Evil genius & rambling on

So, Richard tweeted this the other day (doing a screen shot in case it gets deleted again)…

… and an evil genius image popped up in my head, I thought it was of a cartoon. Googled it and found it…

Apparently Evil Genius is a video game. Naturally based on the villain of villains, Blofeld from the Bond movies, so it seems…

Maybe Richie has been watching too many Bonds and has been playing a few too many video games during lockdown? Yeah… best to focus on good things (instead of supposed evil geniuses), like Guylty’s RA birthday auction that is coming up in August, see here.

Yesterday felt like the true first day of my holiday, as it was a Monday and I didn’t have to work! Went shopping in the city of Utrecht with mini-me. We figured if the city was too busy, we’d just turn back, but it wasn’t too busy. We started with lunch at a café along the canal (totally overpriced for what we got, but the spot was awesome and yes, that’s a paddle boarder on the water)…

There was this little tunnel next to where we ate which looked awesome (but I wouldn’t wanna be caught there after dark)…

Mini-me finally found the ‘mom-jeans’ she wanted (she had tried ordering online but everything she ordered wasn’t right and sent back) and in the evening we even did face masks. Now, I never do face masks, but mini-me loves them, so we bought a few and did them together for a change. I look so happy.

It was lovely bonding time with my daughter. We also had some interesting conversations about boys and men as she told me that apparently she and her friends had been catcalled by 30 something year old men last week and she had told them to shut the eff up, which she would never have dared to do if she’d been on her own. They quickly left them alone but it goes to show that male chauvinism and sexism is nowhere near gone and sadly a new generation of young women has to deal with this as well. Her fave internet joke this week that she shared with me was: “I went to the doctor today to find out if I’m having a baby girl or an abortion.” It’s cruel but I admit to laughing at that one and how sad is that?

In final news, last night I also managed to finish a third Pimpernel fan video set to Nat King Cole singing Smile (last video up on my Scarlet Pimpernel page). Now that is out of my system, time to move on to other things like tidying up the house today. I hate doing that and am procrastinating with this blog post but Mr Esther has now started the tidying, so I feel guilty now and really have to get going… This was a bit of a rambling post, sorry for that.

And a graduation as well…

Not only was it our son’s 19th birthday today…

This evening we also had my daughter’s secondary school graduation ceremony. Socially distanced, so only two people from the same household were allowed to come. That meant sadly that our son couldn’t attend and the grandparents couldn’t either, but at least Mr Esther and I could go.

The director of mini-me’s school section gave a speech, the school principal had taped a video speech and then after that every graduating kid got their own little speech from the class mentor. Our daughter’s speech was about her being very lively with her ADHD and how that didn’t keep her from getting very good grades. Mini-me is going on to higher level secondary education and the teacher commented on how that should be no problem whatsoever for her. She also added that mini-me is easy and fun to talk to.

After all the speeches for each kid, the diplomas were signed and we had to leave again; mini-me was guided onto the red carpet, of course.

We of course had to celebrate such a day, so we went out for dinner afterwards at an Argentinian restaurant my son had picked out for us to eat at. We sat in a nicely secluded, socially-distanced corner and had lovely food.

It was a good end to a festive day.

Sunrise, sunset

The new Mach was challenge is to do something with sunshine. As usual, I at first didn’t know what to do but then I remembered that Mr Esther, mini-Esther and I drove to the beach one evening a week ago to watch the sunset. So, I decided to use the pretty pictures I took then for this challenge. It was still pretty quiet on the beach and that evening was also a little chilly…

… but it was beautiful, with some kite surfers surfing the waves…

Mini-me walked to the water, while Mr Esther and I snuggled into our chairs to watch the sun go down…

… and then mini-me walked back to us, with the sun setting behind her…

… and we watched the sun slowly slide away beyond the horizon.

Mini-me made a timelapse film of the last part of the sunset on her phone. That thing that looks like a bird at the beginning is actually a kite surfer…

When we’re on the beach and I see the sun setting like that, I usually think two things. First of all I think of this little Dutch tongue twister that says: “Ik heb de zon in de zee zien zinken en zij zei zisss” which translates to: “I saw the sun sink into the sea and she said sisss.” Secondly, I think of this song from Fiddler on the Roof

Bittersweet and beautiful and oh my goodness, when my kids leave home one day, I’ll be a mess… But I won’t think of that now! I’ll just stare at beautiful sunsets instead.