Wed 19 November 2014

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crystal

Wed 12 November 2014

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green crochet

Tue 11 November 2014

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Tags junk flat boxes plan

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It became clear to me over the past few days I’ll never get my flat cleaned up the way I want before the windowreplacement. With the amount of anxiety I had about it (and let’s face it, about anything) I have thought up a Plan B (and possibly C and D). Today or tomorrow I will take my little bike, cycle to GAMMA (a DIY-store nearby) and get myself a bunch of moving boxes, small size. After that, I have about two weeks to get my affairs in order and that gets easier when I can simple toss ‘everything’ in boxes and stack those.

I prefered not to do it that way and then stuff happend that got in the way. I don’t feel defeated. In fact, I feel pretty pleased about having thought this through beforehand which leads me to Plan B without stress and still confident I can do this. For me, this makes a huge difference with how I did things before. Instead of ‘fighting’ against my nature and trying ‘not to worry so much’ I took a few minutes to write down my plan and my backup-plan. This action alone gave me enough calmness to not have to spend much time thinking about it. Normally I’d keep it all active in my head, and this eats up a lot of backgroundprocess-energy.

I’ll still need some help with clearing the balcony, and even that doesn’t look as daunting as it did before.



Thu 06 November 2014

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Tags balcony flat windows isolation junk

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As mentioned before I have a few weeks before the windows get replaced. I have done my best to stick to my plan of 1 day off, 3 days off cleanup, and have at least managed some cleanup-days. Not as many as I’d like though. I had another project that ate up a lot off energy and had an annoying headache that lasted a week.

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Wed 05 November 2014

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paintbrush

Wed 29 October 2014

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Wed 22 October 2014

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autumn weather

Thu 09 October 2014

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Tags declutter junk stuff flat energy windows

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zones

By the end of November, all my windows and their frames will go into a huge recycling bin and I’ll get new (better) windows.

For this process I need to clean-up. All the stuff near the windows has to move somewhere else. And I have stuff at ‘somewhere else’. [1] Seems like a good time to do a massive decluttering, but with my limited energy supply it seemed a bit daunting.

I decided to make a plan! I started by calculating the number of days left until the Big Day (50) and looked at how I could best divide them into smaller chunks. I ended up with 12 times 4 days (and then two days left).

I then divided the Offending Areas into 10 zones, roughly, with equal amounts of junk. lastly, I entered repeating events in my calendar, repeating every 4 days.

Day 1-3
declutter, clean, do whatever needs to get done in any one zone. no switching zones during those days. Sliding into neighbouring zone won’t hurt the plan as long as the focus remains at or near one area. Knowing me I’ll bounce around, flying from one side to another, if I don’t set this rule.
Day 4
obligated rest and fun, damnit! because it works so well to force myself to do something fun. Actually it does, and again, knowing me, I won’t stop until I drop otherwise (if someone could send me a moderation dial/button, I’d feel forever grateful)

10 zones means I have 40 days planned, which leaves a handful of days unallocated. Completely intentional, I have some things planned and will use those extra days as a buffer.

The past few days I cleared a small area and actually ditched about one garbage bag already. I admit I mostly got rid of old chewed up dog toys. Still, anything that goes means less stuff in my flat.

Tomorrow (Friday) I’ll have my first obligated funrest day. I think I’ll clean out some pens…

Footnotes

[1]If all else fails I guess I can always rent storage space and become an actual storage hoarder.


Thu 02 October 2014

~5 min read

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Tags nano illness diabetic glucose

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Somewhere earlier this year, Nano started acting a little weird. She seemed more sluggish and slow, and at the same time more bitchy — I think I can use ‘bitchy’ here, she is a female dog and all — and easily annoyed.

Normally, we’d go out at around 22:00 and then again at 08:00 or maybe 09:00. She needed to go pee more. And she drank a lot. I had to refill her bowl four or five times per day.

After a week of waking up at 01:00 and 03:00 and 05:00 and 07:00 because she had to go pee, I made an appointment with the vet. They did some tests, including an extensive blood-test, and the cause of her malaise became very clear: high bloodsugar. Since the other tests showed no anomalies, the vet concluded diabetes. She told us to start doing shots, and then bring Nano in for another bloodsugar-test in a week or so. I asked about checking her levels myself, since I did own a glucosemeter. They showed me how to do it, and told me to phone in the results after a week of doing 2 units per meal (4 per day), 12 hours apart.

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Wed 01 October 2014

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I got a little tired from the issues I had with WordPress . Not because WordPress doesn’t do what it says it does — it does actually — but because I don’t write that much here anymore and I felt that I only consistently kept the site up-to-date WordPress-wise, and not content-wise. I felt I spent more time on updating than on anything else.

Which — naturally — meant I started fiddling. First, I tried Pelican which I liked and really wanted to use. Then, I stumbled on Nikola

I tried them both and they both seemed to work for me. In the end, I went for Nikola. It seems faster and better at not rebuilding posts unnecessarily.

The migration required the following steps:

  1. Export an xml-file of my WordPress-data (posts and pages).

    Easy enough through the ‘Tools > Export > All Content’ in the WordPress Admin pane (although I must admit it went horribly wrong for me, but in the end, I managed to get a usable file).

  2. Import in Nikola with nikola import_wordpress file.xml

    This did not work for me, it got stuck or crashed even though I checked the file with xmllint. Instead, I downloaded WordPress to Markdown Exporter and converted the xml-file that way. I lost some info, but nothing very dramatic.

  3. Mess around until everything works and looks okay.

    This took the most time because I got distracted by lots of new stuff like Python and RestructeredText. Had fun.

Pretty sure some things didn’t work as expected and I’ve possibly broken some links. However, I delved into my .htaccess file which should redirect old links to their new place. This mattered even more because at the same time I decided to switch domains [1] from http://tanniespace.com to http://tannie.nl . Apparently, when I decide to mess with things, I mess with them thoroughly.

Footnotes

[1]Yes, I love breaking the internet.


Sat 27 September 2014

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Tags pens fountain pens penshow tilburg lamy

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Today I went to the Tilburg Penshow and had a blast. I hung out and tried pens with a bunch of great people, always a pleasant experience.

Before I went, I decided I had to keep a tight budget. Nano’s surgery certainly put a dent in my pen-budget (or any of my budgets, really) and my idea of finding a nice Lamy 2000 for maybe €120 (new, retail, €200) went down the drain quickly. I figured I could squeeze out enough money to buy a cheaper pen and maybe some ink.

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Wed 24 September 2014

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nano with bandage

Nano had her surgery today. It went well, the vet managed to remove the lump and keep the toe functional. She had her teeth cleaned too. She seems a bit groggy but otherwise fine.



Fri 19 September 2014

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Tags hand burn steam bandage

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On September 8, 2014 I went to make myself some tea and while pouring the steaming hot water in a cup, the lid fell off the kettle and released a cloud off steam. My fingers – holding the handle – got the biggest blow. I immediately released the kettle – or rather, I threw it, onto my kitchen scale which promptly broke. After cooling the hand for an hour it still caused a lot of pain. At this point I decided that a visit to the GP sounded really good.

My doctor took one look at my hand and said “Ok, let’s wrap that up and I’ll give you some morphine.” She used some kind of cream that helped with the pain and cooling, and then wrapped up my fingers separately, then the hand. The pills helped a lot with the pain.

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Fri 11 July 2014

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Tags book declutter easy life like minimalism read tiny

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The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book in preparation for a massive declutter/clean-up planned for my tiny but overflowing flat.

It did have some redundant info in it, which I read about before starting so I felt prepared. I like the enthusiasm and kindness of the book. The 10-step STREAMLINE process sounds very attractive to try out (I’ll add my experience with it as soon as I’ve tried it out).

Part three of the book mostly consists of redundant parts, however, I do not mind. It goes through the most common rooms according to the streamline principle with some specific advice for the specific rooms. I have not read all the rooms as I plan to go through them as I tackle the rooms, as a reminder and a re-motivator.

All in all an easy read that left me motivated to declutter/minimalise promptly. I’ve already used my goodreads account to see what books I will part with ;)

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Wed 02 April 2014

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The War of the Worlds The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
My rating: [4 of 5 stars]

Even though the story takes place in the 1890s and the language sometimes seemed outdated, I had no problem getting into it and it didn’t read as a very outdated story. Sure, nobody had cellphones and cars, but the cellphones would have stopped working soon anyway when the Martians take down the power lines. (because they would, of course) I liked the analytical descriptions the main character made and how he still didn’t come across as a cold hard scientist. He did care deeply for his wife and most of the book actually deals with him trying to get back to her, as he promised (without getting killed, so it takes him a while).

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Tue 04 March 2014

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Tags bit book family house moomin read work

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The Moomins and the Great Flood The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first of the Moomin books. It reads a bit clunky but I found it charming nonetheless. It introduces the main characters of books, their house and why they live in the valley. Promising enough to read the other books too. Wouldn’t recommend it as the first Moomin book to read. Book 3 (Finn Family Moomintroll) would probably work better as an introduction.

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Tue 04 March 2014

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice short story. Interesting how the people around Benjamin told him he had to simply try harder at not growing younger.

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Tue 04 March 2014

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Rise of the Zombie Rise of the Zombie by BoredTech

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting look at the zombie apocalypse. Easy read.

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Mon 03 March 2014

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I probably would have liked this book more as a teenager because I could have related to it more. The character seemed a bit silly at times, however, his behaviour does seem to fit the weirdness of teenagers. Even if it didn’t sweep me away, I did enjoy it, it made me laugh several times.

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Sat 01 March 2014

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Room Room by Emma Donoghue
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Couldn’t put it down.

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Fri 28 February 2014

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Hilda Hopkins, Murder She Knit Hilda Hopkins, Murder She Knit by Vivienne Fagan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Funny little story :) Quick read.

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Tue 11 February 2014

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Tags animals happy

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batman the mega-bat

"Supercute bat!"

How I did it: Visited a petting zoo that had bats. They let us touch and pet the animals and I also touched a skunk and an armadillo. It helps that he knew ‘people’ and only eats fruit.

It took me 1 day.

It made me Happy

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Wed 18 December 2013

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Tags fountain pen ink leuchtturm planner plannerism

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Earlier this year I bought the Plannerism Planner because I liked the idea of having a planner that helped me set goals. I used it for a few months and enjoyed it, but found the paper not working quite well with my fountain pens and ink. So I strayed.

I bought a Leuchtturm1917 Academic Week Planner because I got hooked on the columns. And Leuchtturms have paper that works well with fountain pens and inks.

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Tue 17 December 2013

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TWSBi 580 M-nib (currently have an EF on that pen. Honoré de Balzac and Sheaffer Turquoise ink.



Tue 17 December 2013

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Good thing. Thought the light might bother her.




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