Living in The Netherlands

Wow, that is quite a big title for a blog post. But there are some things I like to share about living in The Netherlands. My guy, as you may know, is British. Having a partner that comes from a different country helped me to look at the country I am living in with new eyes. Almost. You know: things I take for granted are suddenly strange, because I can't really explain why it is normal for me! Eating very old cheese is normal. I love cheese that has ripened for 2 years! I also love cheese wi...
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My dog is awesome

It's a pretty bold statement, but my dog is really awesome. When I was thinking about getting a puppy, we had many talks about what kind of dog we wanted and how we would raise him. We knew that there was a chance that owning a dog, with all the responsibilities that come with it, would be more work or harder or just not as fun as we thought. But after nearly two years I can only say: my dog - our dog - is just awesome. How did we get so lucky to have him? When you decide to get a dog, you ha...
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How our dog and cats live together

Of course cats and dogs can get along! True, strange dogs don't trust cats they don't know. Cats are inclined to run away from loud dogs when they meet them outside. Our cats don't trust strange dogs, but will happily let our dog snuggle up to them. They are also happy with visiting dogs, as long as they are well-behaved in their eyes. How did we manage to make the cats accept our dog? Both our cats are rescue cats from a local shelter. We picked them up separately. First we got our girl, who...
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Roleplay story writing

Our roleplay site is called Steamhawke. It works a lot like role-playing games on forums, in that you will join in the story with a new character of your own. It's been inactive for a year now, but who knows: we can jump in any time and start writing again. That's the beauty of it. But there has been an ugly side too. When we started Steamhawke, we didn't immediately think of opening it for members. But we wanted to write with some of our friends again, so we decided we might as well find som...
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When we game together

F and I have always played games. Before we met and after we met. Before I met F, I mostly played solo games, offline. But when we met and had to go through the whole long-distance part of our relationship, we started playing online games, so we could at least spend time in game together. Guild Wars was one of those games. So when Guild Wars 2 was announced, even though we already lived together then, we started playing in beta. Well, I started playing in beta. I got in, F did not. Then we mo...
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Long distance

It's not so much a 'long distance relationship' thing, though we did have to go through that phase for a while. It's more a 'being apart for a week' thing, when F. has to be away for work. And it's just weird. Especially since we did the whole 'long distance relationship' thing before. Now I feel as if I have to be just okay with it, because it is only a week and we can keep in touch much easier these days. But still. Fun it ain't. Why is it that when you are in a relationship you get that at...
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Self-service shopping

We live very close to a shopping center where they offer self-service shopping. You get a scanner, scan your products and pay at the register based on what you scanned. Yeah: they do trust you to scan all the products in your trolley. About as far as they can throw you. So they do 'spot checks' where they randomly pick you to scan a number of items to check if you scanned them. But you have to wonder how random it is, when you get picked every single Friday night. Every Friday evening we do s...
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Questions on writing

Why write? I suppose writing is one of the things I should be writing about. Because I have a really complicated relationship with writing. I hate writing, I love writing. It has possibly given me the best thing that has happened to me. And it has frustrated me to no end. To explore writing, I will be tackling the 100 questions I found on this Dutch writing website. Why did you even start writing? Do I have to have a reason? Must I answer each question with another question? Why don't you te...
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Thoughts on getting a puppy

Getting a puppy has been on my mind  since I moved out. But when you work fulltime and are living alone you know you can't offer the puppy all it needs. Besides working long days, the apartment I lived in was too small. It was too small for the cat I eventually got, too. But somehow you fool yourself into thinking a cat won't mind. It didn't become a possibility to have pets until we moved in together and got a slightly larger house. For the puppy we wanted to get a house with a small garden. An...
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