Thursday, June 14, 2012


It seems my blog is outdated, because I have not written a new post in almost a year. This was pointed out to me a little while ago by my good friend Catje, who diligently posts a new blog entry every day and is rewarded with many followers. Even the layout of blogger seems all changed since I last logged in. To be honest, I was missing writing my blog, but I also found myself in changing moods and did not want to spread them on the internet.

However, yesterday I saw a TED talk by Neil Pasricha, who also started a blog in times of feeling blue but telling the world about awesome encounters in his life. One day, after he already had thousands of followers, he got a phone call that he was awarded with a prize for the best blog in the world. Which he published into a #1 bestseller as well. Now this is not my ambition, but it reminded me again that I should pick up writing once more and see if the handful of followers still remember me. More than inspiring, the talk and blog was actually amusing to me, thinking of my two dutch friends who find that awesome is "such an american thing". Well, it is...

Since a few weeks I suffer from insomnia, also tonight. I tried TV, reading a book, trying to meditate and even working for some time. Loosing hope I wanted to revert to my last secret recipe: audiobooks. The audiobook I usually abuse for this cause is called: Die Seide (silk), a kind gift from my dear roommate from Utrecht. I listened to this book thousands of times and it is the most awesome thing to help you fall asleep. Not that the story is not interesting, I actually took the time to listen through the whole drama once, however, I was satisfied with knowing only a few minutes for at least two years. Althoug its impact is starting to wear off.

So just a few minutes ago, deciding to use my last resort to get some sleep before my alarm clock would go off, I had the whim to try a new book. One in English, so I would learn something. I turned to itunes, choose a book appealing to me and click, bought it. The download only took a second. That was strange, before I had to wait minutes to download the hours of lulling background noise. Something must be wrong, which brings me back to my title. I downloaded a book, not an audiobook. How annoying. I can read the book only on a mobile device, why not on an old fashioned computer? I don't have a mobile device so sophisticated that it can display books, only only numbers. I even did not anticipated that itunes, as the name would imply has to do something with sound, could have books other than audiobooks.

After having spent a fortune for my useless book, but not wanting to give up I downloaded good old Sherlock Holmes for only three bucks. So while waiting for the download of my new sleeping pill to be finished, I thought now is the time to write my blog....


  1. Sylvia, you could get audiobooks from the library! They have plenty for you to choose from--it's free if you return it back on time.

    'awesome is "such an american thing"' hehe.. soo funny.

  2. Insomnia.. I guess you could call it a lack of wasting time sleeping.. :)

    My grandmother also has insomnia to a certain extent, and also listens to audiobooks.. but the reason is also, she is too blind to see the television, or to read a real book. Or to do all the things she used to love, like reading, doing puzzles, playing cards and scrabble and such with her friends, and driving, and going on trips. She is now confined to listening, and even her ears are not working well anymore. Soon she will be completely without senses. And the only thing still working quite well: her brain. What prison old age creates. What freedom we take for granted in youth. So let's be happy with what we have, and not waste our time.