30 April 2004

No Time

...but so much to say. Job is great but the woman who got hired at the same time as me got fired for talking too much. Naturally, I am worried as I am not the quietest of bunnies.

I am one step closer to my goal of becoming a Brit. I have got my UK driving licence. Maybe now I can open a big girls bank account.

More blogging this weekend. Off to a bbq (in the rain) with Jane's people.

23 April 2004


Not blogged much lately. Sorry. Still learning new things at work. Things are fine. Am very much in love still. But Chinese food in England is absolute shite.

18 April 2004

Poor Posh

When your husband shags other women, you would think the people around you feel sorry for you and agree that your husband is a total and utter bastard. Not Victoria Beckham. Since (Dutch) woman Rebecca Loos came out with scandlous accusations that she shagged David Beckham, more and more people blame this on Posh Spice. She is such a cold bitch that is only makes sense David shagged someone else. And I am not alone in thinking this.
"If every woman who even felt a shred of sympathy for Victoria gave a tenner, there'd be enough to buy a cheap handbag," wrote British columnist Amanda Platell.

Ouch, that must have hurt. But why? Ihate Psh to bits. I think she is a cow who has no idea of when to stop. NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR SHIT MUSIC SO STOP TRYING. Victoria Beckham's many detractors cannot understand why the former Victoria Adams would be so relentlessly chasing a pop career while failing to recognise that she's relatively unencumbered by talent or ability.

You won't hear me saying that she deserves a cheating husband. Nobody does. But I still think she is a stupid cow and I hope she will divorce David Beckham, get lots of money from him and dissapear off the face of the earth. Bye bye. Good riddens to bad rubbish. There is enough bad music out there. And there are enough cold, bitchy, Noveau Riche women out there. We don't need you.

Now please tell me why YOU hate Victoria.
Although hate is too big a word. She annoys me. At least David can actually do something brilliant. She can't. She plays the media (the pictures of her and David in the snow were totally arranged by a paparazzi-friend) and thinks we don't see right through her. gh.

Home Sweet Home

I am feeling like home: my bike got stolen this weekend.

To be honest, I bought it from a bloke on the street for 35 pounds, so it probably wasn't kosher in the first place. But now I will have to get a new one. Ahh...feels just like being in Holland again.

15 April 2004

New Job

I know, I know. You have all been waiting for news on my new job. Well, maybe not waiting really but at least some of you have been wondering. Right? Please tell me you have or else I feel like nobody cares......

The job I have is a completely new role. There never was anybody in this role in this company. It is all kind of flattering really. I went for the job as receptionist bit they thought I would get bored with that and need other opportunities. So they thought of another role they could give me in their business. They were thinking of bringing in a Sales Administrator/Coordinator in a few months. But when I came along, apparently they decided I was the perfect person for that job. And rather than missing out on the chance of hiring me, they decided to tell their Sales Team to get their act together because a Sales Administrator would start in 3 days, rather than 3 months. Hence there is no desk, computer, phone or even proper job description for me here. But that is fine by me. This way, they won't be able to compare me to a previous person in the same role. And I can take on as much as I think I want or can do.

The sales team consist of 3 Sales Managers and me. We are in a separate office at the end of the hall and sometimes all 3 managers are out for the day and I am all alone. Like yesterday. And today. And that is a bit of a pain when I don't know what my job is exactly.

One of the things I will be responsible for is coming up with a way of storing our sales data in a such a way that it makes sense to everyone and that everyone can find all the information quickly. At the moment, everybody stores letters, mail or tender locally or partly on a central server. Clients have no reference numbers so if you are searching for a particular document, it is a pain to find it. I have some thoughts about this but after only being here for 2 days, I am not going to tell them what they are yet. Need to get to know the business a little bit better first.

In the end, the idea is that I am the central point of the Sales department. I should know their every move, know where to find every document and have a whole load of other responsibilities. Example: they will in the end give me the numbers for a quote and tell me to put it together into a good looking document with nice pictures. So over the next few weeks I will learn how to put quotes together, how to write standard letters (I have to come up with that standard myself by the way) etc. I will also be responsible for the customers when they call in. Do they need a sales manager or can I help them with their question? I will need to judge if it is a potential sale or simply a request for general information. And if I send them information, I will be responsible for following it up and if there is interest, pass it on to the Sales managers. So, quite a large responsibility. But I think I might like it. Stay tuned.

Oh, and for those who want to know where I work and what we sell: I am not telling you. I quite like my job I think and I will not disclose any juicy secrets or business deal.

11 April 2004

Israel fights against terrorists?

Frequent readers of this blog will know about my anger at the way Israel thinks it can ruin the lives of innocent Palestinians. Constantly I get comments of people telling me Israel is only defending itself and that killling Palestinians and flattening their houses is a legitimate way of defending themselves. To all those people I would like to say: please tell me what you think of this next bit from an article in a British newspaper this week (and you are not allowed to say these soldiers were an exception because you bloody well know they are not)

Assala, 11, was shut in the smallest room of her home with her parents and brothers and sister - including a newborn baby - whiile Israeli soldiers searched the apartment, looking for weapons (they found nothing). First they knocked. When Assala's father answered, he held the door open for the soldiers to come in, but they said they preferred to make their own entrance and blasted a six-foot hole through the wall instead. They scattered the family's sacks of rice, sugar and flour all over the floor before pouring the cooking oil over it and throwing the family's clothes into the resulting mess. The soldiers had free access to the bathroom, but chose instead to defecate in the living room and in some of the cooking pots, using the new baby's clothes to clean themselves. it took Assala's family weeks to clean up.

Anyone still wondering why Palestinians hate the Israelis. Or Americans who support Israel? I am not wondering about it anymore. I stopped wondering about it long ago. And all of you who keep saying that Israel is right and Palestinians are wrong and that these soldiers are merely an exception: you are so naive that you shouldn't even be allowed to talk about politics.

Adoption shows???

I have tried to find something online about this but failed. In the British rag (newspaper) Mail on Sunday, I read a story about how in America (where else) adoption agencies put their children on show, like a fashion parade. Along the catwalk are the people who want to adopt a child. The children in need of adoption parade themselves and the people who dare to call themselves parents pick the kid they like best. In the article, a man said that he thought this was a great idea. At least this way he got to see the kids before adopting them and he would be sure they would like eachother. He had seen three brothers and sisters he really liked together but he and his wife weren't sure they really wanted 3 kids in one adoption.

Excuse me? you said what? As far as I am concerned, the people who dare to go to things like this should be immidfeately disqualified as adoptive parents. Maybe that is a good way of selecting adoptive parents: send everyone who is on a list for (domestic) adoption a letter, inviting them to the Adoption Fashion Show. Those who actually show up are immideately disqualified as adoptive parents.

I wonder how the kids feel whgen they don't get picked. What do they think these kids are? Dogs? Pets? It is disgusting, completely disgusting. And American of course. Now why do those two things go together so often?

10 April 2004

For English readers only

Anyone notice how the new Lurpak ads on TV are a total rip-off from that movie Chocolat? You know, with the beautiful Juliete Binoche. Am posting extra big photo because it is Easter so a Chocolate theme is allowed today. By the way, if you think choocolate does not makke you horny, watch the movie. It has so much chocolate in it, very very sensual. Sexual even. Yummie running brown dark chocolate. Very erotic indeed. Pass me the bonbons. Oh no, am on a diet. Bugger.

Easter fat...erhm..eggs

Happy Easter to all of you.

Right. I have now officially decided to not just go to the gym but also try to loose weight by watching what I eat. As of today, I shall be limited to 3 meals a day and no snacks, other than fruit or crackers. I have given up smoking and it is true: without realising it, you snack more. So my weight has ballooned. oor rather, my stomach has ballooned. And I am not standing for it.

In the mean time, I am looking around for a nice cheap car. I am not sure if I should get a very very cheap car (under 500 pounds) to get me rolling and then save money for a real good car, or should I get the bus for the next 5 months whilst saving for a really good car straight away? Advice anyone? I saw a nifty little car for sale. A very old Kia Pride. And the best part of it is that it is PINK!!!! Cool Cool. Looks really unprofessional to show up in a pink car. But on the other hand, it is kind of quirky. I would be inclined to buy it for a mere 450 pounds. Will call sometime next week. Another car I saw is a red Ford Escort for 295 pounds. Makes me wonder: what is wrong with it?

Am starting my job on Tuesday. I am really nervous. Let's hope they think I am up to it (they must do or they would not have hired me in the first place. Let's hoope I won't let them down).

07 April 2004

Myers-Briggs test update

By the way......

some more information on the Myers-Briggs personality test that I did below. Jane did that test too. And she is an ISTJ. So of course I went on a little hunt. And here is what I found:

Although two well-developed individuals of any type can enjoy a healthy relationship, the ISTJ's natural partner is the ESFP, or the ESTP. ISTJ's dominant function of Introverted Sensing is best matched with a partner whose personality is dominated by Extraverted Sensing.

So we are perfect together...

Myers Briggs

ESFP - "Entertainer". Radiates attractive warmth and optimism. Smooth, witty, charming, clever. Fun to be with. Very generous. 8.5% of the total population.
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Hmmm.....interesting. Looks like I am a really really nice person. But some of the questions are bloody hard. Like: "I like being the centre of attention." I frequently AM the centre of attention because (partly) of my ADHD. But I am not sure I actually LIKE that. So what do I answer to the question? Or some of the other character traits I seem to have?

Live in the present moment (True)
Are stimulated and excited by new experiences (True)
Practical and realistic (Hmmm)
Warmly interested in people (True)
Know how to have a good time, and how to make things fun for others (Hmmm)
Independent and resourceful (True)
Spontaneous - seldom plan ahead (True)
Hate structure and routine (Hmmm...I hate it but on the other hand, I need it. So what is the answer)
Dislike theory and long written explanations (True)
Feel special bond with children and animals (No WAY!!!)
Strongly developed aesthetic appreciation for things (Hmm.....)
Great people skills (I think so. Depends on the situation I think)

Anyway, let's see what else they have to say about me:

I've got work!

You are now speaking to an employed woman. I have been offered the jjob I went for yesterday. Good. But their salary offer was a lot lower than what they promised me (through the employment agency)the first time. Either way, I feel in no position to negociate and so I have now got a job. Cool. Am scared shitless though. What if I can't do it? They said they really liked me and that they think I can really grow in the company. But...................we'll see how i get on.

Also managed to open a bankaccount today. I got my NHS Card with my address on it. That was enough for Lloyds TSB to give me their most basic account. So no overdraft, no cash abroad and only using their own cash machines. And they might review this in a year's time!! Bloody hell. How hard do they want to make it for people to get a life here? I have no right to a mortgage for at least 3 years. Well, not through them anyway. Maybe another bannk. As soon as I can, I will leave Lloyds for a bank that WILL give me better facilities. Arghh.....

Tonight my darling Jane and I will go out for dinner and celebrate.

06 April 2004

I am your master!

You are a MASTER of the English language!

While your English is not exactly perfect,
you are still more grammatically correct than
just about every American. Still, there is
always room for improvement...

How grammatically sound are you?
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02 April 2004


Off to a nice English wedding. My first. Great. I shall meet the whole family in one easy day. Went to gym for second time today. It hurts. But it feels good. Especialy the 90 minutes spent in the pool, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi.
Got a phonecall for sopme temp work on monday. Just one day. I am working in the tourist office in Warwick:) Tuesday is the interview for the permanent job as Sales Assistant. Feeling a bit weird since I am trying to keep all my options open with other agencies until I have a definate contract signed for this permanent one. So I have to say I am sort of interested in stuff but that I will be able to tell them by Tuesday. All of you: keep your fingers crossed and help me get the permanent job.