag and not share it with a single soul. You can stay home all day and cross-stitch expletives onto handkerchiefs for your grandchildren and slip them under the table out of sight of the people you raised. You can drink whisky at 10am. Every phase of your life is going to be amazing for different reasons. Embrace that.

7. A lot of people will pretend to love Bukowski. Don’t pretend to love Bukowski if you don’t love Bukowski. It’s overplayed and no-one will mind if you actually like Virginia Andrews instead - the people who do mind are boring.

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Some more little life lessons, by Daisy Lola.  (via cardioconfidence)
"You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter."
— Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue (via observando)