Summer time gig – mini vlog

Hey cuties! This is sort of a ‘throw back saturday’ or ‘flash back weekend’ type update, hehe. #laterblog

Last summer I was extremely lucky, ’cause I got to see one of my favourite bands perform. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros ❤ The gig was at the beach, which made it even more perfect ❤  I filmed a lot that day, because I knew it was a special one. But I never got around to editing everything together. UNTIL NOW! yay!

It was a really fun day, and I think you can really tell that it was in the video =) But I do want to note that a day like this is very, very, VERY rare for me these days. It took me several weeks of preparing before; resting a lot, not planning too many other outings, takings painkillers during the day, showering the day before, etc, etc. I was in a lot of pain before, during and after the concert, but I pushed myself to stay there, and to try and enjoy it while it was happening. Which was hard, so I’m very thankful that I made a lot of videos, because they help me relive the experience, without feeling the amount of pain that I was in =)
Afterwards I was absolutely exhausted, and I don’t even really remember how long it took me to recover. I think I showered three days after? Something like that? Those recovery bits are always a blur in my mind, so I’m not sure.

So yeah, gigs are not easy for me, and I wanted to remind everyone of that. Because somehow people always think you’re cured when they see that you’re smiling and/or happy. (oh how I wish that were true tho, hehe) Some days are just worth all the pain and trouble, and this one definitely was.  So without any further reminders of my pain and agony,here it isssss <3333

SUCH A GOOD EVENING! YAY ❤

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Wheels For Annika; Artis juli 2014

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Do you know those moments when you find photos on your computer, that you just completely forgot you had?! I just had one of those moments with photos from last juli. My mom, sister, dad and I went to Artis Zoo to celebrate mother/fathersday together. And it was a beautiful sunny day, and lot’s of animals were out. It was such a fun day, seeing these photos again made me really happy. So I just had to share. Cause that’s what I do with happy stuff.

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Hmmmm, makes me want to go to Artis again ❤

Wheels For Annika-versary

Holy smokes, can you believe it?! The fundraiser that my sister Rebekka, and my friends Maartje & Mirjam started to help me get a wheelchair, started exactly one year ago today.

~ here I’ll give you a couple of seconds to think about how fast time goes ~

I KNOW RIGHT! SHEEZ! Time is a crazy person.

I still have trouble putting in to words just exactly how much this fundraiser means to me. Even a year later I get so overwhelmed by all the messages and kind words and people who responded (and of course, ALL the people who donated, so many, so crazy, so blessed). It was an incredible rollercoaster ride, that still thrills me. Not to mention how happy I still am with my wheelchair, and my Roomba Irobot.
To each and every person who participated, in any way shape or form, a donation, or a share on your fb/insta/tumblr, or who just read it and knew more about CFS afterwards. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

Not but seriously you guys, it was so amazing, and I still feel so loved and accepted because of all you guys. Thank you ❤

THANK YOU ❤ ❤ ❤

And to thank you guys a lil’ bit more. I spent the last couple of weeks working on something special for you guys. *insert sneaky emoji face*

It’s kinda like like LotR. Cause it has so many endings. So it’s totally like LotR. In every way. Except no elves and orcs and gollum and such. And only seven minutes instead of several hours. But other than that. LotR like masterpiece, right?!

I hope you enjoyed it, as much as I have enjoyed using my wheelchair over the past year. I still hope that I won’t need it some day soon, but I’m going to try and enjoy the heck out of it now that I do ❤

Thank you ❤

PS no idea what I’m talking about?! Click here! ❤

WheelsForAnnika on Tour pt 2: city centre

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Hey would you look at that! It’s me! In my fav city in the world! Where I also happen to live! Hurra!

I think anyone who has ever been in my city centre can support me when I say things can get crazy busy there. So when I needed to find a dress for a wedding, my lovely friend Lilian was nice enough to push me through the madness that is the centre of Amsterdam on a sunday afternoon. We found the perfect dress at Forever 21, and we had some perfect pie at De Drie Graefjes. Good times were had by all.
Thanks Lilian and wheelchair ❤

PS Any ideas for a name for the chair? So far none have stuck. And I think ‘Hell on Wheels, it’s no big deal’ is a tad long, and would only really work if I constantly sing the accomponying Fu Manchu song. Which wouldn’t be well for anyone involved. 😉

WheelsForAnnika on Tour Pt1; Sa Calobra, Mallorca.

So yeah, I’ve now got my very own, awesome, wheelchair. And it’s taking me places. And I love it. So I thought I’d make it a little feature on the blog ❤

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Okay, I’m kinda doing a stupid thing, in that I share The Best Wheelchair Picture Ever first. But it’s so good. How could I not.
Sa Calobra in Mallorca is incredible, and you all have to go there some day. It was easily accessible with a wheelchair. Apart from the beach itself, which has huge pebbles. But I got by with a little help from my friends. Or family, but you get the idea 😉 Since I can walk short distances, we could visit there as well. And it was perfect and beautiful and amazing.
We got to Sa Calobra by taking a boat from Soller. The whole boatride itself was pretty great, but to then reach this beautiful place at the end of it was perfect ❤ And when we went back to the boat, we saw two little goats climbing the mountains. TWO GOATS CLIMBING THE MOUNTAINS. AAAAAHHHHHHHHH. No words for how awesome that was. SO GOOD.
All the photos from this day make me smile so much. It was beautiful. It made me so happy ❤

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Photo An Hour – february 2014

Aka Wheels For Annika, part two. I wanted to make one of these each month this year, and before I knew it the whole month of february had gone by. But I remembered just in time to keep a photo diary on the very last day, which still counts, so I haven’t failed yet. Hurra! Little did I know that this was the day Wheels For Annika would begin. So now I’m super happy I documented this day ❤ DSCF8173 8.30-9.00 Don’t hate, medicate. DSCF8179 9.00-10.00 I slept insanely crappy the night before, so everything hurts. I had plans with my friend Lilian, which I didn’t want to cancel. So I let her know I would be a bit later and take some time to stretch and relax my achy muscles. Kitties are vital for this relaxing part. DSCF8203 10.00-11.00 After a while I manage to drag my tired ass to the shower and even put on make up and everything. I drink some tea to rest after the shower. (when I’m tired, showers are a pain in the butt) Also ate some peanutbutter toast and cuddled the kitties some more. DSCF8218 11.00-12.00 I’m out of the house and waiting for the train, hurra! I celebrate with some Chai Soy Latte. The starbucks people almost never write my name wrong, so I squee that I can finally join that club of people.DSCF8242 12.00-13.00 I’m super touched by a message my sister put on her fb, asking for people to donate some money so I can buy my own wheelchair. A couple minutes later Maartje let’s me know she put everything on a gofundme page. The absolutely wonderful weirdness begins. DSCF8272 13.00-14.00 I arrive at my friends place. So far, so good! We have lunch together and I get to drink my tea out of the ET mug. SCORE. DSCF8277 14.00-15.00 Her cat Drommels is insanely cute. DSCF8282 15.00-16.00 Time for some serious shopping! DSCF8287 16.00-17.00 We like the same clothes, yup. I ended up buying a different dress, which is equally cute. (also, while CFS is considered an invisible illness, I am clearly showing signs of being super-duper tired here, haha, go red heads!) DSCF8298 17.00-18.00 After the shopping I go back home. And with the last of my battery I see that it’s over 1000euros already. The train is jampacked with people, so I try to hold back all my tears. DSCF8307 18.00-19.00 Almost home, finally. DSCF8324 19.00-20.00 I heat up some pumpkinsoup I made earlier that week and crash on the couch. DSCF8338 20.00-21.00 I finally have the time to read all the messages people have been putting online during the day. And I crack. I can’t stop crying happy tears. And me and Maartje call about how incredible all of this is ❤ DSCF8341 21.00-22.00 My daddy stops by after his work to see how I’m doing after this whole day. And he immediately does my dishes for me. ❤ DSCF8345 22.00-23.00 I should really be going to bed, but my adrenaline just keeps pumping and all my emotions are keeping me wide awake. The word overwhelming finally makes sense to me. DSCF8367 23.00-23.30 Finally able to think a little clearly again I make some tea and snuggle up in bed.