Posts in category "first times"

An MRA after shoveling snow is a NO go!

Last week I got my first MRA. The day before the MRA I had been shoveling snow, and I had severe muscle aches. I didn’t really care about that, because muscles aches just go away after a few days. I was dreaming of very muscular arms after a few weeks of shoveling, until we bought a... Read more »

There is nothing I have completely given up, I simply have put it in the freezer.

  Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: “Write about something in your life you’ve given up but that you wish you still did.”   I just can’t think of one single thing that I have given up... Read more »

Roadtrip Chicago - Mount Rushmore - Crazy Horse - Badlands - Yellowstone - Grand Teton - Snake River - Rocky Mountains - Chicago

The route we traveled. 

Every stop we made was at a KOA.
Start: Aurora - Sioux Falls - Mount Rushmore - Buffalo - West Yellowstone - Jackson - Estes Park - Gretna - Aurora
We went on a road trip this summer. We rented an RV ( and scheduled our trip from KOA (see to KOA. We drove 3485 miles with the RV and abt. 300 miles with the car we rented in West Yellowstone. (  Our vacation lasted 16 days. This was the best vacation ever! We have seen... Read more »

I miss my Dutch job and the easy way I got it - applying for a job here is like HELL!

Today I write a blog for Blogapalooz-Hour. My challenge is to write a blog in one hour. “Write about a person, place or thing that you miss.” I already wrote about my home country that I miss so much, and about my aunt that I still miss, every day! Since about a month or two I... Read more »

EMRGNCY LOC IN - How I Almost Fell For Telemarketing

Today, and yesterday I got several Phone calls from a number that showed up as ‘EMRGNCY LOC IN’. I usually don’t pick up, if I don’t know the number, because after living for about a year I am already fed up with all these stupid Phone calls we get. But this message, for some reason... Read more »

Art Can Change Your Life - Go See - Studio Oh!

After moving to the States an aunt of my husband came visiting us. She had a friend that moved from the Netherlands to Chicago. So when she came here, she wanted to see him. He is an artist and we went to the open studios. We looked around there and he showed us his studio.... Read more »

Voetbal vs. Soccer - Teamspirit vs. Individualism?

Why do people in America call voetbal / football ‘Soccer‘? And why do they call football ‘football‘? It just doesn’t make sense to me. From what I’ve seen (and that’s not much, I’m sorry) football doesn’t include a lot of feet touching the ball. But if you read the article I placed at the word football,... Read more »

Letter To A New Mom: 'Continue To Be Yourself!'

Dear new mom, This is a letter to you, written by a mom of two boys. From the moment you become a mom, your whole world will be upside down. The changes will be enormous, but it will depend on your way of dealing with them, how big they will be. Hopefully you will be a mom... Read more »

My Favorite Place

I don’t think I have a favorite place. ?????? My favorite place is where my husband, two kids and two dogs are. That’s what I learned after moving from the Netherlands to the Chicago area. When we just moved here, all we had was in the suitcases that we brought with us. After a week or... Read more »

An Example of How Gifted People Think too Much - I Could Have Been Dead!

Wow,  I just got back from bringing my son to pre-K.   I found myself driving under the barrier at a rail crossing. The barrier already was going down! To my left I saw the train coming. So I looked back, put my car in reverse and gassed! Just in time… How is this even... Read more »