In Your Shoes

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I’m posting this comic to announce some exciting news: I now have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1!!!!! The friend who let me try it out last December sold it to me. I could not be more excited! I wanted to get it to strike off number 16 on my list of 25 things to do before I am 25, and I am absolutely loving it! It is really easy to make comics like the one posted above with the built in S Pen app, and I also found a cool app (Zen Brush) with which I can make cool black and white sketches (like the question mark I drew on yesterdays’ post).

I also really how you can take handwritten notes using the S Pen app and export them to Evernote. In fact, Evernote is quickly becoming one of my favorite apps. I might do a post on that some time soon.

Reading is still easier on a 7 inch tablet, but luckily for me, I still have a 7 inch tablet, so no problems there. I briefly felt the compulsion a couple days ago to buy a Kindle Fire Tablet because Germany FINALLY got Amazon Instant Video, but I managed to restrain myself.

Two tablets, and awesome laptop, a kindle, a smartphone, and an MP3 player are probably enough toys for a girl. As if a girl could EVER have enough toys.

In any case, what does my tablet mean for my faithful readers? I really believe that a photo or image exponentially improve any blog post. Unfortunately, a good camera is not one of my toys, but I am no photographer and I don’t really like taking pictures anyway. I have sometimes tried to find free photos to go with my blog post, but now that I have an easy way to produce sketches, I will probably be adding a lot more personal sketches and doodles. That will at the very least give my blog a touch of the original.

To do, or not to do: Project 2014

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I just updated my Publications page to add a link to my Sketchbook, and I realized that I have accidentally completed one writing/doodling project every year for the past 4 years. So should Project 2014 be a thing???

I realize that my spurt of energy and resolve is due to the fact that I am thoroughly enjoying my five week vacation from work and school. But I completed most of my Sketchbook Project while I was doing my bachelor’s thesis, and I was so stressed out that doodling actually helped me to de-stress. I’m thinking that maybe a similar project would give me a little bit of focus on something else during the next semester and keep me from becoming the total stressed out wreck that I became last semester.

Any suggestions??

I recently had a marathon reading Dickens, so currently the idea of a serial novel sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe I could write a story and post an installment every two weeks or something like that??? It would be a little bit like NaNoWriMo except less stressful.

The Sketchbook Project (final)

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Last March, I posted about how I was working on a Sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project. I was super excited about it, and I did actually finish it. It is one of those things that I am proud of actually doing, but am quite sensitive to criticism of my work. I never claimed to be an artist, but I sure do like doodling. In any case, one of the main reasons that I never posted my completed sketchbook was that I had doodler’s block for the last three pages or so and ended up filling it with poetry that I wrote. And let’s just say that it is hard for me to admit that I am an in closet poet, regardless of how horrible and cheesy I know my poems to be.

In any case, it is almost a year since I started my Sketchbook, and since I actually, in a spurt of idiocy, decided to pay them to digitize my Sketchbook, I figured I could at the very least post the link to the final thing in case any poor soul decides they want to subject themselves to viewing it. Just kidding. It’s not that bad.

Anyway, HERE it is. Knock yourself out if you so desire. And if you decide to pass on this one, no hard feelings.

Prayer – 30 day challenge

I heard once that if you pray Ephesians 3:16-19 every day for a month, all your problems would be solved. I know it sounds like superstition, but recently, I’ve been curious to try it out again.

I think the idea behind the all encompassing statement “all your problems will be solved” was probably that the prayer in Ephesians 3:16-19 touches God’s heart for us. In my experience, I pray desperately for this thing, or for that thing. Often, the more I pray for something, the more anxious I get about that thing. But when I stop myself and pray that He would grant me, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man (my spirit), I find that He answers my prayer and I am able to forget all of my problems and concentrate on Him. I ask Him to come into me, and make His home in every room of my heart, so that I may be rooted and grounded in His love, and be built together with all of my fellow believers in Christ to be able to understand even His dimensions, so that I can practically come to know and experience the love of Christ which surpasses even knowledge itself, and that I may be filled even unto the fullness of God Himself.

It sounds mysterious. But I like the prayer, and am thinking that maybe I should try out a month of Ephesians 3?? Perhaps….

I’m also considering buying the amplified version of the Bible. Check out Ephesians 3 in the Amplified Version… (isn’t it good???)

 

Ephesians 3:16-19

Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,

18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];

19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

20 things about me

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.)

  1. I’m the third child in my family. I’ve always hated being the third child in my family.
  2. I’m fluent in Germany and have lived here for the past 4.5 years.
  3. 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.
  4. I love God.
  5. 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….
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. I was fat in 5th grade. Then I grew 10 inches and it evened out.
  9. I am lactose intolerant (which has not made me give up ice cream).
  10. I graduated as a valedictorian from high school.
  11. I love ducks. I collect stuffed animal ducks and rubber duckies.
  12. 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.
  13. My favorite topic in the Bible is studying how we can actually experience the life of God (as described in this book).
  14. 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.
  15. I’ve never had a boyfriend.
  16. My favorite place to be is in the woods next to a river.
  17. I think Paris is overrated.
  18. I think Vienna is amazing.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

Or maybe I am

 

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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.

Being Creative (or not)

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….

New Year’s Resolutions 2014

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.

In 2013 I…

  1. Visited London, Winchester, Male Ciche, Zakopane, Tilburg, Frankfurt, Romford, Aix en Provence, Spokane, Seattle, and Pullman.
  2. Started learning Spanish.
  3. Started exercising again for the first time in 4 years (running and yoga).
  4. Finished my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
  5. Showed off pictures of my two new cute nieces to everybody who would look at them.
  6. Bought a Lenovo ThinkPad x230.
  7. Learned the basics of the Clojure programming language (which, for the record, is currently my favorite programming language).
  8. Finished reading through the Life-Study of the Bible for the Old Testament.
  9. 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.

Hi Baby Hedgehog

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:

  1. They are financially impractical
  2. I’m rarely at home and therefore don’t have much time to take care of living creatures
  3. My plants are all dead (which says something about my ability to take care of living creatures)
  4. 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).

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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!