Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday's Wish

I decided that I'm taking the plunge again... and then again I'm not.

That's right, I'm going to take part in NaNoWriMo this year and see how I do with work, school, and book.

I'm making a huge wish that this will work.

I'm going to try out the first week to see how I do. From there, if it works out ok, I'm going to take time to write each day - that is all. I'm taking time to write for the month of November in hopes of getting 50,000 words, but really just trying to get any.

I even updated my NaNo profile with info on the book, a cover (that'll do for now... see above) and everything!

As I was updating my profile and fiddling with the synopsis and excerpt, I got tingly... the kind of tingly I get when I'm writing and really into it. It made me want to write more right here... in the middle of the day... at work! I even tightened up the opening/excerpt as I added it and had to stop myself from doing more.

Want to know what it's about? Go here to check out my NaNoWriMo info.

Monday, October 20, 2014

On politeness

I read this in another blog, World of Wanderlust (not Warcraft... heh), and I thought it was handy dandy, because it's always good to know how to say thank you wherever you may be. Below is a list of how to say thank you in 50 languages. Use them wisely and often!

AFRIKAANS – dankie
ALBANIAN – faleminderit
ARABIC – shukran
ARMENIAN – Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun
BOSNIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)
BULGARIAN – благодаря / blagodaria
CATALAN – gràcies (GRAH-syuhs)
CROATIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)
CZECH – děkuji (Dyekooyih)
DANISH – tak (tahg)
DUTCH – dank u
ESTONIAN – tänan (TA-nahn)
FINNISH – kiitos (KEE-tohss)
FRENCH – merci
GERMAN – danke
GREEK – ευχαριστώ (ef-hah-rees-TOH)
HAWAIIAN – mahalo (ma-HA-lo)
HEBREW – .תודה  / todah (toh-DAH)
HINDI – dhanyavād / shukriya
HUNGARIAN – köszönöm (KØ-sø-nøm)
ICELANDIC – takk (tahk)
INDONESIAN – terima kasih. (tuh-REE-mah KAH-see)
ITALIAN – grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh)
JAPANESE – arigatô (ah-ree-GAH-toh)
KOREAN – 감사합니다 (gamsahamnida)
LATVIAN – paldies (PUHL-dyehs)
LEBANESE – choukrane
LITHUANIAN – ačiū (AH-choo)
MACEDONIAN – Благодарам / blagodaram (blah-GOH-dah-rahm)
MALAY – terima kasih (TREE-muh KAH-seh)
MALTESE – grazzi (GRUTS-ee)
MONGOLIAN – Баярлалаа (bayarlalaa)
POLISH – dziękuję (Jenkoo-yen)
PORTUGUESE – obrigado [masculine]  / obrigada [feminine] (oh-bree-GAH-doo / oh-bree-GAH-dah)
ROMANIAN – mulţumesc (mool-tzoo-MESK)
RUSSIAN – спасибо (spuh-SEE-buh)
SERBIAN – xвала / hvala (HVAH-lah)
SLOVAK – Ďakujem (JAH-koo-yehm)
SLOVENIAN – hvala (HVAA-lah)
SPANISH – gracias (GRAH-syahs)
SWEDISH – tack
TAMIL – nandri
THAI – kop khun
TURKISH – teşekkür ederim (teh shek uer eh der eem)
UKRAINIAN – Дякую (DYAH-koo-yoo)
WELSH – diolch (DEE-ol’ch)
YIDDISH – a dank
ZULU – ngiyabonga

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


My Instagram picture and a blurb on my comfy sweater made it on the CNN page. 


30 Years of "Cosby" Sweaters

It's back on meds day! 

Kinda like Rex Manning day, but not really. 

I needed help with my focus. Juggling everything was starting to get to too much and I found I had to slow down more... which can be good, but isn't so good when you have a lot to juggle and barely keeping all the balls in the air. As I learned from Dr. R, meds can help focus, so I'm getting back on them STAT! Midterms are coming up, you know. 

I think my time away from them for a mental health check accomplished what I needed to - my skills are back up and I'm a lot more aware of my triggers and what to do about them. Also, I've learned that I very much need a super mega high dose of exercise... like... really pushing myself to the limit to get those endorphins to kick into high gear. I've learned a lot about myself and what I'm capable of... and that makes me happy. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Found Objects

I fell into some websites by way of voting for a site I like. It wasn't supposed to take very long, this voting, but what started as taking a few minutes to clear my personal inbox turned into a couple of hours of digging through nominated sites. Why?!


Because they were all damn impressive! 

"Being able to say I remember, is a blessing most of us take for granted.In France, 850,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's disease and 225,000 new cases are diagnosed each year."

The website (second world war online) functions as a portal but also features online exhibitions on the topic. The current exhibition tells the story of the Second World War in 100 diverse objects, brought together from the combined collections of 25 Dutch war museums. Ranging from a wool sweater that, because of the textile scarcity, was made entirely out of dog hair to a pair of round spectacles that famous Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft used as a disguise during her missions. The objects, each one with its own special story, showcase the many different sides of WW II. Next to the online exhibition (to be viewed on computer, tablet and smart phone), the objects will also be on display in the internationally renowned Kunsthal Rotterdam.

You can see a short video for it here.

The Dutch Alzheimer’s Foundation wants to mobilize more and younger people in the fight against dementia, people for whom the disease is more remote. To do so we created a Facebook campaign that used friend’s photos to allow people to experience what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s disease. During the campaign, people were tagged in photos of events that never took place. A photo would appear on their timeline, in which they could see themselves at an event that they knew they had never attended. This personal confusing experience brought the problem very close by.

One of the ballets that the National Dutch Ballet will be performing  this season is Swan Lake and one of the operas that the National Dutch Opera will perform is Mozart's The Magic Flute. It makes me want to go and see these, even though it'll take quite a bit more money and time than just an evening at the theater.

I had to stop there because there are things I actually have to do at work. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to this article about Ellen Forney's book, Marbles. I love it! 
It really, really, really makes me want to work on my book and only my book so help me god amen. Today's wish is not so much about time in a broad sense, but very specifically about hoping to find time to carve out to write. 

Everything about these are just... YES

It makes me happy to see this out there alive in the world.

Friday, October 3, 2014

So! I know you've heard me mention my friends Tim and Ant before. You remember these guys, right?

Well, Epic Aerials is a new series that Tim and Anthony are making for EpicTV. The email I got from Mai lovely friend (hello, luvie!) said that the twins are
"... filming extreme sports and athletes from their unique vantage point, a paramotor. They're soaring in high winds and zipping through tight spaces to get in close when they're make their rounds, visiting old friends and making new ones - always exploring (and pushing) the limits of adventure! 
This is a Climbing episode they just finished filming in the French Riviera where they took an ordinary weekend and turned it into a cannonball weekend of sailing, climbing and paramotoring! (Tim and Anthony are filming this one but will be featured in future episodes)."

Check it out on Epic TV!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wishes on a Wednesday

I hit save instead of publish on this sucker, so it's a day late.

Today, I wish for time.

Time to get myself together since I fell behind, what with being sick for a couple of weeks.

Time to catch up on my rest... at least a bare minimum.
Time to do all the things around the house that I need/want to do.

Time for writing.
Time to figure out what my next steps should be.
Time to talk to my professors.

Time to write my psychiatrist.

Time to have a drink or share a meal with friends.
Time with my nieces and the new nephew.

Time to breathe.