so time’s a-wooshing by. I’ve been to barcelona for work, which was lovely! the city, that is. i worked hard and the client was extremely welcoming and pleasant. usually when i train on location, it’s harder to get everyone to shut the hell up and listen to me, because i’m treading on their turf and they feel more secure in their shit stirring since they are at home, with their own colleagues, and it’s an odd day, etc. not our barcelona client, though! it was all warm smiles, genuine thankyou’s, and eagerness to learn. they were lovely!
because the hotels in the city were all overbooked because of some mobile event that was going on, i was booked into a b&b in sitges, which is a 50 min trainride away from the client site. the b&b is owned by a lady that used to be one of our clients (i trained her way the fuck back when in 2010 i think) and she showed me around. i didn’t have much time for sightseeing because between the spanish long workdays (they go on longer, since they take 1.5hr lunchbreak) and the two hour commute, i didn’t get home until 8pm. unfortunately i couldn’t see the gorgeous promenades and meditteranean bay by day, but even by night it was stunningly pretty. and the weather! omg! 18-20C and sunny, such a different from the dreary rainy 5C that we had here!
so it was a lovely 48 hours in barcelona, and a return home at midnight. the next day i worked from home, and i still had to do two webinars. i was kind of exhausted.
then the weekend came and we went to celebrate IJdo and Carolien’s bachelors party. they did their party together, since they kind of share the group of friends and they didn’t want to break up according to gender. we went lasergaming (Tijs owned everyone’s asses, i was semi-alright, and Olli used the second game to film everything, the movie is fantastic!) then we went for dinner and a few drinks, and we were home by midnight. i think we’re getting old; nobody felt like partying all night. :’)
and lastly, i’m currently planning a book presentation with a few fellow authors. it’s going to be a fun day, if all goes the way we want it! it’ll be less of a book presentation and more of an event, where the books are also presented, but people who want to attend have to buy at least one book, and we’re going to do workshops and stuff. should be fun!
of course that just makes me realise that the book’s coming out in five weeks. i’m getting more and more nervous… what if the readers don’t feel the feels i felt when i wrote the thing? what if my execution is shit? what if they think it sucks? what if they hate my changed ending? what if they think i took the easy way out? (it’s not, this makes it actually HARDER but i’m afraid people won’t understand). anxiety is part of the process, i know, i know…
lastly, ‘red giant’ by barrows might very well become my song of the year. yes, i know this ALREADY. just check it out. this song is so bloody amazing. that buildup to the riff, that false climax, that second buildup and then that PAYOFF just makes me a little bit wet, if you get my drift. this song couldn’t be any more perfect if it tried.
youtube says it’s psychedelic space rock, but don’t listen to them. it’s just very well executed post-metal. instrumental, and so fucking tightly played. love it love it love ittttt!