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On give-aways: Annoyance level reached.

Give-aways are a common thing in the blogosphere. When a blog gets enough readers, companies might send a blogger a sample product (relevant to the blog’s topic) to write about. And when a blog has even more readers, the companies might even want to give away stuff through a contest. Sometimes the blogger itself is a nice person, and makes a contest around something self-bought or -made.

This is very nice and all, but why are those contest always just including USA and sometimes Canada? Europe (where I live) is always excluded, and so are Australia, Africa, Asia and South America. Or maybe I just read the wrong blogs? It’s not that I desperately want to win stuff (although I did come across items that were very nice), but acknowledgement that there are also readers outside of the USA, would be  nice, every once in a while.

And the solution is so simple: just share the shipping costs with the winner, or let the winner pay all. Problem solved, and reader annoyance vanished.

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2009 Wrap up

What happened in 2009? What were the changes, the significant events, the goals for next year?

Family

The relationship with my mom stayed the same, good as ever, and the bond with my dad grew a bit stronger, which was a welcome change. He also started to feel happier this year, which is an extremely good thing, after years of being somewhat depressed.

My grandparents moved into a apartment close to a home for elderly this year, after my grandmother had months of being in and out of the hospital. They are really getting old now, not going outside any more, and memory slowly going backwards. Which is not that strange, since they are 88 and 89 years old. It’s already an amazing achievement they managed to live by themselves for all these years.

I also started to get along with my aunt better. She is quite judgemental, which is difficult to deal with sometimes, but I manage to ignore that more and more, and focus on her good sides. We had an amazing weekend in Edinbrough, nicer than most of our weekends away in preceding years.

Friends

I met a lot of new people this year. Some of which I will probably grow closer to and develop a good friendship with in the next year, and some of which will stay at the borders of my life. My old friendships did not get as much attention as I would have liked. One of my friends moved away to another city in the end of 2008, so I saw way less of her than in the years before, and the other ‘university’-friends I also saw less, mostly due to busy schedules on my side. The same goes for my metalfriends. I’m extremely happy I’ll celebrate new year’s eve with them, because I missed them lots the past year.

Work/Study

I started on my master thesis this year, with a very interesting topic: media-influences on gender stereotypes. Everything is going as planned until now, but joining a action-platform against the reducing of funding by the government for education in general and students in particular, will probably cause slight delay next year.

This year I also started more new work-like volunteer things than ever before: I joined the editorial board for a magazine on gender en feminism, and wrote a few pieces for them as well (first time being published, yay!), I became a ticket-control-person for a music venue (best secondary benefits ever: always going to concerts for free, and more than 50% discount on drinks), and on the verge of this year I also started an internet-forum about bisexuality (which might even broaden itself to the topic of all ‘deviant’ kinds of sexuality and relationships).

Love

Still together with the boyfriend. There were some problems around the summer, but we solved them, and now we’re better than ever. And our future plans are getting more and more shape. Our relationship also became a bit more open this year, on our way to something more polyamourous. I also had a few crushes, and kissed a girl. Or two XD Nothing really substantial came from that, relationshipwise, but it was quite note-worthy nevertheless.

Spirituality

I wanted to start meditating more this year, so I recently did a short course, which was quite nice. I still don’t do it as often as I would like though… Also, I joined a internet-forum which has a down to earth view on spirituality to have some extra primer to muse on certain things. I’d like to get more into some non-fuzzy paganism, I think. Living closer to nature really appeals to me, especially foodwise, but also just in having more attention to the cycles of the seasons.

Music

I got more into medieval stuff, although I can’t name any bands, it’s more the style in general that really started to appeal to me. No new bands discovered this year, although I did get more into Sabaton, Turisas and Kate Nash than before.

My favourite performance of this year was Anathema, in my “own” venue. That concert kicked ass. They played all the favourites, came back twice after leaving, and the atmosphere was amazing.

Sex/bdsm

Relatively non-existent this year. I have never gone this long without intercourse since my first time at 16. This year I acknowledged I was raped by my ex-boyfriend Viking, and I started a very slow healing process, to heal all the hurt that was caused when people stepped over my boundaries. Bdsm came a bit back into my life, although it is still nowhere as important as it used to be. There are still a lot of fears to be conquered before all goes well in that area again.

Stuff that should be mentioned but did  not fit in any of the other categories

– I moved from a very sucky place to a much nicer place. Although it is a bit smaller, my landlord is way nicer than my former landlady. A relatively small change, that affected my life in a very positive sense.

– (Juice)fasting is not nice, and only makes me think about food. I am never going to try that again…

– More food-related stuff: I started eating meat again, after being a vegetarian for 11 years. I missed meat, but especially fish, a lot, and decided that that craving was too large to be ignored. I still don’t eat huge quantities of meat, and usually only when I’m at someone else’s place or at a restaurant.

Resolutions

I don’t really do resolutions, because I try to change stuff if I come across it during the year, not just at one point every 365 days. But well, since it is sort of obligatory:

– more meditation. My goal is to meditate daily (be it 5 minutes or a full hour), to be achieved before summer.

– paying more attention to my energy-level. I tend to overdo it, because there are so many amazing people and nice things to do in life. This goal is best operationalized as more time for myself without having to have to do stuff: each week, one day without appointments (may be a university-day).

– get (more) in touch with my sexual self again: there is some sort of plan now, the Master’s and Johnson approach, but now we (the boyfriend and I) need time and space to actually follow up on this plan. Which makes it very much connected with the goal before this one: more time for myself is more space in my head is more room for my sexuality

– Write more, for self-reflection, for my dairy, for my blog, poetry, stories, etc. No clear operationalized goal or deadline here, since that will decrease my creativity more than it will benefit from that.

– Spend less time behind the computer and read more, and cook/bake more. Which is also related to the energy-level goal, since the interwebs can grab you and take away all your energy. Mwahahaha!

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New banner!

The title says it all. I felt a  bit crafty today, and this idea had been in my head for a while. I am quite happy how it turned out!

So all people looking now, and all people who read me trough blog-syndicate-programs and who have now clicked to the “real” page to check it out: what do you think?

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Juice-fast coming up in two days.

Real life got in the way of blogging the past weeks, my sincere apologies.

The boyfriend came over for the weekend, we went to Center Parcs for a few days, and we had a very good time. Also, my studies and volunteer work for both the venue and the feminism-magazine have taken lots of time and energy lately, which left no room for looking at my life from a distance and writing about my reflections.

Next friday I’ll start on my three-day juice-fast. Yesterday I started with preparing, by slowly decreasing and healthy-ing up my food-intake: one more meal each day replaced by something with less carbs, less fat and more veggies. So yesterday my dinner was a salad with cucumber, tomato and mozzarella, today my lunch will be some ricewaffles with low fat cheese instead of bread and dinner will be salad, and the day after tomorrow I’ll leave the muesli out of the curd at breakfast, have ricewaffles for lunch again, and dinner will be gazpacho. And on Friday (and Saturday and Sunday) I’ll drink a 700ml bottle of vegetable-juice and about 3 litres of water and herbal tea.

I’m really curious how everything will feel. If I’ll get really grumpy, feel really weak, and don’t want to come out of the house. Or if it’ll have a more positive effect, like more energy, more concentration and focus.

Friday I still have to go to the sexologist and drop something of at an acquaintance (who lives in the same town as where my therapy takes place), but for the rest I have nothing planned. So if I feel like shit, I can stay home and watch Gilmore Girls and read nice books. If I feel energetic I can go out and do stuff. We’ll see. I will be blogging about it (the plan is at least one post a day), so prepare for lots of talk about hunger, disgusting juice (or nice juice, but I suspect the first), and emotional rants.

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One week of silence

Today is travelling day. I’m going to visit the boyfriend for a week (until monday), which is a very good thing of course. Except for the fact that he does not have an internet-connection at the moment, since he just moved into a new apartment. So I’ll have no interwebs-access for one. whole. week. I wonder if I’ll show withdrawal symptoms…

Be good when I’m not around, ‘k? 😉

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It’s that time of the month…

I wanted to write a post today, I really did. I even started two (one about a little dominant thing the boyfriend did on the phone this morning and one about my need for a secure, safe place), but the words just don’t come out  right.

My PMS is raging and I am going to indulge in that with apple-crumble, and a nice book (Jurassic Parc, and it is way better than the movie, which was not bad itself as well).

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Start of a new beginning

I am a nuclear rainbow. My emotions are ever changing, and they make my mind and my feelings into my own personal battlefield. I’m in the last year-and-a-half of my studies, looking at the black hole that awaits me when I’m done. I deal with problems with my sexuality, which started out very large and real years ago, but has no shrunken into a very little thing which is hiding in the cupboard.  On top of that I’m just 1.66m tall and I weigh 80kg. Even I can see that’s a bit too much, so I’m also trying to lose weight.

My life is changing, and change should be noticed and recorded for future reference. And to think “wow, I’ve really come a long way”, hopefully, every once in a while. In a ongoing process, change comes slowly, sometimes so slow that progress is not seen. This blog is here to make the unseen change visible.

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