New Year, New Stuff

Some changes are afoot here. I’m going to be deleting some things, expanding on others, streamlining a few things, while creating some new content.

 

First the new stuff. I’ve been fascinated with the German language for some time and I’ve been on and off attempting to teach myself this language since I was ten years old. I am finally at the point where I feel comfortable (Read: Brave) enough to make attempts at posting in German and English on a separate blog. I am specifically separating the language blog from this one so as to keep me from backsliding into English when things get rough or I forget a word. I am, effectively, being hard on myself.

 

The name of the blog is IchbineineTomate’s Practice Blog and I am behind on my posts thus far. I need to allocate time in my day to do the dual language posting.

 

Onto the deletions and also expansions. For some time now, I’ve maintained the RIDigitalFic InsaneJournal under the premise that it was my story blog. In truth it has become my story tomb and refuge. I don’t post my stories elsewhere because I have a “safe harbor” in which to anchor when I’m feeling particularly low in self-esteem regarding my writing abilities. I may not be the best writer out there but I’m also not the worst. I won’t improve my skills hiding my stories in a remote corner of the Internet behind F-lock. Some stories that have/had promise have been stagnating while others either fizzled out or never got a healthy start because I’m too afraid to put myself out there. That changes this year. RIDigitalFic is going. Any stories on there will be polished and posted to story sites, any fragments will be worked on before being posted, and the journal is going bye bye.

 

More on expansions: I have been neglecting my YouTube channel greatly. While it isn’t the end of the world that I’m not posting endless videos on the growth rate of plants in my Aerogarden, I did promise to do more on YouTube and a promise is a promise. In truth, my channel will likely be a lot of different things. I’ll try to keep a general theme but I’m not making promises. A few of the things I am interested in are Knitting, Crocheting, Writing, Reading, Gardening, Doctor Who, etc. So, you can expect something in the realm of those topics. The funny thing is, I’m not doing this for the views. Rather, I’m doing it to create something artistically viable. Hopefully, I’ll get a garden plot this year so I can move beyond my room for filming locations. Yays!

 

Also hoping to get a sewing machine as I’m interested in taking that up again. The Brown Battle Beast was not the right fit for me and went back to another family member. I’m looking more for something that’s compact and computerized. All in good time.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have rather a lot of crocheting and knitting to do. Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

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Mir Ist Kalt and Other Quandaries

Wow, I’ve been away for some time. Well, “away” is the wrong word. Preoccupied is more appropriate.

 

I’ve had my plate pretty full during these past few months. Between making the Hobbes dolls, knitting for myself, crocheting for charity, sustaining my relationships with my guys, and learning German, I’ve barely had time to eat, let alone do anything else.

 

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The Hobbes dolls are slowly being made. As I get a visit from one of the recipients, I complete one. It isn’t due to boredom that these are getting done so slowly but more due to preoccupation with the other subjects. I also may need more orange yarn. I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew but I’m still, stubbornly, trying to make it all work out for the best.

 

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Mir Ist Kalt is my new blue sweater, though I am not directly knitting on it right now. This is due to the lack of a long enough circular knitting needle with which I may try the sweater on as I knit. The pattern I’m using is by Tin Can Knits and its called Flax. I’m hoping to get my new 60 inch needles by the thirteenth and get back to knitting on that same day. I am presently still knitting the yoke stitches.

 

 

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Between Duolingo, books from the Library, my translation dictionary, and (to a lesser extent) Memrise, I’ve been really drilling the German language into my head. Thankfully, unlike past adventures with languages, this time, it has been sticking. I have only missed three days out of seventy-seven. I consider that a pretty good record. I just hope I can keep up the pace and continue to learn. I want to take classes at some point but I am struggling to find the money. I am hoping that one of those legendary Medical/Clinical/Research studies that pay a lot of money will present itself to me so I can test my abilities and, hopefully, grow in my learning capacity.

 

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Charity wise, I am so far behind. While I am on hiatus for the sweater, I am crocheting this scarf. When I am crocheting the Hobbes dolls, to give myself a break, I plan on crocheting these scarves. When I am in the street, running various errands, I am meant to crochet still more scarves. In a few weeks, I hope to have at least twenty of them to turn in to the charity contact person, if not more. My deadline for this particular project is the end of October. At present, I have one completed and this pink one on the hook. Sisyphus is pushing that boulder uphill in my mind. Nevertheless, I am determined to do this.

 

Not only will I be giving to charity, but I’ll also be clearing my yarn of acrylics, thus enabling me to fulfill my promise of using only natural fibers in my knitting and crocheting. It’s also one hell of a destash if I can get it done like I want to.

 

NaNoWriMo is getting closer and I am still no closer to an idea for this year’s story. I am thinking of delving into my own life either past or present, but I’m wary of digging up emotional landmines I’d rather not deal with. So, I think, if nothing comes to me, I will be delving, just for the sake of change and challenge. Heck, it would be cheaper than therapy. Rolling on the floor laughing

 

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

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