Hi, I’m Lori Linstruth, and I’m going to make the bold assumption that you’re reading this to find out more about me.
This website is where I collect things I love, thing I’m learning, and show the world a bit about who I am and what makes me tick.
First some general background: I was born in 1964 in the USA (California, to be exact) but emigrated to Sweden in 1990. I lived there until late 2007, when I moved to the Netherlands. I now live there in the tiny village of Oudenbosch with my partner Arjen and our little Chinese Crested dog Hoshi. Arjen is a musician, and I “work” behind the scenes with pretty much everything that a rock-opera-composing, self-producing, multi-instrumentalist, prog rock mastermind like Arjen might need.
I’m interested in loads of things, but every few years something clicks inside my head and one of my interests becomes what can only be described as an obsession. Seriously. It becomes pretty much all I can think about, all I want to be doing.
I’ve always been a “serial obsessive.” My first obsession, birds, kicked in at around age 4. After that it was cats, then horses. Later on in my teens and early twenties it was music and playing screaming-yet-melodic guitar solos. For a few years in my 30s it was teaching English as a foreign language. Then in my 40s it inexplicably shifted back to guitar. This lasted until around 2010, when it turned to dogs and dog training (mainly through positive reinforcement). I still love dogs and dog training, but since late 2015 my new obsession is photography. Mainly taking photos of people and…you guessed it…dogs. I don’t get nearly enough practice as I would like (mainly it’s hard to find subjects) but I do what I can with what I have.
While I’m not obsessive or even passionate about diet and fitness, I do enjoy challenging myself several times per week with strength training and intervals in my humble DIY home gym. I’m nutritionally agnostic, but find I feel best eating “healthy” food I’ve cooked from scratch. My “diet” consists of plenty of protein and vegetables, with moderate amounts of “healthy” fats and complex carbs. And I effing LOVE kale. Seriously.
I’ve named my site “These are the Things I Love” to remind me to focus on the positive and joyful things in life. Not to say that I don’t get frustrated, outraged or annoyed — I’m only human! But goodness knows there is already enough negativity on the internet. I don’t want to spread more.
If you need your photo taken and want to let me practice on you, feel free to get in touch through the form below.