Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays - The Red Heart of Jade

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"What does that mean?" he said to Kevin, ignoring her.
"Yo, what does that mean?"
"It means you are a monster," Kevin said, and he turned and ran into the inferno.
(page 120, The Red Heart of Jade by Marjorie M. Liu)

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


Still no exciting trips or stuff like that, but I did get mail again today.

I received The Gatekeepers by Richard Sutton.
Richard send me the book to read and review. If it's anything like The Red Gate, the first book in this series, I will enjoy reading this book.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I got two Dr. Seuss books today!
They're Dutch translations from the original books, but very beautiful translations. I love Dr. Seuss' drawings and the stories are really fun. Do any of you read Dr. Seuss? And what's your favourite if you do?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Game, Pig and Book

As you might have guessed: my owner still hasn't taken me anywhere fun! But at least we played games last evening.

I love this dicegame: you have to try to collect as many rabbits as you can.

Today at work I spotted this drawing of a pig in the newspaper.

And there was mail for me when we got home:

I won this book in a giveaway by Ann Aguirre, one of the two authors who wrote this book (the other is Carrie Lofty). It's a kind of post-apocalyptic paranormal romance and it sounds really intriguing. I had to promise to write a review after reading it, so keep an eye on my review blog.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Eve-Art Mail

Today we got a beautiful card from our friend Eve.
Eve makes wonderful art and she made this card especially for us. It's going to get its own spot in my owner's Milka room.

Thank you Eve! We love it.

Friday, June 17, 2011


As my owner isn't doing anything interesting at the moment I decided to get out my binoculars and do some exploring on my own.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Zombie Mints and Mail

Today at work I let some of my co-workers try the zombie mints I got from Katie. It wasn't much of a succes (besides the funny look on their faces). It seems people aren't too fond of mints with brain flavour....
Very strange.

When I got home there was mail for me.
There was a beautiful card from Schiermonnikoog send to me by Hammie and a small package from Beanie.

Beanie's package contained a beautiful card, two books (one manga and one book with teasers from other books) and a button!

Thanks Hammie and Beanie!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mail from Germany

I got a package from SusiSunshine today!
We did a book swap, but she also send me a bookmark, tradingcards and an origami piggy!

Isn't the piggy awesome?!

Thanks Susi!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Polder Rock and More

Yesterday we went on a trip as we were going to something called Polder Rock. But before we got to Polder Rock we paid some visits.

We visited my owner's mother who lives close to the river IJssel. Isn't it beautiful?

And look what we found in the garden while we were there!

I wonder if this small salamander is a relative of my friend Sparky.

More beautiful nature picture spam.

I also got to visit my good friend Witje, who lives in Kampen. We had a great time catching up on news and such.

In the evening we went to Polder Rock.
Looking at the t-shirts it had something to do with a cow and beer.
(I was told my owner's OtherHalf made the drawing that was on the t-shirts btw)

A stage and music!
It turned out Polder Rock was a small festival that my owner's brother had organised together with some friends to raise money for a good cause. There were three bands playing and you could also buy food and beer and other drinks. This is the first band that played at the festival: Rainbow in the Dark.

When the second band (B.Z.A.) played it was already getting a bit dark and it was also getting a bit more crowded, but I had a good spot luckily enough.

After the second band it started to rain, so I didn't take anymore pictures, but we had lots of fun and I was told there were over 400 people who came to the festival.

After the festival we got to sleep over at the house of the neighbour of my owner's brother. After such a long and fun filled day I was glad we didn't have to travel all the way back to Groningen.

After a good night sleep we spend some time with my owner's family. One of my owner's nephews had a bowl with fish!

Voodoo Bride discovered a distant relative who lived with my owner's family.

In the afternoon we caught a train back to Groningen.
I had a really fun time.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Picnic

When my owner and me got out of work today my owner's OtherHalf came to meet us and he brought food.


Monday, June 6, 2011

More Fun in Groningen

We went to the library today and they had this cool statue there of a goat.

And a chicken!

After our visit to the library we did some windowshopping and I saw this funny statue of a ladybug-dog.

Then it was time for a drink.
(And no: this is not an endorsement, although I will confess that I'm indeed on team Coke.)

And food.
I got a sandwich with goatcheese, honey and walnuts. Yum!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Another Trip to Amsterdam

My owner and me had planned to go to Movie World in Germany yesterday, but on Wednesday we were told our trip got cancelled.

So instead we went to Amsterdam!
We were accompanied by a good friend of my owner and by Little Mole, but as little Mole doesn't like sun too much he stayed hidden in a bag most of the day.

Here I am at the monument on the Dam.
The Dam is the main square of Amsterdam.

We did some window shopping and I spotted this beautiful salamander who reminded me of my good friend Sparky.

A whole army of voodoo dolls!
I think some were related to Voodoo Bride, but they weren't the talkative types.

And we visited the Amsterdam Dungeon!
It's a kind of history museum, but instead of just looking at items you get taken on a tour with dressed-up actors who tell and enact stories and even make the visitors take part in those stories.

At the entrance there was a possibility to have your picture taken and my owner took the opportunity to pose as a brutish executioner.

That's the only picture we could take of the Amsterdam Dungeon as taking pictures wasn't allowed inside. But I managed to get hold of a brochure with pictures in it and I played around with one of those to give you an idea of what the Dungeon was like:

We didn't see these two particular people as I think these two are Sweeney Todd and his lady friend and they are from the London Dungeon, but we did meet lots of other cool characters who were dressed just as awesome. There were lots of cool stories and such and my owner even got dragged before a judge who found her guilty of witchcraft!!

We also did some sightseeing.
Here I am in front of a gate which has the Amsterdam heraldry on it.

A creepy stone lion.

One of Amsterdam's many canals.

On our way back home there was lots of hold up at the station because someone thought he'd smelled smoke in one of the train tunnels.

Little Mole and me passed the time by looking over the brochure of the Amsterdam Dungeon and reliving our awesome visit there.