Sizzling

The final season of Lucifer (season 6) will air from September 10th. There’s a trailer of sorts, which is made up of material of all previous seasons except for the very last scene. It actually is a lovely little fan video…

After I saw that little promo, I also came across this Lucifer season 5 blooper reel…

… and from that I sourced this Tom Ellis gif, which I found amusing. It pretty much says ‘thanks for your attention but please let me read.’

It somehow makes me think of this Tom Hiddleston as Loki fan video someone made years ago about Loki not wanting to be disturbed while he’s reading a book. I just love this.

I can very much relate to that sentiment because once I really get engrossed in a book, I hate putting it down and I resent everything and everyone that keeps me from reading, that includes work, family or even sleep. It really is one of the reasons I don’t read as many books as I used to – I can’t always do so uninterrupted, so it often seems wiser not to start at all and keep my attention on things I can finish in an evening.

Anyway, what I really wanted to share was this gif I sourced from that blooper reel yesterday evening (one of those things I was able to finish without interruption and study on loop as well): a very sizzling D.B. Woodside. I just adore the twitch of the eyebrows at the end and how his eyes go from playful to, well, sizzling…

This makes me go a little weak in the knees. I must remember to use it often on evenings when I am not reading.

Socializing again

We had our first post-lockdown house guest: my 21 year old niece came to stay with us from abroad for 5 days, negative Covid tested and half-vaccinated (getting her second shot soon). She met up with some Dutch friends and of course came to see the family. It was good to reconnect again, especially for the cousins. My niece is studying at a university in South Korea and my daughter is already planning her trip to visit her there after she graduates high school next year.

After I dropped my niece off at the airport to fly home to my brother (her dad) yesterday morning, I drove to Delft to have my first post-lockdown lunch with two friends of mine. We hadn’t seen each other in over a year. No kisses and hugs hello, because you never know with high Covid infection numbers now, but a lovely outdoor lunch and time to catch up again in person.

A week and a half ago I also met up outdoors and socially distanced with 12 or 13 colleagues of mine for late afternoon drinks before the summer holidays start and next week I have a dinner planned with 3 ex-colleagues who have become friends. Although everything is happening with some distancing (except my niece’s visit), it feels like social life is picking up again. It’s lovely but also feels a little weird and I find I need a little time to adjust. Have I become even more introverted since the lockdowns started last year March? I find that while I’m really happy to see people again, I’m also really happy to come back home and crawl back into my own world again.

After I finish this post, I’m off to do some grocery shopping and then I think I’ll put the laptop away for a change and start crawling back into books again. Actor D.B. Woodside posted this on his Instagram stories…

…. and I’m thinking, yes, reading is a great idea! We have tried to make our kids read in the past as well but alas, it didn’t stick and they are not great readers now. Even I, who used to be a great reader when I was younger (before kids), have been neglecting my reading for quite a while now. Seeing D.B.’s daughter like that reminds me of my own childhood reading days and how I loved reading then and now I really want to disappear into a book again. Counterbalancing the socializing with reading seems like a great idea, no?

To everything…

…turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn…

A time for going away (I love the sunroof in our car)…

A time for walking in the woods…

A time for watching over your family (Mr Esther looks a bit like a secret service agent here)…

A time for reading…

A time for working…

A time for blogging during your break (because you just can’t shut up, no matter how tired you are)…

(I really like my image gallery!)

And a time to realize that I am very much enjoying ungluing myself somewhat from the laptop screen and the world. After I shut down my work laptop later this afternoon it’s off for a walk, an early dinner because mini me has soccer practice, and back to my book again this evening. Already looking forward to all that!

Tired

Working from home, blogging daily, watching movies and shows, and the news have had me glued to my laptop too much. I am getting weary of the screen, I haven’t touched a book in months and I need to get to bed earlier because I stay up way too late and my nights are too short. I’m bone tired.

I think it’s time I switch off for a bit and recharge my batteries. I’ll be around, scanning, reading and commenting here and there but I am longing to curl up and be able to focus on a book again (I haven’t been in the mindset for that lately). So, I think I’ll put blogging on the back burner for a bit now, set the laptop aside a bit more, just do some other things and above all, read books. I probably won’t be able to shut up for too long, but for now I may be silent on here for a little while. Just wanted to give you, my loyal readers, a little heads up to let you know that I’m not disappearing off the face of the earth, I’m just stepping back a bit.

It’s 1.30 a.m. now, time for bed. Goodnight…

… and don’t worry, I’ll be back.

10 questions about reading

I read Luscinnia’s answers to these on her blog a few weeks ago and today I read Servetus’s answers. She has so handily translated these 10 questions into English, which makes it even easier for me now to go ahead and answer these as well. 🙂

Before I do, you should probably know that while I really do like to read, ever since the kids came I have been reading far far less than I used to before. When I read and a book grips me, I find it hard to stop and when life gets in the way, that frustrates me. My kids are now big teenagers and I guess there should be no real reason anymore to not read as much. Still, often I find it hard to find long stretches of time or to even find the focus to do so. This means that I do have a ton of books I still want to read and at some point I do hope to get around to them!  So, yes, I love reading and yes, I really should do it more.

Anyway, for now, here are my answers to the 10 reading questions!


Do you have a specific place to read at home?

I read on one of our two couches in the living room or in a comfortable armchair we have. Sometimes I also read in bed but when I do that I tend to fall asleep quickly. Mostly it’s better for me to be comfortable upright when I read.

Bookmark or any old piece of paper?

When I read on my e-reader, my e-reader tells me where I left off, so I don’t need a bookmark then. However, when I read an actual book I do have three preferred bookmarks that I use. One I once bought in Newcastle upon Tyne back in 1993 (!!) while I was doing an internship there and for some miraculous reason I still have it. Another bookmark I bought at Jane Austen’s house in Chawton on our summer holiday in 2009 and I bought a third one at the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth a little over a year ago. So, usually I’ll have one of these three in use.

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Can you stop reading anywhere in a book?

Only if I have to, I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter. If I’m loving the book I hate to stop at all!

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Depends on how long I’m reading. I do like to have a cup of tea with my book and maybe a cookie or some chocolate.

Multi-tasking: Music or television while you read?

I’m pretty good at concentrating on my book in a busy room, I’ve always been good at that. One of my older brothers used to say that a bomb could go off beside me, I’d still just keep on reading without looking up. I guess that’s the bonus of growing up in a large family. 🙂 Having said that, if I can see a TV screen, that will distract me, so I’ll sit in the armchair I mentioned above from where I can not see the screen.

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One book, or several at the same time?

One. I tend to immerse myself completely into the world of that book and can’t find the room in my head to focus on another narrative alongside that. Unless I have to read something for work…

Reading out loud or quietly in your head?

Definitely quietly in my head. Reading out loud and I don’t go together well, hence my difficulty with audiobooks, they never converge with the voice in my head. Reading is something very private for me  and having someone else voice that or even having me voice it aloud myself interferes with the feelings and thoughts I develop for that book while I’m reading.

Do you skip passages from a book or even pages?

Pages very seldomly (unless it’s 50 Shades of Grey – I skipped half that book and didn’t bother with the two sequels). I do tend to skip passages when they become very long and overly descriptive. I’ve skipped quite a bit of Dickens that way. 😉

Break the binding or leave it so it looks as much as possible like new?

I never really think about the binding. I guess I do like the broken-in look, shows that a book has really been read and handled by someone, that it’s had a life.

Do you write in your books?

Nope. Unless it’s something I read for work but even then I avoid writing in them if I can.


So, what about you, how would you answer these questions? Join in if you’d like to!