Gosh, I am ice cream addicted... I have phases, last week it was burgers - just the meaty bit, but still; and no, I am not pregnant! I am wondering though, if my fat loss and muscle gain is resulting in weird reactions telling me what I should eat. Like carbos for energy, and protein for muscle building. I know that it is not just cravings, I am really hungry, and then I want those specific things... Weird effects, really.
Training is going well, incorporated an additional incline powerwalking session on the treadmill now to do a bit more for the old calves... well, and to burn off the calories from all the ice cream. The shoulders are eventually the first section to be finished on the Exercises page of the blog and I added some new Hightlights as well.
And on the photo front there are no news because the photo shoot had to be cancelled due to dear photographer friend having caught a bad cold. So I decided to contemplate the last one a bit more and asked myself why I am so keen on photo shoots. I have to say: I only can recommend it.
So have a lovely rest of the week and don't shy away when hubby gets the camera out during your next BBQ!
And I could go on like this! It is hot... and I am loving it! Admittedly at times I have to slow down a bit, but altogether the warmth is lovely. I like it in the gym when the muscles are all soft, and I like it that I don't have to carry the spare pullover, pair of socks or cardigan. Only our cats are a bit annoyed... and annoying. They have become even pickier with their food, as we do when it is hot, and a big part of my daily tasks is to lid and un-lid cat bowls to avoid fly infestation.
This eventually was an event-less week in regard to food; usually events have to do with eating, and I so much want to keep a rhythm for a while to become a bit leaner. But movie on Thursday 'Letters to Juliet' was quite enjoyable and not food related, and during the family fun day organised by BT for its employees at Adastral Park on Saturday I shipped around all the cliffs of ice-cream vans and hog roasts and stayed with my trusted sandwiches.
And pay-off came: This morning I saw the 65kg for the first time in years, which was worth a 'quickie' on the blog. Then I took a decision which was worth another blog entry. Well, and I did a bit of column writing as well. See, that is the good thing when a week is rather boring, at times the mind is starting to float and I actually get some ideas about what I could write.
So off we go into another warm and floaty week with a hopefully lovely weekend. Have a good one!
What a week! Great Yarmouth Bodybuilding show already had set the pace, and although it was impressive, it has taken the scare out of it. I now know what I have to work towards, I know where the crux lies, I made a few contacts... and it will be just fine! One more year of exciting work ahead.
Actually, I was supposed to get an iPad, but they were all sold out. Now Detlef will order the iPad for himself since I already got my pressie. Not sure though, if all of those purchases are not actually for him in the end... hmmm?!?
So tomorrow is the day I have been working towards, trying not to get spots, scratches or bruises, collecting props and thinking about photo ideas: Babul is coming to town for another photo shoot.
Hence this is why everything is brought forward a bit, and I am writing this on Tuesday already. And of course today is one of those days!
This will happen from next week on again, and then I will have some footage from the Bodybuilding Championship in Great Yarmouth this Sunday as well. It was great and very encouraging, so that report will be up next week as well. And of course I will drop the one or the other picture of the photo shoot. I may even be able to add one for this edition, given that it won't get too late tomorrow.
Have a great rest of the week, and a lovely weekend
Given that this week has pretty much been under the sign of photography this diary entry will be very undecorated. It is all happening a bit in the future I am afraid, and hence there is not a lot to tell about. I am hopeful, though, to even be able to revive an old project: 50 years, 50 pictures, 50 views. Yes, I am still hoping to become famous or rich or both with a book. But the most important thing for now is Babul's arrival in London. He will come to Ipswich next Wednesday and we will have another photo shoot. Yay!
Well, and then, having had the bank holiday Monday this week and the gym being really rather empty, I took the video camera with me and filmed the exercises - 9 of them. It will need some time to get them all edited, but I managed to get the first two shoulder exercises published on Bloody Hell... Additionally I created a list of all the exercises I am doing, and will gradually link the videos in. For quick access this is one of the files listed in the right hand side menu of the blog.
So far so good, the facilities are in place, this Sunday we will go to Great Yarmouth to watch the bodybuilding competition into which I want to enter myself next year, photo shoots are arranged, now I have to seriously start rowing training and the posing stuff.
Since my video software was close to driving me bonkers today I will have to cut it short again now, as it got late again and I am starting to write rubbish. Have a good rest of the week and enjoy a hopefully sunny weekend!
Yesterday I hugged the second very blue eyed man bang in the middle of my driveway within a week – hubby has brown eyes... well he has a brown and a green one, but that is not the point!
The deed of hugging itself might appear suspicious, these two gentlemen, however are of the rare species of blue eye which are recognised instantly and which makes it hard to look anywhere else. So I, being fortunate enough to hug two of them within a short period of time, might raise an onlooker’s eyebrows.
Well, the owner of the cool bike as a matter of fact, is a dear friend who picked me up for a coffee to discuss his business which is featured in this weeks ‘support rural business’ section.
Well and blue still is the theme - his van is really rather recognisable, too; and the only one with the white stripes on the back as well. So if you see this beauty somewhere in the street deciding that your alarm actually does need maintenance... why not go and have a chat with the guy.
The driver of the dashing car who fell victim of yesterdays hug attack is hubby’s best friend from school days waaay back in
So dears, I might see some of you at the Afternoon Tea this week and for the rest of it have a lovely weekend.Tata
I stumbled over some TED talks recently, one of which was dealing with the matter of what makes us happy.
I found it a very interesting talk, since in there it is claimed that "We are able to synthesise happiness, but that we still think it is something to be found". Maybe this is rather close to what I call the 'Glass half full' attitude, meaning the ability to see the good in any given situation and then to work from there, as opposed to 'Glass half empty' where all the bad things are highlighted and subsequent action is nothing but moaning.
This guy is right: As soon as somebody is voicing opinions about all the good things happening out of a bad situation we call it 'whitewashes', thus diminishing the feeling of happiness. Maybe because we are jealous of such a positive attitude? Well, in this talk however it is suggested that it is NOT just whitewashing, but true happiness. Maybe a bit of whitewash training would in the long run teach us all on how to become truly happy people.
Another thing that I found striking is that apparently people who take finite decisions are happier, than people who are keeping their options open. Since I truly believe that any decision is better than no decision I am somewhat thrilled that I may be doing something right in my life.
The other talk I found was from Nathan Myhrvold on archeology, animal photography, BBQ ...
The subject is rather unrelated, his last phrase made me think, though. This guy is doing so many things and is so successful with it. He is living proof that it is people who have many interests are able to think outside the box, and he seems to excuse himself for the fact that he never managed to focus.
And again I see a similarity to my own life. The 'nerd vs. dilletante' issue. Isn't it astonishing that a guy this successful has the notion of being unfocused?
To stumble across two great people who sort of confirm that what I feel is right, or at least is 'not wrong' makes me happy. I may appear pathetic drawing happiness from such a thing, but IL has grown out of a lack of confidence; I have been working hard to find my own reasoning for certain characteristics of my personality, and whether or not I should change or stick with what I have. I sometimes have been struggling to 'see the glass half full'. It is just nice to see that my little life has issues that are worth studying, and that it seems to be rather normal to doubt ones focus as even great people do so.
It works as a positive reinforcement: I am even keener now to find happiness in simple decisions, I am even more focused in being unfocused. It is inspiring to find like-minded people higher up the rank. And then I found another talk which might explain why that is:
Nicholas Christakis on: The hidden influence of social networks
So today I feel a bit like a school girl who has been writing essays for three years now and eventually got a pat on the shoulder.
I am inspired! I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing, but I can't help it. The indifference in regard to my new inspiration comes from the fact that it opposes my Bodybuilding efforts. Well, not the sport efforts itself but the food issues that come with it.
The inspiration and the pictures provided by the Cookbook are breath taking, though. Whether I will ever try to cook some of it or not: The book is worth it's money just for the pictures.
I am now very interested in what the future will bring. I definitely will do my rowing and bodybuilding challenge: Last week I have started the rowing training and did the new Bodybuilding split for the first time - which is working great! And I definitly will dig deeper into the treasure box of inspired cooking.
Sometimes it's good to look back to find a window into the future!
And with this I will leave you for today, wishing you an inspired rest of the week and a dreamy weekend
Time is flying, days are still too short despite the light saving schedule and the wind is still too cold. I am starting to get the hang of my new schedule which includes the day job, the nitty-gritty bits, the rowing and the gym work, but still didn't have an single week during which I could stick to it entirely. There is always something else barging in and I am beginning to understand how life will be changing if one really goes for a challenge.
But I am liking it! It is a bit stressful, but for some reason there are bits and pieces falling into place unexpectedly, and from something idiotic something good arises. I fixed the date for the food tasting dinner with MySecretKitchen products several month ago for this Friday and now it turns out Babul will be coming end of the Month visiting me for a photoshoot. Of course I want to be looking my best, so having intensified the training was a lucky coincidence, but the hair laser thingy needed to be done again.
I anyway wanted to get it out of the way before the sun would leave a tan, given the English weather however, there wouldn't be such a rush, but with a photoshoot coming up I need about three weeks to get rid of the black ash dots. So I had to take an appointment TODAY! Hence me being a bit knackered and asking for forgiveness, should I be writing too much rubbish. Two hours of laser blitz and nippingly cold air with the steady click click noise of the laser made me somewhat numb.
I parked in the middle of town as close as possible to the clinic, wanted to pay for the maximum four hours which is £4.70, and the silly machine stopped taking coins at £4.60 - in desperation I pressed the green button, the ticket printed and it was only two hours... Darn, I needed to run some errands and was preparing for a 3 hour session... That might exceed the 4 hours maximum parking anyway. Such idiotic parking arrangement, and then on top of it all the machine is not working.
While thinking through the options the door of a little booth opened, a nice parking guard came out, scribbled something on my ticket and gave me 5 hours - sometimes a girl needs some luck
In the end I didn't even need it, but I had the peace of mind while having the treatment. Now it is done and over with and in a few weeks time my legs and a few things more will be wonderfully smooth. Additionally the menu for Friday is sorted, the website is in work right now, and it even seems that my videos are successful. Well, not super-rich successful, but successful enough to earn me £ 4.73 in one month. A while ago I reported that my Basic Tummy Exercises video became eligible for advertising on YouTube, and although I am not a big fan of internet advertising, I gave it a shot, thinking that earnings could go straight into my Orangutan Land Trust Justgiving Page. And yesterday I got my first account statement! One only will get paid once £ 60 is reached - still some way to go - but it rolls over into the next month and I might get an advert linked to other video.
So yes, that definitely cheered me up yesterday. And now my dear ladies I'd like to wrap it up. Sitting is not the most comfortable past time at the moment and just in case you are bored you might want to pay the Challenges blog a visit. I have written an article this week which you might like: 'It's a Female thing'
So long, Tata, Salu and Tschüss
Until next week
The updates here are likely to open with the word: 'Again...' in the future. I just finalised my training schedule and it seems that spontaneity will go a bit down the drain this summer and repetition will be key! I am only hoping that the outcome will vary with a trend towards 'Up' in what I can lift, and 'Down' in what I weigh.
Giraffe Love Play
It got rather late now and I will call it a day. I hope you like my account from Colchester Zoo, and should you go there for a day out: Please say 'Hello' to Rajang, Tiga and the Limas from me!
Hope to see you at the Afternoon Tea this Friday,
I probably should read my own website more often.
And it doesn't really matter whether one wants to get into the desired shape, or if one would like to learn how to sew or take great photos, does it? As soon as the wish for achievement is entering the room a whole load of other stuff needs to get sorted as well.
I however feel that it is a good place to be in, it makes me aware - again - that quickfixes don't work. I have been reading and browsing a lot these past almost four years, and boy - have I read a lot of bullshit on how to get things done the easy way. Now I even learned that fat cells grow back after liposuction - brrrr! I still will have to prove that one can get rid of orange peel by training and good skin care; the quickfix is not working for sure, except if one changes to a better lifestyle. Well, that change could have saved the whole operation in the first place.
Focused and motivated I am now going into my 4th week - I can't believe it's such long already. The crowd of supporters is slowly getting bigger and they are following my quest from all over the world. The fund-raising is on its way since today and now I need flyers and a date for the rowing marathon. Getting there!
So please have a look at the blog once in a while. I am updating more often than once a week and as mentioned before: It's not just about the sport, it's about getting the hang of the rest of the stuff as well.
Now let me wrap it up for today, this lady has to get her beauty sleep! Good luck and all the best to all of you who are stuck somewhere due to the volcano, I hope you will be home safe and sound soon!
Wishing you all a great rest of the week and a sunny weekend,
There you are! I am well on my way and very determined... and I am happy! I am feeling so 'at home' in this project. At the moment there is hardly anything else I can think about, and hence there is not a lot I can write about here at the moment.
Except of the second part of the interview with Michelle Desilets on ' The WildLife with Laurel Neme'. It is such a joy to listen to a first hand account on how Orangutans are taught to be Orangutans. She even is talking 'Orangutan' a bit.
For now I am hoping that even all of you who are not particularly into Bodybuilding will like my blog. I would love to hear your opinion - everybody can comment on the blog, no login needed.
See you next week
Oh what a week it has been! It was a week of ideas and decision making and pushing things into a direction. Voices from my past which quite shyly told me to go back to my roots last week, started to shout louder this week, and reminded me that the whole IL idea was to follow ones dreams. Ok! Heard it! Will do! So now there is a new kid on the blog - a diary of my challenges to be achieved by 2011, one of which is a dream that is bugging me since 35 years.
The other thing that struck me is that if you lead your life right, that then dreams will come to you. That sounds very spiritual, and I don't know if I am interpreting this correctly, but I think he is right: Sometimes we are trying to hard. I have to admit that once in a while I am doing the right things, but sort of for the wrong reasons.I don't mean cheating - it's hard to explain - sometimes I do things because they seem to be appropriate to reach a goal, it may be something that makes sense in a technical way, or it may be the wrong order in which tasks are executed. This usually is the result of hitting a brick wall, and taking a short-cut, using strategies that work for others instead of finding my own personal way. This always feels like being in the wrong place at the wrong time and living somebody else's life.
See, when after all my past moaning I decided, that I will go on running this site despite not having real success with it, will keep shooting my videos and will keep pushing on with my projects - and that I will do it for my own fun and enjoyment, because that is how it should be done - just the next morning I had a wonderful fan letter in my inbox, from a wonderfully incredible lady urging me to proceed in what I am doing. Then I found this competition advert, reminding me of my old dream, and today I even got an email about an event that could become the backdrop for the rowing marathon.
All my brick walls gone in a jiffy - all I have to do now is working hard and enjoying the ride.
And then I found some more inspiration via a voice from the internet. I have been reading a lot about Michelle Desilets and her charity 'Orangutan Land Trust'. It is the charity which IL is mainly supporting. And now eventually I have heard her voice in a striking interview. It is amazing how one can talk with so much passion about her life, the orangutans, the projects and yet there is nothing judgemental in her voice or phrasing when she is depicting the brick walls she and her colleagues are regularly hitting. Those problems are there, they are fact, they are there for reasons, let's do something about it! What an incredible lady! There will be a second part next week.
So yes! Life is good! We have reasonably healthy bodies, we have brains, let's use those in our individual unique ways to knock over the walls we really care about and let's have a lot of fun doing so!
The IL roots that is! I had a few incidents recently which make me feel like stepping back in time to the beginnings of IL - actually before IL. Although I am much fitter now, nothing seemed to be working out. All my wisdom seemed to be long forgotten and even my drive for sport had been lacking for such a long time that I feel rather breathless, powerless and wimpish.
So I decided to read a few of my own articles - if they were any good they should bring me up to scratch again; it's three years after all that I started writing for the site: Time to warm a few things up!
Sometimes it helps to just be aware of how the body works, so that one knows that one is not alone in this, and then there are the little helperlines which can incredibly enhance the chemistry in the body and hence lay the ground for all the rest. And So here is my selection from the body, health and nutrition section:
Well, and when I started writing back then I did so about my sport. See, and there is the dilemma. I was inexperienced and I wrote about what I knew and what was important to me at that time. I quickly realised that my experience is not about sport, but about being passionate - for whatever. And I realised as well that by writing about sport a lot, I already had put off quite a few people from reading the site. In the meantime none of my friends from back then is reading the site because they still think that it is a Bodybuilding site.
I was so desperate to please them and to get them back, that I entirely neglected the sport section. I haven't written about sport in about one and a half years, and the bodybuilding section is still incomplete although I have all the pictures sitting there ready to be processed. Back then I didn't understand how the internet works and how loyal behaviour in the internet is created. Not that I have become better in that, but I surely I have now decided for my lifestyle to focus on sport again, and I will do so on the site as well. Here is to catch up with a few of the articles we have already:
Now I am getting to the bit which a lot of people call 'airy fairy', but which I think is the most honest of the sections. Every article was written at a time when the issue was bugging me, and writing it down in a way that it didn't sound too much like a rant, helped rather well to thinking the matter through. Apparently there have been quite a few things bugging me - the number of articles and columns is really rather big; so big even that there was a point when I gathered the first year's pamphlets, worked through them again and wanted to publish them as a book. Oh yeah, dreams! Of course no editor thought that somebody would want to pay money for the wisdom of an old cow from the provinces. So the manuscript is sitting idly on my shelf. But here I would like to point you to the one or the other article nevertheless:
And then there is one more little article which sort of sums it up. I wrote it almost two years ago and it was to go into said book. Well it's about time to publish it now:-
Have a wonderful Easter time and see you next week all fresh and full of USG!
These days the site diary is more my own diary than anything else. Incredible Ladies have been all so busy that we didn't even make it to the movies. Well, and then it so happened that all of a sudden the hubbies and some male friends got all excited about going out, so we had some mixed parties what was very nice as well.
So that done, one gets access to the back of the rockery which is falling apart and putting pressure on the fence - that will be another one of the tasks for next weekend. The fence, now deprived of all climbers and other rubbish, looks dreadful, but recalling the last paint session is just too painful. The woman needs better tools. Thank God for DIY shops and garden centres. Additionally I only will have my wonderful helper, my lovely cleaner who agreed to help me in the garden, for another two afternoons. After that I will be on my own again. So this is the year to revamp the whole thing giving me a break for another two years ... well, let's hope for that!
Wishing you a great run-up to Easter and a lovely weekend!
All this gardening and mouse catching is rather time consuming. As soon as I will have a bit more time I will be able to show you what else I have been up to. I experimented with creams quite a bit and had some rather pleasing results, and I am sitting on a video about garlic that needs editing. I am then planning to elaborate on the garlic issue a bit more and to do a few more 'How2Kitchen' videos - tomato sauce, probably? Suggestions welcome!
But for now I am running out of time, so I am hoping you will forgive me all those pictures of shrub clippings and my lack of wit. Have a wonderful and healthy spring week, and a lovely weekend!
Our garden is much bigger than it appeared before and I should be able to catch more of the morning sun now - given that there will be some morning sun... and given that I will ever get rid of this pile of wood. From next week on an upset neighbourhood will have to cope with the noise of a shredder.
And then dear weather Gods it's your turn. By end March the garden is supposed to be pristine. And beginning of April - that is when we have Easter - I am expecting warm weather! Heard THAT?!! WARM WEATHER!
Really, we need a break. So I am hoping to report from our first BBQ soon! We like to entertain guests at parties; with in-house dinners one however is rather space restricted, and hence I am looking forward to a good summer and long chats which always are a great inspiration for me. Like the one I had with a friend about how to keep the romance in a relationship.
And now I am closing with some make-up tips from Michelle Phan - should help the party outfit and the romance ;o))
Until next week, Dears!
Apart from the wonderful 'picture of the week' provided by the lovely Cynthia Ong, this week's edition has something morbid about it. This was not planned, it just so happened. Sometimes it is funny how people from different parts of the world are thinking down similar lines,or get inspired by similar things.
Take our good friend Nury. He usually is writing about all sorts of things, but this week he first commented on the Asian tradition of burning dead bodies now being allowed in England, and a bit later the basically cheery story of a Playboy Mansion to be built in Asia turned a bit morbid when the question was raised where Hugh Hefner might go when he dies, suggesting that heaven cannot be an option since he is already there. Poor bloke, everything comes at a price. I didn't read the rest of the week's columns to not get drawn any further into the subject of death and afterlife and rather attended to the usually enchanting columns of the 'Ever so Strange Animal Almanac', only to find a similar tune there. Firstly the tweet announcing the story indicated that this would be the last one - a tragedy by itself - and then, although in his always joyous style, Sir Pilkington-Smythe made clear reference to the afterlife as well. How astounding! All of a sudden the pen tailed tree shrew only played a supporting role, despite it being a rather jolly bugger.
Since now two of my favourite columnists have gone down that route I decided that it might be appropriate to join them with my own column investigating the question if our plans for the afterlife might be interfering with finding happiness in this world.
I now however will close on a delightful note with a link to Simon's Cat's YouTube video.
With best wishes for a non-morbid rest of the week and a cheerful weekend I am
It's amazing how little nature cares about the weather. There is still sleet, the sky is getting barely brighter than a pale grey, and I still feel like going into hibernation, while everything in the garden is waking up. I now have to hurry to get there quickly, in order to have things ready for for the arrival of spring; a harsh task given my subdued state of mind. Trees need pruning. It's the kind that luckily would forgive pruning when in full sap, but then I would have to carry away even more plant material. These things grow like mad, probably they are weeds. So I spent a good 100 quid for gardening tools yesterday; an amount of money that if spent for a lush pampering session, would have done me some good indeed.
Looking at last year's article on gardening the picture is a completely different one. There are actual images showing plants in the sunshine and I am using words like 'wonderful'. All that happened so far this year was a mud bath in the garden and a bad splinter resulting in a blood bath in the bathroom - not even sure if I got the darn thing out.
Dita von Teese - who I adore - tweeted about a 'Hawaii Chair'. Never heard about such a thing, but that is what YouTube is for. Now I know what a Hawaii Chair is, and believe me: As a workout you may even prefer my Basic Tummy Video, which now has more than 50,000 visitors - Yay, THAT is enchanting!
For now I am wishing you a beautiful week, saying bye bye with a movie provided by Colchester Zoo, showing the adorable Rajang during spring clean.
Part of he result is a rather exciting slide show about a heron catching a fish. I had posted some of the pictures on Twitter already, but I find the slides add a bit of drama to it. Another bit of outcome is that IL is slowly starting to change. From now on you will get to a slightly different layout when you click on the Rika's column link on the left side menu.
Luckily this was not the moment when fish came into play. That happened when hubby sent me a picture which now is picture of the week. The quality is not that good, but the model being photographed was not very patient. A heron, possibly the same one that came for fish last year, was back. And this year it got lucky - the pond is empty. Our goldies where about four years old now and a fat bite. The one on the picture apparently posed a bit of a problem size wise, and in the end got airlifted. Well, it's a bit sad for the goldies, but the heron wants to live as well. It even was back this afternoon, staring at the empty pond. After a hard winter it's crunch time for birds I guess; we have quite a few strange visitors come to our tiny garden at the moment, like a crow and a fieldfare.
Thus looking forward to spring, a bit of gardening, the first breakfasts on the patio and garden parties I leave you to dreaming a bit about your own holidays. Only seven weeks to Easter - piece of cake to get there!
Since we are on the subject of getting on with each other, I stumbled over an article in the Daily mail recently depicting the different viewpoints of male and female cheating. Again: Interesting! But true as well? Of course I had a few thoughts to add.
For now I am wishing you a peaceful rest of the week,
How am I supposed to cheer you up, when this week has the officially most depressing day of the year? Needless to say: I was caught up in it!
I now leave you with a quote that is said to be phrased by Joseph Campbell, a scholar whose philosophy according to Wikipedia is often summarised as "Follow your bliss":
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived!
So long darlings, have a good week!
14th January - Videos, Blogs and more new things
Powerwalking is still too dangerous due to icy patches on the pavement, and the country route will be all soggy and obstructed by broken shrubs and trees. Well, and as for the Afternoon Tea - I will be on my way to Fuerteventura for one week from the 30th, leaving on Friday 29th evening. I will see you on 12th February then, to consolidate the January and February date into one, and to brag about my wonderful week off! Gosh, the half year outlook already brings us to July: Time to think about the summer holidays...
Next thing on the agenda are my video plans. I received an email from YouTube saying that the 'Basic Tummy Exercises' video is so successful that I am eligible for placing adds next to it, which might provide some revenue at one point. Well, that sounds good to me. I have to admit that generally I am not a big fan of adverts, but it is amazing how opinions change, as soon as money is involved, isn't it? So I thought: I am going to apply for that thing (if they don't approve, it will be taken off, though - hence getting a bit nervous now) and should at one point be money coming out of it, this will go straight to 'Orangutan Land Trust'.
In order to enhance the whole video business and to make it more interesting I have created a new playlist on YouTube, called 'Live and Let Live' or 'L3' which I would like to use as a blog. So no comment approval - you can talk about stuff between yourselves and I am hoping that I can inspire some interesting discussions. So far this playlist contains some of the old videos (sport and recipe) and two new ones. One is an Intro explaining the purpose of the playlist and the other one is about how to lose 100 calories. Some cooking classes are in planning and because I would like to avoid blabbing too much - as I usually do - I wrote a few things down, explaining why it is good to know 'How to Kitchen'.
I am really hoping that I can make this video channel quite successful. It would raise the profile of IL by adding a blog feature to it, and it would be a wonderfully effortless contribution to our charity.
As a sideline to the environmental charities I now added a support advert link to the IL front-page. It is for Raw Wildlife Encounters. I will as well publish their newsletters, so that you can see how they are progressing in their conservation efforts, and since I am determined to do the trip beginning 2011 there will be a travel report at some point. Raw Wildlife Encounters is not a charity, but has high conservation standards and is working together with and supporting the founders of BOS UK and Orangutan Land Trust.
So far an interesting start into 2010 and I hope your first steps have been turning out to be successful. I at least can say that my fish pond is working well, with the waterfall still feeding the little stream, keeping a bit of the surface open, and providing a frosty bathtub for the birds.
I know that a few of you have had rather big changes towards the end of last year, from getting job and family issues sorted to fulfilling some personal dreams and subscribing to some races beginning of this year. One of you told me: 'I am taking my midlife crisis, I have a list and I tick it off one by one. It's brilliant!'
Yes, it is! Keep it going girl! And to all of you who not yet have reached the age for a midlife crisis: Don't bother, do a list anyway!
I'm leaving you on that high note,
until next week
7th January - There we are!
Another year another game. We could play it same ol' - same ol', but there must be some little bits and pieces we may want to change, or improve, or progress towards...
Well, the weather clearly has its own ideas of being inspiring. All this snow and frost is surely different from the usual, and it throws contradicting emotions into our laps. On one hand it is beautiful and revives childhood dreams, on the other it is incredibly challenging and we wish it would go away.
I am not a resolution kind of girl, but this is the first New Year that I am thinking about them - not the silly ones - I mean serious things I want to achieve. Doesn't have to all happen in this year; for some things a year is not enough time. But I want to lay the groundwork. Those last months of 2009 were weird and I felt a bit like in a bubble, but now that 2010 has arrived the head seems to become clear again, giving me my Eureka moment.
For this year I am wishing you that you will stay healthy or become healthier than you were last year, that you will be able to resolve a few sticky things from the past, and that you will be able to lay the groundwork for a few new things.
Let 2010 be solid and reliable, let it be remembered as 'The year we got things done!'