I’ve Finally Found It…

My second language has finally been discovered. True, it took trepanning and a good deal of mental excavation to find it.

 

That language is…German. In truth, I should have known better. I did try to teach myself this language when I was ten. I have been practicing daily, about three hours per day, for thirty-seven days now. If you’d like, you can follow my progress on Duolingo. I’m now at the point where I can just barely make out what people are saying or what is written down. I definitely need to practice more if I’m going to be fluent but it is a good start.

 

I just need to find some Germans. Yoo hoo. Germans? Are you out there?

 

For that task, I’ve done the unbelievable. I’ve opened a new OKCupid account. This time around, my task isn’t really dating. It is finding a language pal/study buddy, so hopefully, I won’t have any trouble with anyone at all. Wishful thinking, I know. It is the seat of comedy but I’ve gotten rather a lot of matches to Dutch people. I don’t mind. It is a bit mentally rich carrying three languages around in my head at once in the name of politeness but you do what you do.

 

The friends I’ve made have gotten a hilarious chuckle out of this one. I’ve been learning a lot of German from the lyrics of Rammstein. Someone…might listen to them for more time in the day than they study on Duolingo. Angel 

 

Those same friends suggested I expand my musical tastes, so they gave me a small listing of artists that they liked. I then combined their favorites with the Get Germanized listing of popular German music artists (YouTube Link) for later exploration. Some [who I won’t name] I really didn’t like, but others sound very good.

 

One group I’m going to be giving my ears next is Die Ärzte. They came up on multiple lists as highly recommended. Anyone out there have any other recommendations? Please, leave them in the comments. Smile

 

Aside from the above, it has been a summer of Plantar Fasciitis in both feet, crochet, strange propositions, lather, rinse, Repeat.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

It’s Getting Real Rather Quickly

I had quite forgotten I’d finished a significantly long (for me) story at around this time of year in 2013. Thank you, Facebook’s On This Day, for reminding me. I’m going to take that as a positive indicator that I can do NaNoWriMo and stop panicking.

 

Also, new vlog coming up soon-ish. I got a 128gb card for my phone which freed up my 64gb card (999 minutes) for my camcorder rather than the 2gb (30 minutes) card I was using. Now, it’s only battery life holding me up and my camcorder can film while plugged in so…it’s just a question of finding a good angle to position the camera or cord with length to make that possible.

 

Yesterday was the twenty-seventh anniversary of the death of one of my greatest friends. She died in a fire in 1988 ten days shy of her eighth birthday. For the first time since then, I haven’t gotten hyper morbid or super depressed. I suppose that’s progress? When I finish this novel, I’ll see about dedicating it to her memory.

 

Come 15 October, I’m not going to be online as much as I normally am as I’m fully dedicated to completing this novel. I’ll try to check in from time to time though and I’ll definitely be back after 30 November hopefully with a completed book under my proverbial belt.

 

The Rainstorm II socks are a little over half complete now. I should have them done just in time for my semi-hiatus. I sincerely hope, because everything except dear ones, eating, bathing, and other necessities is getting put on hold starting 15 October.

 

 

Anyone got any good writing music recommendations to keep me motivated during this?

 

Oh yes, I’m getting a newer, better desk on Wednesday. Finally! Yay!

 

I’m lugging 124lbs of material up my stairs by myself tomorrow before doing a two person effort by my lonesome. I reckon I’m good for it though as I’ve previously put together the television stand mostly by myself and two bookcases completely by myself and they’re all by the same manufacturer, South Shore.

 

I think that’s everything. I wish you all the best during this month and a half of minimal communication. Now I go to knit. Later!

What On Earth Was I Thinking?

So yeah, I signed up to do NaNoWriMo this year.

 

I haven’t a clue how to hammer together a novel. I barely have a clue how to write coherently or with proper punctuation. A fifty-thousand word goal seems out of my reach but I won’t know if I can do it unless I try. That’s all I can give is my best effort. The hilarious thing is that I have ideas popping out of my head all over the place but will any of them measure up to the word quota?

 

Whatever I ultimately decide to do, I am backing it up both on disk and in the cloud. I’ve had several data loss scares both personal and social reminding me to do so.

 

I’m also doing NaKniSweMo and at least with that, I am on somewhat familiar territory even if the scale is a bit overwhelming. I know how to knit. I know how to do the stitches required according to the pattern. Even if I’m working in hideous pink, I’m at least able to make out what I’m supposed to be doing, albeit slowly, and make progress.

 

Oh yeah, I did a new video (YouTube Link). Shockingly, it doesn’t feature video of the Aerogarden of Hope. In this episode, I’m reading a Richard Laymon story called Night Games. What I should be reading are my old college textbooks on writing comprehension. Instead, I’m reading Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars.

 

I’m going to admit to being nervous about this NaNoWriMo thing but I’m going to face it. I’ve been running from actually writing something meaningful for a long time. It’s time I stopped running away from this and achieve a writing milestone for myself.

 

The Aerogarden of Hope is doing well. For anyone who follows me on Instagram, you’ve seen the pictures of the jalapeno pepper plant. It’s loaded with peppers right now. So much so, that the remaining flowers are dropping off because the plant can sustain no more fruit. There must be at least thirty growing peppers right now at various stages of development.

 

It will be ten weeks of this garden growing in four day’s time. From there, it’ll be two more weeks before the oldest of these peppers are ready to be harvested. At least, that’s what the updated literature says.

 

The tomatoes…are growing a bit slower. They have flowers and all but they’re very short and not getting nearly enough light. I’m really hoping that they’ll catch up to the pepper soon.

 

Aside from this stuff happening, the most amazing thing ever occurred last night. The Maternal Parental and I watched several Epic Rap Battles of History videos and…she enjoyed them. We’re talking genuine joy and not merely a feigned interest.

 

Shocking, I know.

 

I was so happy she wasn’t depressingly clawing the door for cigarettes, that I wrote a thank you to the ERB twitter. If I get the energy in me, I might make them something in gratitude for making the Maternal Parental have a happy moment for the first time in a long time.

 

Okay, I’ve put it off for long enough. Tonight’s agenda is writing and trying to flesh out the story I’m going to do for NaNoWriMo. I can put it off no longer. It’ll be September in a few hours and that’ll mark two months before this whole thing is supposed to begin. Wish my nervous ass some excellent writing skills so I can accomplish this goal.

 

*firing up the Alice in Chains and Red Hot Chili Peppers music for inspiration and relaxation*

No Halloween For You!

I feel terrible even writing this out but it has to be done. I’ve got mounting bills sitting on my back and so…I’ve decided not to buy for Halloween this year. Crying face

 

The kids are going to be devastated but it has to be this way. My door will be dark this year. Instead, I’m going to watch a marathon of movies and television shows while I cry my eyes out at not celebrating my favorite holiday. Also, I hope to be finished with this sweater by then and gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I hope so at any rate.

 

As to the sweater, I’m doing well thus far. I’m into the jacket portion of the knitting and on my way to the first of the body decreases. At the rate I’m knitting, I should definitely be finished with it (or intensely frustrated by it) by Halloween. I have to believe in myself that I can accomplish this feat.

 

Aside from these things, I’ve been writing again. I’m a little further along in my Poly story. Though, admittedly, I’m making some of it up as I go along. I originally intended on moving the family to India or something but France just seemed a natural place to put them. I’ve been posting snippets of the story on my Facebook page for my friends to see but, at the present, I’m not ready for it to be seen by “The Multiverse”.

 

The Aerogarden of Hope is doing fantastic. I just pruned the tomatoes pretty heavily and the peppers less so yesterday. Hopefully, this will aid in the development of tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers. Water changing day is in eight days and I’m looking forward to it as I plan on watering my soil babies with the used Aerogarden water. I figure its better than letting it go down the drain. All those nutrients still in the water can go towards other plants and that water can quench the thirst of a lot of dried out plants.

 

Tonight’s agenda is writing and listening to a bevy of inspirational musical scores. Take care, Everyone. Later! Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Drunken Giraffes

Over the past week and a half, I’ve really been sleeping heavily. I don’t know what’s causing it but, at times, I get up only to go back to bed. Not cool. One day, I slept more than sixteen hours. 😯😣😴:'(

There’s no known cause for this. I go to bed at a regular reasonable time and I sleep most of the night.

I really don’t like these sleeping patterns as they interfere with other things I want to do during the day.

Tonight, I’m trying a different approach. I’m going to see if I can reboot my sleep cycle by staying up all night. It is my hope that, through this effort, I will regain some semblance of my former regular schedule.

Onward and upward.

The latest picture of the Equality Salsa Garden of Hope.

My babies have flowers and the tomatoes have had their first pruning. All that remains is watching them grow, bloom, set fruit and harvesting tomatoes and jalapeño peppers.

I’m a bit worried for my friend. If you’re reading this, know that you’re on the minds and in the hearts of people here in the Casa de KaliTime.

Well, time for me to read my book. Right now, I’m listening to Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals album and I fully intend to read Ellis Peters’ The Virgin in the Ice. Interesting mix.

Well, good night, Everyone! 😆💚🌈

Three Important Songs in my Life

Boys II Men – It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

This song represents the good aspects of my past. Admittedly, there weren’t many good times, but for the few that existed, this song is a bittersweet reminded of all I said goodbye to forever. Chief among them is my friendship to one of the few people who was nice to me when I was a kid. Her name was Jamie and she died in a fire when we were in the second grade.

 

Finally laying that pain of loss to rest took me many years and lots of crying but I did it. When that song was released from the House Party 2 Soundtrack, it was like I was finally given permission to let go of the grief I had been holding onto for years. I still cry from time to time when I think of her life so tragically lost at so early an age but I no longer am obsessed with it as I was when I was a kid. I feel that, in the long run, this is the healthier path.

 

Queen – Another One Bites The Dust

This is another song from my childhood that helped me overcome adversity. I was routinely bullied by both children and adults and frequently castigated for being myself from a very young age. Slaying those demons took me years of therapy and self-conditioning but I managed it. Sometimes, I would literally have this song playing in my head as a means of inspiration while I strove not to react to some mean thing someone said or did to me.

 

As the bullying decreased, it helped me also in other areas of my life, from the academics I struggled in to social complexities. It would be my anthem for all challenges I sought to overcome and master. It worked too, in that I am no longer the same frightened, browbeaten mouse of a person I used to be. I speak up for myself now even when it’s difficult and I strive to better myself rather than stew in self-hatred brought on by the vile comments of others. This is a very good song.

 

Semisonic – Down In Flames

This song represents adulthood to me. It came out around the time I was in high school and dealing with a lot of people I didn’t want to give the time of day to. This song’s inspiration to me was about accepting adult responsibility for myself and letting go of the petty childish feuds that were rife in my old school. Through music and this song in particular, I was able to focus better on the transition from childhood to adulthood.

 

One line in particular in this song reminds me just how poignant this song is.

“I am seeing these friends for the first time in years. It’s icicle reunion day”. – Semisonic – Down in Flames

Sums up my childhood relationships quite brilliantly.

 

I have many other songs that I look to for inspiration but these have to be the top three go to songs that have gotten me through the most trying difficulties. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Three Week Agenda

Just my luck. kRaMpZ and a cold at the same time.

Trying to accentuate the positive in this. Erm, coming up blank. Being ill is not fun and there is no positive. There is only sufferance.

The current symptoms are (thankfully) mild (compared with yesterday) kRaMpZ, a stuffy nose, a headache, fever, bodily aches and pains, sore throat, lack of appetite and exhaustion. Some of these are undoubtedly related to kRaMpZ and others are squarely in the cold and flu camp. I wish they’d all take a running leap.

Today’s and, by extension, the following three week’s agenda. Finishing all those projects from last year. I am going to be working with Hut Von Mike die Schlafmütze most of today. I’m hoping not to sneeze all over it and get it finished by tonight. Admittedly, I got sick of doing the K2P2 ribbing and cut it short by about half an inch. It’s long enough though. I’m really just going to spend the day listening to random music and knitting. If I don’t get this hat finished by midnight, I’m dragging it with me into the next day’s agenda. I really hope I get it finished today though.

If I should finish the hat, the next thing I’m working on is the Little Boy Blue Blanket. It’s the only technically portable project I have of the different things that carried over from last year. Everything else is either too delicate or too many pieces and I have multiple doctor’s appointments to go to over the next week. You’ll be seeing me on the bus and in various waiting rooms knitting and/or crocheting my fingers to the bone. Provided I can get a seat that is. 😦

Well, this hat won’t knit itself. I’d better get back to it. Later.