Picture Friday! – 1

Yes, it’s that day of the week again: Picture Friday!
Truth be told, it’s only the first picture Friday I’m doing, but a tradition has to start at some point. So let’s kick it off with the first picture:

Inside  NYC train

This picture is pretty self explanatory, but I took this inside one of the trains heading to Central Park during my first subway ride. The New York Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in the United States and the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the world. Well, it’s definitely difficult to argue that statement. But most of all, temperatures were extremely high below the streets, which didn’t seem to help at all to make the ride any more pleasant. Figuring out the whole subway system took a while, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really not that difficult. Apparently you just have to jump right in, head first, start swimming and not drown. You have to brace yourself when the train starts moving and hold on for dear life when it comes to a full stop. You did well, if you would still be standing upright or sitting in the same seat as when you began this wonderful shaky and loud journey. It finally makes sense why so many ‘Yankees’ (derived from the Dutch names Jan and Kees) are wearing headphones while riding the subway. When the train is in motion it seems nothing short of a roller coaster ride while there’s an earthquake going on with lights flickering on and off. The only difference is that you won’t hear anyone scream. Which actually makes it even more scarier. Sometimes you will be accompanied by people telling (yelling is more likely) their tragic life story while they beg for money. Once you are finally walking towards the exit, you will slowly start to be able to breathe in fresh air, until you’re outside, completely dehydrated, and somewhat close to your actual destination. You check if you haven’t been robbed of anything during the ride, starting with your most important and newly acquired possession: a water bottle and continue your journey through the most populous city in the United States that all of a sudden doesn’t seem to be that busy or loud anymore.

From now on I will be posting a picture (or a couple of pictures of the same subject) with a bit of blurb every Friday, that will help you get ready for the weekend. The first couple of times it will probably be pictures from New York City. A journey I never believed possible, but have been preparing for several months. I’m sure that this pictures on Friday tradition, will stay around for a long time. So I hope you’ll enjoy the ‘ride’! πŸ˜‰


“20 Things to Remember If You Love a Person with ADD”

Even though this is about ADD, I’m sure it will also apply to lot’s of people on the autism spectrum as well (or people close to it). There’s a big overlap between ADHD/ADD and autism so you will probably be able to relate to most of these things as well. I thought it was worth a share. πŸ™‚ Continue reading

It’s About Time For An Update!

I would like to start with an apology to everyone who’s been kind enough to hit the follow button of this blog and with whom I’ve been in contact with from the beginning. It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m back to give you an update and trying to pick up where I left of.

First of all lets start with the reason why I haven’t been active here for the last couple of months. Didn’t I miss you all? Yes I certainly did! But as you might recall from former posts, I’m not very good in dividing my attention and energy. I’m constantly hitting the brake and the gas pedal at the same time which basically means that I’m losing fuel without actually getting somewhere. I was –and still am- working hard to get things moving in the right direction and apparently it needed all of my attention and energy. I enjoy writing and hope that I’m able to help others by sharing my experiences, but interacting with others through social media and this blog, while being low on energy and trying to turn my life around, became too difficult to keep up with and I was constantly fighting against growing anxiety and overload issues. I thought I could manage, but I was wrong. I was forced to take a step back from it all. All in an effort so that I could keep heading in the right direction until I would finally be able to return back home, as a hero who had slaughtered the dragon, saved the village and be able to show up with a goodie bag full of stories and souvenirs to share with all of you!

At this point I might have to disappoint you a bit. I’m no hero, the dragon is still very much alive and the village has been destroyed in the process (who knew that playing with gasoline and fire could be so dangerous?). BUT I did bring stories and souvenirs with me. Yeah!

Let’s start with this little photographic souvenir.

New York!Yes I did it! I went to the Big Apple and came back alive! Or something similar at least. And I will be posting more pictures of this trip on a regular base. I never thought I would ever be able to do this, but many months of preparations and strong determination seem to have paid off in the end! Further more I finally figured out how to use public transportation (in both Old and New Amsterdam ;)) and go out for groceries and other unimportant stuff quite often now, in an attempt to not let my problems get the better of me and lose the progress I’ve made so far. It will always be something I need to be on the lookout for, but accepting this and being aware of it seems to be crucial. It’s still very draining to be outside amongst actual human beings whose actions are difficult to predict, but I’m slowly learning to adapt and even preserve some energy during the day to be able to do other things as well. Like writing a blog post for instance…

I guess all I’m trying to say: it’s good to be back. πŸ˜‰

The Eagle Has Landed

Or actually the book has landed!

As I wrote earlier on my blog, one of my illustrations (3D graphic) was going to be published in a new book from Tony Attwood, Craig R. Evans and Anita Lesko and just a few hours after finding it on Amazon and downloading it as an E-book, the printed version of the book arrived from the publisher in London. Halfway in the book you’ll find a collection of illustrations, all nicely printed on glossy paper, which is a really nice touch. I’m planning on keeping the book in unread condition and start reading it on my Kindle. πŸ˜‰

The printed version hasn’t been released in the USA yet (except for the E-book version), but it’s already available in the UK. The book is chock full of stories and advice and I’m looking forward to reading it!

Spring is here!

Uh no wait… this picture is getting me all confused! It’s still winter for a few more weeks, but it sure didn’t feel that way when I saw this last Wednesday when I was visiting the little town of Bergen.

I knew a TV show would be there to shoot a DIY “On Tour” special and since it was such a nice day, I decided to go and have a look. They were filming in front of this ruin church and I noticed the field in front of it was covered in flowers. I know we broke a few records this winter, but apparently nature jumped right in and decided to start spring early this year and join the party. πŸ™‚

Here are some of the other pictures I took during my short visit.

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Shopping like a pro!

As some of you might know, I had to start from point zero in the whole analog shopping scene and I thought it would be nice to give you an update with how things are going now. πŸ™‚ The picture above is from this afternoon when I went to get some groceries. Not because it was really necessary, but more to keep motivating myself to get out and do this sort of thing. Today I didn’t feel so great, which made this a good experiment to go anyway and see how that would go! Long story short (’cause why not?) it went okay. Not great, but good enough. I didn’t forget to pay, scanned all products (so it is still a bit techie… I like!) and I didn’t forget any of the products I wrote down beforehand.

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New graphic

I was feeling creative today and decided to do some digital doodling in 3D and the above image is the result of that. I’m also using it as the main image for this site now, since the other graphic has been up there long enough.

So what is it, what does it represent? Nothing! πŸ™‚ It’s just a bunch of orange colored glass cubes with lots of reflections. And that’s also going to be the title of this graphic: “Just-a-Bunch-Of-Orange-Colored-Glass-Cubes-With-Lots-Of-Reflections”. I think it sounds very catching! πŸ˜‰