Since a few years I am participating in marketing research tests. I have signed up with several research companies who basically deliver the people who participate in the research. Sometimes these companies also do the tests and just deliver the results to these companies. As you can guess it are usually the bigger companies who do such researches. Most times it is much fun to do because you get insight on newer products, you hear other peoples experiences and opinions on things, you get to go to all sorts of places and meet all kinds of people and even try out new products often, plus I get paid for these researches. This week I had been invited to participate in a research for Mc Donalds. It was nearby home so I went on my bike which saved me transportation costs. Especially at this time of the year a little extra in the wallet is always welcome.
We did not get to test a new product this time, it was like an opinion research on the franchise it self compared to other fast food restaurants. With three research groups of 4 people there was a total of 12 participants. We all sat down in the lunchroom of the headquarters of Mc Donalds marketing team where we where asked for our opinions. I personally am a big fan of Subway but after this research project I came to admit that the menu of subways is kind of boring and that its more expensive then Mc Donalds. At the other hand the quality of the food that Mc Donalds serves is below the quality of the other fastfood restaurants, as all the participants in my group agreed on. The hamburgers from Burger King scored better in our opinion and Subway and KFC and PizzaHut are different kind of fastfood restaurants with a different product so they where harder to compare with Mc Donalds.
At the end of the evening we all received our payment of 35 Euros and a little extra gift of 4 coupons for a free sandwich at Mc Donalds. Thanks Huitema
Since I don’t think I will be writing anymore this year I would like to wish one and all a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2015!!!
Its the season again of lights, gifts, trees, balls, good food, tears and smiles. Here in Holland we had our first big children Holiday all rdy It was surprisingly a nice n happy day for everyone, Yeah I said surprisingly because with a teenager in the house its not always peace n sunshine.
The past year has been full of ups and downs and changes, losses, successes and experiences. Last year around this time we where getting ready to go to Venezuela to spend Christmas and the New Year there. Quite an experience I like to say. Then a season later, spring, we spend a few days in a 5 star Hotel in Budapest, a little trip I won on facebook by Spa & fruit. Loved Budapest and really would like to do that again but 5 star hotel, not sure if we can pull that one but perhaps another hotel will work as well.
In The summer we spend a week at my moms and especially our dog really loved that. Yeah our dog, the newest part of our family, this cute lil brat of a Westy, love him loads. Always wanted a dog and I m glad we found Silver. And finally in October we spend a week in Portugal to visit the rest of Antonio’s family not only could I meet them finally, but They would also see Anarosa for the first time.
I have been making a little newspaper this year which I have turned into other peoples hands now because it gave me too much stress since I was basically do it on my own.
Anarosa went to preschool this week for the first time and well, in short, that was our year.
If you really must speak the truth, then speak the truth to the person that you talk about behind their back. Especially when you are talking in a bad or negative manner.
Not always when people talk about someone else it is in a negative manner, you can talk about someone in a positive manner just as easily. You could talk about something they handled well or that this person is good at, the difference is that this is more of a compliment that you would normally not have a problem with saying to this person its about. and that is the big difference, when people talk bad about someone and when that’s only behind their back then you should start questioning yourself why you are doing this because it says more about you then the person you talk about.
It is not per definition bad to talk about someone, we all need to vent and get things off our back sometimes, just remember that at all times you are representing yourself in the first place and not the other person.
There are three general motives behind people talking bad about another person. 1. They’re talking with someone to solve a problem they’re having with the individual, but lack the skill to do it in a kind way. 2. They want to discredit the other person, or cause harm to the other person. Their motive is to hurt, or they feel they must defend themselves from hurt, so they hurt first. 3. They want to be accepted, so they find common humor, evil, etc. to talk about to make themselves feel better.
The first group: They talk about the problem, may go into detail, may exaggerate a little, but their motive is mainly to get an idea of how to solve the problem, and not to hurt the other person. They may talk inappropriately, or in a way that may leave a negative light on the person they’re talking about, but its not hateful.
The second group: People who talk bad about another person to cause harm: They seem to feel like you have some major impact in their life, and they are scared of you. For example, a friend who feels like her life is determined by how much boys like her will often bad mouth another girl who the boys like more than her – or that she thinks they like more than her. She does this because she feels like she must manipulate the people around her to stay safe. If she took responsibility for her own actions, and her own ability to change, to act, she wouldn’t feel so threatened by other people. So usually, people who talk maliciously are really very terrified people. They feel they must manipulate the people around them to be safe. They don’t start by changing their own actions and choosing how they feel, they let life around them tell them who they are. Its a very threatened place to live.
They people are a combination of the two categories above. They talk about others because they have nothing better to do. They just talk without considering the people or friendships that will be damaged, its just entertainment.
Just be aware that often the gossip will end up unintentionally eventually in the ear of the person who was subject of this gossip. Knowing already what lays behind the gossiping it should not be a surprise that this often leads to lies and denial of what was said, trying to keep up there own status and trying to make that other person look even worse. Depending on the environment this has happened and who have been involved that it can damage not only you or the person you spoke about but it can damage the organisation you represent as well.
As Usual I have not posted in a while, the vacation and the beautiful weather we had (and still have) get the most of me. I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can. Aside of all that I do have gotten very busy again. The dog I was going to get, well we bought it. I just love that little pup, hes a handful and not only in size. He wakes us up early and he is the reason Im spending more time outside then ever. But again, the weather has been great this summer so I am not complaining. Hes doing very well, we got him news paper trained now and hes not even 3 months old. Oh i did not tell you what breed he is? He is a West Highland White Terrier and the cutest there is.I wanted a big dog and I got one.. all be it in a small package LOL I’ve added a picture so you can see him for yourself. The picture was taken by Degens fotografie at a fantasy festival in Holland called Castlefest and its every year in august in Lisse for 3 days. Though we just go one day, its expensive enough already. Anyhow, we called him Silver because he kinda makes me think of a pirate.. I dunno why though.
Not only Silver has been photograped, but this year even I got some requests to pose for the camera at the festival. Although I have to admit.. most of the attention went to Silver. I made my costume by myself this year with a lot of help from my mom and a colleague from the community center. I had been able to buy a load of fabric in a old pink color at a very cheap rate so I had bought a lot of it and I needed most of it too. That was used for the overcoat and skirt. The top was made of a black/white striped fabric that I also got very cheap. It was a lot of work though but well worth it. I received a lot of compliments and questions on the dress. Anarosa and Merel where dressed up too, merel was wearing her dress that she got the other year and for Anarosa I bought a princess dress on Ebay with a petticoat skirt under it.
The summer vacation we spend at my mom’s house in Drenthe, well just a week though, because Antonio worked most of the summer. We visited the zoo and went to the market and just spend sometime relaxing, we played family games, had a bbq and took a nice long walk. The zoo was the highlight of the week. We stayed one day longer so my mom who was in England for a week could babysit Silver, the dog, the day after she got back home. It was not a 5 star Hotel in Budapest but we for sure had a good time again. In two months we are going a week to Portugal to visit Antonio his relatives. Hope I get to see something of Portugal too.
I will try to upload some mor epictures soon that I have promised in other posts.. So far for today’s post
Haven’t posted in ages but I am sure you as a regular visitor is aware of that. Just to tell you the blunt truth as I usually do, I didn’t felt like writing anything. Soooooo what all happened.. well Budapest happened, The 4 days in Budapest where awesome. And I will upload the pictures sometime but not now lol. Now you just will have to settle with my story. Ok where to start.. lets start with the flight there. The flight there was good and short. We took the bus and then the metro to the Hotel. It was an easy route and we almost felt right at home right away we take bus and metro’s here too.. next we drove past the Lidl lol and we saw advertisement from Ikea. Two of our favorite places to buy stuff. The Hotel was easy to find and the welcome was great. A 5 star Hotel so everything was just perfect. They won a price with the best breakfast and the very first morning we found out why… D E L I C I O U S!!! Don’t think I can say anything that would actually compliment this breakfast enough so I wont try. The room was just awesome and the service aswell. Budapest had a great weather at the time we only had 1 evening and one morning rain. The rest of the time it was very warm and sunny. We had a great time! We went to the circus, the Zoo, the Park, a trip in a boat on the Donau in the evening. We ate at nice restaurants and at a bad restaurant I will write more about them another time .. I think. The flight home was a little scary when we landed because it really smacked on the ground and the electricity fell out a couple times before we actually went to the bridge to get out of the plane. In even shorter, we had just an amazing time. After Budapest we where volunteer helpers at a soccer tournament…
Then My 40th birthday!. It was great!! I had my bday on thursday and we always eat at the community center then, since we didnt had anyone rly cookign that evening I had suggested a BBQ, what I didnt know that they turned the BBQ into a big birthday party for me and my friend/coworker who has her 40th birthday 3 days after me. They just invited a lot of the regular ppl who always come there and it was just a great party. Oh I almost forgot the new kitchen cabinets we bought and placed so I got loads more space now in the kitchen and even more when we place the plank and put the microwave on there.
I got another newspaper out for the neighborhood and last but not least We went to look t puppies!! Those that know me a lil better also know I always wanted to have a doggy but my circumstances just never alowed me to have a dog because I wanted to give the dog a good home and make sure its got a good life with us. Now we are at the stage in our life that I m confident that I can give the dog a good home. So I went looking for puppies.. Not just any puppy.. In all the time that I was not able to have a dog I used the time to figure out what breed I wanted.. Well I want a German Sheppard BUT we not gonna have a German sheppars, I dont have the space for it So I looked further, Ive looked at Jack Russel, that’s just not my dog, Ive looked at Boomers, and honestly Id like to have a certain breed and not a mix. Ive looked at cairn terriers but i just dont think they are pretty. I have looked at maltezers for a long time but… more the looks then the character And I came out at West Highland White terriers.. So now I knew the breed I could start look for even more info on the dog. The more I read on the west highlandrs the more I liked them.. I leaned a lot about where not to get a dog from and where I could go to find a good healthy dog. After finding out the prices on the dog I want are just over our budget at the moment. I was about to just wait n save me up the money when I ahd allrdy emailed a few dogbreeders and one of them wrote me back telling me they had a puppy for me that fit my budget. 2 days after my bday they where born and last weekend we went to look at them and oooo they are sooooo adorable.. Antonio is completely convinced now too. Next weekend I want to go look again, its so cool to see them grow. I hardly can wait!