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Winter Tree January 23, 2011

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Resolutions January 23, 2011

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Ok, I want to talk about New Year Resolutions and why I stopped making them ever since I accepted myself and learnt to love myself the way I am. Surely, one of the most common items on people’s resolution lists is: lose weight, or, buy more trendy clothes, or read more books and news. Four years ago or so I also wrote down these things with a purpose to feel somewhat accomplished at the end of the year. The problem was I never got past meeting more than four goals on my infinite list, never lost those fifteen pounds, never cleared out my closet and donated unneeded clothes. Was it my lack of will power and dominant laziness? Perhaps.
Luckily, I’ve changed my whole attitude towards coming up with goals and achieving them. Losing the weight? Not a priority. I’m curvy, but healthy. Reading more? Not a problem- there are so many wonderful and engaging books written in the last 500 years.
My problem with resolutions is that the excitement of achieving the goals wears off within the first month of the New Year. People usually want immediate results, want to cross things off their list one after the other. The trick is to keep yourself motivated throughout the year. And resolutions won’t help with that.
Get inspired every day by little things and don’t be hard on yourself. Then you will find life quite enjoyable!

Back January 23, 2011

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And so ends my post-a-day challenge. Sorry I have failed you guys. Now coming up with excuses: I had a final exam on Thursday and after that I just needed to relax and do nothing because the Spring semester starts tomorrow and I haven’t been able to have a break.
However, from now on I do plan to resume blog activity and maybe even write something of value!

Cats January 18, 2011

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Alright, another lazy one. Wow, I didn’t expect that I wouldn’t have time to post!!
Here are some pictures of my cats! I love my cats.

This is Puff and she’s a Calico Manx. She has quite a temper and doesn’t really like to hang out with the other cats, speaking of which….

These are the other two. The one that looks like a Siamese was brought from my home country to live with us in the States. The naked one is a pure-breed Sphinx (she has absolutely NO hair, so she’s not like a cornish rex).

My “Band Album” January 17, 2011

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Alright, another lazy one. I spent the whole evening reading scientific articles for my class (yay procrastination), so I’m about to fall over.
So, those of you who are on facebook and get random things from your friends might have seen this one, but I was totally overdue for making one. But I made one today and it turned out… quite emo as you can see, but it works perfectly!
Directions: My “Band Album”: 1- Go to wikipedia and hit random. The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. 2 – Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. 3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”. Third picture no matter what it is, will be your album cover. 4 – Use photoshop or similar (picnik.com is a free online photo editor) to put it all together.
Here’s mine!

“Space” January 16, 2011

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So I want to talk a little bit about “space” and why I used the term in the name of my blog. The reason why I put it in quotation marks is because without them, people immediately think of physical space and don’t consider that there is more than one type of space: cyber space, space in our mind (i.e. imagination and what we can do with it).

One of the questions discussed in my literature class last semester was: “Do we create space? Or do we simply change it around and build on it?” Again, I think the answer depends on what kind of space we’re talking about. We can’t create physical space, but in it we build cities with skyscrapers and asphalted roads. It’s different with cyber space though. Programmers code it, creating a basis for everything else that’s in it. The spaces that we create in our minds are also not there when we don’t imagine them.
So there you have it, the basic idea for the name of my blog.

Gemstones January 15, 2011

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So I spent most of the afternoon sorting out my gemstones. Basically, I ordered a box of unlabelled stones and now I regret it because it’s proving to be a hell of a lot of work sorting them out. You’d think that because of colour differences it would be easy to sort them, but in reality they all look so much alike that it’s almost impossible to identify them. Plus, there are so many shades of the same stone that it makes it that much harder. So… I give up, for now.
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Cae Mabon January 14, 2011

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Alright, not to ruin my routine of the one post a day challenge, I’m doing a really lazy quick post, cutting it really close to almost failing the challenge, as it is already past 11 o’clock at night here.

I just want to direct people to this place: http://www.caemabon.co.uk/
It looks and sounds wonderful. Basically, a guy founded his owl little “village” where the houses are all built from natural materials, e.g. stone, wood, clay, and him and his team have done a brilliant job. I can’t wait to join one of their programmes!

Cob Cottage Front

Monster in the Closet January 13, 2011

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Monster in the closet - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

ESL classes for Immigrants January 12, 2011

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A few days ago I wrote an e-mail to the English department at the university. The content of it basically suggested opening a free volunteer-based ESL program for recent immigrants who wanted to learn English and become integrated into the U.S. society. I was kindly replied to that such a program exists (Language Partners), but I discovered that it was only for the university students and affiliates. Bummer, not quite what I was thinking of.

What prompted me to write this e-mail was a conversation I had with my uncle at the airport, when we were picking up my grandfather. The announcements made were in English and Spanish. I commented on this, saying that even though I’m an immigrant, I speak English and other immigrants should too. I know, egoistic and insensitive of me, even though a lot of people think this way. Anyway, my uncle pointed out to me that there are actually programs out there, founded by churches and very little by the government, but they were far too scarce and the lists to sign up were huge. So what can those people do? And what can we do about it?

So, I thought of implementing a program on campus for non-English-speaking immigrants to come in and for students to volunteer a few hours a week to teach them. It’s not new, I’m sure, yet it’s something that doesn’t exist on our campus and I wonder why. All we need is a list of volunteers and a few conference rooms. Well, maybe there are other things that don’t immediately come to my mind which would matter. But it’s a workable idea, right? Hopefully it’ll go through and I would’ve contributed a small portion of good to society.