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I found myself losing interest in almost everything. I didn’t want to do any of the things I had previously wanted to do, and I didn’t know why. The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work. I would come home and I would see the red light flashing on my answering machine, and instead of being thrilled to hear from my friends, I would think, “What a lot of people that is to have to call back.” Or I would decide I should have lunch, and then I would think, but I’d have to get the food out and put it on a plate and cut it up and chew it and swallow it, and it felt to me like the Stations of the Cross.

And one of the things that often gets lost in discussions of depression is that you know it’s ridiculous. You know it’s ridiculous while you’re experiencing it. You know that most people manage to listen to their messages and eat lunch and organize themselves to take a shower and go out the front door and that it’s not a big deal, and yet you are nonetheless in its grip and you are unable to figure out any way around it.

There’s nothing wrong with being alone, you know. No good to somebody else unless you’re good with being with just you.

centre-of-my-universe heeft op je fotoset gereageerd “Last April we went on holiday to Kurdistan, to visit my family in-law…”

Ik wil graag iets zeggen om je gerust te stellen, maar ik heb echt geen idee hoe het voelt om je zorgen te maken om familie in oorlogsgebied… Sterkte voor jou en je man en ik hoop dat je familie veilig blijft.

Dank je voor het berichtje, ik waardeer het echt! Ik snap dat dit een situatie is waarbij het moeilijk is om te bedenken wat te zeggen. Tot voor kort zou ik zelf namelijk ook geen idee hebben wat hoe het voelt en wat je kunt zeggen in zo’n situatie.

Nu moet ik erbij zeggen dat wij, ondanks dat we ons zorgen maken en het nieuws op de voet volgen, verder weinig te klagen hebben. Onze familie is tot nu toe immers nog veilig, dat kunnen helaas veel mensen uit Mosul, Sinjar en omgeving niet meer zeggen. We voelen dan ook vooral pijn in ons hart voor het leed van al deze mensen en hopen dat de helden van Peshmerga ISIS snel kan stoppen, hopelijk zonder zelf al te veel verliezen te lijden.

Wat vooral ook hoop geeft is de saamhorigheid en verhalen van heldenmoed die je in de (Koerdische) media hoort. Mensen die zich massaal bij Peshmerga aanmelden om te vechten of op andere manier te helpen, kleding/eten/geld inzamelen terwijl ze zelf ook niet veel hebben, massaal bloed doneren en in bezette gebieden zelfs vrouwen en meisjes met hun eigen geld kopen van ISIS om ze zo veilig te houden totdat ze weer met hun familie herenigd worden…

Last April we went on holiday to Kurdistan, to visit my family in-law in Duhok. On the way back to the airport I filmed a bit. These are screenshots from that film. This is in Erbil, where on the left side of the road you could see a Mosque and on the right side of the road almost opposite the mosque, there was this Church. Neigbours in peace, for many years. Let’s hope Peshmerga defeats ISIS/IS once and for all and it stays that way…

How freaking much of a coincidence is this????

Last April we visited my in-laws in Kurdistan (Northern Iraq). I filmed on the way back to the airport in Erbil. These are screenshots from that film, taken on the road between Mosul and Erbil. Most (if not all) of these places are now in the hands of ISIS/IS. It chills me to to the bone thinking about what happened to those places and these people…

Hello! I need an idea for a cosplay, a character that wears a cloak with a hood (you know to cover my hair) it would mean a lot ifs you'd help me! Thank you!


Well, there’s plenty to choose from, just take a look at my cosplay tag. I’m not sure what kind of character/genre you’d like to cosplay. Myself, I mostly like fantasy/sci-fi and Disney, so that’s were most of my ideas come from. If you like something else, just let me know, maybe I can think of something. I’ll just name some of characters who wear a cloak or robes with hoods that are in my photosets (and some that I hope to include in new sets later).

Some of them are already completely covered and ready to go, with others you might have to get the outfit 1 or 2 sizer bigger than usual, wear arm sleeves or a long skirt underneath, put on the hood of their cloaks or wear like an amira hijab underneath if the hood doesn´t cover all their hair/neck.


Assassin’s Creed:

  • Female Assassin (genderbend)

Babylon 5:

  • Delenn (Grey Council outfit)
  • Techno Mage Galen


  • Princess Isabelle (red + blue dress with veil/wimple)


  • Blue Mage (season 3)

Camelot (2011 series):

  • Guinevere (when riding)
  • Sybil (nun’s robes)


  • Stahma Tarr
  • Other Castithan females or religious figures


  • Belle (either the grey cloak in the forest, or the red one in the castle garden)
  • Faerie godmother from Cinderella
  • Aurora (when she’s taken into hiding she wears a blue cloak I believe)
  • Mother Gothel
  • Merida (wears a cloak in the forest I believe)
  • Queen Grimhilde ( the ‘old hag’ outfit or the purple outfit)
  • Jasmine (her ‘streetrat’ outfit)
  • Jafar (genderbend)
  • Anna (with cloak and braided hijab instead of real hair)
  • Maid Marian (from the Robin Hood cartoon)
  • Mother Rabbit (also Robin Hood cartoon)
  • Malificent (cartoon version)
  • Three Good Fairies (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Queen Leah (Sleeping Beauty)

Doctor Who:

  • Abigail (when singing in the street)
  • Headless Monks
  • Lady Cassandra (when she goes back in Chip’s body to see herself and dies)
  • Madame Vastra (when she’s on the street at night)
  • Liz 10
  • Soothsayer (played by Karen Gillan)
  • River Song (her Academic Regalia when meeting the Silent)
  • Adherents Of The Repeated Meme (The End Of The World episode)
  • Cult Of Vulcan (The Fires Of Pompeii episode)
  • The Doctor (as a monk in The Bells Of Saint John)
  • Evangelista
  • The Master (Classic Who: the decayed Master)
  • Sibylline Sisterhood
  • Sisterhood of Karn
  • Sisters Of Plenitude
  • Vampires (Vampires Of Venice)
  • Wicker Men (The End Of The World episode)

Game Of Thrones:

  • Daenerys (in the desert when she wears a scarf as disguise)
  • Lady Olenna
  • Melisandre
  • Septa Mordane
  • Silent Sisters
  • Tyrell women (several wear a headscarf like lady Olenna)

Harry Potter:

  • Any Hogwarts house robes or cloaks, just wear the hood up
  • Hogwarts rain coat (worn at Quidditch matches in the rain)
  • Chess Queen (Wizard Chess)
  • Minerva McGonagall
  • Poppy Pomfrey
  • Reaper (statue at Tom Riddle’s grave)

Kingdom Of Heaven:

  • Sibylla (several outfits with veil)
  • Saladin’s sister

Legend Of The Seeker:

  • Sisters Of The Light

Lord Of The Rings:

  • Arwen (the grey/silver cloak when the Elves are leaving Middle Earth or the black one when she´s looking at the shards of the sword Narsil)
  • Elvish soldiers (with the cloak they wear at the battle of Helmsdeep)
  • Èowyn (at Théodred’s Funeral)
  • Galadriel (when she´s saying farewell to the Fellowship)
  • Gandalf the White
  • Nazgul/Ringwraith


  • Gwen (she wore several cloaks)
  • Merlin (disguised as old woman)
  • Mithian
  • Morgana (she wore several cloaks)
  • Morgause (disguised as old woman)
  • The Disir

Mortal Instruments:

  • Silent Brother

Once Upon A Time:

  • Belle (green cloak)
  • Emma (in the last 2 episodes of season 3 she wore a cloak)
  • Snow (she wore several cloaks)
  • Rapunzel (evil/shadow version)
  • Red (red cloak)

Red Riding Hood (2011 movie):

  • Valerie

Stargate SG-1:

  • Amanda Carter (in Moebius part 1 + Emancipation episodes)
  • Princess Nya (Emancipation episode)

Star Trek:

  • Amanda Grayson (Spocks’ mother, original Star Trek)
  • Bones + Kirk (disguise in the first scene on the planet, ‘new’ Star Trek)

Star Wars:

  • any Jedi
  • any Sith
  • Barriss Offee
  • Darth Traya
  • Guards (Royal, Shadow or Senate)
  • Handmaidens (they wear red, black (at funeral) and orange/yellow cloaks)
  • Jawas
  • Leia (the white dress)
  • Luminara Unduli
  • Mara Jade (red outfit with veil)
  • Naberrie women
  • Padme (several outfits have a cloak)
  • Visas Marr

Terry Pratchett (Colour Of Magic):

  • Death
  • Marchessa

The Mummy:

  • Ardeth Bay (genderbend)

Vikings (2013 series):

  • Lagertha (at the Jarl’s funeral)
  • Siggy (at the Jarl’s funeral)
  • Thyri (at the Jarl’s funeral)


  • Queen Bavmorda

World Without End:

  • Caris
  • Mair
  • Mother Cecillia


  • Dust
  • Rogue (outfit with green hooded coat in 2000 X-Men movie)

Just reblogging this because I’ve updated the list and added a lot more characters that are suitable for hijabi cosplay (or perhaps also for non-Muslims who just like to cover up a bit more as well). If you’ve got any questions, please, just send me a message! Hope this helps you and enjoy cosplaying!

So anyone else make this connection? Probably because they both kind of dress the same and both have a troubled (family) past…

I went to the Zoo today with centre-of-my-universe and we had the most amazing time. We’d never met before in real life, so it was a bit exciting, but I think it went awesomely well! I had a great time and we saw a lot of beautiful (and also some weird) things. My pictures aren’t anywhere near as nice as hers (I only had my phone and she’s a wizard with taking pictures), but I’m still glad with how some of them turned out.

The first eight pictures are self explainatory, but the bottom two pictures is where the weirdness happened. The birds on the left found a plastic drinking bottle that was dropped/tossed into the water and they tried to put it in their beaks. More and more birds joined in in trying to steal it from each other, making it look like a genuine Quidditch match with the bottle as the Quaffle.

The picture on the right is of a (sting?)ray that was acting a bit weird. He swam right up to us and flattened himself against the glass. He then started flapping his flaps and splashed water all around.


Best part of the day - 12 augustus 2014

A few of the pictures I took at the zoo today. Best part? I went with muslima-from-gallifrey! It was really nice actually meeting you! I had a great time!

 Wow, your pictures turned out so pretty! Also: yay for the baby zebra! Thank you for including that one, I love it! I had an amazing day as well and I’m so glad I got to meet you as well! You’re awesome!

Today hasn’t really been a good day. Our TV was on the entire afternoon and in the evening. We were watching Iraqi Kurdish channels, since my husband is an Iraqi Kurd. The news from over there is just horrible. Civilians fleeing their homes, buildings being destroyed, people forced to convert, people being executed, people dying of thirst and hunger, people being buried alive and women being kidnapped and forced to do God knows what…

These kinds of things are, of course, always terrible no matter where and to whom it happens, but the fact that these madmen are only an hour away from my entire family in-law in Duhok and that, theoretically, they could be on their doorstep at any minute, has really got me freaked out. I also feel for those poor people that have suffered so far, whether they’re Christian, Yezidi, Muslim or whatever else. It breaks my heart to see all that hatred and destruction. Why can’t we all just get along?

Deap Breath naar Nederland?


Het is allemaal nog erg spannend. Maar wij, de DTTA, hebben contact met een bioscoop die wellicht de episode kan gaan uitzenden. WELLICHT. Want ze vragen naar hoeveel mensen ze kunnen verwachten….

Daarom vraag ik van jullie, om mij even een PM te sturen als die het geval is (kan ook naar observetheninth) en deze post te rebloggen, om het enthousiasme voor Doctor Who in de Nederlandse Bioscoop te toetsen. 


So, I got creative and made myself a Hufflepuff mug…

So, I got creative and made myself a Hufflepuff mug…

"Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection." - Simon Pegg

A collection of celebrities going undercover so they can enjoy the awesomeness that is Comic Con like the rest of us geeks and nerds…

For reference, they are:

  1. Andrew Garfield
  2. Daniel Radcliffe
  3. Peter Jackson
  4. Adam Savage
  5. Matt Smith
  6. Maisie Williams
  7. Osric Chau
  8. Simon Pegg
  9. Brian Cranston
  10. Jack Black
My latest games haul… Especially love Elder Sign, it’s awesome!

My latest games haul… Especially love Elder Sign, it’s awesome!