Monday, December 09, 2013
This weekend I "made up" for not exercising during deadline days last week - and I am happy that I spent two hours walking the woods with doggy saturday and one hour sunday because as we were walking yesterday the snow started falling
the snow flakes arenīt visible in the photo but they are there and it fell down about 20-30 centimeters. It will make it hard to walk unplowed roads and the running track we usually use will be turned into a ski-track so it will not be possible to walk doggy there. And since biking also it out of the question me think doggy will get fat...myself, I can go swimming or to the gym
I have a little plan to try "sparking" on the lake. This is a "spark":
and the idea would be to put the bike box on the "spark" for Doggy to rest in if it gets to cold...sometimes you can use the spark on roads but they mostly put sand on the roads so it will be impossible _ Iīll never forget one time when there was this marvellous "spark" weather and I got out and went down the road for five kilometers, wonderful - and the sand truck came so I had to sort of carry the spark all the way home...
That spark is long gone but my friend who lives down the lake has one that I can borrow and test my idea with doggy with - we just have to wait for the ice to get safe... I am a little scared for ice, even when I see the cars get out on it I feel like "maybe, it wonīt hold me..."
I was also very happy to get my horse tralier out of the way, it has been parked in the street and I thought that if the snow comes I need to get it parked elsewhere before the plow comes - and I did talk about it saturday but when I finally got around to it sunday, it was already a couple of decimeters snow so I could hardly get it moved. But I did and parked it down at the friend and there it will "sleep" all winter now I think... very relieved for not having that hanging over me.
The bird restaurant is open and lively frequented - I hope you see the beautiful red one itīs "domherre" in Sweden and they only come out from the woods in the winter, the female is brown it is the male that has this beautiful red breast.
Last week I very impulsively signed up to perform three minutes at a rookienight for stand-up comedy. I do have this rather famous standupcomedian as facebook friend who announced this night and I thought it was in Stokholm and said, rather cocky "why donīt you arrange it in your village (70 kilometers from here) and Iīll come running" and he said that it WAS in his village... and even though I feel very nervous and doomed to failure it is perfect - I have planned to try standup for "ever", I went on a weekend workshop last autumn, a friend and me have been trying to write material and had planned a show for my birthday but chickened out - so it is good to be forced and have a deadline.
Tonight my friends at the theatre will act as a test audience, I have my three minutes ready, they might not be hilariously funny, I think it is mostly in the presentation which means I canīt get too nervous because performance is everything... it is somehow a dream come thorugh, I have fiddled with the idea forever since I am a very funny lecturer - but it is one thing to lecture about a subject and then the audience get the "bonus" of a witty speech, and another thing to be a standup comedian that HAS to be funny...
I am calming myself with the thought that it is all about being me on that stage, if I manage to be my usual me on stage it will be funny and if the audience does not like that I shall not pursue the career and let it go.
To quote sparkfriend jacksgrain: Upwards onwards!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I started with Spark september 2009 and have since then reached the highest point level - 100 000. The point system helped me get started and involved in the social bit and it kept me doing things on a regular basis.
And I am still here and check in although there is no pint to it anymore. And silly as it is, I can notice that my engagment has slacked a little, not only because I also participate on a swedish supportsite and have to be active there as well.
I have covered an event called "Digital Days" over two days and listened to a lecture about "gamification" and learned that I do not have to feel so silly for being a point collector, it is rather common - at ski resorts in Sweden they have something called "My Skistar" that is connected to the Skipass you use to go up the mountains - and every time you draw your card, you get points or "pins" for different routes. And there is a leaderboard online and you can challenge your friends and you can also check where other "Ski Stars" ski for the moment - and you can of course chose to stay out of it altogether and only use the skipass as a permission to lifts.
I have also learned that there are different types of players -"Killers" (love to compete) "Explorers" (wants to find out all the functions) "Socialisers" (wants to share there doings with friends and Achievers (likes to collect poits. I am obviously most an achiever and I hope Spark People will recognize us and install som new levels - it would do with one at 200 000 I donīt need many goals close I just need some incitament to keep on doing "point chores"
OS far noone has gamified food shopping - well only the reward system that I get a "bonus" check after shopping for a certain amount, I canīt say that it thrills me or motivates me to go to a certain store. But the speaker mentioned the possibiliteies to get points and awards for shopping ecological or locally prodeced or vegetables... for you grownups it might not mean anything but as the child I am I would be motivated to do better by a system like that.
Then I listened to a wonderful speaker about the future trends - he started with the dystopia we have coming up when all this consumtion society will crash, it is simply not possilbe to go on. Something got to happen. And then he really showed us how internet has made connecitons and actions of democracy and power possible - we can talk and decide and activate ourself without any authority or system involved, it is free and it makes it possible to reach anybody very fast.
He showed an experiment who had been done in an etioian village of analphabetss - a group of children had been given a laptop (with internet) They were analfabets as were their parents and everbody in that village. And the researchers had been a little nervous that the children would not find the "on" buttons or would ignored the laptops and intstead build houses with the boxes
I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch
powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android, Negroponte said. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera, and they figured out the camera, and had hacked Android. If you want to read about it all:
It was really inspiring and gave hope.
And just the fact that I listened to that speak yesterday and was inspired and I write to my friends on spark about it and want to be correct on the fact so I Google "etiopian children laptop" and - voila! comes a dsuggestion of links and I find an article I can suggest to you - it is amazing!
What we can do through cyberspace is utopia...
Monday, December 02, 2013
...concerning food begins.
Yesterday daugther and me decorated gingerbread:
I would prefer white sugar but we had some eco-sugar, that made it brownish and then tried to color it purple...didnīt work.
They are now in my kitchen window:
and the challenge is to eat only one - the right date - every day... 100 calories extra it will be.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
December is giving at good start since my newly renovated kitchen meands that half the house was cleaned ok,now I"Only" have to proceed with everything else.
The last week I gained a little, birthday and not much exercise was not beneficial... it is scary considering that christmas is coming up with lots of opportunities to overeat.
It will be one day at the time.
Peace is in my kitchen:
and daughter has started to practice on the guitar, we used youtube to tune it:
Monday, November 25, 2013
As I have already written, I had a nightmare about friendship friday night. Saturday I called both friends - the woman who had been attacked by a neighbour as well as the woman I lodged wiith some years ago. Both conversations was really good and I felt energised and good about myself.
Today I have finally written a letter that I have thought about for a while now. It is anopther friend, not closed, who has been diagnosed with cancer with very small chances of surviving. Hi was the guy who summoned us to form an ukuleleband and during the years I have known him hew has also taken initiative to a little choir with us that lived at the same farm - there is about ten houses on that land and we had singers in all parts...although only one soprano and one bass... anyway, this very kind and humorous guy had been ill for quite a while, he has been diabetic (typ!) always and last year had a little stroke and know it is cancer in lungs, spread to liver and ... no goo prognosis at all, doctors did not want to do chemotherapy because it is beyond that, but he and his wife wanted it anyway in hope to get some more time together.
I am not close enough to visit - and learned that they have asked not to get any as his immune system is vulnerable. And I have thought that I wanted to write a thank you note to him for all his kindness during the years, but it feels a little morbid "I know you are dying!" and I also feel a little shy, is it my place to do that.
And then I remember the woman who sent me flowers in the midst of my cancer misery, she was not close and had no obvious reason but it made me feel good, somebody cared. So I have written the letter and I hope that it will be recieved well.
Decluttering and renovating nurtures energy!
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