From September, 2017

Grey or gray?

I was googling “how to study for the FSOT” and found a blog post that suggested listening to Grammar Girl podcasts to brush up on one’s correct usage of English grammar. And as much as a podcast on grammar sounds like the most exciting thing to listen to in the world, I thought I’d give it a try. I can’t get over how much Emma loves podcasts, and figured maybe I should try it, while also “studying” for an exam. The first episode of Grammar Girl that I listened to made me want to laugh and cringe at the same…

Jokes with Jesus

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?–James 4:12 Here I am, sitting at my desk in my bedroom, going over my thoughts about how my experience growing up as a Christian has affected my current view of Christians. I was writing about how I had felt judged five years ago in the last bible study group I was a part of because I asked so many questions. In a way, I was making myself seem self-righteous by villainizing that group as close-minded judgers,…

11 Confessions of a paid house-elf

On Wednesdays and Sundays, I magically transform into a house-elf that works in a local boutique hotel with hidden staircases that connect to different parts of the mini-castle.  We get to wear these lovely Justin Bieber purple shift dresses with ruffly things around the edges, and dream of the day that our aprons arrive in…

Anecdote Monday

So yesterday I went to the Albert Heijn with Marrit after work. I had wanted some ginger and lemons because I’ve been getting the back-to-school-sickies and wanted to make some nice tea to combat it, and was patiently waiting for this tall thin middle-aged man to get out of my way so I could grab some ginger. He was intently contemplating the plantains in front of him, before striking up a conversation with me. He asked “Do you think you could BBQ these?” (mind you this was in English, because apparently I don’t look Dutch) I was confused, most of…