A day in my life!

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A few weeks ago Trish from Love, Laughter and a touch of Insanity called out on twitter if people would be interested in blogging about a day in their life. This came after she wrote a post about how she is juggling her life with two little kids, work, a husband and a household and got a lot of positive reactions.I always love reading her posts and she is one of the people who convinced me I should try to share a bit more of my personal life which I am trying in my Monday posts. This event sounded like a lot of fun to share a bit more with the people reading a blog so I decided to join and write about my day.
I do use a 24h clock as I am used to it. 



7.00 Get up stand up.... So the alarm is set for 7 on workdays. The normal routine getting dressed, make lunch, have breakfast, watch the news and brush teeth.

7.45 Of to work it is... I am Dutch we cycle to work no matter what the weather is like. Obviously this morning it is raining..

8.00 Start computers...I work on a skilled service desk. The company I work for creates solutions for government and linked organizations to keep track of the support they give to the people. On Friday I am alone which means it is my task to answer the email and try to solve as many problems as I can on the side. My mailbox is filled nicely and I have a lot to do when...

9.00 Stand up... we tell each other what we worked on yesterday and what the plans for today are.

9.30 Logged out of the systems... This is not supposed to happen. As our techguys are busy it becomes clear that the cause is a major power failure around the data center and some of our servers do not want to start up. So someone has to go there and start them up manually. Without my servers there is not much I can actually do so I had some chats with other people who cannot do their work and drank a lot of tea.

11.30 And we are back up or... Slowly servers are getting back up and I can at least read my email and read my call system again. Not all servers are available though so still cannot really work again.

12.00 Lunch... as if I had something better to do. Well actually I do. I managed to get logged on to an environment to check a problem and what it shows is making the day worse. When technology does not work as expected it is the worst. Have to search for a fix now which is going to take more time from answering emails. I hate making priority choices as they always backfire.

13.40 Finally everything is up and running .. back to work

14.24 I signed up for Dewey's Read-a-Thon ... back to work

16.30 My brain is refusing any more information. It is not going in or coming out. Today is the worst and you get to share. Bonus is that I get to do some overtime tonight as I need to solve some trouble that I cannot work on while our customer is working. Hopefully it will all go well as it is not that much work. 

17.00 Weekend... not really but it is oooooo sooooo close. First groceries. On Friday we get the big groceries for the week. Usually we forget something or it is not in store and we need to go to the shop again during the week but we try our best. Today it worked out and we got all we needed so back home.

17.55 Diner... I am hungry. On Friday we usually eat something small and easy(and often not so healthy) and today we decided on cheeseburgers.

18.55 Diner and Dishes done. I hate doing dishes.. as soon as you turn around it is back. Still when we got the new kitchen we decided on not getting a dishwasher. With just the two of us we do not need it for the volume of the dishes and it is actually a nice and social moment for us. As René is one of the tech guys at work we obviously discussed the power failure.

19.00 And back to work... going to solve the customers problems I hope.

19.30 News... Catching up on what happens in the world. Obviously the most important news... the power failure that broke down half our countries coffee machines and the plane crash in France which is simply a horrible story.

20.00 More work

21.45 Done with work on to Blogstuff... am writing this post and a review for tomorrow which I am horribly late with but I overlooked it in my planner.

22.00 Reading time!!!! Going to hide in a corner with my book until I fall asleep which can be anywhere between now and 23.00 when I will turn of the light. Good Night!!


Wishlist Wednesday: Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel, Anya Ulinich

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.

Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel, Anya Ulinich
Anya Ulinich turns her sharp eye toward the strange, often unmooring world of “grown-up” dating in this darkly comic graphic novel. After her fifteen-year marriage ends, Lena Finkle gets an eye-opening education in love, sex, and loss when she embarks on a string of online dates, all while raising her two teenage daughters. The Vampire of Bensonhurst, the Orphan, Disaster Man, and the Diamond Psychiatrist are just a few of the unforgettable characters she meets along the way. Evoking Louis C. K.’s humor and Amy Winehouse’s longing and anguish, and paying homage to Malamud and Chekhov, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel is a funny and moving story, beautifully told.

Shannon over at River City Reading read this book and liked it. Her review and the interesting synopsis caught my interest.

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

Theatre and more theatre. I visited 2 concerts and a show last week, had book group on Friday and as work is keeping busy I did not have a lot of reading time. My computer has been giving me trouble too and I had to put some time in trying to solve them. Hopefully they are done now. But spring is here, the sun is out and the ice cream truck just passed (it is like 6ºC or 42ºF) which made me smile because I enjoy opportunistic human beings. So reading.
I finished Ik ben de nacht by Ethan Cross.

Ik ben de nacht by Ethan Cross.

I am currently reading The Shining by Stephen King and though I do have a few hours more to read this week hopefully I am not sure I will manage to finish it.

The Shining by Stephen King

What are your plans for the week?

The Crane Wife, Patrick Ness

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The Crane Wife, Patrick Ness

Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Canongate
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0857868748
ISBN-13: 9780857868749
Canongate: eBook | Audiobook | Paperback
The Crane Wife
4 stars

One night, George Duncan is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly away, his life is transformed. The next day, a beautiful woman called Kumiko walks into his shop and begins to tell him the most extraordinary story.

I want to see that art! It sounds so beautiful as does the rest of the story. Love and forgiveness, difficult choices and survival. I am sure that if I read this book again I would find new things in the story. As this becomes clear right at the first page when mystery is dropped at your feet I had a hard time getting into the story. I was to afraid to miss things but there are so many things happening that I decided to just go with the flow. This is actually very easy because the writing is beautiful and it has a certain rhythm
It is easy to like George, which is about the biggest part of his problem. His surroundings want him to stand up for himself and do things. George is aware that people have that feeling specially as Amanda, his daughter, suffers from brutal honesty. Still he cannot manage to change. I liked Amanda. She is a very refreshing and honest character in the story making it easy to connect to her.
Next to these two humans there was Kumiko. A mysterious woman with secrets and a great story. I never felt a connection to her but that is the whole trick. She stays hidden in layers of her secret.



Night Life, David Taylor

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

Author: David C. Taylor
Publisher: Forge Books
Pages: 336
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 0765374838
ISBN-13: 9780765374837
Forge Books: eBook | Hardcover 
Night Life



It all starts with one murder. When Alexander Ingram gets killed Michael Cassidy and his partner Orso are send in to investigate the crime scene. Little do they know that this specific murder will rally the attention of the FBI, CIA and the KGB. Five bodies later Cassidy finds himself entwined into a lot of trouble and in love with his new downstairs neighbour who might not be who she claims to be.

Despite the fact that Cassidy is actually a detective and this story plays in the early 50's this book reads like a noir fiction from the 20's. Lot of Jazz, nightclubs, booze and conspiracy involved. The time setting set in my head did not really communicate with details in the story. At points this was disturbing as the mentioned details did not match with my ideas Still the story is pretty solid and fun to read.
There are a lot of characters and at times it is difficult to keep them all apart in a decent way but ignoring a few of them does help and is possible without losing touch with the story. Cassidy is a pretty solid character. Not the worst guy in the world but with the common trouble of communicating with woman and being stubborn though he is not portrayed as an alcoholic. His motives are clear but the way he acts is still a bit disturbing. There are a lot of connections to his character that can be annoying though. His godfather is a high rank mobster. His dad is from Russia (and we are talking the middle of the cold war here). Cassidy is a cop because he wants to not because he has to as the family has money and business in which he could grow. Everything is set up around him to make every situation possible. 
His partner Orso is kind of hilarious though I feel he could have been part of the story more.
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