Reading a list that a friend posted on her blog this morning inspired me to write my own list. I tried to think of trivia that I might not have mentioned on this blog before, but I wasn’t completely successful. In any case, this is what I came up with. 20 things about me. (Disclaimer: This list does not attempt to present a well rounded picture of who I am. It’s just a list of 20 things about me.)
- I’m the third child in my family. I’ve always hated being the third child in my family.
- I’m fluent in Germany and have lived here for the past 4.5 years.
- The first “long” book I ever read was Little Women. I was in the third grade. It took me three days to finish it and I was SO proud of myself.
- I love God.
- I am a total computer geek. If you want to make me get excited just start throwing words around like i7 processor, 16 GB Ram, 1TB SSD….
- Growing up, I always considered myself to look average (dirty blonde hair, unremarkable features, not fat, not thin). My opinion on that subject has actually not changed, but I now don’t mind being average. It’s better than being ugly.
- When I was young I WORSHIPPED my brother and would do anything that he asked me to do (fetch him a sandwich, get his shoes, etc.)
- I was fat in 5th grade. Then I grew 10 inches and it evened out.
- I am lactose intolerant (which has not made me give up ice cream).
- I graduated as a valedictorian from high school.
- I love ducks. I collect stuffed animal ducks and rubber duckies.
- I am over flexible in my hip joints and my right leg is shorter than my left leg. This probably is one of the main reasons why I suffered from a major hip/groin injury when I ran in high school.
- My favorite topic in the Bible is studying how we can actually experience the life of God (as described in this book).
- In 10th grade I got mad at a guy because he said that I lived under a rock. I feel bad now because I totally did live under a rock.
- I’ve never had a boyfriend.
- My favorite place to be is in the woods next to a river.
- I think Paris is overrated.
- I think Vienna is amazing.
- I play guitar. I started playing when I moved to Germany because I found I was suddenly no longer surrounded by a whole bunch of musically talented friends who could already play guitar.
- I love to escape reality by immersing myself in other worlds. This is why I used to check out stacks of books every week from the library, and this is why television programs are my kryptonite.
Sorry for that super pessimistic post that I posted approximately an hour ago. I forgot that this week I had one day that was just GREAT! I got a 1,3 on my final, got a super fast 8GB RAM 64-Bit Processor AWESOME new computer to use at work, got to spend the day at work customizing previously mentioned computer. Then, to add icing to the top of the cake, I managed to do a headstand for the very first time! I actually did it! Without help from anyone.
And yes, I just tried to do it again and fell over, but I wasn’t warmed up yet, so it doesn’t count.
I can do a headstand.
The world is not so bleak after all.
The problem is that whenever I want to post anything on my blog, I always feel as if I have to apologize because it has been several months since the last time that I posted anything. And, as I often do with apologies, I put it off until the very last minute.
Today is no exception. However, I feel I should apologize twice because I managed to post my New Year’s Resolution for 2014 on January 1, 2013 which meant that no one even read it.
The truth is that I shouldn’t have to apologize. I should be able to post whatever I want to post whenever I want to post it. If I want to post twice a year, I should be able to do that. Technically, I AM able to do that, so we’ll just have to see IF I actually get around to posting without feeling bad about it.
Seriously. It’s not like I have any readers who actually desperately follow this blog just WAITING for me to post something new. Even my mother has gotten out of the habit of checking in regularly.
My problem is that my creative energy has hit rock bottom. At least when I am at home.
Actually, that is not true. I probably have roughly the same amount of creative energy, I just use it for things unrelated to this blog. My Github account is just bursting with activity. That’s the problem. With university lectures, homework, and working at least 17 hours a week doing software development, my home time is usually spent recharging. Not producing anything. Just surfing the internet, spending far too much time on YouTube, reading blogs, reading books (occasionally), and spending time with friends. I mean….I desperately need my running/yoga time every week just to have enough creative energy to get through work and school. Blogging would just be draining.
And it’s not fun anymore.
Yet I have no desire to delete this blog. So I just let it decay into a relic of past years….
I have big plans for 2014. My main plans include taking major advantage of my freedom as a student to travel all over Europe as much as I can. After all, with the new buses in Germany, I might actually be able to cheaply visit my friends in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Nuernberg, and Berlin, so I’m going to try to squeeze those in. I also have friends living in Bielefeld, Detmold, and Versmold, so I’m going to try to go there too (I don’t really have an excuse not to, since I can travel there for free with my Semesterticket).
I’m also planning a trip to Italy. I want to finally see Florence.
In March, I will also be travelling to the States for 5 weeks to visit my family and see my two adorable little nieces before they get all grown up!
My other resolution is to finish reading the Bible in German. I didn’t achieve my New Year’s Resolution last year of reading it all the way through, so I figure that my resolution for this year will be to finish what I started last year. I’ve calculated that if I read two chapters a day, I’ll finish the Bible relatively quickly.
- Visited London, Winchester, Male Ciche, Zakopane, Tilburg, Frankfurt, Romford, Aix en Provence, Spokane, Seattle, and Pullman.
- Started learning Spanish.
- Started exercising again for the first time in 4 years (running and yoga).
- Finished my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
- Showed off pictures of my two new cute nieces to everybody who would look at them.
- Bought a Lenovo ThinkPad x230.
- Learned the basics of the Clojure programming language (which, for the record, is currently my favorite programming language).
- Finished reading through the Life-Study of the Bible for the Old Testament.
- Spent a lot of good quality time with my dear Lord Jesus.
And how did I do on my New Year’s Resolutions from last year?
Become more healthy – this includes changing my diet so that I eat more healthily. I’d also like to lose a couple of kilograms. My goal weight is 73 Kg (160 lbs). This basically means that I have to lose about 2 Kg (7 lbs). I also want to start exercising a couple of times a week.
I would say I succeeded in this. I eat less and exercise two times a week regularly. And I’ve managed to get down to 70 Kg (154 lbs), which means I’ve surpassed my expectations on the losing weight front. That means that I’ve lost 5 Kg (11 lbs) in this past year.
Reading the Bible – the Bible is my favorite book, and I have already read it all the way through, but I haven’t done so since I was about 14 years old, and I haven’t read it all the way through in German. So my goal for this year is to read the whole Bible through.
Well…didn’t do quite as well on this one. I’ve gotten to Proverbs in the Old Testament and Romans in the New Testament, so I’ve read roughly half of the Bible this past year (in German). But I intend to pick up where I left off and finish the rest of it next year.
Pictures of baby hedgehogs (including the one below) went viral on Facebook a couple of months ago. Since that time I have been totally obsessed with hedgehogs (especially the baby ones). I even researched everything that you need to buy in order to take care of a pet hedgehog. Aren’t they adorable?
My common sense eventually kicked in and I decided not to buy one for the following reasons:
- They are financially impractical
- I’m rarely at home and therefore don’t have much time to take care of living creatures
- My plants are all dead (which says something about my ability to take care of living creatures)
- Hedgehogs are nocturnal, and since this little creature would have to share his room with me, he’d probably keep me up at night
So no pet hedgehog. =(
But after seeing the cute baby hedgehogs, they started to make rather frequent appearances in my daily doodles (almost replacing cute little ducks as most popular animal).
Definitely not as cute as the real thing, but I’m working on it.
And now I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note! So much fun!
Today I sketched this cute little puppy dog using a friend’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. After crossing going to the opera off my list last week, I’ve been seriously considering purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Or maybe I am just dreaming. After all, what is number 26 on the list?
Buy graphic tablet and learn to do a bit of graphic design.
I figure I am neither inclined to create nor capable of creating anything better than the cute little doggy that you see pictured above, so investing in a really high quality graphics tablet is a waste of my time. A Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, on the otherhand, is currently $400 on Amazon. That’s quite a bit more than the cheapest Wacom tablet, but the major advantage is that you can actually see what you are drawing while you are drawing it. Also, it’s a great deal better than my current tablet (also a Samsung, but an older model), and it’s a great deal larger (10.1 inches as opposed to 7 inches). And I figure if I invest in a better drawing app and a Wacom stylus, I’ll be able to produce much better images.
Who am I kidding. I’m just trying to give myself enough excuses so that I won’t feel guilty spending a substantial amount of money on a tablet. I probably also should take into account the fact that the whole reason I’ve been craving a tablet is because of the Stephen Pastis vs. Scott Adams Wacom advertisement that I saw last week. Seeing Scott Adams himself drawing the Pointy-Haired Boss on an awesome graphics tablet…now THAT’s a persuasive advertisement….
Today I finally got the birthday surprise that a good friend gave me a month ago. We went to see Mozart’s Zauberflöte (Magic Flute). I sort of suspected that we were going to a theater of some kind because I was supposed to dress up, and we weren’t going to be eating there. I was HOPING that is was a opera, and I was DREAMING that it would be Zauberflöte. Now I get to cross that item off my list! Needless to say, when I opened the envelope in the car and saw the tickets, a smile fixed itself to my face and wouldn’t budge. See?
The opera took place in the Theater Duisburg.
The hallways were decked out with red carpet, and we were also able to give up our coats at the coat room and borrow cushions to prop us us and allow us to see better. We were pretty far on the right side, but we were able to see pretty much everything, and we were so high up, we could see straight into the orchestra pit.
The opera itself was a bit of a surprise. It was a very modern interpretation of Mozart. The music was, of course, original. But the costumes and stage design were all inspired by the 1920′s. There were also no props. The entirety of the props and staging effects consisted of an animated film (also in 1920′s style) that was projected onto the actors while they sang. I took a couple of pictures of a couple of scenes that I liked. Sorry if they aren’t very good. I was limited by my skills as a photographer, the angle from which I shot, and the quality of my smartphone.
In any case, I liked the overall effect (although I wasn’t a fan of all of the design decisions). And the music?
Mozart was a genius.
That’s all I can say.
I’ve posted my list of the 25 things that I want to do before I am 25 several times on this blog already. And I’ve updated it over the years when I’ve completely lost interest in certain things. Since I just turned 23, I figured I better post an update on how my list is going. After all, I only have two years left to get everything done! Although to be honest, I’m not sure if I really will get done with all of them. My next year is booked pretty solid already… And I have no intention of marrying an idiot just so that I can cross it off my list. But it is good to have plans!
The main thing I accomplished this year was getting my bachelor’s degree in computer science. Since I haven’t accomplished much else, I’ve italicized the points that I am actively working on right now and added parentheses to points to let you all know how it is going.
- Get bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
- Get master’s degree in Computer Science (just started my first semester).
- Visit Florence.
- Visit Paris.
- Visit Ukraine.
- Get married (well…after I find the right guy!).
- Build an operating system from scratch.
- Buy a big monitor (either two 20-inch screens or one >24 inch screen)
- Use a raspberry pi to build a home server (or just about anything else. I just really have no idea what I should use my raspberry pi for. Any ideas anyone?)
- Write an app for Android.
- Learn to program in Python (I know, I know. It’s a pretty simple language. But I’ll be learning it officially next spring. I’ve also added Ruby to the languages that I want to learn, but I haven’t made any definite plans about when that is going to happen).
- Learn another language (I’m currently taking Spanish A1 at the university, and I’m planning on continuing trying to learn it).
- Finish reading the Tintenherz trilogy.
- Get 10,000 hits on my blog in one year.
- Learn how to develop web-pages with php (I wrote my first PHP app last summer. It was a database accessing Task app which did nothing particularly special. Some guys at my work were trying to get me to reprogram our Foosball tracker in PHP, but I hope they forgot about it. Overall, I didn’t really like the language. It is a bit too messy, and a bit to… Don’t really know. PHPy? Is that a word?)
- Buy graphic tablet and learn to do a bit of graphic design.
- Read through the Life-study of the Bible (I think I’ll be done with the Old Testament by the end of this year! Yay!)
- Get into the habit of exercising at least 2-3 times a week (I’ve found a running group at the university, and I managed to sneak my way into a yoga course in the University, so I actually am regularly exercising twice a week. On Monday I ran 7.1 km in 36 minutes! I was dead afterwards, but it was a good feeling anyway. In any case, I’m loving it and feeling great! Now I just need to keep up the habit so that I can cross this point off my list in two years).
- Visit Amsterdam.
- Learn how to remotely access other computers (it’s called SSH. And it’s not particularly difficult. If I every need to know anything else about remotely accessing other computers, I’m sure I can just Google it).
- Go to the Opera (hopefully to see the Magic Flute!)
- Build up a habit of having morning revival (I’m working on this. And getting better. But it’s a habitual thing, so I still have to keep it up for two years…).
- Organize/scrapbook all of the souvenirs I have.
- Read through the Bible again (It looks like I won’t make my New Year’s Resolution of reading the whole Bible through in German. But I’m still working away on it, so I’ll definitely be done by my next birthday).
Well…9 completed, 5 in the works, and 11 to go! Could be worse…
What’s stupider than entering
rm -rf /
into a unix terminal?
sudo rm -rf /
and then your password.