I try to have a cohesive wardrobe, but sometimes I get sidetracked by things. By writing about them I try to get the need out of my system :)
AatP winery JSK II in black
Grapes, casks, squirrels – the bears weren’t necessary, but that’s just my opinion.
However that drinking angel is just cute:
And an alltime favourite item:
Btssb Usakumya, staring into your soul
It’s adorable and creepy, but I’d very rarely use it.
Come to think of it, maybe I’d use it with the winebear dress :)
I didn’t buy the Silent Moon bag because space – I don’t have enough storage space. It is a beautiful print though, and i hope to get the white OP somewhen!
I saw this lovely simple Meta OP on Wunderwelt. I did consider getting it but thank goodness someone bought it as it would have been _very_ short on me.
Back from ITS dance training, transcribing stage plans and eating cake
Coming home from a little meet-up on a hot summer day that ended with an impressive rainstorm.
JSK: Alice and the Pirates
headpiece, bolero, socks, bag: Innocent World
I love the print:
As crazy as it sounds, sometimes I see stuff that I love but don’t buy anyway.
Today: Btssb Robe à la Française as seen on WunderWelt. The Rococo period sends its regards!
- Notes from a small island (Bill Bryson)
- Road to Little Dribbling (Bill Bryson)
- The Martian (Andy Weir)
- I’m a stranger here myself (Bill Bryson)
- A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Bill Bryson)
- Made in America (Bill Bryson)
- At Home (Bill Bryson)
- Abenteuer Freiheit (Carlo Strenger)
- The Expanse: Babylon’s Ashes (James S.A. Corey)
- The Handmaid’s Tale: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
- God is not great (Christopher Hitchens)
- Zivilisierte Verachtung (Carlo Strenger)
- Norse mythology (Neil Gaiman)
- The secret diary of Laura Palmer (Jennifer Lynch)
- Gebrauchsanweisung für Populisten (Heribert Prantl)
- Populismus für Anfänger (Walter Ötsch, Nina Horaczek)
- Heimat Österreich (Peter Pilz)
- Das Projekt Sozialdemokratie (Thomas Nowotny)
I am not entirely sure what to make of the fact that I agree with the writings of a frequently grumpy Anglo-American sexagenarian a lot , but maybe it’s just because we both love hiking. Wes hail, Mr. Bryson!
Another favourite read this year was The Martian – hard science makes for a good read; I finished the book during two nights with little sleep.
Towards the second half of the year I opted for some non-fiction.
Bright colours for summer
JSK: Victorian Maiden
cuffs: Mary Magdalene
headdress (victim of wind): Innocent World
Bag: Miho Matsuda
Some time ago I made a big bag for my mum, then one for my sister, and now I got one for myself:
And I can never throw away fabric remains, so I’ll make another bento bag and a fabric basket (for bread, I guess).
But the Monbentos are in use almost every day:
Corn salat with goat cheese, walnuts and grapes, and assorted fruit for dessert.
This WGT’s picnic was haunted by people with cameras (and not even the real ones, they used phone cams). So for next year I’m going to camouflage myself a bit better, using:
I am planning a dark twin to the snowcoco gown, possibly with a short and a long skirt to go with. Maybe a zone gown like this one would be nice – here’s an historical example: zone gown, anyone? This two-colour gown is also pretty.
Post will be updated!
Me: *destroying smart phone after a series of stressful days at work, and being annoyed*
Boyfriend: this is the universe telling you that you’ve done a good job and have earned a reward! *accompanies me to the electronics shop*
On Thursday I heard that my physician is on the mend, which by itself is great news.
On Friday we went to a brilliant Antimatter concert, Saturday was birthday party time at a friend’s new place, and yesterday was passed with a lovely high tea and attending a charity concert with performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Hana wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom).
My family physician was hurt badly while giving first aid in a car accident which was caused by another person.
There’s nothing I can do except donate to Doctors Without Borders and send positive thoughts his way.
I’ve been a fan of Tim Minchin’s songs for a while. Today a coworker sent me this inspirational speech he did in 2013, for a graduation ceremony.
My favourite quotes:
“We didn’t evolve to be constantly content. Contented Australophithecus Afarensis got eaten before passing on their genes. ”
“You are lucky to be here. You were incalculably lucky to be born, and incredibly lucky to be brought up by a nice family that helped you get educated and encouraged you to go to Uni. Or if you were born into a horrible family, that’s unlucky and you have my sympathy… but you were still lucky: lucky that you happened to be made of the sort of DNA that made the sort of brain which – when placed in a horrible childhood environment – would make decisions that meant you ended up, eventually, graduating Uni.”
“There is an inverse correlation between depression and exercise.”
“A famous bon mot asserts that opinions are like arse-holes, in that everyone has one. There is great wisdom in this… but I would add that opinions differ significantly from arse-holes, in that yours should be constantly and thoroughly examined.”
“Science is not a body of knowledge nor a system of belief; it is just a term which describes humankind’s incremental acquisition of understanding through observation. Science is awesome. ”
“Don’t take for granted your education. Rejoice in what you learn, and spray it. “
“Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank-you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro-stuff, not just anti-stuff.”
“I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful.”
Thank you, Tim Minchin!
After a blissfully uneventful weekend consisting of a healthy eat-sleep-read cycle I’m back at work, fending off a cold and planning a birthday gift for my mother: we’ll visit a nice city and spend a weekend there, yay!
The books-to-TV series junkie in me is excited – first The Man in the High Castle, and now The Handmaid’s Tale is being adapted for the screen.
I’m still undecided on whether this is a good sign (important stories getting a wider audience) or a bad one (series writers and producers being prescient once more of bad things to happen to parts of humanity, courtesy of another part of humanity).
Then again – humans being each others’ worst enemy unfortunately isn’t a new concept, but has proven to be a beloved pastime repeated time and again throughout the centuries. Writers aspiring to conceive of a dystopian story just need to take their pick from the long list of atrocities people inflict on each other, add some technological bits or social elements that do not yet exist to cover their lazy writer asses – and done! All that remains for them to do is to cast Scarlett Johansson as the main protagonist!
Erm. This post escalated quickly.
To conclude on a hopeful note: for our sakes, I do hope we reach some sort of United Federation, Star Trek-style, sooner than later.
Spontaneous walk after work this evening:
It was wonderful to be walking through fresh snow amidst museum and government buildings.
I really should remember more often how lucky I am to be alive in this time and place.
- 50g quinoa
- 50 pizza crust (slightly burned)
- 40g olives
- 500g carrots
- 2kg potatoes
- 250g strawberries
- 3 bananas
- 1 peach
- 1 bread dumpling
- 1 egg
- several tangerines
Somehow the amount increased this year, I am not sure why. Normally I pay attention to what’s in the fridge that needs to be consumed, this year it didn’t work out so well.
Just a little happy post: I am surrounded by people who know what I like :) (one can never go wrong with tea and cats)
Mr. Deer gave me a pair of pretty shoes:
I don’t know why they are called Madmax though :)
I got a coat at the Btssb sales and it looks lovely with wine red:
skirt, beret: Mary Magdalene
OTK: Innocent World
bag: Miho Matsuda
coat: Alice and the Pirates
Both ladies celebrate their birthday on November 7, so a lot of celebrating is to be done.
I wore a fandom outfit for a meet with a dresscode: fandom/geek, inspired by Death of the Endless, from the DC Sandman comics.
Michal Svojanovský took a picture:
Bolero: Innocent World
Ankh pendant: Alchemy Gothic
Some time ago I saw a particular Innocent World reservation, Moonlight Church, and knew I had to have this dress, because the print design is so intricate and detailed, and: architecture! (it seems I do love buildings).
The print is based on the North façade of Westminster Abbey in London:
I have worn the dress several times and received a couple of compliments for the print.
Attending a local meeting where we also had our pictures taken:
JSK, blouse, cardigan: Innocent World
Gate necklace: Putumayo
February 12 is Charles Darwin’s birthday, and we celebrated by enjoying a meal from Mrs. Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book.
It seems that Mr. Darwin was a food lover and participated in the Glutton Club.
On skepchick I found the nice idea of celebrating Betty White day (January 17, her birthday).
I made tiny cheesecakes, watched some episodes and donated to animal welfare.
- Why evolution is true (Jerry Coyne)
- Reise nach dem skandinavischen Norden und der Insel Island im Jahre 1845 (Ida Pfeiffer)
- To Die for: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? (Lucy Siegle)
- Fresh off the boat (Eddie Huang)
- Beef (Ruth Ozeki)
- Vorstellung vom 20. Jahrhundert (Peter Høeg)
- Wee free men (Terry Pratchett)
- A Hat full of Sky (Terry Pratchett)
- Wintersmith (Terry Pratchett)
- I shall wear midnight (Terry Pratchett)
- Egon Schiele: Ein exzessives Leben (Xavier Coste, Carolin Müller)
- Also schwieg Zarathustra (Nicolas Wild)
- Raising Steam (Terry Pratchett)
- The Shepherd’s Crown (Terry Pratchett)
Wheel of Time…. I did something I almost never do – I took a reading shortcut by reading the summaries of the 14 main books of the Wheel of Time series here.
I had started to read the actual books around 2003 or so and managed to finish a few (possibly 1 to 6) until I decided that none of the characters were interesting enough for me to plough through pages and pages of padding.
Many fans insist that the books get better and better after each re-reading because of masterful foreshadowing that may even span 13 books.
I was not able to appreciate this meticulous planning of plot hints and reveals because my mind went numb from being drowned in detailed descriptions of tiles in houses and colours of flowers. Maybe these descriptions are useful for some readers to achieve better immersion in a fantastic world, for me they just detract from recreating the world and the story in my mind. If anything, the books reminded me more of a very detailed movie script.
To end on an uplifting note, here’s to Nynaeve’s hairdo:
- 4 slices of grilled polenta
- 1 can of peeled tomatoes
- 1 potato
- 5 pickled cucumbers
- 100g tomato paste
- 2 joghurts
- 200g toast
- 1 apple
- 400ml lemon juice
- 350g tofu
- 50g feta
- 7 muffins
- 2 oranges
- 200g rice/cereal mix
- 150g apple mush
- 200g chestnuts
Well what can I say except: it’s a bloody shame.
I started freezing muffins; they thaw and are almost as good as new. Also I started freezing lemon juice in ice cube trays.
The damned tomato paste was super ewww as it got mouldy in its tube – but you only need a spoonful for most recipes, and the tubes are huge. So I turned it into tiny frozen balls.